Italian History

Italian History

Historical news, galleries and features from Italy.

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...
Gustave Doré (1832-1883) was a French artist, illustrator and sculptor. In Italy, he gained endless fame because of his beautiful illustrations of Dante’s Divina Commedia. The Divine Comedy is an allegorical vision and an epic poem of the afterlife written...
Castel del Monte lies in Apulia, Puglia. In 1996 Castel del Monte was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as "a unique masterpiece of medieval military architecture". The castle was built directly on a rocky bank, in some places...
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...
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 cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD was one of the most spectacular and destructive event in ancient history. Two towns and many other villas around the area, were completely destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m...
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...
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...
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...
The Park of the Monsters (or Garden of Bomarzo), created in the 16th century, is an arcane monumental complex located in Bomarzo, Viterbo, in northern Lazio, Italy. The gardens are composed of a wooded park, near the castle of Orsiny...

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Crucified like Jesus two thousand years ago | The second case...

A multidisciplinary - anthropological, taphonomic and genetic study - conducted in collaboration between researchers from the University of Ferrara and Florence has allowed to...

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