Category : cover stories

14 Jun 2018
Alessandro Borghese sorridente mentre cucina

Alessandro Borghese

Alessandro Borghese is the celebrity of the moment. Or rather, the chef of the moment. Likeable face, dark curls, glasses and obligatory smile. His skill and pleasant nature have, in no time at all, conquered the world of social network and now the television with programs “Alessandro Borghese 4 Ristoranti” and “Kitchen Sound” in which on Sky One HD, he presents a recipe in five minutes. In the past weeks Borghese and his troop came to Umbria for 4 Ristoranti […]

06 Mar 2018
Matteo Casilli - la copertina di Musician

Matteo Casilli – MUSICIAN Author’s Portraits

Matteo Casilli is a young Roman photographer who has done something so simple that no one had thought of before: put the characters of the Italian music scene against the wall, get a camera and take portraits in black and white (261 of them!) to then make a book, beautiful, which is called “Musician“ by Andrea Luccioli Then those from Marvis Labl arrived, discographic label and artistic laboratory, who thought well to print Matteo’s project. It seems that this thing […]

21 Dec 2017


GIORGIO ASCANI, NUVOLO, A STORY The year is 1944, we are in full Resistance. Name of the battle by partisan: Nuvolo, because he would appear and disappear in the Umbrian hills. He was unpredictable. From then on, the eighteen-year-old Giorgio Ascani, that very-poetic name would bring it with him for his whole life. No more as a militant of the San Faustino brigade, but as an artist. by Cristina Crisci & Marco Polchi He was an experimenter, a visionary, technically […]

22 Jun 2017

A day with Elio Germano

Men, beast, city and things: a day with Elio Germano Text Michele Corgnoli – Photos by Elio Germano: Giovanni Santi – A special thanks to Andrea Merendelli and to the sta of the E etto K association Translator’s note: the quotes in bold are taken from Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdiand Céline, read by Elio Germano in the show the 13th of May at the Anghiari Theatre. First Part Short account of a lunch and of […]

18 Oct 2016
Vinicio Capossela seduto su una poltrona con la chitarra fra le braccia e luce morbida da una lampada


With the concert-show «Polvere» Vinicio Capossela tells stories of the earth and says: Putting together scenes from a musical disc helps you to personally understand your own ideas. written by Andrea Luccioli – main photo by Luca Zizioli Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the great folk theatre, made of the music, visions and legends of Vinicio Capossela. Yes, because «Polvere», the show brought to the Giardini del Frontone in Perugia is exactly this: a stage where imaginary things become powerfully […]

22 Jun 2016


One  starred in the most prosperous season of Italian volleyball, being part of that generation of, perhaps unrepeatable, phenomena and is now behind the desk as general manager. The other is a young talented ‘spiker’, (outside hitter), who is growing day after day in between training, matches and an Economics exam at university. But they are not opponents. Joining them is an unbreakable bond, both  in sport but most of all in life. Father and son, who this year won […]

13 Apr 2016


Daniele Silvestri is not only one of the best Italian singer-songwriters. He is a tightrope walker, who, playing with words and his music, after more than 20 years in his career, has found himself to be a marvelous balancing act artist in a world of hopeful acrobats. In Umbria, in Foligno, he initially celebrated the publication of his new album «Acrobati», indeed, on the roads of the city, and then he played it far and wide (almost three hours in […]

12 Feb 2016


Going from the parting of David Bowie to the violence in Cologne and then to the attacks in Paris. She puts her experience as a mother (now) and as a daughter (before) into her music and her eyes light up when she talks about the beauty of the place which has welcomed her these days, Foligno. Carmen Consoli has begun her new theatrical tour at the San Domenico Auditorium and it has sold out completely and it is a show […]

15 Dec 2015

CHEF RUBIO – Food on the Road

Ten years ago the rugby player Gabriele Rubini moved to New Zealand to play for a team based in Wellington and there, to support himself, he began working in a restaurant developing a passion for cooking. Today, that boy who left from Rome is one of the most loved TV characters: Chef Rubio, undisputed king of «Unti e bisunti», the TV show that has converted many people among the food lovers, but also among those who, though they eat lightly, […]

20 Oct 2015

Our Victories

FRED MORINI «I WON MY TOUR DE FRANCE» One hot, late summer afternoon Federico ‘Fred’ Morini bikes in on his very special ‘Bianchi’, carefully screen-printed with the itinerary of his last trip. He’s nimble, agile, and climbing the stairs as if he were up on the pedals during a mountain Grand Prix. You can tell two wheels are in his blood; two wheels that raised him up to compete with the professional Bianchi-Gerolsteiner team alongside some of the strongest competitors […]

10 Aug 2015
Valentina Lodovini

Valentina Lodovini – «… That time when i fell in love with Daniel Day Lewis»

She has ten years of intense career behind her: she has worked for Sorrentino, Mazzacurati, Vicari, Risi, she won a David di Donatello, she’s done television, radio, lent her face for video clips, and she even went on stage at the theatre next to Marco Travaglio to speak about the mafia. Valentina Lodovini, actress, born and raised in Umbria and Tuscany, on a mid-July afternoon, returned to Città di Castello where, before the limelight shone on her, she studied acting.  […]

12 Jun 2015


It was 1997 when in “Quelli che benpensano” [Those who think well] he sang, “The last will be last if first is unreachable,” and now, 18 years later, these words still sum up the clear thinking of FRANKIE HI-NRG MC. His critical view of Expo 2015 has made the rounds of newspapers and television. Along with J-Ax and Fedez, he has set the talk shows alight and countered the rampant enthusiasm for the event. Expo Milano 2015- ‘Feeding the planet, […]

07 May 2015

Burri’s Inn – The Mag 15

I was a little girl when I saw Burri for the first time. I can still clearly recall when he arrived at the Castello di Sorci in his four-by-four.   He was wearing a jacket with lots of pockets and was smiling and kind. The Castle’s massive kitchens still preserve the memory of the many dinners with my father and other friends. On the walls there are photos of Burri taken by my father at lots of different events. There’s […]

04 May 2015
Alberto Burri grande cretto nero

About Burri: Grande Nero Cretto – the Mag 15

In the mid-70s Burri made two monumental pieces; the  ‘Grande Cretto Nero’, which was donated in 1977 to the Franklin Murphy Sculpture Garden of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the second, the ‘Grande Cretto’ which went to the Museo di Capodimonte (Naples), in 1978. Both works were designed and produced in Città di Castello. It was here in his native town that Alberto Burri decided to have them moulded. He approached Ceramiche Baldelli where he was certain to […]

29 Apr 2015

A brooch for a wedding present – THE MAG 15

Vanna Volpi Picchi talks to us about the little known side of Burri; his love of hunting, his talent for sports and all the things he was passionate about. The brooch that Burri designed for the daughter of one of his best friends has, in the meantime, been around the world being shown in international exhibitions. Burri’s art and imagination had no boundaries. “For us he was part of the family. I’d known Burri ever since I was a child, […]

16 Feb 2015
Dario Argento

Dario Argento – “MY FEAR”

He talks softly and smiles. Only the intensity of his regard might hint that he’s the Italian master of horror; king of fear and thrills, the man behind internationally loved cult horror films. Dario Argento is currently appearing at the Immaginario Festival in Perugia. He’s had long-standing ties to the city since childhood, but is here following the release of his autobigraphy ‘Paura’ and to promote a crowd-funding campaign to finance his new film, ‘The Sandman’. by Sofia Coletti / ph: […]

05 Dec 2014

Monica Bellucci

When we meet Monica Bellucci who’s back in Città di Castello to spend a few days with her parents,  it’s like the sun returning in autumn. She’s accompanied by her two daughters, Deva and Léonie. Monica is slender, a little black dress wrapped around her figure, high heels, with dark hair parted in the middle and framing her face. She’s a celebration of femininity, elegance and sensuality. Interview Veronica Barelli in collaboration with the Mag – written by Cristina Crisci EXCLUSIVE […]

13 Oct 2014

Noa Achinoam Nini – my free singing

Noa, Achinoam Nini, dreams about a world of peace, she was born in Tel Aviv, but grew up in America, she uses music as a way of shortening distances between people and last summer she came to Città di Castello where we met her (she was a guest at the Festival delle Nazioni in a sold out concert). Noa is a free woman who’s keen on talking about herself and her ideas. di Cristina Crisci During the last months  you  said   you  don’t […]

05 Aug 2014
THE MAG - Isabelle Barciulli

Isabelle Barciulli – Good morning Princess

Isabelle Barciulli was born in Florence 28 years ago, but lives in Rome where she’s doing a degree in psychology. She’s a model, (being one of the ‘Next Door Model’ chosen by the photographer Emanuele Ferrari for GQ), and works in a pub;  but in her spare time, keys in hand, foot on the pedal and gear selected, she’s a successful rally driver.

16 Jun 2014
Rocco Siffredi portrait


When you find yourself in front Rocco Siffredi, a type of ‘performance anxiety’ is inevitable. It’s nothing to do with his chosen career or his age. It is however probably something to do with the limelight that has surrounded him over the last thirty years, or even more because, Rocco Antonio Tano (his original name), has turned porn into an art form and his body the prime weapon in a war of the senses. Interview by Sandra Biscarini However, Rocco […]

11 Apr 2014
Arianna Chieli portrait


She left Città di Castello at the end of the ‘90s “with a suitcase full of dreams and few certainties “A woman able to maintain both the desire to write and a passion for fashion, in the days when the internet was just taking off. Arianna talks to The Mag in an interview about her life and work in the fashion capital, Milan. by Cristina Crisci From Città di Castello to Milan with the aim of becoming a fashion journalist… […]

14 Feb 2014

Eva vs Eva

Forget the saccharine sweet London version of Eva Santucci. Forget about her soft look, the chignon and red apples. ‘The Mag’ has rethought her beauty, disassembling and reassembling her image as if it were a game. ph: Emanuele Vanni [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7esJnJD0So&list=UU9FvI7vDFY-DULSGVIGy1uw[/youtube] A must see; long dresses in soft, atmospheric places that tell the story of the night… The New Year has started well for Eva. She is now on YouTube with her first music video (by Lorenzo Lombardi and filmed in […]

05 Dec 2013
Giorgio Borghetti portrait

Giorgio Borghetti – Città di Castello, my shelter

Giorgio Borghetti – Città di Castello, my shelter  by Lorenza Mangioni In 1982, Universal Pictures released E.T. the Extra – Terrestrial , directed by Steven Spielberg. The film destined to become a real cult, centered on the friendship a little alien establishes with Elliot, a 9 year-old child. The bond becomes strong beyond the barriers of language, origin and the typical innocent trust that is to be found in childhood. In Italy we have known the story through Giorgio Borghetti who […]

11 Oct 2013

Filippa Lagerback – A blonde for bicycle

Filippa Lagerback – A blonde for bicycle I wrote her an email. She replied in that nice way of hers; rare, polite but not over the top. Then we spoke on the phone: a conversation that lasted half an hour, where we talked about the countryside, children, fashion, work and future projects… in an informal but direct way. How women chat normally. Filippa Lagerbäck is in real life, how you imagine her to be looking at her photos – a sense […]

20 Aug 2013

Salvatore Sciarrino

Although born in Palermo, Sicily, Maestro Salvatore Sciarrino chooses to live in Città di Castello, as he told in a recent interview from The Guardian. He is widely considered Italy’s most important modern composer. His music has been played all over the world at the most renowned venues, from La Scala in Milan to Lincoln Center in New York City.  The Mag met with the Maestro for a personal chat about his own development as a composer, and what it […]

15 Jun 2013
Giordano Petri

GIORDANO PETRI, An Actor with a dream

His uncle was the renowned movie director Elio Petri whose 1972 film “La Classe Operaia Va In Paradiso” won both the Golden Palm at the Cannes Festival as well as the Donatello David from the Academy of Italian Film. He is Giordano Petri, both a child of the arts and a new television star. But more than anything else he is a passionate actor whose career is really taking off. “Rosso San Valentino” is the Rai Uno show which got […]

05 Apr 2013

Cecilia Berioli a warrior armed with a cello

Seven years ago my son started taking cello lessons. That is when I met Cecilia Berioli. At first she was “the music teacher” but I quickly got to know her as a woman, a mother, a gentle human being, a friend and a warrior. Named after the Patron Saint of musicians, this native Umbrian is on a lifelong mission. Her message is: “Music must be more a part of our daily lives!” I see her as a mythological hero wielding […]

04 Feb 2013

Michele Bendini – The True Nature of Cooking

Michele Bendini is a local veterinarian with star qualities, a charismatic nature, crystal clear eyes and a vivid smile. And like a dream come true this local boy has gotten his big break in the form of an appearance on MasterChef Italia, the Sky Television talent show that has taken the country by storm. His profession is pets, but his passion is in the kitchen. The Mag: Tell us about these last frenetic months   Michele Bendini : «We shot the […]

18 Dec 2012
Enzo Neri - the Mag

Chef Enzo Neri

Chef Enzo Neri is an artist with a real success story. He has all the qualities required for getting ahead in any career: he is bright and determined; responsible and likeable; and most importantly he pursues his interests and passions. But it has not always been easy travelling the road of success. I interviewed this international, award winning chef at the Caffè San Francesco in Città di Castello while he was here visiting family on his way from New York […]

10 Oct 2012
Anna Cuzzolin

Anna Cuzzolin – My Florence

Anna Cuzzolin is a young photographer from Città di Castello trying to make it in this field. She studied in Florence and now is back in her hometown to practice what she learned in the city and to make art. We at the Mag are publishing some pictures she took of “her Florence” and she agreed to talk with us about her passion and her work. The Mag: The title of your photo essay could be “A wet Florence”.  How […]