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All the World’s Futures

posted by Home In Italy on April 23rd, 2015

the International art exhibition in Venice

It will be open to the public from Saturday 9th May to Sunday 22nd November the 56th International Art Exhibition “All the World’s Features”, directed by Okwui Enwezor and organized by the Biennale of Venice.
The art exhibition will include 136 artists, 89 of which will be present for the first time, coming from 53 countries. 159 are the new productions created for this edition. 44 Collateral Events promoted by international organizations and institutions, will present their exhibitions and their initiatives in various places of the city.
“The Biennale celebrates 120 years and, year after year, continues building its own history, made of a long succession of different points of observation of the phenomenon of artistic creation in the contemporary age.” With this words, Paolo Baratta, the president of the Biennale, introduces this year’s edition.

The director and the President of the Biennale 2015

Today our world is characterized by fractures and lacerations, strong asymmetries and uncertainties about the future. Despite huge improvements in terms of knowledge and technology, we live in a sort of ‘age of anxiety’. Once again, the Biennale observes the relationship between art and the development of the human, social and political realities. There is the willing to investigate how the tensions of the outside world might influence the sensitivity, the expressive energies of the artists and their desires. The Biennale appointed Okwui Enwezor as its director, also for his particular sensitivity to these issues.

From the 9th of May to the 22nd of November 2015, the 56th International Art Exhibition

Okwui does not pretend to make judgments, but wants to convene the arts and artists from all over the world and from different disciplines: a parliament of forms. A global exhibition where we can interview or, at least, listen to the artists from 53 countries and from the areas we usually call “suburbs”.

Everything is ready for a Biennale with varied and intense vitality.

The Canadian Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition

The show will be open at the Giardini and Arsenale venues from May 9th to November 22nd, 2015.
Opening times: 10 am – 6 pm.
Arsenale venue opening times: 10 am – 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays until September 26th.
Closed on Mondays (except May 11th, June 1st, and Nov. 16th, 2015)

Civita di Bagnoregio: the dying city

posted by Home In Italy on April 21st, 2015

While travelling through the center of Italy, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Civita di Bagnoregio, a small village full of charm.
The history of this town is famous throughout Italy. Located in the Valley of Calachi, the village was built on the tuff, a very friable rock, which crumbled during the years due to the erosion caused by two streams surrounding the valley. For this reason, Civita di Bagnoregio is now connected to the rest of the world through a bridge, passable only on foot.The dying city, Civita di Bagnoregio

It is a ghost town, destined to disappear. Nowadays, there are only 12 inhabitants, who are the owners of the restaurants and souvenir shops in the village.
You will be amazed by this place, not only for the beauty of the village itself, but also for the feeling that a place like this can arouse.

Imagine arriving by car and glimpse, perched on a hill, a small village that seems a rocky island, suspended in the air. Imagine crossing the long bridge that connects it to reality and enter a place where time has stopped. The medieval houses, the church of San Donato, the streets with their arches: everything has remained as it once was.
Most of the houses are abandoned. Those that are not, however, are perfectly maintained in every detail, with balconies embellished with flowers.

Welcome to the dying city of Civita di Bagnoregio

Walking along the streets gives you a strange feeling. It’s like being on a movie set: if a lady dressed in medieval clothes appeared, it would seem quite normal to you. A visit in Civita di Bagnoregio means immersing yourself in a dimension where reality and fantasy, past and present, continuously blur and gives the opportunity to jump into the past.

the dying city in Italy

However, once on the bridge leaving this village behind you, it is impossible not to ask yourself a question: what will happen to this place? Experts say it will collapse in the future, disappearing in the valley that houses it.
We are not expert in geology, but we do like dreaming and hope something will be done to save this little wonder, elected “the most beautiful village in Italy”.

Dreaming about sun… Sicily here we come!

posted by Home In Italy on February 16th, 2015

With Christmas as a vague memory, days are now slowly beginning to lengthen and although summer is still far away, our desire to travel is champing at a bit! So let’s start daydreaming and, why not, thinking about your summer holiday… because, you know, to book a holiday is never too early!

Our fist selection is the southern coast of Sicily, from Agrigento to Catania. Here, in spring time, you can already reach the shore (timidly!) and enjoy the first warm rays of the sun. Sicily is the ideal place for outdoor dining with its rich cuisine and its enchanting atmosphere between baroque and exotic.

Lying on the hills of the Etna Vulcan, Mascalucia is an excellent base for exploring the East cost and getting lost in its pistachios plantations. If you like trekking, our suggestion is to organize a daytour in the Natural Reserve “La Timpa” in Acireale: here you will see many natural phenomena summarizing the history of Etna. The natural park is the overlapping of many eruptive eras; from light grey ancient lava to the dark grey one, with special crystals of augite, typical of the more recent eruptions.

Take advantage of the proximity of Catania and spend at least one afternoon in this lovely city. Not to be missed the historic pastry laboratory of Nonna Vincenza in San Placido square, where you can taste and buy delicious pastries with almonds and pistachios, cream horns with ricotta cheese and chocolate and, of course, the famous cannoli.

Just outside Catania, you will get lost among lemon trees and gardens of historic interest. Take note of the Garden Biviere Lenitni (Siracusa), which is a spectacular Mediterranean garden created in the late Sixties. As legend would have it, in this place Hercules, son of Zeus, brought the skin of the defeated lion Nemean as a gift to Ceres, goddess of the harvest. He created a lake that was named after him: Lacus Erculeus (during centuries, the lake changed its name and Arabs called it Beveré, which means waterhole for sheep and fish). Here you can admire lush palm trees, blue Jacaranda, old roses, Yucca specimen and unusual Xanthorrea trees.

The hottest and more exotic sea of Sicily is located just south of Syracuse. Forget beach resorts and imagine yourself lying in the uncontaminated nature: the Cala di Terrauzza, the protected area of Plemmirio and the Marchesa di Cassibile beach.

And now, tell us, don’t you feel a sudden desire of Sicily? We can already perceive the smell of citrus, cannoli and chocolate while the wind is brushing the palm trees.

INTERNATIONAL MASERATI CENTENNIAL GATHERING

posted by Home In Italy on September 3rd, 2014

Three days from Modena to Turin, with a racetrack stop in Cremona, to celebrate Maserati’s first century. The International Maserati Centennial Gathering will be held from September 18 through September 20. The three days will see a succession of exhibitions, parades, a regularity race, a track test, a visit to the two Maserati factories and a concours d’elegance. Cars and collectors from all over the world are expected to be in attendance.

A hundred years have gone by since, in December of 1914, Alfieri Maserati and his brothers Ettore and Ernesto opened the first car repair workshop in a basaement on Via de’ Pepoli, Bologna. Here they began to prepare and modify cars for themselves – the three Maserati brothers were also rather capable drivers – and the gentlemen drivers of those heroic days. These were the first steps of a company that in time was to become an international icon of Italian motoring.

The Maserati Centennial Gathering will begin in the morning on Thursday, September 18, in Modena with the arrival of the historic and contemporary models that will be taking part in the event and their display in some of the most captivating urban spaces. The next day, Friday, September 19, the participants will make their way to Turin, with a stop in the San Martino del Lago circuit and a parade through the streets of Cremona. The afternoon of Saturday, September 20, will see the concluding event: the Concours d’Elegance in Piazza San Carlo.

Do not miss the possibility to participate to this glorious event and rent one of our luxury villas in the North of Italy. Enjoy the amazing landscape and shores of the Como Lake, the nature and culture of the Garda Lake and the beauty of Portofino, with its picturesque harbor and the brightly-colored houses.