At Colnaghi New York, audiences have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience rare and newly discovered masterworks by some of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance. The exhibition marks a rare occasion in which so many museum-quality works from that period come to the market at one time. Indeed, alongside Rovezzano and Antonio Lo...

In 1978, when Holly Herrmann was 20, she flew to Bolzano, Italy, a scenic city in the foothills of the Tyrolean Alps, to compete in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition. A native Californian, the budding concert pianist was taken with a country that was so intricately interwoven with classical music, food and beauty. She vowed to ma...

In a market where the bulk of mechanical innovations are iterations of past inventions, a house like Bvlgari stands out by providing relief. Since introducing the Octo collection in 2012, it has been recognized and appreciated for its design with powerful lines, and worked them in such a way as to fit them into the cases of the Octo Finissimo line,...

The story of Versace’s is the story of a family. Gianni Versace was born in Reggio Calabria where as a child he acquires the skills of a tailor’s shop. Having moved to Milan to pursuit a career in the world of fashion, in 1973 he becomes the designer for Byblos, where he works for several years until he decides to open his own fashion house.  “Gian...

Zerocalcare is the pen name of MicheleRech, one of Italy’s best-selling graphic novel artists, famous for his ability to write comedy with depth. His comics blog – Zerocalcare.it – is one of Italy’s most read comics destinations and widely shared on social media. Forget My Name, the first Zerocalcare book to be published by ABLAZE, is a poignant st...

Milan, apart from being one of the greatest Italian cities, and one of the most cosmopolitan in the world, in the course of history has earned itself the title of “capital of fashion”. Like Paris and New York, the activity of the fashion system is concentrated also in Milan, with fashion weeks, academies for designers and enthusiasts of the sector,...

Planning on spending Christmas in Italy? Great idea and Venice, and the Veneto, should be your first your choice. Simply put Italian Christmas tradition is at its very best in the Veneto.  You'll find something to suit all tastes.  Let me share a little of what you can expect... The choice is extremely varied, ranging from the world famous ski reso...

AROUND THE YEAR 1603, Italian shoemaker and amateur alchemist Vincenzo Casciarolo tried smelting some especially dense stone he had found on the slopes of Mount Paderno, near Bologna. No gold, silver, or other precious metals resulted as he had hoped. But after the stone had cooled, Casciarolo discovered something interesting: If he exposed the mat...

Rome celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Italian painter and Futurist master Giacomo Balla by opening his former home to the public for the first time, after being closed up for 30 years. Casa Balla, the painter's kaleidoscopic vision of art and colour on Via Oslavia, opened in June with visits up to November. Due to popular demand...

Michelangelo Merisi, commonly known as Caravaggio, is one of the top representatives of Italian art of all times, able to stand out with his paintings not only thanks to several masterpieces made during his short life – reaching an extraordinary fame – but also to leave a deep mark in the artists that came after him. Michelangelo was born in Milan...