Key cultural figures have petitioned the Italian government for enormous cruise ships to be banned from the picturesque lagoon in Venice.
The $30 million restoration of the Colosseum financed by Diego Della Valle – the founder of luxury leather good maker Tod’s – will begin in December.
The restoration of the Colosseum will last two and a half years and the ancient monument, which is one of the most visited sites in the world, will be covered in scaffolding but will be accessible to the public throughout.
Evoking Fendi’s Italian heritage, Karl Lagerfeld captured Joan Smalls near olive trees in Chiant, Italy for the Fall 2012 campaign styled by Charlotte Stockdale.
Italian luxury sports carmaker Ferrari is organising a rare online auction to raise funds for victims of two earthquakes that left 23 people dead in Italy.
“Ferrari has decided to collect funds to help the families of victims of the quakes which hit the Emilia Romagna region with a big online auction open to bidders internationally,” the famous automaker said in a statement.
Among the “important and rare” items up for auction will be a Ferrari 599XX Evo, the latest of the luxury racing line’s track-only specials, usually only driven by select customers as part of the brand’s development process.
Italy’s first private high-speed train, launched by Ferrari head Luca di Montezemolo’s company NTV and boasting sleek interiors and a cinema carriage, made its inaugural journey on Friday.
The dark-red 200-metre (656 foot) bullet-shaped train — named “Italo” — set out from Rome’s Termini station, taking just over an hour to reach Naples.
A museum in Italy is burning artworks from around the world to protest harsh austerity cuts by the Italian government.
Head of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples Antonio Manfredi started burning paintings on Tuesday and does not intend to stop destroying art unless the government reverses its decision, the BBC reports.
A Renaissance palace grafted onto the top of an ancient Roman theatre is up for sale in Rome for €32 million ($42 million).
Its asking price is thought to make it the most expensive property currently on sale in the Italian capital, and one of the most expensive in Europe.
The 11,000 sq ft property has frescoed staterooms, a ballroom, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a library, a dining room, a terrace, a separate penthouse and cellars.
Polish model Kasia Struss stars in the Moschino Spring 2012 ad campaign photographed by Juergen Teller, shot in Italy in front of the Colosseum.
Dolce & Gabbana have launched the Velvet Collection, a series of six haute parfumerie scents, each inspired by various parts of Italy.
The scents are a masterful mix of amber, citrus, floral, woody and spiced essences which recreate the Mediterranean mood.
The names of the fragrances are: Velvet Vetiver, Velvet Patchouli, Velvet Wood, Velvet Desire, Velvet Sublime and Velvet Love.
Giorgio Armani has opened his flagship Armani hotel in Milan, a joint venture with the Dubai developer Emaar Properties.
Located in the 1937 building that also houses Armani’s Manzoni 31 flagship, the hotel covers 162,000 square feet over floors two to eight.
The “palazzo” hotel, which is in the centre of the Italian city, boasts 95 rooms with a focus on “luxury, calm and beauty”.
San Spirito Island, situated in a lagoon that is a ten-minute boat ride to Venice’s San Marco Square, is now for sale with an asking price of €28 million.
The private island has 3,500 square meters of existing historical structures and the potential of an additional 4,500 square meters of new construction.
“The island could become the location of a prestigious hotel or could see the realisation of luxury residential units.”
International hotel chain Starwood has announced the reopening of a landmark Florence hotel, complete with a suite from top designer label Bottega Veneta.
The St Regis Florence, originally the Grand Hotel Florence, has been treated to a ten-month restoration which has seen significant interior changes to the 18th century palace, ranked among the city’s most significant buildings.
The hotel boasts 81 rooms and 19 suites, decorated by local artisans and including antique furniture such as hand-carved gold leaf frames and crystal chandeliers.
Genoa is one of the largest boat shows of the year, with thousands of boats and a full program of ‘fringe’ events to ensure it caters for every nautical fan in town.
Some 450 debuts from the world’s biggest shipyards are expected for this 51st edition, spread over three pavilions and two marinas.
The largest flagship of this year’s show will be the CBI 50 ‘Alfos’, a 50 meter yacht, although there will be a dedicated mega-yacht area which is expected to boast some 30 boats with sizes up to 50 meters.
Italian fashion label Gucci inaugurated a museum in Florence Monday, showcasing the luggage and high-end clothing that have fueled the company’s success.
Located in the Palazzo della Mercanzia, the museum is only a few steps away from the 13th century Palazzo Vecchio and Michelangelo’s David.
The museum features an exhibit showing how their logo has evolved since Guccio Gucci, a former porter at the London’s Savoy hotel, founded the company in 1921.
Petra Ecclestone, 22, married businessman James Stunt, 28, on Saturday in a lavish Italian ceremony that racked up a staggering $5million bill.
Petra, who just bought Candy Spelling’s $85 million Los Angeles mansion, said “I do” in the same Italian castle where Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes.
The daughter of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone dropped some mad cash on her nuptials, including wine that cost $6500 a bottle!
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification, Lotus has created two Evora S police cars for the Carabinieri (Military Police).
Powered by a supercharged 3.5-litre Toyota V6 producing 257kW of power and 400Nm of torque, the Evora S is able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds.
The special models have a light bar, an enhanced automation system and a refrigerated compartment that will be used for transporting vital organs.
Travelers are set to see more of the famous Ducati motorcycle brand in airports, following the opening of a pilot store in Italy.
Passengers passing through Rome Fiumicino can now stop off at a new Ducati store in Terminal 3, the first outpost of a new partnership between the motorcycle maker and airport retailer Meridian Duty Free which opened July 4.
With the first branch open, Ducati is pushing to extend its stores to more European and non-European airports, giving travelers around the world an opportunity to pick up branded merchandise on their journey.
Aston Martin has unveiled the new concept V12 Zagato supercar ahead of its first showing in Italy.
The V12 Zagato is an interpretation of Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage by Italian design house Zagato, the latest in a line of collaborations between the two brands.
The first Zagato premiered in 1960 and was based on the DB4 GT, beginning a series of models which included the V8 Zagato, the DB7 Zagato and the DB AR1.
Stuart Hughes has designed the world’s most expensive liquor, with a content invented by Antica Distilleria Russo from Italy.
A national drink of Italy, Limoncello is made by infusion in alcohol of peels of lemons from the stunning famous Amalfi Coast.
The bottle itself houses at the neck 3 single cut flawless diamonds totalling 13 cts. The body contains one of the world’s rarest diamonds which is sized 18.5 cts.
Swarovski and Guido Gobino the renowned Italian chocolate maker have teamed up to create these beautiful Easter eggs.
Created from the finest aromatic cocoa powder, emblazoned with gold and crystals, each egg comes with a unique Swarovski crystal pendant.
Only 100 pieces of these luxury eggs will ever be created. Prices are available on request only and will be available from Guido Gobino shops in Milan and Turin.