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The stunning works of Villa Romana del Casale also include the famed "Bikini Girls", a depiction of a group of young women wearing bandeau tops, bikini bottoms and even anklets that would look perfectly at home on beaches of Southern California today.

The Bikini girls, archeological gems of Piazza Armerina

When modern bikini hit the shelves in Paris in the summer of 1946, Mediterranean women quickly snatched up it. One year later the world’s smallest...

Limone Piedmont, the Salt Road and its Provencal wonders

From the time of Emperor Augustus, the Salt Road has been a path for commerce between the mountain hamlet of Limone Piedmont and the Mediterranean...

Bustling Bagheria, town of villas, eccentricity and art

Bagheria is a curiosity, a literary space in the most exotic place in Europe: Sicily at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, part of Europe and...

Famed for ’dying’, Civita di Bagnoregio instead reborn

The pristine medieval village Civita di Bagnoregio has paradoxically found a boom in tourism due to its slow, steady collapse down a jagged cliff of...
The new biography "Toscanini - Musician of Conscience" written by eminent music historian Harvey Sachs will come out next spring

The sound and the fury of Arturo Toscanini

Arturo Toscanini’s boisterous humanity comes alive throughout a new biography by eminent music historian Harvey Sachs. To mark the 150th anniversary...
La Battaglia delle Arance si svolge a Ivrea, una cittadina vicino a Torino, durante la stagione del Carnevale. Photo © Francesco Zanon

Ivrea’s colorful carnival: The Battle of the Oranges

What would inspire people to book trips to Ivrea? The small city near Turin is not just your next obscure travel destination. It is an absolutely...
he two-part series "Francesco - Il Papa Della Gente" is a gift to the Holy Father on the occasion of his 80th

Italian TV production on Pope Francis goes international

With unprecedented cooperation from people who knew and worked with Jorge Mario Bergoglio, film director Daniele Luchetti offers a thoughtful,...
Early mosaic of Saint Ambrose (378 ca.) that might be an actual portrait

Milan of Ambrose: ‘Where a man’s heart is, there is also his treasure’

St. Ambrose died in 397 but the world of Ambrogio lives on today in Milan. He was mourned by thousands at his funeral on a snowy night. Women sang...
Excavation under the open sky of white marble from Carrara Italy— Photo by Fotografiche

Modern expressions of Italy’s sublime stone

Since my Italian-American Italy has long been renowned for its miracles in stone. From Roman amphitheaters and aqueducts to Michelangelo’s David, the...
Temple of Neptune. Paestum archaeological site in Italy— Photo by Dogstock

Cilento: Ancient, artisanal and authentic

Compared to the Amalfi Coast, its bustling neighbor in the province of Salerno, Cilento might seem like land that time forgot. Long stretches of its...

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