Yesterday afternoon Lufthansa officially signed the agreement with Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance to acquire a minority stake in ITA Airways.

The industrial plan envisages a revenue growth of €4.1 billion in 2027

“Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti and Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa, met at the Ministry of Economy and Finance to confirm the conclusion of the agreement,” reported the Rome daily newspaper Il Messaggero. Lufthansa's investment in ITA Airways is for a minority share. The company's industrial plan envisages a revenue growth of €2.5 billion for this year and €4.1 billion in 2027. 

“The market will develop in the best interests of Italy”

ITA's president, Antonino Turicchi, also attended the meeting. "After the signing," the note continued, "the agreement will be submitted to the Italian Court of Auditors and notified to the European Union's Directorate General for Competition. Minister Giorgetti said: 'Today marks the end of a path that has marked the history of our national flag-carrier with the prospect of integration with a major European carrier. Today a knot that has conditioned the air transport market in Italy for thirty years is being untied. We are convinced that this will allow the market  to develop in the best interests of Italy.” 

A boost in the number of planes and for the workforce

It is planned that by the end of 2027 the fleet will have 94 aircraft compared to the current 71. With an average age of five years, they will ensure the optimisation of fuel consumption and environmental impact. The workforce, expected at 4,300 this year thanks to the 1,200 hires being finalised, will rise to over 5,500 at the end of the plan.

Rome’s Fiumicino Airport will play a central role

The strategy aims to establish ITA Airways as a key full-service carrier on intercontinental, international and domestic routes, with a focus on long-haul traffic. This strategic repositioning will further strengthen traffic at the Rome Fiumicino hub, which will play a central role in the Lufthansa Group's multi-hub model. ITA Airways will continue to be the airline of reference in Italy and to proudly represent Italy in the world,  supporting the development of tourist and business flows.

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The five-star Atlantis Bay in Taormina, the Sicilian town that featured in The White Lotus, is the only hotel on Mermaids Bay.  

The hotel is styled like an ancient fishing village

Taormina, one of Sicily’s most popular destinations, is firmly on the map for those who watched Season 2 of The White Lotus and this property, is the only hotel on Mermaids Bay. With its distinctive architectural style reminiscent of an ancient fishing village, all of the 76 rooms and suites have large terraces and spectacular sea views. 

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A swimming pool on a waterfront platform

The views of the majestic cliff of Mermaids Bay and the Mediterranean Sea can be enjoyed directly from the rooms or from the hotel’s waterfront platform, where the swimming pool, Kori Bar, Beach Bar and Nui Restaurant are all located. 


Exploring the environs by car or on alpacas

Things to do nearby include trekking with alpacas up Mount Etna, body rafting, discovering the Alcantara Gorges or hopping into an antique Fiat 500 to explore famous places featured in The Godfather. The unique location and magical silence ensure an intimate and relaxing stay.  

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Unique log art, friendly bells and a music festival are all featuring in Mezzano di Primiero this summer.

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An interesting art form using wooden logs, called canzei in the local dialect, is making waves in Mezzano di Primiero, one of the Borghi più Belli d’Italia, in the shadow of the Dolomites in Trentino 90 kilometres from Trento. Along alleyways, on balconies, in the small squares and courtyards of this little town the traditional stock of winter logs is used for the Cataste e Canzei exhibition. Every year artists and students come here to create their installations, using the technique of stacking wooden logs one on top of the other, and turning Mezzano into an extraordinary open-air museum. 

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Mezzano’s townspeople act as guides for visitors  

The town is a sort of reservoir of Alpine life, and the invitation is to discover Mezzano Romantica using the indications of the tourist posters (and an App) that help visitors discover its charms.  Red, the symbol of love, is the colour chosen for the logo of Mezzano Romantica and for the signs, to remind us that in Mezzano everything comes from the heart. And red is also the colour chosen for the chairs placed around the town. When a tourist rings the bell he or she finds on a chair, a resident arrives, sits down with the visitor,  and tells them all about the town and what they should not miss. 

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The Mezzano Romantica Music Festival

A few years ago Mezzano was chosen by the Music Academy International of New York for its summer specialization courses with musicians, opera singers, instrumentalists, musical performers and choral ensembles from all over the world. Once again from 19 June to 29 July the prestigious American music academy, which is a training ground for extraordinary international talents, will give life to the Mezzano Romantica Music Festival (www.trentinomusicfestival.org).   

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The renowned Antica Pizzeria da Michele returns to the Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort for the second year in a row.

In a prime location on Venice’s Lido

The Antica Pizzeria da Michele offers a range of delectable options on menus dedicated to those seeking to indulge in the famous Neapolitan pizza in an atmosphere of timeless allure Situated on the picturesque Lido island, the Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort is in a prime location and features 196 spacious and elegant rooms, including 8 junior suites and 15 suites, all with a classic Moorish theme. The resort also has extensive spaces for meetings and events. 

The iconic pizza from Eat, Love, Pray

“We are excited to continue our seasonal partnership with the Hotel Excelsior, which captivated us from the start. Our pizza, already renowned for its iconic portrayal in the film Eat, Pray, Love, where Julia Roberts falls in love with its flavour, will now be available just steps away from the red carpet of the Venice Film Festival, - say Alessandro Condurro and Francesco De Luca, CEOs of Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. - Until October, visitors can savor our pizza in this prestigious venue.”

Five generations of skilled pizza makers

Antica Pizzeria da Michele traces its origins back to 1870 when the Condurro family began a long-standing tradition of master pizza makers in the heart of Naples. The first pizzeria was established in 1906 by Michele, and since then, five generations of skilled masters have continued the founder's legacy, upholding Naples’ famous pizza-making traditions.

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In the heart of Italy’s Food Valley, Parma2064 has opened the doors of the Fidenza dairy to families and children.

Parmesan cheesemaking becomes an adventure

This exciting family adventure is organized by the Agrinascente Cooperative which produces over 30,000 wheels of award-winning Parmigiano Reggiano Parmesan cheese annually. 

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The tour ends with a cheese tasting

In the Parma2064 complex next to the A1 tollgate at Fidenza, near Fidenza Village, the visit begins with the hypnotic moment of curdling and continues in the imposing maturing warehouse, which is packed with yellow cheese towers. The end of the tour is the tastiest part, with a well-deserved cheese tasting.

Standard and family tickets

A standard ticket for individuals or groups costs €15. Children up to 6 years cost €3; Family ticket 1 (2 adults and 2 children 6-12 years) €40; Family ticket 2 (2 adults and 1 child 6-12 years) €35. 

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The expansion of Ecoluxury Retreats of the World continues with the Castellaro Wine Resort in Lipari in Sicily.

Three ancient premises surrounded by vineyards

The 2,000 sqm estate is located 350 metres asl where the Lentsch–Frattolillo family has beautifully restored three ancient premises surrounded by vineyards, minimizing the environmental impact with cutting-edge energy-saving methods. The family’s strong commitment to carrying on traditions and collaborating with  local authorities, artisans and producers ensure guests have an authentic experience immersed in nature.

“The brands in our portfolio are unique travel experiences” 

“High-level hospitality must be able to guarantee a fully immersive experience, enabling guests to interact with all aspects of a destination. Hence the inclusion of the Castellaro Wine Resort estate in our collection, - says Enrico Ducrot, CEO of Ecoluxury Retreats of the World. “This estate completes the brand's offer in Sicily, which is already represented by our partners Planeta, Villa Tasca and Adler Spa & Resort Sicily, for a unique travel experience in an extraordinary location."

The Castellaro Wine Resort estate will be present at the sixth edition of the Ecoluxury Fair to be held in Rome on 9th and 10th November 2023.

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Flying from the headland of Capo Vaticano to Tropea, the Costa degli Dei's most important seaside tourist center in Calabria. 
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Discover the Amalfi Coast, its steep cliffs, pastel-colored houses, small beaches and lemon groves overlooking the sea.
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This summer Flydubai will enhance its flights to Naples and add a new Olbia route. 

Dubai to Naples Capodichino summer flights 

Flights between Dubai and Capodichino International Airport will increase to five per week from June 4 to June 18, 2023. During the peak summer period, from 19 June to 31 August flights will operate daily. From 1 September to 29 October there will be five flights per week, followed by daily flights starting from 30 October.

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The launch of a new route

The airline has also revised its plans for the launch of a new route to Cagliari. Instead, the destination in Sardinia this summer, with a direct flight, is Olbia’s Costa Smeralda Airport. This decision was made when advance bookings did not meeting expectations. The initial schedule for the seasonal Cagliari-Dubai route, originally set to commence on 22 June with three weekly flights, remains unchanged but will operate from Olbia airport. Flydubai's Italian network now also includes daily flights to Milan Bergamo, in addition to the existing connections to Catania and Pisa. 

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“We will continue investing to enhance the customer experience”

Recently, the company introduced a new premium seat called the Business Suite, specifically designed for single-aisle aircraft and with direct aisle access.

Flydubai Boeing 737 MAX 8 photographed on July 26, 2017 from Wolfe Air Aviation’s Learjet 25B.Flydubai Boeing 737 MAX 8 photographed on July 26, 2017 from Wolfe Air Aviation’s Learjet 25B.

“We have come a long way since introducing our initial no-frills model 14 years ago,- said Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of the airline. - From the introduction of our first Business Class in 2013, we are proud to now introduce a premium product that competes with the business experience provided by many wide-body aircraft carriers. We will continue investing in innovation to enhance the customer experience across our growing fleet.”


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Expo Tuscia the new DMO, organized by the CAT Technical Assistance center in Viterbo will present the Tourism and Food and Wine Exchange in the enchanting Tuscia Viterbo region from 19 to 21 May.

An exploration of local gastronomy 

Embracing the theme Return Tourism: Discovering the Origins the itinerant promotional event will cross the scenic Viterbo area featuring a delightful exploration of local gastronomy. The programme will showcase various municipalities and businesses along the renowned Via Francigena route. Supported by the Expo Tuscia project, which has received funding from the Lazio Region, this multifaceted three-day event will be a display of content designed to captivate a wide audience.

Hosted by the mayors of Viterbo’s municipalities

Leveraging the power of new technologies, this showcase aims to bridge distances and generate profound interest among attendees. One of the highlights will be an online tasting session on Saturday May 20 at the Wine Museum in Castiglione in Teverina. This exclusive experience will be hosted by the mayors of Viterbo’s municipalities who will greet the guests. They will present a diverse range of local food products including traditional dishes that carry the legacy of a bygone era (the Menu of Origins). 

“Fostering engagement with associations of Italians around the world”  

Vincenzo Peparello president of the DMO Expo Tuscia says: “This event will serve as a platform to foster communication and community engagement with associations of Italians around the world, setting the stage for the upcoming Jubilee celebrations in Rome in 2025.”

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