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Emilia-Romagna, Land of Filmmakers (Part I): Fellini and Rimini

I n the summer of 2015, the city of Bologna hosted in its town hall a successful exhibition titled Emilia-Romagna, terra di cineasti (Emilia-Romagna...

The Malaspina Castle of Fosdinovo, a Place Shrouded in Mystery

During the early Rena-issance, the noble Malaspina family became so powerful that it managed to rule over the border region between Tuscany, Liguria...
A view of Gubbio city, a town and comune in the far northeastern part of the Italian province of Perugia (Umbria). It is located on the lowest slope of Mt. Ingino, a small mountain of the Apennines. — Photo by mauriziobiso_1

Umbria, Land of Saints and Traditions (Part III): Gubbio

After Cascia and Todi, the journey to re-discover the customs and traditions of Umbria and its local saints stops in another astonishing medieval...
A view of Todi, known as the birthplace of Fra' Jacopone da Todi, the Franciscan friar and mystic who also was one of the most important Medieval Italian poets. Photo: ggkuna

Umbria, Land of Saints and Traditions (Part II): Todi

Leaving Saint Rita's native Cascia behind, our tour of Umbria proceeds to the steep hill of Todi, our second destination. Located in the southwestern...

Umbria, Land of Saints and Traditions (Part I): Cascia

There has never been any doubt that the Umbria region in the heart of Italy is a real “Land of the Saints”. Flocks of people come to this side of the...
The Palazzo Pitti in Florence - Italy— Photo by Leonid_Andronov

Inside the House of Medici (Part III): Palazzo Pitti

The third and last official residence of the Medici in Florence is the grandiose Palazzo Pitti. Located at the foot of the Boboli hill in the...
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...
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
Portrait of Galileo Galilei. Italian School after J. Sustermans. Photo credit: Wellcome Library

Arcetri and Other Traces of Galileo's Life in Florence

As anyone who has ever been in Florence already knows, the Tuscan city abounds in all kinds of “traces” left by Italian geniuses of the past. One...

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