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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,...
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...
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...

The life and adventures of Giacomo Casanova, the first modern latin lover

To make a story good, you need to set its background straight. So, think of Venice. Not that of today, of course, but rather that of the 18th century...
Blue jeans made their way back to Europe during the Second World War, when American soldiers would wear them while not in service

Blue Jeans: The American Symbol with Italian Roots

The drive in, a milkshake, James Dean wearing his jeans: is there anything more quintessentially “americana” than this? As pleasant as it may be, we...
Knowing that what you get in your plate is made with top notch ingredients, and the way it is supposed to by tradition makes Italian food more enjoyable

The Best Italian Food in the US

Eating genuine, authentic Italian food can be a struggle when you are not in Italy. Italian cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world...
Portrait of Giovanni Belzoni, “the Great Belzoni” by Jan Adam Kruseman (Haarlem, 1804-1862)

The explorers you did not expect: little known Italian men of adventure

Thinking of Italian explorers means thinking chiefly of three names: Cristoforo Colombo, Marco Polo and Amerigo Vespucci. Of course, there are many...
Bath, UK -  The Roman Terms complex is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath. The Baths are a major tourist attraction — Photo by JJFarquitectos

Italian cities around the world

Yes, indeed. Italian cities in the world. But not the way you think. The next paragraphs are not dedicated to the many cities around the globe with...
Original Dixieland Jazz Band - A 1918 promotional postcard showing (from left), drummer TonySbarbaro (aka Tony Spargo), trombonist Edwin "Daddy" Edwards, cornetist Dominick James"Nick" LaRocca, clarinetist Larry Shields, and pianist Henry Ragas

Sicily, trumpets and brass bands: how Italian-Americans have made the history of Jazz

Not many may know it, but musicians of Italian descent left an indelible mark in the history of Jazz. Jazz, the rebellious lovechild of ragtime and...

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