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Porciano, Toscana (Tuscany), italy

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Il quarto stato (The Fourth Estate)

Today is the anniversary of Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo’s birth.

The painting is a 20th century icon, representing workers on the march towards the spectator. It’s been a worldwide symbol for the left wing movements.

  • Autore / Artist: Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo (July 28, 1868 – June 14, 1907)
  • Data dell’opera / Date of the work: 1913
  • Tipo dell’opera / Type of the work: olio su tela / Oil on Canvas
  • Collocazione / Location: Civiche raccolte d’arte, Milano, Lombardia (Civic Art Collections, Milan, Lombardy), Italy
  • Stile / Style: preavanguardia / Pre-Avantgarde
  • Misure / Sizes: 293×545 cm (115×215 in)

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Basilica di S. Caterina d’Alessandria (St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral), Galatina, Puglia, Italy (XIV sec. - 14th C AC)

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La torre rossa (The Red Tower)

  • Autore / Artist: Giorgio De Chirico (1888-1978)
  • Data dell’opera / Date of the work: 1913
  • Tipo dell’opera / Type of the work: olio su tela / Oil on Canvas
  • Collocazione / Location: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venezia (Venice), Veneto, Italy
  • Stile / Style: metafisica / Metaphysics
  • Misure / Sizes: 100x74 cm (39.37x29.13 in)

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Treviso, Veneto, Italy

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Serra San Quirico, Marche, Italy

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Chiesa di San Michele in Foro, Lucca, Toscana (Tuscany), Italy (VII-XIV sec. - 7th-14th C AC)

The church of St. Michael is called “in Foro” (in Forum), because it’s located in the same place of the ancient Roman Forum.

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Caduta del fascismo, 25 luglio 1943 (Fall of Fascism, July 25 1943)

The awful events, the continuous defeats in every theater of the war, the lack of resources and the unprepared to a modern war Italian headquarters had left the Country to a disastrous and unbearable situation of Italy in 1943, 

The Gran Consiglio del Fascismo (Grand Council of Fascism) was a body created by Benito Mussolini himself, to rule the Fascist Party and Italy. It was called by Mussolini to decide about the actions to be taken in the continuation of the war (World War Two), after the Allied invasion of Sicily.

On the night between 24th and 25th July 1943, the majority of the Grand Council voted an order of the day that gave the command of the Italian Armed Forces back to the King of Italy and so, in practice, it removed Mussolini from the government.

The same day Mussolini went to the King’s residence to resign; at the end of the audience Mussolini was arrested without any formal charge. The war went on with another Prime Minister, Pietro Badoglio, until the following 8th of September, when Italy signed an armistice with Allies. The events from July 25 to September 8 1943 are the main reasons of the notoriety of Italy as a cowards’ nation and low reliable country.


Asta demanio 2014 (Italian State Property Auction 2014)

Venghino, sióri e sióre, venghino! (Please Ladies and Gentlemen, gather here!) Italy’s on sale again!

Don’t lose these opportunities: who hasn’t the trifle of some hundred thousand Euros in his pocket, to knock his own little Italian residence (more some millions to restore it)? Make your dreams come true!

Too much low or no bids at all at the recent auctions of some Italian State properties. I posted on last month about one of them,  the Isola di Poveglia (Island of Poveglia, Venice lagoon), that Italian news assumed to be rent for 99 years  to an Italian businessman for 513,000 Euros. Now the Agenzia del Demanio (Italian State Properties Agency) has considered not acceptable the offer, because it was too low. Moreover, other buildings has received no bids at all. So everything’s to start again from scratch.

Here are some properties and their starting prices, only for you, my millionaire followers:

  • Isola di Poveglia, laguna di Venezia (Poveglia Island, Venice lagoon) (350,000 Euros, but it was refused a 513,000 Euros bid) Google Maps
  • Castello di Gradisca d’Isonzo (Gradisca-on-Isonzo Castle), Friuli-Venezia Giulia (free bid)
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  • Ex convento (Former monastery) di San Domenico Maggiore Monteoliveto, Taranto, Puglia, Italy (921,000 Euros)
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  • Casa Nappi, Loreto, Marche, Italy (511,500 Euros)
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  • Ex casa del Fascio (Former House of the Fascist Party), Caravaggio, Lombardy (644,700 Euros)
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  • Ex base militare (Former military base) di Ceneselli, Veneto (1,350,000 Euros)
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  • And several other buildings of various sizes

Source: Huffington Post Italia

Abbazia di S. Eustachio (St. Eustachio Abbey), Veneto, Italy

The monastery was suppressed in the 16th century, because of the immorality of the friars. Its ruins of the abbey were totally destroyed during the World War I, when the front crossed the Montello Hill, where the abbey was located.

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Festa del Redentore, Venezia (Feast of the Redeemer, Venice), Veneto, Italy

The Feast dates back to the building of the Chiesa del Redentore (Church of the Redeemer) in 1576, to thank God for the end of a pestilence. It is held on the 3rd Sunday of July and engages the whole city of Venice. A temporary pontoon bridge connects Venice with the island of Giudecca, where the Church is located; Venetians and tourists are entertained by a fireworks show, at the end of the day, from their boats and St. Mark’s Square..

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Zoldo di Cadore, Veneto, Italy

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San Gregorio da Sassola, Lazio, Italy

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Lago specchio di Venere, isola di Pantelleria, Sicilia (Lake Venus Mirror, Pantelleria Island, Sicily), Italy

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