The warmest in war

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="The warmest in war" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_column_text]During the Second World War, some members of the Agnelli family, the owners of the Fiat car company, spent the winter at the Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci in Florence and, in great secrecy, had a lorry-load of coal brought to...

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The most “original furnishings”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="The most “original furnishings”" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_column_text]The first three floors of the Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria on the Venice Lido are adorned with original Liberty-style furniture of 1905, created by master cabinetmaker Eugene Quarti of Milan, who exhibited some items at the Paris Salon...

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The first goliard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="The first goliard" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_column_text]In 1820, there was a famous episode of goliardery at the Caffè dell’Ussero in Pisa, which was described by Ersilio Michel in Maestri e scolari dell’Università di Pisa nel Risorgimento nazionale (Sansoni, 1949). A certain Ricci, a student from Livorno,...

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The most sealed

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="The most sealed" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_column_text]Closed in 1979 upon the death of Irma Marescotti, the Liquoreria Pasticceria Marescotti Cavo in Genoa remained sealed, quite literally, for almost thirty years. In 2006, Alessandro Cavo obtained permission from the Marescotti estate to reopen the establishment. When he...

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The top top-guests

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="The top top-guests" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_column_text]These undoubtedly include Goethe, who was a guest in countless historic places during his “Travels in Italy”, D’Annunzio who, with or without Eleonora Duse, left a trail of broken hearts and unpaid bills behind him, and Ernest Hemingway, a faithful...

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