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PriebkeSat 12 Oct, 2013 - by Kyl Chatwaal

On March 23, 1944, a bomb went off in a street-sweeper’s cart on

the Via Rasella in Rome.

It was planted by an Italian Anti-Fascist group “Gruppo

d’Azione Patriottica” (GAP), one of the many underground organizations

resisting Nazi occupation of the Italian capital.



Golfers play Golf Ugolino in Florence, and sip Chianti at the historical residence of Vignamaggio, where Da Vinci's Mona Lisa was painted.   

Thursday 26 September 2013 - By Kyl Chatwaal  Stefano_Vinceti

He’s variously identified himself as the “Lone Ranger,” the

“Sherlock Holmes” of the art world.

He’s shocked us—thanks to his keen PR instincts, and sense of

how to manipulate a sensation-hungry media—with his claims

of having solved the “great mysteries of Italy’s past,” usually accomplished by disinterring famous  



Luchino_ViscontiThursday, 16 September 2013 - by Kyl Chatwaal

Boy meets girl. Boy is lonely. Girl is lonely. Boy falls in love. Girl loves another man.

Story ends with girl in other man’s arms. Roll credits.

Such is the basic outline of a tale that, probably old as humanity, has certainly been popular in 20th century cinema. The seed is the novella by Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky, White Nights,



images-2013altriappuntamenti-criterium daltri tempi-650x919Friday 06 September 2013  - by Sabrina Santi

Recently, Tabita and I participated in the very first "Criterium of the Past", a team race on vintage bikes through the historic center of Bassano del Grappa. Criterium was organized by aficionados of the Bassanesi Historical Cycling Group and the Veloce Club Borgo Brocchi, to "promote urban cycling in all its forms and revitalize the city center".

The race kicked off at 19:45, slightly later that the planned 19:30. It was announced by a 1970's megaphone, in full agreement with Criterium regulations, which ban all modern equipment and technology. (Even watches are not allowed!). The only bikes permitted are those produced before or during 1987. The same rule apply for clothing, the ideal being to match your attire as closely as possible with the era of the bicycle being ridden.

Needless to say, the resulting race was a colorful affair, with a "parade" of fabulous historical costurmes; from elegant turn-of-the-century suites (suspenders, knickerbockers, caps), to vintage "Bianchi-Faema" or "Willier Triestina" lambswool T-shirts, to legendary Eddy Mercks cycling hats, complete with flipped visors.



giocondaTuesday 03 September 2013 - by Kyl Chhatwal 

At some point between the years 1503 and 1506 a Florentine noblewoman named Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, sat as a model for the painter Leonardo Da Vinci. The product of this sitting—now the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa in English, or La Gioconda in Italian—turned 500 not so many years ago, an anniversary difficult to fix because Da Vinci worked on the painting at least until 1517, perpetually retouching the Mona Lisa’s famous smile, and never completing it to his satisfaction.

That Lisa Gherardini, or Lisa del Giocondo, is in fact the model for the painting has not been conclusively proven, but remains the consensus of most art scholars today. Da Vinci’s first biographer, the Renaissance art historian Giorgio Vasari, wrote in his 1550 biography that “Leonardo undertook to paint, for Francesco del Giocando, the portrait of Mona Lisa, his wife”—“Mona” being an abbreviated version of “ma donna,” or “my lady.”