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The ancient town of Aquileia is located in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region of Italy and is on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. One of the most prosperous towns in the Roman era, it was destroyed in the 5th century by Attila the Hun. In truth, most of Aquileia’s Roman ruins remain buried, making it one of the biggest archaeological fields in Europ...

The only cave of this speleological complex connecting with the outside is the massive La Grave, which is 330 feet long, 170 feet wide, and 200 feet deep. La Grave creates a huge natural pantheon with its opening that lets the sunlight pass through, creating a magical effect where the light moves differently according to the time of the day and the...

Home to the Vatican, the pope and St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome is unchallenged in its claim to be the global center of the Roman Catholic Church. But the city also plays host to the largest mosque in Western Europe, the largest Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall on the Continent, and, as of this year, the biggest center in Europe belonging to the Church...

The Chiesa del Purgatorio (Church of Purgatory) was built between 1725 and 1747. It, like other “purgatory churches,” was constructed as a place for people to pray for the souls trapped in limbo between heaven and hell. The upper part of the facade shows angels, fruit baskets, and penitents wrapped in flames. On the lower part, the wooden door is d...

Director Joe Dante is heading to Tuscany this spring. The director of iconic films including Piranha, Gremlins, The 'Burbs, The Howling, Explorers and Innerspace will be the 2019 recipient of Lucca Film Festival’s lifetime achievement award. Dante, who started work as a trailer editor for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, made his directorial debu...

This last September during an unusually warm mid-morning, 43 names were read aloud echoing across the main Piazza De Ferrari Square in Genoa, Italy. Respectful applause was mixed with women and men quietly in tears and made for a somber mood at the 30-day memorial of the bridge collapse that killed 43 people. The Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe C...

Milan is the Italian city with the fastest rising number of tourists, and one of the most visited in Europe. Whether you're taking the train in for the day, visiting for business or stopping off as part of a holiday, here’s how to spend the perfect 24 hours in Milan. Start the day early with cappuccino and culture. Start with cappuccino and brioche...

Everyone knows that Venice has a famously enchanting Carnevale season. All masks and pageantry and secrets- so befitting of the misty canals and darkened back alleys that dominate this unlikely island city. Notably though, Venice is not the only Italian city that boasts uniquely traditional pre-Lenten festivities to usher in the 40 days of fasting...

The splendid Cefalù Cathedral, declared World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2015, “is the center from which the whole town’s beauty is diffused, and to which it converges; it is the voice that sets the tone and rhythm of everything else.” The definition – by great Sicilian author Vincenzo Consolo (1933-2012) – conveys the wonder felt in front of the a...

Ferrari presented its 2019 Formula One race car - the SF90 - at its Maranello headquarters on Friday. Ferrari President John Elkann, CEO Louis Camilleri, new team principal Mattia Binotto and drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were present, along with Piero Ferrari, the son of late founder Enzo Ferrari. "I can't wait to get in the car and...

Valentino Rossi turns 40 on Saturday but at a time when most of his contemporaries have long hung up their leathers the nine-time world champion shows no signs of slowing down. With many of his MotoGP rivals less than half his age, the Italian could be forgiven for putting more thought towards contemplating his healthy bank balance rather than work...

La Pizzica is a popular dance characteristic of the territory of Puglia between Taranto and Salento Leccese. Until the beginning of 20thcentury, however, this dance was widespread throughout Puglia, with different names. In general, it is part of the large traditional family of the “Tarantelle”. Story of the Pizzica The word “Pizzica” appears for t...