Tiepolos in the Plural

“You are going to love the place, I told my sister, after my brother and I picked her up at the Venice airport.
–        I’m sure I will, she replied. Judging from the pictures I’ve seen…
–        And speaking of pictures, you’ll see, the rooms of the villa are covered with actual Tiepolos!
–        With actual what? she asked me, a little lost.
–        With frescoes by Tiepolo, Giambattista Tiepolo, the famous Italian painter!?” Continue Reading →

My Idea of a Lovely Hotel – The Hotel Palazzo Guadagni in Florence

A room with a view… This is what I would like to share with you this week: a room with a view which I had fantasized about for years before discovering it, at long last. Continue Reading →

Palazzo Bo in Padua – designed by Giò Ponti

This week’s topic is once again related to a “rare” item I purchased for a song many years ago. Not at a flea market this time, but at a charity sale. A set of six modernist dining room chairs which I bought for the equivalent of 15 euros – the whole set! I was absolutely delighted. Continue Reading →

The Café without doors – Pedrocchi in Padua

This must have happened to you too… One day, your eye is for the first time caught by a very peculiar house, shop or façade, and you think to yourself: “Gee, I’ve walked past this thing a hundred times and never noticed it before!?” Continue Reading →

Rustic elegance at its best

If I have always had a passion – and, I think, some flair – for design and interior

decoration, I most certainly owe it to my dear Mom, who was an accomplished expert in these fields. My eyes light up as soon as I have to deal with architecture, furniture, fabrics, glassware, lamps and carpets. Continue Reading →



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