Il Mercato di Rialto, Venezia - The Rialto Market, Venice

The Rialto Market: the quiet and the bustle of Venice

The Rialto Market is held in one of the oldest parts of Venice, on the East bank of the Grand Canal. Locals crossed the water using a floating bridge in the 10th century, then a wooden structure, then finally the Rialto Bridge – the oldest and most famous bridge in… more >

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The story-telling façade of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Spoleto

The magnificent façade of the Basilica of Saint Peter Outside the Walls, in Spoleto, dates back to the end of the 12th century, and to this day remains a treasure trove of iconography. It features scenes from the New Testament with Christ and the Saints (Peter, Andrew, the Archangel Michael)… more >

Bagni San Filippo, Castiglione d'Orcia, Siena

Bagni San Filippo: a refuge from big and small responsibilities

Bagni San Filippo is a neighborhood in Castiglione d’Orcia, Siena, named after Saint Philip Benizi, a holy man from Florence who sought refuge here in 1269. He was the general superior of the Servites of Mary… so whom was he running from? From the cardinals in the Viterbo conclave, who… more >

Vizzini, Catania, Parco Letterario@Giovanni Verga

Parco Letterario® Giovanni Verga and the legacy of Mastro-don Gesualdo

Mastro-don Gesualdo has left a precious legacy in Vizzini, the small town in the province of Catania, Sicily, that Giovanni Verga (Catania, 1840-1922) chose as the backdrop to the touching story in one of his masterpieces. In the novel of the same name, the famous Italian writer reports the story… more >

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Castagnari accordions and Leopardi’s music

Giacomo Leopardi considered music the most important form of art, because “The other arts imitate and express nature, from which feeling is drawn, but music imitates and expresses only feeling itself, which it draws from itself and not from nature, as does the listener”. Music, in other words, is able… more >

Cave di Rubbio, Bassano del Grappa

Rubbio’s Caves: art in nature’s wounds

Caves and art are closely related: huge rocky structures have been hollowed to fill cities and museums with beauty. Unfortunately, generous gemstone mines have often fallen victim to human negligence and near-sightedness, and gorgeous places have been violated for less-than-honorable goals. That is what happened to the Caves in Rubbio,… more >

Giardini La Mortella, Forio, Isola d'Ischia, Napoli

La Mortella Gardens, a great love story

La Mortella Gardens were the fruit of the great love story between Lady Susana Walton and Sir William Walton. She was born in Argentina in a high-ranking family, and had soon found work at the British Consulate in Buenos Aires. He was a famous British composer known for a number… more >

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The Stresa-Mottarone Railway: a streetcar to beauty

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Psyche: Pietro Tenerani’s sleeping beauty

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