Cultural facts about Italy

Cultural facts about Italy

La Fenice Theatre

Share Tomorrow 9th of November,  a special stamp will be issued to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the reopening of La Fenice Theatre in 2003, after it was completely destroyed by fire in 1996. In 1774, the so-called San Benedetto Theatre, which had been Venice’s leading opera house for more than forty […]

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Did you know that…

Share Italy has… 5600 cultural, historical and archaeological sites, 95,000 monumental churches, 40,000 forts and castles, The world’s most beautiful art cities (Firenze, Roma, Venezia, Torino, Palermo, Napoli, Lecce), Approximately 50 Opera Houses (Venezia’s La Fenice, Milan’s La Scala, Verona’s Arena, Pelermo’s Teatro Massimo), 49 UNESCO sites (Italy has the most […]

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Per non dimenticare…

Share Italy today marks the 21st anniversary of the assassinations of anti-Mafia judge Paolo Borsellino and those of his escort agents who were killed in a bomb attack during the mob’s stragismo — strategy of terror — against the state on the 19th of July 1992. The bomb exploded while Borsellino was walking […]

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Luca Parmitano “goes for a walk”- Luca is Italy’s first astronaut to walk in space!!!

Share Luca Parmitano strode into Italian space history Tuesday -9th of July 2013– when he became the first astronaut from Galileo’s homeland to walk in space. The 36-year-old Sicilian, the youngest person to be given a long-duration assignment on the International Space Station (ISS), was keenly watched on a live […]

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Science says ‘arrivederci’ to Italy’s Margherita Hack: the ‘lady of the stars’

Share Italy’s Margherita Hack was not only a highly-respected astrophysicist but a popular science writer, public intellectual and civil rights activist. She died last weekend- 29th of June 2013– at the age of 91. Born in Florence she became one of the most important astrophysicists in Italy contributing to the […]

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4th July 1957 – The “Cinquino” Goes on Sale!

Share FIAT presents the “super utilitarian” Nuova 500 to the public. The “500” was the first car to measure less than 3 meters and can be considered the first city car in  history!  The “500” cost 490,000 lire in 1957 equal to 13 months of the average labourer’s salary (that would […]

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Italy’s Medici Villas listed as World Heritage Site

Share Sunday 23rd of June 2013– Italy’s property of Medici Villas and Gardens was inscribed on the World Heritage List; bringing the total number of World Heritage Sites in Italy to 49. Twelve villas and two pleasure gardens spread across the Tuscan country side make up this site which bears testimony […]

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Mount Etna proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site

Share On Friday 21st of June – Sicily’s Mount Etna was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site making it the fourth approved in the country for its natural criteria. Mount Etna is the most active and the highest volcano in Europe, one of the largest and active in the world. It […]

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25 Aprile – La Festa della Liberazione

Share 25th of April or “Festa della liberazione” is “Italy’s day of liberation” from fascism and the German occupation. It’s a national holiday in Italy, the day will be marked with both commemoration and celebration – from solemn ceremonies of remembrance to parades, speeches and open air concerts in Italy’s […]

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The Italian Carnival

Share February in Italy means: masks, confetti, colors and lights creating a unique atmosphere: it’s Carnival…and anything goes! The Carnival tradition has ancient roots and today has become a folkloristic rite in which traditions and fun work together to bring enormous life to this unique celebration. The costume is the leading role, […]