Italy is a country blessed with lakes, mountains and beautiful coastline. It is a place for exquisite cuisine amongst a richness of history. There is so much to see and experience, in this ‘bellissimo’ country. . .
The Ferrari brand is perhaps one of the most iconic family names to come out of Italy.
Created in the 1950s by Enzo Ferrari, the first luxury racing cars were manufactured in the city of Maranello. Enzo himself was a race car driver, and it is this personal experience as a driver, combined with his commitment to improved engineering, that has revolutionized the luxury car industry.
The red which is associated with Ferrari was not a choice by Enzo. It was the colour the International Automobile Federation (FIA) assigned to all Italian Grand Prix racecars in the early years. Forty five percent of all Ferrari’s sold are red.
Famous people Christopher Columbus Born
31 October 1451
Died 20 May 1506
There are many explorers who have redefined history, however, there are few who have influenced the very establishment of certain countries. Christopher Columbus is one such historical figure who changed the perception of the American continents for the European countries. Through his four significant voyages he not only discovered new land masses, but also initiated Spanish colonization and the establishment of several new societies.
Born 25 April 1874
Died 20 July 1937
Guglielmo Marconi was an Italian engineer and inventor who successfully demonstrated the working of long-distance wireless telegraph and radio signal.
He began experimenting in his father’s estate and was successful in sending wireless signals over short distances. He took his machine to England where his invention was received with enthusiasm. One of the interested parties was British Post Office. Within a year, his successful endeavour of broadcasting to 12 miles, Marconi applied for his first patent. Determined to establish that wireless waves were not influenced by the curves of Earth, he transmitted his historic wireless signals across the Atlantic.
A Sicilian, Francesco Procopio Dei Coltelli, was one of the most influential individuals in the history of gelato; he was the first who sold it to the public, introducing gelato to Europe. Summoned to Paris in 1686, he opened a café named “Café Procope,” which quickly became one of the most celebrated haunts of the literary establishment in France.
Meanwhile in Italy, the art of traditional gelato making was handed from father to son. It continued to be improved and perfected right up to the 20th century, when many gelato makers began to emigrate, taking their know-how to the rest of Europe.
Valentino Rossi is an Italian professional motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP World Champion. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name – seven of which are in the premier class.
He has always raced with the number No. 46 in his motorcycle grand prix career. The number his father had raced with in the first of his 3 grand prix career wins, in 1979, in Yugoslavia, on a 250c Morbidelli. Typically, a World Championship winner is awarded the No. 1 sticker for the next season. However, in a homage to Barry Sheene, who was the first rider of the modern era to keep the same number (No. 7), Rossi has stayed with the now famous
No. 46 throughout his career.
This huge Amphitheater is the largest of its kind ever built by the Roman Empire and has remained a model for sports facilities right up to modern times. Built as a venue for public spectacles and shows – even mock sea battles, it had a wooden floor that was 83 by 48 meters. Underneath it were two stories of tunnels, rooms, cells, and passages for gladiators, workers, wild animals, and storage.
Sorrento, a fashionable tourist destination is a beautiful coastal town in Southwest Italy, a fantastic place for exploring the magnificent countryside, the infamous Pompei and the Amalfi coastline. The coastline stretches 50 kilometres with rugged clifftops and stunning fishing villages nestled with small beaches and coloured with cliffside lemon groves. There is an abundance of activities from boat trips, vineyard wine tasting, cooking classes and copious amounts of history.