Posts made in July, 2009

Free Summer Camps for Ill Children

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Every year in Italy more than 10,000 children suffer from severe and chronic diseases. These children have to endure invasive therapies, often for long periods of time forcing them to spend much time in hospital. The condition of the disease not only brings them face-to-face with fear, fatigue and all the side effects related to their treatments, but also often hinders their socialization skills with peers and undermines their social life and happiness. As of yet, in Italy there are no facilities offering out-of-hospital treatment and hosting for these children. Dynamo Camp represents an opportunity for these children. They get to spend a period of relaxation in a protected environment in which security is ensured by medical excellence and the constant supervision...

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Moneta Castle in Tuscany

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The Moneta castle is located on a splendid panoramic position on the Carraresi hills where it lies. This castle dates back to around the year 1000 even though the surrounding village is much older, dating back to Roman times. It was turned into a castle the Byzantines in the 6th century. The Longobards fortified it into a fortress and in the Ninth century, the Franks of Charlemagne used it to protect the Carrara valley from Saracens and Vikings. This was a strategic position of the hill pass where the ancient roads to Lunigiana and Liguria used to pass. The Pisans expanded the original stage of the castle in 1322, while with Castruccio Castracani, the new imperial vicar of Lunigiana and Garfagnana that had been appointed by Ludovico il Bavaro, the castle lost its ...

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Palio di Siena Tickets

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The “Palio di Siena” attracts thousands of people from all over Italy and the world each time it is run in Piazza del Campo. If you decide to attend the race from the center of the square it will be free of charge, otherwise, should you decide to sit comfortably on the bleechers, you will have to pay for your Palio di Siena Tickets. The problem sprouts from the fact that there is no one box office, Internet vendor, or office, or any central authority managing the ticketing for the Palio sits. This also means that you may run into scalpers of some sort, however the risk is not as great as you may think, as tickets go fast and who gets them sticks to them, and also because their price is so high that there is very little room for scalping. The reason to...

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Spending a Week in Versilia

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If you desire a vacation that combines the pleasures of relaxation in the blue Mediterranean to those of a cultural stay discovering history, traditions, art and nature, Versilia is the right place for you. Relax under the sun along the most famous beaches of Italy, also venturing inland, traveling between charming villages and not famous places, of great charm nevertheless. Villas, museums, towns perched on Apuane Alps, the magic of Lake Massaciuccoli and the scenic caves of Antro Corchia are just a few elements that describe this eclectic and seductive landscape. You will fall in love with every place you visit. The following itinerary is meant to inspire you to visit Versilia getting to know the salient traits of this land in just a week. Day One Morning:...

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Win a Trip to Tuscany with MTV

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MTV and the Tuscan Regional Authority have joined forces to organize a contest rewarding the winner with a five-day trip around Tuscany, and the possibility to be the protagonist of a reality show based on the trip. Registrations for the contest are open! The name of this media game is “MTV iTuscany“, whici spart of the ad campaign on Tuscany “Voglio Vivere Cosi”. It will be a true competition among Tuscany lovers, and it is promoted at a European level by the MTV network. To participate you will only need to register here completely filling out the registration form and telling the story of your trip to Tuscany. Now this is a bit tricky, but for those of you accustomed to using Twitter to make a long story short, it will not be a problem...

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