History & culture

Celebrating the Arts: the Impact of the Italian Renaissance

September 2017 |
Con il termine di Rinascimento ci si riferisce a un importantissimo movimento storico, artistico e culturale, che va dalla seconda metà del ‘400 fino ai primi decenni del ‘500, e che coincide con la fine del Medioevo e l’avvento del mondo moderno....

A New Discovery in Pompeii: An Italy That Keeps Surprising

September 2017 |
A large gravestone in the popular and beautiful Pompeii archaeological area was recently discovered. In the San Paolino area, during the excavations in a building’s foundation, a monumental marble tomb which, most probably, belonged to an ancient...

A Reliquary Bust from Siena

September 2017 |
Il possesso e la venerazione di antiche reliquie erano di fondamentale importanza al tempo del Medio Evo.  Questi oggetti erano venerati come un legame tra il m ondo naturale e sovrannaturale. Alcune reliquie erano associate con il Cristo e la...

The Pieta: the Signed Work of Michelangelo

September 2017 |
The Pieta (“the pity”) is known by many as one of Michelangelo’s greatest works. Sculpted from marble in the years 1498-1499 before Michelangelo was even 30 years old, the Pieta depicts a common religious subject matter that many artists all over...

Why do you Study Italiano?

August 2017 |
For the past few years, I have had the pleasure to teach Italian to people from the Cleveland community at the Alta House in the heart of Little Italy. The diligent students attending the classes vary in age, gender and cultural background....

Spello's Infiorate: Saying It with Flowers

August 2017 |
It’s not just a kaleidoscope of flowers but seeds, wild field greens, wild fennel, leaves, and walnut, cypress and other seed pods blended in stunning floral tapestries to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Domini (60 days after Easter) in Spello each...

Celebrating Assumption Day: An Italian Tradition

August 2017 |
Assumption Day is celebrated every year on August 15 in Italy. This national holiday goes by many names including Ferragosto and The Assumption of Mary. This day honors the Catholic belief that the Virgin Mary was physically taken to heaven by God...

Elegance Achieved: The Italian Rapier

August 2017 |
The word “rapier” refers to a sword with a long, narrow blade intended primarily for thrusting maneuvers and generally with some degree of hand protection formed by an elaborate hilt. Such swords were popular civilian weapons in the 16th and 17th...

Domus Aurea - A Stunning Tour of Emperor Nero’s Underground Golden House in Rome

August 2017 |
The Domus Aurea (Golden House) has one of the most historically exciting stories in Rome, starting with the decadent excesses of Emperor Nero and later becoming a source of inspiration for Renaissance artists such as Raphael. To most, Nero was the...
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