Whether real or fake, relics of saints are powerful objects of worship

The sacred "grand tour" of Italy is the itinerary of Christian relics that extends from Rome throughout the entire peninsula. It touches Padua (St. Francis), passing through Genoa (St. John the Baptist), descending to Naples (St. Januarius) all the way down to Catania (St. Agatha). The relics are a more
Tempelhof playground
The take-off runaway of dreams

From the City of the Wall to the Lung of Europe. Thanks to the Tempelhof airport recovery project, Berlin is again relishing in large open spaces. After the acquisition of the 386 hectares that marked the history of German aviation and their conversion into a huge urban park in 2009, the city admini more
Of men and wolves
The story of a return

Men and wolves: instinct and reason, pack and society, nature and urbanisation; the thousand-year intertwining of two species, creating a unique history that is part science, but also part fears, irrationality and legends. Men and wolves have always coexisted in history, distrusting each other but s more
The new world of retirees
Where your money double up. If you are old

Known since Roman times as "Finis Terrae", meaning the last part of Europe before the great ocean, Portugal has actually become the land of new beginnings.
Ever since the government introduced the subsidised tax regime for those requesting "habitual resident" status (Nao habitual resident) in 20 more
The pink folk
Epic cycling in the heart of the Mediterranean

In Italy cycling goes hand in hand with the Giro d'Italia. That's a fact. Here sweat and suffering ("No talk and all battle", said the cyclist Felice Gimondi) are combined with folkloristic, widespread cheering: the Italians come down to the street all along the peninsula during the Giro, touching a more
Mazara - No More Fishing
The most Arab city in Italy opens the doors of his Casbah

The names Mazara del Vallo or Mahdia del Vallo come from the Tunisian city which most of the Tunisian families who have been living in Mazara for decades originally came from. Mazara: the fishing town which no longer has fishing boats and fish, and will soon also lose its fishermen. Mazara and the C more
Venice delivery
Door to door on water

Even delivering a package involves a unique and quite extraordinary amount of effort in Venice. It matters not a whit whether said package is going to a hotel, a bar or a restaurant. Organising funerals and simple maintenance work is equally fraught. Even in this modern era of ours, day-to-day chor more
A midwife
Giving birth at home

Ann Loos, 37, is a midwife who is passionate about her work. She is also one of the last midwives in Germany who is still helping women who want to give birth at home.
The country has about 20,000 midwives, and about 3,000 of them work freelance. Of the approximately 750,000 births this year, more
The Paper Forest
Chopping trees down in Sweden

When we think about deforestation our mind goes directly to the Amazon forest in South America. But there is another piece of untouched nature that is disappearing: the Swedish forest.
Under the new slogan "bioeconomy", many industry sectors want to use more trees as raw material: fuel for car more
Of men and fights

"Seeing those men leaving all behind to have a chance to reach their goals was so intense. That was when I fell in love with this sport".
These are the words used by almost all MMA fighters when they describe how their dream was born.
Twenty years ago they were pioneers testing themselves more
Daily life under the highest volcano in Europe

For ancient Greeks it was the realm of Vulcan, the God of fire. But the gigantic shape of Mongibello (from the Latin 'mons' and the Arab word 'giabal', meaning both mountain), always inspired more trust than fear: the spit-firing Etna - UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013 - has always been conside more
The sheep party
Rettir, a very special round up celebration

In Iceland you can measure time both by looking at your wrist watch or the return of the sheep to their stone folds.
It's a centuries old practice, traditionally held between September and October: sheep farmers round up their animals, which has been let free for the whole Summer, and then celeb more
Next generation at sea
New routes of hope in the Mediterranean

With the arrival of the vessel Iuventa - belonging to the NGO "Jugend Rettet" - the humanitarian emergency in the Mediterranean sea changes its route. This ship represents a Europe quite different from the one gravitating around Bruxelles bureaucracy and banks' interests: it's the fresh, energetic f more
A thriving Islamic community at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius

For centuries, different influences have visually shaped the southern Italian city of Naples and its social fabric, making it very open to contaminations and prone to hospitality. Specifically, thanks to its geographical position and its University called "L'Orientale", Naples has always been a fa more
Terra Amara
Hard times in the fields for foreign workers

Counting both regular and irregular farming stations, Italian agriculture is nowadays employing around 400,000 foreign workers. Most of them come from Western Africa, after facing endless journeys and dreadful experiences: while crossing the desert and then the Mediterranean sea, many of them very o more
Yes, Italy's got slums. And the inhabitants are Italians

"A densely populated urban area characterized by overcrowding, housing below acceptable standards, inadequate access to pure drinking water and sanitation, uncertainity of tenure, squalor".

This is the common definition of a slum accepted by the United Nations.

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