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Christ of the Abyss

The Christ of the Abyss is a bronze statue placed in 1954 on the bottom of the bay of San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino inside Portofino's Protected Natural Marine Area, 15 meters deep. The statue was born from an...
Child Slavery at the Floristella Grottacalda mines in Sicily. The Caruso was a kid aged 8 to 14 years, assigned to carry on shoulder excavated material in bags of 20/30 kg or baskets (stirraturi) of 15/20 kg and working for...
In 1908 an earthquake and tsunami hit Messina and Reggio (in the Messina Strait, Sicily-Calabria) causing 123,000 deaths. Both cities were almost completely destroyed. On December 28, 1908 the ground shook for some 30 to 40 seconds, and the destruction...
Under Bologna lies an intricate complex of tunnels winding below the city. Tunnels were built or converted for different needs over time: water reservoir, passages, air raid shelters, etc. Waterways of Bologna had a long story: used since Roman times,...
EUR is an acronym for Esposizione Universale Roma and is a perfect example of fascist architecture. Fascist architecture became popular under Benito Mussolini's rule of Italy from 1922 to 1943. The new modernist style of architecture inspired by Imperial Rome...
Bruno Ferrin, 79 years old from Nervesa della Battaglia, Treviso, built an amusement park consisting of 45 mechanical rides and attractions (including swings, merry-go-round, slides, roller coasters, trampolines) he designed and built; all the rides work without electricity. The...
The Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone never forgot his friend Sergio Leone, the father of the spaghetti western. Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone attended primary school together in 1937, in Rome. Over the years they lost each other's contact information...
Codex Seraphinianus is a book written and illustrated by the Italian artist Luigi Serafini (b. 1949) between 1976 and 1978. Its first edition was published in 1981 by Franco Maria Ricci in a limited edition of 5000 artfully-bound copies....
The woman who turned people into soap. Born in Montella di Avellino in 1893 and marked by an unhappy childhood, in 1914 Leonarda Cianciulli married Raffaele Pansardi, a clerk in the registry office, and went to live in Lariano...
The story of the Beasts of Satan began in Golasecca, a small town near Varese, when the police discovered inside a greenhouse next to a cottage , the disfigured body, partially buried, of Mariangela Pezzotta, 27, daughter of a...

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