Culture

Nero, a  madman! Popular belief — and many a “sword-and-sandal” classics — convinced us all the red-haired son of Agrippina the Younger and last Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty was far from sane,  but is this the historical truth? Born …

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Ferragosto  is a typically Italian holiday, that isn’t celebrated anywhere else in the world. While the 15th of August is honored in Catholic countries as the day of Mary’s Ascension to Heaven, Ferragosto in Italy doesn’t have only a religious …

The Poor Clare Sisters of the Monastery of Turi – beautiful, with its cloister and annexed Saint Clare Church – have considered prayer and work a holy blessing, living in full harmony with Saint Clare rule and Saint Benedict’s Ora …

Located on the westernmost corner of the country, the region of Piedmont is mostly known for its wines and food. Motherland to internationally known Barolo, Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo, and of some of Italy’s most delicious cheeses — especially if …

Did my use of “rules” and “Italian” in one sentence cause a second glance? Other than keeping that left lane on the Autostrada open for high-speed designer cars, or maybe dutifully respecting the ZTL signs (Zona Traffico Limitato) that come …

Elephants, the gentle giants of the animal kingdom, are today found only in two places in the world, Africa and South-East Asia. But did you know that, a long time ago during prehistory, there were elephants in Sicily, too? Yes, …

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Once upon a time, a whole 13th century village disappeared under water, but if you bring yourself on a lake’s shores at the right time, you can still see it. No, it’s not the beginning of a fantasy tale, nor …

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Some things are definitely best left in the past, like shoulder pads. Well, this is my opinion, at least. But there are others we still think of fondly: mixed tapes, rotary phones, buying a CD in a store, or the …

The famed marble quarries of Carrara are practically sacred ground. The gleaming white surface of the exposed marble graces the crests of the Apuan Alps, often mistaken by the unknowing for snow. Gargantuan chunks cut from the mountainside for almost …

If you are a musician or an opera fanatic, you are bound to know some Italian, as our beautiful language is regarded as the language of music across the world. You only need to pick up any score to understand …

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