Gatsby hideaway at Villa Arnica’s retreat

Serendipitously, the creative twenties spirit and allover artistic atmosphere never seemed to have died but rather to have survived until today, thanks to the owner’s wish of preserving bygone aesthetics, inspired by Slim Aarons’ nostalgia.

Noble seaside living at Villa Talamo

After a good swim, a pleasing afternoon aperitif or dinner al fresco with an outstanding Tuscan cuisine, based on organic ingredients and homemade plates, can be organised at Villa Talamo’s golden hour, while catching the sunset and observing the facade turning into a golden treasure box, which truly contains six treasury rooms and three beautiful private suite retreats.

Stellar lodging in the heart of the Dolomites

As soon as entering the house you will feel at home for the scent of the rooms, the kindness of the owner herself and the vintage furniture in the salon.Actually I could spend a whole afternoon in the salon and that’s also what I did.

Ottmanngut’s guest house of all senses

Located in between the mountains, close by the historical spa city of Merano in Italy’s region of Alto Adige, the country residence’s history is almost as long and rich as the one of Merano itself. A document from 1920 bears witness to the existence of a country property known as Psorengütl located just outside the city wall. By the 16th century the name changed to Ottmangut and the property became one of five such farmhouses in the area.

Franz Fromm and his rare art collection at Villa Freischütz

As soon as entering the villa, I entered a world of wonders, feeling almost like an old romantic movie in black and white including loads of aesthetic scenes. Indeed I have experienced an intense connection with the arts and its former owners, while strolling through the well-decorated living rooms.

On the traces of St Francis and Napoleon at Isola del Garda

Currently the Garda Island is owned by the Cavazza family, but over the centuries it had various names which were nearly always linked to the different owners: insula Cranie, island of Monks, Lechi island, Scotti island, de Ferrari island and later Borghese island. ​

My Vienna vintage walk

Recently I have been strolling around one of my favourite streets in Vienna: Gumpendorferstraße, located in the 6th district. The street lies between busy Mariahilfer Straße and Naschmarkt. It was once a nondescript side street, but now shops, café and restaurants flourish here, thanks to the neighboring MuseumsQuartier. 

The London winter exhibition guide

Besides Frieze London and Frieze Masters, London has got to offer a huge range of art events in the months of autumn and early winter. This guide will give you short overviews of four London shows I highly recommend visiting.

Art Made Now: The Royal Academy’s 250th summer exhibition

Each summer the Royal Academy’s galleries are jam-packed with contemporary art made by internationally renowned artists and young talents graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts. This year, Grayson Perry, and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums.

The Budapest vintage guide

Budapest might be the ideal destination for a vintage-lovers weekend getaway. I recommend staying in the Jewish quarter, which is definitely the most bohemian one, offering courtyard cafés, design shops and ruin-like buildings that have a unique atmosphere and aesthetic. 

The 2018 Venice Biennale guide

However, architecture as an exhibition theme was officially added to the Biennale’s activities only in the 1970s, in events, which adopted a historical approach, such as “Italian Architecture during Fascism” (1976). In 1980 the 1st Architecture Biennale opened its doors. This marked the beginning of a new phase of the Biennale, which was characterized by various collateral events and the expansion of the locations in the city, including the Arsenale.

Museum Van Loon: Dutch nobility and architectural grandness

Amsterdam’s greatest cultural wealths are certainly the many Dutch noble houses located near the picturesque canals.
During my stay in Amsterdam, I had the chance to visit one of the most stunning villas: Museum Van Loon, which used to be the residence of the merchant family of Van Loon.