More than just ham and cheese: hidden and historic Parma in 40 photos and a few anecdotes

Known abroad primarily for its prosciutto and parmigiano cheese, Parma is, first and foremost, a town with a rich historic and artistic heritage. Even if your time in Parma is limited I’d very highly advise you to visit at least … Continue reading

Lactating fountains of Italy

Often considered a funny attraction, lactating nereids, sirens and godesses were in fact a manifestation of the high Mannerist style, popular in Italy in the 16th century. This visual tradition of representing Nature as a lactating woman or hyperbolically breasted women … Continue reading

Top 10 most unique churches of Italy

1. Multicolored, russian orthodox Church (San Remo, Liguria) The multicolored Russian Orthodox church of Christ the Savior, St. Catherine and St. Seraph was built for the Russian nobility that, following the example of Tsarin Maria Alexandrovna, had chosen the little … Continue reading

Parma Baptistery: a testimony of that unique moment in time when Romanesque became Gothic

The octagonal, Romanesque-Gothic Baptistery of Parma is considered one of Italy’s most harmonious medieval monuments. It was commissioned to Benedetto Antelami, who worked on it both as sculptor and architect, by the City Council of Parma in 1196. Entirely covered … Continue reading

7 unusual and legendary walls of Italy

While Italy is known for its many historic walls – Roman, Etruscan, Norman and Aragonese, among others – some Italian towns feature walls which have acquired fame for rather original and unusual reasons: walls of fame, love walls, challenging walls … Continue reading

Meandering through Dozza’s multicolored murals

  Dozza is a litttle town situated between Bologna and Imola, known for its Rocca (fortress) and colorful murals in the picturesque historic center (borgo). A festival of murals takes place every two years, during which famous national and international … Continue reading

9 Art Cities in Emilia Romagna

Renowned for its excellent cuisine and fascinating architecture, Emilia Romagna makes a great visit any time of the year. With its magnificent palaces, castles, churches and numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, the region counts some of the most beautiful art and … Continue reading

Sigep, the international Fair for Artisan Gelato and Confectionery, Rimini, January 21 to 25

The 33rd International Exhibition for Artisan Gelato, Pastry, Confectionery and Bakery, Sigep, will take place in Rimini from January 21 to 25, 2012. It is the world’s most important fair in the sector of artisan gelato sector and a premier … Continue reading