Category: General

  • From Columbus to Francesco de Pinedo flying boat

    Francisco de Pinedo

    Francesco de Pinedo was a famous Italian aviator. A Regia Marina (Italy’s Royal Navy) officer who transferred to the Regia Aeronautica (Italy’s Royal Air Force), he was an advocate of the seaplane who is best known for his long-range flying boat flights in the 1920s that demonstrated the feasibility of global air travel.

  • On the map – Civita di Bagnoregio

    Civita di Bagnoregio

    People come from all over the world to visit Civita di Bagnoregio, an island of golden red tufa, laying upon white  clay. Because of heavy hydro-geological erosion, tufa here turns into cleaves and badlands. The phenomenon has transformed the landscape into something reminiscent of a dantean circle, with the earth slowly crumbling, as if consumed […]

  • Contact Tracing and Christopher Columbus

    Columbus ships

    Contact tracing has been remarkably successful at helping contain the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea, Australia and Germany, as well as some smaller places. Yet contact tracing goes back a long way: 500 years ago Italian physicians used it to control syphilis.

  • We’re toppling statues because we don’t learn enough history

    Columbus statue - Boston

    Once the statues are all dethroned, should we go after every individual with Nazi & slavery links or move forward and build a better world?

  • Raphael virtual tour

    Raffaello-Madonna

    Planning to visit Italy?
    In the meantime enjoy a virtual tour of the Raphael exibit in the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome.