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March 2014

All aboard the Italian special: high-speed, well-styled... and even world-leading. From Bologna to Bolzano, Turin to Treviso — Monocle's editors meet the Italians doing it better — a Monocle National Audit.

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Acquired tastes

Inspired by a creative affinity for the country, a band of Japanese craftsmen have set up shop in Italy. Monocle speaks to a shoemaker, glass artist and tailor about embracing the techniques and traditions of their foreign…

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Task masters

Decisive, outspoken, innovative, inspiring, bold; Monocle speaks to the steel magnate, hotelier, vintner, electricity group head and fashion distributor setting their own agenda.

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Aboard brand Italy

The Italian fleet’s newest flagship, ‘Cavour’, is on an unusual mission. The privately funded aircraft carrier is travelling more than 34,000km to Africa and the Middle East to promote Italian industry and to show it comes…

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Asia briefing

The no-holds-barred motorcade of the Sultan of Brunei, the debate over "real" Japanese food and the Italy-Korea scientific partnership celebrates its 30th birthday.

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Moving with the times

Molteni&C is an illustrious furniture company with nearly 80 years of industry experience – and it is having to call on all of its know-how to keep up with a fast-changing design industry. Monocle meets a family firm intent…

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Expo 71: When in Rome

If you’re in the diplomatic game, you could do worse than a posting in Rome, where you’ll probably be put up in a palazzo fit for a pope. Just be careful not to show off.

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Flying colours

Family business turned worldwide brand Benetton is about much more than high-street fashion. It bought and breathed new life into a roadside food chain and has funded a number of creative projects via its research centre…

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Observation

Italy’s easy charm is its strength and a weakness, says Tyler Brûlé, but the world can learn from both.

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Oceania briefing

Atiu island gets an airport overhaul, gay Aussie couples get state-funded relationship counselling and we interview the MP who represents Australian Italians.

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A fitting experience

Ideally situated to match German efficiency with Italian craft, retail design firm Schweitzer has forged a name delivering store concepts from design to build. Monocle disappears to the mountains to discover how the magic…

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Defence briefing

The future of big military programmes in the US, a new "made in Italy" armoured vehicle and why the Argentinians are snapping up American Humvees.

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On the make

Whether it is exceptional cuisine or governmental incompetence, Naples is said to exemplify both the best and worst of Italy. Monocle discovers the spirited heart of craft and industry beyond this and speaks to the ‘arti…

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Pitti of angles

From renowned fashion houses producing new capsule collections to fresh brands rolling out eye-catching tailoring, the 85th incarnation of the Pitti Uomo trade fair was home to all manner of innovative approaches to mens…

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Sign language

As a country renowned for taste and style it is little surprise that Italy’s brands have such a strong aesthetic identity. Monocle delves into the nation’s visual history and charts its most striking logos.

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Maestros of the universe

Its cuisine is known the world over and everyone aspires to drive Italian-designed cars. Here are 10 areas in which, economic woes notwithstanding, Italy leads the way.

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Get some fresh air

South Tyrol, the mountainous northern border region of Italy that meets Austria and Switzerland, requires its own air service that reflects the area’s remote beauty, high quality of life and fine traditions. Here’s our…

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Runaway success

Buoyed by 100 years of heritage, Alenia Aermacchi has engineered a venerable position at the forefront ofcivilian and military aeronautics. Monocle tours the company’s Turin facility for a pre-flight check.

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