TUSCANY: THE MEDIEVAL FORTRESS, AMAZING SET OF “THE PRINCESS” e-BOOK AND SHORT FILM

© Photos: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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the PRINCESS COVERLet’s know something about the fascinating Aldobrandesca Fortress, one of the most impressive Medieval Italian castles, amazing setting for the making of “The Princess, the Fire and the Castle” short movie and the e-book created by Roberto Alborghetti-Mitrani Yarden, in online bookstores and in  Hopes Store  at only 0.99 Euro.

Since the 11th century the area of southern Tuscany around the castle of Piancastagnaio was the object of the expansionist politics of the powerful feudal family of theAldobrandeschi. The whole territory is rich in historical remains tied to these potentates. Between the possessions of the Aldobrandeschi, Piancastagnaio was almost always the site of allotted to the noble family from the monks of the Abbey of S.Salvatore since the beginning of the year 1000. Subsequently it was claimed from the Viscounts of Campiglia and during the 13th century it became object of ulterior disputes between the cities of Siena and Orvieto.

The Orvietani gained control of the powerful fortress in the 1303 and maintained it for around fifty years. At this point they entered in the quarrel with the heirs of the Aldobrandeschi, the Orsini of Pitigliano, to       oppose the new aims of the Senese Republic. Only between the years 1415 and 1430 Siena finally succeeded to taking possession of Piancastagnaio,       that was attached to the Capitanato ofRadicofani. In 17th century the settlement became a Granducal fief and finally, with the Leopoldine reforms, the chief town of the the same community.

The country town has a circular form, once had surrounding wall enclosure with alternating square towers and four gates. The walls and the gates       have been almost entirely demolished, with the exception of few lines, three towers, two with semicircular shape and the other squared, the main       city Gate beside the Rocca and other three minor Gates in the southern front of the walls: ‘Porta Romana’, ‘Porticciola’ e ‘Porta di Voltaia’.

In the highest point of the inhabited area rises still today the mighty Rocca Aldobrandesca. The construction has a square form and is endowed with tall and strongly inclined walls. From the enclosure rises two towers , the greatest, either as thickest, had functions of keep, the other, in the opposite angle, defended the underlying gate of access to the city.

The whole complex was endowed with machicoulis and battlement, still today almost intact. The Rocca is under good condition thanks to careful work of  restoration.

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ART & GEOMETRY FOR TEXTILE DESIGNS: AT “PARIS INDIGO” THE NEXT FASHION AND FABRIC TRENDS TO OVERCOME THE CRISIS

© BRUNO BOGGIA DISEGNI, ITALY – © Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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There’re also some geometric shapes and topics – such as those presented in this photo-gallery – in the new textile collection that  Bruno Boggia Studio (Como, Italy) displays from today in Paris at “Première Vision” of Indigo Salon (September 19-21, 2012,  Paris-Nord Villepinte). Lucia and Bruno Boggia, along with their collaborators, participate to the famous Parisian event bringing a range of novelty already appreciated in different parts of the world. Bruno Boggia Studio created beautiful limited-edition silk scarves with my torn poster images…  

BRUNO BOGGIA DISEGNI, ITALY – PHOTO BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

In Paris they propose designs and fabrics which  anticipate the next fashion trends. The Indigo Salon is traditionally considered the “first vision” of what is going to happen to the world-fashion. The Paris Show puts on display ideas and suggestions for the next catwalks and pret-a-porter fashion shows, trying to overcome the effects of the market crisis. Best wishes for a speedy recovery are also coming from the Bruno Boggia Studio’s colorful proposals which focuse on the most effective colors, combining tradition and innovation. As shown in this pics, where geometry suggests ideas and emotions to textiles.