Corriere della Sera notes that on Greene Street, from the 29th November to the 6th January, there will be 20 showrooms dedicated to the best in Italian design. The organizers want to highlight not only the style and elegance of products “made in Italy” but also its craftsmanship and unique qualities. There are also Italian design tie-ins with the upcoming installations “Perchance to Dream” featuring Roberto Bolle and Peter Greenaway’s “Leonardo’s Last Supper.”
This article in The New York Times’ travel section makes the acqua alta and the damp rising off the canals sound very attractive! Winter visitors can feel like locals, see the sites minus the hordes, wander around and actually enjoy getting lost in this most atmospheric of cities.
The Vespa motor scooter has become known as a symbol of Italy and a highpoint of Italian design. From Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday to Nanni Moretti in Caro Diario, the Vespa has also shared the screen in many well-known films. This article in Il Sole 24 Ore discusses the Vespa’s role in movies as highlighted in an exhibit at the Piaggio museum in Pontedera (near Pisa).
Screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico, who died earlier this year at the age of 96, was the leading screenwriter of the second half of the 20th century and worked with directors such as De Sica, Monicelli, Antonioni and Visconti. From November 26th to December 1st, some of the movies on which she collaborated will be shown as part of a tribute at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. See the Walter Reade’s website for schedule, tickets and information.