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Sissi

Sissi
The ethereal, stunningly beautiful wife of Emperor Franz Joseph, Sissi was extraordinarily astute. Despite her apparent fragility, she enjoyed perfect health and travelled the length and breadth of Europe, always adored and revered by her subjects. This is how she is described by Karl Platino Junior...

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The K. u. K. Museum

The K. u. K. Museum
Forty thousand items. Rare, unusual, antique. Period implements used by peasants and craftsmen in Val Venosta. Long-forgotten workplaces, furnishings, and collections of Tyrolese memories. But also furnishings and objects that once belonged to Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Sissi. This is the ext...

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The "Ricordi Floor" at Villa d'Este

The "Ricordi Floor" at Villa d'Este
The Grand Hotel Villa d’Este in Cernobbio opened to guests in 1873 and the first to step through the door was the publisher Giulio Ricordi, who took over an entire floor of the Regina d’Inghilterra wing for the whole season. Giuseppe Verdi was one of the publisher’s first guests, and he was fo...

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Hollywood Festival

Hollywood Festival
From 1988 to 1992, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este in Cernobbio was the venue for the Festival di Hollywood. Many famous actors and actresses turned up: Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Robert Mitchum, Gene Kelly, June Allison, Joseph Cotten, and Claire Trevor, to name but a few.In the photos: the preside...

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Hitchcock and the Photographers

Hitchcock and the Photographers
The film director Alfred Hitchcock adored the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este in Cernobbio and used to spend his summer holidays here from 1925 – when he shot a short scene for his first feature film, The Pleasure Garden in the hotel park – until 1970. It is said he became absolutely paranoid wheneve...

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Caffè Piccardo and Coppi's final sprint

Caffè Piccardo and Coppi's final sprint
“Thirty seconds at the Turchino!” In sports cafés and balancing on windowsills to bring the news to those in the street below, radio sets blared out Coppi’s lead over the Frenchman Teisseire in the Milano-Sanremo. Thirty seconds had stretched into five minutes at the Voltri crossing. It was a...

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The debut of the Ussero

The debut of the Ussero
The first rent contracts and private letters addressed to the aristocratic Agostini family that mention the presence of a café on the ground floor of their residence in Pisa dates back to the last quarter of the eighteenth century, but the name “Caffè dell’Ussero” first appears officially in...

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A shot of grappa for D’Annunzio

A shot of grappa for D’Annunzio
In the final years of the 1800’s the tumultuous romance between actress Eleonora Duse and writer Gabriele D’Annunzio brought them often to Asolo and Bassano del Grappa, and inevitably to Nardini, to have a drink at “ their table” in the back room in a quiet corner beside the fireplace.

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A sip of grappa for the Queen Mother

A sip of grappa for the Queen Mother
The mother of Queen Elisabeth knew Nardini grappa and it was so loved that it was the only Italian hard liquor served at her daughter Queen Elisabeth II wedding. In 1987, the Queen Mother, who, passing  by Nardini on an official visit, impelled her escort to take her inside. There she had a dri...

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The Bridge and its grappa

The Bridge and its grappa
In 1948, after the complete destruction of the Ponte Vecchio at the end of the second World War, the covered bridge in Bassano del Grappa was completely rebuilt with private funds collected by the Alpini soldiers. Alcide De Gasperi, the first Prime Minister of the Italian Republic, dedicated the bri...

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A shot of grappa for Hemingway

A shot of grappa for Hemingway
During WWI, Ernest  Hemingway, while stationed as an ambulance driver at Villa Ca’ Erizzo on the banks of the Brenta, often came to Nardini Distillery in Bassano for a shot of grappa. Grappa also figures prominently in many of his works, especially those dealing with the war.In the photo: a v...

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The origins of the EU

The origins of the EU
The international Pool of Coal and Steel Conference was held in the halls of the Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita in February 1951, with the Italian Prime Minister De Gasperi, the Foreign Minister Sforza, and the French Prime Minister Pleven and Foreign Minister Schuman. This meeting eventua...

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The Negus's cushions

The Negus's cushions
In November 1970, the Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita welcomed the emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, as a guest during his official visit to Italy. To compensate for the small physical stature of the sovereign, two cushions – suitably hidden from visitors’ view – were placed on the...

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Pirandello's veranda

Pirandello's veranda
In October 1926 the playwright and writer Luigi Pirandello stayed in Pesaro, where he had been officially invited for the opening of the theatre-cinema named after the actress Eleonora Duse. He spent one week at the Grand Hotel Vittoria: it is said he loved spending the afternoons on the lovely hote...

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Casinò Vittoria

Casinò Vittoria
During the Belle Epoque, the Grand Hotel Vittoria in Pesaro had its own private, authorised casino, which was open both to its guests and to non-residents. It is still possible to admire the 50-, 100- and 500-lire chips that were used by illustrious gamblers to make their bets.

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Calcio di mulo

Calcio di mulo
In the late 1930s - early 1940s, the barman of the Grand Hotel Vittoria in Pesaro, Alberto, created the celebrated and extremely hard-hitting “Calcio di mulo” – literally, the “mule’s kick” – based on dry vermouth, whisky and absinthe, which became a much-loved part of the legend and t...

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