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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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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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Inventory No. 71

We’ve continued this issue’s Italian theme for this month’s Inventory, with a pasta maker, a coffee machine, perfume and grappa all on our wishlist.

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Stepping forward

It’s a skill that requires great precision and care, so it’s no surprise Santoni’s shoemaking apprentices can take six years to learn the trade. Master shoemaker Silvano Sollini reveals his pride in passing on the craft to…

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Room with a view

We bring you some of the best places to stay in Italy, including a 16th-century former monastery and a 500-hectare estate in the Tuscan hills. We also introduce you to some fine boatyards.

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Talking Italia

What next for Italy? In this special survey of the nation we look at its fault lines but also the strengths that endure and amaze.

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Business class

Set in the heart of Italy’s financial capital, SDA Bocconi is increasingly ranked as one of the world’s best business schools, with 70 per cent of students coming from abroad. We head to the campus to learn more.

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Special delivery

Mistral Air is not your typical airline. Founded by a former film star, it charters passenger flights by day and runs mail services by night – and is a big hit with pilgrims.

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The fixers

Plagued by scandal and financial woes, Italy has long been making headlines for the wrong reasons. We meet five people striving for change in the country.

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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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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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