Raphael ‘s signature on the banner of Corpus Domini in Gubbio

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A very young Raphael, still in his father’s workshop, collaborated in the realization of the Gonfalone del Corpus Domini of Gubbio, commissioned by the Gubbio brotherhood to Giovanni Santi. This is what emerged from the last restoration to which the work was subjected, unfortunately significantly damaged, now exhibited in the splendid church of Santa Maria dei Laici (known as “dei…

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The Monastery of the Holy Cross of Fonte Avellana

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The Monastery of the Holy Cross of Fonte Avellana, in the province of Pesaro and Urbino, is a very imposing structure, the result of a numerous series of extensions, on the slopes of Mount Catria.   The Monastery of Santa Croce di Fonte Avellana was founded around 980 by the first followers of Romualdo di Ravenna, like numerous other realities…

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Pompeii Commitment: contemporary art at the Archaeological Park

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Pompeii Commitment Materie Archeologiche / Archaeological Matters is born. This is a project based on the study and valorisation of ‘archaeological matters’ kept in the excavation areas, archives and storages of Pompeii and aimed at the progressive establishment of a collection of contemporary art for the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. Under the scientific direction of Massimo Osanna, General Director of…

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The devil hides in the details: disturbing presences in Umbrian churches

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“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell” Shakespeare said, this time the devil fell in two well known Umbrian churches: one located in Perugia and the other in Assisi. The basilica of San Pietro in Perugia, the most beautiful and richest church in the Umbrian capital, erected for the glory of San Benedetto and his order and in eternal…

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Discovering the paths of Orvieto Underground

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Orvieto underground is one of the underground paths that characterize the subsoil of Orvieto. It is more or less 3000 years that Orvieto has been digging in the tuff block on which the city stands. Almost every house contains tunnels and caves, still mainly used as cellars, but used, over time, for the most varied uses. Perforated therefore by a…

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Recipe. Linguine pasta with mussels and cherry tomatoes

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Summer means the scent of the sea, even on the plate! La dispensa di Ilenia, this time makes us dream with a simple and tasty first course: linguine pasta with mussels and cherry tomatoes. Let’s see how to cook it to bring a smile on the table! Ingredients for 4 people: – 1 Kg.  Mussels – 350 gr. Linguine pasta…

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The medieval church of Santa Croce dei Conti in Sassoferrato

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Between east and west and sacred and profane symbols, the abbey of Santa Croce dei Conti Atti in Sassoferrato fascinates with its history and appearance. Probably a Templar garrison, the exact dating of the foundation of the church of Santa Croce is not known: a first thesis refers it to the Counts Atti, dating back to 1100, while a document…

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The archaeological site of the Roman city of Urbs Salvia

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The Roman city of Urbs Salvia, in the Marche region, stretched along the slope of San Biagio hill to the bottom of the valley, reaching the Fiastra river which, 3-4 km from the archaeological site, flows into Chienti river. The Roman city, oriented north, in the flat part had the extra urban part with the amphitheater. The current road, which…

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The no-cook guide to American craft beer and food pairing

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By-lined to Adam Dulye, Executive Chef for the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers.  Dulye is one of the world’s leading experts on beer and food pairing and in this article he explains how to create mouth-watering pairings without any cooking! With eating-out options limited in the current climate we’re looking to…

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Cesi Palace, a noble residence in Acquasparta

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Cesi Palace is the noble residence of Federico Cesi, duke of Acquasparta, known as “Il Linceo” (his symbol was a lynx, constantly repeated in the palace decorations), that lies in the center of the ancient town of Acquasparta, in Umbria. Built in the 17th century on the ruins of a fortress, the Palace, with severe lines, experienced a period of…

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Bevagna. The archeological site of Urvinum Hortense

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Urvinm Hortense lies on a high plateau near Collemancio, near the most famous Bevagna in Umbria, more than 500 meters above sea level, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the entire Tiber valley and from where the ancient Municipality of Urvinum Hortense dominated the other inhabited centers of the area, all located at lower altitudes: Assisi, Spello,…

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Civitella del Lago. Ovo Pinto: a museum, an art competition, a guided tour

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After a period of great uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Civitella del Lago, in Umbria, the cultural proposals start again with the Museo dell’Ovo Pinto, the Exhibition and guided visits to the Museum and the archaeological area of ​​Scoppieto. The Ovo Pinto 2020 Competition Exhibition, suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been postponed to August. The competition…

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