Monte dei Paschi di Siena: The World’s Oldest Bank
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Monte dei Paschi di Siena: The World’s Oldest Bank

Rocca Salimbeni and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena We are in front of the impressive former stronghold of the Salimbeni family, wealthy Ghibelline merchants and bankers. In the 15th century, their fortress home was confiscated by the Commune of Siena which placed the toll post and the “Monte Pio” later incorporated into Monte dei … Continue reading

The Ostia Mafia – Piazza Gasparri And Beyond
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The Ostia Mafia – Piazza Gasparri And Beyond

Crippling bureaucracy has, unfortunately, become embedded in Italy’s soul. And crippling layers of bureaucracy invite corruption from people desperate to navigate the system or to get something done. And corruption opens the door to organized crime… I know what I’m talking about because my chick is Italian (Like a real Italian from Italy – not … Continue reading