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velocita

This unusual looking motorcycle was on the cover of “Popular Science” in 1924. The machine was invented and build by Davide Gisladi, employed as a motorcycle police officer in Milan. The new vehicle was called velicita (Italian for “speed”) and also motormota by its designer. One way to describe the idea behind this machine is that it consists of a very small motorcycle that rides the inside of a giant wheel.

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As LCD screens become cheaper and cheaper one can be certain that ambient video will be gaining popularity. This trend is just starting, but there are already some nice apps for iPad. The best one, in my opinion, is Magic Window. I usually connect the iPad to a large TV and this particular app fills the entire screen. The cool thing about Magic Window is that it uses time-lapse photography, and the speed can be controlled inside the program. You can see a day go by in some totally different place on Earth, as if you indeed have a magic window in your living room. I also got an expansion pack with some views of Europe and unsurprisingly Italy is featured in it quite extensively: Tuscany (my favorite), Rome, Florence (Ponte Vecchio, as pictured above), Venice, Pisa. The footage for the app seems to be from Timestock.tv, so if you are only interested in views of Italy you can probably buy some photographs there to use however you please.

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Italy: A patriotic lady with a flag

May 10, 2012

This is a postcard from the turn of the century, as far as I can tell. An entire set of such postcards was published featuring young patriotic ladies with their national flags. At the top you can see the first musical phrase of “an Italian royal march.” I have no idea what that is supposed […]

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The joy of Italian cooking

December 19, 2011

Can anyone imagine, let alone, find a picture that expresses the essence and joy of Italian cooking better than this photograph by Max Smolyar, made for the “Boungiorno” restaurant in Kiev, Ukraine? See also: Favorite Italian dishes, by region

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Italy from space (at night)

December 12, 2011

 

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Italian ice cream kinds

October 8, 2011

Ice cream is considered Italy’s favorite dessert – an understandable preference given the climate. Ice cream can be found in many establishments, but there are also specialized ice cream shops: gelaterie (plural for gelateria). There is a handful of important terms that you need to know to navigate through the delicious world of Italian ice […]

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Savoy shield

September 3, 2011

This heraldic shield can be often seen in old Italian crests and symbols previously used by various branches of the military. In terms of blazonry (a highly elaborate lingo employed in heraldry), it can be described asĀ  gules a cross argent. This is the arms of the House of Savoy. It is said to first […]

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“Popular history of Italy” poster

September 3, 2011

Storia popolare d’Italia, dalle origini ai nostri tempi. Popular history of Italy, from the origin to our time – a promotional poster for a 19th century mass market book. See also: Vintage Italian poster for an advertising company Italian history for kids

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Italian history for kids

August 30, 2011

“Storia d’Italia narrata ai fanciulli” (“History of Italy told to children”), a poster.

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Italian map watch

July 20, 2011

Jacob & Co. The Five Time Zone Watch: 4.50 ct. Italian Map design in Blue & White Pave Diamonds. 47mm Stainless Steel. As far as I know, Jacob & Co no longer carry this model. There are someĀ  cheap replicas out there, but who needs these? I am unaware of any other watch maker that […]

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