The Venice Biennale – Venice’s International Film Festival

The Venice Biennale – Venice’s International Film Festival

Ready for the Venice Biennale? The foremost international art exhibition is almost here. The year 1985 marked the inception of the Venice Biennale, which serves the purpose of promoting contemporary artistic endeavors and its new trends at a global level every two years. Although the event itself spans all artistic disciplines (art, architecture, film, dance, drama, music), we are going to focus on its film event, held annually. The Venice International Film Festival is an 11 day-long event held annually in Venice’s well-known Palazzo del Cinema, from Wednesday September 2nd to Saturday September 12th, 2015. The Venice International Film Festival One of the highlights of this event is, without a doubt, the amazing display of well-known faces and dazzling celebrities as they walk down the red carpet, making it the perfect opportunity for fans to get a close-up look of their idols. Just picture that Johnny Deep we are used to watching on screen, or in the role of that handsome Caribbean pirate parading right before our very eyes. I can still recall how starstruck I felt when I was lucky enough to see Richard Gere in the flesh as he walked down the red carpet during a previous edition of the Festival. He walked right over to shake my hand and say, “Hi, how’s it going?” And though I’d much rather have had the Richard Gere in Pretty Woman, it was rather memorable, nonetheless. Surely the reader can conjure up images of their favorite celebrity; someone they dream of meeting, and perhaps they will be present at this very edition of the International Film Festival. The Film Festival...
Amsterdam, the City of Museums

Amsterdam, the City of Museums

Amsterdam is a magical city brimming with unique details and rich in architecture, history, art, culture and museums alike. With artists of the likes of Rembrandt and Van Gogh dominating the local art scene, art lovers will find that this city more than satisfies any of their fine arts cravings. However, the Dutch capital has a lot more to offer than mere brushstrokes on canvas, with an almost endless array of oddities on display to please even the most curious of travelers. If you are planning on spending some days at one of our center Amsterdam apartments, you may want to have a look at this museum review to complement your plans in the city. ART Amsterdam’s art scene has always been very vibrant, and one particular museum proves it, the Rijksmuseum, one of Europe’s most prominent art collections. You can visit the Dutch Golden Age in the heart of the Dutch capital anytime from 9am to 5 pm. Among its collections, you’ll find paintings by Masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer, as well as the popular painting The Night Watch. Rembrandt fans, baroque aficionados, and those who wish to learn more about Europe’s cultural heritage should not skip a visit to the Rembrandt House, in the Jodenbreestraat, behind the Waterlooplein. This was the painter’s home and studio between1639 and 1659, where he created many of the famous art works that hang on the walls of this home turned museum. You can visit it any day of the week from 10am to 5pm. And it’s time now for the Master of impressionism, Vincent van Gogh. The Van Gogh Museum, a...
Sardinia: a Slice of Paradise

Sardinia: a Slice of Paradise

Sardinia is a slice of paradise in the heart of the Mediterranean. Emerald waters, dunes of white sands… A wild island of intense vibrant colors with a rich wildlife with deer, horses and eagles. Its translucent sea has some of the prettiest waters in the world. Among its many wonders we find Sardinia’s Nuragici, monuments that bear witness to the ancient culture that inhabited this island back in the 6th century. The Nuraghi are the archeological remains of large stones set around a tower, still preserved nowadays as proof of the religious rituals practiced by the peoples of this ancient culture. We invite you to discover some of the most impressive sites on this magical island. Costa Smeralda Costa Smeralda is one of the most popular destinations in Sardinia, not only for its stunning scenery but also for the wide variety of activities on offer, such as scuba diving, golfing, water skiing, as well as the delicious cuisine of its many restaurants. Porto Cervo is at the heart of the Costa Smeralda, with its Porto Vecchio, where you’ll find luxury yachts and many celebrities. Strolling through its beautiful squares, the balconies of these houses will surely catch your eye with their unique and beautiful windows. And we suggest you take a little break right around here to enjoy a good Italian aperitif at the harbor, while the sun sets in front of you. The church of Stella Maris is also very striking, so don’t hesitate to go visit and let yourself be amazed by the gorgeous scenery. The Most Beautiful Beaches   There are some wonderful beaches on the...
The Italian Ferragosto

The Italian Ferragosto

August 15th, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, tends to be a festivity across most European countries. But in Italy it’s a lot more than that. For Italians, August 15th marks the start of what is known as the Ferragosto, a celebration with years of tradition that combines the best of all summer festivities: music, food, outdoor activities, fireworks and much, much more. On the night of the 14th you’ll find bonfires on most beaches, groups of friends singing and waiting for the clock to strike midnight to go for a dip in the sea, fireworks that reflect on the surface of the water… and so, it’s inevitable to stay up until well into the am hours. The following day, Italian families share a big meal together, full of the traditional specialties of their local cuisine. One of the most typical recipes with a very long tradition in the area of Tuscany is roasted pigeon, and in the area of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano they prepare aniseed flavored sweets known as ciambelle. In fact, each city across bella Italia preserves its own traditions and events… so let’s explore some of them together! Milan Milan offers countless options when it comes to celebrating the Ferragosto. Starting with the night of the 14th, on the eve of the day, it’s customary to head to Sempione Park, where various types of events are usually held, and then on to Piazza Cannone, where many of the museums open their doors all night so we can admire their treasures. From the Archeological Museum to the Gallery of Modern Art, including museums of the likes...
Hipster Route in Rome

Hipster Route in Rome

We’ve all heard about the infamous hipsters at this point in the story. But what does it mean to be a hipster? The term was born in the US in the 30’s and 40’s, although the hipster generation is a more recent phenomenon that started gaining momentum circa 2010. In Rome, you’ll mostly encounter them in the areas of Rione Monti and Rione Testaccio.   Your average hipster wears buttoned-up shirts and All Star or Vans shoes. His face will proudly sport a moustache like that of a Sicilian man, a beard, tattoos and large-frame vintage glasses. And for her: skinny high-waisted jeans, vintage earrings and hot pants. Hipsters are almost always graduates with an interest in photography, art, skating, or cycling.   Where to find Rome’s hipsters?   Rione Monti 2 Periodico Café is one of Rome’s hipster venues par excellence. You’ll feel right at home here! In fact, there are vintage chairs, armchairs and tables arranged in true vintage style. There’s a space where you can read, eat, listen to music, have a chat with your friends, and even make your own coffee right in their kitchen! The area of Rione Monti is well-preserved, with its oldest part dating back to the eighteenth century and with an archeological site. Some of the peculiarities of the area are its cobblestoned streets and its wonderful vintage markets.   The Trastevere Neighborhood Let’s journey on to Trastevere now, where you’ll find Fish Market, for high quality fish at its chicest. They serve fried fish at the bar, and our hipster friends just can’t get enough of it. Moreover, the area...