Anguillara Veneta is a comune in the Province of Padua in the Italian region Veneto, located about 45 kilometres southwest of Venice and about 30 kilometres south of Padua. The city is known for being the town of origin of the Bolsonaro family, a proeminent Brazilian political clan. Anguillara Veneta borders the following municipalities: Agna, Bagnoli di Sopra, Boara Pisani, Pozzonovo, San Martino di Venezze, Tribano
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
I Borghi più belli d'Italia is an association of small Italian towns of historical interest, founded in March 2001 on the initiative of the Tourism Council of the Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani, with the aim of preserving and maintaining villages of quality heritage. The association holds initiatives such as festivals, fetes and concerts that highlight the cultural, historical and linguistic heritage, involving residents and local artists, it was inspired by its older French counterpart, Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, is part of the international organization "Les Plus Beaux Villages de la Terre". The admission of any village or town to the club requires of the same the meeting of a number of prerequisites, both structural—such as the architectonic harmony of the urban fabric and the quality of the public and private building heritage—and general, regarding the quality of life in the village itself, in terms of activities and services for the people. Aosta Valley Étroubles Emilia-Romagna Bobbio Brisighella Castell'Arquato Compiano Dozza Fiumalbo Fontanellato Gualtieri Montefiore Conca Montegridolfo San Giovanni in Marignano San Leo Vigoleno Friuli-Venezia Giulia Clauiano Cordovado Fagagna Gradisca d'Isonzo Poffabro Polcenigo Sesto al Reghena Toppo Valvasone Arzene Liguria Apricale Borgio Verezzi Brugnato Campo Ligure Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena Cervo Colletta di Castelbianco Finalborgo Framura Laigueglia Lingueglietta Millesimo Moneglia Montemarcello Noli Seborga Tellaro Triora Varese Ligure Vernazza Zuccarello Lombardy Bienno Cassinetta di Lugagnano Castellaro Lagusello Castelponzone Cornello dei Tasso Curiglia con Monteviasco Fortunago Gradella Grazie Gromo Lovere Monte Isola Morimondo Pomponesco Porana Sabbioneta San Benedetto Po Soncino Tremezzina Tremosine Zavattarello Piedmont Chianale Garessio Mombaldone Neive Orta San Giulio Ostana Ricetto di Candelo Usseauso Vogogna Volpedo Trentino-South Tyrol Canale di Tenno Chiusa Egna Glorenza Mezzano Rango San Lorenzo in Banale Vipiteno Veneto Arquà Petrarca Asolo Borghetto Cison di Valmarino Montagnana Portobuffolé Abruzzo Abbateggio Anversa degli Abruzzi Bugnara Caramanico Terme Castel del Monte Castelli Città Sant'Angelo Civitella del Tronto Introdacqua Navelli Opi Pacentro Penne Pettorano sul Gizio Pietracamela Pretoro Rocca San Giovanni Santo Stefano di Sessanio Scanno Tagliacozzo Villalago Lazio Boville Ernica Campodimele Caprarola Castel di Tora Castel Gandolfo Civita di Bagnoregio Collalto Sabino Monte San Giovanni Campano Orvinio San Donato Val di Comino Sperlonga Subiaco Torre Alfina Marche Cingoli Corinaldo Frontino Gradara Grottammare Macerata Feltria Matelica Mondavio Mondolfo Monte Grimano Montecassiano Montecosaro Montefabbri Montefiore dell'Aso Montelupone Moresco Offagna Offida San Ginesio Sarnano Treia Visso Molise Fornelli Frosolone Oratino Sepino Tuscany Anghiari Barga Buonconvento Castelfranco Piandiscò Castiglione di Garfagnana Cetona Coreglia Antelminelli Giglio Castello Loro Ciuffenna Montemerano Montescudaio Pitigliano Poppi Porto Ercole San Casciano dei Bagni Santa Fiora Scarperia San Piero Sovana Suvereto Umbria Acquasparta Arrone Bettona Bevagna Borgo Sant'Antonio Castiglione del Lago Citerna Corciano Deruta Giove Lugnano in Teverina Massa Martana Monte Castello di Vibio Montefalco Montone Norcia Paciano Panicale Piediluco San Gemini Spello Stroncone Torgiano Trevi Vallo di Nera The villages in southern Italy and the islands are: Apulia Alberona Bovino Cisternino Locorotondo Otranto Pietramontecorvino Presicce Roseto Valfortore Specchia Vico del Gargano Basilicata Acerenza Castelmezzano Guardia Perticara Pietrapertosa Venosa Viggianello Calabria Aieta Altomonte Bova Buonvicino Chianalea Civita Fiumefreddo Bruzio Gerace Morano Calabro Oriolo Rocca Imperiale Santa Severina Stilo Campania Albori Atrani Castellabate Conca dei Marini Furore Monteverde Nusco Sant'Agata de' Goti Savignano Irpino Zungoli Sardinia Atzara Bosa Carloforte Castelsardo Sicily Castelmola Castiglione di Sicilia Castroreale Cefalù Erice Ferla Gangi Geraci Siculo Montalbano Elicona Monterosso Almo Novara di Sicilia Palazzolo Acreide Petralia Soprana Sambuca di Sicilia San Marco d'Alunzio Savoca Sperlinga Sutera Bandiera arancione
Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps
Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps is a series of prehistoric pile-dwelling settlements in and around the Alps built from around 5000 to 500 B. C. on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands. 111 sites, located in Switzerland, Germany, France and Slovenia were added to UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2011. In Slovenia, this was the first listed cultural world heritage site. Excavations, conducted in only some of the sites, have yielded evidence that provides insight into life in prehistoric times during the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Alpine Europe, the way communities interacted with their environment; as the nomination stated, the settlements are a unique group of exceptionally well-preserved and culturally rich archaeological sites which constitute one of the most important sources for the study of early agrarian societies in the region. Contrary to popular belief, the houses were not erected on nearby marshy land, they were set on piles to protect against occasional flooding. Because the lakes have grown in size over time, many of the original piles are now under water, giving modern observers the false impression that they have always been this way.
Prehistoric pile dwellings around Zürichsee Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps: UNESCO Official WebsiteOfficial website
Abano Terme is a town and comune in the province of Padua, in the Veneto region, Italy, on the eastern slope of the Colli Euganei. Abano Terme's population is 19,062; the town's hot springs and mud baths are an important economic resource. The waters have a temperature of about 80 °C; the baths were known to the Romans as Aquae Patavinae. A description of them is given in a letter to Theodoric, the king of the Ostrogoths, from Cassiodorus; some remains of the ancient baths have been discovered. An oracle of Geryon lay near, the so-called sortes Praenestinae, small bronze cylinders inscribed, used as oracles, were found here in the 16th century; the baths were destroyed by the Lombards in the 6th century, but they were rebuilt and enlarged when Abano became an autonomous comune in the 12th century and, again, in the late 14th century. The city was under the Republic of Venice from 1405 to 1797. Abano Cathedral, or the cathedral of St. Lawrence; the current edifice was erected in 1780 over a pre-existing church, destroyed by Cangrande della Scala.
The bell tower has parts from the 14th centuries. The Montirone Gallery, housing works of Il Moretto, Palma the Younger, Guido Reni, Giandomenico Tiepolo and others; the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Salute or of Monteortone. It lies on the site; the church is on the Latin cross plan, with a nave and two aisles with three apses decorated by a frieze. It has with a Baroque portal, a noteworthy bell tower, presbytery frescoes portraying the Histories of St. Peter and Virgin by Jacopo da Montagnana and Palma the Younger's altarpiece depicting Christ Crucifixed Between St. Augustine and St. Jerome. Just outside the city is San Daniele Abbey. 6 km from the city is Praglia Abbey, founded in the 11th century by Benedictine monks and rebuilt in 1496–1550. The abbey church of the Assumption, with a marble portal from 1548, has a Renaissance style interior. Noteworthy is the four cloister complex. Peter of Abano and philosopher L'Italia da scoprire, Giorgio Mondadori, 2006. Abano.it Touristic informations web site
Ziziphus is a genus of about 40 species of spiny shrubs and small trees in the buckthorn family, distributed in the warm-temperate and subtropical regions throughout the world. The leaves are alternate, with three prominent basal veins, 2–7 cm long; the flowers are small. The fruit is an edible drupe, yellow-brown, red, or black, globose or oblong, 1–5 cm long very sweet and sugary, reminiscent of a date in texture and flavour; the generic name is derived from the Persian word for Z. lotus. They are Rhamnaceae, near to the Buckthorn genus. Ziziphus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Bucculatrix zizyphella, which feeds on the genus, Endoclita malabaricus. Well known species includes Ziziphus jujuba, Ziziphus spina-christi from southwestern Asia, Ziziphus lotus from the Mediterranean region, ber, found from western Africa to India. Ziziphus joazeiro grows in the Caatinga of Brazil. Ziziphus celata is listed as an endangered species in the United States.
The fruits are an important source for birds, which eat the whole fruit and regurgitate the seeds intact, expanding the seeds in the best conditions for germination. Secondly, seed dispersal is carried out by fishes; the fruit is energy-rich. It is cultivated and eaten fresh, in jam, it is added as a base in meals and in the manufacture of candy. The leaves can be either deciduous or evergreen depending on species, are aromatic, they are tropical plants, having a great range. They are most abundant where annual average temperatures are between 12 °C and 35 °C and minimum winter temperatures are not lower than −2 °C, they prefer locations with a high temperature coupled with humidity. They require a deep soil, soft, siliceous-calcareous nature or limestone-clay-silica-clay and subsurface permeable, with pH between 5.5 and 7.8. In excessively sandy or clay soils which may be affected by standing water, the plants do not grow well. Many species are sensitive to drought, if the land is excessively dry and of calcareous nature, they may resent the lack of moisture.
At the slightest drought, premature fruit drop is frequent. Ziziphus has several relict species living in temperate areas; these species can not endure the harsh winters of temperate continental climates. The ecological requirements of the genus are those of vigorous species with a great ability to propagate in conducive habitats; this genus is adapted to high rainfall and humidity, but some species are deciduous, living in Mediterranean humid climate. The deciduous Ziziphus species lose all of their leaves for part of the year depending on variations in rainfall. In deciduous species in tropical and arid regions, leaf loss coincides with the dry season, they grow in tropical forests but have been found in stubbles, coastal ranges, tropical mountain areas, wet to dry interior regions. The family is distributed in cloud forest; the differences are ecological adaptations to different environments over a dry-wet climate. Species in less humid environment are smaller or less robust, with less abundant and thinner foliage and have oleifera cells that produce trees with a more fragrant aroma.
In traditional Chinese medicine, suan zao ren is considered to be sweet and sour in taste, neutral in action. It is believed to nourish the heart yin, augment the liver blood, calm the spirit, it is used to treat irritability and heart palpitations. The mythological lotus tree which occurs in Homer's Odyssey is equated with Z. lotus, though the date palm is a possible candidate. List Sources: † Ziziphus hyperboreus Heer † Ziziphus wyomingianisBerry † = Extinct
Padua is a city and comune in Veneto, northern Italy. It is the capital of the economic and communications hub of the area. Padua's population is 214,000; the city is sometimes included, with Venice and Treviso, in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area which has a population of c. 2,600,000. Padua stands on 29 km southeast of Vicenza; the Brenta River, which once ran through the city, still touches the northern districts. Its agricultural setting is the Venetian Plain. To the city's south west lies the Euganaean Hills, praised by Lucan and Martial, Ugo Foscolo, Shelley, it hosts the University of Padua, founded in 1222, where Galileo Galilei was a lecturer between 1592 and 1610. The city is picturesque, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze, many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione, which once surrounded the ancient walls like a moat. Padua is the setting for most of the action in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. There is a play by the Irish writer Oscar Wilde entitled The Duchess of Padua.
The city is known for being the city where Saint Anthony, a Portuguese Franciscan, spent part of his life and died in 1231. The original significance of the Roman name Patavium is uncertain, it may be connected with the ancient name of the River Po. Additionally, the root pat-, in the Indo-European language may refer to a wide open plain as opposed to nearby hills; the suffix -av (also found in the name of the rivers such as the Timavus and Tiliaventum is of Venetic origin indicating the presence of a river, which in the case of Padua is the Brenta. The ending - ium, signifies the presence of villages. Padua claims to be the oldest city in northern Italy. According to a tradition dated at least to the time of Virgil's Aeneid and to Livy's Ab Urbe Condita, Padua was founded in around 1183 BC by the Trojan prince Antenor. After the Fall of Troy, Antenor led a group of Trojans and their Paphlagonian allies, the Eneti or Veneti, who lost their king Pylaemenes to settle the Euganean plain in Italy.
Thus, when a large ancient stone sarcophagus was exhumed in the year 1274, officials of the medieval commune declared the remains within to be those of Antenor. An inscription by the native Humanist scholar Lovato dei Lovati placed near the tomb reads: This sepulchre excavated from marble contains the body of the noble Antenor who left his country, guided the Eneti and Trojans, banished the Euganeans and founded Padua However, more recent tests suggest the sepulchre dates to the between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. Archeological remains confirm an early date for the foundation of the center of the town to between the 11th and 10th centuries BC. By the 5th century BC, rose on the banks of the river Brenta, which in the Roman era was called Medoacus Maior and until AD 589 followed the path of the present day Bacchiglione. Padua was one of the principal centers of the Veneti; the Roman historian Livy records an attempted invasion by the Spartan king Cleonimos around 302 BC. The Spartans came up the river but were defeated by the Veneti in a naval battle and gave up the idea of conquest.
Still the Veneti of Padua repulsed invasions by the Etruscans and Gauls. According to Livy and Silius Italicus, the Veneti, including those of Padua, formed an alliance with the Romans by 226 BC against their common enemies, first the Gauls and the Carthaginians. Men from Padua died beside the Romans at Cannae. With Rome's northwards expansion, Padua was assimilated into the Roman Republic. In 175 BC, Padua requested the aid of Rome in putting down a local civil war. In 91 BC, along with other cities of the Veneti, fought with Rome against the rebels in the Social War. Around 49 BC, Padua was made a Roman municipium under the Lex Julia Municipalis and its citizens ascribed to the Roman tribe, Fabia. At that time the population of the city was 40,000; the city was reputed for the wool of its sheep. In fact, the poet Martial remarks on the thickness of the tunics made there. By the end of the first century BC, Padua seems to have been the wealthiest city in Italy outside of Rome; the city became so powerful that it was able to raise two hundred thousand fighting men.
However, despite its wealth, the city was renowned for its simple manners and strict morality. This concern with morality is reflected in Livy's Roman History wherein he portrays Rome's rise to dominance as being founded upon her moral rectitude and discipline. Still Pliny, referring to one of his Paduan protégés' Paduan grandmother, Sarrana Procula, lauds her as more upright and disciplined than any of her strict fellow citizens. Padua provided the Empire with notable intellectuals. Nearby Abano was the birthplace, after many years spent in Rome, the deathplace of Livy, whose Latin was said by the critic Asinius Pollio to betray his Patavinitas. Padua was the birthplace of Thrasea Paetus, Asconius Pedianus, Valerius Flaccus. Christianity was introduced to much of the Veneto by Saint Prosdocimus, he is venerated as the first bishop of the city. His deacon, the Jewish convert Daniel, is a
Arre is a comune in the Province of Padua in the Italian region Veneto, located about 40 kilometres southwest of Venice and about 25 kilometres south of Padua. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 2,067 and an area of 12.4 square kilometres. Arre borders the following municipalities: Agna, Bagnoli di Sopra, Conselve, Terrassa Padovana. Arre is twinned with: Warmeriville, France