towers in Bologna
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2 Towers: Garisenda and Asinelli, Bologna

The 2 Towers in Bologna’s Piazza di Porta Ravegnna These towers, or as the Italians say “Torri’s” are the symbol of Bologna and a landmark that stood out against the sky for those who came from Ravenna and via Emilia from the south. This Piazza di Porta was the point of arrival and departure for those in the past. The shorter one is called Torri Garisenda and the taller, Torri Asinelli. The names come from […]

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march dual citizenshhip
Dual Citizenship, Italy 411

Get Started With Your Dual Citizenship & Get Your Checklist

We have put together a basic checklist to help you get started if you are considering obtaining dual citizenship with Italy. Even today, it still amazes me the amount of documentation we needed and, the fact that it had to be all original documents. Checklist Download Since we currently live in Arizona and the documents we needed were in New York and Massachusetts, it literally took us about two+ years to get these original documents (with all […]

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Commitment to Sustainable Energy in Parma

Commitment to Sustainable Energy – Modulo Eco – What is it?   A commitment to sustainable energy is happening right now in Parma, Italy!       The Covenant of Mayors is the main movement which involves local and regional authorities committed to increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources on their territories. Through their commitment they intend to meet and exceed the European target of 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020. […]

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San Petronio
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San Petronio, Bologna

San Petronio The Basilica of San Petronio is extremely large in size. It is the largest Gothic church built in bricks in the world. It is the tenth-largest church in the world by volume, about 433 feet long by 216 feet wide. The vault reaches about 147 feet inside and it is about 168 feet in the facade. Needless to say, you feel very small standing inside. The unique facade has a lower part made […]

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Basilica of Saint Marinus
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Saint Marinus Basilica, San Marino

Saint Marinus Basilica Saint Marinus Basilica is neo-classical  and was built in the early 19th century and dedicated to San Marino. The interior is classic style, with a long nave and two side aisles lined with altars. There are seven altars with beautiful paintings and statues. The high altar (above) has a statue of St. Marinus sculptured by Tadolini. An urn there contains the relics of St. Marinus. This basilica was beautiful as it lacked color. […]

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Tips, Travel

Keep Documents Handy

Keep Documents Handy! Keep your documents handy is good advice! It is a good idea to keep a copy of your drivers licence and passports at your hotel just in case your original passports are stolen or misplaced. You must carry your original passport at all times.  You can also email them to yourself; keeping them on your smart phone, or of course – take a photo of them. The police (Carabinieri) at times do […]

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