The Winged Victory of Samothrace

The Winged Victory of Samothrace

When is an old marble statue not just another old marble statue? When it’s one of the oldest and most influential statues in the world. What you probably don’t know is that the vast majority of those statues are copies made by Romans of Greek originals. Not only are these original greek statues much older […]

What is the “Gothic” culture in Europe?

What is the “Gothic” culture in Europe?

Gothic can refer to three different, but vaguely related things. 1: Various ancient Germanic tribes of Europeans whose numerous sackings of Rome helped bring about the fall of the Roman empire. 2: A type of horror literature written in 18th and 19th century Europe featuring gloomy old castles and ruins, lost loves, terrible weather, and, […]

Italian Carnevale

Italian Carnevale

Though Venice’s world-famous carnival festival receives the most attention, it’s not the only carnival celebration in Italy. Most of the major festivities for this quintessential Italian festival come alive on the weekends, especially the final weekend of the celebration. Farther south, Viareggio has wonderful Carnevale celebrations each Sunday during February with massive man-made floats. Finally, […]

Italian Epiphany

Italian Epiphany

In Catholic tradition, the Epiphany is when the three wise men finally reached the baby Jesus to worship him and give him their gifts of frankincense, gold, and myrrh. Today, it’s also an important Italian festival for children because of the arrival of La Befana, a friendly, if somewhat ugly, old lady who arrives on […]

Italian Salumi

Italian Salumi

So what exactly are “Salumi”? Think of them as Italian deli meats or Italian cold cuts.The word salume literally means “Salted meat”.Though most Italian salumi are made from pork, you can find salumi made from wild boar, deer and even horse. Actually, there are hundreds of different kinds of salumi in Italy. Italian cured meats […]

The 2 Pizzas that every person should see

The 2 Pizzas that every person should see

1. Piazza della Signoria, Florence In medieval cities, each piazza had its own function: one served as the city’s political center, another as its religious base, and a third as the nucleus of its economy. Florence’s Piazza della Signoria was the political center of not only the city but the entire Italian Renaissance. Oddly shaped […]