A Woman, A Dog and Umbria (Free Access to this Article)
The new book Marcus of Umbria: What an Italian Dog Taught an American Girl About Love traces Justine van der Leun's funny and illuminating time spent in Collelungo, a 200-person farming village in central Umbria. Justine, a Brooklyn resident, met Emanuele, a local gardener, on vacation and impulsively moved in with him. When she leaves a year later, the author has gained a newfound knowledge of language and family, a deep-rooted passion for animals and nature and a small, spotted dog that she'd adopted named Marcus.
In and Around Collelungo Umbria
The author of the new book Marcus of Umbria, Justine van der Leun introduces us to her former home village of Collelungo in Umbria and what there is to see and do around the more well-known town of Todi.
Food Tour of the Castelli Romani
The towns of Castelli Romani are traditional places for Romans to take a Sunday drive to enjoy peaceful panoramas, the local wine and a perhaps most of all, eat some great food..
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
A Woman, A Dog and Umbria (Free Access to this Article)
Monday, June 28, 2010
In the past decade, the number of beds available to visitors has grown from 14,000 to a 26,000 while the occupancy rate has dropped to a mere 50 percent. Anna Somers Cocks, the chairman of the UK’s Venice In Peril Fund, believes selling the buildings that line the Grand Canal to research institutes can help Venice and its tourist-based economy to avoid turning into a ghost town with too many hotels.
"Selling off the palaces is an ad hoc strategy driven by panic," Cocks told The Telegraph. "It's like auctioning the family silver instead of sorting out your estate. It's very recent – it's all happened in the last five years or so. We think it would be much better to offer some of the palazzos to research institutes, for instance."
If research institutes move in and take on the economic burden of maintaining the buildings, Venice has a chance of profiting from the revenue that the institutes would inevitably bring in. Extra money is something the canal rich city is in desperate need of since most of the city’s revenue is delegated to flood prevention. -- Shakira Mongul
Clooney plays Jack, a contract killer who retreats to a charming Italian town after a particularly taxing job in Sweden. Jack informs his contact that this next mission will be his last. His final assignment proves to be a difficult one as well, and by his own doing. Contrary to his normal behavior, Jack befriends the town priest, Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli), and falls for a local woman by the name of Clara (Violante Placido). The thriller offers a bit of a twist towards the end when the identities and motives of certain characters are not as they initially seemed.
After viewing the film in entirety, Dutch director, Anton Corbijn, decided to return to Sulmona, the small city (famous for confetti candy) in the province of L’Aquila, just for a day. However, the cast and crew scheduled two more last minute stops in the area upon arrival—to Castel del Monet and Castelvecchio Calvisio—before their departure on June 23rd.
The return of the Clooney and the cast caused a bit of chaos. Their presence, however, was appreciated. After the devastating earthquake in April of 2009, which killed 300 and rendered thousands injured and homeless, the province can use some serious attention.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
The Parade: Piazza della Signorina is great place to watch the day’s commencing activity. There you can view the fabulous display of participants dressed head to toe in 15th-century garb. The colorful and ornate attire is a tribute to the Florentine aristocratic families, military, tradesmen, musicians, etc.
The Soccer Match: The shirtless, padding-free players are revealed towards the end of the procession. The game, known to the Italians as calcio storico, takes place in a makeshift arena constructed for the occasion in Piazza Santa Croce. The historical game, a traditionally aggressive one, used to have only one rule—it was prohibited to kick an unconscious player in the head. In 2006, a few safety rules were instated after one player’s ear was ripped off during the match.
The Flag Show: Once the parade makes its way back to Piazza della Signoria, the flag throwing, waving, and catching takes place. The spectacle is enhanced with acrobatic stunts preformed by the flag throwers themselves while dressed in authentic, Florentine attire. Crowds of people are entertained with music in the square until night falls over Florence.
The Fireworks: Ponte Santa Trinita is the best place to catch a glimpse of the fireworks over the Arno River. It is by nightfall when the people who have been hiding in their homes in attempt to avoid the crowds give up and emerge from their various domains and finally join the fun. -- Shakira Mongul
Sunday, June 06, 2010
- "Cala Piccola is a rocky cove with a small pebble beach and translucent aquamarine water."
- "Viareggio beach in Tuscany is popular with Lacoste-wearing yachties and Italian families, and provides a full-on Italian beach experience."
- "The four-mile stretch of Marina di Alberese in Tuscany is one of the wildest beaches on the Italian mainland."
- "This beach in Brindisi is known as Torre Guaceto and its location in a nature reserve makes it an attractive escape from overdeveloped beach resorts."
- "The beach at Gallipoli is known as Spiaggia della Purità and is renowned for its vibrant party scene."
- "This beach in Otranto is known as Porto Badisco and its sheltered waters make it an excellent spot for snorkelling."
- "The secluded beaches on San Domino are worth a visit and Cala delle Arene, Cala Matano and Cala Tramontana are among the island's best."
- "Cala Luna beach, south of Cala Gonone, is a crescent of white sand backed by high limestone cliffs, popular with Italian families."
- "Discovered by the Aga Khan, Sardinia's Spaggia del Principe on the Costa Smerelda is a perfect crescent of fine sand enclosing a blue-green bay."
- "The pristine series of bays near Chia on Sardinia have pale apricot sand lapped by turquoise water, and attract local surfers and Italian families."
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The motivation behind this project is to enhance the town’s tourism-based economy and give travelers a diverseand unique selection of souvenirs to choose from and better remember Rivello by. For a full list of the requirements and how to apply, visit Unconventionall.com. The web site does first load in Italian but in the bottom left-hand corner of the page’stoolbar there is a translation button. Or try calling (39) 348 040 9014 -- Shakira Mongul