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Perugia: amazing underground city

posted by on March 30th, 2016

The hidden treasures of Perugia: starting from the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, it is possible to admire the succession of the Etruscan, Roman and Medieval ruins, between tunnels, walls and ancient streets.

During the restoration of the Cathedral complex, big tracts of Etruscan Walls (VI – V century. BC) were brought to light: the walls had the dual function of containment of the ancient acropolis town, besides being one of the key elements of a religious building. The travertine blocks that make up these walls have a chunky appearance and are placed one above the other without using mortar.
Also numerous fragments of Roman architectural decorations, such as capitals, marble frames related to Roman times have emerged, dating back to the II century BC.

The excavations have also revealed other important finds, such as for example the remains of an old furnace used in the building of the Cathedral during the late Medieval age.

For more information: tel. (+39) 075 5724853

News: The Temple of Neptune at Paestum opens to the public after 20 years

posted by on March 22nd, 2016

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March, the temple of Neptune in Paestum will be open to the public. For the first time visitors can see inside the Greek best preserved temple of the peninsula, built in the fifth century BC, and appreciate, from a new perspective, the Doric architecture that enchanted Piranesi, Goethe and many other famous travelers.

It will be possible to walk through the Doric columns of the temple, built around 470 BC from the Greek colony of Poseidonia, and the cell where he had kept the statue of the deity. By end of April, once the installation of special walkways will be finalized, the other two temples of Paestum archaeological site will be accessible inside. An unforgettable experience that will allow us to immerse ourselves in the ancient Magna Grecia. During summer time, from 21st July to 9th September, it will be possible to visiti Paestum by night, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Info: museopaestum.beniculturali.it

From Kandinsky to Pollock. The great art of Guggenheim

posted by on March 18th, 2016

Organized by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation and the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation in New York and Venice, the art exposition of Peggy and Guggenheim is in Florence, with the European and American art of the 20’s until the 60’s. Within the frame of one of the masterpieces of Florentine Renaissance it is possible to admire works of Kandinsky, Pollock and Green Silver, as the result of an extensive research and the tireless work done by the two real stars of the show. Peggy and Solomon, always looking for the ‘genius’. They allowed the comparison among the European masters and the great personalities of the American art scene.

Through the Guggenheim collections it is possible to retrace the birth of the new avant-garde after World War II and the evolution of artistic movements that have succeeded until the sixties of the twentieth century. Among the artists featured in the exhibition there are: Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, Jackson Pollock, Marc Rothko, Wilhelm de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly.

Where: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
When: From 19th March 2016 to 24th July 2016
More info: www.palazzostrozzi.org online tickets: ticket.ticket.palazzostrozzi.org

Neapolitan pizza, a UNESCO heritage

posted by on March 15th, 2016

The petition in support of the Neapolitan pizza makers as UNESCO intangible heritage has reached one million signatures all around the world.

Already enrolled in the Guinness World Records for having won the official world record for the length of 1595.45 meters pizza at Expo 2015, Italy now points to UNESCO. Well yes; Italy claims paternity of the Neapolitan pizza and sends one million and 38 thousand signatures to the UNESCO world headquarters in Paris, after having received support from some cultural and social institutions around the world from London to New York, from Buenos Aires from Sao Paulo to Las Vegas to Japan and Australia. The passion for pizza sees the Americans as the largest consumers of pizza with 13 kg each and Italians at the head of the European ranking followed by the Spanish, the French, the Germans, the British, the Belgians, the Portuguese and by the Austrians.

Neapolitan pizza, was officially recognized as a traditional specialty guaranteed by the European Union, but food piracy and misappropriation of identity, very common for Italian food, pushed the trade associations to reach an international recognition. Every day in Italy are served around 5 million of pizzas for a total of a billion and a half in a year in the 63 thousand pizzerias around the country. It is not a coincidence that today 39 percent of Italians believe that the pizza is the Italian culinary symbol and that pizza is the most known Italian word abroad with 8 percent, followed by cappuccino (7 per percent), spaghetti (7 percent) and from the espresso (6 percent).