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Italian gardens where to get lost: green mazes to visit

posted by Home In Italy on June 24th, 2016

Amusement place and symbol of power for the aristocratic families of the from the past, the labyrinth has always amused and enchanted with its treacherous paths. The charm that evokes the maze has strengthened its symbolic power, becoming a metaphor for the condition of modern man, always labored in the search of something. A symbol that has never lost its charm.
Here is the latest version of the contemporary garden: cultural bamboo maze from the publisher Franco Maria Ricci near Parma, Fontanellato. Although it is the largest in Europe, Fontanellato it is not the only labyrinth of the Peninsula. Here, some of the most famous Italian mazes.

Borges labyrinth of San Giorgio Island, Venice
Opened on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, it is a reconstruction of the labyrinth garden that architect Randoll Coate designed in his honor. It ‘inspired by “The Garden of Forking Paths,” one of the best known stories of Borges, and consists in 3250 box trees that reproduce the poet’s name as if it were written on the pages of a huge open book. Inside the maze is also inserted a handrail in order to help blind people to find their way out; the condition that the poet met in the ’50s.

Villa Giusti, Verona
One of the oldest labyrinths of Europe: in the forest hedges, small but difficult in the track, was already included in the original sixteenth century building. Romantic, from the bell-tower runs a spiral staircase that leads to the panoramic terrace. Would Romeo and Juliet have liked the terrace?

The bamboo maze of Franco Maria Ricci in Fontanellato
300 square meters and 8 hectares of maze with three kilometers of trail. It is the maze’s largest bamboo in the world, the one built by the publisher Franco Maria Ricci in Fontanellato, in the province of Parma. “The idea I got it from my friends inspired writers Borges and Italo Calvino. The labyrinth is a symbol, it is a state of beauty,” he said to HuffPost. At the center of the labyrinth there is a pyramid, which contains a chapel, three restaurants, library, meeting areas, a ballroom and exhibition spaces. It arises around a museum, an archive and a library.

Villa Lante, Bagnaia
One of the most beautiful parks in the sixteenth century mannerist, voted “Italy’s Most Beautiful Park” in 2011. The maze of Villa Lante, in Lazio, is not particularly complicated, but hidden inside the majestic Fountain of Giambologna Mori.

Castle San Pelagio, Padua
This Venetian Castle mazes two houses: the Minotaur (1,200 square meters, with more than 1000 plants Leylandi nearly 3 meters high) and the mirrors (the most simple, no dead ends). The first is hidden a true minotaur (stone). The second one is dedicated to D’Annunzio: the hall of mirrors symbolizing the concept of “double identity”.

Ceramics Classes in Umbria

posted by Home In Italy on May 4th, 2016

At the Grazia factory in Deruta, Umbria, ceramics classes are starting!


The Master painter will teach you the basic decoration technique: the stencil, the making of the border and the painting of the object in the traditional Deruta designs.
Certificate of attendance will be released.

The classes will take place from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.
May: Thursday 26th
June: Thursday 16th, Friday 24th & Thursday30th
Attendance quote: 80,00 euro
www.ubaldograzia.com

From Kandinsky to Pollock. The great art of Guggenheim

posted by Home In Italy on March 18th, 2016

Organized by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation and the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation in New York and Venice, the art exposition of Peggy and Guggenheim is in Florence, with the European and American art of the 20′s until the 60′s. Within the frame of one of the masterpieces of Florentine Renaissance it is possible to admire works of Kandinsky, Pollock and Green Silver, as the result of an extensive research and the tireless work done by the two real stars of the show. Peggy and Solomon, always looking for the ‘genius’. They allowed the comparison among the European masters and the great personalities of the American art scene.

Through the Guggenheim collections it is possible to retrace the birth of the new avant-garde after World War II and the evolution of artistic movements that have succeeded until the sixties of the twentieth century. Among the artists featured in the exhibition there are: Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, Jackson Pollock, Marc Rothko, Wilhelm de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly.

Where: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
When: From 19th March 2016 to 24th July 2016
More info: www.palazzostrozzi.org online tickets: ticket.ticket.palazzostrozzi.org

Neapolitan pizza, a UNESCO heritage

posted by Home In Italy on March 15th, 2016

The petition in support of the Neapolitan pizza makers as UNESCO intangible heritage has reached one million signatures all around the world.

Already enrolled in the Guinness World Records for having won the official world record for the length of 1595.45 meters pizza at Expo 2015, Italy now points to UNESCO. Well yes; Italy claims paternity of the Neapolitan pizza and sends one million and 38 thousand signatures to the UNESCO world headquarters in Paris, after having received support from some cultural and social institutions around the world from London to New York, from Buenos Aires from Sao Paulo to Las Vegas to Japan and Australia. The passion for pizza sees the Americans as the largest consumers of pizza with 13 kg each and Italians at the head of the European ranking followed by the Spanish, the French, the Germans, the British, the Belgians, the Portuguese and by the Austrians.

Neapolitan pizza, was officially recognized as a traditional specialty guaranteed by the European Union, but food piracy and misappropriation of identity, very common for Italian food, pushed the trade associations to reach an international recognition. Every day in Italy are served around 5 million of pizzas for a total of a billion and a half in a year in the 63 thousand pizzerias around the country. It is not a coincidence that today 39 percent of Italians believe that the pizza is the Italian culinary symbol and that pizza is the most known Italian word abroad with 8 percent, followed by cappuccino (7 per percent), spaghetti (7 percent) and from the espresso (6 percent).