The Presepi of Italy: Traditional Christmas Cribs

The Presepi of Italy: Traditional Christmas Cribs

If you are in Italy at this time of year you will find presepi (nativity scenes) everywhere. Every church or public space will have its own intricately decorated Christmas crib. And in private homes families will be busy building their own cribs, as common in Italy as...
The Church of the Dead: Purgatorio Ad Arco in Naples

The Church of the Dead: Purgatorio Ad Arco in Naples

You might not expect a grinning bronze skull to be the first thing that greets you as you approach a church. But look more closely at the façade of Purgatorio ad Arco, in the historic centre of Naples, and you will see dozens of stone skulls, and a few crossbones as...
Photo Gallery: La Rotonda, Vicenza

Photo Gallery: La Rotonda, Vicenza

Standing on a hill just outside Vicenza, La Rotonda (sometimes also known as “Villa Capra”) is one of the architect Andrea Palladio’s best known designs. Built in the 16th century as a villa for a retired priest, the house blends perfectly with the...
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