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Up on the Roof

The building is the Lingotto, the legendary Fiat automobile factory, designed by Giacomo Mattè Trucco in 1916

In a little modernist fantasy of a penthouse, atop a huge commercial building in southern Turin, you’ll find an art museum like no other. It’s called the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, and the penthouse is known as the Scrigno – “jewel box” or “treasure chest”. The collection is small – just 25 pieces – but the quality is astonishing. Among the paintings are six superb views of Venice by Canaletto, masterpieces by Giambattista Tiepolo, Manet, Renoir and Matisse, and even two pictures by Picasso. Modigliani’s famous Reclining Nude is there as well, along with a couple of statues by Canova. My first visit there was just before Christmas last winter.

I rode the escalator from the building’s ground-floor entrance to the first floor, walked down a wide corridor lined with shops, found a rather obscure side passage leading to a small lift, and pushed the button for the top floor.

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When it comes to planning a holiday, so much of the enjoyment comes in the anticipation, which is why we have packed the issue with plenty of inspiration for your next trip to Italy, whether you’re going this year or next. We were intrigued to find out about the papier-mâché (cartapesta) tradition of Salento on our visit to Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South’. Lake Como is breathtaking whatever the season, and a visit to Villa Balbiano, now restored to its former opulence, is a must.