Contributors / Laura Rysman

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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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True colours

When in Paris, the visionary designer heads for the tranquil – but suitably colourful – setting of her local bistro.

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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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Bigger picture

Camera designer Alessandro Gibellini is developing a rare but lucrative business in modern large-format models.

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Past lives

The Missoni designer looks to the past for inspiration as she drives her family brand forward.

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Task force

Steering one of Italy’s largest media companies is just part of Monica Mondardini’s job portfolio. The CEO tells us about the steely resolve that keeps her business decisions on track.

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Branching out

An Italian company has taken inspiration from nature to design a graceful outdoor gym. The collaboration, using specially developed materials, is robust enough to survive in public spaces but beautiful enough to avoid…

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Precious time

The Biennale des Antiquaires is where the world’s top jewellers dazzle crowds with their most extravagant one-off creations – pieces that often take years to create. And in a buoyant market fuelled by the timeless desire…


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