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Savonarola’s Visions

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It seems that Gerolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) conquered Florentine’s hearts with the prophecies pronounced in his furious preaches, some of which become reality. Admired and feared by the Greats of his age, from Loren...

An enigma named Celestine V

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Celestine V was the only Pope who left his appointment before his death ( and for this reason Dante placed him in Hell in the Divine Comedy). During the four months of his pontificate he never once went to Rome. He’d ...

Caravaggio

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During his roman stay Caravaggio got himself talked about not just for his skill. Between 1595 and 1606 the restless painter passed his time painting and contending, creating masterpieces and fighting duels up to the...

Galileo, the real history

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Both a scientist and a man deeply rooted in his times, and determined to change them with his discoveries and inventions, GG engaged a tug of war with the catholic inquisition, that he eventually lost having to give u...

Lucrezia Borgia’s true story

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Legend paints her to be beautiful, cynical and murderous. History leaves a better memory: Lucrezia Borgia was not an Angel but she was a woman forced by men of her family to endure painful choices. But most of the ter...

Rewriting Mussolini’s Death

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Rewriting Mussolini’s death: the most recent forensic medicine and digital technology lead to very different conclusions with respect to the official version of the circumstances of Mussolini’s death. Today, thanks to...

Saint Francis of Assisi

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Francis of Assisi, one of the most important and influent Saints of the whole Christianity, honored by the new Pope when choosing a new papal name: Francis I. His life, from the early youth and his knight aspirations t...

Saint Rita of Cascia

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The extraordinary life of Rita of Cascia: believer, wife, mom, widow, nun, healer and saint. Venerated by milions of believers all over the world, Saint Rita is one of the most popular icons of the Christianity. Margh...

The Spring Mystery – The Botticelli’s lover

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Simonetta Cattaneo is a name which doesn’t sound familiar but just look at Botticelli’s “Spring” or “The Birth of Venus” for a moment and you’ll realize who we’re talking about! This young lady from Genoa was the talk...

The Ideal City – Sabbioneta and Vespasiano Gonzaga

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In the second half of the 16th century Vespasiano Gonzaga realized his dream: an ideal city. Sabbioneta (Mantova) is a hymn to harmony and architectonic perfection, built however by a violent (he was a soldier by prof...