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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...
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...
Porto Flavia's characteristics make it unique in the world, and at the time of its construction it was an outstanding engineering feat. The port, built in 1923-24, served as mineral production hub in the west cost of Sardinian Sulcis area....
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...
Italy is stuffed with culture like some kind of metaphysical, literally culture-stuffed calzone. Obviously, all countries have something to show for themselves, but the fact is Italy is culturally rich in all those aspects that phrases like cultural richness connote. Italian...
This Roman sanctuary and the Sacred Wood are located on the northern shore of Lake Nemi, just few kilometres outside Rome. The temple of Diana Nemorensis was preceded by the sacred grove.  Diana of the Wood or Diana Nemorensis 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...
Three large and majestic Roman domus (villas) have been restored and will be reopened to the public by Easter: Home of Triptolemus, the House of Romulus and Remus and the House of Marco Lucrezio Frontone. Lucrezio's domus is considered one...
The man, probably limping, was killed by a boulder hurled at high speed by the force of the eruption that practically beheaded him. The chest crushed by a large block of stone, the body thrown back by the powerful pyroclastic...
Giovanni Aldini (1762 – 1834) was an Italian physicist born at Bologna, nephew of Luigi Galvani, and he became professor of physics at Bologna in 1798.  His scientific work was concerned with galvanism and its medical applications and with...

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