Art and culture

Alfons Mucha, between brush and compass

Alfons Mucha, artist and mason… Mucha: the interesting coexistence of a profound and sincere catholic education with the choice of becoming a mason When we talk about Art Nouveau, the name of the one who has characterized more than any others have this extraordinary...

Charles University Prague

A secular tradition that knows how to bet on the future Founded in 1348 by the Emperor Charles IV with four different sections (theology, liberal arts, medicine and law), the Charles University is the oldest in central Europe. Unfortunately, it maintained its autonomy only...

Regime architecture; what fate?

From the Biennale of Venice 2017, at the pavilion ‘Cecoslovacchia’, a reflection on the buildings seen as the legacy of the communist era Having crossed the red marble portal on which the large ‘Cecoslovacchia’ sign still stands out, a mysterious scarlet metal object welcomes...

The Santa Maria della Vittoria Church in Rome

A wonderful image, a few paintings, history.. and, here we are in the Czech Republic By now, nearly everyone knows at least one of the Churches of Langdon’s journey, protagonist of the thriller film Angels and Demons, directed by Ron Howard and based on...

Grand Hotel. Romanzo sopra le nuvole

Winner in 2007 of the Czech literary prize Magnesia Litera, “Grand Hotel: a novel above the clouds”, tells the surreal story of a boy crushed by the difficulties of a life full of obstacles, but who knows how to understand the clouds, the high...

La regina del regno dei cristalli

On the eve of the Great War, Herbert, a waiter of a Prague café, retraces the days spent inside a castle belonging to a noble family from the Kingdom of Bohemia. Through a meeting in the café where he works, he meets the lady...

The man who burnt corpses

Immortalized by a series of memorable performances, Rudolf Hrušínský still remains an icon of Czech cinema in the world today. An impressively versatile actor, able to masterfully play such diametrically opposed roles as that of hilarious soldier Švejk and the diabolical Kopfrkingl “Nobody will...

Fiabe di Praga magica (Parola di Fiaba)

“Fiabe di Praga magica (Parola di Fiaba)”, i.e. fairytales of magic Prague, is the new edition of the collection of short stories resulting from the research of Scilla Abbiati Sivazliyan. The extravagance of the situations and characters in this collection is typical of the...

La favola del cane

Born in Malé Svatoňovice, Bohemia, at the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Karel Čapek (1890-1938) studied philosophy in Prague before pursuing a career as a journalist. Today Čapek is considered one of the greatest Czechoslovakian writers of the early 1900s. Author of plays, short...

A Praga con Kafka. Le vie, le case, i ricordi

How many books have been written on the relationship between Kafka and his city? Many, yet there is always something left to say. In fact, between the city of Prague and Kafka there is a very particular bond, both because most of his works...