That Italy is beautiful goes without saying: I may be partial to the fairness of my own country, but I think the whole world has pretty much agreed on it, as heralded, for instance, by the large amount of UNESCO heritage sites in the country. What many may not know is that Italy, just as every country, doesn’t only have beautiful and historically r...

William Shakespeare is one of the most read authors in the English language. “The Bard” was a British poet, actor, and playwright. Despite being such a big name in the world of literature, a lot of his personal life is still a mystery. Shakespeare’s works however, have been turned into movies and graphic novels. They continue to be performed onstag...

Less than a 30-minute ride on the high-speed train from Venice, Padua is too often disregarded from the majority of visitors. Yet, it makes for a great day trip from Venice, offering a glimpse into the rich history of a city that once was a powerful Comune. Home to Italy’s second oldest university, founded in 1222, Padua has retained the vivacious...

Traces of possible Byzantine coins have been found on the Holy Shroud of Turin pushing back a 1988 carbon dating of the relic to the fourteenth century, according to Padua university and US researchers in a new study published in the Journal of Cultural Heritage. The date-changing discovery was presented at the Conference on the Holy Shroud in Cana...

Many Italian regions are known for one famous city, although they have many others that are worth visiting. Veneto is definitely one of those regions, most famous for Venice, but the area is extremely rich in opportunities for a holiday full of fun, relaxation and culture that extend beyond the lagoon city. Given the climate, the best time to visit...

Un uomo di 47 anni, affetto da metastasi epatiche inoperabili, ha subito un intervento chirurgico che già sa di storico, essendo stato eseguito per la prima volta al mondo. L’operazione è avvenuta a Padova e si è svolta in due fasi: nella prima è stato trapiantato sul paziente un piccolo frammento di fegato donato da un familiare al fianco di quell...

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...