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Illusion and reality at the Gallery of Antiquity in Sabbioneta

Welcome to the wonderful Gallery of Antiquity, in Sabbioneta: a 97-meter-long cotto portico built in the late 1500s by duke Vespasiano Gonzaga, a man...

The South’s Renaissance: an exhibition in Matera

A very interesting exhibition is being held in Matera, shedding a completely original light on the Renaissance and offering a new interpretation of one...

Magnificent illusions at the Trinità dei Monti Convent

Many artists worked at the Trinità dei Monti convent, next to the church of the same name, opposite the iconic Piazza di Spagna’s 18th-century...

The library of the Società Geografica Italiana

The Società Geografica Italiana (Italian Geographical Society) is headquartered in the beautiful 17th-century building that was once the residence of Duke Ciriaco Mattei, a...

Verrocchio: Florence celebrates Leonardo’s teacher

This year, Florence celebrates Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-1488) by showcasing 120 of his works – sculptures, paintings and drawings from the most famous museums...

Santa Maria di Campagna and Pordenone’s masterpieces

Where Piacenza’s Basilica of Santa Maria di Campagna rises today, there used to be a small oratory. According to some, this was the small...

The Room of the Abbess, a hidden gem in Correggio

Correggio (1489-1534) decorated the Room of the Abbess (or Room of Saint Paul) in the former Monastery of Saint Paul in Parma, likely in...

Palazzo Scaglia di Verrua and Dumas’s mademoiselle

“The night after, I reached Turin, where my mother-in-law, widow of the Count of Verrua, welcomed me from the top of the staircase in...

The Civic Temple of Mary the Crowned in Lodi, tears and beauty

The Civic Temple of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Crowned was built in a “lost” corner of Lodi, a suburb where love was sold for money and...

Farewell to fall with Giovanna Garzoni’s still lifes

Winter – which in poet Bernardo Tasso’s words “in white snow / dresses hills, covers roses, / and makes beaches dry and sad again”...

The Hall of the Months in Palazzo Schifanoia

The walls of the Hall of the Months in Palazzo Schifanoia, in Ferrara, were frescoed by various artists – including Ercole de’ Roberti, one...

Paolo Uccello’s counter-clockwise clock in Florence

In 1443, Paolo Uccello – a Tuscan painter and mosaic artist who played a major role in Florence’s 15th-century art scene – painted the...

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The wondrous Gothic, medieval frescoes of the Oratory of San Pellegrino

The Oratory of San Pellegrino is located in Bominaco, a hamlet not far from Caporciano, in the province of L'Aquila. It was probably commissioned...

LUMEN: a museum of photography, 2,275 meters up high

by Barbara Palladino On the top of the Kronplatz (or Plan de Corones), near Brunico (Bolzano) – an enchanted place that only the mountains could create...

Sicilian Moor heads: a legend of universal love

by Barbara Palladino “Moor heads” or “teste di moro” are colorful, ceramic vases that represent the face of a man and a woman, with a...

A legend of love at the castle of Torrechiara, “nunc et semper”

by Barbara Palladino The Castle of Torrechiara rises next to the medieval town of the same name in Langhirano, in the province of Parma. On its...