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Baroque Art from Pinacoteca di Brera May Be Stolen Nazi Plunder

Oct 5, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Meyers

When Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera loaned pieces of 16th-century art from their collection to a museum in Florida, USA, they probably expected to get them back—but that may not be the case. U.S. authorities have informed the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science that they may have borrowed a painting that was looted by the Nazis during WWII, and due to this they cannot return it.... Read More

10 Chocolate Factories to Explore Around the World

Sep 29, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Set in the Swiss countryside, Maison Cailler is one of the founders of milk chocolate. Straying from the commonly used powdered milk, Alexandre-Louis Cailler used fresh cows' milk to create that creamy texture we associate today with milk chocolate. Maison Cailler isn't afraid of sharing, so visitors can partake in classes on truffle making (complete with choco-vernacular and a Cailler apron) before they wander the grounds of the magnificent Swiss home, which always smells of chocolate.... Read More

10 Chocolate Factories to Explore Around the World

Sep 29, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal  |  2 Comments

The word connoisseur is thrown around too easily these days. Knowing how to sniff brandy, aerate your red wine, or distinguish between East and West Coast oysters is simply a matter of taste. Likewise, knowing the joys of nibbling on small squares of 70% dark chocolate with a hint of sea salt does not an expert make. It makes a true appreciator of the finer things in life; it makes a savvy tastemaker. If you’re vying to upgrade from bystander to real connoisseur (from social chocolate-lover to official taste-tester), it’s time to go behind the scenes.... Read More

Milan Fashion Week New Designer Preview

Sep 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Jason Campbell

As one of the most fashionable cities in the world, Milan has the ability to inspire and grow some of the most exciting new fashion talent in the world. With supportive initiatives like Vogue’s Who is On Next and Milano Unica’s On Stage, there is a troop of innovative, fresh designers showcasing their latest collections for spring/summer ‘12. As all eyes turn to the Italian fashion capital, JC Report provides a rundown of the new talents worth watching.... Read More

Italy Vacations | Living Like A King at Umbria Castle

Aug 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Meyers

Every resort offers certain classy amenities, whether it be a restaurant headed up by a TV celebrity chef, or a spa offering the most sumptuous soaks and massages, but for those wishing to avoid the stigma of becoming someone who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing, there are a collection of unique properties out there that provide an experience in favor of exquisite services. These premises are listed with airbnb, a service that allows individuals to list their personal plots when they are not otherwise in use, giving travelers truly atypical trip-planning choices. ... Read More

Burrata: The Cadillac of Buffalo Mozzarella

Aug 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Stefanie Payne

Burrata means "buttered" in Italian. And, like butter, is exactly how it melts in your mouth and enhances dishes. Usually served at room temperature, this fresh Italian cheese is a delightful combination of buffalo mozzarella and cream, cow’s milk, salt and rennet... although you would think it were made from angels in a heavenly alternate universe where everything looks beautiful and all tastes are divine.... Read More

Fashion Designer Neima Sitawi & INTRAinteriors Launch Party

Jul 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Merve Yoruger

Who wouldn't like the idea of having a sea inside their home? That was the starting point of the architectural design and fashion party 'Al Mare, Dentro Casa' (At the Sea, Inside the House) that was hosted by the emerging luxury fashion designer Neima Sitawi and the interior design company INTRAinteriors.... Read More

Stefano Bemer: Maker of Handcrafted Men's Shoes

Jul 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Sandra Cemulini  |  2 Comments

In the world of luxury, some focus on the glitz and excess, others consider the time and skill needed to create refined and beautiful objects to be the true luxury of our day. Stefano Bemer is of the latter. His client is a man of style who spends wisely and has a sense of self.... Read More

How to Avoid Common Menu Blunders in Europe

Jul 8, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Regardless of how adventurous or curious an eater you are, disembarking in France with little to no knowledge of the language can often mean eating something you really didn’t think you’d ordered.... Read More

Discovering Sicily in an Antique Roadster Convertible

Jul 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Sandra Cemulini

Sicily is a part of Italy that is cloaked in mystery. An island conquered throughout the centuries by a myriad of different cultures, all of whom left their mark behind. Driving through this gorgeous region of Italy offers breathtaking views of rough cliffs plummeting into the sea, the warm salty air, at times fragrant with the scent of orange blossoms gave the feeling of being in a far away exotic land.... Read More

The “Situation” in Italy

Jun 6, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

MTV’s The Jersey Shore is filming its newest season in Florence, Italy, but is meeting some road blocks when it comes to the filming. While Pauly D, The Situation, Snooki, and JWoww are working in a pizzeria and feeding hungry fans a sneak peek at... Read More

Snooki in Italian Hot Water

Jun 2, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Snooki has managed to find herself in Italian hot water, according to a report by US Weekly. Sources told the news agency that Snooki, real name Nicole Polizzi, and her Jersey Shore reality TV co-star JWoww, real name Jenni Farley, were driving in... Read More

Italian Seismologists Charged with Manslaughter

May 31, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Six seismologists and one political official are being charged for manslaughter, for the 300 deaths that occurred due to the 2009 L'Aquila quake. An Italian judge made the decision to try the scientists, because they were not able to accurately... Read More

Sleep with Rolex & Patek Philippe at Florence's Luxe L'O - Hotel L'Orologio

Apr 11, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Under the patronage of new Italian luxury hotel group Whythebest, one of Florence's hippest and best-hidden boutique hotels is getting set to welcome the fashion crowd to the city this summer during the Pitti Uomo men's shows.... Read More

Villa le Maschere: Tuscan Villa Fit for Royalty

Mar 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Located deep within the Mugello Valley, surrounded by lush Italian countryside, authentic Tuscan art and culture, and near the sparkling Bilancino Lake, sits Villa le Maschere.... Read More

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