From the 2nd Century AD to the end of the Middle Ages, it was an accepted tenet that monkeys had the inner workings quite like those of man. This was the anatomical point of departure established by the 2nd-Century Greek physician Claudius Galenus – commonly referred to as Galen – who at the time was the authority on all things medical in Western E...

Sitting on the clock tower in Piazza dei Signori, the astronomical clock of Padua was built in 1344 and is one of the oldest clocks in the world still in working order. The designer, Jacopo de’Dondi, became so famous for this work that his family name was later changed to “Dondi dell’Orologio,” or “Dondi of the Clock.” The magnificent timepiece has...

Between the end of the 1700s and the beginning of the 1800s, cafés were a place for intellectuals, middle class, aristocrats and the penniless to mingle. Regardless of their status, everyone came in looking for something to eat or drink, a shelter from the cold, or – in the case of artists and writers – a place where ideas could be exchanged and in...

Cinque giovani ricercatori italiani che lavorano negli Stati Uniti si sono aggiudicati i prestigiosi ISSNAF Awards 2018, il 23 ottobre all’Ambasciata d’Italia a Washington nell’ambito dell’Annual Event di ISSNAF (Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation), la fondazione che riunisce 4.000 scienziati italiani in Nord America e che...

In Padua in the late Medieval period the presence of the Basilica of S. Antonio stimulated the development of a school of artisan silversmiths of unparalleled skill, capable of producing masterpieces such as the reliquary that contains Saint Anthony’s chin: a splendid specimen made from molten silver that has been embossed, chased, perforated and g...

Autumn in Italy means good food, great wine, and gorgeous colours. But where are the best spots to visit during the cooler months? Here are eight great destinations for an autumn getaway. Langhe, Piedmont. About an hour from Turin, this corner of Italy is great for wine, cheese, and truffles, the staples of an Italian autumn menu. Look out for the...

Este can be considered one of the most famous pottery towns. Este pottery has been present throughout the centuries, from prehistoric times down to the present day. Like all ancient peoples, the first inhabitants on the banks of the Athesis (the River Adige, which once passed through Este) certainly used clay and created the first rudimentary objec...

Fausto Panizzolo, il ricercatore italiano che ad Harvard aveva lanciato con successo il progetto di un esoscheletro per la riabiliatazione  motoria, altamente tecnologico ma indossabile come una tuta leggera, è rientrato in Italia da circa un anno. Una scelta la cui genesi merita un’analisi e forse anche un applauso: cosa spinge un brillante ingegn...

One of the most-well known relics in archeological history is leading researchers to believe that they know "the precise image of what Jesus looked like on this earth". The Shroud of Turin is a 14-foot linen cloth that is believed to have wrapped the body of Jesus Christ after the crucifixion.  Researchers in Padua (Italy) have unveiled a 3-D carbo...

The first documents that speak of horticulture in the Lusia area are several handwritten notebooks dated 1930. The term “insalata” is used, which at that time still meant either lettuce or endive. But, in 1933, the words “latuga” or “salata” appear meaning "Cappuccia lettuce”. The post-war period, characterized by destruction and famine, provided a...