Monthly Archives: August 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge – From every angle

Milan’s Duomo is a masterpiece of gothic architecture. The second largest church in Italy after St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the 5th largest in the world it took 6 centuries to complete and is breathtaking, even if religion isn’t … Continue reading

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The last day of Pompeii, 24th August 79 AD

At around 1pm on the 24th August 79 AD Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy blew her top. For hours she spewed a cloud of deadly volcanic gas, molten lava and fine ash up into the stratosphere. Little did the people … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Festa di San Rocco in Venice, August 16th

The Catholic Church has more saints than there are days in the year. Conservative estimates suggest the number is around 900 but as there was no central record of saints until the late 1500s many have been lost in the … Continue reading

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Siena Palio – which contradas are racing on August 16th 2015?

This weekend the historic city of Siena will once again lay down the earthen racecourse in its famous Piazza del Campo and finalise preparations for the 2-minute long Palio di Siena horse race on Sunday 16th August. (Update : due to … Continue reading

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Top 14 things to see in Padua

Padua, Padova in Italian, has many claims to fame. Its home to one of the earliest universities in the world, was the scholarly seat of celebrated scientist Galileo Galilei and, according to legend, Padua is the oldest city in Italy. … Continue reading

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Venezia72 – Line-up announced for the 2015 Venice Film Festival

Last year’s Venice Film Festival headliner, Birdman, went on to win 4 Oscars. The 2013 opener, Gravity, won 7. So director Baltasar Kormákur must be feeling pretty good right now as his new offering, Everest starring Jake Gyllenhaal, has been … Continue reading

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