The largest and most precious open-air museum in the world.

The fourth site to be included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO doesn’t really need presentations. Just particular care, and love.

Rome, colosseum and fori imperiali. The largest open-air museum in the world.

The fourth site to be included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO doesn’t really need presentations.

The capital of Italy since 1870 (9 years after complete unification of Italian territories) and capital of known world back to 2000 years ago, Rome is probably the most historical city in the world and the largest open-air museum in the world.

Founded in the 753 B.C. has been growing since, into an immense territory.

It now extends for over 1200 km², that for comparison is over 10 times the overall extension of Paris. With the difference that the latter has almost 3 times more inhabitants.

Rome is worldwide famous for its infinite amount of art pieces, monuments, churches and in general anything that has a historical value.

The very wide city centre includes a small nation itself, Vatican city.

Albeit this large extension, Rome isn’t really a fast going city. The streets are mainly narrow, built for a completely different type of transportation than large touristic buses and vans. In support of commuters have been built two lines of the tube, but any meter of work to build them had cost in money and time as nowhere else in the world.

This time, more than for bureaucracy, the delay, is due to the numerous historical items can be found few meters underground. So, machines could only slowly move ahead and have been stopped multiple times when new items were discovered.

Panorama from Rome roofs

It’s currently being built the line C, which will, once completed further support movements in the city.

The initial works have already brought to the discovery of a large part of an unknown building, built presumably under the emperor Adriano, in the second century AD, where could find the so-called ”auditoria”. Rooms dedicated to reading, sort of historical libraries.


‘Fiorentini’ are the most jealous people of the world

‘Fiorentini’ are passionate people, caring very much for their city, so much of being deeply jealous. The charm of the city is too much.

Florence by night is stunning!

It’s said that is part of the experience of anyone from Florence, when travelling abroad for work, study or pleasure, when asked in a dialogue his origins of having to hear back ”Florence! Renaissance! That’s a beauty! ”.

And it’s part of any ‘fiorentino’ to feel that mix of pleasure and nuisance from the compliments received. Being almost irritated from having to listen, once again the same thing again.

‘Fiorentini’ are passionate people, caring very much for their city, so much of almost being jealous of it. Hard to accept of having to share with the entire world its beauty. Like a jealous boyfriend would do, when feel the charm of the loved one can seduce others too.

And this is the destiny of the city and its inhabitants that received in 1982 the inclusion in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Third site for Italy, back by then.

Florence by day. Arno river.

Florence, the outstanding beauty

Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre-eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be seen above all in the 13th-century cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), the Church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, the work of great masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo.

Florence description is how UNESCO has described it on their official website. It’s available under license CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0

The reference to ” it’s said so” is mentioned in various sites that ”fiorentini have this characteristic.

Here’s why the story behind the last supper will leave you speechless

The second Italian site to be included in the Unesco Heritage list had seriously risked of being lost in the most improbable way

the last supper from leonardo da vinci

One of the most famous painting of all time may have had the craziest story behind.

Around 1495 Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned by Ludovico Sforza to renovate the interior of Santa Maria delle Grazie‘s church.

Leonardo worked 4 years to produce the iconic Last Supper. A paint full of symbolism and acute messages that only a genius such as Leonardo could have thought through.

The main message is related to the reaction of the apostles when Jesus claims that someone among them will betray him soon.

Leonardo wasn’t exactly happy about the painting, in particular in the way in which the paint itself was sticking to the walls.

In the centuries after, many notable painters such as Vasari had noted the poor condition in which the paint was kept and how was almost lost all the charm.

Over times there were a few attempts of repairing it. Luckily some painters had made copy of it overtime, so it was possible to stay as close as possible to the original, albeit not always done.

But it was at the beginning of the nineteen century when the paint was really close to be destroyed forever.

Napoleon was together with his troops in Milan and all the area was under French control. Some soldiers have started using the church as a modern squatted house. Moving the area into a bivouac and using the refectory, where the Last Supper was painted, as a stable for their horses.

The paint was in absolute danger and…

..here’s how last supper story story continues…

10 thousands years old art, in Camonica Valley, Italy

The very first Italian site that has been included in the World Heritage list from UNESCO confirmed this is also one of the oldest.

rock drawing Val Camonic

Italy is a land full of contrast. Starting from its age. A very young country, founded only in 1861 awith one of the oldest and richest history on earth.

The very first Italian site that has been included in the World Heritage list from UNESCO confirmed this. It was 1979 and Arte Rupestre della Val Camonica was becoming part of this prestigious list. Very much possibly among the oldest human made arts that can be found.

History says that nomad population moving in the Camonica valley, around the 8th and 6th millenium BC have found those large rocks a great area to carve and draw scenes of their lives. Hunting above all, but also plants and fruits.

Controversy on the symbol

One of the most famous drawing of this valley is the Rosa Camuna, today also used as a symbol of the Lombardy region, where Camonica valley sit. Albeit believed to be associated with a rose, in the reality this is only a modern creation, as majority of studies have associated it with the solar power and the impact of the sun on earth.

This spectacular site can be visited at

Loc. Naquane, 1, 25044 Capo di Ponte in provincia of Brescia, Italy

‘The Dying Town’ that still survives

An historical village dating back over 2500 years. But we don’t know how many years still will last.

Civita the view

In 1972 officially it officially started a UNESCO agreement that was aiming to put under one single document the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage. As part of it, the United Nations agency started building a list of the most important sites in the world, the World Heritage List

Italy is the country that owns the most, with 54 sites in total. Those places are tangible ways to recognize what Italy as a country and thanks to its handmade pieces of art is giving to the world, as ever lasting heritage.

The 54 sites are a long varied list and ListenItaly.com, to celebrate the beauties of Italy will propose them. One a day, for the next 54 days. One daily sweet pill of absolute beauty and charm.

To celebrate this great initiative starting very soon, today we go and look at one site that is actually off this list, but probably should.

Civita

This is the city of Civita

Civita is a section of Bagnoreggio municipality, included in provincia of Viterbo, in Lazio region. It’s an historical village that dates back over 2500 years. But we don’t know how many years still will last.

Today, Civita can be reached only through a dock built in 1965. It’s for pedestrian only, the 16 inhabitants of Civita and for the brave tourists that dare to cross it.

Civita lies on a hill that is constantly eroding and reducing its width. The constant erosion puts it at high risk of survival in the future.

The legendary story of the bell tower emerging from a lake

One of the most fascinating and surreal scenarios, in the hearth of the Alps.

curon venosta in summer

A bell tower emerges a few meter from the water of a deep alpine lake.

What an incredible scenario in front of the eyes of the lucky ones who have been able to visit Curon Venosta, in the north Italian region of South Tyrol, in provincia of Bolzano.

But how did this happen?

The beautiful Lago di Resia was created in the early 50s, artificially with the creation of a dike to build a reservoir for the production of electricity. In order to create it, two villages, Curon and Resia, previously inhabited by few hundred villagers, were abandoned and all the houses taken down to the ground.

alps

Only the tower bell of the village, campanile della Chiesa di Santa Caterina was left standing, because considered an historical monument.

And resisted from the water, leaving the top emerging and one of the most fascinating and surreal scenarios.

When in Winter, the lake freeze and can be visited just walking to it. Some says the bells are still jingling. Albeit having being removed just few days before the lake was created.

In Sardinia, new idyllic beaches, untouched for over 60 years are available, to everyone, from today

After over 65 years the military left a coastal area of Sardinia. new untouched beaches. Admire it yourself.

It was 1957 when the beach of Porto Tramatzu, in Taulada, village in the province of Cagliari, became part of an area occupied by Italian defense.

sardinia, Porto Tramatzu

It was in use as shooting range for the military forces, meaning that all the area was basically completely untouched, except during exercises.

Since then no tourists have ever been able to walk on those heavenly beautiful beaches, but since this summer it will be possible. Just need a ticket to Sardinia, and paradise is there.

As part of today government agreement the beach of Porto Tramatzu become available to everyone for use. More than 60 years after!

Next to Porto Tramatzu, also other new beaches, currently occupied by the military and also untouched since a few decades, will become available to tourists from all over the world.

Capo Frasca S’Enna, S’Arca and Punta de S’Achivoni all three located in the west coast of Sardinia, outside Oristano.

Sardinia random beach

Are you ready getting ready for summer?

Center of Italy shaken by earthquake, no damages so far

A fairly strong earthquake, not far from l’Aquila, luckily no damage, but mainly cold for citizens.

A fairly strong earthquake, according to Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia. INGV http://www.ingv.it/it/, detecting ML 4.2 (Mw 4.1), earthquakes at 17 km of depth, with center few kilometers away from the already heavily hitted area of L’Aquila. Those quakes were felt till Rome center.

The shakes continued then overnight, with less frequency.

caterpillar in action in center of Italy

Local population ran outside their homes, with the unfortunate situation of temperatures being quite below zero. No damages, nor injured so far.

It’s going to be a white and icy January

Winter is coming over faster this week., With snow and ice also in the south of Italy

Winter is running officially since a few weeks already, but the weather didn’t seem to follow closely the change of season.

Except a few isolated cases of snow here, all over across Europe the temperatures have been still mild and mainly sunny.

Things are changing right now, and will last at least till January 9th. Cold air coming from the Arctic is passing through the entire continent and is heading to the south of Italy.

Snow and ice on the Italian alps

Snow and ice is expected at low altitudes, even around the Adriatic sea, with peak between the 4th and 5th of the month.

Wind will slowly reduce with the increase of the cold weather in the north of the peninsula where may last for longer periods. We’ll be monitoring and update soon.

Etna, flank eruptions and strong tremors. It doesn’t seem to stop.

A land of contrast, where nature is the constant reference. What has happening on Etna?

Sicily, wonderful island, full of contrast.

A land where the beauty and the beast are so close to each other that only a perfect territory would be able to balance.

The beautiful and warm population with an immense culture and heritage versus the unfamous worldwide image that the criminality still strong in the land carries on as mafia.

And nature.

Perfect sand beaches and landscapes from one side. The perfect holiday destination. Land of beauty and culture, mountain and sand, hills and open countryside. And the crystal clear sea.

In contrast to a strong deadly volcanic and seismic activity underneath.

Clouds from Etna erupting

All in one simple, outstanding and terrifying name, Etna.

This New Year’s eve there will be some more fireworks to celebrate. Some more natural and scary, the ones from the majestic and legendary volcano. Erupting and source of magic. But also of fear and pain.

Only recently the volcano seemed to have restarted quite actively its activity. Never stopped in the reality, but now very much more intense.

Hundreds of earthquakes have shaken the land in the far surroundings in the recent weeks, and the situation seems not gone back to a more limited activity.

Several injuried, mainly from home collapsing, because of the tremors of the land and over 600 homeless only in a few days. Damage for the economy have been so far limited, with the Italian govermennt in support with circa 10 Million Euros already deployed for action in an emergency plan.