A Place To Be, an alternative tour of Italy, a journey where design meets food, art, and the wonderful landscapes of Italy. From North to South, this is a guide to some of our favorite places, the ones that inspire us and engage our senses, perfect examples of the Italian flair and style that has become a symbol of excellence all around the world.
Time for a double #FF: Friday Feeling and Flowers&Food! POTAFIORI is our place to be for the weekend. A warm and classy house, full of fragrant flowers, where you can take your time, tasting fine food and reading your favorite book. Ready for weekend? Yes, we are! Potafiori: Via Salasco, 17, 20136 Milano.
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“VENICE is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go” Truman Capote. Photos by Gianni Berengo Gardin.
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CARLO E CAMILLA IN SEGHERIA, where food and design are always on the same wavelength!
Not so far from the majestic Mount Etna, there’s a 18th Century villa full of history. And full of great design, of course. In a perfect mixture of ancient and modern. RELAIS MONACI DELLE TERRE NERE Sicily.
“There is no ideal angle for this space. It is for real life, and ought to have numerous good spots for eating, drinking, talking, reading, etc. While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.” BAR LUCE at Fondazione Prada in Milan, designed by film director Wes Anderson.
Sometimes you just have to close your eyes and breath. Deeply. And think there’s a place in the world like this… BORGO EGNAZIA in Puglia.
UNTO literally means drippings. But do forget about oily marks and rough space. A restaurant where joining slow food made in Sicily in a smart place with the perfect mix of materials: sheet iron, wood and cement blend together with the authentic pavement, and warm light creates a relaxed atmosphere. Designed by Studio Didea, Palermo.
PASTICCERIA MARCHESI, the Prada-owned pastry shop, opens recently the stylish new location in via Monte Napoleone, Milan. Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, it’s a combination of minty jacquard silk wall and the Emperador marble of the pavement, with a touch of glam, totally inspired by new season Prada’s Collection.
A place to be with a view: the Peggy Guggenheim Cafè was inaugurated in June at PALAZZO VENIER DEI LEONI, the extraordinary unfinished 18th century building overlooking Canal Grande in Venice, home of the great American art collector Peggy Guggenheim from 1948 to 1979. The Café is situated on the veranda facing the internal garden and in front of the museum The Peggy Guggenheim Collection dedicated to temporary exhibits, a place to commemorate her artistic heritage and celebrate the art of 20th century. Project by Hangar Design Group.
HoFame – Ready to eat the best hamburgers in Milan? PISACCO is definitely the place you are looking for. “A contemporary bistrot designed by a group of partners (among them are managers, art collectors, lawyers and architects, as well as the star chef Andrea Berton) united in their passion for modern, unadorned italian cuisine. Fresh, professional, affordable”. That’s Pisacco. And we love it!
The traditional stone from Lecce creating the Luxury Hotel LA FIERMONTINA. It is timeless: it fuses contemporary and classical references in an ultra central Lecce location.
Take note, this is an unforgettable place, where to come back again and again: FIORAIO BIANCHI CAFFE’. “Its founder, Raimondo Bianchi, has dedicated his life to creating unique flower arrangements with an inimitable style based on simplicity and refined compositional balance”. A timeless place with a small restaurant and café, and its elegant touch of design made in Italy (such as Kartell).
Back to the 70’s: white ceramic tiles perfectly reflect the NewYork subway style, wood counter, Carrara marble bar and huge mirrors on the wall emphasize the vintage taste of this marvelous bistrot ‘all’italiana’ in Rome. This is LA ZANZARA, where falling in love with traditional ‘pranzo della domenica’. Designed by RPM Proget.
In Milan it’s time for a drink and our place to be of the week is smallest bar in the city: BACKDOOR43 is a secret place, hidden from the limelight of Navigli. Just knock on wood door and wait for the key… 15MQ to taste smoky cocktails and join this unique old fashioned atmosphere back in time. Backdoor 43 – Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43 Milan.