Italian History

Italian History

Historical news, galleries and features from Italy.

An impressive Etruscan road network, vertically carved into the tuff (sometimes 6 meters high), links Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano, in Maremma, Tuscany. Originally, Vie Cave (sunken roads) linked Estruscan necropolis and settlements. Later Vie Cave or Cavoni, became part of...
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...
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...
Catullus Caves, in Sirmione, on the shore of Garda lake, are the ruins of an ancient and majestic Roman villa. The name caves was coined during Middle Ages, when the ruins were buried by dirt and vegetation. The villa was...
Garden of Ninfa is a beautiful park not far from Sermoneta, Lazio. The garden includes the remains of the ancient city of Ninfa, perhaps founded by the Volscians at the feet of the Monti Lepini. It has a surface of...
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...
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 pleasant village of Graun, in Italian Curon Venosta, is located in the heart of the tourist region Val Venosta, not far from the border with Switzerland and Austria. The symbol of Curon is the bell tower, which rises from...

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...
In 1979 six members of the local speleological team of UTEC of Narni, in Umbria, below the ruins of an ancient Domenican monastery, discovered a small hole, covered by dense bushes and thick grass. The first room was an old...

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