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With Botticelli's Map of Hell, the painter created a whole new form of artistic expression, a visual continuum that was well ahead of its time and which may be considered a distant ancestor of the modern comic strip

Botticelli, Inferno: A New Film Unveils the Missing Link

Even though Dante Alighieri lived more than a century and a half before the Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli, the two of them seem to be linked...
Palazzo Vecchio, the city hall of Florence - Italy— Photo by Leonid_Andronov

Inside the House of Medici (Part II): Palazzo Vecchio

The second landmark in our tour of the “houses of the House of Medici” in Florence is the one and only Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace). Built around the...
Diego Calaon is the Site Director of the archaeological project in Torcello, Ca’ Foscari University

Venice Between History and Archeology: A Talk with Researcher Diego Calaon

Technology represents today a powerful tool for challenging the political nature of the chronicles of the past, the one we learn as truth at school...
English Loanwords

“Italianglo” should go: why Italians should stop using and abusing English words

Writing in English is my job, so it goes without saying I love this language. I like the way it alliterates easily and its pragmatic nature, which is...
Selinunte

Selinunte: The Glory that was Greece…in Sicily

Selinunte is located in southwestern Sicily, in the province of Trapani. Once one of Greece’s most important colonies, as it has for centuries,...

BURRI Prometheia - 40th Anniversary of the Grande Nero Cretto

SYMPOSIUM, PERFORMANCE, FILM SCREENINGS, MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION January 9th and 10th, 2017 In 2016, concluding its most extensive retrospective ever...
San Giovanni in Corte baptistery and Palazzo Pretorio in Pistoia, Italy— Photo by AlKan32

Exploring Pistoia. The Italian Capital of Culture for 2017

Next year promises to be big for Pistoia. This little-known town in the north of Tuscany has just been chosen as the Italian Capital of Culture for...

New Year Traditions in Italy

From scarlet undies to pig’s trotters, fireworks to fearless bridge divers or tombola to fat ox parades, Italians love to celebrate the New Year with...
Detail from Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, Italy. photo: Goran Bogicevic / Alamy Stock Photo

Inside the House of Medici (Part I): Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Detail from Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, Italy
Alessandra Belloni teaching students in NYC

Alessandra Belloni Brings Ancient Italian Folk Music to New Audiences in New York

La musica italiana is a powerful art that brings people together. It will never cost you a dime in overweight luggage fees to take home. It will...

Peppe Voltarelli sings Profazio, folk soul from Calabria

Peppe Voltarelli, a Calabrian folk singer-songwriter, with a musical career spanning over twenty-five years and two prestigious “Tenco Awards” under...
It was easy and clever for the Romans to associate Christmas, the new feast, with one already well established, the Sol Invictus, the official sun god and a patron of soldiers, (in the image above), celebrated on the 25th of December

The origins and traditions of Christmas celebrations in Italy

Christmas is a universal feast. It is the apogee of all year’s celebrations for Christians all around the world; it is a time of love and warmth for...
The most traditional and beautiful tradition of them all, in Italy, is that of Gesù Bambino

Of Robins, Ornaments and Special Gift Bearers: popular Christmas Legends in Italy

This time of the year is my personal favorite: I am a child of the snow and the mountains, invigorated by the dry, crispy chill of winter, rather...
Rieti and the Holy Valley

Rieti and the Holy Valley

Rieti is the place where Saint Francis was inspired for his encyclical "Laudato si" and where he started his spiritual journey through the Holy...
The Italian Christmas Eve dinner of seven fishes is a most interesting link to Dies Natalis Sol Invictus, the birthday of the sun

The Italian Roots of a Merry Christmas

Decking the halls with boughs of holly, wreaths, lights, the Yule log, gifts, feasts, peace on earth, good will towards men, the Nativity Scene (...

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