Living La Dolce Vita : Part 2

Italy– what a photogenic place; it’s like no other!

From the picturesque Venice canals to the charming streets and alleys, there’s so much beauty and our favorite thing to do is wander and explore. Who knows what you’ll stumble upon: a cool vintage shop, gelateria, or somewhere to sip some wine and people watch. We took our fair share of pictures of this beautiful country and would like to share a few with all of you.

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Living La Dolce Vita : Part 1

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t love Italy.

And why not? Friendly people, amazing architecture, Italian fashion and design, and, of course, great food. On Madison just returned from ten fabulous days in Italy and soaked up a big dose of Italian style. We’ve put together a montage of some of our favorite photos along with our discoveries of where to stay, where to eat, and where to shop.

Also, On Madison would like to thank Ashley Turney of L’Esperta who helped make many of the arrangements for our trip. She lived in Italy for many years and has insider knowledge of all things Italian. Brava, Ashley!

So here’s to La Dolce Vita!

Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte: Centrally located near the Spanish Steps, this palazzo was converted to residence apartments. As one of the most renowed 16th Century buildings in Rome, we felt like nobility in these grand, highly ornate suites. And why not? Queen Ortensia resided here with her son, Napoleon III, Emperor of the Second Empire and grandson of Napoleon Bonaparte I.

G-Rough suites, Rome: Designed by Emanuele Garosci and conceived by Gabriele Salini, this ambitious 5 star hotel aims to redefine the very concept of hospitality. An eclectic mix of Italian vintage pieces from the 50’s and 60’s (swoon) in a rough yet refined atmosphere, this place has style and grace that is authentically Italian to its core.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani: One of the true grande dame hotels of Venice, the Cipriani’s location is actually across the lagoon from Piazza San Marco on the island of Giudecca. Reserve a table at their Michelin star restaurant Oro on the terrace and gaze across at Venice in all its splendor. Guaranteed, you will feel like one of the rich and famous.

Studio Lucio Bubacco: Tucked away from the more famous names in glass on the isle of Murano is the small studio of Signore Lucio Bubacco. We discovered his work more than 20 years ago and had the pleasure of visiting his studio on this trip as well. Signore Bubacco is an amazing artist and On Madison will be collaborating with him on some commissioned pieces when he visits the states later this year. Images via the Corning Museum of Glass.

Villa Foscari, Veneto: Architecture devotees will undoubtedly know the name Palladio (November 1508 – 19 August 1580). Palladio designed some of the most beautiful villas and buildings in Italy. The Doges Palace, the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, and the Villa Foscari are some of the most beautiful he designed. The Villa Foscari, on the banks of the Brenta River, gives us a fantastic glimpse of 15th Century Venetian country life. Images via the Villa Foscari site.

And stayed tuned for Part II of Living La Dolce Vita where we share our personal photos from the trip!

 

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Desert Dreams

I admit that I’ve been thinking a lot about vacations lately. Yes, I need one, but vacations are also a chance to experience some of my favorite design fantasies. Palm Springs is perennially at the top of my destination list. Fab architecture, the best of mid-century design, sexy swimming pools, and the chance to look glamorous in chic summer attire while sipping a martini are just a few reasons I never tire of the Palm Springs’s allure.

On Madison has put together a photo montage of Palm Springs style, along with tips for great places to stay, shop, and eat. So pack that weekend bag up and enjoy!

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