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  • Michelangelo’s Secret Room Expected to Open This Year Michelangelo’s Secret Room Ex... Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by
    The secret room in Florence where Michelangelo spent three months in hiding is expected to open to the public later in 2020. In the summer of 1530, the Renaissance master artist disappeared without a trace, camping out in an underground chamber beneath the Medici chapels in the Basilica of...
  • 5,000-Year-Old Sword Discovered in Venice 5,000-Year-Old Sword Discovered in ... Published on Friday, March 20, 2020 by
    An archaeology graduate student at Venice’s University Ca’ Foscari found a rare 5,000-year-old sword made of copper and tin, common materials used prior to the Bronze Age. The PhD student, Vittoria Dall’Armellina, found the sword in a monastery on San Lazzaro degli Armeni, an island ...
  • Italy Travel: Facing Adversity With Humor Italy Travel: Facing Adversity With... Published on Monday, March 16, 2020 by
    During these uncertain and stressful times, we could all use a good laugh. Comedian Anthony Rodia created this funny video for Perillo Tours in an effort to look at the current situation in a funny way. Laughter is always the best medicine. You can enjoy more videos from Anthony Rodia on...
  • Ancient Tomb and Temple Found in the Roman Forum Ancient Tomb and Temple Found in th... Published on Friday, March 13, 2020 by
    A hypogeum (an underground temple) and tomb were found in the Roman Forum last month, dating back to the 6th century B.C. A sarcophagus that was found in the tomb was made of tufa rock, the same material with which Rome’s Capitol building was built. "This is an extraordinary discovery...
  • Palatine Hill Produces Its Own Honey and Olive Oil Palatine Hill Produces Its Own Hone... Published on Sunday, March 1, 2020 by
    Rome’s Palatine Hill is now producing honey and olive oil from ingredients grown on its grounds. Italy owes its culinary brilliance to fresh, local products – and it doesn’t get more local than this. Parco Colosseo, the archaeological park comprising Palatine Hill, the Colosseum a...
  • 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...