University of Milan

7 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  5 minutes

Ca' Granda © Sailko/cc-by-3.0

Ca’ Granda © Sailko/cc-by-3.0

The University of Milan (Italian: Università degli Studi di Milano; Latin: Universitas Studiorum Mediolanensis), officially abbreviated as UNIMI, or colloquially referred to as La Statale (“the Statal [University]”), is a public research university in Milan, Italy. It is one of the largest universities in Europe, with about 60,000 students, and a permanent teaching and research staff of about 2,000.   read more…

Sapienza University of Rome

4 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  6 minutes

Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, the former University Chapel © Paris Orlando/cc-by-sa-4.0

Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, the former University Chapel © Paris Orlando/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Sapienza University of Rome (Italian: Sapienza – Università di Roma), formally the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, abbreviated simply as Sapienza (“wisdom”), is a public research university located in Rome, Italy. It was founded in 1303 and is as such one of the world’s oldest universities, and with 122,000 students, it is the largest university in Europe. Due to its size, funding, and numerous laboratories and libraries, Sapienza is a major education and research centre in Southern Europe. The university is located mainly in the Città Universitaria (University city), which covers 44 ha (110 acres) near the Tiburtina Station, with different campuses, libraries and laboratories in various locations in Rome.   read more…

Naviglio Grande in Milan

27 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

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in Milan © flickr.com – harmishhk/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Naviglio Grande is a canal in Lombardy, northern Italy, connecting the Ticino river near Tornavento (23 km (14 mi) south of Sesto Calende) to the Porta Ticinese dock, also known as the Darsena, in Milan. It drops 34 m (112 ft) over 49.9 km (31.0 mi). It varies in width from 22 to 50 m (72 to 164 ft) from Tornavento to Abbiategrasso, dropping to 15 m (49 ft) between there and Milan. Initially it carries 63 cubic metres per second (2,200 cu ft/s), 116 outlets take water to irrigate 500 square kilometres (190 sq mi) leaving the canal 12 m (39 ft) wide and carrying 12 m³/s (420 cu ft/s) as it enters the dock.   read more…

Lake Bolsena in Lazio

8 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© Kweedado2

Lake Bolsena (Italian: Lago di Bolsena) is a lake of volcanic origin in the northern part of the province of Viterbo called Alto Lazio (“Upper Latium”) or Tuscia in central Italy. It is the largest volcanic lake in Europe. Roman historic records indicate activity of the Vulsini volcano occurred as recently as 104 BC; it has been dormant since then. The two islands in the southern part of the lake were formed by underwater eruptions following the collapse that created the depression.   read more…

Civita di Bagnoregio in Lazio

13 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© Davide Papalini/cc-by-sa-3.0

Civita di Bagnoregio is an outlying village of the comune of Bagnoregio in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy. It lies 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) east of the town of Bagnoregio and about 120 kilometres (75 mi) north of Rome. The only access is a footbridge from the nearby town, with a toll introduced in 2013. Because of the toll, communal taxes were abolished in Civita and nearby Bagnoregio. And because of its unstable foundation that often erodes, Civita is famously known as “the dying city”. It is one of I Borghi più belli d’Italia (“The most beautiful villages of Italy”).   read more…

Theme Week Calabria – Catanzaro

24 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© LIL.PAOLO/cc-by-sa-4.0

Catanzaro Catanzarese: Catanzaru), also known as the “City of the two Seas” (Italian: Città tra i due Mari), is an Italian city of 86,183 inhabitants (2020), the capital of the Calabria region and of its province and the second most populated comune of the region, behind Reggio Calabria. The archbishop’s seat was the capital of the province of Calabria Ultra for over 200 years. It houses the “Magna Græcia” University, the second-largest university in Calabria.   read more…

Theme Week Calabria – Palmi

23 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  5 minutes

Monte Sant'Elia © Nikater

View from Monte Sant’Elia © Nikater

Palmi (Reggino: Parmi; Latin: Palmae) is a comune (municipality) of about 19,303 inhabitants in the province of Reggio Calabria in Calabria. It is seat of the district, which includes 33 municipalities in the plain of Palmi, with a population of approximately 170,000 inhabitants.   read more…

Theme Week Calabria – Cosenza

22 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Old town © Pianopera/cc-by-sa-4.0

Old town © Pianopera/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cosenza (local dialect: Cusenza) is a city in Calabria, Italy. The city centre has a population of approximately 70,000, while the urban area counts more than 200,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of the Province of Cosenza, which has a population of more than 700,000. The demonym of Cosenza in English is Cosentian.   read more…

Theme Week Calabria – Pizzo

21 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Piervincenzo Madeo/cc-by-3.0

© Piervincenzo Madeo/cc-by-3.0

Pizzo (Calabrian: U Pizzu), also called Pizzo Calabro, is a seaport and comune in the province of Vibo Valentia (Calabria, southern Italy), situated on a steep cliff overlooking the Gulf of Saint Euphemia. Fishing is one of the main activities, including that of tuna and coral. The nearest airport is Lamezia Terme International Airport.   read more…

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