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It hides out in Umbria, in the heart of Italy, the magnificent province of Perugia. Vestige of many eras, this small town perched 500 meters above the sea welcomed Etruscans and Romans of whose passage it still bears the marks.
The town, whose character is so marked by history with its steep medieval streets, offers a kaleidoscopic panorama. Traditions are still respected despite the tacit infiltration of modernity. But is this not after all precisely the true charm of Perugia? If the province has yet to evoke any memories in you, Le Collectionist presents you with five good reasons to make a stay in Perugia.
Perugia’s underground galleries offer a breathtaking journey through the ruins of the Etruscan and the Roman people. From Pozzo Etrusco, an impressive well dating from the 3rd century BC, to the Rocca Paolina, the majestic fortress built under the orders of Pope Paul III passing by Corso Vannucci, the very artery of Perugia, one can only be seduced by the old town’s unusual and picturesque architecture.
In Italy, there is no doubt that gastronomy takes up a prominent place and in this regard, Perugia is an example. There, a scrupulous respect is due to the "3 S rule". Strangozzi, Stinchetti and Struffoli represent the wonders so much advocated by the medieval city. With its simple cooking, the Perugino terroir favors natural products such as olive oil or truffle, typical of Umbria.
In 1973, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis orchestra inaugurates the stage of Umbria Jazz Festival’s first edition in Terni. Since then, Jazz enthusiasts meet up there every year in July.
Over the years, the festival has mixed and hosts icons of Rock, Pop-Rock and Blues. Thus, Elton John, Earth Wind & Fire, Sting, Eric Clapton stand alongside George Coleman and Theo Croker among others. Also, Umbria Jazz Festival is the opportunity to discover Perugia’s must-see attractions because if all shows are performed in the province, stages for their part succeed sometimes to the San Giuliana arena, sometimes in St. Peter's Basilica or to the National Gallery of Umbria.
As a result of its Tuscan influences, Italian is the fifth most studied language in the world. And for good reason, it is also known as one of the most romantic of them all. A trip to Perugia would represent the perfect opportunity to learn this linguistic beauty at the Foreigners’ University of Perugia, known to have hosted many personalities. Prince Leka of Albania, the actor Helmut Berger and Secretary-General of the Francophonie Michaëlle Jean, among others, count among its students.
In 217 BC, when Hannibal Barca inflicted a heavy defeat upon the Romans on the banks of Lake Trasimeno, it was already apparent that it would be a must see in Umbria. Surrounded by small hills, the lake shelters Magiore, Minore and Polvese, its three islands. It has since regained its serenity, which provides for enchanting surroundings. Around the lake, will have the pleasure to discover the charming villages of Passignano, Castiglione del Lago or Monte del Lago.
In the distance, peaking at 3562 feet, South Africa’s most emblematic monument - the "Table Mountain" - stands proudly, overlooking its beautiful Cape Town. That morning, an infinite blue sky illuminates the massif, one of the "New7Wonders of Nature", and his 12 apostles’ rocky and verdant peaks. On the eastern side of the mountain, the sumptuous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden stretches over 528 hectares. Rivulets, ponds, endemic and exotic flora: this exceptional ensemble reflects a harmonious search of aestheticism that cannot be ignored.
Lovers of architectural eclecticism can let themselves be thrilled by the mixture of style and Cape Town’s bold colors. Bo-Kaap and its facades’ dazzling shades – the Malay district – the boarding house’s Afro chic scenery, the City Bowl neighborhood with its Victorian architecture and Art Deco, the “Koopmans houses” uncovering the memories of the Dutch past, or the vibrant Waterfront’s old docks that reveals the "rainbow" culture which, more than ever, form the pattern of the city’s design.
Thereafter, it is magical to explore the peninsula of Cape of Good Hope and its nature reserve – Table Mountain’s natural park – covered with fynbos, an endemic vegetation of the area. Within the park, live numerous animals including several species of antelope – Eland and Bontebok – ostriches and Chacma baboons. The visit of Simon’s Town Victorian city, perched on the False Bay’s shores, allows a surprising encounter: wild penguins colonies waddling on Boulders Beach.
Located mountainside, between a white sandy beach and a rocky ensemble, the Sentinel, Hout Bay’s charming village – “Bay of Wood” in Afrikaans - welcomes the traveler for a seafood and lobsters lunch. On the way back, close to Hout Bay, you can stop on your way to one of the most popular surf spots in the world: “Dungeons” where spectacular waves can reach up to 45 feet high. Leaving this unusual place, you can walk along the Chapman's Peak Drive ledge to discover corners of paradise. National monument, this panoramic itinerary, which runs along the Atlantic coast of the mountain, holds impressive and unique views in store over Hout Bay, the Sentinel’s peak and Chapman's Bay.
To ensure you a totally unaccustomed summer, we deliver you a selection of the 15 most beautiful beaches around the world. Often idyllic, sometimes wild, they remain for the less of a both discrete and startling beauty destinations.
Passionate and strong; fun and yet so refined, daddy knows how to surprise us in many ways. To pay him tribute for his so special day, Le Collectionist presents you some choice pieces to express him your unconditional love.
Piano Forte VIII earphones // by Final
Golf Club // Scotty Cameron Select by Titleist
M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera // by Leica
Gramophone for iPhone // Walnut by Restoration Hardware
Fountain pen // Meisterstüeck 149 by Mont Blanc
Swim short // by Orlebar Brown
The Barista Machine // Maestria by Nespresso
Toolbox // by WohnGeist
Intrecciato Leather Briefcase // by Bottega Veneta
Breitling vintage watch // by Maier Vintage
Frequently described as the world’s most influential contemporary art fair, Art Basel 2015 will welcome within its walls 284 art galleries and no less than 2,500 artists worldwide. Thus, art becomes exposed and presented to experts and connoisseurs from near and distant countries.
- From June 18th to June 21st 2015, Switzerland.
After London and Milan, Men’s Fashion Week is about to show up on the streets of Paris, from June 25th to 29th. And as every year at this period, the fashion world is in full swing, eager to discover next season’s trends. The opportunity for Vuitton, Dior or Saint Laurent, among others, to deploy ingenuity to seduce those gentlemen…and ladies!
- From June 25th to June 29th 2015, Paris.
Global event, the Universal Exposition of Milan has been inaugurated on May the 1st 2015. 145 countries and 3 international organizations will be represented and are expected, during 184 days of exhibition, to raise reflection and offer concrete solutions on the theme: “Feeding the planet, Energy for life”. 20 millions visitors will thus have the opportunity to admire the daily attractions offered on the different pavilions.
- From May the 1st to October the 31st 2015, Milano.
For nearly four months are celebrated at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the work and life of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret. An accomplished artist, fervent defender of modern architecture, a painter but also a sculptor, he was often misunderstood by his peers. This is an opportunity to (re) discover the works of this visionary, who was able to redefine the traditional architecture’s codes and to whom we owe the plans of the city of Chandigarh in India, which he himself defined as the "culmination of his work."
-From April the 29th to August the 3rd 2015, Paris.