Rome

The reason Roman structures survive so long is because they used volcanic ash in their concrete, which slowly transforms to aluminum tobermorite when exposed to sea water. Something modern scientists have been trying to do for decades.

Why modern mortar crumbles, but Roman concrete lasts millennia Modern concrete—used in everything from roads to buildings to bridges—can break down in as few as 50 years. But more than a thousand years after the western Roman Empire crumbled to dust, its concrete structures are still standing. Now, scientists have finally figured out why: a …

The reason Roman structures survive so long is because they used volcanic ash in their concrete, which slowly transforms to aluminum tobermorite when exposed to sea water. Something modern scientists have been trying to do for decades. Read More »

Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Since 2004, Italian law insists Neapolitan pizza must include wheat flour, flour yeast, mineral water, peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sea salt & olive oil to be considered pizza.

Naples Coordinates: 40°50′42″N 14°15′30″E / 40.84500°N 14.25833°E “Napoli” redirects here. For other uses, see Napoli (disambiguation) and Naples (disambiguation). Naples (/ˈneɪpəlz/; Italian: Napoli [ˈnaːpoli] (listen); Neapolitan: Napule [ˈnɑːpələ, ˈnɑːpulə]; Ancient Greek: Νεάπολις, romanized: Neápolis)[a] is the regional capital of Campania and the third-largest city of Italy, after Rome and Milan, with a population of 967,069 …

Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Since 2004, Italian law insists Neapolitan pizza must include wheat flour, flour yeast, mineral water, peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sea salt & olive oil to be considered pizza. Read More »

Meet St. Lawrence, who was burned to death on a gridiron by the prefect of Rome for distributing alms to the poor. After being burned on the gridiron for a long time, he said “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over!”, and became the patron saint of comedians.

Saint Lawrence This article is about the 3rd-century Christian martyr. For other people or places called Saint Lawrence, see Saint Lawrence (disambiguation). See also: San Lorenzo Saint Lawrence or Laurence (Latin: Laurentius, lit. “laurelled”; 31 December AD 225 – 10 August 258) was one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome, Italy, under …

Meet St. Lawrence, who was burned to death on a gridiron by the prefect of Rome for distributing alms to the poor. After being burned on the gridiron for a long time, he said “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over!”, and became the patron saint of comedians. Read More »