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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 a...
Built by Bourbon kings of Naples during 18th century, the Royal Palace of Caserta was the largest palace in Europe and a perfect example of Baroque art style. The construction of the palace was begun in 1752 for Charles VII...
Italian flagellants - Every year Verbicaro, Calabria, hosts a gruesome procession. During the night between Thursday and Good Friday, some penitents, completely dressed in red, with barefoot and bare legs, beat their legs with a piece of cork on which...
EUR is an acronym for Esposizione Universale Roma and is a perfect example of fascist architecture. Fascist architecture became popular under Benito Mussolini's rule of Italy from 1922 to 1943. The new modernist style of architecture inspired by Imperial Rome...
Castel del Monte lies in Apulia, Puglia. In 1996 Castel del Monte was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as "a unique masterpiece of medieval military architecture". The castle was built directly on a rocky bank, in some places...
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....
In 1908 an earthquake and tsunami hit Messina and Reggio (in the Messina Strait, Sicily-Calabria) causing 123,000 deaths. Both cities were almost completely destroyed. On December 28, 1908 the ground shook for some 30 to 40 seconds, and the destruction was...
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...
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...
Paolo Gorini (January 18, 1813 - February 2, 1881) was an Italian scientist, geologist, teacher and researcher. The museum was inaugurated in 1981 by the pathologist Antonio Allegri and is housed in the old Chapter House of the Ospedale Vecchio...

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