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Roman Vacations: Leisure and Pleasure in Ancient Times

How Ancient Romans Spent Their Holidays. The Roman Empire, which spanned from Western Europe to parts of Asia and Africa, is renowned for its military, … Read more

A Marriage in the Moon, 1910, Pioneering Italian Sci-Fi

“A Marriage in the Moon” (1910): A Pioneering Italian Sci-Fi Gem

“A Marriage in the Moon” – Italy’s Early Foray into Sci-Fi Cinema. In 1910, Italian cinema offered its audience a whimsical vision of interstellar love … Read more

Why Did Futurism Leave Behind Cinema?

The Cinematic Paradox of Futurism: Why Did the Movement Leave Behind Movies?

Futurism and Cinema: An Unexpected Disconnection. In the context of 20th-century art movements, Futurism is notable for its emphasis on modernity and technological advancement. Born … Read more

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The Mythical Gate of Hell at Lake Averno

Lake Averno has long been seen as the portal to the netherworld, a belief echoed by figures like Dante and Aeneas. This mystical body of … Read more

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How Hundreds Fell for Italy’s “Sovereign State of Antarctic St. George”

What Made Hundreds Believe in a Fictional State? The “Sovrano Stato Antartico di San Giorgio”—the Sovereign State of Antarctic St. George—was a phantom nation that … Read more

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Ancient Pompeii Reveals Room of Slaves: Casting Light on Pompeii’s Lower Class

Artifacts from 2000 Years Ago: Casting Light on Pompeii’s Lower Class. In the Roman villa of Civita Giuliana, just about 600 meters from the ancient … Read more

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Venetian Graffiti:  Inscriptions Reveal City’s Secrets, Interview with Alberto Toso Fei & Desi Marangon

Mapping the History of Venice, One Inscription at a Time. Venice, with its intricate network of canals and architectural marvels, has served as the backdrop … Read more

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Italy’s Cinematic Landscape: Iconic Film Locations in Italy

In cinema, the locations depicted often play a significant role, acting as a silent character, contributing to the narrative, and affecting how the story unfolds. … Read more

The Miracle of the Desecrated Host

Shadows and Light: Uccello’s Tragic Tale in ‘The Miracle of the Desecrated Host’

Echoes of a Burning Past: Uccello’s Heart-Wrenching ‘Miracle of the Desecrated Host’. “The Miracle of the Desecrated Host” portrays a charged historical event from 1290 … Read more

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Campi Flegrei: The Stirring Giant Beneath Italy

Campi Flegrei Seismic Activity: Interpreting Recent Geodynamics. Italy’s Campi Flegrei, also known as the Phlegraean Fields, has been a significant point of discussion in recent … Read more

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The Enigmatic Alchemical Gate in Rome

Alchemists of Palazzo Riario and the Mysteries Behind the Gate. The Alchemical Gate, known as the Magic Gate or Hermetic Gate, stands as a monument … Read more

Italy's Shrinking Population and Its Economic Impact

Italy’s Shrinking Population and Its Economic Impact: A Troubling Trend for the Nation’s Future

Addressing Italy’s Demographic Crisis: Boosting Birth Rates and Immigration. Italy, a country with a rich history and vibrant culture, has experienced a population decline in … Read more