Cultural Arts

Italian Design Expo

Italian Design Expo

ITALIAN DESIGN TAKES CENTER STAGE AT MILAN FURNITURE FAIR The 52nd edition of the Milan Furniture Fair kicked off this week, packing every meter of the city’s fairground with a plethora of exhibitors, occupying shops, loft spaces, museums and the streets of the city’s hip and haute neighborhoods with thousands more. Design furniture makers from around the globe have converged on the defining industry event of the year displaying their latest collections to more than 300,000 visitors from 160 countries, ranging from industry...

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Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week will feature 71 Runways. Rooftops may still be frosted with snow when Milan Fashion Week kicks off on February 20, showing Italian womenswear collections for winter 2013-2014. Seventy-one runway shows will be staged; seven of which are a making a double run for double the audience. Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Versace, Marni and Emilio Pucci are familiar names on the doubles list, but Jil Sander is new; a sign that the attention and rave reviews Sander has been getting since her return a year ago to her namesake...

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Holiday Designer Fashion for Kids

Holiday Designer Fashion for Kids

Cruciani, an Italian label known for its superb cashmere garments, has started producing some of the most sought-after friendship bracelets around. A trendy and frivolous Christmas treat – and inexpensive at five euros – is their star bracelet, each star representing a wish. Pomellato’s DoDo jewels, an icon for teens as well as adults, is a more expensive though highly durable alternative. Gold pendants in a range of adorable animal shapes (price 99 euros) can be mixed and matched with little silver beads in bracelets and...

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Italian Art of the Fascist Era

Italian Art of the Fascist Era

(ANSA) – Florence – A new exhibit in Florence explores competing artistic movements in Italy during the country’s most politically tumultuous period of the 20th century. The Thirties: the Arts in Italy Beyond Fascism is currently on view at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence’s largest temporary-exhibition space. ‘When Fascism held sway, Italy was the scene of an extremely vigorous artistic battle in which every style was involved, from classicism to Futurism, from expressionism to abstract art, and from monumental art to...

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Italian Luxury Lingerie by La Perla

Italian Luxury Lingerie by La Perla


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(ANSA) – Rome, November 16 – Renowned luxury lingerie maker La Perla has launched a new plan aimed at heightening the allure of its top-end lingerie products globally, boosting sales through a push into high-growth economies such as China and Japan, all the whilst keeping its historical base in Italy at a time many rivals are moving production bases abroad to cut costs. Key is management’s desire to remain in Italy, where the lingerie-maker has its roots and sources its quality inspiration, even as the local economy has...

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Teatro alla Scala

Teatro alla Scala


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Teatro alla Scala is a world-famous Opera House located in Milano, which was built to replace the Teatro Regio Ducal that was destroyed by fire after a Carnival in 1776. The Teatro alla Scalla was designed by Giuseppe Piermarini, the great neoclassical architect.  The first opera to be performed within this historic location was Antonio Salieri’s L’Europa Riconosciuta to the libretto by Mattia Verazi on August 3, 1778. Opera, ballet, concerts, recitals, and cultural events take place throughout the year at Teatro alla Scala. To learn more...

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Romeo and Giulietta

Romeo and Giulietta

Balcony of Romeo and Giulietta in Verona, located in the Italian Region of Veneto, written by Shakespeare. Il balcone di Romeo e Giulietta a Verona, nella regione italiana del Veneto, scritto da Shakespeare.

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