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UMBRIA ROCK FESTIVAL

posted by Home In Italy on June 6th, 2014

From August 1-3, the winding valleys of Massa Martana, Umbria will transform into a bohemian playground. The spirit of Italy’s golden era of art cinema and the sounds of London’s swinging 60s rock uprising converge this summer, setting the modern scene for the inaugural Umbria Rock Festival, Italy’s first three-day music and arts festival.

3 days. 2 stages. 1 community. Italy is the motherland of some of the world’s most iconic creations in art, music and cinema. And now it’s home to another cultural phenomenon that’s sweeping the international music community: the magic of setting up camp to completely immerse ourselves in a weekend of music, dance and like-hearted souls.

The Soundtrack. Fusing historical punk rock sounds with modern indie, Umbria Rock Festival 2014 is excited to announce an international lineup, featuring sets by the Kaiser Chiefs, James, Paul Weller, Basement Jaxx, Peter Hook and The Light, The Cribs, The Charlatans, Courteeners and more.

INTERNATIONAL GASTRONOMIC AND NUTRITION FAIR

posted by Home In Italy on April 30th, 2014

Get ready for four days of Italian food, nutrition and agro-alimentary customs and traditions during Cibus, the 17th Salone Internazionale dell’Alimentazione in Parma, in the heart of Italy. This enormous showcase boasts workshops, conferences and events that familiarize professionals – both national and international – working in food and craft services, retail, and the hotel sector with the latest product and market trends.

This year, Cibus makes additions to its usual small and mid-size business, dessert and pastry, and large-scale distribution programmes, making room to focus on organic, gluten-free, kosher and halal fare.

In keeping with the themes of cuisine and Italian gastronomic specialties, participants and visitors from all over the world can enjoy in particular the dishes of Emilian and Parmense cooking, including the world-famous Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, the mushrooms of Albereto and Borgotaro, Italian quiche and bread made at high altitudes. Cibus is also an excellent occasion to take on flavours and art itineraries of the city and its environments.

Parma and its fair district are strategic hubs from which to reach other locales like Piacenza, famous for its castles, or Modena, with its Romanesque Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hours: Monday, May 5th - 9:30 AM - 9 PM
Tuesday, May 6th to Thursday, May 8th – 9:30 AM to 6 PM

GLASS ARTS IN MURANO

posted by Home In Italy on March 18th, 2014

Artisan tradition and a manufacture that combines industrial, manual and technological techniques have for centuries characterized and exalted the Italian art of glassmaking. A segment of the luxury sector and synonomous with Italian design, glassmaking on the Peninsula calls the Venetian isle of Murano its epicenter – at least since the 8th Century – Murano being the famous brand name that is known and imported throughout the world.

On Murano, packed with Renaissance-style houses and in part defined by its dominant white lighthouse, glass production stands as the highest expression of refined objets and furnishings. It is an expression realized over time by several dynasties of master glassmakers, passing down this art of transforming sand with air and fire, and maintaining an archive of knowledge that has been kept very hush-hush on this semi-secluded little island.

Some maintain that the glass arts hark back to ancient Egypt, whence the tradition arrived in old Rome for the purpose of adorning noble residences. Yet it was with Eastern and Arab influences that glass design and manufacture was further refined throughout the centuries. More specifically, such took place in Venice, but not in Venice proper – rather, on the outlying island of Murano, where the possibility of large and dangerous fires (as a result of the glassmaking process) destroying the Most Serene Republic was minimized.

The creation of objects in glass is rather complex, both materially and economically, which is why early on glassmakers enjoyed certain immunities and were allowed to possess swords for self-defense; the catch is they could never be permitted to leave the Republic, in the regrettable case that the secrets of the glass arts might be given up by any mode or means.

For this, Murano’s glassmakers held a tight monopoly on both quality and manufacturing techniques, including millefiori, crystal or lead glass, glazed, and milk glass, up until the re-discovery of ancient Roman glass, today’s murrine.

Murano is still the foremost hub of artisan labs for both artistic and mass commercial production. One of the standouts among the most unique, original creations are glass objects imitating precious stones. Of course many of Venice’s historic glass ateliers have become international household names, including Salviati, Barovier & Toso, FerroMurano, and Berengo Studio.

Tourists in Venice seek out the workshops of the grand maestros – that, by the way, assisted Picasso, Fontana and Chagall in creating their own glass sculptures. Here visitors can acquire light fixtures, goblets and chalices, jewelry and vases – thin as paper or thick like marble, white like porcelain or cold-painted.  Before visiting the Museo del Vetro in Palazzo Giustinian, witness the glassmaking of Murano in person to appreciate the expert techniques used to shape and form these works. Viewing the manufacturing process up close truly makes the final product come alive in a brand new way.

MILAN FASHION DISTRICT

posted by Home In Italy on February 27th, 2014

Milan is known first and foremost as Italy’s – and an international – fashion capital.

The city hosts innumerable boutiques – selling jewelry, decor, and of course, the most sought-out fashion labels – in its Quadrilatero d’oro della moda or Fashion Quadrilateral. The district is brodered by four main thoroughfares – Via Monte Napoleone, Via Alessandro Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia – hence the Quadrilatero reference.  The shops and showrooms in these streets make a purchase or a mere glance at the window dressings motive the fashion set to arrive in droves from all over the world.

Tourists traipsing through the quarter can experience the true atmosphere of the Lombard Capital, noting the lights, colors and elegance of the various ateliers. One will also note the endless succession of classic, international names as Armani, Versace, Alberta Ferretti, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Bulgari, Cartier, Valentino and Gianfranco Ferrè.

Via Monte Napoleone is one of most chic and expensive streets in the world – along with New York’s Fifth Avenue and Paris’s Champs-Elysées. Via Manzoni, dedicated to the writer Alessandro Manzoni, was already considered the most elegant street in Mediolanum at the beginning of the 19th Century.

The entirety of the Quadrilatero della Moda consists of refined streets, particularly Via Borgospesso, Via Santo Spirito, Via Gesù, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Bagutta. Not only, but the zone is very alive in cultural terms, with numerous historic palazzi interspersed with the shops and stores. For instance, the Poldi Pezzoli and Bagatti Valsecchi House-Museums are here, as well as Palazzo Morando, which hosts the city’s new fashion museum, and the Grand Hotel et de Milan, where the maestro Verdi is said to have lodged. Not to be left out are the Church of San Francesco di Paola, the 1700s Palazzo Gallarati Scotti, and Palazzo Borromeo d’Adda.