Italian Landscapes - Paesaggi d'Italia

"Tre cose desidero vedere innanzi alla mia morte, ma dubito, ancora che io vivessi molto, non ne vedere alcuna: uno vivere di republica bene ordinata nella città nostra, Italia liberata da tutti e’ barbari e liberato el mondo dalla tirannide di questi scelerati preti."

Francesco Guicciardini, Ricordi, 1512/30
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Nocera Umbra, Umbria, Italy

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Porto Selvaggio (Savage Harbor), Puglia, Italy

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Spiagge di Melendugno (Melendugno Seashores), Puglia, Italy

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Àsolo, Veneto, Italy

Asolo has been the little Queen of Cyprus’ realm.

Caterina Cornér (1454-1510), a Venetian noblewoman, got married in 1468 with James II of Lusignan, also known as James the Bastard.

When he died in 1473, she acted as regent of Cyprus. Soon the Republic of Venice managed her to abdicate in its favor (Cyprus became a Venice’s possession until 1573, when it was conqured by the Ottoman Empire; the Republic of Venice and its Christian allies won the naval battle of Lepanto in 1571, during the Venetian-Ottoman war, as a revenge for the atrocious killing of the island’s last defenders after their surrender, but this is another story).

Well, let’s go back to Caterina: when she went back to Venice, she was received with all honors and the town of Asolo was assigned as a little realm to her and her court, until her death. The town was embellished with several buildings in Renaissance style and it’s really worth to visit it.

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Castello di Lombardia (Lombardy Castle), Enna, Sicilia (Sicily), Italy (1130-1250)

The castle owes its name to a Lombard soldiers’ garrison, that was located there during the Norman rule of Sicily (1061-1250)

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Castel Frentano, Abruzzo, Italy

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Calascibetta, Sicilia (Sicily), Italy

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Cala Dogana, Isola di Lèvanzo, Sicilia (Customs Bay, Levanzo Island, Sicily), Italy

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dogs are the embodiment of happiness

I’ve posted all of these before but they look cuter together ok

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Cappella Portinari, Basilica di Sant’Eustorgio, Milano, Lombardia (Portinari Chapel, St. Eustorgio Cathedral, Milan, Lombardy), Italy

  • Artista / Artist: Vincenzo Foppa (1427 - 1515)
  • Data dell’opera / Date of the work: 1462-1468

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Rocca Pisana, Lonigo, Veneto, Italy

  • Architetto / Architect: Vincenzo Scamozzi
  • Data di costruzione / Building Date: XVI sec. / 16th C AC

The villa doesnt’t owe its name to the far Tuscan city of Pisa (Pisana is the Italian adjective of Pisa), but to the Venetian family of Pisani, that made it built by Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548-1616). The villa’s design was inspired by the more famous Andrea Palladio’s Villa Rotonda.

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Villa Corsini, Mezzomonte di Impruneta, Toscana (Tuscany), Italy (XV sec. - 15th C AC)

The villa is one of the Medici’s Villas in Tuscany. The Medici family, Lords of Florence and later Grandukes of Tuscany, built several villas for their rest and vacations. The building is a perfect example of classic Tuscan Renaissance architecture.

The villa is opened for parties, weddings and other events.

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Chiesa di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Roma (Rome), Lazio, Italy

Santa Cecilia was a 3rd C AC Christian martyr. After his death, her home soon became a place of worship and, when the Christianity became the state religion in the Roman Empire, a church was built in her home’s place.

During the rebuilding of the church in 1599, her sepulcher was opened and her body was found almost intact and in the position after sculpted by Stefano Maderno (1570-1636).

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Guidarello Guidarelli (Ravenna, circa 1450-60 - Imola, 6th-7th March 1501) was a condottiero (mercenary warlord) at the service of Cesare Borgia (the famous and evil son of Pope Alexander VI and brother of Lucrezia, well-known for her role of “femme fatale” and poisoner): btw, much of her vilenesses were made up after her death, while Cesare was actually a real villain.

Anyway, the poor Guidarello was killed in a duel or murdered for trivial matters. He should’ve never believed that his celebrity would be due only to his tombstone, that dates back to few years after his death, whose author might be Tullio Lombardo in 1525 or, much more probably, a 1800s copy of the original one.

The tombstone, originally placed in St. Francis’s Church in Ravenna, is now displayed in the Accademia di Belle Arti in the same city.

The legend says that any girl that kisses the statue’s face would get married within a year or, if already married, would be pregnant within the same period.

P.S. Be careful. Before some dummies are going to rush to Ravenna asap (if there’s any girl that still believes that marrying and having babies are the most important values in life), watch out: the statue is now protected by a crystal case!

And what about guys? The legend doesn’t say a word about them. Depending on your wishes, you can kiss Guidarello’s statue or that one in Lucca, representing Ilaria del Carretto (wait for my tomorrow post). In any case, I hope it’s clear: this legend is only a mega bullshit.

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Castel Pietra (Stone Castle), Calliano, Trentino, Italy (XIII sec. - 13th C AC)

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