Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Fly low cost to Florence

The Florence Tourism Agency APT and Ryanair together to promote tourism in Florence. The agreement is for the launch of six new Ryanair destinations from Pisa/Florence airport (the airline sells Pisa as the airport but Florence as the destination) as from 14 September next. In the coming weeks, Apt will host a press tour of journalists from Britain, Germany and Italy who have been invited to visit our city and get to know it better.

The new destinations planned from Tuscany are OSLO, DONCASTER (UK), VALENCIA, TRAPANI, FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, KARLSRUHE-BADEN, in addition to the eleven already operational (Alghero, Hamburg, Bournemouth, Brussels, Dublin, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Glasgow, Liverpool and London Stansted).
Ryanair website

Ryanair, Europe's N° 1 low-cost airline, is strengthening its position in Tuscany as the preferred destination for the new links with important European cities. This route expansion is excellent news for the tourism of the whole region because it will contribute an additional 410,000 passengers per year to the area's tourism.

Pisa airport, which is also one of Ryanair's three operational bases in Italy, has a total of 17 routes flown by the airline which is no less than 20% of the total of the 87 flown from Italy. "Tuscany has always been a very important destination for Ryanair since we began flying here in 1998 says Alessia Viviani, the airline's Marketing Manager for Italy.

In October 2005 Pisa/Florence became the 14th Ryanair base. We presently have 17 routes carrying 1 million six hundred thousand passengers a year. We can confidently say that we have "spoiled" the many tourists who choose to visit this splendid region by our rock bottom prices and highly efficient air service".Indeed Ryanair has reached the impressive total of 30 million passengers carried to Italy since the beginning of operations.

Italy is now the most important country after the United Kingdom for the number of passengers carried, and of these no fewer than 4 and a half million transited Pisa/Florence.

"Florence is fast growing in tourism - says the President of the Province Matteo Renzi - thanks also to agreements like this. It is another important part of the mosaic which goes to make up improved links and opportunities Europe-wide, making Florence a leader in quality cultural tourism. We are very happy with this agreement"."The great ability of Florence to attract new guests - adds APT Director Antonio Preiti - is confirmed by the agreement with Ryanair which provides greater incentives to make our destination ever more global and able to capture the attention of the media, and of European tourist operators. Speedy, transparent and smart: this is the strategy that pays most".

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Maranello, Ferrari

Somebody understands the meaning of a red passion..... . You are going to visit Italy, you shouldn't miss one of its contemporary symbols. We are talking about Ferrari of course.

If right today, after 90 wins, 1354 points and seven world championship titles, Michael Schumacher has announced he will retire at the end of this season, we have one more reason to go!

Maranello: that's it. A small village close to Modena. Here you have the myth.

Here you have a couple of bed and breakfast close to Maranello (and distances to the town).

Il Borgo Antico - Savignano sul Panaro
(distance: 14.6 km)

Casa della Maestà - Nonantola
(distance: 21.9 km)

La Piana dei Castagni - Rocca di Roffeno
(distance: 28.8 km)

B&B Via Punta 8 - Bologna
(distance: 30.5 km)

La Casa dei Gessi - Pianoro
(distance: 40.9 km)

Lodole B&B - Monzuno
(distance: 42.1 km)

Here you have a few practical info about the Ferrari museum in Maranello:

Opening hours
Galleria Ferrari is open every day from 9.30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - from 1st May to 30th September extended opening untill 7:00 p.m.

Full ticket: 12.00 euroChildren aged 6-10: 8.00 euroFerrari Club members, Students, over 65, company CRAL: 10.00 euro

Tel: +39 0536 943204 - Fax: +39 0536 949714 - E. mail:
Address : via Dino Ferrari, 43 - 41053 Maranello (Mo)

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Charming Umbria bed and breakfast

Just 100 kilometres from Florence, and you meet Umbria. A wonderful region in the heart of Italy with famous towns and untouched Medieval villages.

We have found two extremely charming bed and breakfast where it is still possible to experience the old times atmosphere.

Rocca Buitoni - PACIANO - bed and breakfast
The little town of Paciano welcomes you in the countryside of Umbria, right in the heart of Italy, a few kilometres from the beautiful and typical Tuscan Val D'Orcia. This is a medieval country town on the hills of Lake Trasimeno, above Castiglion del Lago. In dreamy charm of this landscape, surrounded by the silence and scent and the countryside, stands out the Rocca Buitoni, an ancient family residence built in the year 1300. Today this inn symbolizes the place where you can go to recover your body and mind.

Le Logge di Silvignano - SPOLETO - bed and breakfast
"Le Logge di Silvignano" Roof Terrace Lodges is a Historic Home which dates back to the Eleventh and Fourteenth Centuries and which has been converted into a splendid Bed and Breakfast. A stunning octagonal-pillar arcade adorns the façade here. Looking out from the Lodges, you will see from the Valley of Spoleto as far as Assisi, not to mention a green mass of olive groves. Here, large comfortable suites are part of the warm and relaxed atmosphere and, together with a fine series of local arts and crafts on show and fabrics from Montefalco, are the essence of the style and warmth of the B&B owners, Alberto and Diana.

Enjoy an unforgettable stay in Umbria,

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Florence: 47th Festival dei Popoli

The 47th Festival dei Popoli will be held in Florence from Friday 1 through Thursday 7 December 2006.

The aim of the Festival dei Popoli is to foster documentary cinema d’auteur and encourage encounters over a broad variety of research experience.

The festival is organized by the Festival dei Popoli – the Italian Institute for Social Documentary Films, a non-profit body supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (Direction General for the Cinema), the Tuscany Region, the Province of Florence and the Municipality of Florence (Department of Culture) as well as by private sponsors.

The Festival dei Popoli is a member of the European Coordination of Film Festivals, the European Documentary Network and RED, Réseau d’échange et d’expérimentation pour la diffusion du cinéma documentaire. Festival dei Popoli has been granted national relevance status by the promotion division of the Cinematography Commission of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.

The Festival is divided into a number of sections: The international competition, the Italian competition, theme-based sections, special events, tributes/retrospectives, seminars and round tables.

Further information to come and available at

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