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Marika spiega - Vacanze estive e Ferragosto - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

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People often wonder where the name ferragosto comes from, as well as the holiday itself. Marika fills us in with its fascinating history and evolution.

Marika spiega - Vacanze estive e Ferragosto - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

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In Italy, August is the warmest month, and most Italians try to go on vacation for at least part of the month. The most important vacation day is August 15th, called Ferragosto.

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 14 View Series View This Episode

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Our final stop in the Baroque south of Italy is the church of San Giorgio, a masterpiece of architecture, admired by the entire world. The cathedral appears in the opening credits of the Italian TV series "Inspector Montalbano," and it also features in some episodes.

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 13 View Series View This Episode

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By observing the damage wrought by earthquakes, architects were able to figure out the best way to build churches to withstand future seismic events. So, in addition to the Baroque style present in cities like Ragusa, in Sicily, practical considerations were also at the source of certain architectural choices.

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 12 View Series View This Episode

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Our journey takes us to Modica, in Sicily, where the historic center of the city had to be rebuilt entirely because of an earthquake in 1693. There was also a great flood in the twentieth century, resulting in some other major changes in the layout of the city. It remains a beautiful Baroque city, full of wonders.

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 11 View Series View This Episode

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There are a good ninety rooms in Palazzo Nicolaci. As on the outside of the building, symbolism pervades every space, as if there were the fear of emptiness. And, in true Baroque style, it was all created to amaze the eye of the beholder.

Fuori era primavera - Viaggio nell'Italia del lockdown - Part 16 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

We come to the end of this story of the lockdown in Italy, told through amateur videos, all gathered and coordinated by Gabriele Salvatores.

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 10 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata is one of the largest private residences in all of Noto. Built in the eighteenth century in Baroque style, it was the urban residence of the noble Nicolaci family. Its splendid Baroque balconies, together with the façade of the Church of Montevergine, contribute to creating one of the most characteristic corners of all Noto.

Fuori era primavera - Viaggio nell'Italia del lockdown - Part 15 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

On April 25th, Italians celebrate being liberated from the Nazis. It's customary for Italians to gather in piazzas all over the country to celebrate, but in 2020, everyone was in lockdown. The famous song Bella ciao provides the soundtrack for this segment, as people talk about their experiences, as well as what they are looking forward to when the worst of the pandemic is over.

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 9 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

In Noto, there are two churches facing each other, with the interesting characteristic of having being built to house Benedictine nuns. One of them, the church of Santa Chiara (Saint Clare), went on to become one of the most important examples of Baroque architecture in Sicily.

Fuori era primavera - Viaggio nell'Italia del lockdown - Part 14 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

How did Italians spend Easter in 2020? Certain traditions were able to be maintained, but it wasn't easy!

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 8 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

In 1693, there was a terrible earthquake in the south-eastern part of Sicily, and much of it was razed to the ground. The subsequent rebuilding of the cities followed the tenets of the Baroque style that had already taken hold during the Spanish reign.

Fuori era primavera - Viaggio nell'Italia del lockdown - Part 13 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

Despite the restrictions brought on by Covid, people would still graduate from school, they'd get married, and they'd celebrate birthdays. But of course, they would have to get creative. Health workers in close contact with Covid patients would have to find a way to be affectionate with their loved ones without infecting them.

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 7 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

We're back in the center of Lecce, where there's one of the most beautiful piazzas in Italy, the Piazza Duomo (cathedral square). It can be described as theatrical and eye-poppingly stunning, but it also had an important practical function in its past.

Fuori era primavera - Viaggio nell'Italia del lockdown - Part 12 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

During the pandemic, there were those who couldn't do their shopping for one reason or another, so volunteers would help out. Some could pay for their groceries, but others couldn't. At the beginning of the video, we're in the ZEN, a housing project on the outskirts of Palermo. ZEN stands for Zona Espansione Nord (northern expansion zone). Towards the end of the segment, we're at Milan's Pio Albergo Trivulzio, a nursing home and hospital where many people died in the first wave of Covid-19.

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 6 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

The monastery boasts a beautiful, wide staircase from the first half of the 18th century, with some curious charcoal drawings whose purpose remains a mystery. The monastery went through several transformations before becoming what it is today, the seat of the University of Salento.

Fuori era primavera - Viaggio nell'Italia del lockdown - Part 11 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

During the lockdown of 2020, cities were deserted. The urban landscape changed drastically and some strange things happened, too.

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 5 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

We visit a famous monastery near Lecce, which got its name from the Olivetan monks who lived there. They had come from another famous monastery in the province of Siena, the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Alberto Angela describes the symbolism of the beautiful, mid-sixteenth century canopy well in the cloister. Today, the monastery houses the University of Salento.

Fuori era primavera - Viaggio nell'Italia del lockdown - Part 10 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

During the pandemic, children keep being born, which is a a joyous event. At the same time, people, especially the elderly, die with no loved ones around, no closure, no goodbyes. The doctors and nurses worry constantly about having been careful enough with their PPE.

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

In addition to its Baroque art and architecture, Lecce has a rich ancient history, underscored by a Roman amphitheater, in part still standing, right in the middle of the city. But Lecce's history goes even further back than that.

Fuori era primavera - Viaggio nell'Italia del lockdown - Part 9 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

How can you stay fit if you are shut up in your apartment? It's not easy, but it can be done. And what if you're a musician? Your balcony becomes your stage, and the adjacent buildings, your audience.

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

Visiting Piazza Falconieri makes you feel as if you were in a fairytale. The stone used for these beautiful buildings and decorations has a particularly interesting story.

Fuori era primavera - Viaggio nell'Italia del lockdown - Part 8 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

Living in a studio apartment during the quarantine was especially challenging. Bergamo was one of the worst hit cities in Italy and the rate at which coffins piled up was shocking.

Meraviglie - S2 EP3 - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

What's so special about Lecce? It has something to do with the kind of stone found there. And masters of art and architecture knew how to make beautiful buildings with it, giving rise to the Lecce Baroque.

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