Nature / Wildlife

Mount Etna New UNESCO

Mount Etna New UNESCO

MOUNT ETNA GETS UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE STATUS By Kate Carlisle Despite its frequent rumblings and occasional lava spill-overs, Sicily’s Mount Etna is hot spot for travellers, wine makers and even skiers who venture up to the snowy peaks take on the slopes. Ancient visitors to Sicily saw the 3,329-metre-high volcano as a phenomenal force of nature, linking it to strength and even fertility for its rich soils and imposing masculine similitude.   Both Homer and Virgil wrote about Etna and it is said that when the Arabs occupied the island,...

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Dinosaurs in Napoli

Dinosaurs in Napoli

(ANSA) – Naples – They roamed all corners of the earth and despite the fact that they disappeared from the planet 250 million years ago, dinosaurs continue to fascinate. A journey back to the land of the lost features 50 ‘live’ dinosaurs in their natural settings. Under the shadow of Vesuvius, the Days of the Dinosaur exhibit in Naples comprises lifelike robotic models of all sorts of prehistoric beasts, many of which starred in books and blockbuster movies such as Jurassic Park. Visitors can get a close-up look at the...

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Lavender fields

Lavender fields near Ancona, in the Italian Region of  Marche. Campi di lavanda vicino ad Ancona, nella regione Italiana Marche. Medicinal Properties The name Lavender was derived from the Italian word lavarsi, meaning simply to wash oneself, as the plant was crushed, added to olive oil and then used as a primitive soap in Roman times to improve its suppleness. The plants strong scented resin has strong antibiotic properties and was even used to disinfect hospital floors during World war II. When the plants oil is burned in aromatherapy it...

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Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunflower fields near Perugia, located in the Italian Region of Umbria. Campo di girasoli vicino Perugia, nella regione Italiana Umbria.  

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Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound (Piccolo Levriero Italiano) The Italian Greyhound is an ancient breed of dog, smallest of the sighthounds, that has been popular in Italia for over a thousand years. Depictions of Italian Greyhounds can be found in frescos at the ancient city of Pompeii, on mosaics with Roman Emperors, and also in art by Giotto, the first great artist of the Renaissance.

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