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The Wild Art of Antonio Ligabue
The Wild Art of Antonio Ligabue
Antonio Ligabue is a self-taught artist who primarily paints wild and exotic creatures. The artist used his artwor...
00:04:30
June 09, 2022
Borges' Mysterious Maze in Venice
Borges' Mysterious Maze in Venice
The Borges Labyrinth is a replica of the labyrinth constructed in honor of the famed Argentine writer Jorge Luis B...
00:01:51
May 26, 2022
The Bizarre Drawings of the Renaissance painter Amico Aspertini
The Bizarre Drawings of the Renaissance...
Amico Aspertini was an Italian Renaissance painter and sculptor whose complicated, eccentric, and eclectic style f...
00:02:18
May 26, 2022
The wild wolf population in Italy is increasing
The wild wolf population in Italy is in...
The wolf population in Italy is made up of 3,300 individuals who live in the Alps and Apennines mountain ranges. S...
00:02:42
May 26, 2022
Etymology of the word “Ciao”
Etymology of the word “Ciao”
Ciao is the most popular informal and friendly greeting in Italian, and it may be used to say "hi" or "goodbye." &...
00:02:32
May 15, 2022
The Anatomical Machines of the Prince of Sansevero in Italy
The Anatomical Machines of the Prince o...
The anatomical machines, which are on display in Naples' Cappella Sansevero, are two anatomical models that reprod...
00:03:13
May 06, 2022
The Luigi Broglio Space Center in Kenya
The Luigi Broglio Space Center in Kenya
The Luigi Broglio space facility in Malindi, Kenya, is an Italian space center maintained by the Italian Space Age...
00:02:12
May 03, 2022
Lucian of Samosata's 'A True Story': The first science fiction novel
Lucian of Samosata's 'A True Story': Th...
Lucian of Samosata's A True Story is the first known work of science fiction. The novel is a satire and the first ...
01:11:12
April 30, 2022
The genetic profile of the ancient Romans
The genetic profile of the ancient Roma...
The DNA of the Romans has changed over time following the evolution of the historical phases that have marked the ...
00:04:36
January 13, 2022
The Benandanti: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults between 16th and 17th centuries in Italy
The Benandanti: Witchcraft and Agrarian...
A trial for heresy of two peasants reveals a pagan-shamanic  peasant cult based on the fertility of the land ...
00:36:05
January 10, 2022
The Complex Cosmogony of a Sixteenth-Century Italian Miller
The Complex Cosmogony of a Sixteenth-Ce...
On September 28, 1583, Menocchio, an Italian miller, was denounced to the Holy Office on the charge of having utte...
00:27:57
January 04, 2022
Giovanni Bugatti, Mastro Titta, the executioner of the Papal States who executed 514 people
Giovanni Bugatti, Mastro Titta, the exe...
He became an executioner at the age of 17, in 1796. Bugatti noted 516 names of the executed, but two convicts are ...
00:05:16
January 04, 2022
The Sator Square: SATOR, AREPO, TENET, OPERA, ROTAS
The Sator Square: SATOR, AREPO, TENET, ...
The Sator Square has been the subject of frequent archaeological discoveries, both in stone epigraphs and in graff...
00:16:12
January 04, 2022
The Curious Story of the Nemi Ships built by Caligula
The Curious Story of the Nemi Ships bui...
The Nemi ships had been built by Emperor Caligula, in honor of the Egyptian goddess Isis and Diana, goddess of wil...
00:08:21
January 03, 2022
The bizarre story of the Chronovisor, a
The bizarre story of the Chronovisor, a...
The chronovisor (or chronoscope) is allegedly a functional time viewer, an hypothetical device capable of capturin...
00:06:30
January 03, 2022
The bizarre history of the Republic of Rose Island, a micronation on a man-made platform off the coast of Italy
The bizarre history of the Republic of ...
The Republic of Rose Island was the name given to an artificial platform of 400 m² that stood in the Adriatic Sea...
00:05:15
January 03, 2022
The Mithraeum of San Clemente in Rome: an underground temple devoted to Mithras
The Mithraeum of San Clemente in Rome: ...
The Mithraeum is a building from the Roman imperial period buried several meters below the Basilica of San Clement...
00:04:05
January 03, 2022
The Origins of the Story of Romeo and Juliet
The Origins of the Story of Romeo and J...
The story of Romeo and Juliet is told in Historia novellamente ritrovata di due nobili amanti, written betwee...
00:02:47
January 03, 2022
The Bizarre Festival of the Snake-Catchers in Italy
The Bizarre Festival of the Snake-Catch...
The festival of the snake-catchers involves a procession carrying the statue of St. Dominic, draped with living sn...
00:02:30
January 03, 2022
Codex Seraphinianus, the Bizarre Encyclopedia by Luigi Serafini
Codex Seraphinianus, the Bizarre Encycl...
The book is composed by 360 pages and it’s written in a cipher alphabet in an imaginary language. This episode i...
00:11:15
January 02, 2022
The legendary sword in the stone of San Galgano
The legendary sword in the stone of San...
The sword in the stone: San Galgano Abbey in Tuscany This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirdi...
00:02:20
January 02, 2022
The Royal Palace of Caserta
The Royal Palace of Caserta
The Royal Palace of Caserta was the largest palace in Europe and a perfect example of Baroque art style. This epis...
00:04:29
January 02, 2022
Castel del Monte, the Fortress of Mysteries
Castel del Monte, the Fortress of Myste...
Castel del Monte was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as “a unique masterpiece of medieval military archite...
00:14:34
January 02, 2022
The submerged Belltower of Curon
The submerged Belltower of Curon
The pleasant village of Graun, in Italian Curon Venosta, is  located in the heart of the tourist region Val V...
00:04:16
January 02, 2022
Christ of the Abyss, a submerged bronze statue of Jesus in Italy
Christ of the Abyss, a submerged bronze...
The statue was born from an idea by Duilio Marcante following the death of Dario Gonzatti, one of the pioneers of ...
00:01:54
January 02, 2022
The story of Leonarda Cianciulli, the woman who turned the bodies of her victims into soap
The story of Leonarda Cianciulli, the w...
Leonarda Cianciulli, the Soapmaker of Correggio This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly....
00:04:08
January 02, 2022
The story of Giovanni Aldini: the scientist who inspired Frankenstein's story
The story of Giovanni Aldini: the scien...
Giovanni Aldini was an Italian physicist born at Bologna, nephew of Luigi Galvani, and he became a professor of ph...
00:03:49
January 02, 2022
The story of Ugolino, the Cannibal Count
The story of Ugolino, the Cannibal Coun...
In Dante’s Inferno (Canto XXXIII, the level of hell where the traitors  were punished) he has been describe...
00:03:16
January 02, 2022
What is everybody’s natural language? The cruel experiment in language deprivation of Frederick II
What is everybody’s natural language?...
Throughout history were conducted experiments involving language deprivation trying to discover the origin of lang...
00:01:58
January 02, 2022
The museum of the mummies of Ferentillo
The museum of the mummies of Ferentillo
The Museum of mummies is a museum located in Ferentillo that exhibits the ancient mummies of the inhabitants of th...
00:02:05
January 02, 2022
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