San Marino: Europe’s Oldest Republic

San Marino: Europe’s Oldest Republic

It has its own government, a seat at the United Nations, and produces its own stamps and coins. It also claims to be the oldest republic in Europe. Yet San Marino covers an area of only 61 sq km, and its borders are wholly contained within northern Italy. The capital...
Certosa di Pavia: A Historic Carthusian Monastery

Certosa di Pavia: A Historic Carthusian Monastery

The Certosa di Pavia is a historic Carthusian monastery situated a few kilometres north of the medieval university town of Pavia, close to Milan. It was commissioned by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, the first Duke of Milan, as a monastery and family mausoleum. The Duke had...
Rimini: a Holiday Resort with a Lot of History

Rimini: a Holiday Resort with a Lot of History

“Are you here for the beach?” the hotel proprietor asked as he showed us to our room; he looked surprised when we said, no, we were actually there for sightseeing. But his question was not unreasonable. Rimini is the beach capital of Europe and we had...
Celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation in Florence

Celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation in Florence

25 March is historically the start of the New Year in Florence. It is also the day on which the archangel Gabriel announced the incarnation to the Virgin Mary. The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the lesser known of Italy’s numerous festivals – hardly mentioned in...
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