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A WHOLE DIF­FER­ENT KIND OF CIN­EMA

The An­teo Palazzo del Cin­ema in Mi­lan is not just a lat­est gen­er­a­tion movie the­ater. It is also a place to meet with many other forms of en­ter­tain­ment, be­cause not only films are shown but there are also con­certs, the­atri­cal per­for­mances and op­eras. This is a place for per­sonal cul­tural growth thanks to var­i­ous kinds of sem­i­nars, talks and cour­ses, as well as a place where you can just have fun. The restau­rant also has an open-air space in ad­di­tion to a pub and a lit­er­ary café man­aged in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Eataly. A din­ing room has also been added where you can have break­fast, lunch or din­ner while watch­ing a movie. In fact the An­teo is now open ev­ery day from 10am to 1am. The pro­gram­ming has be­come more and more fam­ily-friendly, with an ed­u­ca­tional space where chil­dren can learn and play while their par­ents en­joy a movie or, if they are more grown-up, they can be en­cour­aged to ex­plore the world of cin­ema thanks to mini cour­ses that last for the du­ra­tion of the movie be­ing shown.

Another in­ge­nious idea, taken from the world of tele­vi­sion, is the idea of cin­ema on de­mand, in a room with about thirty seats where any film present or past can be shown. www.an­teo.spaziocin­ema.18tick­ets.it

CON­TEM­PO­RARY ART COMES TO THE QUIRINAL PALACE

For the first time in its his­tory, the his­toric palazzo which is the res­i­dence of the Pres­i­dent of the Ital­ian Repub­lic will be host­ing a con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tion from 24th Oc­to­ber to 17th De­cem­ber 2017 with the ti­tle ‘Da io a noi: la città senza con­fini’ (From Me to Us: the City With­out Bor­ders). Cu­rated by Anna Mat­tirolo it is pro­moted by the Direc­torate Gen­eral for Con­tem­po­rary Art and Ar­chi­tec­ture and Ur­ban Pe­riph­eries of the Min­istry of Cul­tural Her­itage and Ac­tiv­i­ties and Tourism (MIBACT) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Pres­i­dency of the Ital­ian Repub­lic. On dis­play in the 10 his­tor­i­cal sa­lons of the Apart­ments of Pope Alexan­der VII there will be works by 22 artists, from Italy as well as abroad, all of whom are ei­ther res­i­dent or of­ten ac­tive in Italy. Th­ese artists are Lara Al­marcegui, Rosa Barba, Botto & Bruno, Mau­r­izio Cat­te­lan, Gian­luca and Mas­si­m­il­iano De Se­rio, Jim­mie Durham, Lara Favaretto, Flavio Favelli, Claire Fon­taine, Alberto Garutti, Mona Ha­toum, Al­fredo Jaar, Francesco Jodice, Adrian Paci, Diego Per­rone, Alessan­dro Pian­giamore, Eu­ge­nio Tibaldi, Grazia Toderi, Ve­dova­mazzei, Luca Vi­tone, Sislej Xhafa and To­bias Zielony.

FOOD IS ART, YOU CAN TAKE IT FROM SELETTI!

A lively and ac­ces­si­ble Pop Art spirit per­vades the new Seletti col­lec­tion, with a whole new ap­proach to de­sign. This is a project that fol­lows on from the ex­per­i­men­tal col­lec­tion Seletti wears Toi­let­pa­per that brought images from Mau­r­izio Cat­te­lan and Pier­paolo Fer­rari’s cult mag­a­zine onto table­ware, ac­ces­sories and fur­ni­ture for the home. This soon branched out to 1950s style arm­chairs, bed linen, dishes with the fa­mous spaghetti and to­mato sauce im­age, and the ir­re­sistible Hot Dog

Sofa, Burger Chair and Ba­nana Lamp, which con­sti­tuted the Fast Food Fur­ni­ture items from the UN_LIMITED EDI­TIONS col­lec­tion de­signed by Stu­dio Job.

The lat­est de­vel­op­ments in­clude two new lines of mir­rors: Tribal Mir­ror de­signed by Mar­can­to­nio and Morn­ing Glory by the cre­ative duo Zaven. BLOW by Stu­dio Job is one of the top projects for 2017–2018: a spin-off based on the con­cept of demo­cratic de­sign that has al­ways dis­tin­guished Seletti. This is a brand new se­ries of items in the spirit of “Pop” con­sist­ing of rugs, neon lamps, fold­ing chairs, mir­rors and porce­lain plates.

MOTO GUZZI: HALF A CEN­TURY OF PAS­SION FOR TWO WHEELS

To cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of the first V7 model they cre­ated, Moto Guzzi has now pro­duced the V7 III, the com­pletely re­newed third ver­sion of the com­pany’s clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle. Its ev­ery de­tail has been de­vel­oped so as to give max­i­mum sat­is­fac­tion in rid­ing and han­dling, while leav­ing the orig­i­nal­ity and au­then­tic­ity of this iconic bike un­changed.

V7 is one of the most fa­mous and well-known Moto Guzzi mod­els. Its fame re­lies its on abil­ity to live up to ex­pec­ta­tions in and the rep­u­ta­tion of a leg­endary make that, since 1967, when sales of the first V7 be­gan in Italy, has be­come the leader of the com­pany’s prod­uct range and the supreme rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Ital­ian mo­tor­cy­cle, with a dis­tinc­tive de­sign and per­for­mance that cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion and en­sure the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of a very wide and var­ied clien­tele. “The third ver­sion of an orig­i­nal cre­ation”. www.mo­toguzzi.com

THE MOUN­TAIN BUSI­NESS IS ITAL­IAN

The Ital­ian out­door sports in­dus­try con­tin­ues to be the best travel com­pan­ion for ex­treme moun­taineers, skiers, rock climbers, run­ners and all kinds of moun­tain en­thu­si­asts. Italy leads the sec­tor and Vi­bram, Scarpa, Grivel, Salewa and Tec­nica are just a few of the ma­jor Ital­ian brands, amount­ing to around twenty small and medium-sized busi­nesses with a to­tal an­nual turnover of 612 mil­lion Eu­ros, com­pared to the 5 bil­lion gen­er­ated in the field all over Europe. Ital­ian out­door gear be­gan to scale the high­est peaks in the world mar­ket over fifty years ago and to date it ex­ports 87% of what it pro­duces, sur­pass­ing both France and Ger­many in its ca­pac­ity for in­no­va­tion, while keep­ing the safety bar very high. “Ac­cord­ing to the data pro­vided by the lead­ing mag­a­zine Sport­press, this is one of the most re­silient sec­tors in the over­all sports in­dus­try. Af­ter many sea­sons of dou­ble-digit growth, it has re­mained sta­ble or has even slightly in­creased in the re­cent years of gen­er­al­ized eco­nomic cri­sis” says Luca Busi­naro, the Pres­i­dent of As­sosport, the in­dus­trial sports con­fed­er­a­tion, and he points out that th­ese com­pa­nies have be­come suc­cess­ful thanks to many years of hard work, en­sur­ing re­li­a­bil­ity and in­no­va­tion for their cus­tomers.

ITAL­IAN FOOD EX­PORTS FEEL NO EF­FECT OF THE CRI­SIS

In the first six months of 2017, Ital­ian food ex­ports abroad grew by +10.9% in value com­pared to the same pe­riod in the pre­vi­ous year. This is the re­sult of Coldiretti’s anal­y­sis of the Is­tat data on for­eign trade for the first six months of 2017, af­ter agro-food ex­ports had reached an all-time high of 38.4 bil­lion Eu­ros in 2016. Coldiretti points out that al­most two-thirds of agri-food ex­ports are to coun­tries in the Euro­pean Union, but the United States is by far the largest mar­ket for Ital­ian food out­side the EU, and the third ex­port­ing coun­try af­ter Ger­many and France and fol­lowed by Great Bri­tain. The lead­ing Ital­ian agri-food prod­uct to be ex­ported abroad is wine, fol­lowed by fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles.

THE HIS­TORIC HOMES OF LAZIO OPEN THEIR DOORS

His­toric vil­las, palaz­zos and cas­tles are now in­creas­ingly well-equipped to wel­come tourists, also thanks to a num­ber of itineraries and routes on which cul­ture can also be com­bined with the de­lights of food and wine. Ar­chi­tec­tural and artis­tic mas­ter­pieces once re­served for a se­lect few can now be ad­mired by all, and vis­i­tors can hear an­cient sto­ries and al­most for­got­ten tra­di­tions associated with th­ese places. This project is be­ing su­per­vised by Francesco Sforza, the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of His­toric Res­i­dences (As­so­ci­azione Di­more Storiche Ital­iane) in Rome and the Lazio Re­gion, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that has cre­ated a net­work link­ing its mem­bers all over the re­gion, with the aim of trans­form­ing th­ese places also in the smaller towns and vil­lages into a cen­ter of at­trac­tion for tourists who are in­ter­ested in lo­cal cul­tural tra­di­tions. There is also a growth in num­ber of tourists com­ing from abroad who travel on the old pil­grim trails and path­ways, such as the via Fran­ci­gena, or along the an­cient Ro­man roads. This great wealth of Lazio is still rel­a­tively lit­tle known or hid­den, and yet the re­gion has a great deal to of­fer, rang­ing from vis­its to the moun­tain com­mu­nity of the Castelli Ro­mani e Pren­es­tini; to the towns of Palest­rina and Paliano, or ex­cur­sions in the Tus­cia, to the Lake of Brac­ciano or to the cas­tles along the coast­line of Lazio. Vis­i­tors can go there just for a day trip or spend a week­end vis­it­ing his­toric sites, dis­cov­er­ing the tra­di­tions of the past and en­joy­ing the lo­cal gas­tro­nomic de­lights. www.vis­it­lazio.com

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