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posted by Home In Italy on October 21st, 2016

The famous waterlilies by Claude Monet (Paris 1840 – Giverny 1926), from the United States, expose  Magnani Rocca Foundation in Parma along with two other works by the French painter. The landscape is a constant theme of the whole Monet’s career, he proposes to modernity a different way of observing nature.
Through working en plein air, which effectively brings the studio directly in the places of study, the artist follows the total physical immersion as mental subject, with the intention of capturing not only the most accurate shades of light and movement, but also the change of the natural conditions.

The beginning of these studies is repeated starting from 1876 in the paintings dedicated to the station of Saint-Lazare in Paris, scenario that best of all records, in addition to the dynamic nature of the content, even the transformation of industrial progress in the city. However, with the Rouen Cathedrals series, starting from 1892, Monet reaches not only fame, but also significant results for these new coloristic investigation.
Confirmation of the new way of conceiving space you evanescent is the deepening of the cliffs, in particular are popular cliffs of Normandy to represent the subject of an adventurous desire to mutability.

From Tuesday to Friday 10-18 (ticket office closes at 17) – Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10-19 (ticket office closes at 18). Closed Mondays, open Monday October 31. Tickets: € 10.00 also applies to the permanent collections and, from September 10, for the exhibition ITALIAN POP – € 5.00 for schools.
Information and booking groups: tel. +39 0521 848327/848148 info@magnanirocca.it


posted by Home In Italy on October 4th, 2016

Here’s what Alessandra Tibollo wrote in the magazine La Cucina Italiana on the best breakfasts to do in Rome. Ten high glycemic addresses to start the day, from the traditonal maritozzo to Anglo pancakes, through brioche and croissants strictly based on butter or even just a coffee. Then there are the classics, to feel like newly Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday”, from Sant’Eustachio coffee and maritozzi from Regoli.. Without forgetting the international addresses for those who can not do without a scrambled egg in the morning.


Via Merulana, 54.  A little bakery, a little bar, a little pastry. At via Merulana, Panella exists already for many decades, even if its prices are not exactly cheap. For breakfast, however, the prices are in line with the market. One of the best bakeries in Rome, but we should mention the small cakes as well. The coffee is delicious and during the spring and summer time it is a pleasure to sit outside near the entrance.

Cristalli di zucchero – Via Valtellina, 114 – Via di San Teodoro, 88. The main bakery is in Via Valtellina, in the Monteverde area. Mark Rinella one of the best pastry chefs of the capital. However, it is difficult not to be attracted by the counter, in particular by the portions, from mignon and tartlets. But to appreciate the creativity of the chef at its best you should try the tiramisu, cheesecake, Sorrento, just to name a few of them.


via dello Statuto, 60. You can not say to have been in Rome if you haven’t been at least once at Regoli to have breakfast based on “maritozzi”. Beware that by 11am they are all finished, both the classic version as well as the one with cream inside. The vintage atmosphere, immersed in the most multi-ethnic district of the capital, the Esquiline. Around the corner there is Piazza Vittorio, with its sparkling chinoiserie and ethnic restaurants.

Pasticceria Bompiani – Corso Benedetto Bompiani, 8. Walter Musco, confectioner Bompiani, it has revolutionized the concept of sweets and especially chocolate. An example are the Easter eggs, so beautiful that they are the protagonists of a show that is repeated annually. Beautiful and inviting  are even the cakes, while the biscuits dominate the essentiality.

Bakery House

Corso Trieste, 157b / c – Via Riano, 11. The percentage of admirers of American breakfast grows and you can not report a good address – or rather two, since it has dual headquarters – for pancakes served with fresh fruit and maple syrup or chocolate; cupcakes in different variants; NY bagel to be stuffed with cream cheese, Philadelphia or butter and jam; scones with chocolate chips; cinnamon buns; cookies, in different offers. And for those who can not do without a fried egg to start the day, even cooked eggs in many different ways, with accompanying toast or bagels.


posted by Home In Italy on September 27th, 2016

After many trips all around the world, this year we decided to go to Puglia a little bit “out of season”, in late September, to avoid the confusion of the summer months. We rented a villa in Salento and one in the Valle d’Itria through http://www.homeinitaly.com/luxury-villas-puglia.php.
The houses were both very comfortable and clean, a few kms from the beaches.
During the week in Salento we made two trips: one day we visited the Adriatic coast of Salento and another day Gallipoli.
We started from Pescoluse along the coast headed to Punta del Tacco.

Santa Maria di Leuca is a lovely place where you can enjoy a beautiful view with the two seas, while Otranto will enchant you with the bright blue color of the sea overlooking the main square of the town. A recommended stop is the Baia dei Turchi beach, just north of Otranto.

The second tour was in Gallipoli. This is a lively city a few km from Pescoluse. Not to miss, an excursion to Punta Prosciutto, another sandy beach on the Ionian coast.
After a beautiful sunny week we moved to the north, in the Valle D’Itria region. On the way to the north of Puglia, certainly a stop in Lecce is a must.
First stop in the Valle d’Itria is the white town of Ostuni, really lovely.

We visited the Castellana Grotte, a path of 3 km underground, 3km of wonders, 2h must-visit!
Finally, Alberobello is a true open-air museum and Polignano a Mare is a beautiful place to visit. All around, kilometers of red clay countryside and olive trees. Amazing!


posted by Home In Italy on September 19th, 2016

The 71st edition will be held during September, with a route even richer than the past editions, with twenty-four events divided over eleven places.
The festival will start in Perugia, with concerts in the splendid Basilica of ‘San Pietro’, in the historical theatre ‘Morlacchi’, in the Templar church of ‘San bevignate’, in the National Gallery, in the cathedral of ‘San Lorenzo’ and will continue in the collegiate church of ‘Santa Maria Maggiore’ in Collescipoli, in the museum of ‘San Francesco di Montefalco’, in the abbey of ‘San Nicolò’ of San Gemini, in the sanctuary of ‘Mongiovino di Panicale’, in the Superior Basilica of ‘San Francesco’ of Assisi, in the public theatre of Bevagna, in the cloister of ‘San Francesco’ of Acquasparta and in the auditorium ‘Sant’ Antonio’ of Torgiano.
From this edition the Umbrian Music Festival will offer a special showcase for young talents from Umbria with “aperitif concerts” at ‘Palazzo della Penna’ in Perugia, with five meetings with graduates of the academy of music. Anna Calabro, president of the foundation ‘Perugia Musica Classica’, says: “After nearly 80 years of history, the 71st edition, considering the period of detention during the Second World War, the Sagra Musicale Umbra is part of the cultural traditions of our region and it characteristics, in part, the identity. The offered music is part of the landscape and the many special places that Umbria preserved as treasures. The presence in this edition of so many different places in Umbria, like Perugia, Panicale, Passignano, Torgiano, Umbertide, Acquasparta, Assisi, Bevagna, Montefalco, San Gemini, Terni, shows how the Sagra Musicale Umbra is a real “Umbrian” festival albeit in its orientation towards the world.

Returning in these special places over the years increases the value, because the fascination grows with the contribution of a public that increasingly attentive, participates in the ritual music. And that is why, even with the difficulties of nowadays, is offered with great enthusiasm, a precious moment of spiritual enrichment through music and the places that history has given us. Artistic director Alberto Batista says that the tradition of spiritual singing in Umbria has its antic heart set in the repertoire of ‘Laude Franciscan’, born as a naïve poetry in the XIII century.
The most important witness of this heritage, which continues to be handed down and chanted until today thanks to the persistence of Laudesi companies spread in the region, is located in the illustration “code 91” of the Etruscan Academy in Cortona, universally known as “Laudario of Cortona”.

From this incunabula branches off a rich and unbroken tradition of oral transmission and variants that have remained for centuries and they continue to be kept alive in popular devotional practices. To this heritage, the 71st Sagra Musicale Umbra inspires itself, holding the laud and Franciscan spirituality as a compass through a route even more richer than past editions, in the timeframe of eleven days, twenty-four events will be held divided by eleven different locations, chosen for its monumental beauty and for its famous ruins of a spiritual heritage, artistic and unique in the world.