Chianina

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Are reportedly the oldest breed of cattle in the world, and this claim is supported by a significant amount of evidence, in particular the fact that they appear in a number of Ancient Rome’s most notable sculptures and images. They are also mentioned in the poetry of Columella, which was written around 50 AD! Chianina are believed to have originated …

Palio Di Siena

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Siena’s Palio is arguably Italy’s most renowned annual sporting event. However, the enthusiasm for this traditional horse race is not so much about the race itself, which lasts just 75 seconds on average, but the pageantry and tradition that surrounds it. The race, which is held in honour of the Virgin Mary, takes place twice yearly: on the 2nd of …

Cortona

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According to George Dennis, Cortona has a long and colourful history and has been known by many different names in the past. Originally part of Umbria, in the latter stages of the Gothic War (535-554), Cortona was ransacked and destroyed. However, in the 600s BC, the Etruscans won it in battle, enlarged it, and renamed it Curtun. In later years, …

What Is There to Know About Saturnia

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In the municipality of Manciano in Maremma, you will notice that there is a small town that is situated on a hilltop that overlooks the world famous thermal springs known as Saturnia. The town resembles an Etruscan feel and can be found along the Roman road Clodia which is in the middle of the Cassia and Aurelia roads. The way …