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    Italians on vacation: how our tastes have changed

    For this year not change, same beach same sea”: a song become mantra for our summer holidays. Instead, over the years, not only the beach and the sea have changed, but above all the resorts chosen by the Italians. Evolution of customs and lifestyles, of the labor market, spending power and geopolitical issues have inevitably conditioned our holidays from the 1950s to the present.

    For obvious climatic reasons, the summer period remains the preferred one for leaving, but if the approximately 30 days of vacation were the order of the day, now we prefer shorter periods, perhaps spreading the remaining days available to enjoy a holiday in another period of the year.

    With the economic boom, the mass purchase of new cars and the development of the motorway network, the Romagna Riviera and Versilia were the favorite destinations for Italians in the 1960s and 1980s. The beaches of Veneto and Liguria are also very popular , while in the South Sicily and Calabria played the lion’s share. Over the years, the reduction in the costs of shipping companies have tipped the balance in favor of Sardinia, while instead of Calabria many Italians have chosen Puglia as their summer destination.

    Since the mid-1980s there has been a significant increase in travel abroad, mostly with packages offered by numerous travel agencies. In Europe, Spain and France were (and still are) the preferred destinations, while abroad the United States , the Maghreb countries and Egypt, where tourist resorts on the Red Sea have conquered the flows coming from our country.

    From the 1990s to the present, technology has given a decisive boost to do-it-yourself tourism, along with the flourishing of low-cost airlines and the possibility of booking your hotel / hotel / bed & breakfast online. Thus, in addition to traditional summer destinations, travel to European capitals has increased, in general for shorter stays, but spread over several times of the year.

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    What to see in Reggio Calabria

    Rich in history, fascinating, unique: Reggio Calabria is a city to be discovered, eternal rival of Messina and guardian of ancient legends.

    What to see in this corner of Italy? The places to visit are really many, one more beautiful than the other. The journey to discover Reggio Calabria starts from the historic center, where the Cathedral stands proud and beautiful . The building, built in liberty style, has a spectacular facade, consisting of 4 pillars. Inside you can admire the Chapel of the SS. Sacramento , decorated with splendid mosaics and niches that houses the reproductions of the Evangelists.

    Not far away is the Ottoman church , linked to the city’s difficult past, followed by two earthquakes: in 1783 and 1908. After being abandoned for a long time, it was rebuilt in Arab-Norman style. The same splendor – and a secret history that conquers – we find it in the Aragonese Castle , the undisputed symbol of Reggio Calabria. The structure has two Aragonese towers and for years was home to the Observatory of the National Institute of Geophysics.

    Among the wonders kept in Reggio Calabria, the Riace Bronzes are undoubtedly the most famous. They are kept, together with various finds from the Magna Graecia, in the National Archelogical Museum , in a futuristic building designed by Marcello Piacentini. Inside, tourists can tackle a path divided on four levels , with a journey through history that goes from the Paleolithic age to the modern era.

    The famous warriors of the fifth century AD, found in 1972 in the waters near the beach of Riace , are on the first floor. The sight of these Greek statues, which perfectly reproduce a human body, leave you speechless. Finally, every visit to Reggio Calabria ends with a walk along the Falcomatà promenade , from which to enjoy a breathtaking view. In this area there is also a small amphitheater, which hosts the most important events in the city, creating a real window on the Strait of Messina

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    All aboard, the days of the Railways of Wonders arrive

    A journey to discover Italy on the train , through wonderful landscapes and places to discover. On May 26th and 27th the days of the Ferrovie delle Meraviglie arrive.

    This is an initiative that involves the entire peninsula and aims to enhance and give new life to the abandoned historic railways. According to the numbers in Italy there are over 1400 km of abandoned and abandoned railway lines, while 1300 km are suspended ones that could facilitate the movement of tourists or turn into greeways. The Day of the Wonder Railways is part of the Sweet Mobility Spring started on March 21st and organized by A.MO.DO, the Alliance for Sweet Mobility – AmoDo , with the Patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, of the Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of the Territory and the Sea, of Asstra, dell’Anci, the FS Foundation and the European Association of Vie Francigene.

    It starts May 26 with the reopening of the Avellino-Rocchetta Sant’Antonio railway line , with 119 kilometers that cross Campania, Basilicata and Puglia, between breathtaking landscapes , unexplored places and historical treasures just waiting to be rediscovered. On May 27, instead, the historic train that travels along the peaks of the Sila , along the rails of the famous Ferrovie della Calabria , will resume puffing . Tourists will experience the unique thrill of boarding a steam locomotive, with carriages with terraces from the 1920s. A blast from the past, made even more extraordinary thanks to the animation on board, with tasting of typical products and popular music, to fully savor the atmosphere of this area of ​​Calabria.

    On the same day, in sunny Tuscany, you will be able to jump aboard the Etruscan Train , a historic steam locomotive that will depart from Siena , up to Chiusi, among hills, colors and scents that fill the soul and the eyes. Do you want to discover the history of Sardinia? Then book immediately a place on the archaeotreno, which will bring tourists from Cagliari to Carbonia, in search of the secret past of this island, among nuraghi, ancient wells and menhirs . Also on May 27th the Sardinian green train will organize two races: one on the Mandax-Sadali and the other along the Santa Maria-Bosa , to savor the scent of the myrtle and admire the olive trees.

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    Country that you go, a ban that you find: the most absurd around the world

    When traveling, it is always a good idea to start informed so as to avoid incurring heavy penalties. In fact, it may happen that what seems completely normal to us in other countries is prohibited. Did you know, for example, that you can’t go jogging in a group in Burundi ? The activity has been prohibited since 2014 at the behest of President Pierre Nkurunziza. The motivation? It could be “a cover for planning subversive activities against the government”.

    Those who go to the hairdresser in Iran must instead pay attention to their own hairstyle : the gel is forbidden, as are tails and chignon of all kinds. Restrictions on the look also in North Korea : never wear jeans or get a piercing if you don’t want to unleash the wrath of Kim Jong-un, contrary to any Western contamination.

    If you are planning a night out with friends pay attention to where you are: in Japan , for example, it is forbidden to dance in public . Moving to the rhythm of music, considered unseemly, is only possible in some clubs and only until midnight. In Turkmenistan don’t dare to sing in playback , activities outlawed from 2015 to “preserve the authentic culture of the country”. If you are in the Philippines and are thinking of a karaoke night, remember that it is very forbidden to even sing a few notes of My Way by Frank Sinatra which, it seems, would instigate murder. In Singaporethen, unless you have a specific prescription, never get caught chewing gum .

    In Michigan, beware of courting : if you are a married woman you risk up to five years in prison, while in Tennessee , women cannot ask men for appointments. And if you are in Massachusetts and you plan to have sex with a cowboy after the rodeo, wait until all his horses have returned to the barn, to avoid risking three months in jail and a $ 30 fine.

    And if you really want to die during your vacation in London , at least don’t do it in the House of Parliament: it’s against the regulation!

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    Skiing with artificial intelligence. Here is the invisible master who guides you from the boots

    At three thousand meters high, at the top of the Hintertuxglacier in Austria, the best skiers in the world practice to prepare for winter competitions. It is mid-October, and there is still a long time before any traditional ski resort opens the facilities. So, they come up here to train, with multicolored suits that animate a landscape almost monochromatic, made of rock and ice, much higher than the limit of the trees. Teams from Canada, Italy, Russia, the Netherlands and many other countries line up alongside the ski lifts and at the beginning of the slopes, waiting for their shift to come down through the slalom gates. Watching them there is a whole battalion of austere coaches in duvets, with radios and binoculars hanging around their necks and pocket computers in their hands.

    5000 information in 1.5 seconds on the server in Frankfurt
    All these skiers, all these coaches … And yet, the skier followed more closely on top of this mountain is me. I’m skiing alone, without anyone paying me the slightest attention. I wear an old padded black hooded jacket and a woolen hat instead of a shiny helmet with national colors. In truth, to keep my every movement under control, from the angle of the ski laminae to the relative pressure exerted by every finger of my foot, there is the first IA teacher in the skiing world.Inside the boots,

    almost hidden, are inserted two insoles full of sensors that communicate via Bluetooth with my smartphone closed in the pocket of the anorak, which in turn reports all information to a server in Frankfurt. At every turn, I throw a splash of snow and a cloud of data into the air. In recent years, apps for smartphones that have registered the speed reached and the distance traveled on skis have multiplied and become common. Carv, however, does something completely different: on average, a curve lasts 1.5 seconds during which this technology collects and analyzes more than five thousand information. In freeskiing mode it records in absolute silence all the performance so that, while you go back up with the ski lift, you can take the mobile phone out of your pocket and check, for example, the minimum angle you have maintained compared to the maximum or in what exact point of the curve you started applying pressure on the skis.

    Every ski comes down a score: IQ
    If all of this on the whole seems fanatical, leave the phone in your pocket and a computerized voice will simply tell you your “Ski: IQ”, the total score assigned to your descent, a sort of new “skiing skill quotient”. Recording and assigning scores, however, is only the beginning. Choose one of the exercises provided by your training and the app will communicate with you while you are skiing– via wireless headsets – giving you suggestions, encouragement and a vote for each curve.

    A happy sound (Pac-Man comes to mind when he devours a ghost) recompensates a nice curve, a dark sound marks a mediocre curve. “Instead of just limiting ourselves to numbers and addressing a small niche of busy skiers, we decided to create an instructive experience that will actually be able to teach the average man to ski much better. And this, without a doubt, is a much more complex problem, “says Jamie Grant, CEO of Motion Metrics, the company that has developed the entire system. One could imagine that such a company is affiliated to a large ski or boot manufacturer or perhaps, with some extra effort,

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    Resort in the Maldives for children: in the Banyan Tree Hotels adventure programs and packages for families

    Ready to conquer your passport from little Rangers overcoming exciting adventures, maybe immersed in a nature that leaves you breathless? Then start packing, you leave … destination Maldives ! The Banyan Tree and Angsana Hotels have in fact developed a special program dedicated to children aged 4 to 11 who, through games and creative activities, tries to convey their love and respect for the environment.

    The program is called Rangers’ Club and begins already at check-in: the young aspiring explorers are given a special passport where r can be received 5 stamps , which correspond to as many adventures organized by the Club staff. Children can try their hand at activities multisensory that stimulate their curiosity, will be able to know nature closely and learn how to take care of it, also addressing important issues such as sustainability and environmental protection . Of course, once all five timbres have been collected, there will be a special reward!If you feel like organizing a holiday in one of these spectacular Maldives resorts with children,know that Angsana also offers an ad hoc package for families: it’s called  Live for Family , and offers young guests accommodation, meals and fun activities free.

    The best Beach Clubs for families are found mainly on the south coast, like the Riva Beach Club : hidden in a corner of coastline on Palm Jumeirah – one of the artificial stylized archipelagos of a palm tree – it is characterized by a Mediterranean atmosphere, and It has a children ‘s pool , a sheltered beach and a high-quality Italian restaurant . Ideal for families is also the Fairmont The Palm (also in Palm Jumeirah) that in addition to swimming pools, water sports and private beach offers an area with water games , a small house for children and fun walls for climbing .

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    Air Europa news for children, because flying is always a game!

    An air travel completely captures children’s attention, almost like magic. Landing and taking off are super adrenaline, while during the flight you can relax admiring cities that seem tiny, lakes and mountains, or getting lost in the soft white clouds. But this is only the beginning, because the Spanish airline Air Europa has several interesting kids friendly news in store .

    Would you like to entertain your children, even small ones, with funny little songs in English or interactive videos ? On long-haul Air Europa flights it is possible, thanks to an educational program designed for children from 2 to 8 years and provided by Lingokids , the leading platform for learning English for children, with contents designed by experts and with the support of Oxford University Press (contents are accessible through the Streaming service ). Not only. Even meals on board become an opportunity for fun, thanks to the nice kids menu composed of tray,colored stickers, sheets and colors to draw so the waiting, especially in long routes (the menus are available on long-haul flights departing from Madrid and in the Business Class of European connections and must be requested at time of booking). 

    These innovations are added to the other entertainment services already offered by the company, such as the streaming service , recently extended to short and medium-haul routes , which allows free accesson their mobile devices to thematic channels, TV series, games and news. Simply by connecting to the “Air Europa On The Air” wifi network in air mode you can select the preferred content from the home page of the site.

    Useful information

    Air Europa is a young Spanish airline that offers modern services and attractive prices for those who choose Spain as their destination (with prices that for example, for the route Rome Madrid, start at 116 euros return) and for those who want to go in Latin America or New York (with prices of 300 euros return from Rome to the Big Apple or 530 from Milan to Buenos Aires, just to give some examples). To know all the routes and their fares, you can visit the aireuropa.com website .

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    Boston and Massachusetts: travel to the places of Little Women and books for children

    Even if you visit Boston , the capital of the state of Massachusetts, with children in tow, the best way to get the big picture of this beautiful city with a typically European charm is to follow the Freedom Trail , the path of freedom. This is the famous red route that connects the various stages of the American Revolution. So you have a first taste of the city admiring the historical buildings and the buildings that date back to the end of the 18th century.

    Once the journey is over, you are immersed in the world of stories and fantasy. An obligatory stop at the Boston Public Garden where the famous opera Mallard and her eight ducklings is located . The sculpture represents mum ducks with her eight ducks, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack and is inspired by Robert McCloskey’s children’s book written in 1941 “Make way for the Ducklings” . The storytells the story of a family of ducks, Mr and Mrs Mallard, who lived on an island in the middle of the Charles River. When the eight ducks were born, mom and dad started looking for a better place to raise the puppies. And so they arrived at the Boston Public Garden where they stopped. And where they can still be seen today, represented in the sculpture by Nancy Schon. After having climbed the children on ducks, bring them on a Swan Boat , one of the small swan-shaped boats that have floated on the pond for 130 years.

    Let’s go back to the story, that of the Boston Tea Party , one of the episodes that helped unleash the revolution. In protest against the recent laws of commercial taxation, on December 16, 1773 a large number of tea cases were overturned in the sea. To remember that episode a visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is a must in which each visitor at the entrance is given the name of a true fighting patriot. You can board an identical copy of the vessels of the age and children can actually throw the tea from the ship. A new museum that looks fun and educational, a great way to get into American history. Finally, we suggest a link to discover all the main attractions of Boston .

    We remain in the historical theme pushing forty miles north of Boston to Salem , a city founded in 1626 that at the end of the seventeenth century became the scene of an important persecution of witches (the only American witch hunt). In 1992, 19 alleged witches were hanged. Hence the nickname of the city ​​of witches , a place full of charm for little travelers. We start with a visit to the museum village Salem 1630 , a pioneer village at the entrance to the city, the first open-air museum in America where you can experience history and immerse yourself in the seventeenth century. 

    Then continue with the Salem Witch Museum, the museum of witches that sheds light on the period of persecution. Also in Salem it is possible to follow the red route that runs through the historical center leading the visitor to the House of Seven Gables (the House of the Seven Domes) inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne for his novel. Hawthorne, one of the three great classical authors of American literature with Melville and Poe, is best known in Italy for “The Scarlet Letter”, the subject of sorcery that returns. Still on the subject of witches, you can visit the Witch Dungeon Museum

    The city, witches or not, is a small jewel of American history. Thanks to the intense post-revolutionary commercial exchanges, it was for a long time the most active and important port in America. And clearly, as in any self-respecting port, pirates were not lacking. After a walk along the quaysides of the sea, the Derby Wharf , it is a must to please the budding Blackbeards with a visit to the Pirate Museum . And after having thrilled emotions, including witches and pirates, visit the beautiful lighthouses distributed along the coast (some seem haunted) or go for a whale-watching excursion , one of the must-do experiences in Massachusetts.

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    Travel to Greece: secure with these 8 tips

    1. TAKE CASH

    Everywhere in the world you will always have a daily limit to withdraw from ATMs and in Greece there could be more problems. We advise you to bring enough money with you from Italy , so as to avoid inconvenience and long queues on the Greek island that you visit. If you are afraid of bringing too much money with you during your holiday, you can always leave it in the safe in your hotel room.

    If you have an Italian credit or debit card, you should have no problem paying with that, but a little cash is always good to have it with you.

    * Greek banks will be closed until July 7 for the implementation of capital control measures imposed by the government.

    2. TAKE PLACE WITH PHILOSOPHY (D’ALTRONDE WE ARE IN GREECE)

    Expect queues a little longer than usual at ATMs , but after all you’re on vacation, do not rush! Remember that you are there on holiday and that for you it is a temporary discomfort, but that for the locals is something to deal with every day. Take an example from the Greeks and … take it philosophically.

    3. AVOID THE PLACES AROUND THE PARLIAMENT AND PIAZZA SYNTAGMA

    It is quite possible that in these days there are large demonstrations in the center of Athens , and it is more likely that these will be concentrated around the Greek Parliament area and the famous Syntagma Square. If you can avoid, not to find yourself in the fray.

    4. EAT IN LOCAL RESTAURANTS

    Forget the big international chains, eat local ! This is the best way to get in touch with the best of Greek cuisine and to support the inhabitants of the island.

    5. PRE ** NOTE A LOCAL GUIDE TOUR **

    Spend, but helping Greek companies and local small businesses. Such as? Hire a guide,take a walking tour of the city, or an excursion organized by a local company .

    Little tip: Even though most monuments and museums function normally, it can not be ruled out that at some point of the day they can close or strike. Make sure this is not the case, before moving from one place to another in the city and also planning tours around neighborhoods.

    6. MAKE GOOD USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT

    All public transport in Athens will be free until July 7 : buses, trains, subway and trams. You will return to pay for tickets from 7 July, when Greek banks will reopen.

    7. BUY LOCAL CRAFTS

    Support local crafts, producers and creative people , not only will you have done something good for Greece, but you can take home a unique memory of your holiday.

    8. DO NOT OSTENTATE TOO

    This is a good rule to be observed every time you are on vacation, or visiting a foreign country, especially if you are a little distressed. Pickpockets and unfortunates could be there, you have to be careful. Do not show off, travel light and enjoy a wonderful country!

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    Emigrate to CANADA: how to find a job and live abroad

    POSSIBILITY in CANADA FOR ITALIANS

    For those aged between 18 and 35 years, the International Canada Experience for Italian citizens is available , allowing you to travel and work in Canada for a maximum period of six months . The ideal time to take advantage of to create the basis for something longer and lasting.

    Calls for scholarships in Canada are periodically published . The page is updated frequently, so we advise you to consult it and take a look at it from time to time.

    Attention : from 15 March 2016 to travel to Canada as tourists for a period not exceeding 6 months it is mandatory to obtain the ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). You request online at this page , it costs 7 Canadian dollars and has a duration of 5 years, or until the expiry of your passport if this takes place before 5 years from the issuance of the ETA.

    If you want to go to Canada for reasons other than simple tourism … read on and find out all the information you need!

    Click on the picture and find out what documents are needed to move to America and find work in the USA

    THE VISA FOR CANADA

    A visa is required to move and work in Canada. Here are the two ways you can request one and get it in a reasonable time:

    1) already have a work contract or a job promise issued by the local company;

    2) do not have a work contract, but be qualified and have specific requirements.

    If you have a work contract : a work permit is issued that is valid only for a specific job and for a limited period of time. Some professions do not need a work permit. In this regard, a list of the professions that do not require a work permit is available . If the work to be carried out is not on the list, it will be necessary to apply for a work permit .

    You will also need to have written confirmation from HRSDC , which will attest that the employer can hire the foreign worker. The document is known as the labor market opinion or LMO and it is up to the employer to request and obtain this written confirmation.

    If you do not have a job : you need to be a skilled worker, that is to have a certain education, an appropriate work experience and, of course, the knowledge of English (preferably also French). The Canadian Government has a list of workers it needs, known as the list of NOCs , periodically updated.

    If you have the minimum requirements, you will need to apply for a temporary job visa in Canada where, on the basis of 6 selection factors , you will need to obtain a minimum score of 67 points. These selection factors are: age, education, language skills, work experience, adaptability and the availability offered for different types of jobs once they arrive in Canada.

    The costs to be able to apply are approximately € 335 .

    If you do not want to do everything online, you can submit your application to the Visa Office of the Embassy of Canada , via Zara n. 30, 00198 Rome. The Embassy does not accept payments by credit card, but only in cash and with the exact sum paid in person.