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Castel del Monte: 13th-Century Citadel in Italy

When the Emperor Frederick II built this castle near Bari in the 13th century, he imbued it with symbolic significance, as reflected in the location, the mathematical and astronomical precision of the layout and the perfectly regular shape. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Castel del Monte is a successful blend of elements from classical antiquity, the Islamic Orient, and north European Cistercian Gothic. Brief synthesis Castel del [...]

By | 2017-11-23T07:16:05+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Pena Palace Castle: Romantic Castle in Portugal

The Pena Palace (Portuguese: Palácio da Pena) is a Romanticist castle in São Pedro de Penaferrim, in the municipality of Sintra, Portugal. The Pena Palace castle stands on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day, it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area. Sintra also spelled Cintra, town, western Portugal. It is [...]

By | 2017-11-02T07:17:11+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Asiago: World War I

The Battle of Asiago (Battle of the Plateaux) or the Trentino Offensive (in Italian: Battaglia degli Altipiani), nicknamed Strafexpedition ("Punitive expedition") by the Austrians, was a counteroffensive launched by the Austro-Hungarians on the Italian Front on May 15, 1916, during World War I. It was an unexpected attack that took place near Asiago in the province of Vicenza (now in northeast Italy, then on the Italian side of the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:28:27+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Leonardo da Vinci: Italian Renaissance Polymath

Leonardo da Vinci was a leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance who's known for his enduring works "The Last Supper" and "Mona Lisa." Born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy, Leonardo da Vinci was the epitome of a “Renaissance man.” Possessor of a curious mind and keen intellect, da Vinci studied the laws of science and nature, which greatly informed his work as a painter, sculptor, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:49:37+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, Renaissance|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Sinking of Andrea Doria, July 25, 1956

On the night of July 25, 1956, the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria was struck by the Swedish ship MS Stockholm in heavy fog off the coast of Nantucket. The collision left the Doria damaged and listing heavily to one side, but thanks to the efforts of rescue ships, 1,660 people were saved before the ship finally capsized and sank the following morning. Fifty-one others lost their lives, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:54:12+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Steamship SS Oria: World War II

Oria, the 4000 Italian shipwrecked who said NO to Nazism. The memorial day: every 27th of January we remember the massacres committed by the Nazis, as a warning that something similar does not happen again. The mistake we maybe make is to limit – in this memory – only to people who died in the death camps, forgetting all them who lost their lifes because of collateral damages of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:54:43+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Galileo Galilei: Italian Astronomer

Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei provided a number of scientific insights that laid the foundation for future scientists. His investigation of the laws of motion and improvements on the telescope helped further the understanding of the world and universe around him. Both led him to question the current belief of the time, that all things revolved around the Earth. Galileo Inventions The Ancient Greek scientist, Aristotle, taught that heavier objects [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:06:58+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, Science And Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments

First Battle of Sirte: World War II

The First Battle of Sirte was fought between the British Royal Navy and the Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy) during the Mediterranean campaign of the Second World War. The engagement, largely uneventful, took place on 17 December 1941, southeast of Malta, in the Gulf of Sirte. In the following days, however, two Royal Navy's task forces based at Malta were decimated after running into an Italian minefield off Tripoli, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:25:10+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Fiat Tank Carro Armato L6/40: World War II

The Fiat tank L6/40 arose from a 1936 demand for a heavier vehicle than the L3 series of tankettes produced by Fiat-Ansaldo of Turin, Italy in the early 1930s. As the L3 had performed satisfactorily in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) during 1935-1936 and demonstrated that tanks could be employed in mountainous terrain, the new vehicle was designed primarily as a scaled up version of Fiat's CV (Carro Veloce, or Fast Tank) [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:31:21+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Bardia: World War II

The Battle of Bardia was fought over three days in the city of Bardia in Libya from 3-5 January 1941, as part of Operation Compass, the first military operation of the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. Major General Iven Mackay's 6th Division assaulted the strongly held Italian fortress of Bardia, Libya, assisted by air support and naval gunfire, and under the cover of an artillery barrage. [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:32:57+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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