Canossa in Reggio Emilia

4 May 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  5 minutes

Canossa Castle on a cold winter night © Giorgio Galeotti/cc-by-4.0

Canossa Castle on a cold winter night © Giorgio Galeotti/cc-by-4.0

Canossa is a comune and castle town in the Province of Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. It is where Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV did penance in 1077 and stood three days bare-headed in the snow to reverse his excommunication by Pope Gregory VII. The Walk to Canossa is sometimes used as a symbol of the changing relationship between the medieval Church and State.   read more…

Potenza in southern Italy

19 October 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Mario Pagano Square © Carmar89

Mario Pagano Square © Carmar89

Potenza is a city and comune in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata. It is the capital of the province of Potenza and the Basilicata region.   read more…

Theme Week Abruzzo – L’Aquila

24 September 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

City center © flickr.com - elparainbow/cc-by-2.0

City center © flickr.com – elparainbow/cc-by-2.0

L’Aquila (meaning “The Eagle”) is a city and comune in central Italy, both the capital city of the Abruzzo region and of the Province of L’Aquila. It has a population of 70,500 inhabitants. Laid out within medieval walls on a hill in the wide valley of the Aterno river, it is surrounded by the Apennine Mountains, with the Gran Sasso d’Italia to the north-east. L’Aquila is approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) east-northeast of Rome, with which it is connected by an autostrada through the mountains. The mountains block the city off from warm humid air currents from the Mediterranean, and give rise to a climate that is cool in comparison to most of central Italy, and dry. It has been said that the city enjoys each year 11 cold months and one cool one.   read more…

The Republic of San Marino

15 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  9 minutes

Monte Titano © Nickel Chromo

Monte Titano © Nickel Chromo

San Marino, officially the Republic of San Marino, is a state situated on the Italian peninsula on the eastern side of the Apennine Mountains. It is an enclave surrounded by Italy. Its size is just over 61 km2 (24 sq mi) with an estimated population of over 30,000. Its capital is the City of San Marino. San Marino has the smallest population of all the members of the Council of Europe.   read more…

Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region

3 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture Reading Time:  9 minutes

Bologna Collage © DaniDF1995

Bologna Collage © DaniDF1995

Bologna is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna, in the Po Valley of Northern Italy. The city lies between the Po River and the Apennine Mountains, more specifically, between the Reno River and the Savena River. It is the seventh largest city in terms of population and it is the heart of a metropolitan area (officially recognized by the Italian government as a metropolitan city) of about 1,000,000 inhabitants. The urban sprawl of Bologna – Modena, whose metropolises are adjoining, is continuously expanding. Home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088, Bologna hosts numerous students who enrich the social and cultural life of the city.   read more…

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