Tag archive for ‘Italian History’
The Temple of Concordia, sicily
By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, April 8th, 2019
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Temples, goats and almond blossom

On a hilltop in Sicily stand the ruins of what was once part of a great city – Joe Gartman explores the Valley of the Temples… Photos by Patricia Gartman The Temple of Hera   It’s called the Valley of More...

Piazza del Campidoglio with statue of Marcus Aurelius in Rome, Italy.
By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, March 4th, 2019
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Past Italia: Marcus Aurelius on horseback

The Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius stands centre stage in Rome’s Piazza del Campidoglio… Photo by Getty Images One of the few stipulations that the Pope made when he commissioned Michelangelo to redesign More...

Statue of Ovid in Sulmona
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
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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...

Italian steam train
By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, October 15th, 2018
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Past Italia: The Railways of Italy

The development of a national rail network in Italy coincided with the unification of the country The first railway line in Italy ran (and indeed still does) between Naples and Portici in what was then the Kingdom More...

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

Santa Maria del Monte, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, August 9th, 2018
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Past Italia: Santa Maria del Monte

La Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte climbs to the church of St Mary of the Mount in Caltagirone, Sicily   The Church of Saint Mary of the Mount in Caltagirone dates back to the 12th-century; its staircase More...

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
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Insider’s Rome: The Trevi Fountain

You can go and see the Trevi Fountain for free, it’s just there, but it will cost you money if you ever want to see it again… Words and image by Jon Palmer There are actually lots of things you can do for free More...

The church of Saint Peter on the promontory if Porto Venere in Liguria, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
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Past Italia: La Chiesa di San Pietro

St Peter‘s (La Chiesa di San Pietro)  in Portovenere stands on a promontory overlooking the Gulf of Poets Saint Peter’s at Portovenere is built on the site of a 5th-century church, and before that an earlier, More...

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