Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Milan about 4 times in my life.  And the saying “Milan works, so that Rome can eat!” always pops into my head whenever the name is said.  Milan is an industrial city with areas of extreme beauty and areas of big city decrepitude.  And I’ve stayed in both areas.  For those of you who have taken the train into Milan will know what I’m talking about.  It’s here, many years ago, that I saw tagging at it’s most prolific.  It seemed that everywhere outside of the Duomo district, buildings were tagged. This shocked me. And then I heard that the mayor at the time was of the opinion that if the people weren’t bothered by it then why should he do anything.  That’s the Italian way.

Milan is home to some of the biggest design shows in the world and the Salone Internazionale del Mobile is one of them.  This is the biggest design event in the industry. And yes, I missed it again this year!  It ended this past Sunday April 17th. Oh well, there’s always next year.

I’ll mention the interesting pieces found at the show in future posts, but today I came across the Palazzo Segreti; one of the many hotels servicing the show.  But this one is special.

Palazzo Segreti, is a new concept hotel conceived and designed by Roberta Tibaldi and her husband Francesco, “Palazzo Segreti is designed as our home. A house is open to the guests with a warm touch but at the same time, respecting their privacy. In a more and more media-oriented world where Privacy fades, Palazzo Segreti recovers the charm of mystery, of knowing how to retract and relax – perhaps – to regain our truest innerself. For Business man it’s a refreshing retreat, for tourists it’s the discovery of the Italian allure and flavours”.

In Italy, it’s all about the food, art and architecture and the Tibaldi’s have done a beautiful job combining all in their hotel.  They have liaised with Lia Rumma Gallery to bring their guests the newest in artists work.  And architecture was completed by Brizzi+Riefenstahl-Studio.

The design of the rooms is what caught my attention.  The use of Venetian plaster is so fresh when combined with modern pieces. Italians know how to do “sexy” really well.

For your next trip to Milan, stay at the Palazzo Segreti and let me know how your stay was.



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EVENT – Luminato

Luminato is here!!  Yeah!!

Years ago when travelling in Italy, it seemed that wherever we went there was some sort of festival going on.  And I remember saying, “Why doesn’t Toronto have great festivals like Italy and France?”  And 8 years later, voila, now we do!

Luminato for me is most exciting because it lasts for 10 days and has incredible performances by local and international artists.  It is a multi-disciplinary festival of theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, design and more.

This festival always sneaks up on me and it seems that I never have enough time to see all the things I want to see.  But this year I have a plan.  Follow me:

  1. Go to the Luminato site –  www.luminato.com
  2. If you need to read about Luminato (like I do) go ahead and click ABOUT LUMINATO.
  3. On the left side menu, at the bottom is ARE YOU A LUMINATIC. Click this.
  4. Go to the Make a Plan heading and click FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE to get the full program.  Here you can see the day-by-day events, times, costs and a live link to buy the tickets.  You may choose to bookmark this or print it like I did.
  5. Here’s the tricky part.  On that page, pick any event.  On the event page, right side you will be able to “BUY TICKETS” or “ADD TO PLANNER”. Click this, and fill out the information to make your own planner.  By creating your own planner you will be able to share on facebook or twitter, buy tickets, make comments, etc, and just keep organized!

My first pick is Rufus Wainwright – All Days are Nights – Songs for Lulu.

And I think I’ll take my budding actor son to see John Malkovich in The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer.  Oh he’ll love this!

Start planning now because tickets are going fast!

Have great fun!


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