Abbazia di San Vincenzo al Volturno, Rocchetta a Volturno, Isernia, Italia - abbey italy

San Vincenzo al Volturno, between earth and sky

In 782, the Lombard Benedictine abbot of the monastery in San Vincenzo al Volturno, Poto, refused to sing the praises of Charlemagne, king of the Franks, and theatrically left the choir and his brothers. His irreverent gesture would be forgiven only after he solemnly swore loyalty to the sovereign, who… more >

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In 1981, the grand Kursaal Hall inside the Kurhaus of Meran was where two Russian men fought a quiet duel, each one apparently lost in his own thoughts. The great Art Nouveau hall had been designed about seventy years earlier by the Ukraine architect Friedrich Ohmann, when he had been… more >

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“Milano da bere” (literally, “Milan you can drink”) was a popular slogan in the 1980s, invented by a famous advertisement agency for Amaro Ramazzotti; the liqueur bitter’s campaign was so successful that the expression has been quoted, paraphrased, and mocked in infinite variations since it first appeared. Decades ago, Milan… more >

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Mauro Mascarello – co-owner and head of production at Birrificio Torino – tells us that the Piedmontese capital “had a number of ‘birrarie’, as they were called in the day, that produced their own brews”. Birrificio Torino, a stone’s throw from the central Piazza Castello, gives continuity to that long… more >

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Amongst other things, the Galleria L’Estampe in Turin provides art conservation services – something the Siena-born art historian Cesare Brandi once described as “the methodological moment in which a work of art is recognized as such… in view of the need to pass it on to future generations”. Recognizing art… more >

Chiesa Miniera di Sale, Realmonte, Scavuzzo, Agrigento - Church of the Realmonte Salt Mine

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Acquario Romano, Casa dell'Architettura, Roma Esquilino

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