Come Experience the Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds

Spoleto Umbria Jazz Festival of the Two WorldEvery year in the quaint and historic town of Spoleto, located in the Umbria region, one of the most important artistic festivals in the world takes place during the summer months: the “Festival dei Due Mondi," or Festival of the Two Worlds. This exuberant event was first started in 1958 by composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Menotti hoped to fuse the artistic contributions of both the old world, Europe, and the new world, America, and generate mutual appreciation for Continue reading "Come Experience the Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds"

Exploring the Unique History of Coffee in Trieste

Italian Espresso CupWhen tourists think of the best place for good coffee in the beautiful nation of Italy, famous towns such as Naples or Rome are often the first to come to mind. These cities, however, are not the only coffee spots in the country. On the opposite side of the peninsula, sharing a border with Slovenia, the city of Trieste is one of the most important coffee towns of the Italian nation. Continue reading "Exploring the Unique History of Coffee in Trieste"

Visit Aquileia in Northeastern Italy

Italy is a country rich in history, and visitors are able to find historic and archeological sites throughout the land. Even the smaller towns have rich histories, and Aquileia is certainly no exception to this. The town in northern Italy is a perfect destination for an Italian vacation.  This small town is only 35 miles west of Trieste, and it features just about everything that you might want to see in Rome without all of the crowds. The town has a Roman Forum, mosques, and much more. Continue reading "Visit Aquileia in Northeastern Italy"

The History of the Statue of the Veiled Christ, in Naples

Naples is a city steeped in history and it is home to many wonderful sights and artifacts. One of the most interesting and beautiful places to visit is Sansevero Chapel. Stepping into the chapel is like stepping back in time, and one is able to find some remarkable treasures hidden within. When you explore the chapel, you are going to be looking at some of the most impressive masterpieces that you will find on display in all of Italy. Continue reading "The History of the Statue of the Veiled Christ, in Naples"

Cremona: a Musical City with a Very Sweet Tooth

Have you ever climbed up and down a thousand steps in a narrow staircase?
Have you ever been to the place where some of the world’s finest violins come from?
Have you ever tasted sweet and delicious nougat?
If you can answer yes to at least at one of these questions then you know this is Cremona; a beautiful little jewel of a city right on the left bank of the Po river on the border between Lombardy and the Emilia Romagna regions of northern Italy.
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The Borgia Clan: Murder, Lust and The Vatican

Intrigued by the sexual play and political intrigues of the Borgia family? The recent hit miniseries certainly caters to the tastes of the sordid, but can such escapades really have happened?
History of contradictory Italian family that rule not only the Vatican...
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Rome: the Father of Methaphysical School

The Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome is hosting a great exhibition dedicated to the Italian artist and founder of metaphysical art movement: Giorgio De Chirico.  Born of an Italian noble family in 1888 in Greece, he was educated in Munich where he was influenced by the philosopher Nietzsche.
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Caserta: the Royal Palace

If you are planning a trip to Italy, including the South of the country, do not forget to include “Reggia di Caserta” with its splendid park and gardens. During World War II, the soldiers of the US Fifth Army used the palace as a headquarters, and, in April 1945, the Allied forces signed an unconditional surrender with Germany, to end all fighting in Italy, here. Continue reading "Caserta: the Royal Palace"

Caravaggio: Genius and Dissoluteness

Castel Sismondo in Rimini, Emilia Romagna, will host, from next October to March, works of extraordinary artistic value.
Among them, visitors will find the very famous Caravaggio “St Francis in Ecstasy.”  The masterpieces come from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the oldest American museum and surely one of the most important. It is hard to find someone who has never heard about the Caravaggio, known not only for his art, but also for his turbulent life.   Continue reading "Caravaggio: Genius and Dissoluteness"

Milan: Leonardo Da Vinci Last Supper & Santa Maria Delle Grazie

The wonderful church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is a Dominican convent of immense architectural value and a rich testament to the Renaissance in Milan.
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