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Cinque Terre: The Via dell’Amore path inauguration on 26 July 

The famous path is a UNESCO heritage site

This famous path will once again be practicable, in all its 900-metre sheer drop to the sea in the unique setting of the Cinque Terre National Park, in just a few days time.  The closing of the Via dell'Amore was for safety and restoration work by the Liguria region, and now its reopening is confirmed for 19 July, with the handing over of the UNESCO heritage path to the municipality of Riomaggiore.

The inaugural ceremony is planned for 26 July 

All the bodies involved, from the Ministry of Tourism, the Region of Liguria with the Cinque Terre National Park, the Province of La Spezia, the municipality of Riomaggiore to the police and the prefecture, are working together to organize, in the days immediately following the handover, most likely 26 July, the inauguration  of the path in the presence of local and national authorities.

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“Work never stopped, not even during the pandemic” 

“With the definitive reopening of the Via dell'Amore we are on the verge of achieving a historic result for the whole of Liguria and for the entire country,- said acting commissioner Giacomo Giampedrone. – It has been an unprecedented commitment and we carried out this very complex intervention in about two and a half years, thanks to specialized companies that never suspended work on the path, not even during the pandemic or on public holidays. It is an extraordinary result, and we are proud to be able to give this gem back in a few weeks' time to the residents of Riomaggiore and Manarola, to the people of Liguria, and to tourists from all over the world."

Published in Experiences & Tips

A new, further recognition of excellence for Rome Fiumicino airport which, for the 6th time is the best in Europe.

The award is for airports with over 40 million passengers 

The award, making the airport the best in Europe, in the category of airports with over 40 million passengers, for the 6th time in seven years, came from ACI (Airport Council International) Europe at the general assembly held in Istanbul where, every year, European airports that have achieved excellence in different sectors are awarded.  

Leonardo da Vinci also won the “Digital Transformation Award”

Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci, this year's winner ex-aequo with Istanbul’s iGA international airport, also won the “Digital Transformation Award.” for its commitment to digitalization and the promotion of innovation. Increasingly "digital, reliable, data-driven and sustainable," is how the jury of experts described Rome Fiumicino airport, which is managed and developed by Aeroporti di Roma, a company of the Mundys group, which thus consolidates its leadership in Europe following the "Best Airport Award" in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023.
Awarded also for the design of new modes of transport

The evaluation criteria included Adr's commitment to “operations” and the “customer experience,” the development of new "green" infrastructures and the airport's Skytrax 5-Star commitment as a "Careport" promoting an increasingly sustainable airport while regarding innovation, it was awarded as a driver for the development of the sector, including the design and planning of new modes of transport.

€2.5 billion invested in the last ten years

"Achieving this result ex-aequo with the new, large Istanbul airport, as well as the Digital Transformation Award, pushes us even more to think about the future, – said Aeroporti di Roma’s CEO Marco Troncone. -If today Fiumicino Airport is able to optimally manage its major traffic growth, it is thanks to a vision that has led us to implement major investments, even in the most difficult of times, - amounting to €2.5 billion in the last ten years (about 50% of the resources invested in the same period by the entire Italian airport sector). Now, in order to continue to compete at the level of the world's major hubs, it is important that the development trajectory of our airport can continue to cope with the further passenger growth expected in coming years.” 

A record 173,000 passengers on 23 June 2024

As proof of Rome’s capacity to attract arrivals, in recent weeks the Leonardo da Vinci has recording a 20% increase in passenger traffic compared to the same period in 2023 and, on Sunday 23 June, a new historical record of passengers transited through the airport in a single day topping 173,000.

Published in Transportation

Wizz Air announces ten new international routes, six from Milan Malpensa and four from Rome Fiumicino, for the upcoming 2024-25 winter season.

Wizz Air will connect Rome with over 70 destinations

The four Rome flights are from Lisbon, Poznan, Bacau and Sarajevo, with the Lisbon route operating on a daily basis, from 28 October; Poznan will take off three times a week on the same day; the Bacau route will start on 29 October and will operate four times a week, while the flights from Sarajevo will operate three times a week, also from 29 October. With these additions Wizz Air will connect Rome with over 70 destinations.

Over 10,000 extra weekly return seats for Milan

New connections from Valencia, Malaga, Warsaw, Larnaca, Rzeszów and Gdansk are already on sale for Milan Malpensa. All flights will be operated by the Airbus A320 family aircraft, and with the launch of these new connections, from September 2024 the low-cost airline will offer passengers in Milan over 10,000 extra return seats per week.

1,000,000 more return seats per year for Italian passengers

Also from next September, there will be an increase in weekly frequencies on five existing routes from Milan to Sharm El-Sheikh, Barcelona, Madrid, Suceava and Chisinau, while Gdansk will start on 1 October, with flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Thanks to these 10 new connections, the Hungarian low-cost airline will offer 1,000,000 more return seats per year for Italian passengers.

“Rome is the largest Wizz base in Italy”

 "This announcement once again underscores Wizz Air's long-term commitment to Italy," said József Váradi, the carrier's CEO. "Twenty years ago, on the first day of operations, one of Wizz Air's first flights landed in Milan and Rome; since then we have been constantly expanding our presence, and investing in the country. Today we have 24 aircraft at five bases in Italy, and serve over 200 routes to more than 90 destinations in 38 countries from 25 Italian airports. We continue our commitment to Rome, the largest Wizz base in Italy, and will soon open our new training centre at Fiumicino, as well as further expanding our lowcost network.”

Wizz Air  will sponsor the Wizz Air Rome Half Marathon, which will be held in the capital for the first time on 20 October.

Published in Transportation

The relaunch of the archaeological area of La Cuma in the Marche region this summer will include guided tours, events, shows, family workshops and educational activities. 

A small village with an ancient Roman site

La Cuma, in the village of Monte Rinaldo in the Marche region is a unique Roman sanctuary dating back to the 2nd-1st century B.C. about 30 kilometres from Ascoli Piceno and 25 from Fermo.  The site has just introduced new opening hours thanks to the collaboration of Maggioli Cultura e Turismo, on the initiative of the municipality of Monte Rinaldo. The Roman site can now be visited, during the months of July, August and September on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 4pm to 8pm, and also on 15 August. 

Events for all  ages and tastes this summer

To visit La Cuma, this jewel set in the heart of the Marche region, is to take a journey back in time of more than 2000 years that captivates all visitors, adults and children alike. The Maggioli Culture and Tourism project aims to bring the archaeological area to life with a summer calendar of guided tours, performances and cultural events designed for all ages and tastes, from theatre to contemporary music.

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The site has an ancient temple, shrine and portico

The area takes its name from the Cuma district of the small village of Monte Rinaldo, which has just 300 inhabitants. The first remains of the sanctuary surfaced by chance in 1957 when the farmer who owned the land where the area now stands came across the first column blocks. It consists of three separate buildings, arranged on a terrace: a central temple dedicated to Jupiter, a shrine dedicated to Hercules and a monumental double-columned portico, in line with the Hellenistic architecture that was spreading throughout the Mediterranean at the time. During the excavations many votive objects were found including  statuettes, hands, feet and other objects.

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“La Cuma is a cultural attraction in a regional context” 

“The extension of the opening hours and the summer events are an important sign of the role played by the La Cuma archaeological area as a cultural attraction in a regional context,” said ABAP superintendent for the provinces of Ascoli Piceno, Fermo and Macerata Giovanni Issini. The Mayor of Monte Rinaldo, Gianmario Borroni added that they also aim to give further impetus to the site, “which since 2016 has been involved in shared projects with the Superintendency, the University of Bologna and the British School in Rome.” 

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A festival, stage shows and other events  

Mauro Villa, director of Maggioli Culture and Tourism said the management and cultural production model promoted by Maggioli at Monte Rinaldo will also activate a communications and promotion system in which “visitors will be protagonists, while the rich cultural programme will bring the archaeological area alive both during the day and in the evening.”  The first special events scheduled are the "Artemis Festival" on 28 July, "Cuma Under the Stars" on 2 August, and the theatrical performance "Ithaca per Sempre" to be staged on 4 August, while further events are being defined. For information and bookings: www.cumarcheologia.it
Published in Cities & Regions

Cathay Pacific is boosting its flights to Italy to five for the coming winter season.

Flights that satisfy the demand for a return to air travel

The Hong Kong airline will in fact operate five flights a week to Milan Malpensa airport on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This is an important milestone for the airline, which in the last two years has restored its network and direct connections to and from Italy, increasingly satisfying market demand for a return to travel. 

Skytrax named Cathay Pacific one of the World’s Five Best Airlines

In the second quarter of 2024 the Cathay group reached 80% of the passenger flights operated before the pandemic and expects to reach 100 % by the first quarter of 2025 as new flights and destinations are progressively introduced to the network. In recent days Cathay Pacific returned to the top five airlines in the world at the latest Skytrax World Airline Awards 2024, during which the carrier was also honored as World's Best Economy Class and World's Cleanest Airline.

Comfort and pampering in all classes

Cathay Pacific’s premium in-flight experience guarantees comfort and high-quality in all classes: Business Class passengers can enjoy the comfort of their reclining - or fully reclined - seats wrapped in ultra-soft 400-thread-count Bamford bedding, and enjoy the products in Bamford's amenity kit including the moisturizers with pure, natural ingredients that deeply nourish, soothe and protect the skin during the flight. Travellers in Premium Economy are greeted by reclining seats, more legroom and a comfortable headrest, as well as a sustainable amenity kit with accessories that make the most of the long-haul flight. In Economy, travellers fly comfortably thanks to the best ergonomically designed seats.

Published in Transportation

Dakar is ITA Airways' second destination in sub-Saharan Africa with new flights from Rome Fiumicino to the Senegalese capital. 

A new strategic route for leisure and business traffic

Tommaso Fumelli, vice president Italy sales ITA Airways who was present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Fiumicino's Leonardo da Vinci airport,  said "the opening of a strategic route such as the Italy-Senegal is extremely important for our company." Federico Scriboni, aviation business development director of Aeroporti di Roma added that the new flight will contribute to increasing economic exchange between the two countries "by favoring the growth of traffic in the tourism, corporate and ethnic segments, the latter supported by the conspicuous presence of the Senegalese community in Italy."

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“We will reap the maximum potential in terms of trade and tourism”

Dakar Ngor Ndiaye, Senegal's Ambassador to Italy, also present at the ceremony said: "Senegal and Italy have exemplary relations in the diplomatic, economic, cultural and scientific fields, relations that, I am convinced, will develop further with these direct flights. Thanks to ITA Airways, we will reap the maximum potential in terms of trade and tourism."

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Four weekly Airbus A321neo flights

Operating four frequencies per week, the flights to Dakar will be operated with new generation and technologically advanced Airbus A321neo. The A321neo is the largest aircraft in Airbus's A320neo family and offers outstanding range and performance. 

Published in Transportation

Cathay Pacific is boosting its flights to Italy to five for the coming winter season.

Flights that satisfy the demand for a return to air travel

The Hong Kong airline will in fact operate five flights a week to Milan Malpensa airport on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This is an important milestone for the airline, which in the last two years has restored its network and direct connections to and from Italy, increasingly satisfying market demand for a return to travel. 

Skytrax named Cathay Pacific one of the World’s Five Best Airlines

In the second quarter of 2024 the Cathay group reached 80% of the passenger flights operated before the pandemic and expects to reach 100 % by the first quarter of 2025 as new flights and destinations are progressively introduced to the network. In recent days Cathay Pacific returned to the top five airlines in the world at the latest Skytrax World Airline Awards 2024, during which the carrier was also honored as World's Best Economy Class and World's Cleanest Airline.

Comfort and pampering in all classes

Cathay Pacific’s premium in-flight experience guarantees comfort and high-quality in all classes: Business Class passengers can enjoy the comfort of their reclining - or fully reclined - seats wrapped in ultra-soft 400-thread-count Bamford bedding, and enjoy the products in Bamford's amenity kit including the moisturizers with pure, natural ingredients that deeply nourish, soothe and protect the skin during the flight. Travellers in Premium Economy are greeted by reclining seats, more legroom and a comfortable headrest, as well as a sustainable amenity kit with accessories that make the most of the long-haul flight. In Economy, travellers fly comfortably thanks to the best ergonomically designed seats.

Published in Transportation

Announced last December, Casa Monti, the debut property and third hotel of the French family-run Leitmotiv Group, has opened in Rome. 

Art permeates every corner of the hotel

This five-star hotel is an 18th-century building on six floors with 26 rooms and ten suites. The close connection with art is reflected in every corner of the building, which overflows with antiques, works of art and local handicrafts that pay homage to the uniqueness of the city’s Monti district.

“Making locals feel at home”

"To create interiors Romans create complex universes, combining different creative references," explains Laura Gonzalez. "This is how I chose to create Casa Monti, giving it the typical atmosphere of a Roman home, opening it up to the artistic influences of the district to make locals also feel at home here. For a start, the lobby's frescoes in shades of green were created by artists and painters who were inspired by symbols of Rome, such as the maritime pines and flocks of swallows that dot the sky. Each floor of the building tells a unique story, and the Eternal City is undoubtedly an inexhaustible source of architectural references that have inspired my designs.”

A restaurant patio and a rooftop cocktail bar 

The hotel restaurant has a patio with a fountain where guests can relax while enjoying traditional Roman cuisine. The bar invites guests into a space that stimulates creativity, with natural tones ranging from brown to cream, and a grid-pattern Travertine floor. The rooftop has a cocktail bar with an unprecedented view of Rome.

The spa has views over Rome

Located on the fifth floor with a view as far as the eye can see over Rome’s rooftops, Casa Monti's spa embodies the atmosphere of the ancient Roman baths. Surrounded by frescoes and surprisingly bright, the wellness area offers treatments by Susanne Kaufmann, an Austrian pioneer of natural beauty.

Published in Hospitality

Ryanair certainly could not miss the appointment with the opening of the Salerno-Costa d'Amalfi airport, which thus becomes the Irish low cost company's 32nd Italian airport.

“Milan Bergamo and Turin will continue into the 2024/25 winter season”

"Ryanair's new routes from London Stansted, Milan Bergamo and Turin to Salerno starting in August will lead to a significant growth in traffic and tourism,- said Ryanair's chief commercial officer, Jason McGuinness. -We have worked closely with GESAC's management and, confirming our commitment to Salerno and the entire Campania region, we are delighted to announce that the two domestic routes - Milan Bergamo and Turin - will continue into the 2024/25 winter season, offering more connectivity all year round, more tourism and more jobs.”

“An unjustifiable 30% increase in the municipal surtax”

The growth on Salerno - a privileged gateway to Sorrento and the resorts of the Amalfi Coast - however, points out the CCO, “is in stark contrast with the situation in Naples, where we have been forced to reduce connectivity due to the unjustifiable 30% increase in the municipal surtax on tourism. We once again ask Mayor Manfredi to urgently abolish this unjustifiable increase, as was done in Venice, to preserve connectivity, tourism and jobs in view of the winter season."

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“Flights to Bergamo, Turin and London” 

"Thanks to Ryanair, the Salerno-Costa d'Amalfi airport consolidates its offer of flights both on the domestic segment, with Bergamo and Turin all year round, and on the international segment, with the boosting of connections with London,- said GESAC's managing director Roberto Barbieri. -This partnership is the result of intense teamwork aimed at satisfying the mobility needs of citizens and the many tourists wishing to visit our region, who can finally count on a second airport, with a stable flight offer that is destined to grow.”

Ryanair, easyJet and Volotea operate on the new airport

Following the lengthening of the runway, which allowed GESAC to sign agreements with the three main low-cost airlines on the domestic market, work continues with the second phase of the Development Plan. Among other investments this involves the further lengthening of the runway up to 2,200 metres and the construction, in 2026, of a new passenger terminal which will reflect the highest environmental standard. Ryanair thus joins easyJet and Volotea which in recent months have announced their entry into Salerno airport. EasyJet connects the airport with London, Gatwick.

Published in Transportation

23 international travel advisors joined an Italiabsolutely fam trip to Messina and Reggio Calabria.

Meetings, networking and local experiences

ItaliAbsolutely brought 20 international Italy travel specialist buyers to Messina and Reggio Calabria on a fam trip, organized by Travel Open Day, on the occasion of the Meet Tourism Messina programme of meetings and networking. The business sessions were followed by visits to the main attractions in the two southern Italian cities, and local experiences including a swordfishing boat excursion, a visit to the famous Riace bronze statues and wine and food tastings.

The occasion wasMeet Tourism towards the Mediterranean”

The 6-day fam trip kicked off at the Palazzo della Cultura in Messina with the plenary opening of “Meet Tourism towards the Mediterranean,” the city’s first experiential meeting which was attended by the mayor of Messina Federico Basile, the councilor for tourism Enzo Caruso, the councilor for productive activities Massimo Finocchiaro and the president of the Strait Port Authority, Mario Paolo Mega.  The event continued with B2B sessions that brought together local inbound operators and the 20 international buyers from Slovenia, Poland, Portuga, Lithuania, Spain, Romania, Russia, Hungary, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Brazil, and the United States. 

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Messina’s cuisine is the best in Italy”

The participants spent a morning on a “felucca” fishing boat to see firsthand the local swordfishing traditions and also visited the Ganzirri Lakes and the Fort Cavalli belvedere as well as visiting the Messina Brewery. For many of the buyers it was the first time in the south of Italy but Romanian journalist Dana Enache of “Viva!” magazine said it was her fifth time in Sicily. “But it’s my first time to Messina. It’s a wonderful city and much more relaxed than Italy’s big cities.”  Svetlana Trushnikova of Palomino Tour Travel said people often tell her there is not much to see in Messina, but that she found it full of interest. “Being able to use the airports of Reggio Calabria and Catania is an absolutely exploitable convenience, and for me Messina’s cuisine is the best in Italy.”  

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Reggio Calabria also hosted the buyers

In Reggio Calabria, just across the Strait of Messina on mainland Italy, the participants visited the Museum of Reggio Calabria to admire the famous Riace bronze statues and spent two days discovering the city’s attractions as well as towns like Gerace, Bova and Scylla which is one of the area’s most popular coastal resort towns. The final day in Reggio Calabria was dedicated to business with a round table to present the companies attending followed by B2B appointments between local DMCs, DMOs, suppliers and the buyers.   

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Calabria is a region for all seasons

“We had a very positive reaction from the buyers, - said Reggio Calabria’s mayor Giuseppe Falcomatà. – Our region has experiential potential. At certain times of year you can ski on the Aspromonte in the morning, have a swim on the Costa Viola in the afternoon, visit the Riace bronzes in the evening and end the day with an ice cream on the sea promenades of Catona or Pellaro. Reggio is delightful, engaging, and captivating."

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