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The Villa d'Este in Tivoli is a masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance and is listed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The villa was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito d'Este, son of Alfonso I and Lucrezia Borgia (Ferrara 1509...
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law, love under will. In April 1920 Aleister Crowley moved to Cefalú, Sicily, to run a commune known as Abbey of Thelema, a small house...
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...
Burial catacombs preserving a baby mummy in perfect conditions and other 7999 in Palermo. Catacombs of the Capuchins are burial catacombs in Palermo. Palermo's Capuchin monastery outgrew its original cemetery in the 16th century and monks began to excavate crypts...
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 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....
Italy was officially a member of the Triple Alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary. Despite this, in the years before the war, Italy had enhanced its diplomatic efforts towards the United Kingdom and France. This was because the Italian government had...
Giovanni Leonardo, known as Il Puttino (Small Child), was born in Cutro, Calabria. Giovanni Leonardo di Bona won the first known international master tournament in the history of chess becoming the strongest chess master of the time. Giovanni Leonardo was...

Craco Medieval Ghost Town

Craco old town (Matera Province, Basilicata) was abandoned in 1963 due to recurring landslides. Between 1959 and 1972, portions of the village were severely damaged and rendered uninhabitable by a series of landslides. For safety, the entire population of 1,800...

Lost city of Monterano

A Roman aqueduct, Etruscan tombs, abandoned medieval church and town within few meters. Monterano stands on a tuff hill whose sides dive for about 100 meters on two underlying gorges formed by the Mignone River to the north and from...

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