The Serenissima: Venice

So he again set eyes on the most astounding landing, that blinding composition of fantastic architecture, which the Republic has to offer the awestruck looks of the approaching seafarer: the light grandeur of the Pala... Read more

The Masks

By mask we mean, at least in the commedia dell'arte, a stereotyped character who wears masks, as well as distinctive costumes, and who expresses himself through codified gestures. The origin of the mask in the commedi... Read more

Carnival: history and traditions

The etymology of the term "carnival" derives from the Latin carnem levare (literally "remove the meat") and indicated the banquet that took place during the closing day of Carnival (Shrove Tuesday) and whose definitio... Read more

Giacomo Casanova

He became famous for his reputation as an infallible seducer, so much so that his name has also entered the everyday language, Giacomo Casanova is one of the most fascinating figures of Italian modernity. Born in V... Read more

Romanticism in literature

Romanticism owes its name to the term romantic, an adjective derived from romance, which first appeared in Britain in the mid-seventeenth century, with the meaning of "romance", as opposed to "real". However, it h... Read more

Amor librorum: the bibliophilia

Bibliophilia, love of books. That is the passion in reading and collecting books, usually paying particular attention to the quality of the edition, the rarity, etc.. Writer and journalist Arrigo Cajumi gives an amusi... Read more

Love poems

“Yes Yes/ when God created love he didn't help most/ when God created dogs He didn't help dogs/ when God created plants that was average/ when God created hate we had a standard utility/ when God created me He created... Read more

The Biblioteca Romantica

The Biblioteca Romantica is a series of Mondadori books created in 1931, but whose project had already been in the pipeline for a few years. The series has a list of 50 titles and can be considered a testimony ... Read more

Leonardo da Vinci: 500 years later

500 years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci is a name that still today arouses deep admiration for the genius he showed in the field of literary, pictorial and scientific arts and, above all, for the cultural heritag... Read more

Amos Oz

The Israeli writer Amos Oz passed away at 79, counted among the "bigs" of world literature and considered the "giant" of dialogue. A writer who has given strength, through his novels also engaged in politics ("A Tale ... Read more