The tomb of Marcus Venerius Secundio discovered in Pompeii

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Pompeii is always a new discover! Now it’s the turn of a new tomb discovered in Porta Sarno site, with the body, partly mummified, of an old man: Marcus Venerius Secundio. Mummified remains, along with the hair and bones of an individual buried in an ancient tomb have been found at the necropolis of Porta Sarno, to the east of…

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The Colosseum: the secrets of the world known monument of Rome

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The Colosseum, the most visited monument in Italy, the iconic symbol of western civilization, the architectural work destination of tourists from all over the world, who doesn’t know it? Or rather, who doesn’t think he knows him? In this article you’ll find some gems that, perhaps, even those who pass the Colosseum every day to move to Rome, ignore or…

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Thermopolium of Regio V: the snack bar of Pompeii resurfaces in full

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The Thermopolium of Regio V, one of the oldest snack bars at Pompeii, complete with an image of a Nereid riding a sea-horse, which had previously been partially excavated in 2019, re-emerges in its entirety, with other rich decorative still lifes, food residues, animal bones and victims of the eruption. The commercial structure had only been partially studied in 2019,…

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The traces of pain. The last plaster casts of Pompeii

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During the current excavations at Civita Giuliana, around 700 metres northwest of Pompeii, in the area of the large suburban villa two skeletons of individuals caught in the fury of the eruption have been found. The bodies were found in a side room of the cryptoporticus, in the form of a passageway below the villa which led to the upper…

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The Piccolomini Library: a treasure of art in Siena

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The Piccolomini Library, built to honor the memory of his maternal uncle Enea Silvio Piccolomini (Pope Pius II) and to preserve the rich “book” heritage that the Pope and humanist had collected, was commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Tedeschini Piccolomini, archbishop of Siena (later Pope Pius III), around 1492. The frescoes that follow one another on the three walls of the…

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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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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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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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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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