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A Journey to Porto Ercole, Caravaggio's “Last Resort”

There is a place in southern Tuscany, just near the border with the Lazio region, to which vacationers, as well as art historians and culture lovers...

Searching for the origins of La Bella Lingua (Part I): Dante and Florence

It appears that modern Italy was unified by literature long before it existed as a single nation on the map. Although up to a century and a half ago...

The secret geometry of Florence: a scientific tour of the renaissance city

Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo... and then again Leonardo, Galileo, and many more famed artists and scientists: there is no doubt that Firenze –...

Le Buchette del Vino, Florence's Little Wine Tabernacles

Let’s say you find yourself in Florence on a fiery-hot summer afternoon, walking around the city’s narrow streets in a carefree manner. Let’s also...
The David, in all its awe-inspiring glory, is at once human anatomy at its best and a call to the white marble that made Carrara famous

Michelangelo, Love and Death: A New Film Rediscovers His Art

Being one of the most celebrated artists of all times, as well as a leading figure of the Italian Renaissance, the great Michelangelo Buonarroti...

Emilia in the Time of the Terramare: A Glimpse of Prehistoric Italy

There was a time when the Italian Peninsula had yet to become the “Cradle of Western Civilization,” a distant era in which Roman and even Etruscan...
Montefioralle – not much far from Greve in Chianti, a town 30 kilometers south of Florence – which some consider the real birthplace of the great explorer

Back to the Land of Explorers (Part III): Vespucci and Florence

Having discussed Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and the traces these great navigators have left in Genoa and Venice, our tour of the “land of...

Back to the Land of Explorers (Part I): Columbus and Genoa

If there is one reason why Italian Americans are especially proud of their ethnic roots, it is because Italy happened to be the birthplace of the...

Crossing Ponte della Maddalena, the “Devil's Bridge” near Lucca

Among the many ancient bridges that have populated European cities and hamlets during the past millennium, a few of them appeared so mysterious and...

Emilia-Romagna, Land of Filmmakers (Part III): Bertolucci and Parma

T he last stop on our journey to discover the origins of Emilia-Romagna’s best-known filmmakers is in Parma. Whereas Rimini and Ferrara are closely...

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