Quake: UN chief praises rescue efforts  - August 26th, 2016

New York – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised national authorities’ “swift and robust” rescue efforts after yesterday’s devastating earthquake in central Italy. The UN chief spoke with Italian President Sergio Mattarella by phone to offer his condolences and the solidarity of the United Nations, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. “The Secretary-General praises the swift and robust efforts put forth by the Italian government to rescue and assist those affected by the earthquake,” Dujarric said.  “The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is in close contact to offer assistance,” he said, adding that Italy hasn’t requested UN assistance thus far. (ANSA)

Seaside resorts almost full for Ferragosto holiday  - August 15th, 2016

 

Rome – The week of Ferragosto, or national holiday for the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary on August 15, promises to be a bumper week for seaside tourism with beach resorts up and down the country almost fully booked, the confederation of artisans and small and medium-sized enterprises CNA said Friday. In Liguria and Sardinia 98% of umbrellas and sun loungers were booked for Ferragosto, in Basilicata, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Puglia, Sicily and Tuscany 95%, in Campania and Veneto 90% and in Abruzzo, Calabria, Lazio, the Marches and Molise 85%, a CNA study found. (ANSA)

Mediterranean diet not as healthy as it used to be  - August 15th, 2016

 

Rome – The Mediterranean diet is no longer as healthy as it was 70 years ago, a new Italian study has shown. The contemporary version has been contaminated with meat, processed foods, saturated fats, and sugar, according to the study that involved 52 women aged over 80 and who are in good health, self-sufficient, and in full possession of their cognitive powers, and 52 women and men aged 50-60. Researchers found that on a daily basis, contemporary Mediterranean eaters consume 49.6 grams of animal protein against 28.3 grams in the traditional diet, 37.8 grams of animal fat against 20.1 grams, 25 grams of saturated fats against 15.8 grams, and 305 milligrams of cholesterol against 258.5 milligrams in the diet of yesteryear. The authors of the article published on Clinical Nutrition ESPEN – an official publication of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) – called for a return to tradition and natural, unprocessed foods that are more nutritious and less expensive. (ANSA)

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AUTUMN IN TUSCANY AND UMBRIA SPECIAL  27th September to 12th October, 2016

This special itinerary takes a leisurely roam through the famed and the fabulous nooks of beauty, history and culture of this rightly much-lauded part of Italy, with time to observe, experience, share thoughts and contemplate along the way.  This lovely tours starts in the walled city of Lucca, in north-western Tuscany and enjoys leisurely time in Florence, central Tuscany, Assisi and Perugia in Umbria, then Etruscan southern Tuscany before finishing in Rome.

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