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Acampora Travel returns to TTG Travel Experience with a wealth of news for the domestic and international markets. "The US market wants to return to Italy” announced Managing Director Gino Acampora who added, “and we are ready with an important investment plan.” 

The Salerno Costa D’Amalfi Airport will open in 2024 

The company is preparing for a strong relaunch. "At TTG Travel Experience we will be presenting many offers for groups and individuals. There are also interesting wedding packages on the Cilento and Sorrento coasts, two destinations with undiscovered potential that are set for huge development in coming years". In 2024 these areas will greatly benefit from the opening of the Salerno Costa D'Amalfi Airport. "The Campania airport system will serve a new important hub which, I am sure, will boost the interest of international tourists."

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There is a desire to return to Italy, especially from the US market

Acampora is confident that Italian destinations can once again position themselves well on the international stage. “This is a difficult and complex season,” says Acampora, “but people want to travel and, thanks to the vaccination campaign, we will see good results. The summer is going fairly well, there is interest from the classic markets which are mainly domestic, but also international and Eastern European, even with private cars.” But it is next year’s bookings that unveil the return of overseas markets. “We have many requests for 2022,” says Acampora.  “There is a desire to return to Italy, especially from the US market and from individual customers.” 

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Published in Business, Tour operator

The Marches region, on the Adriatic side of the Italian Apennine mountains, has many charming towns like Civitanova Marche, which holds Blue Flag status and is a popular seaside resort with a long beach, a fishing and tourist port, and three cycle paths. Leaving the town you can start your itinerary by visiting Civitanova Alta, the original settlement, an ancient village built on a hill inside the walls of a Medieval castle.

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The town of Loreto is an important pilgrimage site

About 20 minutes by car from Civitanova Marche you can find one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Catholic world: the town of Loreto which owes its fame to the Basilica with the relic of the Holy House of Nazareth. Here, according to tradition, the Virgin Mary was born, lived and received the announcement of the miraculous birth of Jesus. Among the many great artists who contributed to this famous sanctuary and its frescoes are Luigi Vanvitelli, Pomarancio, Luca Signorelli, Melozzo da Forlì and Federico Zuccari.  

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Orange-flat environmental-status towns and sandy beaches 


A few kilometers from Loreto we come to Recanati the birthplace of Giacomo Leopardi, one of the greatest Italian poets, and Beniamino Gigli, the famous opera singer. Close by we find Porto Recanati, a seaside resort with stony and sandy beaches, smart bathing establishments and playgrounds for children, water sports and cycle paths. Going inland you will be able to explore some of the most beautiful villages in Italy as well as little towns of great artistic and historical interest. Montecassiano, which holds the Italian Touring Club’s Orange Flag tourist-environmental status, is a late-Medieval town where you walk along narrow streets and alleyways and cross squares that have remained unchanged since the 15th century. Don’t miss a visit to the Collegiate Church of S. Maria Assunta with the monumental altarpiece by Fra Mattia della Robbia.


Ancient basilicas and a Benedictine Abbey 

Near the town of Montecosaro you will find the Basilica of Santa Maria a Pie 'di Chienti, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. Montelupone is another Orange Flag Medieval village with old city walls and four gates that once defended the town. You should visit the Abbey of San Firmano a Benedictine abbey founded in the last years of the 10th century to admire the handsome raised presbytery and imposing staircase.

Published in Tours

After the success of MyPass Ski and MyPass Venezia, MyPass now makes it easy to  discover two exciting attractions in Italy’s Liguria region. Use the pass to buy tickets – and avoid crowds and queues – for the Aquarium in Genoa and the Cinque Terre National Park with its iconic multi-hued little hill towns and stunning coastline.     


An innovative answer to the changing needs of tourism management

A joint-venture of C-WAY Tour Operator of Costa Edutainment and the Cinque Terre National Park, MyPass is an innovative answer to the changing needs of tourism management as it creates an integrated territorial promotion system. The idea is part of a broader collaboration – that will involve the sea and environmental education - between the Cinque Terre National Park and Costa Edutainment, two companies that have always been committed to safeguarding and enhancing the environment.


With MyPass special prices for one or two-day options 

With the MyPass App you can discover, book and buy the Cinque Terre Trekking Card and the Cinque Terre Train MS Card to experience the trails, villages and beaches in the National Park, as well as tickets for access to Genoa’s Aquarium. Also available at a special price for My Pass users is the joint offer of the Cinque Terre Trekking Card and the Aquarium of Genoa option for one or two days.


Access to car parks makes visiting comfortable and easy

And to make your Ligurian experience unique and easy to plan on the MyPass APP you can also find information, services and entertainment. For example an exclusive navigation in the Gulf of Poets or in the Cinque Terre on the daily HOP HOP Boat from the center of La Spezia. And the MyPass APP also gives access to car parks making visiting these locations even more comfortable and easy.


A sustainable contribution to promoting Italy

«In MyPass we have found a technological partner at a national and international level,” said Carla Sibilla, CEO C-Way.  “The Cinque Terre Park is a strong ally with whom we share important cultural and scientific values. Together we will make a sustainable contribution to promoting Italy. Digitization is an extraordinary opportunity that allows national parks to enhance their resources by improving services for visitors and businesses, and offers effective tools for monitoring the territory. This is indispensable for forward planning in terms of flow management and resource conservation,” added Donatella Bianchi, President Cinque Terre National Park.”


Using technology to make Italy’s attractions accessible, comfortable and safe

Guya Paganini, Founder and CEO of MyPass said: “The MyPass App will also have other services, offering users a wide range of products, from the mountains to the sea and from museums to parking, to transport. Our strategy is based on using technology to make Italy’s attractions accessible, comfortable and safe. Liguria is another important step in the MyPass story.”

Published in Digital

Convention Bureau Italia and the Italian national tourist board ENIT (Italian National Tourism Board), together with partners YesMilano Convention Bureau, as Host Destination, and AIM Group International, as Creative Partner are organizing Italy at Hand, the MICE B2B fair, in Milan this December. European buyers can register for the Hosted Buyer Program including full participation in the three-day event, travel, hospitality and hotel accommodation in Milan at www.conventionbureauitalia.com/boxit/italy-at-hand-buyer-registration.  

45 leading Italian suppliers for 3 days of business Italian style

The exhibitor booths reserved for 45 of Italy’s top suppliers – the main Italian destinations, most important hotel and hotel chains, leading Italian agencies and conference centers - quickly sold out. The organizers say buyers can look forward to three days of business and fun in perfect Italian style with scheduled business meetings, networking and training activities. Italy at Hand: a unique opportunity for getting back to live networking.

Published in MICE & Events, Business

The first signs of recovery, harmony between industry players, plans for a relaunch, promotions and marketing: these are the guidelines for a return to pre-pandemic tourism levels in the region says Councillor for Tourism and Local Authorities of the Lazio Region Valentina Corrado who says new investments will be made to promote the region on international markets.

A region to be discovered and enjoyed in all seasons

"The summer season that has just ended showed the first signs of recovery. Working together with the various trade associations we are committed to supporting the sector with investments of €15 million. "Our aim is to attract new tourist segments by creating a different identity for the region and giving visibility to lesser known attractions in the five provinces - to be enjoyed in all seasons – like spas, lakes, food and wine, villages, our coast and religious itineraries.

The Latium region is a multi-faceted and safe destination

Data from the VisitLazio portal show that neighbouring countries and also long-haul markets like the USA are interested in the region as a holiday destination,” said Corrado. “Latium is perceived as a safe destination thanks to the success of the anti-Covid vaccination campaign, and so we are concentrating on training to boost the quality of hospitality and we are working with the various federations, associations and operators to focus on strategic segments such as major events, weddings, motor racing and sport”.

Appealing to international markets

The Region has developed a €5 million plan of enhancement and local marketing to participate in Italian and international fairs, and to promote the Lazio brand and its diversity by investing in campaigns in the Italian and international media. The goal is to boost the appeal of the brand on foreign markets, favour seasonal adjustment and respond to the needs of a tourist who is increasingly attentive to sustainability and the quality of the services offered.  The Più Notti. Più Sogni offer consists of two formulas. The first offers one free extra night for every three booked and the second two free extra nights for every five nights booked. The offer has been extended to November 30, 2021. "We are reviewing our initial plan to run into next year, and we are adding a series of services that will involve travel agencies and tour operators".

Rome is a candidate for Expo2030

Italian Prime Minister President Draghi recently announced that Rome will put forward its candidacy for Expo 2030 and Rome is ready for the challenge said Councillor Corrado  "This is a unique opportunity for tourism in our region, with a major spinoff on industries and jobs.”

 

Published in Cities & Regions

In Italy’s Tuscany region, in the peaceful Siena hills surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and woodlands, Borgo Scopeto Relais, is the ideal place to relax while enjoying the colours of Autumn.  Then there are the pleasures of the table. The traditional Tuscan dishes created by chef Pietro Fortunati and Borgo Scopeto’s wines are the prefect way to prepare for the arrival of winter. Choose the Shades of Autumn in Tuscany stay from this elegant Relais in the heart of Chianti. 

Seasonal products and the finest Tuscan wines in the La Tinaia Restaurant

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is the name of the special menu chef Fortunati has created to celebrate local food and wines. This creative and contemporary gourmet journey through typical seasonal products  is accompanied by fine wines like the Chianti Classico and the Supertuscan Borgonero from the Borgo Scopeto cellar.  Autumn is also experienced indoors with the elegant vaulted rooms of the La Tinaia Restaurant transformed into a veritable riot of colours and flavours.

A heated swimming pool and bicycle trails

Strolling around the estate you can’t help being enchanted by the every-changing hues of nature and the beauty of the surrounding landscape, and there is a magnificent view over the city of Siena from the heated swimming pool. The resort’s bicycles are available for sports enthusiasts who want to explore the hills around the Borgo which are dotted with vineyards and olive groves.

Wine-therapy treatments in the spa

And after a walk or an excursion by bike what could be better than relaxing in the Borgo Scopeto Relax spa which has a Finnish sauna, emotional chromo-therapy showers and a swimming pool with a Jacuzzi and a waterfall. Or pamper yourself with the spa’s special treatments and wellness programmes like the wine-therapy sessions that use vine extracts and grape must.

Published in Leisure

The first Ricerca 12 hybrid hospitality model was 21 Way of Living which debuted in Milan’s Città Studi in 2020. The concept combines traditional and extended-stay hospitality services with the most advanced forms of co -living and co-working, the organization of events and a bistro open to the public. Ricerca 12, headed by Alessandro and Luciano Benetton with co-founder Aldo Giacin, is also looking further afield outside Italy.

A portfolio of 500 million in asset management

 According to the Italian daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore in the medium term the company’s aim is to create an Italian portfolio for a total of 500 million in asset management, and there is also talk of a real estate fund to attract other institutional investors. At present the platform has committed about €50 million in equity for three distinct developments. In addition to 21Way of Living in Milan, another hybrid structure is scheduled to open in Milan’s Navigli district in 2023, as is a building in via Belfiore in Florence which is currently leased to the state but for which there are plans as a hospitality hub.

The 4-star Milan Navigli Hotel has 120 rooms and co-working spaces

At a later stage the company does not rule out expanding in the field of rental of properties under its hotel management format. The next scheduled inauguration is Milano Navigli, a 4-star hotel with 120 rooms, co-working spaces, kitchens on each floor, a gym, restaurant, bar, laundry, swimming pool and a sky-bar. This is to be followed by Florence and Venice, and the goal of 500 million assets under management should be reached in five to seven years when Research 12 does not exclude development on international markets.  

Published in Hospitality

The Palazzo di Varignana, an exclusive resort in the Bolognese hills, has a new holistic programme that aims at solving sleep disorders and boosting psychophysical wellbeing. Green Bathing, Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness, combined with nutritional plans and treatments in the Varsana Spa, are all ingredients of this personalized programme.

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The programme of three of six nights aims at achieving perfect harmony

Every change of season can correspond to a change of habits, and the return from holidays and the stress of daily life can cause tiredness, anxiety and sleep disturbances.  One solution is the Deep Sleep Programme, a multidisciplinary path with a holistic approach that aims at raising awareness of sleep disorders and transforming the quality of rest for guests to achieve perfect harmony within the body. The programme is in two versions of three or six nights, and was created by dietician, nutritionist and pharmacist Annamaria Acquaviva, who is the health coach responsible for the Resort’s wellness and health projects.  

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Diet is important and menus are personalized, using local produce 

Among the physical activities at the Resort we find Green Bathing, a sensory journey along which guests are guided through the Villa Amagioia park, one of the hundred most beautiful gardens in Italy and part of the Resort's 300-hectare estate. Other relaxing activities include Yoga Nidra, also known as Sleep Yoga, an ancient tantric technique useful for relieving stress.  Diet is another pillar of the programme with personalized menus based on the chronotype of each guest and products sourced from the resort’s gardens that are expertly transformed by the chefs to obtain their maximum nutritional properties.  Guests can also enjoy the Deep Sleep Massage, an aromatherapy ritual that acts on three sensory pathways, promoting sleep, physical rebalancing and recovery from jet lag. 

The Resort has five outdoor swimming pools and a spa

The Resort has 134 contemporary rooms, three independent villas, two restaurants, a 3,700sqm spa, withfive outdoor swimming pools, a gym, and a modern conference center as well as areas for events. The Varsana Spa is an oasis of relaxation with tubs, sensory showers, saunas, Turkish baths and relaxation areas. Palazzo di Varignana is on 30 hectares of park, of which eight hectares are part of the Grandi Giardini Italiani.


Published in Experiences & Tips

A hotel of charm in the north of Italy, in one of the charming old towns around Lake Garda, the Antica Dimora Desenzano is a luxury inn.  The priceless collection of antique furniture, works of art and objects collected over many years by Cristina Cagliari, a passionate antiques dealer who turned her family home into this luxury property, ensure that any stay will be a unique and emotional experience.

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Five luxury suites and The Atelier with an open kitchen

The property has five suites, each one different but all unique and exclusive and dedicated to 18th-century characters whose portraits are in each room: La Contessina, La Moretta, La Veneziana, Il Libertino and La Principessa.  The heart of the Dimora is the Atelier, a refined, intimate and welcoming room with a fireplace and an open kitchen. Teatime here is a celebration of taste with special tastings organized by pastry chef Annalisa Borella, and for trips out of town to enjoy the beauty of the lake from the shore or by boat, guests can request an exclusive picnic basket.

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Relaxing holidays, excursions, nature adventures and three golf courses

Surrounded by hills to the south and mountains to the north, Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian lakes. Some of the most famous locations that deserve a visit are the Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio’s famous Vittoriale degli Italiani, the Grotto of Catullo and the Castle built by the Scala family who were the lords of nearby Verona. Garda is considered a true paradise and perfect for relaxing holidays, excursions and nature adventures, and for golf enthusiasts there are three courses in the area.    For info and reservations http://www.anticadimora-desenzano.com  

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Published in Leisure

Explore the heart and history of this stunning northern Italian city with the Visit Ferrara, tourism promotional agency which, up to 26 December 2021, is offering free guided tours of the city’s historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tours are on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings

The Talking about Ferrara guided tour starts on Saturdays at 3.00 pm and on Sundays at 10.30 am and introduces the Renaissance soul of the city. And for tourists staying in one of the affiliated hotels the tour is free.


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Medieval and Romanesque-Gothic monuments

Starting from the Este Castle, the symbol of the city with its ancient moat, the visit continues on to the Medieval square where you can admire the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral and the Town Hall, and then wander along the ancient streets of the San Romano and Delle Volte districts and see the city’s three synagogues. 

Book your free tour on the Visit Ferrara site 

Twenty city hotels are offering this free tour and they can all be booked directly on the Visit Ferrara website. And for anyone who is not staying in one of the affiliated hotels the tour is available for €8.



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Published in Cities & Regions
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