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Strolling around Città della Pieve

Although Città della Pieve is located in the heart of Italy, its history is that of a border town. These towns are special because they have traces of different cultures that overlap through the centuries and blend together to create a unique style and spirit. Since medieval times this unique…

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War and Peace across the Brenta, Cartigliano and Nove

There was some fortune in the Brenta river having grown to nearly one kilometre width between Cartigliano and Nove in the 19th century, as it kept the competing tribes from each town apart. The Cartigiliani being agriculturists and lovers of silk, the Novese being industrialists and artisans of the Brenta…

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Anagni by Foot

For a scenic tour, you can arrive in ancient Anagni from Rome on via Casilina past Colleferro and then follow the signs to Anagni. To see Anagni by foot is to walk back in time. Start from the Porta Romana (or more accurately Porta Cerere in honour of Ceres, the…

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Fairs around Rome - Paliano

In each month small counties and towns around Rome are teeming with wonderful pageants. Paliano, east of Rome, continues to celebrate its prince Marcantonio Colonna and the victory of Lepanto in 1571, with a parade in fine historic costumes and a Palio of the Ring with horses running through the…

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Castelli – a pleasant search for art ceramics

You cannot find Castelli by accident, unless of course, you take the wrong turn about 20 times on the San Gabriele exit from the L’Aquila expressway east of Gran Sasso. But if you do just happen to arrive at Castelli, you will have some pleasant surprises. The first is the…

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From Handball to Music – Macerata Opera at Sferisterio

Nearly 200 years ago in the Marche provincial town of Macerata, 100 of the good towns folk banded together to fund the building of a grand stadium, one that has become known as the Sferisterio Arena andone where the Macerata Opera Festivalis held. Not surprisingly, this stadium was not built…

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Stories of Castelfranco Veneto – Fortress of the Free

The Castelfranco Veneto fortress was constructed by the Trevisans in the 12th century as four towers facing the four roads that crossed there. The role of the fort was an outpost of Treviso in its on-going battle with Padova. Castelfranco Veneto was a fortress for free people, a free port…

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The Fate of Recreation - Asolo or bust

Do not dwell on yesterday’s resorts, on the trumped up pleasure domes of the 60’s or 70’s, look today at what is happening to the desperate few such as Asolo in Italian heritage towns. San Gimignano is in every Tuscan tourist guide as a ‘must visit’, and the first time…

29 Pesaro – To be Archived or Reborn

The Art Palace of Pesaro

Pesaro is known internationally for two men. One was a magnificent composer of brilliant rhythmic operatic works, and he is celebrated for the month of August each year, Gioachino Rossini, the first jazz composer, his Messa di Gloria from 1820. The other has been celebrated much more recently in another…

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