Italian History

Historical news, galleries and features from Italy.

Weird Italy Il-fiume-in-primavera Fairy Garden of Ninfa in Sermoneta Featured Italian History Magazine Nature in Italy What to see in Italy  volscians Segni Pantanello Natural Park ninfa natural park monti lepini Lazio garden of ninfa Frangipane Colonna castle Caetani

Fairy Garden of Ninfa in Sermoneta

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.

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Weird Italy ugolino-title Ugolino, the Cannibal Count Featured Italian History Italian People Italy Crime News and Criminal Investigations Magazine  tuscany traitors pisa inferno hell Guelphs Ghibellines gherardesca divine comedy dante Count Ugolino della gherardesca Canto XXXIII cannibalism cannibal count

Ugolino, the Cannibal Count

‘Father our pain’, they said,
‘Will lessen if you eat us you are the one
Who clothed us with this wretched flesh: we plead
For you to be the one who strips it away’.
… And I,
Already going blind, groped over my brood
Calling to them, though I had watched them die,
For two long days. And then the hunger had more
Power than even sorrow over me

        (Canto XXXIII, ln.)

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Weird Italy aldini-experiment-007 Giovanni Aldini: the scientist who inspired Frankenstein's story Featured Italian History Italian People Magazine  weird science Scientist reanimator mad scientist Luigi Galvani lovecraft Giovanni Aldini George Forster Galvanism frankestein emilia romagna bologna

Giovanni Aldini: the scientist who inspired Frankenstein’s story

Giovanni Aldini (1762 – 1834) was an Italian physicist born at Bologna, nephew of Luigi Galvani, and he became a professor of physics at Bologna in 1798. 

His scientific work was concerned with galvanism and its medical applications and with experiments for preserving human life from destruction by fire.

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Weird Italy federico-ii What is everybody's natural language ? The cruel experiment in language deprivation of Frederick II Featured Italian History Italian People Magazine  Salimbene di Adam Pharaoh Psammetichus natural language language deprivation Holy Roman Empire Herodotus Frederick II

What is everybody’s natural language ? The cruel experiment in language deprivation of Frederick II

Throughout history were conducted experiments involving language deprivation trying to discover the origin of language.

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Weird Italy narni-underground-002 Narni underground: The mysterious Inquisition Trial and the Room of Torment in Narni Featured Italian History Magazine What to see in Italy  utec Umbria torture room torture room of torment roman aqueduct narni underground Marco Cocceio Nerva inquisition trial

Narni underground: The mysterious Inquisition Trial and the Room of Torment in Narni

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.

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Weird Italy ferentillo-mummies The Creepy mummies of Ferentillo in Italy Featured Italian History Magazine What to see in Italy  Umbria pilgrims mummies microfungus ferentillo mummies Church of Santo Stefano burial ground bodies

The Creepy mummies of Ferentillo in Italy

Below the Church of Santo Stefano in the peaceful landscape of Ferentillo, southern Umbria, were buried bodies preserved by a rare microfungus that attacked corpses and turned them into mummies.

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