Italian History

Italian History

Historical news, galleries and features from Italy.

This Roman sanctuary and the Sacred Wood are located on the northern shore of Lake Nemi, just few kilometres outside Rome. The temple of Diana Nemorensis was preceded by the sacred grove.  Diana of the Wood or Diana Nemorensis...
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...
Satyricon, loosely based on the Roman homonymous book by Petronius, is a beautiful example of Roman novel. The surviving portions are an account of Encolpius and his lover misadventures. The story is set in Nero Emperor Rome. Satyricon obviously is...
Pantalica, Syracuse, Sicily, is located on a limestone promontory and is best known for its rock-cut tombs (13th to 7th centuries BC.). Surrounded by a deep gorge formed by Calcinara and Anapo rivers, is also an important nature reserve (Riserva...
Villa Garzoni or Garzoni Garden was built before 1652 by the Garzoni family, near their old castle, which stands slightly apart and is a beautiful example of Baroque style. Villa Garzoni at Collodi, Lucca, Tuscany, features a garden with a...
The Venetian Ghetto (ghèto) was an area of Venice where Jews were permitted to live under Venetian Republic. The Ghetto is located in Cannareggio, not far from the train station. English (and Italian) word “ghetto” derived from the Venetian language, ghèto....
Paolo Gorini (January 18, 1813 - February 2, 1881) was an Italian scientist, geologist, teacher and researcher. The museum was inaugurated in 1981 by the pathologist Antonio Allegri and is housed in the old Chapter House of the Ospedale Vecchio...
San Galgano is Cistercians abbey not far from Siena, in Chiusdino area. The site is composed by a big abbey, now in ruins, and by the Hermitage (Rotonda di Montesiepi), the religious retreat. In the Hermitage is preserved the sword...
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...
Built by Bourbon kings of Naples during 18th century, the Royal Palace of Caserta was the largest palace in Europe and a perfect example of Baroque art style. The construction of the palace was begun in 1752 for Charles VII...