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HOTELS The News To Use … (No. 23)

A friend of mine, the much travelled Jürgen, just came back from Torino (Italy) and told me about the Hotel „Lingotto“. It got four stars only, but was created by the famous architect Renzo Piano who had to solve an insolvable problem: How the change an office block into a luxury hotel without giving the … Weiterlesen »

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MUSEUM The News To Use … (No. 22)

It’s called MUMAC, short for the „Museum of Espresso Coffeemaking Machines“. A great piece of architecture, created by the Cimbali Group, no. 1 of the espresso machine producers and founded in 1901. This was the year of the first steaming, whistling and shining apparatus, and to celebrate this date, the MUMAC opened in the autumn … Weiterlesen »

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MYSTERIES I Got A Strange Message … (No. 46)

You know the legend: A sword is so deep embedded in a rock and no one can pull it out but the knight who is blessed by God personally. It happens in dozens of medieval tales, from King Arthur’s adventures to the „Nibelungenlied“. And then you come, by chance or plan, to a mountain called … Weiterlesen »

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HOTELS The News To Use … (No. 15)

It’s an Italian castle near Siena in Tuscany and once it was owned by Italian movie giant Lucchino Visconti (1906-1976) who made films like „The Leopard“, „Death in Venice“ and „Ludwig II“. And his beloved star was the Austrian male beauty Helmut Berger (still alive). Everytime they wanted to enjoy their love, they escape to … Weiterlesen »

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HOTELS The Nice Advice … (No. 61)

You want a spot with eternal good weather, even in winter? And a hotel to feel at home at a reasonable price? In a landscape or town who come close to the word „paradise“? I tell you: Pizzo in Calabria (Italy) is your destination. One yet undiscovered jewel, never colder than 15 C or 59 … Weiterlesen »

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CHURCH In (papal) Praise of … Anagni (No. 17)

It’s quite a big city, this Anagni (spoken „Anan-yi“), with roughly 21 000 inhabitants. But does anybody out there know her? And why? Because it is the only place on earth where four popes were born – and others were the centre of weird stories, all happening within the walls of this town, not for … Weiterlesen »

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MUSEUMS The Nice Advice … (No. 22)

The collection of the Papal State, accumulated in 2000 years, is so vast that nobody – not even the Holy Father – has seen more than some 100 exibits. The Vatican Museums got millions of objects in store, from coins to paintings, from sculptures to scrolls. One estimates that only 20 % are on display … Weiterlesen »

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HOTELS A Story Of Glory … (No. 13)

He was the greatest poet Italy ever had: Dante Alighieri („Divina Commedia“). But he was permanently in trouble politically. When he was exiled again in 1318, he lived in the village Gargagnago di Valpolicella, north of Verona, in the Villa Casal dei Ronchi, which his son Pietro bought for the family. It’s a beautiful, enormous … Weiterlesen »

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BUILDINGS The Nice Advice … (No. 39)

Of course, you enjoy what the Medici achieved in Florence. Never before and after was a dynasty able to form the appearance and the image of an independent state. It’s still their town. In addition, they were the most important family in the 15th and 16th century in Italy, maybe in Europe, which means – … Weiterlesen »

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This Shop Is Top (No. 11)

We are aiming at the best knee or long socks (hell, who would wear he short ones?) on earth. Therefore you go to Via di Santa Chiara 34 in Rome and enter Gammarelli (unfortunately closed on saturdays). They are the tailor of popes and cardinals since 1798 but open to the public in their unpretentious … Weiterlesen »

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