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From Ancient Egyptian Paddle Dolls to Voodoo Dolls, passing by Barbie and the collectible and uber fashionable Dolce&Gabbana dolls, Swide tells you the story of girls’ favourite play things (and much more) in 13 points.
Ever wondered where the crown comes from? And what it signifies? How about which is the oldest or the most valuable? Swide has some facts and figures about crowns.
Purity, courage, fertility and perseverance are just some of the many symbolic values that different peoples and different cultures have associated with bees.
From Fellini’s attic in Rome to Anita Ekberg’s house and Mastroianni’s villa in Tuscany, you can now buy a piece of La Dolce Vita. Get your chequebooks out.
Tradition, big business, visceral ties and a distant dream to be fulfilled: discover the living legend of the Florio dynasty, the Sicilian family that became the stuff of myth.
Jurassic World roars into cinemas this week and we at Swide can’t wait for the dinosaur doors to open once again. But did you know that Italy has its fair share of famous fossils? Here are a host of the beasts that ruled the soils of Italia, long before dino pasta shapes existed.
Marking the highly anticipated opening of the V&A exhibition entirely dedicated to shoes aptly named “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain”, Swide researched some interesting facts about our favourite instruments of torture: shoes!
As one of women’s favorite accessories as well as synonym of femininity, nylons have origins dating back to the 1930s when an American chemist made a discovery, which would bring about a radical change to women’s style and habits. In the 80th year from that discovery Swide tells you more.
From the fashion conscious to sports people, to incognito celebs and everyone when the sun is shining, sunglasses are as mandatory as the right shoes it seems. But how did these little feats of engineering and cult status come about? Swide tells you 10 things about the history of sunglasses.
Amongst Florentine hills lies the beautiful castle of Sammezzano, brought back to life on the screen in the fairy tales told by Matteo Garrone. Swide tells you more about its history.
From antiquity to the great symbols of Christianity, through Middle Eastern culture and fairy tales, here are the stories, myths and legends associated with the most fascinating of flowers.
Today marks the 360th birthday of Italian musical instrument maker Bartolomeo Cristofori, the inventor of the piano, as we know it today. Including Cristofori fortepiano, here are 15 inventions that I bet you didn’t know were Italian.
Renato Guttuso’s masterpiece La Vucciria is leaving its home at Palermo and will be briefly relocated in Milan within the Italian Pavilion at EXPO 2015 where it will be an imposing and beautiful welcome to the visitors who wish to discover the relationship between Italy and food.
While tracing the exact origin of flamenco is virtually impossible, the tripartite art (music, song and dance) traditional of the Andalucia provice in Spain has a history closely intertwined with that of its country of origin.
Emblematic of the union between food and spirituality, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper is a work with a rich and fascinating history cloaked in mystery: here are 10 intriguing facts and secrets you may not know.
Botticelli’s masterpiece is a great summary of spiritual and philosophical symbols and suggestions. From over 100 different plants to meanings related to horoscopes; from the muse who inspired him to hidden details: discover some of the secrets of this ancient wonder.
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