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Landmarks in Italy

San Felice Circeo

San Felice Circeo is a village in the province of Latina, in the Lazio region of central Italy. It is included in that Circeo National Park. Sites include the Grotta Guattari, one of the oldest Neanderthal man finding sites in Italy. The village of San Felice Circeo has a very ancient history, which begins with the men of Neanderthal. During the centuries the...

The Sanctuary of Loreto

Loreto as the seat of the Basilica della Santa Casa, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site. The city's main monuments occupy the four sides of the piazza: the college of the Jesuits; the Palazzo Comunale (formerly the Palazzo Apostolico), designed by Bramante, that houses an art gallery with works of Lorenzo Lotto, Vouet and Annibale Carracci as well as a collection...

Offida, the city of smile

The origins of Offida are debated. In its territory have been found tombs of the Piceni (7th-5th century BC) and Roman remains; however, the town is known only from 578 AD when the population, fleeing the Lombard invasion, founded several castles in the area, included that of Offida. The true first historical mention dates to 1039, when the Abbey...

Venezia Nuova district of Livorno town

Ferdinando II de' Medici considered, in 1629, the opportunity to enlarge the town of Livorno, on project by Giovanni Battista Santi, toward north in an area included among Fortezza Vecchia and Fortezza Nuova, in order to give an adequate space to the maritime and commercial activities. There was the need to build a mercantile district, close to Porto Mediceo,...

Fortezza Vecchia in Livorno town

The origin of Fortezza Vecchia takes place not far from what once was Porto Pisano (Pisan Port) where a square tower was built in 1077, on request of Matilda of Tuscany, on the remains of a Roman tower;  in 1241 the Pisans built a massive cylindrical tower, 30 meters high erroneously called Mastio di Matilde (Matilda keep). Pisa realized...

Bevagna medieval town

Located in the very heart of Umbria, Bevagna is on the western edge of the plain of Foligno, at the foot of the hills where Montefalco rises, near a bend in the Timia River. An ancient Umbrian centre, the first documentation of it coincides with the Roman conquest of Umbria, when the Romans took over the area and built the...

Abbey San Biagio di Piobbico

The Abbey of San Biagio di Piobbico was a former Roman Catholic monastery located in a rural site in the frazione of Piobbico, within the limits of the commune of Sarnano, in the province of Macerata, region of Marche. Originally the site had a chapel dedicated to Santa Maria inter rivoira (or between the rivers), since it was located between...

Montecassiano medieval village

Founded in the 5th century, perhaps by people fleeing from the near Roman town Ricina, Montecassiano stands on the top of a hill at 215 m above sea level, overlooking the plain traversed by the Potenza River. The ancient urban structure is still preserved: its inner small roads, like concentric circles, orderly twist until the town’s highest point, Piazza...

Carsulae Archaeological Park in Umbria Region

In this old center, designed during the Augustan ages, the remnants of the main public, civil and religious monuments are still visible: the Curia and the Gemini Temples—overlooking the Forum—the Basilica, the Theater and the Amphitheater. The latter is positioned along the Via Flaminia, which entered into the town through the monumental Arch of San Damiano. The Via Flaminia urban...

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