Treehouse Apartment, Torino.

Shrouded in 150 trees that absorb 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide per hour, this massive five-story, block-spanning residential building occupies its own protected inner-city ecosystem. Located in Torino, Italy, 25 Verde was designed by Luciano Pia (images by Beppe Giardino) to serve both the residents of the complex as well as the surrounding urban environment. […]

Turkish ship driven aground by strong winds.

Bari, Italy The Turkish merchant ship Efe Murat is driven aground in strong winds off the coast of Italy. Image Credit: Photograph by De Giglio/Fotogramma/Ropi/REX/Shutterstock Source: A bullish president and a ship aground: Tuesday’s best photos | News | The Guardian

Medieval Bridge of Shops in Florence.

Photo: Jason Mier on Flickr. Many centuries ago, bridges served many purposes. Aside from getting you over water, it was common for medieval bridges to have chapels and shops built over them, and many were fortified with towers and ramparts because bridges served important entry points to the cities. The Ponte Vecchio or the “Old […]

Artemesia Gentileschi, feminist baroque painter.

Photo: Artemisia Gentileschi channelled personal trauma into her art. (Getty: Universal Images Group) An Italian seventeenth-century Baroque painter, Artemisia Gentileschi’s paintings are “full of rage, of feminist anger”, Murray say. While many women of her generation were expected to be little more than nuns, Gentileschi instead became an accomplished artist. She was the first woman […]

Biblioteca Vallicelliana, Rome,

The Biblioteca Vallicelliana is almost hidden, its entrance located through a mundane door in the façade of baroque maestro Francesco Borromini’s Chiesa Nuova, not far from Piazza Navona. One of those shallow ceremonial stairways that unfortunately are no longer common leads to the library started by Saint Filippo Neri, the founder of the Congregation of […]

The Roman built Cascata delle Marmore Waterfalls.

About 8 kilometers east from the city of Terni, in the Umbria region of Italy, is a beautiful three-tiered waterfalls called Cascata delle Marmore or the Marmore Falls. Photo Credit: Photograph by MilaCroft/Shtterstock.com The falls were once part of the ‘Grand Tour’ which wealthy young Englishmen of the 17th and 18th century took through France […]

Waves of Green in the Countryside.

Green waves … this drone shot, taken in Italy, won second prize in the Amateur Beauty category. Image Credit: Photograph by Mauro Pagliai/SkyPixel See more images via The world’s best drone photography – in pictures | Travel | The Guardian

A Dance to the Music of Time, c.1634-36.

A Dance to the Music of Time, circa 1634-36, by Nicolas Poussin Father Time plays his lyre and the seasons dance to his tune. Poussin takes the theme of transience to elaborate allegorical heights in one of his most famous and quoted classical compositions. One of the dancers is Bacchus, god of wine, whose harvest […]

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo Da Vinci, Italy.

Leonardo Da Vinci was, literally and figuratively, the ultimate Renaissance Man. Famed as one of the greatest of all painters, he was also an inventor, scientist, architect and mathematician. His famous illustration of Vitruvian Man, named after the Roman architect who inspired him, describes the ideal human proportions (note how the outstretched arms are as […]

Urban Hijacking.

A new selection of creations between street art and urban hijacking by Italian artist Fra.Biancoshock, based in Milan, previously featured with “Fra.Biancoshock – Between Street Art and Hijackings“. Some surprising creations thoughts to surprise and provoke reactions, between references to pop icons, urban reinterpretations and satirical installations… Brilliant! via Fra.Biancoshock – 18 new clever urban […]