Tonini Interiors: the realm of interior design in Udine

A story of passion and great beauty

When I’m in Udine, there’s one thing I can’t not do. It’s mandatory. Nobody can take away my usual walk around the city center, that is usually combined to a good glass of wine and a frico (it’s not that light of a meal, I know…but who cares!). I also always stroll around the castle…

Wonderful Grado: here’s what to do

The island of the sun shines in Friuli Venezia Giulia

…find a comfy seat, grab a pack of popcorn and read this article that, I’m warning you, won’t be very short. But to tell you what I’ve done in Grado at best, I have to start from the beginning. During the wonderful 1980s, I still was a child, and this was the usual place we…

Maritani: pastry artisans in Friuli Venezia Giulia

They’ll open their laboratory’s doors to 10 MissClaire’s readers

When I first told you about this sweet story called Maritani it was December 2015, but this amazing company from Staranzano has grown so much in 4 years, that I had to pick up where I left off, to tell you about the latest wonderful news from the Maritani family and their “dirty hands”! I…

Paper Engineer: Annalisa Metus is one of a kind in Friuli Venezia Giulia

Special artisans in the heart of Trieste

“How does Annalisa make a living with Art Attack?” It all started with my interest in discovering everything I could about the work of Annalisa Metus, class of 1978, with a great passion for colored cardboard. I had been keeping an eye on her for a while now! Her name kept popping up during cultural…

Dezen Dezen, traditional prints in Trieste

Hand-made environmental friendly clothing

Traditional scarf prints are reborn here in Trieste (the ones that were onced used in Eastern countries). A traditional item that is reborn in a modern style and that I can’t wait to tell you all about… a story written by Dezen Dezen! This ambitious project (and delightful I should add!) was thought of by…

Slavonia, 10 things not to miss

Discovering the unexplored Croatia between Hungary and Serbia

This time I visited a little place that’s not so well known, because if I ask you “what do you know about Croatia?” I’m sure you’ll answer “the sea, Zagreb, Split” and maybe something extra. Some time ago the Croatian national tourism institute Croazia Full of Life asked me where I’d like to go for…

Il Pane Quotidiano, a successful company from TRIESTE, ready to open overseas

Eight stores, two new openings and one hundred employees

“I started working as a mechanic when I was 13. On my way to work in the mornings I would stop at a bakery in Longera to buy a sandwich for lunch; one day the baker asked me if I’d like to work for him, they had a vacancy”. This is how Paolo Fontanot’s story…

An imperial weekend in Rogaška Slatina

Crystals and mineral water with an atmosphere that recalls the Hapsburg Empire

I’m back in my “Middle Europe explorer” costume. This weekend is entirely dedicated to the town of Rogaška Slatina, about a mile northeast of Ljubljana. This name has always reminded me of the famous crystals, so the first place I visit is the Rogaska crystal and glasswork plant where for over 350 years they’ve produced…

Massimiliano Schiavon Art Team: Murano’s glass art

Six generations of success in a new furnace in Venice

When you mention excellence, the art of glass manufactiring is definetly included. I’ve decided to talk about it today, taking you to the colourful island of Murano, in Venice, to discover  Massimiliano Schiavon‘s new furnace. When I meet him I gather that we’re not talking about recent history. Massimiliano’s family has been designing glass for six generations,…