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Takafumi Mochizuki lives in Florence since 2007 and in 2008 he learned the art of restoration of the artistic furniture and wood inlay at the workshop of the Renato Olivastri Master Restorer. In 2014 he opened a shop in San Frediano, where he applied his method for inlaying.

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The organic biscuits of Zenzero Candito are still made by hand with wholemeal flour of ancient stone-ground grains. Zenzero Candito uses excellent organic raw materials from small local producers, the chestnuts of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, the Sicilian almonds of the Val di Noto, the hazelnuts of the Altalanga. Each biscuit is handmade as it once was, always guaranteeing the maximum naturalness and genuineness of each of our products. From December 2015 the biscuit is certified organic.

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Yokohama University of Art and Design has around 13,000 graduated students who have worked actively in various fields of our society for 50 years, since the Women’s Junior University was founded, which is a former university of Yokohama University of Art and Design. Art is extremely important to shape a spiritually affluent and active society. Because creativity in Art links peoples and cultures beyond various borders and becomes a foundation to create something new.

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Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. It is notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family and for its architecture. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.

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Wellmade is a platform allowing you to discover the very best Italian craftsmen, be introduced to their work and assess the quality of their bespoke products and services. Discovery leads to sharing; appraising enhances reassessment: Wellmade is a community of crafts lovers and experts, who love all that is “beautiful and well made”, within a gratifying, culturally advanced, experience with social networks. It aims at promoting a shared quality culture, and bringing together the different businesses that are daily engaged in enhancing and supporting high-end craftsmanship. What is well made, with hands and heart, is different and of a higher value, a value which is being rediscovered, again and again, within the vast reality of the crafts world, so rich with beauty. Finding the best quality, though, and assessing and adjusting it to one’s requirements is not always easy. Here is where Wellmade can be helpful: thanks to its ongoing research for excellent artisans and through a system of passionate users’ reviews and ambassadors’ advice, Wellmade aims at becoming your most reliable advisor.Wellmade means researching and sharing all that is “well made”: it is the reputation of dozens of experts and the experience of hundreds of friends, soon to become several thousands, to help and support you in your choice of quality and value. Wellmade is a project of the Cologni Foundation for the Mètiers d'Art, ideated by Dario Riva and Edoardo Perri. The Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art is a private non profit organization. Franco Cologni, its President, created the Foundation in Milan in 1995, to accomplish a «new Renaissance» of the crafts and rescue the heritage of the métiers d’art from the threat of disappearance.With these founding purposes, the initiatives of the Cologni Foundation are chiefly addressed to the young and to the training of the next generations of artisans. The Foundation promotes, supports and carries out a number of cultural, scientific and educational programs.

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We operate both as a think tank and activist platform, strengthening connections between the best available information and stakeholders. We collaborate with universities, businesses, cultural institutions, and public authorities to deliver projects and recommendations based on rigorous research to bring about real changes according to social, economic, physical and ecological indicators. The city and the lagoon are considered inseparable elements of a single system, highlighting the importance of negotiations between the natural environment and human intervention. Venice’s singular circumstances offer huge potential as a laboratory for exploring innovative approaches to community resiliency. Our initiatives range from self-contained projects and exhibitions often with the aim of raising awareness, to other more substantial ongoing campaigns, research and Ph.D. programs.

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Washington, DC, the U.S. capital, is a compact city on the Potomac River, bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It’s defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings – including the iconic ones that house the federal government’s 3 branches: the Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court. It's also home to iconic museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center. Monuments and memorials, eclectic neighborhoods, true local flavor Washington, DC is a place unlike any other. It’s your home away from home with free museums and America’s front yard.

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Since 1930 the same family creates and produces home made ice creams with high quality ingredients and with a lot of passion handed down to the 4th generation. In addition to the historic shop, since 2013 Vivoli has opened two ice cream parlors in the United States, one in New York and the other one in Orlando.

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The Association Vivant believes that the role of Nobility should not be considered exhausted and that today, in the overall crisis of values that involves contemporary society, it can play a specific role that is not easily replaceable, ideally reconnecting to the great industriousness of the past ruling classes. To this end, the Association intends to carry out a double-action, aimed towards the interior of the aristocratic world to re-aggregate it in common values and towards the outside, with the aim of making known the positive role of the Nobility. Fabrizio Antonelli d'Oulx is the president and actively supports many initiatives with passion and a lot of work.

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Vittorio Umberto Antonio Maria Sgarbi is an Italian art critic, art historian, politician, cultural commentator and television personality. He was appointed curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Several times a member of the Italian Parliament, he served also in Milan's municipal government. But Vittorio Sgarbi is not only the art critic: he is also the curator of major international exhibitions, a prolific writer of best-selling books, presenter of successful transmissions that have remained in the history of television, a politician, a counter-current thinker and a tireless defender of the art and culture.

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Vistaterra è il luogo in cui natura, scienza e bellezza si incontrano, dando vita ad un mondo ideale, sostenibile, rispettoso del pianeta e delle persone, dove ogni cosa è fatta secondo regole che rispettano l’ambiente, sostenendo la crescita e il benessere sociale. Vistaterra è una dimora storica completamente sostenibile, in cui comprendere l’origine e i segreti dell’enogastronomia di qualità, dove trascorrere il tempo libero, fare sport, imparare, scoprire o semplicemente stare a contatto con la natura. Un borgo di esperienze e di momenti unici, che affondano le radici nella storia e nella cultura di questi luoghi e, al contempo, trasportano in un mondo futuro e possibile, nel pieno rispetto dell’ambiente e delle persone.

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Villa Monastero in Lake Come, is one of the main attractions in the area for its strategic historic-landscape-environment position and for the various services it offers; the central nucleus is a House-Museum, recognized as a museum in 2004 by the Lombardy Region, and completely accessible to the public with an exhibition itinerary running through fourteen fully furnished rooms, with original furniture and decorations. There is also a world-famous Congress Centre in this historic home near Lake Como, renowned for the physics lessons held in 1954 by the Nobel prize-winner Enrico Fermi. The Italian Physics Society still organizes courses in Villa Monastero every year. The Villa offers numerous possibilities to companies, universities, firms, associations and research centres to hold conferences, seminars, training courses, workshops and other cultural manifestations in an extremely attractive location. The name of this marvellous villa derives from its monastic origins as a convent dating back to the 12th century. It can be admired today in its present aspect of a late nineteenth century eclectic home, surrounded by a Botanic Garden extending for almost two kilometres along the lake front from Varenna to Fiumelatte. The garden attracts about 100.000 visitors every year, offering leisure or learning opportunities due to the presence of numerous rare species of indigenous and exotic trees which now remarkably number more than 900 specimens, earning it the regional recognition of Botanical Garden. The particularly mild climate typical of the lake allows botanical rarities from all over the world to live together in this garden. The context of Villa Monastero also offers the possibility of developing and deepening educational and recreational activities for school outings or families. The beauty and exclusiveness of the site mean that Villa Monastero is also suitable as a photographic set for prestigious Italian or foreign fashion or travel magazines. This magical setting is also the perfect place for celebrating weddings, with its Botanical Garden, rich in plants, flowers and poetic views, and the marvellous rooms of the House-Museum.

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La Rotonda è l’esito felice dell’incontro tra il genio di Andrea Palladio, architetto all’apice della carriera, e il nobile vicentino Paolo Almerico (1514-1589), uomo colto, ambizioso e altero il quale affida ad Andrea Palladio il progetto per la propria villa suburbana alle porte di Vicenza. Dopo alcuni passaggi di proprietà la villa viene acquistata dai conti Valmarana di Venezia nel 1912 La Rotonda è un’icona di fama mondiale, ma per i Valmarana anche una casa. Il conte Andrea Valmarana la acquistò in pessimo stato nel 1912, abitandola con la famiglia nei mesi estivi fino agli anni ‘70. Durante la Seconda guerra mondiale fu parzialmente occupata dai Tedeschi e danneggiata dallo scoppio delle numerose bombe cadute nelle vicinanze. Dal 1976 cominciarono i grandi restauri conservativi, tutti a carico della Proprietà. Nel 1980 la Rotonda ha aperto al pubblico, rendendo accessibile anche l’interno sei anni più tardi. Nel 1994 è arrivato il prestigioso riconoscimento dell’UNESCO, primo monumento palladiano ad essere dichiarato Patrimonio dell’Umanità, seguito dal sito “La città di Vicenza e le ville del Palladio in Veneto”. Nel corso dei secoli la villa è stata meta di visite illustri: studiosi, artisti, architetti, letterati, ma anche uomini di stato e regnanti, come l’ex re d’Inghilterra Edoardo VIII accompagnato dalla moglie nel 1936. Ma la Rotonda ben si presta anche come set cinematografico: si ricorderà la famosa scena in costume settecentesco girata sulle scalinate, nel Don Giovanni di Joseph Losey del 1979. L’attuale Proprietà Valmarana intende proseguire nella direzione tracciata dal conte Andrea, integrando la conservazione architettonica alla volontà di mantenere viva la Rotonda, non solo una residenza privata ma soprattutto un bene prezioso da consegnare alle future generazioni.

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Villa Dosi Delfini, capolavoro del Barocco Pontremolese, è visitabile con un calendario di aperture straordinarie nel corso dell'anno, oppure su prenotazione per visite private e di gruppo. Questa straordinaria dimora storica, in cui si intrecciano arte, architettura, paesaggio e curiosità storiche è inoltre disponibile per eventi, banchetti e matrimoni. La Villa barocca è stata realizzata tra la fine del XVII secolo e l'inizio del XVIII. Nel 1988, la Villa ottiene il riconoscimento di "interesse storico ed artistico particolare" ed è oggi sottoposta a vincolo da parte della Soprintendenza Archeologica Belle Arti e Paesaggio per le province di Lucca e Massa Carrara. Villa Dosi Delfini, a masterpiece of the Pontremolese Baroque, can be visited with a calendar of extraordinary openings during the year, or by appointment for private and group visits. This extraordinary historic home, where art, architecture, landscape and historical curiosities are intertwined, is also available for events, banquets and weddings. The Baroque Villa was built between the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th. In 1988, the Villa obtained the recognition of "particular historical and artistic interest" and is now subject to restrictions by the Archaeological Superintendence for Fine Arts and Landscape for the provinces of Lucca and Massa Carrara.

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Villa della Torre Allegrini, è una delle ville di maggiore interesse del Cinquecento veneto. La pianta, imperniata su un cortile con peristilio, si rifà alle antiche case romane. Dal 2008 il complesso, divenuto di proprietà Allegrini, Azienda agricola produttrice di vino, tra le più famose al mondo e punto d'eccellenza dell' Amarone, è sede di rappresentanza aziendale e ospita eventi mondani e culturali. Villa della Torre Allegrini, is one of the most interesting villas of the sixteenth century in Veneto. The plant, hinged on a courtyard with peristyle, refers to the ancient Roman houses. Since 2008, the complex, which has become the property of Allegrini, a wine producing farm, one of the most famous in the world and a point of excellence for Amarone, is a corporate representation and hosts social and cultural events.

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Villa della Regina, part of Turin muesums Complex, was commissioned by Cardinal Maurizio di Savoia, built according to a project by Ascanio Vitozzi at the beginning of the 17th century. It was restructured according to a project bVilla della Reginay Juvarra that in the first half of the eighteenth century paid particular attention to the villa in relation to the gardens. Reopened to the public after a careful restoration, it rediscovers the ancient splendor, scenographic backdrop of the city, in the center of the Italian gardens with pavilions, water games and agricultural areas that are once again productive. On the hills behind the villa, a famous vineyards produces red sapcial wine.

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Villa dal Verme e' considerata dagli studiosi la madre delle ville venete. Eretta verso la fine del '300 venne poi modificata nel suo aspetto castellare dall'inserimento nelle due facciate principali di due splendide trifore ad archi acuti trilobati secondo lo stile veneziano, a testimonianza della resa di vicenza nel 1404 alla serenissima repubblica. La villa fu costruita dalla ricca famiglia dei Dal Verme originaria di Verona e stabilitasi poi a Milano, Piacenza, Bobbio e Voghera. A pianta quadrata, rivolge il prospetto principale a sud, verso il canale Liona, sul quale affaccia un portico a due grandi archi a sesto ribassato di diversa ampiezza decentrati sulla sinistra. Al piano nobile si aprono simmetricamente una trifora in pietra tenera dei Berici ad archetti trilobati, affiancata da due monofore trilobate in cotto. Il fronte settentrionale è simmetrico e si apre verso la campagna, al piano terra, con un portale ad arco a tutto sesto in laterizi, mentre al piano nobile ripete lo stesso schema di aperture della facciata opposta con la trifora e le due monofore. È probabile che la primitiva villa sia sorta su resti di un edificio preesistente con funzione difensiva, trasformato poi in fondaco, base anche per scambi commerciali con Venezia, che avvenivano via acqua.

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Una passeggiata con Luca e Benedetta su per i viottoli della nostra amata collina. La collina di Torino, così piena di storia e di "vigne" ancora abbandonate. Ciascuna veniva costruita in posizione ottimale. Il timpano centrale un segno architettonico distintivo che rendeva signorile anche la più semplice villa o vigna. Oggi quella che noi possiamo considerare la collina di Torino è la porzione che forma un quadrilatero da San Mauro a Moncalieri, a Chieri, a Baldissero fino a richiudersi a San Mauro. Elisa Gribaudi Rossi, nel suo libro Ville e Vigne della collina torinese, fa una esauriente descrizione delle valli con una prospettiva a volo d'uccello e scopre così “da sinistra a destra per chi guarda dalla città si aprono la valle Grande di Mongreno, la valle Piccola di Mongreno, la vai di Reaglie dove confluiscono i valloncelli detti val Sorda, dei Talleri, dei Goffi; poi la collina si addolcisce nella soleggiata Valpiana, s'incapriccia nelle valli di San Martino Superiore e Inferiore, s'innalza nel lungo sperone che va dalla Gran Madre a Santa Margherita all'Eremo, per riabbassarsi nello splendore verdeggiante della Valsalice; si rialza col largo contrafforte dell'aristocratica zona di San Vito detta impropriamente valle, s'impicciolisce nella modesta vai di Grava sopra la quale gira, mutando di esposizione, la vai Pattonera; infittiscono le abitazioni nella gran conca solatia di Cavoretto; poi, mentre la collina muta d'andamento sino a Moncalieri, nette spiccano la val di rio Sappone o del Fioccardo e la val Cunicolo; quindi la morfologia si arruffa in poggetti, valloncelli, terrazze scivolose per il tratto che il Grossi chiama val Mairano; quindi torna incisiva nella valle che con nome settecentesco chiameremo San Morizio, chiusa dalla larga testata di Costalunga; dietro il castello di Moncalieri, infine, sale il contrafforte Santa Brigida, sopra e al di là del quale sfolgora la magnificenza delle ville.” E' lungo questo manto di valli, strade, torrenti e dorsali che fin a partire dal XVI secolo nascono e si sviluppano le ville e le vigne trattate in questo studio, attraverso una cernita delle più significative e mediante la lettura della loro storia, dei personaggi che le hanno vissute, delle trasformazioni che hanno subito nei diversi secoli e del loro rapporto con il territorio. A walk with Luca and Benedetta up the paths of our beloved hill. The hill of Turin, so full of history and still abandoned "vineyards". Each was built in an optimal position. The central tympanum was a distinctive architectural sign that made even the simplest villa or vineyard elegant. Today what we can consider the hill of Turin is the portion that forms a quadrilateral from San Mauro to Moncalieri, to Chieri, to Baldissero until it closes in San Mauro. Elisa Gribaudi Rossi, in her book Ville and Vigne of the Turin hills, gives an exhaustive description of the valleys from a bird's eye perspective and thus discovers "from left to right for those who look from the city, the Grande valley of Mongreno opens the Piccola di Mongreno valley, the Reaglie valley where the small valleys known as the Sorda, Talleri and Goffi valleys converge; then the hill softens in the sunny Valpiana, becomes tangled in the valleys of San Martino Superiore and Inferiore, rises in the long spur that goes from the Gran Madre to Santa Margherita to the Hermitage, to lower again in the green splendor of the Valsalice; it rises with the broad buttress of the aristocratic area of ​​San Vito improperly called the valley, becomes smaller in the modest valley of Grava above which the Pattonera valley turns, changing its exposure; the houses thicken in the large sunny valley of Cavoretto; then, while the hill changes its course as far as Moncalieri, the val di rio Sappone or del Fioccardo and the val Cunicolo stand out; then the morphology becomes ruffled in little hills, little valleys, slippery terraces for the stretch that the Grossi calls Val Mairano; then it returns incisively in the valley that with an eighteenth-century name we will call San Morizio, closed by the large Costalunga head; behind the castle of Moncalieri, finally, the buttress Santa Brigida rises, above and beyond which the magnificence of the villas shines. " It is along this mantle of valleys, roads, streams and ridges that the villas and vineyards treated in this study were born and developed since the sixteenth century, through a selection of the most significant and through the reading of their history, of the characters who have experienced them, of the transformations they have undergone over the centuries and of their relationship with the territory. (1)

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VeniceGreen pensa, racconta e realizza storie di verde, storie di giardini e spazi che invochino bellezza, benessere e armonia nella natura. Quella sensazione che si prova in un ambiente green è ciò che contraddistingue la sensibilità per il verde, la connessione con la Natura. La nostra attitudine è di seguire e proporre quella sensazione. Il nostro è un green mood che decliniamo e plasmiamo sulle esigenze di chi, con noi, vuol costruire la sua “emozione verde”. VeniceGreen è una realtà oggi, che unisce tre aziende storiche del panorama veneziano (GreenService, StudioGiardino e Idrogarden e Idroponico) offrendo risposta a 360° in tema di cura, progettazione del verde e realizzazione di “idee e spazi verdi”, interni ed esterni.

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Elegant, precious, inimitable, fun, romantic: this is Venice, the gem of the Venetian and Italian tourism scene, where churches, palaces, ancient bridges, monuments, and squares tell the artistic and cultural vivacity that has marked and still marks the history of this city. The heart of Venice is the splendid Piazza San Marco, the most elegant living room in Europe, surrounded by works of unquestionable value: the imposing bell tower and the Basilica with its five portals and the decorations of marble and mosaics that anticipate the splendor and the wealth of interiors. Also the museums, the Biennale of Architecture, the gondolas and the ancient caffè Florian, everything is worth a visit.

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