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

Top 10 most beautiful and famous villas of Italy

(updated June 9, 2014) 1. Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Campania Villa Rufolo is located in the historic center of Ravello. Built in the 13th century by the wealthy Rufolo family, a member of which was cited by Boccaccio in … Continue reading

‘Gates of Paradise’ finally to be unveiled in Florence after 27 years

After more than 27 years, the restoration of Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’ has been completed and the results will finally be unveiled to the public. Dubbed the ‘Gates of Paradise’ by Michelangelo, who was struck by their remarkable beauty and … Continue reading

Top 10 Italian castles turned into hotels

Updated June 24, 2015 The following list includes castles and historic buildings, which have all been beautifully restored and renovated into hotels, while retaining all the features of their original medieval or Renaissance architecture. Five of these castle hotels are … Continue reading

Top 8 Romantic Destinations in Italy

Italy counts some of the most romantic destinations in Europe. Here are some of our suggestions for a romantic Valentine’s escape in Italy. Historic cities with romantic landmarks, picturesque seaside towns, a beautiful island, enchanting lake towns, or a cozy … Continue reading

New Florence Opera House revives the theater as envisioned by the ancient Greeks

Today the New Florence Opera Theater will open its doors for an extraordinary public concert by Zubin Mehta. With its rectangular geometric structure and latest technologies the new opera house is one of the most modern opera houses in the … Continue reading