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A Walk Around Cesena, Italy | The Biblioteca Malatestiana

A Walk Around Cesena, Italy | The Biblioteca Malatestiana | Italian | Scoop.it

Cesena, a city between the Apennines and the Adriatic sea, a prosperous city that loves art and culture, and is proud of its heritage.

Cesena is a treasure of architectural and historical interest, and the monuments and buildings are well preserved.

Piazza del PopoloPalazzo VecchioLa Rocca, the old Malatestiana fortressFontana MasiniTeatro Alessandro Bonci in Piazza Giudazzi.Piazza Almerici Palazzo RidottoBiblioteca Malatestiana Click on the photo to read more
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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, October 25, 2013 11:58 AM

Here the best highlight of the article:

Biblioteca Malatestianathe first public library in Europe and it remains perfectly intact as it was when it was built in the fifteenth century in spite of wars, fires and the occupation of Napoleon! It is a living monument to the period before printing presses and the craftmanship of the era.

It looks more like a small church, with a central nave outlined by tall white columns on each side, and flanked by stained glass windows. The windows were specifically placed to provide good reading light.
The reading benches are the original wood and have the Malatesta crest on the side. They look like church pews, but notice the chains which bind the books to the benches. This was not a lending library, but a place where anyone could come to read and study.
From the UNESCO World Heritage Memory of the World register, I found this description:
“Besides amassing the great works of medieval culture, Malatesta Novello collected the fruits of the classical Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Arab traditions so that he could realize his project of a universal culture along humanist lines. The precious 343 codices are still in the place where they have lain for the past five centuries.”
Honestly, it’s worth the visit to Cesena all on its own.

Marissa Roy's curator insight, October 30, 2013 11:54 AM

This photo diary is really interesting as it dives into the lesser known city of Cesena. It is not a heavy tourist area, but it sure looks beautiful. It is interesting that much of the original architecture is perserved and kept up with. I think this shows that the people of the society really care about how their city looks as well as the history behind it.

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La Bocca della Verità: Discover Rome

La Bocca della Verità: Discover Rome | Italian | Scoop.it
This is one of the symbols of Rome that you can't miss when visiting. La Bocca della Verità (the Mouth of Truth) is an image of stone, of a man-like face, located by the church of Santa Maria in...

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Do you Like Pasta? | How to learn Italian

Do you Like Pasta? | How to learn Italian | Italian | Scoop.it
Each reputed Italian man has four women in his own life: his mother, his wife his daughter and of course pasta.Since Marco Polo, the famous Italian

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Street Market in Macerata | Wagging School in Italy

Street Market in Macerata | Wagging School in Italy | Italian | Scoop.it

[...] These street markets are one of the largest markets that I have been to in Italy, and I have been to many. They fill up many up the streets which are terraced up the centre of the town to the top with stalls and punters . You can easily make it a full day outing. Here in these markets or street fairs you will find antiques, bric-a-brac, the not-so-old stuff that’s known in Italy as modernariato, and leatherwear, shoes, clothing and handbags, and of course many of the vendors selling lots of delicious foods.
Late morning, we always stopped for coffee and cornetto at the top of the markets in a little café where we could relax, drink our coffee, look at our purchases and check our emails using the free WIFI.
Later in the day we would choose another café or restaurant for a local lunch.
Macerata is a little-known provincial capital surrounded by Marche’s loveliest countryside. Its ancient university was founded in 1290 and has about 13,000 students. There is also an art school.
And if you’re the slightest bit interested in contemporary art, Macerata has a gallery that alone is reason enough for visiting the town. [...]


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History Gal goes to Ancona | Short trip to Italy!

History Gal goes to Ancona | Short trip to Italy! | Italian | Scoop.it

"I’m at Schiphol airport right now, and about to leave for Italy! I’m taking a few days off for a quick visit to Ancona."

Ancona is a city and seaport in the Marche region of Italy. Ancona was founded by Greek settlers from Syracuse about 387 BC. When it became a Roman colony is doubtful. It was occupied as a naval station in the Illyrian War of 178 BC. Julius Caesar took possession of it immediately after crossing the Rubicon. Its harbour was of considerable importance in imperial times.

1. Cattedrale di San Ciriaco
The dome is one of the most ancient in Italy.[...]

2. Arch of Trajan.
The Arch of Trajan is an ancient Roman triumphal arch. [...]

3. Mole Vanvitelliana (Lazzaretto of Ancona)
The Lazzaretto of Ancona, also called the Mole Vanvitelliana, is an 18th-century building constructed on an artificial island for the purpose of serving as quarantine station and Leprosarium for the port town of Ancona, Italy. [...]

4. Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche
The archaeological finds collected in the museum are important as they attest the prehistory and the protohistory of our territory, from Paleolithic to the end of iron age.[...]

5. Fontana del Calamo
This is a 16th century fountain (1560) designed by architect Pellegrino Tibaldi. [...] 

It is said that if you make a wish and drink some water from each of the thirteen streams of this fountain it will come true.

I’m off to catch my flight!


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Mondo... Ti Presento Napoli


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Vedi Napoli e poi muori.You have to see Naples and only then you can die. Italian saying.

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Inspiring quotes that make you say “I want to go to Italy”! The power of words

Inspiring quotes that make you say “I want to go to Italy”!  The power of words | Italian | Scoop.it
Bypassing the strong visual power of the romantic canals of Venice, the breath-taking vi...

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How to Make Olive Oil - Olive Oil Makers in Italy

Real olive oil producers in Umbria, Italy! The local Italian farmers take pride in their work, and produce one of the most important and iconic products in Italy. Observe the process step-by-step as the farmers harvest, wash, press and bottle this liquid gold we know as extra virgin olive oil, and learn just how many olives it takes to make a single gallon! 


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TOP TEN REASONS TO LEARN ITALIAN

TOP TEN REASONS TO LEARN ITALIAN | Italian | Scoop.it
Here are some that I found surfing the web: 1. Why do you think Mozart composed most of his operas in Italian rather than in German? 2.
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