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Life becomes a time warp in Cornello dei Tasso, a golden stone medieval hamlet of unusual beauty perched on a cliff in the Brembana Valley at 800 m above sea level. Only eight kilometers north of San Pellegrino Terme and …

Would America have won the Revolutionary War without Benjamin Franklin’s uncanny knack for politics and persuasion? How would things have gone if the American polymath, the tenth son of a poor candle and soap maker originally from England, hadn’t learned …

In the age of the Baroque, the archbishop of Milan Federico Borromeo (1564-1631) would send burly yet educated men to sea on a hunt for manuscripts.  Cardinal Federico was a younger cousin of the zealous prelate Carlo Borromeo, the eventual …

It is a lovely day of spring, March 27, 1995, as the clocks strike 8.30 a.m. in Milan.   At that very moment, Maurizio Gucci enters a building at central Via Palestro 20 where his office is located. The 45-year …

The town of Correggio is like a woman that wraps you around her sensuous waist. She is soft and jovial, filled with feverish dreams. But she is so changeable. Her mood embodies the chiaroscuro of a Renaissance canvas as light and …

Giorgio Faletti was a multitalented artist: a gifted crime novelist, an inspired singer-songwriter, a stand-up comedian, and an actor who added dramatic dimensions to his onscreen persona.  The adventurous storyteller died of lung cancer in 2014 in Turin, at age …

Serene and atmospheric, the hill town of Valguarnera Caropepe sits at 629 meters above sea level on the eastern slopes of the Erei mountains in the province of Enna. The surrounding hills face the giant volcano Mount Etna, the ocean …

There is a portrait of Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli standing next to philosopher Marsilio Ficino, one of the foremost minds of the Italian Renaissance. In it, Toscanelli appears as a mysterious man. He wears a turban embroidered alla moresca — …

Last May, a super talented Italian designer created looks for Jennifer Lopez on the occasion of The Global Citizen VAX Live Concert in Inglewood, California. He sketched a Cavalli minidress for her performance. J. Lo was so divine in that custom-made …

The undulating ridge of four peaks in the Bergamasque or Orobie Alps embraces the panoramic village of Oltre Il Colle in the Alta Val Serina Valley. Mount Menna, Mount Arena, Grem, and Alben stand in a range called MAGA. The …