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Portrait Of Lorenzo The Magnificent, Agnolo Bronzino, 1560, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Inside the Medici Chapels, the “Masters of Florence”‘s Mausoleum

It has been just a few weeks since the Italian media coverage began to be monopolized by the success of the new TV series Medici: Masters of Florence...
Hadrian's Villa - Photo by alessandro0770

Walking in the emperor’s footsteps: Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli

Most Roman emperors liked to get out of Rome every now and then. Julius Caesar, Nero and Caligula favoured Baiae in Campania, enjoying its mild...
Swiss Guards at the Vatican— Photo by LuckyTD

The Swiss Guards: Pope's Private Army since 1506

After seeing La Guardia Svizzera , or in English, the Swiss Guard, standing at attention at the gates of the Holy City, donned with their halberds,...
The Greek Theatre is without question the most important feature for sight-seers in Taormina — Photo by samot

Where Greece and Rome once met: Taormina

If you’re an ancient history buff, or if you took Classics in college, you may remember that on one faithful day, sometimes between the 7th and the...
Florence Cathedral from Giotto's bell tower — Photo by elleonzebon

On top of the world, on top of Florence’s Duomo!

Florence’s cathedral—Santa Maria del Fiori, or simply il Duomo , as it is known to the Florentines, is a fantastic piece of architecture. Every time...
The Basilica of San Benedetto in Norcia was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake of 30 October

The Italy we have lost: the artistic and cultural patrimony the earthquake has destroyed

Italy is a wounded country. Never, in recent years, the Bel Paese has endured so much tragedy in such a short amount of time. Black-clad still,...
Spotlight on the First Italian Cuisine in the World in Los Angeles

Spotlight on the First Italian Cuisine in the World in Los Angeles

Amuri. The Sacred flavors of Sicily - July 19, 2016 , Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles In anticipation of the 1st Week of Italian Cuisine in...
Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy.— Photo by aallm

Confessions of a Piazzalina

"What do you miss most about Italy?” I asked my first Italian teacher in San Francisco many years ago. “ La piazza ,” she said so wistfully that I...
Details of Palazzo Ducale on Piazza Castello in Mantua - Italy— Photo by fedevphoto

Mantua: Italian Capital of Culture 2016

Before this year is over, we must talk about Mantua. Every year the Italian government chooses a city to be the Italian Capital of Culture, during...
The cover of Dan Brown's bestselling novel, "Inferno,". (Random House )

Walk the secret passages of Palazzo Vecchio as seen in “Inferno”

Now that Dan Brown’s Inferno has exploded onto the big screen, you may be wondering what you’re in for. Personally I enjoyed it, and for one reason...
The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant’Angelo is one of the main tourist attractions in Rome.— Photo by GekaSkr

Secret History of Italy: the Prisons of Castel Sant’Angelo

When visiting Rome, I like staying close to the Vatican: there’s something magic in seeing “il cupolone” first thing in the morning that I wouldn’t...
Detail of the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy.— Photo by tan4ikk

The great Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was a genius and his eye for extracting human, animal and spiritual forms from slabs of marble was nothing short of amazing. His...
The Codex Purpureus Rossanensis is one of the earliest complete versions of the Gospel of Matthew and Mark and it comes with an amazingly intricate series of drawings

The Codex Purpureus: the first Illustrated book comes from Italy

We all love – or should love – books. They keep the essence of culture and help passing it on to the next generations. They tell stories: invented,...
Church of La Gran Madre in Turin, Italy. Photo by marcociannarel

Spooks in Italy: frightful Italian locations for this year’s Halloween

I’m a creature of the dark. No, nothing vampiresque or witchy in my statement, I just, quite simply, am naturally attracted to all that’s mysterious...
In recent years, the celebration of Halloween has made its way into Italy’s list of holidays

“Dolcetto o Scherzetto?” Trick or treat?

It is difficult to say exactly when vigilia d ’Ognissanti or Halloween first took hold in Italy. This spooky day seems to have floated into existence...

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