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The brief: seek out the zeitgeist

Wallpaper*, the global design and style magazine, has published more than 200 guides to the world’s most exciting cities. Echosix director Jonathan, working as an independent journalist, put himself forward for the imprint’s Italian cities.

Step 1: hit the ground running

Armed with his trusty contacts book and fluent Italian, Jonathan parachuted into five Italian cities and lived among the locals. This extremely tough gig involved zipping around centri storici on the back of a Vespa to sniff out the best art spaces, bars, restaurants and hotels. 

Step 2: in-depth interviews

Jonathan interviewed more than 200 insiders, galleristas, impresarios and entrepreneurs to really understand what makes an Italian city tick.

Step 3: think in pictures

Anyone who knows Wallpaper* will understand that visuals are just as important as words. Jonathan worked closely with picture editors to whittle down a long list of contenders to a tight crop of photogenic venues and locations.

Step 4: watch the books fly

Wallpaper* has published more than two million city guides, and Jonathan has played a small part in the imprint’s success by writing five Italian tomes: Palermo, Bologna, Turin, Genoa and Florence. Buy your print copies and apps here.


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