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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 happened right on the day. Italy and America have a lot in common when it comes to their sailing history and I am not only thinking of the shipping of Italian emigrants to American shores in the early 1900s. The disaster of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia has been compared to that of the Titanic...
    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 England and Monte Amiata in Tuscany?  It's known as The Codex Amiatinus and actually happens to be one of the most treasured pieces of historic work in existence. It is the oldest manuscript copy of the Bible in its Latin Vulgate form (4th century version), it is said to be the most accurate copy of...
Enrico Mattei
Tuesday, July 26TH, 2011 by Glauco
  Enrico Mattei     The figure of Enrico Mattei is one of the most intriguing in modern Italian history, and perhaps in the world in general, as he changed the economic balance in the Middle East, as well as relations between America, Russia and Europe. Mattei worked in a very sensitive business: oil. He created a new world of demand and supply, affecting an established system in ways that would change it forever, but which would prove to be deadly for him. Oil is a crucial element in the global balance of power, as we know today, and today it is still a fulcrum of control for global...
Two Women of the Italian Risorgimento
Friday, July 08TH, 2011 by ancos
Many women played key roles in the Italian Risorgimento: some  fought with the soldiers, others held secret meetings or helped important men raise funds.  Some became nurses, or took charge of hospitals.  These fiery women were mostly well-educated and somewhat liberated.  Some were even rebellious members of the aristocracy. Two women who played important roles in the unification of Italy are Margaret Fuller and Princess Cristina Belgiojoso. Margaret Fuller Margaret Fuller, an extremely well-educated American, studied Latin and Shakespeare from an early age.  She spoke fluent French,...
Italy's 150th Anniversary
Wednesday, February 16TH, 2011 by Glauco
2011 Marks Italy's 150th Birthday (Photo from www.libertiamo.it) The land of Italy has an ancient history that stretches back nearly 3,000 years, and that has been home to civilizations that have shaped the Western World as we now know it. It is surprising for some, especially considering that Italy is widely recognized a jewel of history and art, that Italy as a unified republic is still quite a new idea. Modern Italy is one of the youngest nations in the world, having become unified in 1861 and a republic only in 1946, after World War II. After the Fall of Rome, Italy was divided into...
Italian Secret Societies
Wednesday, June 09TH, 2010 by ancos
In recent years secret societies have gained cachet with the general public. From Yale's Skull and Bones to the Freemasons and the Knights Templar, movies and literature have been rife with these groups. Taking into account Italy's rich and varied history it is not a surprise that the country has been home to many secret societies, some of which are still in activity. Carboneria: Rome, In memory or Carbonari killed by the pope in 1825 In the course of centuries political, military, religious and esoteric movements have all launched underground groups in the country. Let's not forget that...
Life in Italy during the 19th Century
Sunday, June 06TH, 2010 by ancos
Members of the first Italian Government in Torino The 19th century was a time of great change for Italy as the modern world emerged. The most prominent events of this time however, revolve around the rise of the Italian unification movement. Known as the Risorgimento, it was the social and political process that eventually succeeded in the unification of many different states into the modern nation of Italy. The exact dates of the beginning and end of the Risorgimento are unclear, but scholars believe it began at the end of the Napoleanic era, the Vienna Congress of 1815. The process of...
Life in Italy 1950s to 1960s
Wednesday, May 05TH, 2010 by ancos
Panoramic view of Florence and Ponte Vecchio. Tuscany The Renaissance or rebirth began in Italy at the end of the fourteenth century and became an era of many cultural and architectural achievements in Europe. The Renaissance first began in Tuscany and was centered on the republics of Siena and Florence after the decimation left in the wake of the Black Death. The end of the Renaissance period marked the transition of the continent from medieval to the early modern era in Europe. The term Renaissance itself is quite modern, since it began to be used by historians only in the 19th century....
Life in Italy During the Dark Ages
Sunday, April 11TH, 2010 by ancos
Theodoric's Mausoleum in Ravenna The Western Roman Empire was in steep delince by the 5th century AD and with this started the new historical age for Italy. The last centuries of the Western Empire encompass what is known as Late Antiquity but the later centuries after the fall of Rome are often known as the Dark Ages. The ways of the Roman Empire would continue in the East, but Italy would now be occupied by the barbarian tribes like the Goths and Lombards.   Fifth Century Alaric I of the Goths famously sacked Rome in 410, the city would never fully recover. Romulus Augustus, also known...

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