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Four Italian Maritime Republics: Genoa, Venice, Pisa and Amalfi

Genoa, Pisa, Venice and Amalfi: the Regatta offers a chance for complete immersion in the beauties of Italy.

On June 7th the unique setting of Venice will provide the backdrop for one of the most spectacular events linked to the history of the Bel Paese: the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics, the origins of which date back to Italy’s glorious maritime tradition during the Middle Ages.

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Byssus, also known as sea gold

BYSSUS – Sea Gold in Sardinia

Byssus, also known as sea gold, has a legendary fame with ancient roots: the Bible refers to it as the cloth of King Solomon, of Queen Hecuba, as also recounted by Aristotle.

Every year, on the first moon of May, a woman would immerse herself in the sea to gather this gold and use it to make a yarn with which she would weave incredible fabrics. It sounds like a myth but it actually still happens in Italy today: this woman is called Chiara Vigo and she lives on the island of Sant’Antioco, the biggest of the islands of Sardinia, to the south west, around eighty kilometers from Cagliari.

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The Monasteries of Italy: silence, nature and genuine foods

Italy has many Monasteries set amidst stunning landscapes that harbor centuries of prayer, silence and meditation.

But there is also something else that characterizes these holy places: the industriousness of the people who live there, monks and nuns who work the land to produce genuine products.

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