Contributors / Laura Rysman

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Just add water

The City of Bridges is at a contemplative moment. It has come through two sleepy years, freed by the pandemic from the usual tourist crowds, and is now cautious about their return. Ahead of the city’s forthcoming Art Bie…

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Style leader

We meet this dedicated follower of fashion whose designs for heritage Italian brand Aspesi are setting new trends worldwide.

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Class of its own

Fashion schools tend to be either technical or conceptual. Yet Florence’s Polimoda is stitching together a new approach, promoting both practical skills and artistic experimentation. We meet some of its creative leaders and…

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Hack attackers

For the writers and cartoonists of Italy’s satirical monthly newspaper ‘Il Vernacoliere’, no target is off-limits, whether it’s a prominent cleric or self-aggrandising politician. We meet the team behind the gags.

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Volcanic activity

At the foot of Mount Etna, the once-overlooked Sicilian port of Catania has undergone a striking modern transformation. As its increasingly confident youthful population bring their influence to bear, the city’s now vibrant…

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Generation game

Department store Luisa Via Roma opened its doors in 1929 and has been at the forefront of Italian retail ever since. Now with a pair of generations plotting its course, we speak to two members of the shop’s founding family…

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Bringing it all back home

Fendi’s ‘F’ logo is evocative of fashion at its most refined. And its new partnership with investment group Design Holding could soon see it become equally associated with fine furniture and interior design. Fendi’s CEO,…

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On a slow roll

Inspired by an Italian appreciation of quality, three friends have created a clothing company that’s determined not to be a fashion brand.

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New landscape

When the usual channels of shows closed, Italian curators found a new way to promote contemporary art.

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Florence: A triumph of style

For many, Florence embodies the kind of easy-going lifestyle that makes the world dream of Italy. Think of flutes of prosecco at aperitivo hour, sipped beside medieval palazzos; leisurely bike rides; and views of olive…

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Rise again

Set in the sweeping hills of Tuscany’s wilder neighbour, Castello di Reschio adds a keen eye for historic Italian design to its rustic setting.

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11. Nature’s call

You don’t have to launch your new business in a city. The sisters behind a Tuscan resort are proving that the countryside is where you can put down your roots and flourish.

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21. Travel to the globe

By forcing its viewers out of their comfort zones in galleries, Olafur Eliasson’s Alpine installation offers an immersive perspective on our relationship with the planet and its place among the stars. It’s time to find…

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Stepping forward

In Veneto, despite economic uncertainty, traditions hold on and Italians stay sharp in style and business.

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Club culture

What’s the right recipe for luxury? To find the answer, we visit an historic hotel where familiarity meets grandeur.

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Rough diamond

The creative residents of Sicily’s delightfully unpolished capital have claimed their home town as a hub for art and design – and a haven for anyone looking to soak up the sun and sea.

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36. Next on the menu

Italian chef Massimo Bottura – holder of three Michelin stars, founder of Food for Soul charity dining halls and host of the ‘Kitchen Quarantine’ cookalong – concocts a recipe for how restaurants can adapt to survive the…

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Living off the land

Once a wreck, the refurbished Tuscan estate of Potentino is now a draw for city slickers keen to put urban life behind them and get back to the land – even if it means digging ditches for free.

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Back to bright

After years in the doldrums, beloved Italian brand Benetton is getting a spring in its step. Newly appointed artistic director Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is taking the company back to its roots with a welcome dose of pop…

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Crowd pleasers

Italians, even in the smallest of towns, make big demands on their luxury fashion emporiums. A special network gives them a helping hand.

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Meeting of minds

Rocky but relaxed, this French-administered, Italian-influenced Mediterranean island is undergoing an awakening. Artisanal industries and unspoilt beaches – along with new transport connections – are bringing a grande armée…

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Toque of the town

Want to become the next great Italian chef? Then head to a palace in northern Italy that’s training the next generation of star cooks.

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