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plague

Venice Is Almost One Big Plague Graveyard

A city built on water was always going to struggle with burials—especially when a deadly pandemic came to town.
October 27, 2022
Gastro Obscura
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library

The Treasures Within the World's Greatest Wine Library

This California collection is a trove of wine books and rarities.
September 16, 2022
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woods

How a Self-Trained Italian Blacksmith Built Himself an Amusement Park

Bruno Ferrin made a wonder in the woods by hand and by chance.
August 24, 2022
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disappearing world

Keeping the Centuries-Old Tradition of Venetian Bookbinding Alive

Inspired by a 15th-century editor, Paolo Olbi pushes to keep this from being the last chapter.
July 29, 2022
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roman

A Roman Emperor's Villa Is Now Producing Olive Oil

Hadrian's estate has trees found nowhere else on Earth.
May 5, 2022
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aquariums

It Takes a Lot of Odd Jobs to Keep a Massive Aquarium Running

And they all involve developing a close relationship with the aquatic world and its inhabitants.
September 1, 2021
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apples

Why Italian Apple Farmers Are Coating Their Orchards in Ice

Freezing the trees, blossoms and all, may be the only way to save the crop.
April 27, 2021
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tourism

Is This the End of Italy's Iconic Valley of the Mills?

The charm of centuries-old ruins and a unique ecosystem face the perverse incentives of the modern tourist economy.
March 10, 2021
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discovery

Unearthing a Roman Villa Under a Working Vineyard

Its stunning mosaic floor luckily escaped root damage. 
May 29, 2020
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livestock

From Tending Sheep in the Sicilian Mountains to the Venice Biennale

How Lorenzo Reina’s open air theater made southwest Sicily a cultural hotspot.  
May 18, 2020
Gastro Obscura
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fruit

The Archaeobotanist Searching Art for Lost Fruit

Renaissance paintings can hide botanical secrets.
February 21, 2020
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fruit

When Royalty, Scientists, and Gardeners All Wanted Fake Fruit

One collection of fake produce is a reminder of both ingenuity and loss.
August 30, 2019
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honey

The Zen Beekeeper Returning Hives to the Wild

By handling bees with his bare hands, Michael Joshin Thiele seeks to better understand them.
June 12, 2019
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travel writing

The Egyptian Egg Ovens Considered More Wondrous Than the Pyramids

A hatching system devised 2,000 years ago is still in use in rural Egypt.
March 29, 2019
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livestock

The Italian Farmer Returning Chickens to the Wild

His chestnut forest is home to thousands of hens.
March 1, 2019
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foraged foods

Reviving the Lost Tradition of Cooking Flowers

It was once common across rural Italy.
November 12, 2018
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greenhouses

Journey Into the World’s First Underwater Farm

A team of Italian divers is growing basil, tomatoes, and strawberries.
July 27, 2018
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easter

Every Easter, a Sicilian Town Builds a Cathedral Out of Bread

It's a competitive team sport.
March 30, 2018
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unusual encounters

What Is It Like to Live Alone on an Island for 30 Years?

Mauro Morandi has been the sole resident of Budelli, Italy, for decades, but that time may be coming to an end.
March 6, 2018
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penguins

Found: A Secret Penguin Supercolony in Antarctica’s Danger Islands

Good news for the future of Adélie penguins.
March 2, 2018
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picasso

Found: Details of Picasso's Plan for His Most Massive Work of Art

"Bust of a Woman" would have soared 100 feet over Tampa.
March 1, 2018
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renaissance

Found: The Earliest Depiction of Breast Cancer, in Renaissance Paintings

The disease may have been relatively common in the 16th century.
February 28, 2018
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turtles

Found: A 5.5-Million-Year-Old Ancestor of the Red-Eared Slider

The ancient relative of a popular (but invasive) pet.
February 27, 2018
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ring

Found: A 700-Year-Old Ring Adorned With St. Nicholas

It was probably lost by a medieval pilgrim on his way to the Holy Land.
February 26, 2018