As the rest of the world continues to power through the COVID-19 pandemic, a delightful and intoxicating respite has returned to Italy — one of the planet’s most ravaged and earliest hit countries — in the form of tiny windows scattered throughout the luscious Tuscany region. The surprise awaiting imbibers on the other end of the opening is vino, pure and simple. A staple beverage that is ubiquitous to Italy; presented, with discreet charm, in a historic display that seems to indicate that things, finally, might just be returning to normal.
Just a stone’s throw away from Florence’s busy Santa Maria Novella train station stands a 600-year-old pharmacy that started as an infirmary. This establishment is renowned for creating sweet-smelling elixirs and skincare products that draw customers from around the world. Beyond selling modern-day perfumes and cosmetics, Officina Profumo – Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is a preserve of ancient monastic history and tradition. Read along to find out more about this unique, centuries-old pharmacy that may be the oldest in the world today.
The Renaissance influenced much of the world’s most acclaimed art. From the feminine muses of John William Waterhouse and William-Adolphe Bouguereau to the dignified portraits of Hans Holbein the Younger, the beautiful images of these skilled master artists are some of the most recognizable in the world.
The rolling Tuscan hillside is known for its vineyards, scenic landscapes, and artistic legacy. One of its better-kept secrets sits just outside the small village of Saturnia on the grounds of an old mill. For centuries, locals and visitors alike have flocked to the Cascate del Mulino, a beautiful, cascading thermal spring in the charming Italian Province of Grosseto.
The decorated and acclaimed cinematographer, theatrical director, producer, and scriptwriter behind the movies “The Favourite,” “The Lobster,” and “Dogtooth,” Yorgos Lanthimos, can now add Vogue Greece and Gucci fashion photographer to his impressive resume.
The Belgian Pavilion is proud to present “Mondo Cane” at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The show is the work of artists Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys and curator Anne-Claire Schmitz. “Mondo Cane” centers on a look at society through a lens of marginalization and reality.
For anyone who thinks one person cannot make a difference, just look at the example of Antonio La Cava. The retired Italian schoolteacher has decided to spend his golden years bringing the joy of reading to his local region in southern Italy.
Burano is a colorful little island near Torcello in the northern Venetian Lagoon, 7 miles from Venice in Italy, Europe. Tourists can visit Burano, the hometown of great Italian artists like sculptor Remigio Barbaro, musician Pino Donaggio, and composer Baldassare Galuppican, by joining a 45-minute waterbus ride from Venice.
French dancer, deep-sea diver, and filmmaker Julie Gautier carried out a stunningly beautiful six-minute underwater choreography, gliding through the crystal-clear water of the world’s deepest pool Y40 near Venice, Italy, for the video performance project “AMA.”