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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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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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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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Spread the word

There is a weight of passion, wit, intellect and fun to be found on Italy’s screens, in its speakers and in its print. Monocle delves into the quirks of the country’s news and entertainment, and finds the best of its lea…

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Cycle chain

Emilio Aldo Renesto is a steelwork specialist whose frames are one of the first links in northern Italy’s small yet sturdy bicycle industry.

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La bella vita

OK, so they might have creaking transport systems, crime problems and high unemployment, but Italian cities also have an irresistible charm. Here’s where we’d live.

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Europe Briefing

A rummage in the Italian president's wardrobe, what's next for the French first lady (whoever she is), and a dispatch on the economic and political state of the UK.

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Media briefing

A new magazine for chefs, the Italian encyclopaedia of everywhere and the changing fortunes of II Globo

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Food briefing

An Italian issue wouldn't be complete without a look at food happenings, from restaurants to street markets.

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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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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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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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