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Legendary Italian Warrior Exhumed

Legendary Italian Warrior Exhumed | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italian researchers have exhumed the tomb of Giovanni de' Medici, one of the most celebrated condottieri (mercenary soldiers) of the Renaissance, in a bid to understand the life and death of the charismatic 16th century army commander.

Also known as "Giovanni dalle Bande Nere" for the black bands of mourning he wore after the death of Pope Leo X, this member of one of the lesser branches of the wealthy Florentine Medici family is buried in the Medici Chapels in Flo rence with his wife, Maria Salviati.

The couple married in 1516, when she was 17 and he was 18. The marriage produced only one child: Cosimo I, who reigned as the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, creating the Uffizi and the magnificent Boboli Gardens as well as finishing the Pitti Palace.

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On Monday, "a large rock that covered the burial chamber of the family was raised to reveal two zinc boxes with the bones of the married couple,” Florence's superintendency said.

Led by Gino Fornaciari, professor of forensic anthropology and director of the pathology Museum at the University of Pisa, the research consists of a "thorough analysis" which includes medical, paleopathological and anthropological investigations of the remains.

"We aim to better understand the cause of death and the kind of surgery carried on the Medici warrior," the superintendency said.

Although he had acquired a reputation for invincibility, Giovanni of the Black Bands (1498-1526) died at only 28 after being hit by a cannon ball in a battle in Lombardy on Nov. 25, 1526. He was fighting the Imperialist troops marching to the sack of Rome.

As the ball crashed the right leg above the knee, the condottiero was taken to the palace of marquis Luigi Alessandro Gonzaga in Mantua. Gangrene soon set in, and Gonzaga's surgeon Maestro Abramo decided to intervene by partly amputating the leg.

According to a report by the poet Pietro Aretino, Giovanni's close friend and eyewitness to the event, 10 men were summoned to hold down the warrior during the surgery.

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Don't Tell Anyone: The Last Secret Island in All of Italy

Don't Tell Anyone: The Last Secret Island in All of Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Pantelleria is a volcanic island that sits alone in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily and 35 miles east of Tunisia. One of Italy’s southernmost points, its remote location ensures it stays under the radar for most tourists — and even for most Italians.
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What are the most charming small towns in Italy? - Quora

What are the most charming small towns in Italy? - Quora | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

In the vein of What are the most charming small towns in France? I have created this answer, focusing on smaller villages and also presenting, to give it a twist, the local dishes or food/wine you need to try when in that village. The emphasis is on maybe lesser known dishes, products or places.
The villages are in no particular order, classified per region and can be found on my accompanying Google Maps here: Most Charming Villages of Italy

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6 things that create happiness in Italy

6 things that create happiness in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

How much of what we do honestly makes us happy?

48% of our ability to feel happy comes from our parents and grandparents. 40% of our happiness comes from life events. 12% of our ability to live a happy life is all about the choices we make.

On a trip to Italy recently and I found that the things that create happiness in Italy are the same ones every motivational speaker, author and dime store guru has been talking and writing about for years. The difference is that in Italy, they actually live by them, while in the USA, most of us merely talk about them.


  • Sorridere – Smile
  • Essere con persone felici – Hang with happy people.
  • Essere generosi e grati – Be Generous and Grateful
  • Riposo e relax – Rest and Relax
  • Esercizio, dieta e sonno – Exercise, Diet and sleep
  • Fede – Faith
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Italy's Coastal Gems: four jet-set hotels

Italy's Coastal Gems: four jet-set hotels | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Reviews of four jet-set hotels from Portofino south. Il Splendido, Portofino; Il Pellicano, Porto Ercole; Il San Pietro, Positano; and Santa Caterina, Amalfi, have their charms, but most show signs of slippage.
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Katie Parla's Rome: Food & Archeology

A source of both nutrition and pleasure, food is also a booming commercial enterprise with a long, storied history. As the center of a vast Empire, Rome’s ancient harbors were abuzz with various aspects of the food trade as condiments, raw materials and beverages converged on the banks of the Tiber from distant provinces. Livestock was traded and slaughtered for consumption and religious ritual. Join me for a stroll through Rome's ancient cattle market, along the Tiber River and to the Circus Maximus for a sneak peak at my Food & Archeology tour, which explores trade, traffic, and enterprise from antiquity to today.

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Check out the beach that says: "Yes, dogs allowed"

Check out the beach that says: "Yes, dogs allowed" | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
So your four-legged friend can enjoy the beach like you would

Have you ever brought your dog to the beach only to see a sign of your best friend with an “X” on top?

You won’t see any such thing at Italy’s “Baubeach,” one of the few places that welcomes both two-legged and four-legged guests [...]

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Tour Tuscany's olive orchards throughout the harvest

Tour Tuscany's olive orchards throughout the harvest | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The newly enlightened food and wine traveler's approach to Tuscany goes something like this: go for the oil, stay for the food and wine. Italy's olive oil culture has come into its own with opportunities to explore and discern the characteristics of the indulgence through orchard tours and tastings.

There couldn't be a better time. Olive harvest begins in late September and lasts through the fall. [...]

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Casa Angelina with the views of the Gulf of Salerno among the Top 10 luxury rooms with a view

Casa Angelina with the views of the Gulf of Salerno among the Top 10 luxury rooms with a view | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

There’s nothing better than rolling over and waking up to a stunning view of our beautiful world. 

Casa Angelina and its unparalleled views of the Gulf of Salerno is without doubt one of the best kept secrets of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Perched on the cliff face of the town of Praiano, the chic white décor of Casa Angelina acts as an intensifier for the azure ocean and contrasts the striking cliffs behind giving a remarkable crisp view through all its windows and doors.  Perfect cliff-facing positioning guarantees a serene suntrap for the ultimate way to relax in the sea breeze. Art aficionados will love the Murano glass decorations and bold contemporary art juxtaposing the interiors.  You’ll quite literally be living la dolce vita in the Amalfi.

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Kathy Nielsen's curator insight, August 23, 9:55 AM

Looks  like a heavenly place

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Ten Tips to Visit Italy On a Budget by ItalyMagazine

Ten Tips to Visit Italy On a Budget by ItalyMagazine | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Have a look at our tips to help you visit Italy on a budget.

1. Choose off-the-beaten track areas.

2.Take your holiday during low season.

3. Agriturismi and B&Bs offer great value for money.

4. Save on entrance fees to museums by visiting on days where free entrance is offered, for example every first Sunday of the month.

5. Look out for 'tourist cards'

6. Try self-services, rosticcerie, pizzerie, piadinerie and trattorie for great value.

7. Book with independent tour operators

8. Get as much information about the place

9. Look for self-catering accommodation

10. Join travel forum

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Palermo Is Not Just for the Mafia Anymore

Palermo Is Not Just for the Mafia Anymore | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
For decades, Sicily was a haven for the Mafia. As their grip loosens, the island, and particularly its capital city, is morphing into a fashionable, gorgeous hotbed of tourism.

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Tuscany for Your Travel Destination – Many Things to do and See

Tuscany for Your Travel Destination – Many Things to do and See | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Just one holiday spent in Tuscany, Italy isn’t enough; this magical area offers much to see and do. You can find different types of leisure and recreations
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Five Pearls of Cinque Terre

Five Pearls of Cinque Terre | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Cinque Terre is one of the most stunning destinations for a luxury travel vacation in Italy; a coastline steeped in history. Discover it here. [...]

Mariano Pallottini's insight:
  • Monterosso is the largest and most northerly village with numerous first class restaurants surrounded by stunning beaches.
  • Vernazza is next, with a small picturesque port still very popular with local fishermen.
  • Corniglia sits high above sea level on its own rocky spur, accessed either by the 377 winding steps, which lead to the town or a shuttle bus.
  • Manarola is, perhaps, the most sophisticated village boasting a beautiful piazza.
  • Riomaggiore, a mirage of color, cobbled streets and unadulterated Italian charm
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Italian folk dance: History and 5 of the best

Italian folk dance: History and 5 of the best | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italy, along with Spain and Latin America is one of the countries that still maintains its culture of recreational dancing. Swide describes the history of dance in Italy as well as some of the most popular folk dances.

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  • Tarantella
  • Tammurriata
  • Monferrina
  • Lachera
  • Ballu Tundu
  • Moresca



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Jesús Cervantes's curator insight, August 14, 11:05 AM

From a Spanish viewpoint  folk dancing is a tradition which has been maintained all around the country in different ways and styles according to the particular character of the territory in question. Therefore a "muñeira" from Galicia, a "sardana" from Catalonia or a "fandango" from La Mancha have some connection among one another but they are a reflection of the history of these very different peoples.

Although folk dancing is not always well understood or respected as the popular expression of tradition that it is, we (and in particular I mean our authorities, be it local, regional or national) should be aware of the danger of losing a heartfelt manifestation of the most sincere and authentic feeling of a community's historic way of being.

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Stelle di Stelle - a feast of Italian fine dining at Harrods in London

Stelle di Stelle - a feast of Italian fine dining at Harrods in London | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The world-famous department store is to host a pop-up collection of Italy’s most celebrated destination dining rooms. From September 2014 to January 2015, Harrods welcomes five of Italy’s best restaurants to take up residency in the Knightsbridge store. Headlining for one month each, they will provide a special edit of their signature dishes. [...]

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Singer Sting learns how to make pizzas at the cooking school in Mercato Centrale, Florence

Singer Sting learns how to make pizzas at the cooking school in Mercato Centrale, Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Message In A Bottle hitmaker, 62, headed to the class with his wife Trudie Styler and Italian former footballer Paolo Rossi. [...]

The singer recently sparked controversy when it was revealed that he is charging visitors at his Tuscan estate, Il Palagio  to help him pick grapes and olives. [...]


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In Tuscany, Working the Harvest at a Farm Owned by Sting and Trudie Styler

In Tuscany, Working the Harvest at a Farm Owned by Sting and Trudie Styler | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Travelers can participate in grape and olive harvests at a property in Tuscany owned by Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler.
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20 things you have to do in Venice

20 things you have to do in Venice | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
The most romantic, the most picturesque, the most unique city in the world, Venice’s charms have been seducing visitors since the dawn of the Republic. On the eve of the Venice Film Festival., Swide gives you 20 reasons (if you needed any) to head to the lagoon.
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1. Step into the great Renaissance at the Gallerie dell’Accademia
2. Have an aperitivo at a Bacaro, and don’t forget the Spritz
3. Listen to Vivaldi at La Fenice Theatre
4. The city of Palaces
5. Take a tour on the Gondola
6. Sip a Bellini Harry’s Bar
7. Buy in glass in Murano
8. Buy lace in Burano
9. Visit the Guggenheim Collection
10. Freak out at Poveglia
11. Visit the Acqua Alta Bookshop
12. Take in the view from the San Marco bell tower
13. Sample the unique Venetian Cuisine
14. Go to the market on the Giudecca
15. Visit the Ghetto
16. Visit the Caffé Florian and the coffee museum in Saint Marc’s Square
17. Kiss under the Ponte dei Sospiri
18. Take home a Venetian Carnival Mask
19. Visit the Rialto fish market
20. Take a tour of the Grand Canal in a Riva motor boat

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Joshua Ledwell's curator insight, August 28, 3:29 PM

Nice simple list to start with

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De Blasio's Vacation Thrust Small Italian Town Into Spotlight

De Blasio's Vacation Thrust Small Italian Town Into Spotlight | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Mayor Bill de Blasio's Italian vacation this summer certainly made headlines, as he visited the small Italian villages where his ancestors are from. How is the area doing now after it's time in the global spotlight?
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Sulmona in Abruzzo worth a visit

Sulmona in Abruzzo worth a visit | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Ancient history and colourful sweets are among the things to see in Sulmona. A smallish Abruzzo town with charm as massive as the surrounding mountains.

  • It is the town of the Poet of Love, the great Roman poet Ovid known for his elegiac love poems most notably the Metamorphoses.
  • The town of one of the most beautiful Medieval aqueducts in Italy: L’Acquedotto di Sulmona
  • It is the town of the famous confetti, take a walk from one artisan shopor visit the Pelino Confetti Museum
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Capodimonte porcelain, a royal tradition from Naples

Capodimonte porcelain, a royal tradition from Naples | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Pursuing his interest in the art, Charles VII founded the Capodimonte (top of the mountain) Porcelain factory in Naples in 1743. Production was well under way when Charles’ father, the King of Spain, died in 1759 and Charles took the Spanish throne and left the throne of Naples to his son Ferdinand. Before he left, however, he ordered the porcelain works demolished, and took the molds with him to Spain to found another factory there.

Ferdinand IV wasn’t so easily dissuaded–he had come to appreciate the porcelain art himself, and re-established the Capodimonte factory in 1772. [...]

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Exploring Olive Oil Culture In Tuscany

Exploring Olive Oil Culture In Tuscany | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Olive oil is a super ingredient with the ability to enhance the flavors of a dish while also adding antioxidants and heart-healthy benefits. That being said, there are many misconceptions that exist on the product. That’s why — with the help of agronomist Marco Soldani of Castelfalfi and agronomist Francesco Caselli of Castello di Gabbiano — we’re debunking some of olive oils most common misconceptions. Use the following facts to help you choose a top-of-the-line olive oil:

  1. you can cook with extra virgin olive oil
  2. not all extra virgin olive oils are created equal
  3. pure olive oil isn’t really pure
  4. low acidity is important when it comes to olive oil
  5. not all olive oil comes from italy
  6. it’s much more than squeezing oil from the fruit
  7. light destroys olive oil
  8. olive oil does not get better with age.
  9. only a small portion of the olive gets used for oil
  10. cold extraction is great for flavor
  11. you can’t judge by the label if it’s good olive oil
  12. your extra virgin olive oil may not actually be extra virgin
  13. that olive oil from italy may not be italian
  14. olive oil is essentially a fruit juice

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intoHistory's curator insight, August 22, 1:29 AM

I love olive oil. So much history bound to this highly traditional product!

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Capri and Sorrento: romance and magic on a Med escapade - Telegraph

Capri and Sorrento: romance and magic on a Med escapade - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The mainland resort of Sorrento and the island of Capri complement each other perfectly, says Sue Lawley.

Capri and Sorrento are a perfect combination — two jewels of the southern Mediterranean sitting side by side. Sorrento for two or three nights and Capri for four would give you plenty of time to absorb the charm of both places. The romance of one and the magical mystery of the other are guaranteed to make for an enchanting week away. [...]


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Paestum, Capaccio, Italy : The Art of Non-Conformity

Paestum, Capaccio, Italy : The Art of Non-Conformity | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

When I say I’m traveling to southern Italy, people ask if I’m going to Amalfi. When I mention a must-do day trip to the ruins, they assume Pompeii is my destination. Where I’m headed, though, is another area in Campania, 25 miles south of Amalfi, home to my Italian relatives and the ancient Greek ruins of Paestum.

Paestum is recognized by UNESCO as part of the World Cultural Heritage and is home to three of the most beautiful and largely intact Doric Greek temples (all built to honor female goddesses). It is far less known and less crowded than Pompeii [...]

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Which Country Has The Best Cuisine In The World?

Which Country Has The Best Cuisine In The World? | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Which country has the best cuisine in the world? Is it the special Chinese culinary delights, amazing Italian food or divine Japanese sushi? Vote here...
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Tarquinia's Etruscan gems in the Necropolis of Monterozzi

Tarquinia's Etruscan gems in the Necropolis of Monterozzi | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

I was eager to visit and explore the Etruscan Necropolis of Monterozzi at Tarquinia, in Northern Lazio, after reading about the painted burial chambers that are preserved here. I caught the local bus from Tarquinia train station into the centre, and then it was not too far to walk to the necropolis on the outskirts of town.

The most impressive frescoes for me were found in the Tomb of the Leopards. The main strip of mural depicts a lavish banqueting scene in honour of the dead, including several couples tended by two young boys. The men have darker skin while the women are lighter. The side walls of the burial chamber are painted with people bringing dishes, playing instruments and dancing among pretty foliage. Although the drawing is quite simple, it is amazing to see such strong colours bursting out of a fresco that dates back to around 450 BC. [...]

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