Category Archives: history

Rome is the capital of Italy

..if you’d ever had any doubts, now it’s official! The Eternal City was celebrated as capital yesterday 140 years after the capture of Rome from the papacy by the newly formed Italian state in 1870, the final event in the … Continue reading

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Ministers stay away from Bologna bomb commemoration

Today the city of Bologna holds its annual commemoration of the terrorist bomb explosion in the city’s central railway station on 2nd August 1980, which killed 85 people and injured over 200. For the first time however the ceremony will … Continue reading

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Liberation Day still source of unrest

Every year on 25th April Italy celebrates its Festa della Liberazione to mark freedom from fascist-nazi rule in the country at the end of the Second World War in 1945. Although it is also considered a day of national unity … Continue reading

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L’uomo che verrĂ  (film review)

A touch of neo-realism in Giorgio Diritti’s harrowing account of the Marzabotto and Monte Sole massacre of 1944 when entire village communities were killed by occupying German forces. Many “real life” non professional local people were used as actors in … Continue reading

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