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The ancient Roman port of Portus is one of Rome’s hidden archaeological gems. Plans are afoot to open the remarkable site to the public creating yet another historical attraction of global importance.
Mount Etna may grab all the headlines these days, but the immense Vesuvius in presiding over the Gulf of Naples in Campania is a far deadlier, volcano. Its last eruption was 60 years ago in 1944 and since then, nothing. Is it about to remind the world of its presence?
When we think of UFO sightings we immediately think of the United States, Russia, the UK or South America, but Italy has a long history of UFO sightings dating back to Roman times and as recently as last month.
Brazil’s capital Brasilia was built between 1956 and 1961. Legend has it that the idea for the city was based on the prophetic vision of Italian saint Don John Bosco, who in 1883, saw a utopian city of the future in a location corresponding to that of Brasilia.
Count Dracula was buried in Naples, in the cloister of Santa Maria La Nova: this is where his connection originates with the city of Naples, and also how his daughter Maria could have hidden some clues about her father (Vlad Tepes) in Italy.
It is said that the most significant and greatest work of Italian genius Leonardo da Vinci was crafted during his years in Milan. From the Codex Atlanticus to The Last Supper, our Swide walk in Milan takes you to his masterpieces and beyond.
Found within the remains of 37 ships unearthed in the Yenikapi area of Istanbul, Turkish archaeologists have found a 1,200-year old object that is the Byzantine version of an iPad. So what can this tablet do?
For the 10th and final edition of Once upon a time in Milan, I’m taking a look at all the locations that have been featured in the series. From the grand Piazza Duomo through to the iconic Navigli canals, here’s a snapshot of Milan’s history in photos.
Italy, the most romantic and beautiful country on earth was the spiritual home of the great romantic poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley and they were as loved by the Italians as much as by their countrymen. Even today their presence is felt on the Italian Riviera, in Genoa, Venice, Florence and Rome
Constantine the Great, the Saint, the Roman Emperor, the first Holy Roman Emperor, the Christian, the liberator of Christianity and the man who branded the Church by introducing the physical symbol of the Cross.
A DNA test on the remains of the presumed sitter for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa took place in Florence last month as a team of scientists, led by Silvano Vinceti, edge closer to proving the identity of the woman featured in the world’s most famous painting.
Giovanni Bastianini was an artist and sculptor of the mid-nineteenth century who became the first widely publicised art forger. But was he merely an exploited genius whose main crime was to be born about 400 years too late?
We all know that Hades is the Greek god of the Underworld, but there is a lot more to him than just that. One of the most well known Gods from Greek mythology, Swide gives you 10 thing you need to know about the master of the Underworld.
Today Easter is a Christian festival, but its origins are very ancient. Like most of Christianity’s major celebrations the church simply repackaged existing feasts and branded them their own. Swide explains the pagan origins of Easter.
Did you know that Athena was also called Tritogeneia? And that although goddess of war, she didn’t encourage violence? Here are 10 facts you should know about Athena.
It’s almost Easter Sunday, and that means eggs. Well, it means a lot more besides, but why has the egg come to be associated with Easter and its traditions? Swide has the history of the Easter egg.
Who was martyred for her faith
The Sartorialist blog, the brainchild of Scott Schuman, who photographs stylish people all over the world, is both a hub and a homage to creativity and inspiration. Schuman heads to Italy and records little girl, beach goers and even grandmas.
Swide caught up with Anna Ewers backstage at the Dolce&Gabbana Fall Winter 2014-15 fashion show in Milan. Find out more about this German beauty.
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