The Flight of the Angel, was  the highlight of the opening ceremony of the Venice Carnival, Sunday, 27 February 2011. This year Angel, twenty-three year old beauty queen Silvia Bianchini,  put on her wings and glided from the top of St. Marks Bell Tower to land in the middle of the square.

The origin of the event goes back to the times of the Venetian Republic, when an unknown Carnival reveler flew along a rope above St. Marks Square as an act of homage to the Doge.

 

 

Posted on 28 Feb 2011 by Editor

Caravaggio - Wikipedia

 As part of the current fourth centennial programme marking the death of the artist Michaelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio, an exhibition of hitherto forgotten documents throws new light on events in the life of this irascible and restless genius.

 

Posted on 24 Feb 2011 by Editor

As part of the Seasons of Oil event staged by the Enoteca Italiana (National Wine Board) at Siena, Sunday 27 February will be dedicated to Italys second (or first) most precious liquid product: extra virgin olive oil. 

Posted on 21 Feb 2011 by Editor

A rare exhibition of collective works of the Ghirlandaio family can be seen at a number of venues in Florence and the nearby town of Scandicci.  

Posted on 17 Feb 2011 by Editor
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Posted on 12 Feb 2011 by Editor

Turins unique and spectacular National Museum of Cinema attracted record numbers of visitors in 2010, the 10 th anniversary of its opening, confirming its position as one of the citys major attractions.

Posted on 08 Feb 2011 by Editor

 Urbanbite, a leading international meal delivery service company,  has announced plans  to open in
 the land of pizza and spaghetti.

 

Posted on 04 Feb 2011 by Editor

 

The Istituto Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani has published a monumental new work covering the entire art and antiquities collection of the Vatican Museums.

Posted on 01 Feb 2011 by Editor

 

A hitherto unknown statue of the Roman Emperor Caligula, concealed on a lorry and destined to be sold illegally abroad, was recovered recently by Italian carabiniere at Lake Nemi near Rome.

Posted on 29 Jan 2011 by Editor


Leading Italian shoe manufacturer TOD has signed an agreement with the Department of Archaeological Areas of Rome and Ostia Antica to sponsor much-needed restoration work on Romes most celebrated monument, the Colosseum. The sum involved is quoted as 25m. to be met by a non-profit Foundation Friends of the Colosseum, created by Diego Della Valle, head of TODS Spa.
Work on the first phase of the restoration is programmed to start in March 2011. The Colosseum will remain open to the public while work is being carried out.  

Posted on 26 Jan 2011 by Editor

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