History of the Crucifixion

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the history of the crucifixion during the age of Ancient Rome, here is a fascinating podcast to listen to on Easter.

Tuscany’s Wine Windows – An Architectural Curiosity Makes a Comeback

First used during the bubonic plague in the 17th century, Tuscany’s wine windows are reopening. Learn more about “buchette del vino” and where to find them.

Paris Through the Eyes of a Roman [Video]

I love Paris. But, Rome will forever be the Caput Mundi. La Città Eterna. La Città Più Bella del Mondo.

With this bias in mind, I thoroughly enjoyed this video of looking at Paris from a Roman perspective.

The Ritals web series does a humorous job of breaking down what makes Rome great even in the face of Paris’s beauty and comparative orderliness.

You’re going to need Italian and some French to get through this bilingual video. But even if you aren’t fluent, you’ll get the gist. I especially like the part where they show the architectural roots of Paris’s version of the Pantheon.

Seven Longobard Sites Newest Additions to UNESCO Heritage List

Saint Michael at the Sanctuary of Saint Michael in Puglia

In 2011, UNESCO inscribed Italy’s newest World Heritage sites: The Longobards in Italy. Places of the Power (568-774 A.D.). Treated as one entity, these seven sites stretch from as far north as Castelseprio, Lombardy to as far south as Benevento in Campania. All seven of these sites represent, according to UNESCO, “the high achievement of … Read more