Italy: Racism Fear Stops Coronavirus Vital Quarantine

Italy is now the third country in the world for the number of infections caused by Coronavirus, after China and South Korea. I know that, for the blog of a travel website like this, talking about the spread of a disease – although we still don’t know what’s going to happen either in Italy or […]

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Raphael’s Sistine Chapel Wonder Shown for First Time

The first thing to say is that, if you search Google for “Raffaello” (known as Raphael in English), the first results you get are about the Ferrero Raffaello chocolate confections, “spherical coconut–almond” Wikipedia specifies. This says a lot about what our society considers priorities (a hint: what makes money). Only if you search for “Raffaello […]

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“Trump Defends National Identity, An Example for Italy”

“Trump and his defence of national identity should be a model for Italy”. These were the words of the Italian politician Giorgia Meloni, who was in Washington to participate as a guest in the traditional National Prayer Breakfast, a series of meetings to convene and pray together held every year, organised on behalf of members […]

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Venice Carnival Is about To Start. Carnival History

The floods of a few months ago and consequent damages have not had any effects on the most romantic and one of the most artistic carnivals in the world, Venice Carnival. Venice Carnival events will start on 8 February 2020 and end on 25 February, as scheduled. You can see the details, all dates, photos […]

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Viareggio Carnival 2020 Novelties, Greta as Dorothy

The world’s most famous and most gigantic allegorical floats are about to parade for six times from 1 to 25 February on the seafront esplanade for the Carnival of Viareggio, seaside resort on Tuscany’s northern coast, as they’ve been doing every year for over 140 years. Why allegorical? You may as well ask. An allegory […]

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“Young People, Don’t Emigrate” Say African Bishops

“Young people, stay at home” is what the Archbishop of Addis Ababa, the capital and largest city of Ethiopia, in Eastern Africa, has told his country’s youth, exhorting them not to emigrate to Europe. Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel is only the last of a long list of African Catholic Bishops and Cardinals to have warned […]

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The Two Popes Film: Much Fiction, Little Truth & History

During the Christmas holidays I watched the film The Two Popes, directed by Fernando Meirelles, recently released by Netflix. It is based on the 2017 play The Pope by Anthony McCarten, in which he imagined conversations that never occurred between Pope Francis when he was still Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Pope Benedict XVI, and […]

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