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by rebeccawinke | Wed, 06/14/2017 - 23:39
When the world thinks of Italy’s iconic fashion industry, the city that first comes to mind is Milan. Known for its well-turned-out residents, high-end…
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by Silvia Donati | Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:00
In 1258, the Republic of Venice, which at the time was a leading economic and trading power in Europe, issued a decree that may well be considered…
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by Silvia Donati | Fri, 11/04/2016 - 01:00
In our series featuring famous Italian families, we look at the powerful dynasty of the Gonzaga, rulers of the Lombard city of Mantua for four centuries. The…
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by John Bensalhia | Tue, 10/25/2016 - 03:39
John Bensalhia profiles some notable historical figures connected with Piedmont... VITTORIO EMANUELE II (1820-1877) Meet Padre della Patria – or the Father of…
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by Silvia Donati | Thu, 10/20/2016 - 14:50
We continue this month’s focus on Piedmont with a look at the top three Roman sites in the region. With its north-western location, Piedmont was in a strategic…
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by John Bensalhia | Thu, 09/15/2016 - 05:53
BORN Cristoforo Colombo in October 1451 in Genoa, Liguria. ORIGINS The location of Columbus' birth has actually been a source of debate. Some historians have…
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by Silvia Donati | Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:00
Greeks began to settle in Southern Italy in the 8th and 7th centuries BC, exporting their culture, which would later influence the Roman world. They colonized…
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by Magda Lauer | Mon, 11/09/2015 - 17:21
Defying the bailiffs at birth Amadeo Modigliani is remembered as much for his ‘story’ and his behaviour as his paintings. He was born on 12th July in 1884 on a…
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by Silvia Donati | Mon, 11/09/2015 - 12:00
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by Barry Lillie | Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:20
Photo: Renata Scotto, Wikimedia Commons Italy has always been considered to be the home of opera and because of this has produced many great singers, tenors…