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Pastry-shops Paolo Atti & Figli
Pastry-shops Paolo Atti & Figli

Five generations in one of Italy’s most ancient pastry shops. In the heart of the Mercato di Mezzo, it has maintained the traditions of the shop and late-nineteenth-century and Liberty-style premises in which it was created: the counter, panelling and shelving, windows, frescoed ceilings, lamps an......

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Historical products

Torta Paradiso
Torta Paradiso

The Torta Paradiso first came into existence in Enrico Vigoni’s pastry shop in the late nineteenth century. The story goes that Vigoni experimented long and hard before finding the recipe and, when an aristocratic lady tasted it, she instinctively exclaimed: “This cake is paradise!”Whether or ......

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Historical recipes

Rossini's recipes
Rossini's recipes

The great Pesaro-born composer Gioachino Rossini was a sophisticated gourmet. He had haute cuisine in his veins, together with music. He acquired his sophisticated tastes during his long stay in Paris, from 1824 to 1836, when he was the acclaimed director of the Théâtre Italien. In those years he ......

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Episodes, personalities, trivia

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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