Italy is synonymous with the fine arts and its world-famous painting and sculpture galleries. Lesser well-known are the numerous museums dedicated to its rich industrial and crafts heritage. The Italian Touring Club has recently published a guide book entitled Turismo Industriale in Italia, listing a vast variety of museums large and small documenting this fundamental aspect of Italian life.

Some examples of places of interest include: the Galleria Ferrari, Maranello, near Modena, resplendent with its mythical racing car models, trophies and photographs, as well as the Alfa Romeo Historic Museum at Arese (Milan) exhibiting some of the companys finest cars dating from 1910 to the present day, the Guglielmo Tabacchi Safila Gallery at Padua, specialised in examples of spectacles and optical instruments from the Middle Ages onwards, the shoe paradise of the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Palazzo Spini Feroni, Florence, with over 10,000 pairs of shoes designed and produced by the celbrated footwear manufacturer and cocktail king Martini & Rossis Museum at Pessione di Chieri, near Turin.

Other industrial gems include the National Railway Museum (Naples), the Barilla pasta manufacturers historic archive (Parma), the Fiat Archive and Historical Centre (Turin), the Olivetti typewriter and calculator Historic Archive (Ivrea) and the Alessi Museum with a display of its innovative designs in household objects (Crusinallo di Omegna, near Verbania).  

For information: www.museimpresa.com

Posted on 13 Dec 2008 by Editor
Murano - Cosa vedere a Murano e come arrivare

 

The Island of Murano in the Venice lagoon has been famous for its glass creations for centuries.

 

For information: Tel (0039)(041)2737711  www.nataledivetro,com

Posted on 11 Dec 2008 by Editor

Napoli sul tetto del mondo: Il Teatro San Carlo è il più bello del ...

 Naples celebrated San Carlo opera house is to undergo a vast three-year restyling operation.

Posted on 07 Dec 2008 by Editor

Relais Todini – Antico Maniero nel cuore dell'Umbria, a Todi

 

For a taste of gracious living in Umbria, Italy Green Heart, the charming Relais Todini near Todi (Perugia) offers 8 luxury rooms and 4 suites in a country mansion dating back to the 14 th century and owned by the Todini family.

 

Posted on 03 Dec 2008 by Editor
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Posted on 30 Nov 2008 by Editor

David di Donatello, l'Emilia Romagna in vetrina all'Oscar del ...

On the 28 th November, Donatellos famous bronze statue of David will once more be on view to the public after a long and complex restoration.

Posted on 26 Nov 2008 by Editor

Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, is staging a unique tribute to two great Medici women who had enormous influence on the course of events in their times.

Posted on 22 Nov 2008 by Editor

Throughout November and December 2008, the province of Lucca, Tuscany, is staging a programme of events to celebrate the 150° anniversary of the birth of its famous son, the composer, Giacomo Puccini, born in the town of Lucca in 1858.

Posted on 18 Nov 2008 by Editor

 

Verona historic town theatre, which first opened in 1846,  has found a novel way to finance necessary roof repairs.

Posted on 12 Nov 2008 by Editor

Villa Pisani (Stra) - Wikipedia

 

The 18 th century Villa Pisani at Stra, near Venice, has been nominated The Most Beautiful Park in Italy for 2008.

Posted on 08 Nov 2008 by Editor

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