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Culture The Blue Grotto of Capri, Italy

The Blue Grotto is a sea cave located on the coast of the island of Capri, in southern Italy, famous for its otherworldly blue glowing waters. The grotto's fluorescent glow comes from a large underwat……

Culture The Cliffs of Scala dei Turchi

The Scala dei Turchi (Italian for Stairs of the Turks) is a brilliantly white limestone cliff, sculpted like a staircase, on the coast of Realmonte, near Porto Empedocle, southern Sicily, Italy. The S……

Anecdote The Fungus That Makes Mummies

In 1647, construction workers carrying out repairs on the Church of Saint Andrew in the small city of Venzone, in the province of Udine, Italy, accidentally broke open a tomb in the churchyard. Inside……

Culture The Double Tree of Casorzo

Between Grana and Casorzo in Piemonte, Italy, a very unique tree grows. Known as the double tree of Casorzo or Bialbero de Casorzo in Italian, it is a mulberry tree on top of which a cherry tree grows……

Culture Acqua Alta: The Periodic Flooding of Venice and Chioggia

Every year between autumn and spring, Venice and the neighboring costal town of Chioggia suffers from bouts of temporary flooding caused by exceptionally high tides that occur in the northern Adriatic……

Anecdote The Lost Island of Ferdinandea

Once upon a time, in the waters not far off the coast of Sicily, there was an island called Ferdinandea. It was located right where the Mediterranean Sea narrowed between Sicily and Tunisia a strategi……

Anecdote Rosalia Lombardo: The Mummy That Blinks

Rosalia Lombardo was only two years old when she died from pneumonia in 1920. Her premature death left her father so heartbroken that he approached the noted embalmer, Alfredo Salafia, and asked him t……

Culture The Three Peaks of Lavaredo

The three peaks of Lavaredo, or the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in Italian, are three distinctive battlement-like peaks, in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy. They are probably one of the best-known……

Culture Soca River – The Emerald Beauty

The Soča is a 136 km long river that flows through western Slovenia and northeastern Italy in one of the most beautiful and unspoiled valleys in Europe, springing from the limestone mountains in the n……

Culture The Cliffs of Scala dei Turchi

The Scala dei Turchi (Italian for Stairs of the Turks) is a brilliantly white limestone cliff, sculpted like a staircase, on the coast of Realmonte, near Porto Empedocle, southern Sicily, Italy. The S……

Culture The Island of Monte Cristo

The island of Montecristo is one of the seven islands that make up the Tuscan Archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 60 km from the coast of Italy. Made famous by Alexandre Dumas classic novel of be……

Culture Acqua Alta: The Periodic Flooding of Venice and Chioggia

Every year between autumn and spring, Venice and the neighboring costal town of Chioggia suffers from bouts of temporary flooding caused by exceptionally high tides that occur in the northern Adriatic……

Culture The Three Peaks of Lavaredo

The three peaks of Lavaredo, or the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in Italian, are three distinctive battlement-like peaks, in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy. They are probably one of the best-known……

Culture Soca River – The Emerald Beauty

The Soča is a 136 km long river that flows through western Slovenia and northeastern Italy in one of the most beautiful and unspoiled valleys in Europe, springing from the limestone mountains in the n……

Culture 8 Deserts That Aren’t Really Deserts

Deserts take up nearly one-third of the Earth's land surface, yet only 41 countries in the world (one-fifth) are hosts to all the deserts on this planet. That leaves out quite a significant number of……

Anecdote The Plague Island of Poveglia

The island of Poveglia is one of the many small islands located in the Venetian Lagoon between Venice and Lido. It is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of thousands of people that allegedly died he……

Culture 8 Deserts That Aren’t Really Deserts

Deserts take up nearly one-third of the Earth's land surface, yet only 41 countries in the world (one-fifth) are hosts to all the deserts on this planet. That leaves out quite a significant number of……

Anecdote The Rooftop Racetrack of Fiat’s Lingotto Factory

The Lingotto building in Turin, Italy, is a massive half-kilometer long reinforced concrete structure, five stories tall, that once housed the largest and most modern car manufacturing plant in Europe……

Culture Garden of the Fugitives: Fossilized Victims of the Vesuvius Eruption

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD is one of the most catastrophic and famous eruptions of all time. The explosion of the eruption threw deadly cloud of stones, ash and fumes to a height of 20.5……