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Venetian Villas Offer Glimpse into Lives of Nobility

Venetian Villas Offer Glimpse into Lives of Nobility

Posted by Darya Camacci on September 9 2016

When you have taken in tiny Venice, take a guided cruise on the Brenta River and see dozens of fabulous villas and lavish gardens of the former Venetian elite. This area, for good reason, is known as the Brenta Riviera.

The Brenta Canal was built when engineers diverted the Brenta River's course and created a canal with locks. Back in the day, barges were pulled by horses for well-heeled visitors.

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Topics: architecture, art, northern Italy, Venice

15 Interesting And Weird Facts About The Renaissance

15 Interesting And Weird Facts About The Renaissance

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 21 2016

The Renaissance is one of the most important cultural movements in human history. Its effects and influence were far reaching, spreading throughout all of Europe and later influencing many areas of culture and society that led to the modern era we know today.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, art, history

4 Italian Basilicas You Should Know

4 Italian Basilicas You Should Know

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 5 2016

A monastery and a basilica are not the same thing, though we tend to conflate them.

monastery is a place where religious clergy devote their lives in isolation. Think of cloistered monks and nuns living in seclusion. A monastery has no public functions.

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Topics: architecture, art, church, history

Where is the Largest European Art Collection?

Where is the Largest European Art Collection?

Posted by Mira Todorova on July 31 2016

The world's largest church is at the Vatican, of course, but you may be surprised to learn the location of Europe's largest art collection.

If you said Florence or Paris, you'd be wrong. The Vatican Museums house the largest number of artworks in Europe with more than 65,000 pieces.

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Topics: architecture, art, Rome, church, history, the Vatican

6 Must-See Italian Monasteries

6 Must-See Italian Monasteries

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on July 29 2016

The Catholic Church's central role in Italy's history and culture means that the entire country is brimming with extraordinary churches and other religious institutions, most of them centuries old.

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Topics: architecture, art, church, medieval, history

Naples and the Islands of Campania

Naples and the Islands of Campania

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on June 12 2016

Naples and the Campania region overall combine hedonistic indulgence with historical significance, not unlike the rest of Italy!

The Campania region in western Italy was the playground of emperors once upon a time and now is loved by the world's famous. Its history, with numerous civilizations vying for control over centuries, makes it rich in archaeological significance.

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Topics: Scenic Locations, beaches, couples, amalfi coast, art, history

Summer 2016 Art Exhibitions in Italy

Summer 2016 Art Exhibitions in Italy

Posted by Darya Camacci on May 29 2016

Italy's cities are singular monuments to the canons of Western art and architecture.

Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice, Siena, Pisa and Naples are all world renowned, but with 20,000 historical cities and towns, there is plenty for art lovers to enjoy.

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Topics: italian culture, Florence, art, history

5 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo’s David

5 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo’s David

Posted by Mira Todorova on May 6 2016

Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze is probably the world's most well-known sculpture. Michelangelo sculpted his masterpiece, based on the biblical story of David and Goliath, in 1501, at the age of 25.

However, there are a few things about the famous statue that you may not know.

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Topics: David, Florence, art, history, Tuscany

Magical Murano: Island of Glass

Magical Murano: Island of Glass

Posted by Darya Camacci on April 29 2016

 Being a ninth century glassmaker and belonging to a brand new industry in Venice gave you a privileged position, except for one thing.

You could not leave the island where you worked. Ever.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, art, northern Italy, history, Venice

For Renaissance Art, Catch 3D Movie Set in Florence

For Renaissance Art, Catch 3D Movie Set in Florence

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 17 2016

A documentary that brings Florence's art and architecture to life is being shown in small arthouse theaters across the country.

"Florence and the Uffizi Gallery: A journey into the heart of the Renaissance" has a new twist on the documentary form: It's in 3D and ultra-high resolution 4K.  

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Topics: architecture, Florence, art, history, Tuscany