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Padua is a cultured and genteel city, but also mysterious and modern, a city of multiple faces: it is indeed the city of Giotto and his brilliant Scrovegni Chapel, it is the city of St. Anthony, to whom is dedicated the magnificent Basilic.
Ischia, the island of the Sun-god extolled by Homer, boasts an ancient history: it was the first Greek settlement in the west, as well as the residence of queens and noblewomen during the course of the 16th Century. A famous setting for films and the stomping ground for a number of artists, politicians and entertainment personalities in the 1960s.
Towards the end of the 16th Century, Rome was practically embracing the young Caravaggio with open arms: indeed, he was "adopted" by the Papal aristocracy as a sort of public relations agent that could augment the credibility of the Church's Counter-Reformation message.