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Chioggia

The town is situated on a small island at the southern entrance to the Lagoon of Venice. Chioggia and Sottomarina were not prominent in antiquity, although they are first mentioned in Pliny as the fossa Clodia. Local legend attributes this name to its founding by a Clodius, but the antiquity of this belief is not known. The name of the town...

Norcia medieval town

Norcia: the heart, tradition and taste of Umbria Norcia was founded by the Sabines, set against the Sibylline Mountains. According to historians the area was inhabited right from the Neolithic age but the first records of continuous settlement date back to the 8th century BC. It really developed at the end of the 5th century BC and its name came from the Etruscan name “Norsia” (the name...

The abbey of Casamari

The abbey of Casamari is situated in the territory of Veroli (Frosinone), on the Via Maria, mid-way between Frosinone and Sora, and lies on a rocky hill sloping down to the torrent Amaseno, at about 300 metres above sea-level. It was built on the ruins of an ancient Roman municipium named Cereatae, being dedicated to the goddess Ceres, at...

Trajan Forum and Markets in Rome

The Forum of Trajan, which was inaugurated in 112 AD, completed the big monumental district of the Imperial Forums. The Column of Trajan was completed the following year, together with the renovations to the Temple of Venus Genetrix in the Forum of Caesar. In order to create the huge complex (300 x 185 m) space was obtained by cutting into...

The Abbey of Valvisciolo

The Abbey of Valvisciolo is situated in the territory of Sermoneta (Province of Latina in central Italy), at the foot of Mount Corvino. The history of this monastery is complex and the name also conceals part of a mystery. Valvisciolo might mean Valley of the Nightingale (vallis lusciniae) or Valley of the Wild Cherries. It is confirmed that the...

Pompeii Ruins

There is ample documentation of the Roman house in Pompeii, from modest dwellings to large and magnificent villas with sumptuous decorations, from simple workmen's houses to the elegant residences of the noble class, from the homes of merchants which were built around their workshops, to those with their own vegetable garden and plots of land used for agricultural purposes. The...

Ostia antica

Tradition says that Ostia was founded by Ancus Marcius, the 4th king of Rome, who lived during the second half of the 7th century B.C., even if - till today - there is little archeological evidence corroborating such information. However, it seems that during the Regal period there was a built-up area near the mouth of the Tiber, where...

Terracina, a city of art and history

The City of Terracina is located in the "Agro Pontino" (a valley within the province of Latina), near to the mouth of the Amaseno river, on the Tyrrhenian coast of the Gaeta Gulf. The city is developed from the Monte Sant'Angelo, in the ridge of Monti Ausoni, where is located the old city center, until the seafront Circe. The...

Mausoleum of Caecilia Metella

The mausoleum was built at the third mile of the Appian Way in the years 30-20 BCE, on a dominant position overlooking the road, just at the point of arrestation of a leucite lava flow ejected 260,000 years ago from the Alban Hills volcanic complex. It is a monumental tomb erected for a Roman noblewoman whose degrees of kinship are known, albeit...

Some pictures of Todi Medieval Town

"With its extraordinarily beautiful historic centre, the cradle of Medieval civilisation, Todi has preserved excellent examples of Etruscan, Roman and Renaissance culture. Museums, churches, palaces and buildings, streets and alleyways: just look around to relive its dreamlike atmosphere, echoes of its distant past."   According to ancient legend, Todi was founded in 2707 B.C. by the Veii-Umbri tribe, which had settled...

Ascoli Piceno, some pictures

Piazza del Popolo “People’s Square” assumed its current rectangular aspect in the first half of the 1500’s with the addition of graceful columned porticoes which served to keep the disorderly artisans’ workshops hidden from view. They formed an aesthetic link with the massive pre-existent medieval buildings, the Captains’ Palace and the Church of S. Francesco. The result is an asset...

Largo di Torre Argentina in Rome

The Area Sacra (Sacred Area) complex in Largo Argentina is delimited by Via Florida, Via di San Nicola de’ Cesarini, Via di Torre Argentina, and Largo Argentina. Four temples of the republican period discovered during the works performed in the surroundings between 1926 and 1928 are situated in the area. The name of the square comes from the Torre Argentina,...

The Baths of Trajan in Rome

Placed on the top of Oppian Hill (Colle Oppio), these thermal baths were built by Traiano in 109 AD on the project of Apollodoro di Damasco, the most famous architect of that era. It is known that these thermal baths, also used by women, were still in use during the IV and V century.The structure was on a surface...

Montecassiano medieval village

Montecassiano is located in the Italian region of Le Marche, in the Province of Macerata. This charming place is best known for its medieval buildings and architecture along with historic sights, which is the main tourist attraction. Founded in the 5th century, perhaps by people fleeing from the near Roman town Ricina, Montecassiano stands on the top of a hill at 215...

Forum of Augustus in Rome

The Forum of Augustus was planned as part of a wide reorganisation of the area between the central Forum, the Forum of Caesar and the Basilica Emilia. Its proximity to the Subura (Current Monti Quarter) was conditioned by the capabilities of the existing sewer system found there. The Forum of Augustus originally covered some 8,000 square metres and was...

Caldarola and Pallotta Castle – Region Marche

Caldarola owes its name to the latin term “CALIDARIUM” , which would mean the room with a “bath tub full of hot water” coming from thermal baths. Local tradition dates the town origins back to the 4th century A.D., when a group of Christian people, escaped to persecutions and reached the “colle del cuculo”-Colcù- (lit. cuckoo hill), would built...

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