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Old May 21st, 2016, 08:14 PM   #3141
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Trailers of beautiful Sky's documentaries on two Italian cities: best seen on wide screen on youtube (thanks to IThomas )

Florence and the Uffizi Gallery




Rome and the papal Basilicas

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Campocavallo, Osimo - Marche

Campocavallo Sanctuary by Fabio Ficola, su Flickr

Chiesa di Campocavallo, Osimo by 87_Stefano_87, su Flickr

Osimo-Campocavallo, 25-02-2011 (2) by pietrosb1, su Flickr

Osimo, Campocavallo, 17-02-2011 (29) by pietrosb1, su Flickr

Osimo - Campocavallo, 06-03-2011 (7) by pietrosb1, su Flickr

Osimo, Campocavallo, 17-02-2011 (15) by pietrosb1, su Flickr
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Campocavallo, Osimo - Marche

Festa del Covo

The Festa del Covo , expression of the rural culture started in 1840 as a symbol of thanksgiving for the harvest of grain. It characterizes the entire municipality of Osimo, a comune in the Marche Region and nearby towns . It is a celebration where a religious procession with chariots, that always present constructions made ​​entirely with sheaves of wheat from local farmers, winds through the streets of Campocavallo and arrives at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrows , to which the artistic haystacks are consecrated . Every year a different artistic haystack which always represents a new religious image ( churches , shrines , places of worship )is made . The festival lasts always two or three days , along which musical events such as theatrical , artistic and gastronomic ones occur every evening , and ends on the first Sunday of August.

Festa del covo (fraz. Campocavallo OSIMO - AN) by CARLO ARRIGONI, su Flickr

Festa del Covo 2015 (Campocavallo Osimo - AN) by CARLO ARRIGONI, su Flickr

Festa del Covo 2015 (campocavallo Osimo - AN) by CARLO ARRIGONI, su Flickr

Festa del Covo 2015 (campocavallo Osimo - AN) by CARLO ARRIGONI, su Flickr

Festa del Covo 2015 (campocavallo Osimo - AN) by CARLO ARRIGONI, su Flickr


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Old May 23rd, 2016, 07:43 PM   #3144
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Genzano, Lazio


Genzano Piazza San Sebastiano [Public domain], by Ferdinando Chiodo (Own work), from Wikimedia Commons

Infiorata di Genzano

Infiorata is a flower festival famous for a floral carpet that is made of more than 350,000 flowers along the route of the religious procession from the main square up to the cathedral on the hill. 13 paintings, 7x14 m each, cover an area of almost 2000 square meters and are mede using 50 tons of flower petals and plants. Each painting is a colorful reproduction of a masterpiece of a chosen famous artist.
Infiorata di Genzano dates back to the 18th century and takes place in June every year. In the end, before the carpet is cleaned away, children are allowed to destroy it by playing and running on colorful artworks.
Festival is also organized in several other Italian cities.
Genzano di Roma, Italy

Un quadro contro la deforestazione all'infiorata di Genzano by Greenpeace Italia, su Flickr

Genzano di Roma - L'infiorata by Luigi Mancini, su Flickr

Infiorata di Genzano by Maruša Žerjal, su Flickr

Infiorata Genzano 22-6-2014 by Claudio Di Santo, su Flickr

La via by Valerio Albensi, su Flickr

Infiorata by Giustina, su Flickr

Infiorata 2013 - Genzano di Roma by Suessa Pometia, su Flickr

Infiorata di Genzano by Eleonora Paloma, su Flickr

Infiorata Genzano, 2013 by R4all, su Flickr
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Basilica di San Bassiano, Lodi Vecchio - Lombardia


Lodi Vecchio-Chiesa san Bassiano [Public domain], di KibanKiban at it.wikipedia, da Wikimedia Commons

Basilica di San Bassiano by Romano, su Flickr

Cathedral Without City / Cattedrale senza Città by klausbergheimer, su Flickr

014 S. Bassiano by Sergio e Gabriella Trentanni, su Flickr

017 S. Bassiano by Sergio e Gabriella Trentanni, su Flickr

simmetrie by Sergio Tumminello, su Flickr

Lodi vecchio: la chiesa parrocchiale (S. Pietro Apostolo) by Gian Floridia, su Flickr
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Abbazia di Viboldone, Lombardia

Abbazia di Viboldone by Sergio Ramari, su Flickr

Abbazia di Viboldone by Andres Tapia, su Flickr

Viboldone by Filippo Bianchi, su Flickr

Interno dell'Abbazia di Viboldone by Filippo Bianchi, su Flickr

P1010633 by alessandro calzolaro, su Flickr

Abbazia di Viboldone by Neimon, su Flickr

Abbazia di Viboldone, Parco Sud Milano by klausbergheimer, su Flickr

Viboldone Abbey-Air View by GIOVANNI PACCALONI, su Flickr
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Agrigento, Sicilia

Palazzo Comunale 01 Panoramic by Marco, su Flickr

Agrigento Stazione FS Panoramic by Marco, su Flickr

Duomo San Gerlando 01 by Marco, su Flickr

chiesa agrigentina by Carmelo Faldetta, su Flickr

Agrigento San Pietro by point-n-pray, su Flickr

San Francesco Agrigento 01 Panoramic by Marco, su Flickr

San Lorenzo Chiesa del Purgatorio 02 by Marco, su Flickr

San Nicola 01 Panoramic by Marco, su Flickr
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San Biagio Platani, Sicilia

Gli Archi di Pasqua Easter's Arches

This little town in Sicily is renowned for the celebrations of Easter’s week when, richly decorated with arches made from diverse materials , it witnesses the meeting between the Virgin Lady’s and the Risen Christ’s statues, which is the climax of the festival. . In these days constructions are built using canes and embellished with decorations made of bread in the shape of nuts, walnuts, dates and so on. The religious significance is obviously linked to the Easter celebrations, but the Archi are also rooted in the reality of daily life of the population three hundred years 300 year ago. In fact, the colorful presentation was aimed at forgetting the poverty of the time, at least once a year. Today, it is a religious, cultural and artistic spectacle.


Archi pasqua 2007-10 [CC BY-SA 2.5 it (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/...5/it/deed.en)], by Carlo Columba, from Wikimedia Commons

Archi di Pasqua - San Biagio Platani - Marzo-2016 by Agostino D'Ascoli, su Flickr

San Biagio Platani (AG): Archi di Pasqua by Luciano ROMEO, su Flickr

San Biagio Platani (AG): Archi di Pasqua by Luciano ROMEO, su Flickr

Archi di Pasqua a San Biagio Platani (Ag) by Luigi Strano, su Flickr

Archi di Pasqua a San Biagio Platani by costagar51, su Flickr

Archi di Pasqua a San Biagio Platani (Ag) by Luigi Strano, su Flickr

FESTA DEGLI ARCHI DI PASQUA DI SAN BIAGIO PLATANI (AGRIGENTO) - Trionfo degli archi : ABISDE CON NIMPHA by Giuseppe Russo, su Flickr

San Biagio Platani (AG) Archi di Pasqua by Luciano ROMEO, su Flickr

Archi di Pasqua a San Biagio Platani (Ag) by Luigi Strano, su Flickr

Archi di Pasqua a San Biagio Platani (Ag) by Luigi Strano, su Flickr

Archi di Pasqua A San Biagio Platani by Vicinzinu, su Flickr
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Cittadella, Veneto

Cittadella by Iggi Falcon, su Flickr

Cittadella by Iggi Falcon, su Flickr

Cittadella by Iggi Falcon, su Flickr

Cittadella by cinxxx, su Flickr

Cittadella by cinxxx, su Flickr

Cittadella by cinxxx, su Flickr

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Turin, Piemonte
"The new and revisited Egyptian Museum of Turin gets 1 million visitors in just one year"


It has been a year since the Egyptian Museum in Turin reopened for business after much needed restoration works and it is now time to take stock of the situation. In terms of visitor attendance, the Museum has reached an unprecedented achievement: in one year and twenty days, exactly one million visitors flocked in, well above the previous record set in 2006 when the Winter Olympics were held in the city and the Museum recorded over 500,000 visitors.


The permanent exhibition features about 3,300 artifacts, but the Egyptian Museum’s collection includes something like 50,000 pieces. The museum galleries are very successful, so much so that the curators of the individual sections have taken the liberty to place among the original pieces a few insidious "intruders", such as the little plastic figures for sale in the bookshop, with the aim of encouraging visitors to sharpen their attention and, why not, have some fun.


The museum was also visited by the most qualified egyptologists and archaeologists in the world. The Egyptian Museum of Turin went back to being a major international research center, first and foremost with new research exhibits highlighting the links between the Egyptian world and the Western world.


The Egyptian Museum of Turin is the world's largest museum of this kind, outside Egypt. It was founded in 1824, it ranks second only to Cairo. The museum's collection has been the subject of interest for some of history’s most important scholars, for instance Jean-François Champollion, decipherer of the Rosetta Stone. To such is attributed the fact that Turin is considered to be the city where Egyptology began.


Special documentary by Alberto Angela (in Italian language)

official website > museoegizio.it
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Reggio Calabria, Calabria
"The National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria reopens to the public"

"Serve the determination and courage of an Italy that says you 'and who knows try'" said Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria opened to the public after ten-years of restoration work.


A great opportunity for the city on the banks of the Strait and for Calabria if you consider that only 15% of international tourists travel south of Rome. "That’s why investing in culture is a challenge for the whole south of Italy", said the Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini

The beauty inside the museum consisting of hundreds of window displays, over four floors, that recount Calabrian ancient history, from the Paleolithic to the late Roman period. Keeping company with the Riace bronzes there are countless exhibits.

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Two great museums in their kind. I only saw the Museo Egizio in Turin and I have to admit that its collection it's really really amazing. The tomb set of Kha, the official Architect of the Pharaoh, is extremely well preserved despite the millennia. This museum is really the best for the lovers of Ancient Egypt together with the Egyptian Museum of Cairo. Champollion, the beginner of the studies of Archeology in Egypt and the discoverer of the famous Rosetta stone (now at the British Museum), once said that the "Road to Memphis and Thebes passes through Turin", and he knew what he was talking about: while the collection of Champollion were partially dispersed after the fall of Napoleon, the collection of the creator of the Museo Egizio in Turin, Bernardino Drovetti was keep in safe and then sold to the Savoy house, and then the collection had a further boost in the second half of 1800s thanks to the incredible effort of the great Ernesto Schiapparelli, one of the best Egyptologist of his generation, whose escavations led to the extraordinary discovering of the marvelous tomb of Kha, the architect of the Pharaoh, and as we know, the architect was a charge second only to the pharaoh in the Ancient Egypt...

It's a must see Museum for the Archeology and History lovers!

Never saw Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria, but I'm glad that has been excellently renewed and I heard that it's one of the best museums for Greek art, masterpieces coming mainly from the so-called "Magna Grecia" that were the Greek colonies in southern Italy.
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Great "new" museums!

Despite of the museums I think that the southern part of Italy needs the bridge to Sicily, this would be amazing!
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3 videos I made during my trip to Campania this week (just got back yesterday)



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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877

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Lago Mulargia, Sardegna

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Lago Mulargia by Matteo Paolo Tauriello, su Flickr

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Orroli, Sardegna

Orroli (NU) Nuraghe Arrubiu (nuraghe rosso) by sergio melis, su Flickr

WeekEnd a Orroli by ilaria corda, su Flickr

Orroli (CA) nuraghe Arrubiu, particolare. by sergio melis, su Flickr

Sardegna, Nuraghe Arrubiu. by vincenzo vacca, su Flickr

Italy (Sardinia) by Nick Schwalbe, su Flickr

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Grotte di Nettuno,Alghero - Sardegna

CapoCaccia, Grotte di Nettuno by Carlo Marras, su Flickr

Alghero, Grotte di Nettuno by Carlo Marras, su Flickr

Grotte di Nettuno, Alghero by StudioFotografico Gallura, su Flickr

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Pietra Ligure, Liguria

Infiorate

(SV) PIETRA LIGURE 1 by Enrico Bottino, su Flickr

Pietra Ligure Infiorata 586 by FABRIZIO VANZINI, su Flickr

Pietra Ligure Infiorata 562 by FABRIZIO VANZINI, su Flickr

Pietra Ligure Infiorata 277 by FABRIZIO VANZINI, su Flickr

Pietra Ligure Infiorata 550 by FABRIZIO VANZINI, su Flickr

Pietra Ligure Infiorata 538 by FABRIZIO VANZINI, su Flickr

Pietra Ligure Infiorata 483 by FABRIZIO VANZINI, su Flickr

Infiorata Pietra Ligure 2013 by Marco Oldrati, su Flickr

Pietra Ligure Infiorata 368 by FABRIZIO VANZINI, su Flickr

Pietra Ligure Infiorata 268 by FABRIZIO VANZINI, su Flickr
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