Riace Bronzes need more check-ups to prevent ‘cancer’  - December 9th, 2016




Milan – The first unusual spots have appeared on the faces, legs and abdomen of the Riace Bronzes and experts say that more frequent check-ups are needed to ward off “cancer”. The two Greek bronzes of naked, bearded warriors from around 460-450 BC were found in the sea near Riace in 1972. They are currently held at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria, Italy. Experts from the University of Salento and the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione e il Restauro (ISCR) in Rome made the announcement at the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria as part of the initiative ‘Arte E(‘) Scienza’, held over the weekend in several Italian cities by the Associazione Italiana di Archeometria (AIAr) to illustrate the most advanced techniques of scientific investigations applied to culture. One example is fluorescent X-rays, a non-invasive diagnostic technique used by the “doctors” in charge of the bronzes to examine them “lying down” in a sort of “field hospital” set up in Palazzo della Regione Calabria. Researchers were able to analyse the chemical composition of the patina left on the lower part of the two statues and create a sort of map of the spots which will serve to draw up future “cancer prevention” strategies. (ANSA)

Emperor Augustus’ last villa may have been found  - December 2nd, 2016




Naples – Italian and Japanese archaeologists have found what could be the last villa of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus (63 BC-14 AD). The ruins of the splendid abode lie at Starza della Regina, near the Naples hinterland town of Somma Vesuviana, on the slopes of Mt Vesuvius. A dig on the large villa has been going on for 14 years. On Wednesday the site was visited by Professor Satoshi Matsuyama of Tokyo’s Imperial University, which has been funding the work since 2002, by archaeologist Antonio De Simone from Naples’ Suor Orsola Benincasa University, and by archeaological superintendency official Mario Cesarano. “So far 2,500 square metres has been excavated,” De Simone told ANSA, “and we expect to dig out as much again, at least”. The latest discovery was a huge water tank, measuring 30 metres by 10. Archaeologists say the villa dates to the first decades of the second century AD, but the dig has unveiled statues that date back to before the eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD. (ANSA)

Gentileschi, Palladio revealed in weekend openings  - December 2nd, 2016




Rome – Four cities will feature exhibition openings this weekend, starting in Rome and working upwards toward the northern reaches of Bergamo, Vicenza and Trieste. In Rome, Palazzo Braschi hosts the unique talent of Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi; architect Andrea Palladio is revealed in a show in Vicenza; a rediscovered work designed by Lorenzo Lotto goes on display in Bergamo; and in Trieste, a show marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Franz Joseph I of Austria. (ANSA)

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AUTUMN IN TUSCANY AND UMBRIA SPECIAL  27th September to 12th October, 2016

This special itinerary takes a leisurely roam through the famed and the fabulous nooks of beauty, history and culture of this rightly much-lauded part of Italy, with time to observe, experience, share thoughts and contemplate along the way.  This lovely tours starts in the walled city of Lucca, in north-western Tuscany and enjoys leisurely time in Florence, central Tuscany, Assisi and Perugia in Umbria, then Etruscan southern Tuscany before finishing in Rome.


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