Tag : Città di Castello

01 Mar 2016


It was 1926 when Giuseppe Paci decided to take over the ex-stationary store Valori in the central Vitelli Square (today Matteotti Square) and open his «Libreria La Tifernate» (Tiferno Bookshop). However, during that period, the number of readers was so small that, to be able to survive selling only books, would have been utopia. by Cristina Crisci For this reason, the shop became a ‘bazaar’ where you could buy a little bit of everything: stationary, books, musical articles, sports articles, […]

03 Nov 2015
Goran Bregovic - the Mag 18


Your first experience of Italy was when you arrived in Naples at 18….. «I thought I’d landed in paradise. I was playing in a striptease bar and it was easy to fall in love with your country because it’s full of wonderful things.» Goran Bregovic ’s recent music is a mix of Balkan folk and electronica, wild rhythms and sacred themes, hints of gipsy and sampled sounds, but he became famous for his soundtracks for Emir Kusturica’s films, including Tempo dei […]

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.  […]

18 Jun 2015

Alessandro Gavarini – A PASSION FOR CANOEING

Over the last ten years, the 20 year old Alessandro Gavarini has spent his life on the water, canoe practicing and racing. Born in Correggio, in Emilia, he discovered the sport in Città di Castello where he was brought up winning many titles. Even after an injury and his university obligations he has no intentions on giving up. by Marco Polchi / ph: Giorgia Fanelli How did you discover your love for canoeing? «I started about 10 years ago when […]

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, […]

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 […]

22 Apr 2015

Angela Finocchiaro – A CUTTING IRONY

After last season’s success, Angela Finocchiaro is back in Umbria. She plays the lead in ‘Open Day’, (with Bruno Sori, directed by Roger Dear), on stage at Politeama Clarici Foligno and the Teatro degli Illuminati in Città di Castello. The story is about the torment of a mother and a father in their fifties who have been separated for some time and who, crushed by life, find themselves having to deal with a teenage daughter. It’s ironic, edgy and emotional. […]

14 Apr 2015

Laura Massetti – My feet on the ground

I met her in the hallway getting ready for the photo shoot; she is radiant, has a sweet smile and treads softly. Her name is Laura Massetti. She was born in Città di Castello 19 years ago, but now lives in Florence where she is a dancer for the Junior Balletto di Toscana – one of the best Italian companies for classical and contemporary dancers in Europe. foto: Emanuele Vanni – servizio: Mokacomunicazione / Lucia Fiorucci She told me that it’s […]

18 Feb 2015


In Citta di Castello’s historic town centre, a sixteenth century building has regained its former glory thanks to the research and commitment of Cecilia. Over the years the residence had become a maze of divisions that concealed its true nature. Not being afraid to experiment, she has managed, with the help of an architect, to infuse the ancient soul of Palazzo Tiberti with a contemporary spirit. The result is an elegant, 3 story home; on the first is the living area, […]

27 Jan 2015


There is an enduring and mysterious shift between places and non-places, empty and full spaces, heaviness and lightness;  something you can only sense and which, for a brief moment, makes us feel alive. With his latest work, ‘Earth Hotel’, Paolo Benvegnù attempts to recount this dance of life, through twelve melancholic and luminous short stories. I met him at Jam Recordings studio, along with Michele Pazzaglia;  co-worker, friend, counsellor, and in many instances, dam. They met in 2002, began to […]

15 Dec 2014

Alessio Boni – “Piero Ciampi is a Rachmaninov that goes straight to the heart”

Opening the ‘Teatro degli Illuminati’* Literature season with his new show ‘Amore scalzo’, (Love Barefoot),  popular actor Alessio Boni, along with Marcello Prayer, paid tribute to the poetic testimony of Piero Ciampi; a great artist who died in 1980 and who was considered by many to be the father of singer-songwriters. by Massimo Zangarelli Where did you get this idea for a  tribute to Piero Ciampi? «Along with Marcello Prayer, I’m dedicated to characters we consider to have been mistreated […]

11 Dec 2014
Cristina Crisci - the Mag

LET’S FLY -The Mag n13

It’s with marked enthusiasm that we publish this issue of ‘ the Mag ’. We’ve worked hard to put together a thread of characters and stories that allow us to end the year with a flourish. I swear I’m not exaggerating! The cover is a tribute to a woman who needs no introduction – Monica Bellucci. During her short stay in Città di Castello a few weeks ago, she was willing to answer our questions about her film with Kusturica, her daughters, […]

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 […]

23 Oct 2014

“Quando c’era Berlinguer” a film by Walter Veltroni

With just one click you can save something in a computer’s memory.  It’s not nearly as simple to safeguard the collective memory of a country with an inalienable heritage, enabling a future worthy of its name and avoiding living passively in the present.  This was the thrust of the appeal launched in mid-September, by the honorable Walter Veltroni, and the Director of channel TG3 Bianca Berlinguer at the preview the of the ‘docufilm’ ‘Quando c’era Berlinguer’ at the Eden cinema. […]

21 Oct 2014

Nobraino in Città di Castello

On a midsummer night in July,  ‘Nobraino’ landed for the first time in Città di Castello. The band from Romagna brought their alternative rock to the Festival della Solidarietà, (organized by Altotevere Senza Frontiere), along with their amazing ability to turn a concert into a real show. by Andrea Tafini With four albums behind them and a career that began in 2001, ‘Nobraino’ first came to notice in 2010 with the album “No USA! No Uk “, and went on […]

14 Oct 2014
Lucrezia Lucchetti - miss Umbria 2014


Lucrezia Lucchetti  the Miss Umbria in charge. Nineteen year old resident Lama of San Giustino, an almost perfect face, green eyes, elegant demeanor, has returned from a summer harbinger of success. The Mag has spent her time for a breakfast on the day of his birthday, taking some pictures in Città di Castello, where he studied and taken the first steps in the fashion world. Lucrezia, who is about to begin his studies at the Faculty of Pharmacy, said he […]

03 Sep 2014
Fabrizio Manis - the Mag

THE FABULOUS FAB – Fabrizio Manis

Graphic designer, illustrator, artist and visionary. If you look around carefully you’ll often find his signature; his view of things.  He’s one of the most important and popular  Umbrian  graphic artists  born in Perugia but tifernate* by adoption. He has worked for years with the “Festival delle Nazioni”, and his are the images of the “Mostra del Fumetto”, the “Mostra del Libro Antico” and the Duomo Museum to name but a few. `The Mag’ spoke with Fabrizio Manis, who told […]

10 Jul 2014

John Densmore – Rockstar from next door

John Densmore (of the legendary Doors) in Città di Castello When it comes to music legends four, maybe five names spring to mind; Lennon, Elvis, Dylan and Jim Morrison. They’re too big, too mythical, too much of everything! But late one April morning in a cafe, between the haggard man with a shopping bag and children on their bikes, I spy a man with round glasses and white hair in a ponytail… Good grief ! What’s John Densmore, drummer and founder […]

19 Jun 2014


by Cristina Crisci There is no denying the fact that there is a renewed focus on the work of Alberto Burri. There seems to be an increased curiosity about his genre. One of his pieces recently fetched 5,600,000 Euros at Christie’s, London. These are all signs we should take as a boost with the forthcoming centenary of the birth of the maestro, (March 12th 1915 in Città di Castello). Among the highlights is an exhibition at the Guggenheim in New […]

11 Mar 2014

Mastro Luca Signorelli – New takes on an old Master

Mastro Luca Signorelli – New takes on an old Master In their new book, ’Luca Signorelli a Città di Castello –  La vita, l’opera e la Scuola in Alta Valle del Tevere’*(Petruzzi, 2013), Sara Borsi and Valentina Ricci Vitiani have followed new lines of enquiry in order to look at, among other things, the links between this renowned Renaissance fresco artist from Cortona, and our much loved Citta di Castello. The book, commissioned by Giuseppe Sterparelli, director of the town’s […]

30 Oct 2013

Me, a future patriot – Pierpaolo Capovilla

From music to theatre, rock to Pasolini’s poetry, via Majakovskij verses, Pierpaolo Capovilla is an all-round artist; eclectic and bold – a ‘hybrid’ that moves easily between musical notes and words. He is the lead vocalist and songwriter for Teatro degli Orrori, one of the most important alternative rock groups in Italy, who is currently touring the country with his reading of three acts ‘La Religione del mio tempo’ written by Pier Paolo Pasolini. The Mag caught up with him […]

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 […]

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 […]