Castello di Vicarello~ Maremma, Tuscany

Villa Chiesina bedroom

Interview by Welcome Beyond:

 What is the history of Castello Di Vicarello?
Aurora: “When we bought the castello in the late seventies it was an absolute ruin. We came here permanently in ’98 and opened in 2003. Before, we lived in Indonesia. When we came back to Italy, we lived in Milano for three years. Then we decided to change our life radically and here we are.”
 What is your philosophy at Castello Di Vicarello?
Aurora: “We are who we are. We did this place because we fell in love with it. We put all our energy into it, our past life, our experiences. The approach to the guests is easygoing, not formal. We like guests to feel at home although we don’t like people to go around naked! Basically, we want people to feel at home, relaxed and happy.”
The interior design of Castello di Vicarello is really beautiful. Were you responsible for the interior design?
Aurora: “Yes, my husband and I did everything with the furniture that we had. It’s like my home. We put in what we like and when we feel a room is okay for us then I think it’s fine for our guests.”
Clearly the kitchen plays an important role in the house.
Aurora: “I think so, yes. The kitchen is like the kitchen of a house, not the kitchen of a restaurant. Everybody passes through the kitchen. We have an organic garden and every day we change the menu according to what we have in season. Everybody can see the preparation, it’s nothing secret.We even offer cooking classes at the castello if guests want to and are about to publish a cook book with our recipes as well.”
Castello di Vicarello is also a working farm, you are producing your own wine and olive oil.
Aurora: “Yes, absolutely. The vineyards lie at the heart of the rolling landscape close to Castello di Vicarello. Though the vineyards are still relatively new, our two organic red wines have already won several plaudits from specialist publications.The olive oil that we are producing here is also one of the most sought-after in Tuscany. We have century old olive trees surrounding the property and guests can actually participate in the harvest between the end of October and the beginning of November. It is a true Tuscan experience.”

Bob Sinclar + Raffaella Carrà~ Far l’Amore

itzaa guuudah, itzaa guuudah!
makes me miss italia…!

“Far L’Amore”, featuring Italian superstar Raffaella Carrà is the brand new single from French record producer, House music DJ, and remixer Bob Sinclar.

 Also love this remix Bodybangers made in 2008:

thanks nima for the bob tip ; )

il pescatore + amalfi coast


location: amalfi coast, italia

Bop Decameron~ Wood Allen’s Next Film + Penelope Cruz

Woody Allen is filming his next release, “Bop Decameron” in the heart of Rome. The $25-million movie is based on a collection of 100 medieval tales written by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio in the 14th century. The cast includes several Italian actors like Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful), as well as American actors Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Judy Davis, Ellen Page (Juno), Alec Baldwin and Allen himself.

“Every time has been like making declarations of love for certain places and projecting onto the screen my feelings for the places which have counted most in my life,” Allen said to an Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “I hope to do the same with Rome.”

Meanwhile, Allen’s Midnight in Paris is becoming the highest-grossing movie of his career.


edited by: atessa nicole




Mario Testino’s “Todo o Nada” Exhibition in Rome

The exhibition opened Thursday Evening at Fondazione Memmo displayed 54 Testino images. The show’s theme: the beautiful, sensual tension that exists between being clothed and being nude.

“As a concept, it often inspires me, the balance between the two opposites,” said Testino.

Testino’s after-part was at al Al Biondo Tevere, where in 1975 director Pier Paolo Pasolini sat for his last supper before his mystery death. History is, after all, everywhere.

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Rainy Day in Rome + Atessa Nicole Photography

Today in Houston we are finally experiencing some much needed rain- which I love! It reminded me of this lovely day in Roma…

enjoy your rainy day 🙂

peace & love,

tess mess