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Lira: the currency of nostalgia and regret
Thursday, November 06TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
  In 2002, all EU member states abandoned their national currencies to embrace the euro. It has been 12 years, yet, in Italy the lira is still dearly missed: if we count the nostalgic, one may believe the change happened only a few months back.  Truth is the lira had been our own currency since...
Places of Torture in Italy
Thursday, October 23TH, 2014 by Francesca Bezzone
  An article on chambers of torture in Italy... Well, you may have noticed that we at lifeinitaly have been digging Halloween this year. Actually, is more than that: we are really enjoying the atmosphere of the months of October and November, when mystery and spooks go hand in hand not only because...
Cult of the Dead and Burial Methods in the History of Italy
Friday, October 17TH, 2014 by Francesca Bezzone
    By Francesca Bezzone       The months of October and November are peculiar: Summer is, in most of the country, a distant memory, yet, the light and brightness brought by winter snow still have to come. These are weeks characterized by the first, true cold of the season, the early setting of...
Vajont
Thursday, October 09TH, 2014 by
  Memorial at the Vajont and dam in the background Ph. depositphoto/massimocampa   On October 9th, 1963, at 10.39 pm, a terrible disaster happened in the mountains of Belluno, in Veneto. A big piece of the Toc mountain fell into the artificial lake created by a dam on the Vajont river, creating a...
Castles in Eastern Sicily
Thursday, July 24TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
Catania Castello di Aci Castello The castle of  Aci Castello was built in dark volcanic stone and it is situated on a cliff on the sea, not far from the town. Due to its strategic position, this place was used as a fortress and it was conquered by Normans. The castle was destroyed several times...
Castles in Central Sicily
Thursday, July 24TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
The central section of Sicily includes a number of beautiful castles that can be visited among the provinces of Enna and Caltanissetta. In this article you will find a list of some of the best castles that you can find here, with some useful information about the past of the area and its legends...
Castles in Western Sicily
Thursday, July 24TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
Sicily is the region with the highest number of castles in the country. It would be impossible to visit all the castles present on the island but here is some of the must-to-visit reduced in a short selection in the Western side of the territory:  Agrigento Castle of Racalmuto  Most of the...
Frederick II: Stupor Mundi
Wednesday, July 09TH, 2014 by
Frederick II with Eagle Frederick of Hohenstaufen (known in Italian as Federico VII Hohenstaufen di Svevia, Federico I di Sicilia, and Federico II del Sacro Romano Impero), was the larger-than-life King of Sicily, Holy Roman Emperor and (briefly) King of Jerusalem - a true legend...
The Italian island of Giglio: witness of an almost second Titanic
Monday, January 16TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
The Italian island of Giglio: witness of an almost second Titanic.   Italians are quite superstitious, but is it only by sheer coincidence that such a huge disaster happened on Friday the 13th? In fact, that date is considered by Italians a day of misfortune and in this case the accident...
    Historic Connection Between North East England And Monte Amiata, Tuscany A most intriguing fact has been brought to my attention, and one that I feel slightly ashamed, maybe, for not having known before.  Can you name the important historic connection between Anglo-Saxon North East...

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