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The Monster of Florence, Italian Serial Killer

The Monster of Florence (Italian: Il Mostro di Firenze) is the name commonly used by the media in Italy for a series of eight double murder cases that took place between 1968 and 1985 in the province of Florence, Italy. Prosecution offices carried on several investigations into the cases for many years. The courts reached the conclusion that the murders were not committed by a single person but by [...]

By | 2018-01-16T10:54:21+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Categories: Historical Events, Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Castello di Fenis: Medieval Fortification in Italy

Fenis Castle is an Italian medieval castle located in the town of Fénis. It is one of the most famous castles in Aosta Valley, and for its architecture and its many towers and battlemented walls has become one of the major tourist attractions of the region. The Fenis castle first appears in a document in 1242 as a property of the Viscounts of Aosta, the Challant family (fr). At that [...]

By | 2018-01-11T09:45:06+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Castel Roncolo: Medieval Fortification in Italy

Castel Roncolo is a medieval fortification on a rocky spur in the territory of Ritten, near the city of Bolzano in South Tyrol, Italy. In 1237 Alderich Prince-Bishop of Trent gave the brothers Friedrich and Beral Lords of Wangen permission to construct a castle on the rock then called Runchenstayn. History In 1274 it was damaged during a siege by Meinhard II of Tirol, who after winning the war against [...]

By | 2018-01-11T14:45:53+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Castel del Monte: 13th-Century Citadel in Italy

When the Emperor Frederick II built this castle near Bari in the 13th century, he imbued it with symbolic significance, as reflected in the location, the mathematical and astronomical precision of the layout and the perfectly regular shape. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Castel del Monte is a successful blend of elements from classical antiquity, the Islamic Orient, and north European Cistercian Gothic. Brief synthesis Castel del [...]

By | 2017-11-23T07:16:05+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Pena Palace Castle: Romantic Castle in Portugal

The Pena Palace (Portuguese: Palácio da Pena) is a Romanticist castle in São Pedro de Penaferrim, in the municipality of Sintra, Portugal. The Pena Palace castle stands on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day, it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area. Sintra also spelled Cintra, town, western Portugal. It is [...]

By | 2017-11-02T07:17:11+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Asiago: World War I

The Battle of Asiago (Battle of the Plateaux) or the Trentino Offensive (in Italian: Battaglia degli Altipiani), nicknamed Strafexpedition ("Punitive expedition") by the Austrians, was a counteroffensive launched by the Austro-Hungarians on the Italian Front on May 15, 1916, during World War I. It was an unexpected attack that took place near Asiago in the province of Vicenza (now in northeast Italy, then on the Italian side of the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:28:27+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Leonardo da Vinci: Italian Renaissance Polymath

Leonardo da Vinci was a leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance who's known for his enduring works "The Last Supper" and "Mona Lisa." Born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy, Leonardo da Vinci was the epitome of a “Renaissance man.” Possessor of a curious mind and keen intellect, da Vinci studied the laws of science and nature, which greatly informed his work as a painter, sculptor, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:49:37+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, Renaissance|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Sinking of Andrea Doria, July 25, 1956

On the night of July 25, 1956, the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria was struck by the Swedish ship MS Stockholm in heavy fog off the coast of Nantucket. The collision left the Doria damaged and listing heavily to one side, but thanks to the efforts of rescue ships, 1,660 people were saved before the ship finally capsized and sank the following morning. Fifty-one others lost their lives, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:54:12+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Steamship SS Oria: World War II

Oria, the 4000 Italian shipwrecked who said NO to Nazism. The memorial day: every 27th of January we remember the massacres committed by the Nazis, as a warning that something similar does not happen again. The mistake we maybe make is to limit – in this memory – only to people who died in the death camps, forgetting all them who lost their lifes because of collateral damages of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:54:43+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Galileo Galilei: Italian Astronomer

Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei provided a number of scientific insights that laid the foundation for future scientists. His investigation of the laws of motion and improvements on the telescope helped further the understanding of the world and universe around him. Both led him to question the current belief of the time, that all things revolved around the Earth. Galileo Inventions The Ancient Greek scientist, Aristotle, taught that heavier objects [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:06:58+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, Science And Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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