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  • Sardinia Beyond the Seaside | Italia Living
    blocks Phoenician ruins and Roman temples there s no denying that the boldest who venture the inland are rewarded with amazing discoveries but since most of us would prefer to remain in paradise it is worth to visit to a place where archeology is served right on the beach Just 30 km from Cagliari in the southern part of Sardinia the bathers can admire the stunning backdrop of the ruins of the city of Nora the oldest town on island From the ninth century B C Nora became an important trading spot because of its promontory s conformation able to guarantee a safe landing with any kind of wind Nora became a major port for maritime trade in the Mediterranean and consequently one of its most developed and populous centers So a visit to the archaeological site is a journey through the variety of cultures that followed one another and which enriched Nora over time through the Middle Ages In that time Arab pirate assaults definitely turned Nora and its harbour into a ghost town Today Nora is once again a growing city its villas resurfacing as the soil and vegetation that covered them are removed A tour to the site allows visitors to walk on paved roads up to the impressive roman amphitheater Take a while to sit there and try to imagine the actors on the stage and the natural scenery of the sky and the sea behind An emotion that you can experience even today since the amphitheater is so well preserved that during the summertime many performances take place in it and more than a thousand people at a time are able to enjoy the shows Pula can be reached from Cagliari airport in less than an hour and offers accommodations of all levels but without

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  • GIADA VALENTI: FROM VENICE WITH LOVE Celebrating the 350th airing with PBS NJTV broadcast | Italia Living
    Domenico Modugno and many more Giada s voice and spirit touches the heart of her audience as she performs songs from multiple genres from the haunting ballad La Vie En Rose to the rock classic Light My Fire A natural storyteller Giada shares anecdotes and personal tales from her past creating a genuine connection with her audience Accompanied by a 26 piece orchestra Giada is costumed in stunning dresses that were specially made for her in Venice The extraordinary set design staging and décor feature elements that are typical of Venice The chandelier a focal point is made of 2 000 pieces of Venetian crystal and took nearly 16 hours to assemble FROM VENICE WITH LOVE features top notch production credits including arranger Chris Walden Andrea Bocelli Michael Buble Barbra Streisand Rihanna arranger Larry Gold Pink John Legend Aretha Franklin multi Grammy Award winning music producer Gregg Field Monica Mancini Gloria Estefan Arturo Sandoval Barbra Streisand television director Alex Coletti PBS specials for Josh Groban and Celtic Woman Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House and lighting designer Chris Landy Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and a GREAT PERFORMANCES Annie Lennox special for PBS Born and raised in Venice Italy Giada Valenti started to sing and play piano at the age of seven and began touring professionally with a band by age twelve She studied piano and music theory at the Santa Cecilia music school in Venice and received her music degree at the G Tartini in Trieste She also studied jazz with American singer Dawn Mitchell In Italy she has won several important music awards including the prestigious La Grande Occasione and Festival di Castrocaro While she was studying psychology at the University of Padova she met the love of her life and moved to The Netherlands She participated in the song contest San Remo New Talents in the World held annually for Italians living abroad and won with her pop ballad Solo Con Te Only With You This led her to a record contract with BMG Ariola in Europe and several hits on the charts as well as the use of her music in radio and television commercials In 2004 she moved to the U S and her self released CD Italian Signorina was launched to great reviews in December 2005 It featured the song Caruso that she performed on the red carpet at the New York City Columbus Day Parade in 2005 2006 and 2007 she has been featured in the parade every year since Producer Sonny Grosso and musical director Phil Ramone selected Giada for a role in the Broadway musical Be My Love based on the life story of tenor Mario Lanza In 2008 iTunes selected her version of the song Caruso as one of the 50 best songs in the Italian language In 2005 and 2006 she performed her own original shows La Dolce Vita Swings and Moonlight and Romance in sold out theaters in New York In June 2007 she made her debut

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  • Trust and Friendship in the Renaissance Florence | Italia Living
    know that the Medici were the sponsors of the frescoes so it is normal that they wanted to show everyone their power in Florence But was trust important in the Renaissance era Yes it was extremely important In order to conquer power in a city like Florence and especially to maintain it it was necessary to trust key people in the city and also trust your allies outside the city So Friendship and Trust were virtues of critical importance This situation is clear in the frescoes We can see Cosimo de Medici a k a Cosimo the Elder who was able to create the Medici dynasty in Florence He is the old man on the left Benozzo Gozzoli the artist who painted these frescoes was instructed by the Medici to show Cosimo s power and at the same time his humbleness These were the main virtues of a leader particularly important in the dangerous times of the Renaissance But how could the artist deliver this subtle message to the astonished viewers of the frescoes Cosimo is riding a donkey which is according to the Bible a universal symbol of humbleness But one can also see the golden magnificent decorations over the donkey so everyone was aware of his rank in Florence His son Piero de Medici in front of him is his heir the current leader of the Medici family and the ruler of Florence He is riding on a white horse symbol of power and noblesse All the Medici s trusted friends and allies are on their side Written by Sergio Porrini Next Generation Virtual Reality Expert Luxury Hotels Museums Exhibitions International Sponsorship Projects ItaliaLiving com contributor Picture courtesy of Virtualiter 2015 Virtualiter net All Rights Reserved Related Articles Manifesto the Ferrari of the Future Social Media in the

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  • Dolce & Gabbana Collaborate with Smeg on the FAB28 Refrigerator | Italia Living
    some latest technology features It is hard to find a homeowner who wishes their refrigerator to truly be a collectible work of art but now it can be thanks to Dolce Gabbana and Smeg Introducing the Fab28 Smeg Refrigerator The typical Smeg fridge is a minimalistic one characterized by a telling brand logo in front a trademark chunky 1950s handle and a color choice from a non traditional retro style color palette Now Dolce Gabbana has collaborated with Smeg to launch a beautiful collection of refrigerators decorated in traditional Sicilian influences and paired with cutting edge technology Each refrigerator features hand painted pure Sicilian cultural elements the lemons the Trinacria symbol cartwheels and medieval knights which also happens to be the trending aesthetic by the Dolce Gabbana s designer duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana The unity between both Italian companies happens to be a perfect match with both Made in Italy brands inhabiting a sense of excellence and respect for tradition and creativity which blends flawlessly across to this collection The FAB28 is extremely limited however Only 100 pieces of the beautifully detailed works of kitchen art are available and the very first prototypes will be available for viewing

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  • Michelangelo’s Italian Villa on the Market | Italia Living
    famous landscape and picturesque tranquillity of Tuscany sits a gorgeous villa which dates back to the 11th century The masterful stone villa is surrounded by Chianti vineyards and views in every direction of the charming Italian countryside This prestigious property was once owned by the Florintine painter Michelangelo Buonarroti famously known for painting the Sistine Chapel and sculpting David a 17 foot marble statue of a nude standing male In 1549 he purchased the property and it remained in the Buonarroti family until 1867 The current owner has restored the property to accurately tell the rich historical account of this property and he currently holds the original documents and deed to the home The 8 Bedroom 7 Bathroom villa features 12 916 square feet of old world charm and is listed on Handsome Properties International for US 8 3 million Listing http www handsomepropertiesinternational com listing cms villa michelangelo Related Articles Secret Tuscan Escapes Hotel Spadai A Touch of Modernity in the Classic Florence Tuscany In the Heart of Chianti Wine Country Sleeping in Florence in Michelangelo s Footsteps Explore History and Art at Iconic Florence Museum Relais Villa L Olmo A Genuine Glimpse of Chianti Borgo di Pietrafitta Offers

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  • Wrought Iron Designs for Home Security and Style | Italia Living
    wrought iron craftsman Villi Zanini often has customers ask him to help render their home secure while embellishing it Wrought iron doors can provide a greater level of protection In these cases they start from scratch creating a security door i e in metal then armoring it and subsequently adding decorative elements and materials The great advantage of starting off from a design is to be able to simultaneously work on both the security and aesthetic aspects integrating glass wood and iron with decorative elements that render the final result harmonious These processes are carried out in close collaboration with architects and interior designers Wrought Iron doors are both elements of security from a storm break in i e and design Some parts of the door such as the handles or inserts can be also made in the same material For houses with doors and windows on the ground floor a grill is an essential element it allows a door or window fixture to be left open without the anxiety that someone will trespass However security can be transformed into oppression if we get the feeling that we re imprisoned from the inside The need to feel safe without feeling oppressed is a request Villi gets more and more often Villi Zanini visited a clients home in Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area California to work on a design for a wine cellar in Palo Alto The architect who had designed the whole house in a modern style wished to include a wrought iron door as a welcoming entry to the wine racks In this case the decorative elements designed and inspired by the architect were faithfully created The bigger challenge was successfully rendering the ideas sketched out on paper using non conventional tools and techniques The final

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  • Expand Your Italian Luxury Brands Visibility | Italia Living
    can honestly recommend to our visitors We turn several people away that contact us interested in advertising if it does not fit the high standards we wish to present We prefer select brands businesses and travel destinations that offer something we feel signifies Italian elegance and high quality We are quickly becoming the premier influencer and online destination for Italian luxury By partnering your business with Italia Living you will be reaching a large targeted audience of consumers interested in high quality Italian products services and travel as well as the elegance of the Italian lifestyle and fine living The majority of Italia Living readers members Are 30 years old and up Earn high incomes Are Jetsetters travel often are highly cultured Are sophisticated consumers Not only will you gain premium visibility on our website ItaliaLiving com but also visibility and on going marketing efforts in our newsletters various social media outlets and iPhone iPod iPad Android mobile App Social media marketing is critical to todays business success and we will help to increase that visibility of your social media market reach an important aspect of brand growth through consumer interaction today We also maintain strong relationships and visibility within the affluent and jetsetting communities online allowing us to market your luxury brand to this wider niche affluent consumer segment If you are interested in visibility and marketing opportunities with Italia Living please send us an email or fill out the form below with brief details and website of your brand business destination or product If it is a good fit we will be in touch with further information our media kit and a proposal for your consideration Contact email protected For more about us read Italia Living Your Digital Destination to the Luxury of Living the Italian Lifestyle Contact Us We would love to hear from you Please fill out this form and we will be in touch shortly Name First Last Address Street Address Address Line 2 City State Province Region ZIP Postal Code Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo Republic of the Costa Rica Côte d Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Polynesia Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Greenland Grenada Guam Guatemala Guinea Guinea Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati North Korea South Korea Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Marshall Islands Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru

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