Photos reveal the incredible art of Parma ham making

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 26 November 2014

Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham) is known all around the world and is used in high-end restaurants, sold in delis, and if you’re lucky, used on pizzas in authentic pizzerias. It’s a product ‘whose quality is regulated with a clinical intensity’. There’s even an official body in charge for safeguarding, protecting and promoting Parma ham. This […]

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Sicily’s Mount Etna blew and it was amazing (and kinda hot)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 4 August 2014

You’ve probably heard of Sicily’s Mount Etna—but did you know she erupted this week? The eruption began on July 13th and though spectacular, it wasn’t a serious enough explosion to bring on any kind of evacuation in the villages nearby. The ‘stunning pyrotechnic display’ was the first of the year, with small lava flows rippling downhill in an incredible fashion.

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For sale: the most haunted island in the world

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 24 April 2014

The deserted island of Poveglia in Venice. It’s been called ‘the island of madness’, ‘Hell’, ‘the most haunted place on Earth’. Locals have a saying that goes: ‘when an evil man dies, he wakes up in Poveglia’. And all this can be yours for the low, low price of your sanity and soul. The Italian […]

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A bridge that’s a carpark that’s also a park

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 13 February 2014

A carpark that’s also a park that’s also the bridge that’s also the carpark and park. Confused? You definitely are because architecture-ception just happened. With an upsurge in tourism arrivals in Moena, Italy, architect Angelo Salomone of AS-DOES had the problem of building a park, a carpark, and a bridge, all the while trying to not destroy Mother Nature too much.

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Fancy cars made with reclaimed wood

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By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Friday 15 November 2013

Just because you pay a lot for a car doesn’t mean it actually came from the ‘finest ingredients’ available. Your fancy new car may very well be made of reclaimed materials these days. The most recent installment in this trend showed up in Pininfarina’s 2012 Cambiano. The car’s reclaimed wood interior design made its first appearance at […]

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60 singles taken to Venice for adventure speed dating

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Monday 16 September 2013

Tired of blind dates that bore you out of your mind? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. The travel guys at Expedia and the love doctors of DoingSomething teamed up to create the ultimate speed dating experience. The theory behind the project is all about the way relationships seem to build more naturally around a shared […]

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Street art by Italian artist Kenny Random

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By Angela Sofo in New Art on Thursday 6 June 2013

His face is a mystery, but Kenny Random (aka Andrea Coppo) is a famous Italian street artist from Padova. He used to work during the night, hidden in the dark shadows of the streets, and his work primarily centers around a silhouette of a man and his cat painted in black. Lately, Random has also […]

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Modernist illustrations by Italian artist Riccardo Guasto

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By Nini Baseema in New Illustration on Monday 29 April 2013

I recently stumbled across the work of Riccardo Guasto. He is a talented artist from Italy who also goes by the pseudonym, RIK. His works seem inspired by modernist painters, an era in art which I love, hence my obsession. If I had the money, I would love to empty his online shop and plaster […]

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Tilt-shift film of Materna, Italy, by Timmy Henny

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By The Flying Dutchman in New Film on Monday 8 April 2013

This wonderful tilt-shift slip of the Italian town Matera is another shining example of Timmy Henny’s work. He is a Capetonian filmmaker with a keen eye for what makes a human environment tick, as can be seen across his body of work.

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Marina Rosso photographs a married couple of 57 years

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By Jessica Chow in New Photography on Friday 15 March 2013

In a project that lasted for two years (2009-2011), Italian photographer Marina Rosso captured the slow-paced daily life of Licia and Ryan; a married couple of 57 years. With these personal and intimate portraits, the photographer managed to emphasize the value of love and commitment. Despite the slow monotony aging can bring, the series shows […]

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Grotta Palazzese: an Italian restaurant located inside of a cave

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Travel on Tuesday 5 March 2013

Grotta Palazzese is an incredible Italian restaurant situated inside of a cave overlooking the Adriatic Sea. This beautiful and secluded location is the perfect spot for a luxurious and romantic restaurant getaway. The only question is, how do you actually get there?

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Tattoos from a painter’s perspective by Rudy Fritsch

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By Andrew Fingerhut in New Art on Wednesday 13 February 2013

Rudy Fritsch is an accomplished visual artist who also creates incredible tattoos. A natural-born illustrator and painter, Fritsch has been tattooing since 1992. His body of work demonstrates how a talented visual artist can successfully hone their approach to suit multiple mediums without sacrificing quality or originality. He can create a precise, architectural piece and […]

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Retromania: a new book by Simon Reynolds

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By Raymond Biesinger in New Products on Wednesday 23 January 2013

In 2011, Simon Reynolds published an amazing book called Retromania in which he argued that modern society is more obsessed with exploring, repurposing, collage-ing and adoring the recent past than any other society before it. In 1909, the Italian Futurists decided everything made more than five minutes ago needed to be insulted as passe and […]

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The story behind the Temples of Damanhur

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By David Leeflang in Architecture on Tuesday 27 November 2012

The year was 1977, and Oberto Airaudi (who prefers the name ‘Falco’) and a small band of merry men began digging in the valley of Valchiusella, in northern Italy. The plan was to build a series of nine ornate temples, over five levels and 100 feet below the surface, later dubbed the Temples of Damanhur. The temple designs came from visions Falco (who, by the way, didn’t record Rock Me Amadeus) had experienced from a young age of a past life, a world of beauty in an advanced civilisation. Hmmm, I wonder what kind of mushrooms grow on the foothills of the Alps?

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La Canzone del Mare in Capri, Italy

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By Phoebe Greenacre in Cool Travel on Wednesday 10 October 2012

On my quest to seek out the ultimate beach spots around the globe, I stumbled upon La Canzone del Mare on a recent trip to Isle of Capri. You could say that La Canzone del Mare is the equivalent of Icebergs in Bondi. Well, almost. Situated in Maria Piccola, the bathing establishment is the perfect spot to spend a summer’s day. We found this place by accident when we exploring Capri during a day trip from Positano – approximately a 30 minute boat ride.

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