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Visit Rome with kids! What to see, where to stay

By |2018-04-20T08:22:40+00:00September 4th, 2017|History, Romans|

Checking out the Servian Wall in Rome You'll never run out of things to do with kids in Rome! The Roman Forum is a good place to start - plenty of room to climb and run. At the end of the Forum is the Colosseum, where gladiators killed lions, and if you have enough energy, afterwards [...]

Visit Italy with kids! Sights to see

By |2018-04-25T10:19:37+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval, Romans|

Leaning Tower of Pisa Visiting Italy with kids is a blast, because many Italians are very friendly to other people's children and everyone will always be talking to your kids, helping you out, making them laugh, and generally helping you have a good time. Don't be too suspicious - relax and enjoy the [...]

Stone Age Italy – the history of Italy

By |2018-09-04T07:43:05+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History|

Stone Age rock art from Val Camonica, in northern Italy. Neanderthals in Italy By around 200,000 years ago, there were a few early humans living in Italy. We know about them from their flint axes, and from one of their villages that has been excavated west of Rome at Torrimpietra. These were not modern humans, though, but [...]

The Roman Republic – Ancient Rome

By |2018-04-28T14:05:02+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

Doric temple at Paestum, Italy Conquering southern Italy Once they had established their Republic,  the Romans began to conquer southern Italy. They used another good idea to help them. Offering to help cities Like Alexander the Great about the same time, Romans told everybody that if any city needed help fighting a war, the Romans would be happy [...]

First Punic War – Carthage and Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:04:35+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

Sicily seen from space (the tip of Italy is on the right) (Most of what we know about this war comes from either Polybius or Livy): By 274 BC, the Romans had taken over all of Italy. Then a Greek city that was NOT in Italy asked the Romans to help it out in a war. This city was in Sicily, [...]

Who were the Etruscans? History of Italy

By |2018-10-02T12:06:39+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

Etruscan tomb sculpture: the Etruscans liked fancy tombs From Villanovans to Etruscans Around 700 BC, the Bronze Age people we call the Villanovans started to get ideas from the Greeks and Phoenicians who were sailing around the Mediterranean. They started to do things the way the Greeks and the Carthaginians did them. Historians call these people the Etruscans (ee-TRUSS-kins). Who were the [...]

Bronze Age Rome – History of Rome

By |2018-09-22T12:00:01+00:00September 2nd, 2017|History, Romans|

A gold cup from northern Italy (ca. 1800 BC) is like Bronze Age gold cups from Germany and England and may show that there was trading going on all across Bronze Age Europe. When did Italy's bronze age start? Very early on, about 5000 BC, Stone Age people in northern Italy were mining [...]

Etruscan pottery – Etruscan art – Italy

By |2018-04-25T09:00:18+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Etruscan black figure pottery from about 510 BC (Louvre) When the Etruscans were ruling most of Italy, in the 500s and 400s BC, they were making two kinds of fancy, expensive pottery. Etruscan red figure from about 410 BC One kind of pottery was basically in the same style as Greek pottery of the same time [...]

Etruscan architecture – Early Italy

By |2018-04-24T23:33:17+00:00August 26th, 2017|Architecture, Religion|

Etruscan temple at Veii - a reconstruction The Etruscans, about 700 BC, were the first people in northern and central Italy to build big buildings out of stone. They learned from the Greeks and the Phoenicians to build big stone temples for their gods. Not many Etruscan temples survive. This is probably because some of them were built out of [...]

St. Benedict – Christianity – History of Religion

By |2017-08-21T17:33:57+00:00August 21st, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

Egyptian caves where early monks and nuns lived In the 500s AD, Benedict was the founder of a new Christian movement toward monasticism: living as monks or nuns. Already in the 300s, especially in Egypt, men and women had been going off by themselves into the desert, away from people, to live a life of prayer, devoted entirely to [...]