A JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF A UNIQUE PLACE AND OF AN EXTRAORDINARY SCRIPT FROM XIIIth CENTURY

Despite the pouring rain, last Friday a large number of people participated to the presentation of my new book: the 500th of the “Blue Series” by Velar-Elledici … The event was a sort of journey through the ancient history of a unique place, a treasure trove of art in the heart of the Ancient Bergamo.… Read More A JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF A UNIQUE PLACE AND OF AN EXTRAORDINARY SCRIPT FROM XIIIth CENTURY

VIDEOCLIP: THE IMPRESSIVE ABBEY OF CORAZZO (CALABRIA, ITALY). A PLACE OF ART, HISTORY AND CULTURE

© Roberto Alborghetti  On the slopes of the Sila, in Calabria (Italy), in the province of Catanzaro, there is an extraordinary place, representing great pages of history and  culture. It’s the ancient abbey of Santa Maria di Corazzo, founded by Benedictine monks in the eleventh century, near the river Corace. It was mentioned in papers since… Read More VIDEOCLIP: THE IMPRESSIVE ABBEY OF CORAZZO (CALABRIA, ITALY). A PLACE OF ART, HISTORY AND CULTURE

THE ANCIENT “PHARMACY” OF S. MARIA NOVELLA: 400 YEARS OF HISTORY IN THE VERY HEART OF FLORENCE

© Photos: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI / OFFICINA PROFUMO-FARMACEUTICA S.M.NOVELLA, FLORENCE (Italy) * Last Friday night, the 22th of May, 2015, the presentation of my new book “Quando il giorno era una freccia” (English translation: “When the Day was an Arrow”) took place in Florence in the historical rooms of the ancient “Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica of Santa Maria… Read More THE ANCIENT “PHARMACY” OF S. MARIA NOVELLA: 400 YEARS OF HISTORY IN THE VERY HEART OF FLORENCE

FLORENCE, ART AS AN EXPERIENCE OF GEOMETRY (#1) / IMAGES FROM THE BEAUTIFUL FAÇADE OF S.MARIA NOVELLA

© Photos: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI * The Church of Santa Maria Novella is one of the most important Gothic churches in Tuscany. The exterior is the work of Fra Jacopo Talenti and Leon Battista Alberti. The interior holds extraordinary works of art including Masaccio’s Trinità, Ghirlandaio’s fresco cycle in the Tornabuoni Chapel and Giotto’s Crucifix, among… Read More FLORENCE, ART AS AN EXPERIENCE OF GEOMETRY (#1) / IMAGES FROM THE BEAUTIFUL FAÇADE OF S.MARIA NOVELLA

SIENA (ITALY): “THE GATE OF HEAVEN” RE-OPENS ITS WALK THROUGH MAGNIFICENT ART

  Photos: Courtesy of Opera – Civita Group, Press Office * The Cathedral of Siena re-opens its “Gate of Heaven( 1 March – 6 January 2015). Once again, from 1st March, visitors will be able to admire the very peak of the building. The visiting path, opened forthe first timelast spring,has allowed to admire venueseveropen… Read More SIENA (ITALY): “THE GATE OF HEAVEN” RE-OPENS ITS WALK THROUGH MAGNIFICENT ART

THE TRIUMPH OF RENAISSANCE: THE IMPRESSIVE REGAL ROOM AND DUCAL ROOM / INSIDE THE VATICAN PALACES #3

Sala Regia (Regal Room) and Sala Ducale (Ducal Room) are two beautiful rooms in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. They aren’t generally open to visitors: they usually host consistories, conferences, papal hearings or special events. I recently had the opportunity to visit them (I was in Rome to meet Pope Francis for the presentation… Read More THE TRIUMPH OF RENAISSANCE: THE IMPRESSIVE REGAL ROOM AND DUCAL ROOM / INSIDE THE VATICAN PALACES #3

“THE ALLEGORY OF PATIENCE”: ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PAINTINGS IN THE MEDICI COLLECTIONS ON SHOW AT PALAZZO PITTI IN FLORENCE (ITALY)

  At Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy) an exhibition opened on one of the most significant paintings in the Medici collections, The Allegory of Patience, which belonged to cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici and is today held in the Sala di Prometeo in the same Palazzo Pitti. Initially attributed to Parmigianino in the inventories of… Read More “THE ALLEGORY OF PATIENCE”: ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PAINTINGS IN THE MEDICI COLLECTIONS ON SHOW AT PALAZZO PITTI IN FLORENCE (ITALY)

THE GENIUS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI DESIGNED IN 1502 THE STUNNING HARBOUR (PORTO CANALE) IN CESENATICO (ITALY)

*** © Photos: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI / TOURISM OFFICE, CESENATICO   Cesenatico is an historical resort city on the Riviera Adriatica (Forlì-Cesena Country, Italy). For its relaxing and elegant atmosphere it is called the “living room of Adriatic Sea”.  Here, the old fish market, still active, is within walking distance from the modern wholesale market. And… Read More THE GENIUS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI DESIGNED IN 1502 THE STUNNING HARBOUR (PORTO CANALE) IN CESENATICO (ITALY)

BLACK AND WHITE STONE STRIPES ON A RARE MEDIEVAL MONUMENT ON LAKE COMO SHORES (GRAVEDONA, ITALY)

  © Photos: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI * Gravedona is a nice town on Lake Como (Italy). A really stunning medieval monument rises along the banks, a few meters from lake waters. It’s a rare church, Santa Maria del Tiglio, Saint Mary of the Lime-tree (in fact, behind the monument, close to the lake shore, you may… Read More BLACK AND WHITE STONE STRIPES ON A RARE MEDIEVAL MONUMENT ON LAKE COMO SHORES (GRAVEDONA, ITALY)

THE CATHEDRAL OF SIENA UNVEILS ITS MAGNIFICENT MARBLE INTARSIA FLOOR: EXTRAORDINARY NIGHT OPENINGS (UNTIL OCTOBER 27)

 PHOTOS: COURTESY OF OPERA DUOMO – PRESS OFFICE; LUCA PECCANTINI  * Following last year’s success that witnessed the participation of more than 350,000 visitors, starting next August 18th, right after the Palio dell’Assunta and until October 27th the magnificent Cathedral of Siena “unveils” its extraordinary marble intarsia floor. The precious marble “carpet” is usually protected from being… Read More THE CATHEDRAL OF SIENA UNVEILS ITS MAGNIFICENT MARBLE INTARSIA FLOOR: EXTRAORDINARY NIGHT OPENINGS (UNTIL OCTOBER 27)

ART NOUVEAU “LIBERTY” STYLE IN THE NEW “GUIDE TO THE HISTORICAL PLACES OF ITALY”: THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, TRATTORIE, CAFE’ AND GRAPPA STORES

The Guide to the Historical Places of Italy, published by the Association, is the only one of its kind, and it is reviewed by the Italian press along with the most important national guides. This year the Guide takes us on a tour of the over seventy historical establishments of Italy which bear witness to… Read More ART NOUVEAU “LIBERTY” STYLE IN THE NEW “GUIDE TO THE HISTORICAL PLACES OF ITALY”: THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, TRATTORIE, CAFE’ AND GRAPPA STORES

SIENA (ITALY) / : VISITING “THE GATE OF HEAVEN” AND CARAVAGGIO MASTERPIECE: ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, “THE DIVINE BEAUTY”

Photos: Courtesy of Opera Duomo, Siena – Press Office  * Guest Writer: Carmelina Rotundo  *  A gently sloping green landscape where olive trees enrich the sscenery, isolated hamlets: in the tangle of branches the buds and flowers in soft clusters along with leavesare reawakening. Here and there, the cypresses, some young, others ancient; the bare… Read More SIENA (ITALY) / : VISITING “THE GATE OF HEAVEN” AND CARAVAGGIO MASTERPIECE: ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, “THE DIVINE BEAUTY”

(HE)ART PLACES / THE MYSTERIOUS LONGOBARD CRYPT (8TH CENTURY) ON MOUNT AMIATA IN TUSCANY

© Photos: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI * In Abbadia San Salvatore, on Mount Amiata – Siena country, Tuscany, Italy – there is a magical and capturing place. You find it on the ancient Benedectine abbey. It’s a Crypt where we breath the history and the beauty of one of the most fascinating Tuscany villages. According the documents,… Read More (HE)ART PLACES / THE MYSTERIOUS LONGOBARD CRYPT (8TH CENTURY) ON MOUNT AMIATA IN TUSCANY