VITERBO: SANTA ROSA ENTERS UNESCO

 

The annual procession bearing the gigantic “Macchina di Santa Rosa”, patron saint of Viterbo (Lazio) has been included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage listings, which highlight exceptionally interesting aspects of social and local cultural life in various countries. The 3 m-high illuminated tower, carried by hundreds of porters through the streets of the town every 3rd September is an exciting and unique tradition that the UNESCO committee has judged worthy of being immortalized.


01 Feb 2014 More

ROME MUSIC MUSEUM RE-OPENS


After a two year closure for restructuring, Rome’s prestigious National Museum of Musical Instruments has now re-opened. The collection is considered to be the finest in Europe, with just under 1000 exhibits on view, dating from the 5th century BC onwards and includes some very rare and priceless pieces, such as the Foto degli strumenti musicaliGuerracino spinet of 1692, one of the first grand pianos (1723), a “gravicembalo con il piano e forte”, prototype of the instrument we know today, a crystal flute and the lavishly gilded and decorated Barberini Harp.


29 Jan 2014 More

PERUGIA: KEEPING UP TRADITIONAL ARTS:

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A TREASURE HOUSE OF STAINED GLASS

 

Absorbed in her delicate task, Maddalena Forenza bends over her workbench in her family’s historic studio, touching up a minute detail in the stained-glass panel before her. She explains that the pigments she is mixing have to be carefully gauged in order to create the ideal colour tones that will be enhanced as the lights passes through the window when it is set in its final position. This means she must also study the movement of the sun in situ and the quality of the light exposure. Subsequently, the stained glass may need three or even four firings to get every detail right. It’s a fine science, perfected by her forefathers, Francesco Moretti and Ludovico Caselli, who founded the Studio Moretti Caselli in Perugia in 1860.


26 Jan 2014 More

RIACE BRONZES: THE WARRIORS’ RETURN

The final return of the two Riace Bronzes to the Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria was hailed as a magnificent Christmas present for art lovers worldwide. The museum had been closed for restoration since 2006, with the Bronzes, the stars of its collection ¿½ housed temporarily in Palazzo Campanella, seat of the regional Calabrian government.

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23 Jan 2014 More

EXPO 2015 ITALIAN PAVILION LOGO SOWS SEED

Logo Padiglione Italia Expo 2015

 

The exciting now logo for the Italian Pavilion at EXPO 2014 was officially presented to the press this week by EXPO 2015 Commissioner General Ms. Diana Bracco. The design, consisting of a series of superimposed and entwining circles in red, white and green, the colours of the Italian flag, represents a tri-colour flower bud, in tune with the Pavilion theme of a Garden of Ideas, a nursery for new projects and proposals.


20 Jan 2014 More

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