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We all know St. Anthony’s our go-to saint for lost causes but to whom do we pray to make sure our bacon boasts the perfect crisp? Swide shares eleven patron saints of food.
The Madonnina of Milan, who stands atop the Duomo overlooking the city is both a symbol of its heritage and its future. The Madonnina stands atop the highest point of Milan, and since the Duomo it has been reproduced three times to crown the skyscrapers symbols of the city’s development. Here’s more
After antiquity and the holy family, here is a portrait of the modern family, from the fifteenth century to today.
Simple, delicate, cheerful: the daisy is the most famous and represented flower. Here are the myths, symbols and meanings of this great classic flower.
This gem set above the sea on the Amalfi coast, was also the setting of emotional and sexual intrigue. With a history of encounters and memorable personalities, the property is on sale for $ 21 million.
One of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes could resurrect thanks to the ambitious project headed by some young European professionals. Curious to hear more?
From black widow spiders, to powerful queen regents, passing by monarchs in a state of mourning for 40 years and iconic black clad women from Italian Neorealist cinema to the catwalk, the image of the widow has evolved along with that of the woman.
As one of the most glamorous personalities of the eighteen-century, Marie Antoinette is still considered as a style icon for anticipating trends and because of her good tastes in terms of clothes and makeup. But how did she always look so beautiful? Here are all her beauty secrets.
From early medieval representations to the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, here is how the family portrait par excellence came into being.
In Positano archaeologists have made an extraordinary discovery: an ancient safe hidden in a destroyed Roman Villa once belonging to a noble family. And this is not all, as they also found wonderful frescoes and bronze furnishings telling more about the private life of its inhabitants. Here’s more.
There’s no denying that honey is a delicious, nutritious and versatile ingredient with very ancient origins. But do you know exactly who started consuming honey? And how about the fact that ancient Egyptians used to embalm bodies in honey? Swide tells you more.
From the prehistoric Great Mothers, passing by the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and the divine families of Ancient Greek myth to the portraits of ancient Roman ancestors: the first part of the history of the family portrait.
After 18 months of restoration, the Caracci Gallery, at Palazzo Farnese in Rome, is brought back to its original splendor. But the work also unlocked some secrets hidden behind the ware and tare of centuries: 300-year-old graffiti. Let Swide tell you more.
From ancient civilisations to the Toronto Film Festival: the origins, forms and meanings of the most famous of the Italian Commedia dell’arte masks.
Considered as one of the greatest explorers of all time, Italian merchant traveller Marco Polo was amongst the first Europeans to travel to China, in an epic journey, which deeply influenced the knowledge of medieval geography. Swide wants to tell you 10 more curious things about Marco Polo.
Napoleon Bonaparte, was many things, but he was not a real noble by birth. Upon declaring himself Emperor the need for an equally grand heraldic symbol arose. His councillors looked back to Merovingian antiquity, and this is the story of how Napoloen chose the bee as his emblem.
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