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Venice | Fondaco dei Tedeschi

The latest deluxe whopping shopping gallery to open its doors in Italy is not on Via Montenapoleone nor anywhere in the vicinity of the Spanish Steps. It's not an outlet just off a motorway junction either. Amazingly, you'll find it on the Grand Canal, inside one of the biggest and most photographed buildings in the whole lagoon: the Fondaco dei Tedeschi. ...

Monte Specie | Lookout

A small thing, it might seem, a new observation point in the Dolomites. Not to the UNESCO Dolomites Foundation, set up to devise and coordinate the overall governance and management of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site. When it decided on around 20 new information and lookout points at outstanding panoramic locations, the Foundation called in both brother-and-sister architecture firm ...

Villa d’Adda | Torre del Borgo

Villa d'Adda, a pleasant hill town around 15 kilometres west of Bergamo, has fewer than 5000 inhabitants but a monumental public library - or at least the building ready to house it. Even before the new library, it could justly lay claim to one of the most imposing mini-fortresses in the province, known as Torre del Borgo, bang in the centre of ...

Fornacette | Banca di Pisa New HQ

When next travelling in Tuscany on four wheels, instead of barrelling down the FI-PI-LI, take the old To.Ro. and soak up a few provincial sights. (Don't Italians just love these acronyms? That's the Firenze-Pisa-Livorno and the Tosco Romagnola, roads, respectively, for those not in the know.) One might be the big architecture, if not big-city architecture, of the new HQ ...

Courmayeur | Mont Blanc Skyway

More audacious high-altitude architecture: could it be the thinner air inspires investment as well as design? What's certain is that Courmayeur has a new attraction, as much a feat of engineering as a breathtaking experience: the Skyway. Inaugurated last summer, it's a futuristic cableway that takes visitors, in less than 20 minutes, from the valley station at Entrèves up the slopes of ...

Ascoli Piceno | Palazzo Sgariglia

Bang in the old town centre and one of Ascoli Piceno's most venerable architectural treasures, Palazzo Sgariglia was all but delapidated a couple of years ago. Now it's spic-and-span and stately once more, and refurbished with public and commercial spaces, luxury apartments and social housing. Yes, social housing. It's a good story, so let's go back to the beginning, to ...

Plan de Corones | Messner Mountain Museum

Italy has a new museum in the sky - and underground. It's a high-altitude museum, a mountaineering museum, a Zaha Hadid museum, a very impressive museum. The Messner Mountain Museum Corones opened just a few weeks ago, the last of six interconnected MMMs scattered among the peaks of the South Tyrol and the next-door province of Belluno. All dedicated, in ...

Turin | Mollino & Nervi in Turin

Everything is permissible as long as it is fantasticCarlo Mollino Here it is, the Turin architecture tour dedicated to just two iconic figures of the 20th century: Carlo Mollino and Pier Luigi Nervi. Our professional architect-guide will lead you on an exclusive itinerary, tailor-made to suit your schedule and interests, taking in their finest surviving works in the city and ...

Castiglione di Sicilia | Feudo di Mezzo

Feudo di Mezzo is where the Planeta family, 17 generations of Sicilian landowners, launched their plan to become one the region's primary wine producers by planting their first state-of-the-art modern vineyard. That was relatively recently, in 2008. The district on the gentle northern slopes of Etna now also lends its name to a contemporary winery designed by Vid'A studio. The architecture is ...

Padua | The Botanical Gardens

The oldest botanical garden in the world has had a makeover. Just a little nipping and tucking for the historical parts of the University of Padua's revered botanical gardens, the Orto Botanico, established 1545. The real transformation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site takes the form of a whole new high-tech complex housing planetary ecosystems in the heart of the city, ...

Bari | BariCentrale by Fuksas

It could be a long wait before anything actually happens, down in Bari, but they do have a plan. A masterplan, in fact, to reconnect the parts of a city divided by the railway, masterfully drawn up by none less than Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas. Almost a year ago, the port city and Apulian regional capital announced the winner of an international ...

Brenner Pass | Plessi Museum

A new motorway service station opened a few weeks ago on the A22, or Autostrada del Brennero, otherwise known as the Brennerautobahn (they're bilingual up there in the South Tyrol). No common-or-garden Autogrill, this one, but a futuristic structure designed by the A22's technical director Carlo Costa as a museum, signalling a whole new and exciting experimental approach to...  rest areas. The Plessi Museum ...