History & culture

Things You Might Not Know

September 2018 |
Ballet was invented and performed for the first time in Florence in the Italian Renaissance courts during the 15th and 16th centuries. Catherine de’ Medici, an Italian aristocrat who later became the Queen of France, brought ballet to France where...

Back to School in Italy

September 2018 |
La fine delle vacanze estive ed il rientro a scuola a settembre rappresentano un appuntamento molto importante per scolari e genitori. Il primo giorno dietro ai banchi significa anche avere tutto l’occorrente per essere preparati a varcare la...

A Civic Commission by Andrea Gritti, Doge of Venice

September 2018 |
Un manoscritto miniato è un libro scritto a mano su pergamena o pelle di animale e decorato con vernice colorata e foglie d’oro e che costituì il metodo di produzione di testi  fino all’introduzione della stampa dopo il XV secolo. Tuttavia,...

Ferragosto: The Peak of Italy's Month of Relaxation

August 2018 |
The middle of August is a grand time for Italian vacations and commemorations as several festivals occur during this month. Ferragosto occurs on August 15 and for many Italians it is considered the peak of the vacation season for those ready to...

Painting in Siena Following the Black Death

August 2018 |
Neroccio de’ Landi fu pittore e scultore del primo Rinascimento a Siena. In entrambe queste arti figurative egli fu allievo del Vecchietta, di cui rilevò la bottega nel 1480, ma dal 1469 circa al ‘75 fu anche socio di Francesco Martini, forse...

A Portrait Medal by Pisanello

July 2018 |
Within the Byzantine gallery of the Cleveland Museum of Art may be found a portrait medal cast in lead, not by a Byzantine artist, but by the leading medallist of 15th century Italy, Antonio di Puccio Pisano, commonly known as “Pisanello.”...

Italy's Annual Festival of the Two Worlds

July 2018 |
Every summer in Spoleto, Italy, the widely-celebrated Festival dei Due Mondi takes place within June and July. Titled as the Festival of the Two Worlds when translated to English, the Festival dei Due Mondi consists of a wide variety of artistic...

Celebrating Republic Day with Italy's Military Performances

June 2018 |
Il 2 giugno la Repubblica Italiana celebra il 72° anniversario della nascita della nostra nazione attraverso il referendum istituzionale indetto per la prima volta a suffragio universale il 2 e il 3 giugno 1946, con il quale gli italiani vennero...

The Sea and Its History

June 2018 |
The boundless blue that one can see from every corner of the Italian peninsula, the unmistakable noise of the waves crashing on the shore, the taste of iodine that fills the lungs with health and freedom...it is the sea! In fact, the sea can not be...
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