Archive for June, 2012

June 20, 2012

Venice’s NEW Hop-on, Hop-off Vaporetto

Venice’s Grand Canal is its main thoroughfare. The number 1 vaporetto route runs up and down the Grand Canal, stopping in each of the six sestiere or neighborhoods as well as the Lido, so it’s a good way to see Venice. Although it’s pretty crowded during the day, an evening on the number 1 vaporetto can be scenic and romantic.

OR…board  the Vaporetto dell’Arte, the official new tour of the Grand Canal in Venice started service June 1st.

This regular water service along the Grand Canal is for everyone who wishes to visit the city in an original and relaxed way. The multimedia equipment on board will offer audio and video focus points on the city and its arts heritage along the entire route. On board a free welcome kit will be given out, containing a paper guide with a summary of the route.

With the Vaporetto dell’Arte you can tour the heart of the city comfortably seated and immersed in a relaxing atmosphere. Visitors can get on and off as they please (hop-on/hop-off system), stopping to visit museums, monuments, theatres and exhibitions, making up more than 20 prestigious establishments of Venetian artistic and cultural heritage.  Cost is currently Euro24 per adult and good for the full day.  Service runs 7 days a week from 9AM-7PM.

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June 13, 2012

Earthquake in Emilia Romagna

June 13th…Ferrari has started online auction for earthquake victims. 

Www.ferraristore.com   will dedicate significant sums to those who have lost their loved ones in the recent earthquakes. The auction will feature rare and important items like 599 Evo, street-illegal race sports berlinetta , prancing horse watches, Formula 1 merchandise such as race suits, helmets, a V8 engine and other memorabilia associated with race cars from the past.

May 20th…

More than 120 aftershocks rocked the area in the hours following the magnitude-6.0 earthquake, which toppled factories, apartment buildings, and medieval and Renaissance monuments early Sunday. The epicenter was a small town between the art-rich cities of Modena and Ferrara. The area had not been considered at high risk for earthquakes, leading officials to call for revisions to the country’s risk map. Seven deaths have been reported.

No significant damage occurred in Bologna or Modena. Italians felt the quake strongly in Tuscany, Veneto, Lombardy, Liguria, Marche, Trentino Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia.

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June 8, 2012

Amalfi Coast

With summer travel plans in the works, Campania invaribly comes up. It is south of Rome and on the Tyrrhenian Sea and is comprised of some of Italy’s most well known names…Capri, Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii, Paestum, and Positano, to mention a few. The Amalfi coastline is a favorite summer playground for Italians and tourists alike. It has it all…from fascinating archaeological sites, appealing medieval towns, white sand beaches and picture-perfect villages….many built into the terraced hillsides.

There is something magic about the houses spilling down the hillsides of Positano toward the blue sea. Positano has been featured in many movies, the latest being Under the Tuscan Sun.
Once a small fishing village and port of maritime power Amalfi, today Positano derives its wealth almost entirely from tourism. Everywhere the views are compelling, and the fish you eat at dinner are fresh.
There’s lots to do in Positano for the well-heeled shopper and the beach crowd. Otherwise, a day trip for the views is all it takes.

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