Outlook brightens for Italian luxury sector

Prospects for Italy’s luxury goods sector are looking up thanks to strong sales forecasts in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Sales are expected to grow throughout the world – with the exception of Japan – and across all luxury product categories in 2010, the Altagamma Foundation said. “These last two difficult years have … Continued

World’s top 10 most expensive marinas

Italy is the most expensive place in the world to berth a super-yacht, where it can cost up to €2,900 a night to moor a 24 metre-plus boat. The Italian resorts of Capri, Porto Cervo and Portofino topped Wealth Bulletin’s annual survey of the most expensive resorts in the world to berth a super-yacht. Experts … Continued

Roberto Cavalli Easter Eggs

Just in time for Spring Caffè Giacosa has created a delectable line of milk, dark and white chocolate eggs. Owned by famed designer Roberto Cavalli, the Caffè Giacosa is one of the best restaurant in Florence. Situated right next to the Cavalli store, the café seems quaint from the outside yet impossibly chic and decadent … Continued

Brioni Crocodile Skin Watch Box

The Italian luxury fashion house of Brioni is expanding their offering of select gentlemen’s leather goods with an incredibly stylish new watch box. Featuring gold-plated hardware it holds six watches in removable compartments, along with a separate slim portfolio to hold additional watch straps. Crafted of the world’s finest genuine alligator skin and lined with … Continued

Pagani Zonda Tricolore in Geneva

The Pagani Zonda Tricolore, which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, is intended to honor the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian air force aerobatics team. The squadron is a demonstration team composed of nine planes and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Based on the exclusive Zonda Cinque, the Tricolore is constructed from a … Continued

George Clooney’s Lake Como villa for sale

David and Victoria Beckham are reportedly keen to snap up George Clooney’s Lake Como villa after he put it up for sale. The 48-year-old actor has put his Italian home on the market because of harrassment by paparazzi.

The Maserati Bicycle

Italian bicycle manufacturer Milani is teaming up with Maserati to produce some high end two-wheelers. The Maserati bicycle is made of carbon fiber and aluminum and is painted in Maserati’s signature dark blue paint. It comes in two models, the Veloce racing bicycle inspired by the Maserati GranTurismo and the Turismo city bicycle modeled after … Continued

Madonna in the Dolce & Gabbana campaign

Exclusive in this week’s Italian edition of Vanity Fair is the worldwide preview of Dolce & Gabbana‘s new S/S 2010 campaign featuring pop icon Madonna. The ad campaign, which is inspired by Italian Neorealism cinema, shows a very domesticated Madonna washing dishes and preparing food at a dining room table.

Italian police crash Lamborghini supercar

Italian police have crashed their most valuable patrol car, a $235,000 Lamborghini. The front end of the Lamborghini was crushed in the accident, near Cremona, and the driver and a passenger were injured, although not seriously. Reports say the car swerved to avoid another vehicle which crossed into its path, ploughing into two stationary cars. … Continued

Berlusconi’s Wife ‘in 43m Euro a Year Divorce Claim’

According to Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Veronica Lario, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s wife, is seeking 3.5 million euros per month during divorce proceedings. Berlusconi had rebuffed her demand, and offered a more reasonable 200,000 euros a month (he is ready to go as high as 300,000). He is also prepared to let her … Continued

Francesca Furzi’s collection

The philosophy of Francesca Furzi, Italian jewelry designer, is to gather the essence of eternity and to express it in every one of her creations. Each jewel is influenced by a journey incorporating the art of sculpture, the concreteness of the technicalharmony of vehicle shapes, the world of fashion, but also by history and other … Continued

A Million Dollar Wedding in Rome

The Rome Cavalieri Hotel, set on a 15 acre private Mediterranean parkland and known as one of the city’s most prestigious address, has created the ultimate wedding package with a price tag of a million dollars.

Lavazza 2010 Calendar

The Italian coffee company Lavazza has unveiled the 18th edition of its collectible calendar, shot by influential British photographer, Miles Aldridge. The 2010 Lavazza calendar illustrates “The Italian Espresso Experience” through Italian music. The 2010 Calendar, featuring six of the world’s most famous models, takes inspiration from six well known Italian songs, such as Nessun … Continued

White Truffle Sold in Italy for a Record $150,000

A 750-gramme white truffle from northern Italy sold for 100,000 euros ($150,000) during an auction at the end of the 79th White Truffle Festival of Alba. The Piedmont region, where Alba is located, is considered to have the best ‘tartufo bianco’ (white truffles) in the world.

Carla Bruni’s childhood castle for sale

Castello de Castagneto Po, the childhood home of French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is up on the market again, and with 40 rooms and 175 acres of lavish landscape, this is one fairy tale home.

G.H. Mumm box F1 “Limited Edition”

GH Mumm unveiled the GH Mumm F1 box “Limited Edition” last month at the Pavilion Visconti of Milan, in conjunction with the Grand Prix in Monza in 2009. The packaging is made of exclusive materials such as the carbon interior trim in black velvet and gold plate. The GH Mumm F1 box “Limited Edition” will … Continued

CRN launch 72m Clarena 2

CRN report the successful launch of the new 72m superyacht, at an open ceremony at the CRN shipyard in Ancona, Italy. With a distinctive grey displacement hull she is the largest leisure yacht built by CRN to date (CRN is a brand of the Ferretti Group).

Coca-Cola Italy collaborates with fashion designers

Italian fashion designers Donatella Versace, Alberta Ferretti, Anna Molinari for Blumarine, Veronica Etro, Silvia Venturini for Fendi, Consuelo Castiglioni for Marni, Angela Missoni and Rossella Jardini for Moschino, have teamed with Coca Cola for fund raising campaign in support of the victims of the earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy.

Giorgio Armani to design luxury Rome apartments

Giorgio Armani’s home division is to deck out the interior of exclusive apartments in Rome, as part of a project to convert a historical building into a complex of luxury serviced flats. Some 62 apartments are planned in the Cavour220 project, a residential block occupying 12,000 sq m and composed of 6 linked buildings surrounding … Continued

Hefty restaurant bill shocks tourists in Italy

Italian authorities have shut down a historic Roman restaurant days after it charged a Japanese couple $987 for a seafood lunch. The tourists filed a fraud complaint with police after being surprised with a bill for pasta and lobster with wine and gelato at the Il Passetto restaurant, just off the popular Piazza Navona square. … Continued