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ADI Design Museum

ADI Design Museum - Compasso d'Oro: a venue for anyone with a passion for design and for curious visitors of all ages People interested in design trends will certainly be familiar with the Compasso d'Oro, the most authoritative world-level design award, which was established in 1954 and originated from an idea proposed by Gio Ponti. To draw attention to the award itself and, more generally, to all aspects of this sector, a museum preserving a rich archive of products and projects was established in May 2021. Situated in the heart of the Paolo Sarpi district - also known as “Milan’s Chinatown” - in a restored historic building dating back to the 1930s, ADI Design Museum is a novel cultural centre and a hub where the Italian design system is valorised and presented to the general public. As you enter the museum and walk through the glass-structured gallery, now creating a link between via Ceresio and via Bramante, you will encounter a vast symbolic representation of the world of design. Visitors will soon realise they have entered an authentic pole of attraction dedicated to the achievements of leading designers. Plan your visit at the ADI Design Museum In addition to temporary exhibitions that have been organised and are periodically replaced the museum contains a permanent collection certainly worth visiting more than once. The Spoon and the City collection is installed along the outer walls of the museum. Observing the images, magazines and a series of particular objects, visitors will acquire knowledge of the exceptional work that has been lauded by the Compasso d'Oro award since 1954. The Career Manifesto exhibition - A tribute on the part of Italian graphic designers to the masterful recipients of the Compasso d'Oro. This exhibition, celebrating the companies, inventors and institutions that have received this prize, allows us to recognise the exceptional contributions of those designers who created the array of objects presented and offers an opportunity to highlight ingenious elements of Italian design. Two video projects focus on some very interesting dynamics. The first work is the Bìos - Sistema Design Italia installation, created in collaboration with the POLI.Design consortium company founded by the Polytechnic University of Milan. This state-of-the-art overview provides an effective explanation of relationships existing between elements of design and people in general. The second video, currently on display in the foyer of the museum, is entitled Design enters History. This short film, developed by the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) and presented by OffiCine (IED/ANTEO), focuses on an identifiable relationship existing between creativity and history. If you feel like taking a break and having a coffee after your visit to the permanent collection and before you peruse the current temporary exhibition, you won’t be disappointed at the internal coffee shop. The Officina Design Cafè also offers a positive food experience, placing emphasis on simple Italian specialities and promoting sustainable agricultural methods and production systems. Members of the younger generations are welcome! If you are accompanied by children or teenagers you should consider visiting the Junior Design Lab, which organises activities for young people. Their trip to the museum will be transformed into an unforgettable educational experience. An interactive tour with a secret message Outside the museum, in front of the entrance, you will find the Compasso d'Oro - Measuring the World installation. Curated and designed by Studio Origoni Steiner, this exhibition, now a part of the permanent collection, presents a series of images clearly visible across four metal walls forming a square-based exhibition space. Among the various exhibits, which include an eye, the Colosseum, a tadpole, a Stradivarius violin, a cabbage, an oak barrel and an amphora - to mention but a few - there is in fact a common element. To discover what this may be, you will have to explore the museum. A particular clue may help you... Look for the geometric design on the back of the photographic images. Before you leave don't forget to spend a few minutes at the bookshop, where you will find a variety of published materials dedicated to the world of design. The souvenir you have chosen will stimulate memories of the day you spent at the museum.
Art & Culture

Santa Severa Castle

Santa Severa Castle, a piece of history by the sea The castle of Santa Severa dates back to the 14th century, and has the typical fairy-tale silhouette of mediaeval fortresses. It is located in the hamlet of Santa Severa, which belongs to the municipality of Santa Marinella, a few kilometres north of Rome, in Lazio. The castle dominates the landscape between the beach and the sea. With its unique settings, where explorers, merchants and conquerors once stayed, a visit to Santa Severa Castle is a very interesting experience. A lavish past in one of the most evocative places in Lazio The first written documentation on the Castle of Santa Severa dates back to 1068, when it was gifted by Count Gerard of Galeria to the Abbey of Farfa. It then passed into the ownership of Pope Anacletus II in 1130, and in 1482 it was handed over to the Order of the Holy Spirit. It was managed by the latter for five hundred years, until 1980. It takes its name from a young Christian martyr who was killed under Diocletian's empire. The early Christian church that can still be seen in Piazza della Rocca is also dedicated to Santa Severa and her martyrdom. The area now occupied by the Castle is of enormous archaeological significance: in the seventh century BC, Pyrgi, a major maritime port of Etruria and the ancient Etruscan city of Cerveteri, was situated there. The Maritime Museum is dedicated to underwater archaeology Santa Severa Castle houses the Museum of the Sea and Ancient Navigation. The exhibition and educational route is totally dedicated to underwater archaeology and ancient navigation, with interesting artefacts from the Etruscan port of Pyrgi and the nearby depths. A brief leap into history You cannot miss a visit to the mediaeval village of Santa Severa, with its arches and narrow stone streets that tell of the castle's history over the centuries. In the piazzale delle Barrozze, at the heart of the hamlets, stands a two-storey circular fountain, crowned by three large millstones. Heading towards the picturesque Piazza delle due Chiese, you can visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta and Santa Severa, as well as the Baptistery dedicated to Santa Severa and Santa Lucia. Inside the latter, amidst frescoes from the late 15th century, votive graffiti depicting ships can be seen, which is the work of sailors who passed through the port. A convivial atmosphere and fresh fish abound With its taverns and restaurants, Santa Severa offers somem excellent fresh fish: L'isola del Pescatore (Fisherman's Island) is one of the most popular restaurants and has a view of the castle, but there are plenty of alternatives, all serving the best traditional Mediterranean cuisine and the local catch. For more information
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At the Egyptian Museum in Turin: with tablets

Tablets, interactive tables and skilful lighting effects for total immersion in the courts of the pharaohs. The Egyptian Museum in Turin, second only to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, underwent an extensive renovation in 2015, in collaboration with the famous Oscar-winning set designer Dante Ferretti. And today it enables visitors to immerse themselves in ancient Egyptian culture, brought to life by the use of multimedia. Oscar-worthy staging Dante Ferretti is a star of the Italian firmament that shines on the international stage. As a set and costume designer, he has won three Oscars, including one for Martin Scorsese's film The Aviator, and several other prestigious awards. His talented visionary flair can also be felt at the Egyptian Museum in Turin. As part of the complete renovation of the museum in 2015, Ferretti was asked to curate the lighting and a number of installations. The one entitled The Great Nile, which reproduces the course of the legendary river all the way to its estuary, is not to be missed. It is made of gelatine and fibre-glass, like a giant jigsaw puzzle of fabric panels. You will be amazed as you take a 24-metre leap through an escalator system, above a Mesopotamia recreated today in a very modern style. Immerse yourself in the play of light and mirrors Also by Ferretti is the lighting of the Statuary, one of the most spectacular rooms of the Egyptian Museum, entirely based on LED technology with a high degree of environmental sustainability. It is a striking space with Pompeian red walls, in which the individual statues are illuminated both from above and below, and are multiplied by a play of mirrors that enable you to view the masterpieces in their three-dimensionality. You will feel as though you are standing next to the pharaohs, you, in the first person. Thanks to ingenious lighting technology and special shaping projectors, you can admire every single detail of Ramesses II, the most famous pharaoh, and the Sphinx of the New Kingdom; also King Amenhotep II and Sekhmet, the lion-headed goddess, and the bovine-horned goddess Hathor. Linger a while over the pink granite hues of the statue of Ramesses with the god Amun and the goddess Mut. Let yourself be enchanted by the hieroglyphics engraved on the Gemenefherbak sarcophagus and the inscriptions on the stone. But, why specifically Turin? In the early 19th century, in the wake of Napoleon's military campaigns in Egypt, the fashion for collecting antiquities from that country spread throughout Europe. Bernardino Drovetti, consul general of France during the occupation, boasted a collection of 8,000 objects, and later King Charles Felix also acquired countless pieces: from the merging of these two collections, the museum in its embryonic state was founded. During decades of expeditions, members of the House of Savoy continued to enrich the collection and consequently the museum. Turin thus became a major centre for the study of Egyptian culture. A truly pharaonic route More than 2 km of exhibition space on four floors, 8,000 exhibits spanning a period of history from 4000 B.C. to 700 A.D.: these are the record numbers of the largest Egyptian Museum, second only to Cairo in terms of the quantity and importance of its collections, and the oldest in the world completely dedicated to Egyptian culture. Funerary furnishings, statues, sarcophagi, jewellery and papyri are on display. The itinerary is carefully designed and there is no risk of confusion. If you prefer, you can choose a tour entirely guided by experts or opt for a smartphone-based multimedia audio guide by scanning the in the rooms. The rooms are dotted with tablets and interactive tables: have fun delving into the topics that interest you most. Don't miss the 3D videos, which will give you the thrill of feeling like an archaeologist for a day. Through sequences showing excavation documents and historical photographs, you will find yourself inside the tomb of Kha and that of Nefertari, then inside the Chapel of Maia. Two complementary experiences One of the experiences to enjoy, especially if you have children with you, is the thematic guided tour entitled Life in the Afterlife. The ancient Egyptians devoted a great deal of time to preparing for their afterlife, which was considered to be the transition to a subsequent existence just as glorious as their earthly one. An Egyptologist will tell you about these sophisticated practices, from the production of sarcophagi and the preparation of the body, which had to remain intact, to the mysterious symbolism of the funerary papyri. Art enthusiasts might like to visit the Restoration Area on the second floor, where they can witness the restoration of the museum's exhibits first-hand. For more information and
Art & Culture

Miramare Castle

Nature and history in the Miramare Castle Park Right outside Trieste you can enter the oasis of the Miramare Castle park, and spend pleasant hours surrounded by vegetation. It is an unmissable stop, just six kilometres from the capital of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. It is no coincidence that it is the most visited castle in the entire North East. What is particularly attractive is the park, which overlooks the sea from above, creating a meeting of green and deep blue. An out-of-town excursion where nature plunges into history. Love at first sight It was Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg, who fell madly in love with the spectacular location, commissioning the entire Miramare Castle complex in the mid-1800s. The park and historic residence stand on the promontory of Grignano, a rocky spur overlooking the bay, like a lookout. In Maximilian's time, it was a karstic territory, completely parched, but the Archduke was not daunted by the difficult task of transforming a barren heath into a lush garden. From 1856 onwards, he started the building work on the mansion and the complex task of reclaiming the land to make it suitable for planting. Maximilian moved into the newly completed residence in 1860. He lived here for a long time with his wife Carlotta, Princess of Belgium, choosing the name Miramare, from Spanish mira el mar, “look at the sea”. Another noblewoman was strongly fascinated by this place: his sister-in-law Elisabeth of Bavaria, the famous Princess Sissi, who was a frequent guest. English gardens and exotic species: the green area Twenty-two hectares of parkland surround Miramare Castle. Maximilian of Austria expressed his preference for non-European plants, supplied by nurserymen in Lombardy-Venetia, while soil was brought from the regions of Styria and Carinthia. When the nobleman found himself in Mexico, where he died in 1867, he personally sent some species to enrich the parterre. Besides the engineer Carl Junker, two personalities later took care of the botanical aspect: court gardeners Josef Laube and later Artur Jelinek, who also managed to plant exotic species, despite the adverse climate of Trieste, where night frosts and bora wind are not uncommon. Today, the park has two distinct zones. The first, to the east, is a grove of trees and delightful ponds, paths and gazebos, in the romantic style of English gardens. The second faces south-west, better protected from the wind; it houses an Italian-style garden and several flower beds, including the daffodil garden, which blooms exuberantly in spring. The Residence Open to the public like the entire park, Miramare Castle can be visited inside. On the ground floor are the private flats of the princes, on the upper floor the state rooms. The sumptuous Throne Room is currently used as a hall for concerts and exhibitions. The residence is furnished with furniture, precious objects, paintings and canvases. Set apart from the main building, the Stables, once used to house horses and carriages, were restored in 2018 and one wing now houses BIOdiversitario Marino (BioMa), the Immersive Museum of the Protected Marine Area of Miramare. A café is available to visitors, as well as a bookshop. Atmosphere Already on arrival, passing through Porta Bora and along Viale Miramare leading to the Castle, you breathe in a nostalgic atmosphere of times gone by. It is worth taking a slow walk along the winding paths and under the pergolas to the greenhouses with their original iron structures. Moving around the park, there are many encounters: Orante, a bronze male statue, then a copy of Venus of Capua and Apollino, an adolescent version of the god. The fountains provide coolness on hot days, as do the ponds and the larger Swan Lake. In the square with the cannons donated by Leopold I, King of the Belgians, you can breathe in all the power of the Austro-Hapsburg Empire, while in the halls of the castle, you can almost see the young Princess Sissi twirling at a ballroom party. The library has a thick scent of history. And under the oleanders, near the Serre Antiche, one's thoughts turn to the court gardener Anton Jelinek, because they were just recently planted following a precise wish of his that emerged in old correspondence. He did not succeed because the temperatures were too cold, but here they are today, in his honour.