Tag archive for ‘Past Italia’
By Italia Travel & Life On Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Cattedrale di San Martino – Past Italia

A calling point for pilgrims from the north on their way to Rome, Lucca Cattedrale or Cathedral is the resting place of one of the most important holy images of the Middle Ages… Saint Martin’s Cathedral in More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Grotesque Style

The term Grotesque derives from the caves, or grotte, where Renaissance builders unearthed this ancient form The Grotesque style was all the rage during the 1500s for both interiors and exteriors all over Italy. More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Frescoes of Tolentino – Past Italia

Although its origins are the subject of perpetual debate, the remarkable cycle of frescoes that adorns Tolentino’s Basilica di San Nicola holds enduring appeal for visitors to Le Marche Who painted the 14th-century More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

The Arsenale – Past Italia

In the eastern Castello district of Venice lies a huge dockyard where revolutionary building techniques took shipbuilding and military manufacturing into the next level This dockyard has been thought to have existed More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Prehistoric Li Lolghi

Sardinia’s prehistoric past is impossible to ignore thanks to the numerous Bronze Age megaliths that litter the island’s beautiful landscape The largest of Sardinia’s ‘giants’ tombs’ (tombe di giganti), More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Friday, May 27th, 2016

La Rocca Calascio – The Highest Fortress

“He who controls the high ground controls the battle,” goes the old military adage – and it doesn’t get much higher than the Rocca Calascio. Standing at  1,460 metres above sea level – that’s More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Sacro Monte di Varese

High in the hills overlooking Varese is one of the most remarkable hidden treasures you could wish to behold – the rarely seen frescoes of the Sacro Monte de Varese As far as hidden secrets go, the Sacro Monte More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Benito Mussolini

This statuette was commissioned in the mid-1930s to glorify ‘il Duce’. It’s about 18 inches tall, but it carries a story much taller than that… The artist and sculptor Antonio Ligabue (1899-1965) was not More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Friday, May 20th, 2016

Castel Sant’Angelo

Commissioned by the Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family, the Castel Sant’Angelo has been a fortress, a castle, and is now a museum… This unusual, cylindrical edifice used to be the tallest More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Past Italia! The Salute

Artists’ inspiration and magnificent feat of engineering, but the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute on Venice’s Grand Canal was originally built to stave off the plague The year is 1629 and a great plague More...