Grad Otočec, a dreamlike restaurant

I step into a castle to try some incredible delicacies

I’ve just returned from a truly incredible trip to Slovenia: The sixteenth century castle of Otočec  built on a little island in the middle of the river Krka. I’m just going to tell you about its incredible restaurant 🙂 The building also has a magnificent five star hotel of the Relais & Châteaux chain (there…

ZoneOne72, Davide Comelli’s signature

China, acrylic, bic or graphite: different techniques with a unique spirit

There’s no better way to start this article than introducing the main character. Davide Comelli, born in Trieste from 1981, is a young talent and – as you’ll see –  does some impressive work. His father was a professor of painting technique and workshop at the Istituto Nordio in Trieste, and he learnt a lot…

Family hotel Amarin, the perfect place for children

A weekend for the family in Rovigno

When I’m travelling to discover new places, I always have my trusted photographer with me. Almost always. This time I have a special guest with me… and he took all the photographs this time! After all I had to bring my son Giovanni to this hotel where everything is made for children! Who to best…

Portopiccolo SPA, the perfect place for wellness and relaxation

A beauty and wellness oasis in the heart of the Natural Reserve of Duino’s cliffs

The bora. The cliffs. Miramare. And the sumac plants, so dominant in the Karst landscape. If you’re imagining an article about the wonders of the Karst, I’ve misled you. Today I want to visit a place where relaxation and wellness are an easy habit; the perfect spot to regenerate your mind and body, surrounded by…

Le Saline suites, an exclusive and special place to stay

A small Middle European corner in the heart of Palazzo Panfili

In Trieste it’s not that hard to bump into a corner which has a Middle European feel to it; places where time seems to have been stalled. Have you ever noticed? Today I’m visiting one of these places, right next to Trieste’s main train station and close to the old Port. In via Carlo Ghega…

Milan’s Furniture Exposition

When the city turns into a great show-room!

When the city turns into a great show-room! Every year in springtime there’s an appointment with Milan’s furnishing exhibition, recognized as the most important international showroom for home design, furnishing and décor. In April the city become a hub for designers and architects from every continent, a stimulating meltin’ pot, fun and energetic, capable of…

The show Liberty at the stables of the Miramare Castle

A day in Trieste dedicated to history, art and the sea

It’s baking hot today, but that’s what summer is all about really. So, I decide to organize a “refreshing” day and visit the new show that just opened, about “Liberty and the European art revolution”, taking advantage of all the summer services that my city has to offer. I decide to reach the castle of…

Suggestions on how to renovate an apartment.

Often all you need is a little flair, here is one of my projects…

People often ask me what goes through an architect’s mind when he’s facing the “white sheet” of an apartment to be renovated. My answer is simple: “a pinch of creativity and a good dose of folly”. In the project I’m showing you today, folly is definitely the part that dominated on everything and that pushed…