The Blonde Salad never stops, and here’s how she’s made it to the top. If you’ve never heard about Chiara Ferragni before, you must have been living on Mars. Back in 2009, the Italian fashion blogger launched TheBlondeSalad.com and since then her climb to success has never stopped. Today, with almost 14 Million followers on Instagram and a turnover of 30 million Euros, Chiara Ferragni is the most popular fashion blogger in the world. All the luxury designers want her to their fashion shows, all the brands of the moment want to put something on her so that she posts photos on Instagram. And she’s paid thousands of euros for just one photo! Some say she is not as smart as she would like us to believe (“she did not even graduate!”). But by the end of the day, this young girl, who turned 30 just last year, in less than 10 years has been able to build an empire with her own strength, enough to be mentioned by Forbes among the Top Influencers under 30. Chiara Ferragni has even become a Harvard Business School case study. We know, it’s hard to believe that a girl can build so much with her own efforts; it is also hard to believe that you can make a mint by posting photos on the internet. But this is the truth of those who do not want to accept that the world has changed and that don’t want to adapt to change. Chiara Ferragni had a great intuition and had it before all the others; or maybe not, but she did it better than everyone else. Is this talent or not? We do believe it is.


Ed Sheeran, the global pop star who bought a house in Umbria last year, has decided to spend his summer holidays in Italy and we don’t wonder why. Sheeran bought a beautiful estate in Paciano, close to Lake Trasimeno in the province of Perugia. When he was asked why he bought a home in such a small and secluded place he answered: “I didn’t want to buy in Tuscany because there are too many English people there. There is a vineyard and the moment I saw it I knew I had to buy that place.” So Sheeran made a choice of peace and silence, rather than the buzz (strictly in English) of the most popular towns in Tuscany. Paciano is a small medieval town placed among the green hills surrounding Lake Trasimeno. Although it has no direct connection to the lake, the village is ideally located to explore Lake Trasimeno and stay in the very heart of the Umbrian countryside. Paciano is about 15 km from Castiglione del Lago and about 30 from San Feliciano, two of the richest places in terms of naturalistic and historical-artistic attraction. Paciano is listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy, thanks to its beautiful historic center of medieval origin. All around there are rolling green hills and a multitude of vineyards. Who knows if in September we’ll see Ed Sheeran in his vineyard to harvest grapes for the production of his own wine. Maybe he will launch a new wine brand. The summer 2018 challenge will be to guess what name Ed Sheeran may have conceived for his future wine brand. By the way, Sheeran is not the only British superstar to fall in love with the area. Colin Firth, Star Wars director George Lucas and Hugh Grant are also reported…


Tuscany is a region on Italy’s west coast. It is one of the most popular places to visit in a country that is itself one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. There are several reasons to visit Tuscany: some of the most important ones are seeing Renaissance art in Florence, eating Tuscan food and tasting the excellent local wines. With its indisputable charm, region Tuscany can make for the perfect romantic trip. Whether you’d like to taste an assortment of the finest Tuscan wines, or experience a private guide to creating the beloved beverage, here’s a guide to the best vineyard experiences for couples in Tuscany: Helicopter and SPA at Castiglion del Bosco Castiglion del Bosco is owned by the Ferragamo family and it is named as one of the top ten wineries to visit in Tuscany by international wine magazine Decanter. Through their different wine tours and tailored tastings they let you explore Tuscany from inside. One of their most charming and exclusive tours offered by Castiglion Del Bosco is the helicopter tour. You’ll have the chance to visit 2 prestigious wineries hidden in the Montalcino wine hill: Castiglion del Bosco and Podere le Ripi. This luxury resort features The Spa at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco and it is located in the estate’s former wine cellars, in the heart of Borgo. Their range of facilities will help you relax in style: with a steam bath, sauna, private gardens, baths, exclusive treatments and a relaxation area all available. www.castigliondelbosco.com Cantine Antinori, a journey to meet Chianti wines The Antinori family has been committed to the art of winemaking for over six centuries since 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member, of the “Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri”, the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild. Since then, they are one…


In the world of cuisine, there’s nothing like the coveted three Michelin stars. These restaurants are more than just places to eat, they’re culinary experiences – every moment of a visit to one of these establishments is unforgettable. The ambience is exceptional, the service unsurpassable, and their food is more than just a meal – it’s art. Let’s see the best 3 Michelin Star Restaurants In Italy (according to us) La Pergola – Rome Rome is a city of history, romance, and culture. It’s also home to one of the very best 3 Michelin star restaurants in Italy: chef Heinz Beck’s La Pergola. Considered by many to be one of Italy’s most exceptional chefs, and owner and mastermind behind the only 3 star restaurant in the capital, Beck has perfectly and flawlessly married creativity, passion, and innovation with the best ingredients. The result is a dining experience that is truly unmissable – award-winning sommelier Marco Reitano’s 60,000 bottle cellar, and the presence of a 45-piece water menu are both indicative of the level of sophistication and quality that La Pergola exhumes. Ambience It’s hard to imagine a more perfect blend of style, modern sensibility, and an appreciation for culture and heritage than Chef Beck’s dining room at La Pergola. Rich, dark woods blend effortlessly with more refined cream and silk furnishings, and look out onto the awe-inspiring city of Rome. An evening spent at Pergola is sure to remain in the minds of diners for years to come. The Menu Dishes on offer at La Pergola are nothing short of impeccable. They’re creative, beautiful, and truly delicious. With not one, but two wine lists to choose from to accompany the meal, diners at La Pergola are in for a real treat. With plates such as scallops marinated in ginger and…


No matter how long you’ve known someone or how well you understand their style, finding the ultimate Christmas gift is no easy exercise. Buying the perfect Christmas present can be frustrating, but give a look at our suggestions below and you can be sure it will be a great success! For Him Buying a present for him is always more difficult rather than buying for her. With these ideas you will move his heart, mind and palate. If he is an entertainer, he’ll love his space to be home to games nights and cocktail parties, and cooking up a spread for ten is a pleasure, not a pain. Thomas Lyte’s leather Backgammon roll will make his playing nights special. You can make the set truly yours by having it embossed with names, initials or dates. If he enjoys sitting in front of the fireplace, talking about business or his last golf match, Richard Brendon’s set of whisky for two will be surely appreciated. It is a striking combination of classic hand craftsmanship and contemporary design that elevates this traditional set into a modern work of art. Destined to charm those who get a thrill from keeping their brain ticking, the Mont Blanc desk set is a classic and classy gift for Christmas. And if he’s a globetrotter, nothing is better than Nomad Deluxe: an extensive, authentic guide to being a modern-day nomad. For Her If she’s also a wanderlust traveller that can’t quench her thirst for exploration, she will appreciate the L’Objet turtle magnifying glass: expertly handcrafted by the artisans at L’Objet, it will make her desk unique. The ultimate addition to her luxury stationery collection, this Inhedited bookmark displays unparalleled elegance with its refined form and golden finish. Is she a business woman who likes her desk to be…


Italy is attractive and well known for its culture and lifestyle, making many foreigners move here to live and work. How can you get Italian citizenship? Here’s a brief guide to get it!   – What’s the difference between permanent citizenship and permanent residence? First of all it’s important to know that citizens of Italy have different rights (and responsibilities) to migrants holding permanent residence. – What are the requirements to become an Italian citizen? You can apply for Italian citizenship: – If you have Italian parents, or in some cases grandparents – If you’re born in Italy, or if you marry an Italian – Otherwise you might be eligible for citizenship through residency if you live in Italy for long enough The waiting time in the last case depends on your circumstance: from 4 years for people with some Italian heritage, to 10 years, for those coming to Italy from outside of the EU. – Can I have dual citizenship? It’s possible to be a citizen of Italy, as well as of another country and get a dual citizenship. There are some countries, however, which don’t allow this. Although Italian law won’t make you renounce your former citizenship, the country of your first citizenship might not allow you to hold a dual citizenship. So, if it’s in your plan to get a dual citizenship, you’d better ask for detailed information in your Country. – Ways to obtain Italian citizenship Depending on your personal circumstances there are several different ways you can claim Italian citizenship. There are a few routes outlined below. If none of them suit your circumstance, then you might be able to claim citizenship based on your residency. In this case, you must have lived in Italy for 4 years if you’re an EU citizen, or 10…


Luxury homes are distinctive in every way. Not only are they built using top quality materials and unique design concepts, but they also have a number of decorative art pieces that add more glam and luxury aspect. It’s easy to make your home itself a work of art, with creative and dramatic ideas and design touches. A good architect will always work closely with their clients to create spaces that are stunning; but a great one will take this quotient one step further and create areas that are personal and expressive all at once. One of the first things to keep in view is that there really is no wrong or right way to display artwork in interiors; and different architects and designers just think differently. You should look for an architect you can sync with and who can understand what your preferences and tastes are. Here are some ideas that can transform your luxury home into a work of art: You can make a very dramatic impact by using rich earthy tones that are tempered with sepia shades or greys. This kind of a concept creates an aesthetic that has a very classic appeal. Adding some modernistic artwork to these spaces just enhances the ambience of the interiors. • Use a few well-chosen statement pieces that are a reflection of your personal style. • If you prefer a more geometric theme, you can use specially sculptured art pieces. You can maintain a simplistic design theme in the common areas of your home, but add some stupendous full-wall artwork in your bedrooms. • When you want your home to have professionally-designed look, it’s a good idea to opt for and wallpaper murals for accent walls in various rooms; it adds dimension to the interiors. This technology has advanced in a…


Italy’s Flat Tax System is an interesting fiscal initiative for new Residents from abroad. Let’s see how you can take advantage on the very competitive new Italy flat tax system. Italy has approved the flat-tax for non-residentials with high net worth. It is meant to those who intend to transfer their residency to Italy, thus benefiting from a tax on foreign-produced income. The new Italian tax regime is very competitive, compared to similar programs in other countries, as the flat tax rate amounts to € 100.000,00 EUR only. How to Apply Taxpayers who are eligible may join the new tax system, when submitting the tax return, referring to the tax period when the residency was transferred to Italy or to the immediately following tax period. It is also possible to submit a specific prior request form to the Italian Revenue Agency. Application extended to family members The flat-tax system may also be extended to one or more family members who meet the requirements by means of a specific declaration in the tax return. In this case, the tax is 25,000 euros for each member of the family to whom the same system is extended. When apply You must apply within the deadline for submission of income declarations, even if the Italian Revenue Agency’s response to the prior request has not yet been received. The option is tacitly renewed yearly, while the effects cease within 15 years from the first fiscal period from the application. The tax must be paid in a lump-sum The payment of the € 100.000,00 flat-tax must be made in a lump-sum, for each period of effective taxation, by the due date for payment of the balance of the income tax. This new law has been approved by the Italian government in 2017 and it seems quite…


A Jacuzzi is more than a luxurious accessory for your home. According to the medical website SteadyHealth.com, sitting in a Jacuzzi for a period of time has a number of benefits, both physical and mental. In fact, Jacuzzis can be used to help people with osteoporosis, as the buoyancy obtained in a hot tub, along with light exercise performed underwater, can increase mobility and strength. Make certain to follow all cautions, as high water temperatures can pose health risks for certain individuals. Reduce Stress A Jacuzzi can be a good place in which to relax with family and friends. You can spend time together sipping a drink or simply having a chat. The bubbling of the Jacuzzi is particularly soothing and will help you relax not only mentally but also physically. You can use your time in a Jacuzzi to get a reflexology massage by placing your feet directly in front of the water jets. Your feet contain thousands of nerve endings, and their stimulation can improve your overall well-being and mood. Ease Muscle Pain A Jacuzzi can be an effective way to treat sore muscles and joints. The water jets inside the tub allow for a high-pressure hydro massage that you direct to specific parts of your body simply by moving around and adjusting your body to receive the full force of the water. When running at full intensity, the jets can provide something akin to a deep-tissue massage, soothing aches and pains. Sitting in a hot tub can help heal sports injuries, as the heat can soothe muscle spasms and speed up recovery time. Improve Circulation The hot water and bubbling of a Jacuzzi will cause body temperature to rise, which in turn will dilate blood vessels. This improves circulation, especially to the extremities, and can help people with…


As the uptight human rights lawyer Mark Darcy in the Bridget Jones films, he could scarcely have been more British, but Colin Firth has applied for Italian citizenship. Mr Firth’s wife, film producer Livia Giuggioli, 47, is Italian and the couple have a house near the town of Città della Pieve in Umbria. The star of Pride and Prejudice and Mamma Mia! speaks good Italian and has made films in Italy, including the 2008 movie Genova, directed by Michael Winterbottom. The 56-year-old actor has spoken publicly of his dismay at the Brexit vote, telling an Austrian newspaper last year that it was “a disaster of unexpected proportions”. His agent said the decision to apply for an Italian passport at the Italian embassy in London was to do with family reasons and declined to say whether it had anything to do with Brexit. “Colin applied for dual citizenship (British and Italian) in order to have the same passports as his wife and children,” the agent told The Telegraph. Both Britain and Italy allow dual citizenship and Mr Firth, who lives in Chiswick, London, will be able to keep his British passport. He married Ms Giuggioli in 1997 and they have two sons, Luca, 16, and Matteo, 13. Since the Brexit decision, there has been a flood of Britons seeking to obtain dual citizenship of other EU countries, in particular Ireland. Up to six million could be eligible. Any Briton born in the Irish Republic or Northern Ireland, or with an Irish parent or grandparent, is entitled to an Irish passport. (Source: Telegraph.co.uk)