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wine italy s enological stars trends big profits to be made in wine the giants of sailing the rolex cup in sardinia michelangelo s art striking vision trapped in marble tourism 10 great beaches of italy venice the route of dukes and nobility fancy food show the italians hit washington dc big time most of the big shots in the italian food world will be there the summer fancy food show at washington in july the usa s largest food and drink event will be displaying 180,000 products with 2,400 exhibitors from 80 different countries

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editor s note italy at the fancy food show from the 10th to the 12th of july the walter e washington convention center in washington d.c will be transformed into a huge international food showcase for the 57th edition of the summer fancy food show which will be attended by nearly 3000 exhibitors from 70 countries providing 140,000 products this is an unusual location for the event which has moved here due to the ongoing renovation of its long-time home the jacob k javits convention center in new york this year 36 percent of the exhibition will be devoted to non-american produce and italy as usual will have the lion s share of the stands in the main pavilion which hosts 240 exhibitors with their characteristic regional products destined for the dinner tables of the many american families that are gradually changing their eating habits the data speaks clearly regarding the new trends and despite the economic crisis more americans than ever before want to eat genuinely natural and healthy foods at home or in restaurants the desire for tradition and authenticity of local produce is also growing and the italian diet is overtaking the low-carb diet with very positive effects on the exportation of italian products the desire to bring made in italy to the dinner table is therefore unaffected by the current crisis and the real problem for italian exporters seems to be as always the risk of copying and counterfeiting this important issue will be discussed at the summer fancy food show where it will be possible to become familiar with the extraordinary variety of authentic italian products present at this special event thanks to various organizations and institutions mostly locally based from all of the italian regions this variety is the great wealth of italian products and services abroad not only gastronomic but also regarding other sectors such as tourism but it is also the achilles heel of this kind of promotion since there is always a division according to each separate italian region and province which often operate autonomously or even in competition one with the other without a unified policy that in many cases could reap substantial benefits for italian exports 1 all about italy

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contest 18 18 the giants of sailing the maxi yacht rolex cup returns 24 40 the cloud put off until 2013 interview with massimiliano fuksas 36 60 italy s enological stars italy s greatest wine 24 a night at the lighthouse a lighthouse that has been converted into a luxury hotel 42 the multifaceted gio ponti architect artist designer interior designer and magazine editor 64 big profits to be made in wine wines business 26 10 great beaches of italy the most beautiful beaches in italy 44 fancy food show the italians hit washington dc big time 68 the eleventh commandment respect your dosha interview with chef giacomo gaspari 30 the route of dukes and nobility a gentle cruise down the brenta river 50 baci perugina the chocolate that has conquered the world 72 an italian night interview with chef giovanni pinato 34 leonardian itineraries leonardo da vinci is undoubtedly one of the finest examples of genius in recorded history 74 52 bacio perugina ambassador for made in italy interview with gabriele oddo a quintessential italian steakhouse interview with chef fausto ferraresi 36 striking vision trapped in marble the perennial appeal of michelangelo s masterpiece 88 54 once upon a time there was a machine so magical that interview with oscar farinetti

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fotoreportage 4 all about italy

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spotlight on cortona the tuscan sun festival always exceeds one s expectations by elisa rodi the ninth edition will be held from the 1st to the 7th of august at cortona in toscany and judging by the guest-list it will not disappoint us this time either martha argerich one of the world s greatest living concert pianists will open the festival with a concert dedicated to the art of the tango and the event will close with the splendid voice of the young australian soprano danielle de niese the new rising star of the world of opera but the spotlight will focus particularly on the two hollywood stars sharon stone and jeremy irons who will be performing together in nocturne seduction smoke and music the love story of chopin and george sand on august 5th this is a show that unites the arts of theater music and dance and that tells the story of the unusual love affair lasting over a decade between the celebrated pianist and composer frédéric chopin and the anti-conformist and feminist french writer amandine-lucile-aurore dupin better known as george sand the two actors will bring the stormy and passionate encounters of these artistic legends to life starting from the days they spent together in majorca when chopin was cool and aloof and sand was irresistibly attracted to the man and his art and ending with an unusual relationship in which she had a protective role with a kind of maternal adoration of the ailing man whom she had by now tamed these controversial characters from the mid 19th century provide two very demanding and challenging roles for the american actress and film producer sharon stone and the english actor jeremy irons starring in one of the highlights of this year s tuscan sun festival www.tuscansunfestival.com

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spotlight on cortona the tuscan sun festival always exceeds one s expectations by elisa rodi the ninth edition will be held from the 1st to the 7th of august at cortona in tuscany and judging by the guest-list it will not disappoint us this time either martha argerich one of the world s greatest living concert pianists will open the festival with a concert dedicated to the art of the tango and the event will close with the splendid voice of the young australian soprano danielle de niese the new rising star of the world of opera but the spotlight will focus particularly on the two hollywood stars sharon stone and jeremy irons who will be performing together in nocturne seduction smoke and music the love story of chopin and george sand on august 5th this is a show that unites the arts of theater music and dance and that tells the story of the unusual love affair lasting over a decade between the celebrated pianist and composer frédéric chopin and the anti-conformist and feminist french writer amandine-lucile-aurore dupin better known as george sand the two actors will bring the stormy and passionate encounters of these artistic legends to life starting from the days they spent together in majorca when chopin was cool and aloof and sand was irresistibly attracted to the man and his art and ending with an unusual relationship in which she had a protective role with a kind of maternal adoration of the ailing man whom she had by now tamed these controversial characters from the mid 19th century provide two very demanding and challenging roles for the american actress and film producer sharon stone and the english actor jeremy irons starring in one of the highlights of this year s tuscan sun festival www.tuscansunfestival.com

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people paying attention to detail the name of matteo marzotto stands for elegance by elisa rodi the man an italian count who was born in 1966 ­ is a living paragon of charm and good taste of course when you are the son of count umberto francesco marzotto and the stylist and model marta marzotto born into one of the largest and most prosperous families of italian entrepreneurs it s a lot easier to be able to become a style icon but for matteo refinement is something very different from exaggerated flaunting of riches and luxury considered to be one of the most elegant men in italy matteo marzotto has long been famed for his lordly attitude and manners always paying attention to detail he dresses and behaves impeccably on every occasion whether it be a worldly event a fund-raising charity evening an appearance on tv or a sporting occasion that is probably why he had the honor of guiding the fortunes of the maison valentino as its president for a couple of years although he left the company in 2008 in order to take on various other ambitious projects such as the acquisition of the celebrated french fashion house vionnet the ceo of various companies and the president of enit the italian national tourism agency matteo marzotto has held many important positions in his nearly 45 years although his professional talents and successes sometimes pass unnoticed probably due to his bewitching charms that have led to a string of glamorous girlfriends just as long as his professional curriculum it is perhaps a surprise that marzotto says that his style icons are prince charles and robert redford but he has always maintained that one s style is an exquisitely personal matter and this probably explains why matteo has been able to outdo his models a great lover of accessories he has an exclusive collection of watches the most precious of which are those of iwc and patek philippe but marzotto s sense of good taste is also morally sound and it includes good causes revealing a heart and mind as noble as his family s history the words of balzac spring to mind when one thinks of matteo marzotto since he famously stated that luxury costs less than elegance 6 all about italy

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people frida she s a great designer she s a new face in the world of fashion she s italian and she s the creative director of gucci meet frida giannini by denise marianacci frida giannini born in 1972 studied at the academy of costume and fashion in rome and worked for a time at a small pret-a-porter establishment but her name soon began to be known all around the world and in 1997 she started working for the prestigious firm of fendi first of all as a designer and then as head of the leather goods sector in 2002 she started working for gucci as the style director of the purse and bag sector and then as creative director for the company s accessories from this point on giannini started to create her most innovative works and using gucci s archives as a starting point she transformed the classic icons of this famous italian brand into her own successful creations in 2006 thanks to her constant great determination and fine intuition she became the creative director of the brand and ever since then she has always gone far beyond the mere creation of collections because hers is a constantly evolving artistic profile this profile has also allowed her to personally contribute to the architectural design and furnishings of the new gucci stores and to become the creative manager of the company s advertising campaigns to all this must be added the numerous awards and prizes that she has received all over the world such as the international designer of the year award that she received from the fashion editor s club of japan in tokyo in 2009 frida is personally committed to the close cooperation between gucci and unicef which has led to her being presented the unicef women of compassion award of the u.s fund for unicef in february 2011 and being appointed to the board of directors of the ppr foundation for women s dignity and rights where she plays a fundamental role in social initiatives creativity commitment passion and unique collaborations are the bywords of her life the latter include the one recently undertaken with lapo elkann focussing on the two italian brands of gucci and fiat in order to present the new 500 by gucci a commemorative edition of the historic fiat city car for the 150th anniversary of the unification of italy www.gucci.com frida giannini started working for gucci as the style director of the purse and bag sector in 2002 and in 2006 she became the creative director of the brand 8 all about italy

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inbrief a wine for a unique pleasure in southern tuscany the valdipiatta winery has launched the trend of personalized wines complete with an exclusive label and a wine consultant by elizabeth pasca now you can choose the varieties of grapes directly from the vineyard personally select the preferred blend of bouquet and specific taste sensations and watch the phases of the production process unfold all the way to bottling and labeling with the attentive assistance and unrivaled good judgment of genuine wine consultants in this way you can create an exclusive wine that is entirely unique in the world and that has a special sentimental value because it has been made to measure according to the wishes preferences and ideas of its creator and ultimate owner it is possible to realize this exceptional dream in the province of siena at the prestigious vineyards of the tenuta valdipiatta this is a leading label of the nobile di montepulciano wine and its proprietors have made oenological excellence their mission focussing their attention on local specialities and professionalism in order to give its elite customers the opportunity to create a wine that is literally without equals thanks to this initiative the client discreetly and appropriately advised by a team of experts becomes the protagonist of the whole production process creating his favorite blend of grapes tasting the wine in their barriques the tenuta valdipiatta vineyards were and then enjoying the final result a unique and inimitable product miriam caporali who runs the tenuta valdipiatta explains the american customers who have taken up this offer established in the late 1980s thanks to the passion for the land and wine of belong to a very high target in terms of both culture and financial resources and they seek giulio caporali who restored an old uniqueness in every product and experience guided by a great passion they often fly over farmhouse surrounded by several to italy from the united states in order to cultivate their `tuscan dream and they personally hectares planted with vines on the hills supervise the creation of their own wine making very substantial investments that only a that slope gently from the town of montepulciano in the province of siena few people can afford the idea of a wine that is made to measure just as one might down to the valdichiana the valley of order a suit from one s favourite tailor has attracted ever growing numbers of wealthy the chiana river today thanks to the american businessmen who have found the novelty and variety of personalized offers steady commitment of his daughter proposed by the company irresistible in fact the support of a personal wine consultant at the miriam who has taken over the client s complete disposition is just one of the trump cards of the winery which management of the company offers a range of other initiatives such as wine tasting and wine tours these are all continuing in her father s footsteps the products of the estate have unique oenological become a by-word for excellence experiences usually in fact the tenuta valdipiatta is highly personalised and internationally ranked by the of the highest leading guides of the wine industry educational qualities in as one of the most prestigious a perfect warm and wineries producing the nobile di montepulciano wine in the friendly boutique montepulciano wine region winery style valdipiatta 10 all about italy

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cars ferrari ff the factory of maranello creates a 4x4 the new ferrari is a must for the lovers of the italian brand by elisa rodi ferrari ff a 4x4 with four seats four-wheel drive and a coupè profile these are the characteristics of the new car produced in the town of maranello the ferrari ff unlike the usual red racing ferraris the 4x4 drive is an exceptional feature considering that the usual 4x4 systems were not applicable to the ultrasportive spirit of ferrari the engineers at maranello created one from scratch which is 50 lighter than any previous systems in fact advanced electronics have been adopted in order to handle the upgraded 660 horsepower the is system controlled by the so-called hand lever or knob placed on the steering wheel it allows the driver to choose from five different configurations comfort sport wet for driving on wet surfaces and ice in addition to the esc-off function that removes any electronic control so that you can enjoy the ff like a real racing-car driver ferrari ff unlike the usual red racing ferrari it stands out for the 4x4 drive above enzo ferrari 12 all about italy

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lifestyle dreaming in chiantishire sotheby s is selling a unique property a villa in the heart of the chianti region among forests mountains and vineyards by elisa rodi chianti is not just synonymous with great wine it is a wonderful land that offers a warm welcome to its visitors the area has a great artistic value with all the delights of nature food and wine that attract many visitors every year because it offers the possibility for an unforgettable journey through the characteristic region losing oneself in the charm of timeless landscapes discovering the beauty of nature as well as picturesque villages and castles here in the heart of tuscany just 15 km from florence and surrounded by woods hills and mountains there stands a splendid eighteenth century villa that the london auction house sotheby s is selling at the price of 6.6 million euros a magnificent avenue of cypress trees takes you directly to the main entrance of the 1000m2 villa on the ground floor a spacious entrance hall leads to a dining room kitchen three bedrooms a study a playroom and a courtyard while the first floor has seven bedrooms a study five bathrooms a library and a small kitchen the property also includes a guesthouse and a separate private residence for the custodian of the villa and grounds in addition to a large outdoor swimming pool a chapel a greenhouse and a private park with 2 hectares of landscaped italian gardens www.sothebysrealty.com 14 all about italy

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inbrief when irreverence becomes art the new pop art of giuseppe veneziano a post-modern provocateur by elisa rodi at the artverona exhibition of 2009 he painted a baby miniature hitler in the arms of the madonna triggering off an uproar amid allegations of blasphemy as well as a great deal of moral and political criticism this lady of the third reich was bound to provoke such heated reactions from many quarters such as the jewish community the representatives of the catholic church conservative critics and even the mayor of verona flavio tosi the work was bought by an art dealer and was immediately withdrawn from the exhibition leading to various gestures of solidarity towards the artist due to the censorship he had apparently suffered giuseppe veneziano was born in 1971 in the sicilian province of caltanissetta and after a period spent teaching art history at the academy of fine arts of riesi sicily he moved to milan to dedicate himself to completely to painting the artist himself is not really flustered by the accusations and criticisms that his works arouse he himself explains my paintings are often labelled too quickly hitler is simply a ploy to attract attention towards a character whose role in history is still unresolved he justifies himself and deflects any further controversy and attack by adding i ve always said that if art does not provoke then what should it do art should elicit strong reactions in the viewer it should give rise to discussion and debate stimulate new points of reflection and give us a yardstick for deciphering everything that revolves around us and for understanding it all in the best way this is where the power of art lies veneziano thus sees his art as a sort of goad or a stimulus to the viewer and his works are certainly as pointed and penetrating as any kind of art can get the artist re-uses the icons of our time especially from the sphere of pop culture including hitler spiderman the italian journalist and novelist oriana fallaci and the porn-star cicciolina it makes no difference if they are positive or negative he takes them out of context and puts them into unusual scenarios in order to create an alienating effect with an explosive mixture of black humor sex politics and merciless irreverence for this artist tearing these recognized and consolidated symbols out of their usual settings and taking them to another far away place is the only way to emphasise them so that we can see them in a completely new light and reconsider them with a different attitude and a renewed critical spirit the viewer certainly cannot remain indifferent to the image of hitler sporting a pair of breasts and caressing them with an air of satisfaction or the severed head of oriana fallaci the artist puts a strong emphasis on sexuality and he has represented orgies featuring personages such as mussolini and the comic-book italian character eva kant he does not even spare childhood icons such as the cartoon characters candy candy and lady oscar or superheroes such as batman and wonder-woman veneziano uses a graphic style that is typical of the comic-strip and the cartoon and he acknowledges a great personal debt to the inspirational cartoonist andrea pazienza in addition to an elective affinity with maurizio cattelan another controversial italian artist thus he shamelessly expresses a new pop spirit full of contradictions and contrasts inspired by the mixing of many different genres which is such a typical feature of post-modernity 16 all about italy

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the giants of sailing the maxi yacht rolex cup returns to porto cervo in september the world s largest yachts will set sail for an intense week of racing by elisa rodi 18 all about italy

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events an epic spectacle as has happened every year over 45 maxi yachts will venture forth in the sardinian sea in an epic spectacle 19

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