Tag: Black Madonna

  • The town of San Quirico and the spiritual struggle of a pilgrim

    The town of San Quirico and the spiritual struggle of a pilgrim

    The town of San Quirico stands out in the hills that mark the boundary between the Orcia and Asso valleys in Tuscany. These lands, shaped by verdant landscapes, still inspire suggestions of a distant and evocative past. There were echoes there of chivalric deeds, stonemasons at work, pilgrims dragging their weary steps over dusty paths, […]

  • The Mother goddesses of Capua

    The Mother goddesses of Capua

    In Petrara locality, among the countryside of Curti, an ancient tufa podium was found [1]. There, within an area owned by the Patturelli family, the remains of a complex cult building and dozens of carved mothers, the so-called Matres Matutae (Mother Goddesses) of ancient Capua, were discovered. The site was located not far from the […]

  • The Sanctuary of Oropa, nigra sum sed formosa

    The Sanctuary of Oropa, nigra sum sed formosa

    A well-established folk tradition, widespread among the valleys of Biella in Piedmont, states that St. Eusebius brought the Black Madonna to the Sanctuary of Oropa. Eusebius, the first bishop of Vercelli since 345, was a fervent opponent of the Arianism. When he refused to subscribe the edicts of the Council of Milan (355), which affirmed […]

  • Segusium and the ancient Roman remains of Susa

    Segusium and the ancient Roman remains of Susa

    Cottius, wise and far-sighted Cottius, king of the Cottians. When Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C., and Rome plunged into a bloody civil war, some of the Gallic tribes settled in Northern Italy took the opportunity to rebel. The Salassians on several occasions barricaded themselves in the Alpine passes, in the hope of getting free […]

  • Augusta Praetoria, the Roman Aosta

    Augusta Praetoria, the Roman Aosta

    Augusta Praetoria Salassorum was the name of the colony that Emperor Augustus had placed to guard the Alpine transit routes, and which we know today as the Roman Aosta. There, in fact, the consular road from Milan (Mediolanum) to Gaul ran along two main road axes: one towards Lyons (Lugdunum) by way of the Little […]

  • Hadrian, the sensibility of an emperor

    Hadrian, the sensibility of an emperor

    The Historia Augusta, a 4th century source by an unknown author, transcribes the words of the Emperor Hadrian facing death: “Animula vagula blandula, hospes comesque corporis Quae nunc abibis in loca Pallidula rigida nudula Nec ut soles dabis iocos” (Historia Augusta, Adriano) “Little soul, gentle and drifting, guest and companion of my body, now you […]

  • Valvisciolo Abbey in Sermoneta, a Templar site

    Valvisciolo Abbey in Sermoneta, a Templar site

    On the slopes of Monte Corvino, where the Lepini Mountains look towards the Agro Pontino, there is an abbey distinguished by beauty and simplicity. Valvisciolo Abbey seems to exist in this place since eternity, but its origins are uncertain and lost in time. The forgotten origins of Valvisciolo Lubin, the most ancient and important historian […]

  • The lost tiles of Pieve Terzagni, San Giovanni Decollato

    The lost tiles of Pieve Terzagni, San Giovanni Decollato

    A soft fog was reflecting the lights back towards the deserted road, like dancing figures and projections of shadows. Suddenly, a small flocks of migrating birds passed over the car, disturbing the quiet air of the plain. Here, along the Po valley, is cold and the humidity raises quickly. After a wide curve in the […]

  • The church of Saint Peter in Gemonio

    The church of Saint Peter in Gemonio

    According to the popular tradition, the little church of Saint Peter in Gemonio was founded by the Lombard queen Theodelinda. Additionally, it would have been entrusted to the monks of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro in Pavia by the king Liutprand. However there are no historical sources that might confirm this thesis. Anyway, the church […]

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