Tivoli

Water, Beauty, Progress It is everywhere, impossible not to notice it, not to hear it. Water is certainly the most present element in the landscape of Tivoli. Waterfalls and fountains cannot be counted by exploring this ancient town around 30 km outside Rome. Inhabitants have wisely exploited its abundant water for centuries as a source… Continue reading Tivoli

Monfalcone

One of Europe’s Last Living Company Towns The most striking feature about industrial heritage is the coexistence of contrasts and contradictions in the places and cities heavily marked by industry in their history and society.Beauty is not the first thing people link with Monfalcone, a small coastal town in the northeast of Italy, near the… Continue reading Monfalcone

Villa Smeraldi, the Peasant and Farming Culture Museum

Today, Bologna and the Emilia Plain is one of the most modern, advanced and industrialized areas in Italy. But the region’s roots are agricultural, a kind of work that has mostly disappeared in the everyday life of the most people. However, no less than fifty years ago it was the base of the economy and… Continue reading Villa Smeraldi, the Peasant and Farming Culture Museum

San Petronio: a church against the Church

Every day I take a walk through the center of my home city, Bologna, and pass in front of our big basilica, San Petronio. It proudly dominates the iconic main square, Piazza Maggiore. However, San Petronio looks a bit strange. Its facade is divided in two parts: the lower half covered with marble, the upper half… Continue reading San Petronio: a church against the Church

A Night Walk in Leipzig

Heritage Times was launched one year ago, during the 2016 edition of “Denkmal”, the largest European fair for monument restoration. It was also the occasion, for me as an enthusiast about Germany, to see for the first time Leipzig, one of the most engaging cities of the country.Since I had to stay at the fair… Continue reading A Night Walk in Leipzig

Rieth, Erfurt and the heritage of Plattenbauten

Rieth is a northern neighborhood of Erfurt built between 1971 and 1978, the second in the Thuringian city following the Plattenbauten scheme. This German word hints at how the buildings are made, i.e. with prefabricated concrete slabs. Clearly this method was not exclusive to East Germany, but immediately became a widely known reference to the public… Continue reading Rieth, Erfurt and the heritage of Plattenbauten

The Bernina Railway

The Bernina Railway is an international line connecting St. Moritz, in the Swiss canton of Grisons, with the Lombard town of Tirano, Italy. Completely opened in 1910, it’s one of the most famous railways in the world due to the spectacular landscapes along its route and for its advanced level of engineering, especially in the time… Continue reading The Bernina Railway

Europa Nostra Awards 2017: The island of Kea and the ancient city of Karthaia

Kea, an island that forms part of the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea, is a beloved weekend destination for Athenians and just one hour by ferry from the Greek capital. On this hilly, scarcely populated island, lie the ruins of the ancient city of Karthaia. Karthaia was populated for around 1300 years from the… Continue reading Europa Nostra Awards 2017: The island of Kea and the ancient city of Karthaia