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Old June 7th, 2016, 06:19 PM   #3161
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Traditions of Italy

Sbandieratori ( Flag Wavers)

Bandiere by Camillo Granchelli, su Flickr

It is extremely difficult to establish an exact date of the origin of the "play of the flag". Among the "military games" it was always considered the most noble and the one that required greater expertise executive. However we can say that the art of flag waving dates back to medieval guilds (principally in Italy). A guild's banner or flag was considered a symbol of purity, and as such it was not allowed to touch the ground.

There are two major categories of flag waving: classical and acrobatical. In classical flag waving, the flag is turned left and right around the body in a standing posture. In acrobatical flag waving, the waver uses both hands to move the flag in a sitting, laying, or kneeling posture.

Almost every town in Italy which has a Medieval Palio or Celebration, has its own Falg Wavers team too.

Here the Champion couple in the Italian Championship tournement in 2012:



Sbandieratori by Marco Sosio, su Flickr

Sbandieratori by Stefano Esposito, su Flickr


Sbandieratori 3 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], di Immagini dell' Archivio Istituzione Giostra del Saracino del Comune di Arezzo, da Wikimedia Commons

Sbandieratori by Marco Menichetti, su Flickr

Noto, festa in costume by alessandro orlandi, su Flickr

Sbandieratori by Serino Antonello, su Flickr

Palio di Asti 2012 - flags galore by Monviso View, su Flickr

Sbandieratori by ivan cavatorta, su Flickr

Equilibrio 1, Astiludio, Volterra, agosto 2000 by Zaffiro&Acciaio: Marco Ferrari, su Flickr

Madonna del Soccorso by Sbandieratori dei Rioni, su Flickr

Madonna del Soccorso by Sbandieratori dei Rioni, su Flickr

Madonna del Soccorso by Sbandieratori dei Rioni, su Flickr

Sbandieratori 45 by Shadowgate, su Flickr

Umbria Gubbio - Sbandieratori by Benessere Umbria, su Flickr

2012-04-22 Carovane Compiano 257 by Fulvio, su Flickr

Palio by Luca D'Ambros, su Flickr

Sbandieratori terza by Uomodelmare, su Flickr
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Old June 7th, 2016, 06:56 PM   #3162
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Massa Marittima, Toscana The ideal background for flag waving!

Massa Marittima by fabio sartori, su Flickr

Massa Marittima-4965.jpg by Christian-B, su Flickr

Massa Marittima by Federico Giussani, su Flickr

MASSA MARITTIMA by Pietro Sala, su Flickr

Massa Marittima (serie) by paola, su Flickr

Massa Marittima by Bruno Tardioli, su Flickr

Tuscany / Massa Marittima by Arnaud Bachelard, su Flickr

Massa Marittima-4966.jpg by Christian-B, su Flickr

Massa Marittima - Italia by franz rossman, su Flickr

Massa Marittima by Bruno Tardioli, su Flickr

Massa Marittima by patrick caradeuc, su Flickr
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Saline di Trapani, Sicilia Saltworks in Trapani

saline di Paceco,Trapani by Cesare Schiapelli, su Flickr

115 Mothia - Sicily by Tiberio Frascari, su Flickr

Saline di Trapani by leuntje, su Flickr

Saline di Trapani by Giuseppe Sirni, su Flickr

Sicilia - Saline di Trapani by Luca, su Flickr

Saline di Trapani (9) by mimmo contartese, su Flickr
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Old June 7th, 2016, 08:19 PM   #3164
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Sestri Levante, Liguria

P E N I S O L A!!!!!!!!! by Marco Claudio Sturla, su Flickr

Sestri Levante by Roberta Barbero, su Flickr

Sestri Levante, Italy by Mendo Wong, su Flickr

Sestri Levante by Alessio Lori, su Flickr

Sestri Levante by Federica Gentile, su Flickr

baia del silenzio by Elena Cosso, su Flickr

Sestri Levante by frasse21, su Flickr

Sestri Levante by Controluce, su Flickr

Sestri Levante (GE) by PB-rock, su Flickr
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Old June 9th, 2016, 12:51 AM   #3165
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Nuovo Centro Congressi "Nuvola" , Architetto Massimiliano Fuksas - Roma

New Congress Center " The Cloud" - Rome -

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Old June 16th, 2016, 10:52 AM   #3166
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Some Castles in Umbria region

Castello di Solfagnano - Perugia


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Castello di Quadro - Todi


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Castello di Civitella Ranieri- Umbertide


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Castello di Procoio- Migiana


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Rocca dei Trinci - Foligno


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Old June 18th, 2016, 02:17 AM   #3167
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Stupinigi, Piemonte

A beautiful video about restoration works in the Savoia Hunting Lodge of Stupinigi, near Turin, Piedmont.
Italy has a worldclass reputation in restoring beautiful historic buildings and pieces of art like statues or paintings



Torino al tramonto -8 by  YariGhidone , su Flickr

Torino al tramonto -2 by  YariGhidone , su Flickr

Torino al tramonto -1 by  YariGhidone , su Flickr

Ballo a corte! by Alberto Vitalucci, su Flickr

Stupinigi by angelo trinca: fotografia per diletto., su Flickr

Stupinigi by angelo trinca: fotografia per diletto., su Flickr

Palazzia di Caccia - Stupinigi - Sala Scudieri by THREESIXTY, su Flickr

Palazzia di Caccia - Stupinigi - Cappella di S.Uberto by THREESIXTY, su Flickr
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Old June 18th, 2016, 02:04 PM   #3169
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Valmalenco, Lombardia

armonia by claudius 1954, su Flickr

alpe entova by claudius 1954, su Flickr

cime di rosso by claudius 1954, su Flickr

Santa's pool by claudius 1954, su Flickr

Prime luci sul Lago Palù - Val Malenco by Matteo Rinaldi, su Flickr

verde natura by claudius 1954, su Flickr
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Old June 22nd, 2016, 07:57 PM   #3170
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Milano, Lombardia( thanks to Meteoforumitalia)

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Old June 27th, 2016, 02:13 AM   #3171
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Hey I think that city reminds me of something!
Must've been there in some occasion!

I would like to add my contribution here, about a church that had a deep influence in the developing of the typical counter-Reformated churches in Italy and Europe. The Counter Reformation was the Catholic answer to the Protestantism, invoking a deep renovation of the Church under the lead of enlightened personalities like Saint Charles Borromeo, San Philip Neri, Saint Ignatius of Loyola and so on.

The counter Reformation was codified in the so-called Council of Trent, concluded in the year 1563. The Pope of the application of the Council of Trent was Pius V, that begun his papacy in the year 1566. He was from a small town near Alessandria, in southeastern Piedmont, northern Italy. One of the first decision he took as a pope was to built the model church upon which all the Counter Reformated churches would have been modeled afterwards.

Many would think that the models for the typical Counter Reformated Churches would be the church of the Il Gesù in Rome (started in 1568) or San Fedele in Milan (started by Charles Borromeo in 1567), but the "model church" I was talking about was not in Rome or in Milan, but in the small Bosco Marengo, the town when Antonio Ghislieri, Pope Pius V, was born in 1504.

The church was started in 1566, one year before San Fedele in Milan and two years before Il Gesù church in Rome, in the same year of his election. He was elected pope on January 17, 1566, and works started on Santa Croce church and monastery on July 22, 1566, just six months after his election!

He called in his native town all the best artists and architects of the time from Rome, the architect for this model church was Ignazio Danti, known also for being the artist who decorated the Gallery of the Maps at the Vatican Museums. Also worked here king size architect of Roman Mannerism like Giacomo della Porta and Martino Longhi, by appointment of the Pope Pius V.

Inside the church and the monastery you can find also 12 paintings created by another king size of Mannerist art like Giorgio Vasari and his team. Vasari is Wordly renowned for its frescoes of the "Last Judgement" inside the dome of the cathedral of Florence and his literary masterpiece "Lives of the Artists".

Ok, now I shut up and share some images of the Santa Croce complex in Bosco Marengo, Alessandria, northwestern Italy.

The exteriors:













The interiors:









Side chapels with amazing Mannerist paintings:



Amazing artworks for this side chapel:



Giorgio Vasari's painting:



The apse and the dome:



The light entering from the counte facade:



On the right transept, the cenotaph of Pope Pius V (his tomb is in the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary the Major in Rome):



Detail of his cenotaph, by Giannantonio Buzzi (1571):







The Last Judgement by Giorgio Vasari, the altarpiece of this church:



The left transept:





The counterfacade as seen from right below the dome:



The apse:



Fonts obtained by Roman era marbles:



These marble fonts have been made with extraordinary marbles, but extraordinary is also their elliptical shape, so elegant and sleek:



One of the two cloisters of the Monastery of Santa Croce:



The main cloister, with the tall bell tower in sight:





A big painting shown at the museum in the former Santa Croce Monastery, this was the rear of the "Last Judgement" altarpiece painting by Giorgio Vasari:



All pictures are mine.

Aerial view of all the Santa Croce complex, the Monastery and the church:



The plan of the Santa Croce church is the archetypical plan for all the counter Reformated churches in Italy and elsewhere, extremely similar to the
plans used for the San Fedele church in Milan and Il Gesù church in Rome in the following years:

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Gola di Su Gorropu, Sardegna One of the deepest canyons in Europe.

Il canyon più profondo d'Europa: Gola su Gorropu ����☁ #gorroppu #dorgali #golasugorropu #trekking #sardinia #canyon #ss125 #ogliastra #orientalesarda #skyporn #cloudporn #discovery #ig_sardinia #sardinien #sardiniaexperience #nationalpar by LOVE ISLAND, su Flickr

Gorropu Gorge [Sardinia Day 4] by Morten Hoff, su Flickr

gola di Su Gorropu, Su Gorropu gorge by paolo gislimberti, su Flickr

Gorropu Gorge [Sardinia Day 4] by Morten Hoff, su Flickr

Gola Su Gorroppu by Gianni S. Piludu, su Flickr


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Tra le imponenti pareti di roccia di Su Gorropu by ANNA ALESI, su Flickr
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Gola di fara San Martino, Abruzzo

Gola di Fara San Martino, l'accesso al ritorno.. continua by Francesco Addante, su Flickr

P1510992 by Antonio Palermi, su Flickr
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Valle dell'Orfento, Abruzzo

valle dell'orfento by Luciano Paradisi, su Flickr

Valle dell' Orfento by Davide, su Flickr

Valle dell'Orfento by Parco Majella, su Flickr

Panorama dalla Valle dell'Orfento by fringetrek, su Flickr

A volte basta sporgersi un po' più in là... Valle dell'Orfento da Decontra Parco Nazionale Majella Morrone by Luciano Paradisi, su Flickr

2014_06_22_Ptx_0950 by Quota2000 Exploring Mountains, su Flickr

Giardino dell'Eden by Diego Lazzarini, su Flickr

Valle dell'Orfento - Caramanico Terme (PE) by Francesco Moscone, su Flickr
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Lago del Cedrino, Sardegna

Lago del Cedrino by Vaidotas Mišeikis, su Flickr

Lago del Cedrino by Gisella e Antonio, su Flickr

Lago Cedrino by Davide Bertini, su Flickr

Sardegna 10-2011 [323] Lago del Cedrino by lutz-w-f, su Flickr

Escursione sul lago del Cedrino by *Tamata*, su Flickr
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Lago di Predil, Friuli Venezia Giulia

Lago del Predil, Italy by Daniel Waschnig, su Flickr

Lago del Predil in autumn, Italy by Alen Ferina, su Flickr

Lago del Predil by gianni-55, su Flickr

Lago del Predil by sarabiga, su Flickr

the island by Luciano Silei, su Flickr

Lago Del Predil by Balázs Marzel Czika, su Flickr

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The Colosseum has a new face: white and clean


Roman emperors (but also the gladiators) might be satisfied and, perhaps, a little proud. The first phase of the restoration project of the Colosseum, one of the world’s most famous landmarks, is finished. The ancient amphitheater now is back white and clean. The restoration work, started five years ago and entirely sponsored by the chairman of the Italian luxury shoemaker Tod's Diego Della Valle, cost €25 million. “The Colosseum was to be restored, we were asked to do it and we said yes, and today I want to tell many friends, colleagues and employers there are so many other things to do and that should be done” said Della Valle.

On Friday there was a press conference inside the Colosseum to celebrate the first complete cleanup of the amphitheater’s walls. It was an opportunity to take stock of the work carried out and, above all, to sum up the next stages. After the facades, there will be a fresh phase of restoration work, which will focus on the inside of the Colosseum, repairing its passageways and underground vaults. A new utility system will be installed and a service centre for visitors will be built, allowing visitors to access from the outer area of the Colosseum as opposed to where this stands now, within the walls of the arena.

The public sector is also “doing its job”: €18.5 million of public money has already been set aside to extend the central floor of the Colosseum in order to make it more suitable as a venue for cultural events. “The works to restore the Arena should be completed in three years (starting from August 2015, when the Ministry allocated €18.5 million for this project-Editor's note), then in 2018,” Italian culture minister Dario Franceschini told journalists. “When the arena's completed, this place will be even more beautiful. It will be great for the tourists who will be able to see the Colosseum from the centre of the arena,” Franceschini added. The meeting was attended also by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who said the “mammoth clean-up project” is “ an example for protecting the country's vast cultural heritage.”

The first phase of the works has now been completed and was carried out on the northern and southern façades, totaling a surface area of approximately 13,300 square meters. Restorers have delicately cleaned more than 10,000 square meters of the stone facade with natural-fibre brushes, applying 1,700 kilograms of lime putty and filler into cracks in the surface, while the monument remained opened to throngs of tourists.It also included the replacement of the current arch enclosure system with new gates. Now it’s time for starting the second half of the game: after the exterior of the structure, the restoration of the Arena. Lions or wild animals allowing.



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Casaletto Spartano, Campania


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Capelli di Venere by Anna Vilardi, su Flickr


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