Robb Report March 2016


La Dolce Vita! An Insider's Guide Discover Italy's Genius for Living the Good Life Spring Fashion Issue Special Home & Style Section  

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Palaces and Republics

The English poet John Keats coined a term, “negative capability,” that aptly applies to the peculiarly Italian brand of genius we celebrate from cover to cover in this month’s special issue. This capacity for “being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason” perfectly encapsulates the Italian gift for accepting and […]

Hilltop Heroes

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco’s new cycling programs get riders in peak form.  The undulating hills of the Val d’Orcia appear a patchwork of purple-tinged vineyards and plots of plowed earth as I climb the road to Pienza. “They call it the ideal city,” says Massimiliano Mondet, a cycling guide for Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco. The […]

Back to Basics

Lamborghini’s Huracán LP 580-2 trades front-wheel power for more fun. Extreme design, a naturally aspirated engine, and all-wheel drive have long been the essentials of road cars from the Italian automaker Lamborghini. The new Huracán LP 580-2 has only two of the three. It’s a rear-wheel-drive variant that, according to Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann, “is […]

It Grows on You

In addition to eye-catching looks, the Evo 43 features an expandable deck.  Naval engineer Valerio Rivellini is the rare yacht designer who has seen his singular concept become reality. Most dream boats never move beyond the drawing board, because they’re too wild or impractical to go into production. But Rivellini and his namesake business, Studio Tecnico […]

Pasta and Progress

Massimo Bottura pushes the Italian kitchen into the 21st century—and beyond. For years, Massimo Bottura’s wildly imaginative food-as-art creations ruffled feathers in tradition-minded Italy. Consider one of the chef’s signatures, the dish he calls the Crunchy Part of the Lasagne: A tricolor shard made by dehydrating, pulverizing, rolling, and dehydrating yet again three types of […]

Souvenir Shop

Piraneseum offers antique keepsakes from Rome, Venice, and other stops along the Grand Tour. Wealthy British schoolboys of the 18th century commonly spent their gap year (or years in some cases) on the Grand Tour—a long and expensive sojourn through Europe that usually included stops in Florence, Venice, and other Italian cities—to immerse themselves in […]

Spirit Reborn

Nonino’s latest release elevates humble grappa to liquid art.   The grappa prized among connoisseurs—powerful yet elegant, and alive with the essence of fine Nebbiolo or Moscato—has a brief history, as spirits go. Until the 1960s, grappa was simply the harsh, ultra-potent tipple of rustic Italy. Haphazardly distilled by locals into a high-octane potable from […]

Lady of the Lake

A new wellness retreat rises on the shores of a revered Italian destination. Clad only in a plush terry-cloth robe, I rush past Lake Como toward the stone steps of Villa Emilia. I am absurdly underdressed considering the setting, in which manicured gardens stretch from the shore toward the art nouveau palace of the Grand […]

Sew It Goes

Expertly crafted clothing is still the pride of Naples, thanks to the city’s top tailors, who are bolstering the tried-and-true Neapolitan style. In the 1930s, a jacket made waves in the coastal city of Naples. Vincenzo Attolini deconstructed the traditional English suit jacket, removing its heavy lining and creating softer, more naturally shaped shoulders. He […]

Vintage Ferrari

On a drive from Sangiovese grape country to the Adriatic coast, the 488 Spider shows it belongs in the brand’s venerable line of gt convertibles. Dawn chased the waning moon over a ridge and cast a soft light on the slopes of the Borgo Condé Wine Resort in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. It […]

A Table by the Sea

In the Bay of Naples, every island has its own distinct—and delicious—cuisine. Capri, Ischia, and procida, the trio of beautiful islands in the Bay of Naples, are like surprisingly dissimilar siblings whose explosive father, Mount Vesuvius, watches over them, languidly sending curls of white smoke into the cerulean skies—wispy warnings of an unpredictable temper. If the […]

The Robb Reader: Remo Ruffini

A conversation with the Italian entrepreneur, outdoorsman, and philanthropist.  When Remo Ruffini purchased the French skiwear brand Moncler in 2003, he moved the company’s headquarters to Milan, a short distance from his home on Lake Como. After a decade of building Moncler into a leading purveyor of luxury outerwear, Ruffini took the company public in […]