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  • Poet Giacomo Leopardi’s Home Will Open to the Public Poet Giacomo Leopardi’s Home ... Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by
    Romantic-era poet Giacomo Leopardi’s home will open the poet’s private living quarters to the public on March 21. Casa Leopardi, located in the town of Recanati in the central region of Le Marche, was the noble Leopardi family’s home. Parts of Casa Leopardi are already open to the...
  • Sicily Sites Among Italy’s Most Visited in 2019 Sicily Sites Among Italy’s Mo... Published on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by
    Seven sites in Sicily are among the 37 most-visited locations in Italy in 2019, according to a recently released report by Sicily’s cultural department. The seven sites are: Siracusa; the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento; the Ancient Theater in Taormina; Villa del Casale in Piazza Arme...
  • Researchers Find Mount Vesuvius Eruption Turned Man’s Brain Into Glass Researchers Find Mount Vesuvius Eru... Published on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 by
    Archaeologists working on the Herculaneum site near Pompeii have discovered that the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD produced heat so intense that it turned one man’s brain into glass. The remains of the man, whom archaeologists believe was about 25 years old, were discovere...
  • Borghese Gallery Starts Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy Bernini Sculpture Borghese Gallery Starts Crowdfundin... Published on Thursday, January 30, 2020 by
    Rome’s Borghese Gallery has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise about $8 million to buy a bronze sculpture by Bernini. The bust is of Pope Urban VIII, who commissioned many works from Bernini and was the Baroque artist’s most important customer. Now, Anna Coliva, the director of t...
  • Rome’s MAXXI Museum Named Best Italian Museum Rome’s MAXXI Museum Named Bes... Published on Sunday, January 26, 2020 by
    Italian art newspaper Artribune has named Rome’s MAXXI museum the Best Museum in Italy for 2019. MAXXI, a museum of modern art, stands for Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo. MAXXI, which opened in 2010, showcases contemporary art by Italian and foreign artists. The institution...
  • Oldest Known Drawing of Venice Found Oldest Known Drawing of Venice Foun... Published on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by
    A researcher at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews has found the oldest known city drawing of Venice, a sketch from the 14th century. The scholar, Dr. Sandra Toffolo, specializes in Venetian Renaissance history and was conducting research at the National Central Library of Florence whe...
  • Trentino Ski Resort Is the First in Europe to Be Plastic Free Trentino Ski Resort Is the First in... Published on Saturday, January 18, 2020 by
    Pejo 3000, a ski resort in the Dolomites, is taking steps to become the first plastic-free ski resort in Europe by discontinuing items that produce large amounts of microplastics. From the start of this season in December, the resort has banned plastic bags, bottles, utensils, straws, cups...
  • Rome to Pave Many Cobblestoned Streets Rome to Pave Many Cobblestoned Stre... Published on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by
    Many of Rome’s cobblestoned streets will soon be revamped and paved with asphalt to make the roads more friendly to drivers. On 68 streets in the historic center, cobblestones will be removed and relocated to 113 pedestrian streets. Work to remove the sampietrini, as the basalt...
  • Italian Town Celebrates its Ugly Residents Italian Town Celebrates its Ugly Re... Published on Saturday, January 4, 2020 by
    Piobbico, a beautiful medieval village in central Italy, has celebrated an unusual trait for 140 years: It is the home of the Club dei Brutti (The Ugly Club), known for the ugliness of its residents. The club’s motto is “A person is what he is and not what he looks like.” Piob...
  • Pompeii Bathhouse Opens to Public Pompeii Bathhouse Opens to Public Published on Monday, December 30, 2019 by
    Newly excavated thermal baths have opened to the public in Pompeii, allowing visitors to see the ruins of what was supposed to be a main attraction in the city. Construction began on the Pompeii Central Baths before the fateful Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D., but was never completed. ...