Tag archive for ‘History’
Statue of Ovid in Sulmona
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

A poet at the world’s edge

Ovid was born in Sulmona, in the province of L’Aquila, but was destined to die far from home. Joe Gartman tells his story… Photos by Patricia Gartman unless otherwise stated Statue of Ovid in Sulmona. By Getty More...

Piazza della Signoria, Florence
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Past Italia: Piazza della Signoria

Florence’s Piazza della Signoria is named after its palazzo, which is now also known as the Palazzo Vecchio Photo by Getty Images The Duomo may be the more famous Florence landmark, but the Piazza della Signoria More...

Catacombs of San Gennaro, Naples
By Italia Travel & Life On Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Past Italia! Catacombs of San Gennaro

In Naples, where history is told through layers of earth, an ancient tomb offers a window to the distant past… Deep beneath the streets of northern Naples, on the slopes leading up to Capodimonte, in the area More...

Castello di Santa Severa, Lazio italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, June 18th, 2018

Past Italia: Il Castello di Santa Severa

The medieval castle of Santa Severa faces out to sea on the Lazio coast, just 40 minutes north of Rome The Castle of Saint Severa is named after a young girl whose entire family was martyred. Her father was a More...

Pantheon, Rome, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Friday, June 15th, 2018

Insider’s Rome: The Pantheon

Proposals to charge entry to the Pantheon remain controversial, after plans were announced to start charging visitors from May this year… Words by Jon Palmer. Image by iStock Up until now, entry to the Pantheon More...

Santi Luca e Martina, Arch of Septimius Severus and the Temple of Saturn at the Roman Forum, Rome, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Insider’s Rome: The Forum

The Forum is where Roman history begins, but when it begins is a question that has recently had to be asked again… The Forum, Rome by iStock According to the story, Rome was founded on 21 April 753 BC, which means More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Friday, January 12th, 2018

48 hours in: Ravenna

If you ever find yourself in Emilia-Romagna, Ravenna is an absolute must. It really is a treasure trove of art and culture, writes Sara Scarpa. Above me is depicted a dark blue sky full of golden stars.The many More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Insiders Rome: le Terme di Caracalla

Though they are named for the Emperor Caracalla, it was probably his father, Severus, who laid the plans for these huge baths… Most tourists come here by public transport, though the walk from the Forum takes More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Friday, December 15th, 2017

Insiders Rome: the Villa Borghese

Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577-1633) was a patron of Bernini and Caravaggio. The Baroque legacy at his Villa is a wonder to behold… People are often surprised to learn that, at least as far as major European More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, December 14th, 2017

The Worried Warhorse of Fénis Castle

When St George slayed the dragon and rescued the princess, he acted with fearlessness – but his brave horse was never quite so sure that the fight would be won. High in the Alps, in the far northwest of Italy, More...