Portrait: The diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist, writer, playwright and poet Niccolò Machiavelli

May 22nd, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait

Niccolò Machiavelli by Santi di Tito

Niccolò Machiavelli by Santi di Tito

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist, writer, playwright and poet of the Renaissance period. He has often been called the father of modern political science. For many years he was a senior official in the Florentine Republic, with responsibilities in diplomatic and military affairs. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs, and poetry. His personal correspondence is renowned by Italian scholars. He was secretary to the Second Chancery of the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512, when the Medici were out of power. He wrote his best-known work The Prince (Il Principe) in 1513, having been exiled from city affairs (Works by Niccolò Machiavelli).   read more…

Galleria Umberto I in Naples

May 17th, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

© IlSistemone/cc-by-sa-3.0

© IlSistemone/cc-by-sa-3.0

Galleria Umberto I is a public shopping gallery in Naples, southern Italy. It is located directly across from the San Carlo opera house. It was built between 1887–1891, and was the cornerstone in the decades-long rebuilding of Naples – called the risanamento (lit. “making healthy again”) — that lasted until World War I.   read more…

European Historic Thermal Towns Association

April 19th, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General

Gellért Baths in Budapest © Joe Mabel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Gellért Baths in Budapest © Joe Mabel/cc-by-sa-3.0

The European Route of Historic Thermal Cities is a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. The route is supported by the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA), founded in 2011, a nonprofit organization with currently 26 members in 11 European countries (including Turkey). In the spring of 2013 EHTTA was awarded the “Cultural Route of Europe” by the “European Institute of Cultural Routes”. The Press Office of the City of Baden-Baden calls the European Route of Historic Thermal Baths the European Bathing Route.   read more…

Ventimiglia in Liguria

April 17th, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Tangopaso

© Tangopaso

Ventimiglia is a city, comune (municipality) and bishopric in Liguria, northern Italy, in the province of Imperia. It is located 130 km (81 mi) southwest of Genoa, and 7 km (4 mi) from the French-Italian border, on the Gulf of Genoa, having a small harbour at the mouth of the Roia River, which divides the town into two parts. Ventimiglia has a population of 24,000. Ventimiglia is a popular summer destination for tourists on the Italian Riviera. Particularly popular all year with visitors from France is the weekly street market (held on a Friday), along the seafront of the new town, which causes major traffic congestion.   read more…

The Costa neoRomantica

March 1st, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

in Tallinn © Pjotr Mahhonin/cc-by-sa-3.0

in Tallinn © Pjotr Mahhonin/cc-by-sa-3.0

Costa neoRomantica (formerly Costa Romantica) is a cruise ship for Costa Crociere completed 1993 as a sister ship to Costa neoClassica and was refurbished in 2003. Her public rooms are decorated with rare woods, Carrara marble, and millions of dollars in original works of art. Costa neoRomantica‘s homeport is Genoa in Italy.   read more…

Piazza Navona in Rome

April 27th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Myrabella/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Myrabella/cc-by-sa-3.0

Piazza Navona is a square in Rome. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in the 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans went there to watch the agones (“games”), and hence it was known as “Circus Agonalis” (“competition arena”). It is believed that over time the name changed to in avone to navone and eventually to navona.   read more…

Augusta on Sicily

March 30th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Baia Arcile © Angelo Pappalardo/cc-by-sa-3.0

Baia Arcile © Angelo Pappalardo/cc-by-sa-3.0

Augusta is a town and comune in the province of Syracuse, located on the eastern coast of Sicily. The city is one of the main harbours in Italy, especially for oil refineries (ExxonMobil and others as part of the complex Augusta-Priolo) which are in its vicinity. The city is situated 35 km north of Syracuse and faces the Ionian Sea.   read more…

The House of Machiavelli in Tuscany

February 1st, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month

© Sailko/cc-by-3.0

© Sailko/cc-by-3.0

The house of Machiavelli (Italian: Casa di Machiavelli), also referred to as L’Albergaccio, was the place where Niccolò Machiavelli lived during his exile from Florence. This is located in Sant’Andrea in Percussina in San Casciano in Val di Pesa, in the province of Florence in Tuscany.   read more…

The Gheto di Venezia in Venice

January 10th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Campo de Gheto Novo © Didier Descouens/cc-by-sa-4.0

Campo de Gheto Novo © Didier Descouens/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Venetian Ghetto was the area of Venice in which Jews were compelled to live by the government of the Venetian Republic. The English word ghetto is derived from the Jewish ghetto in Venice. The Venetian Ghetto was instituted on 29 March 1516 and is the oldest Jewish ghetto in the world. It was not the first time that Jews in Venice were compelled to live in a segregated area of the city. In 1797 the French army of Italy, commanded by the 28-year-old General Napoleon Bonaparte, conquered Venice, dissolved the Venetian republic, and ended the ghetto’s separation from the city. In the 19th century, the ghetto was renamed the Contrada dell’unione. The Ghetto is an area of the Cannaregio sestiere of Venice, divided into the Ghetto Nuovo (“New Ghetto”), and the adjacent Ghetto Vecchio (“Old Ghetto”). These names of the ghetto sections are misleading, as they refer to an older and newer site at the time of their use by the foundries: in terms of Jewish residence, the Ghetto Nuovo is actually older than the Ghetto Vecchio.   read more…

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