Origin of the word “CIAO”

"Ciao bella!" Meaning "Hello beautiful", this expression is probably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the stereotypical Italian. I can no longer say, however, that it's used only by Italians, since it has now spread worldwide: just think of the German "Tschao" or the expression "Ciao for now!". Apparently short and …

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“Venice is a fish” by Tiziano Scarpa

Venice is probably on your bucket list and obviously not just in yours, since every year the city swarms with tourists from all over the world. Its fame, beauty and magical atmosphere attracts every kind of people and has inspiredartists of all sorts throughout the years, so if you're planning to visit our wonderful city …

Edinburgh’s infamous Maggie: hanged twice and survived!

If you've ever wandered around Edinburgh, you've certainly seen this pub in the Grassmarket area: But whom's is the pub named after? Who's this Maggie Dickson? First thing you should know: she survived hanging. Quite impressive, isn't it? Let's start from the beginning though. Maggie, from Musselburgh, .lived in the Early Eighteenth century as a …