PORTA DELLA MANDORLA RESTORED

 

After an extensive ten-year restoration, the monumental Porta della Mandorla ( the “Almond Door”) of Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, can now be admired in its original glory. The masterpiece of Nanni di Banco and last of the seven Cathedral doors to be decorated, the entrance owes its name to the Gothic almond-shaped halo, held up by angels, enclosing the Assumption of the Virgin Maria and St. Thomas.

 

18 Jun 2012 More

GUIDE TO "ALBERGHI DIFFUSI"

 

A list of Italy's 60 “Alberghi Diffusi” (village hotels) is now available for consultation online. The formula, created by tourism consultant Giancarlo Dall'Ara 14 years ago, aims to revitalize historic villages and “borghi” at risk of depopulation. The “hotel” is not grouped in one building, but makes use of typical local houses situated near each other, so that visitors can participate in village life and mix with the local population.

 

15 Jun 2012 More

VILLA DELLA PERGOLA: AN ENGLISH GARDEN

 

The splendid Villa della Pergola, also known as Villa Hanbury, Alassio (Ligury), is the subject of a new book published by the Italian publishing house Mondadori. Entitled: “Un Sogno Inglese in Riviera” (An English Dream in the Riviera), with the subtitle: Le stagione di Villa della Pergola (the seasons of Villa della Pergola), the book recounts the history of the 19 th century manor house and its magnificent 22,000 sqm garden.

 

12 Jun 2012 More

ANCIENT GARDENS OF ROME

 

A recreation of the ancient gardens of Rome provides a plus for garden lovers exploring Rome's Palatine Hill this summer. Archaeological gardeners have replanted the flower and kitchen gardens of the House of Augustus, the Nymphaeum and stadium of Domitian and the Domus Flavia, both with the original plants used in Roman times, or else creating special floral compositions to recall erstwhile visual effects.

 

09 Jun 2012 More

PIENZA CELEBRATES RETURN OF "THE PIVIALE"



The town of Pienza (Umbria), totally redesigned as an “ideal city” by Pope Pius II and consecrated in 1462, welcomes back one of its most famous treasures after a delicate 2-year restoration operation carried out by the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena.

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06 Jun 2012 More

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