The Pamphilj family and the dream of Panphilia in Valmontone

The Doria Pamphilj family is one of the dynasties that have made history in the Papal and Italian states. The highest point of power was Pope Innocent X’s government in one of the most thriving times. According to some legends the origin dates back to Gens Panphilia of Roman Numa Pompilio, but much more probably … Continued

Experience a trip with a tourist guide

Oftentimes I hear someone saying: ‘I’ve already been there’. The answer to this question – usually – is: ‘Alone or with a guide?’ And nine times out of ten it comes out that yes, my interlocutor in one way has already been there, but without the help of a tour guide, a ‘flesh and bone … Continued

The History of Amusement Parks and Magicland

‘Panem and Circenses’, this is how the Romans governed their people and food and fun parks are what is still used today to get the consensus of citizens. But how did the fun parks change? No more real blood of gladiators but still strong excitement that raises the level of adrenaline. The history of modern … Continued

“007” in a mosque during prayer time

A few years ago I had the opportunity to go into my city and photographically document what was happening in a mosque during prayer time. I do not remember the exact time. I was in Brescia. I went to the imam with whom I had an appointment and presented myself. I remember most of the … Continued

San Luigi Gonzaga, Protector of Youth and the Red Cross

San Luigi Gonzaga is the protector of Youth and the Red Cross for the way he gave his life while young helping others during a serious plague in Rome. Luigi was born fortunate, near Lake Garda in Castiglione delle Stiviere in 1568, because his father was the Marquis of the area appointed by the king … Continued

Notte di San Lorenzo - Zagarolo

Contests and festivals for San Lorenzo in Zagarolo

The week long festivities for San Lorenzo, patron saint of Zagarolo, involve both religion and tradition. At night on the day of San Lorenzo, 10 August, there is the night of falling stars celebrating with glasses of wine, and beside these festivities is the religious festival. Zagarolo is a jewel of artistic beauty, the triumph … Continued