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In the winter of 2021/2022 skiing becomes accessible again thanks to Skipasslombardia. The entrepreneurial world of the mountains wants to restart, and the Lombardy region is already looking ahead to the 2026 Olympics and, with this in mind, they have entered into a partnership with Scalapay.

The “buy now, pay later” plan has interest-free instalments  

Scalapay is the market leader in "buy now, pay later" which allows consumers to pay for goods and services in interest-free instalments. All the Skipasslombardia subscriptions can be purchased online. The two new options are a Split Season Pass: €350 (which can be paid in instalments), or the Working Season Pass: €520 extendable, valid on all weekdays in medium and low season and usable in pay per use mode in peak season and at weekends.

“Making the slopes more accessible for customers”

"We are happy to encourage enthusiasts to return to the slopes - comments Matteo Ciccalé, Scalapay's partnerships director - and we are pleased that Anef puts customers at the centre of its policies, offering more sustainable methods of access and payment". The Scalapay logo will have great visibility thanks to its presence on the cards and posters in the ski resort and the start-up is strengthened as a tool in the entertainment and sports sector to make the slopes more accessible for customers.”

“Scalapay is a great opportunity”

"For us, after a very difficult year, it is important to give users maximum flexibility and plenty of products to choose from - adds Massimo Fossati, president of AnefSki Lombardia -. Scalapay is a great opportunity and a fantastic collaboration offering great opportunities in the mountains in Lombardy.”

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Fabilia’s expansion continues with the Group due to take over the management  of a property in Alto Adige, bringing to three the number of  hotels it operates in the mountains. The subsidiary Fabilia Mare has signed the lease agreement for the 4-star Naturidyll Bad Waldbrunn in Monguelfo-Tesido, which is about 60 kilometres  north-east of  Bolzano. 

The Fabilia Cesenatico will not reopen in 2022

The hotel has 23 rooms, for a total of 50 beds, a restaurant, a wellness center, an indoor swimming pool and both indoor and outdoor parking. Due to be renamed and rebranded  as Fabilia Monguelfo, the property is located in Val Pusteria, between the ski areas of Plan de Corones (Kronplatz) with 119 kilometers of ski slopes and 3 Zinnen Dolomitesc  which can boast 84 kilometers of slopes. With a view to optimizing its operations, the Group also announced the closure of the Fabilia Cesenatico, which will not be reopened for the 2022 summer season.

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Palazzo Imperiale di Genova (1560) is not only an ideal venue for events but also a hub where the city’s history meets its spectacular food and wine traditions,  "It is one of the most prestigious buildings in the city - underlines Raoul Bollani, head of the Saloni delle Feste Palazzo Imperiale – and one of the few that is still as it was in renaissance days. It is part of the Palazzi dei Rolli aristocratic abodes that in the 16th and 17th centuries hosted European kings and ambassadors who came to Genoa for official visits with the Doge.”

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Events in collaboration with cruise lines 

In 2000 Bollani renovated the building and today Palazzo Imperiale, in the historic center and close to the port, hosts events, receptions, weddings, business meetings and workshops and works with major cruise lines and Creattivando Art & Food.    

Working with agencies, tour operators and tour guides  

"Raoul Bollani is the soul of Palazzo Imperiale - say Cristina Robello and Mario Clavarino of Creattivando - we promote the area together.  Before Covid we were doing around a thousand experiences a year - adds Robello – mostly for international visitors but in recent times we have worked a lot with Italians, both individuals and incentive groups through agencies, tour operators and tour guides.”

Genoese specialties from Pesto to Anchovy Pies

Creattivando’s events include introductory experiences featuring Genoa’s famous Pesto basil sauce as well as other typical local dishes like Cappon Magro Seafood Salad, Pansotti Italian Riviera Ravioli and Anchovy Pies.

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Travel is discovery, a story to be shared, a sensational performance!  

Travelling to discover the beauties of Italy and, with them, to rediscover ourselves. Travelling to enjoy unrepeatable experiences, and to be the protagonist of extraordinary happenings. Travelling to the melody of small and major events and losing yourself in the musical soul of unique and evocative places.

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Enjoylive Travel and Noteinviaggio, two tour operators who have specialized in the organization of musical and cultural trips for over 20 years, have put together their ideas, resources and enthusiasm to create a new project: Italia in Scena.

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Italia in Scena by Enjoylive Travel and Noteinviaggio showcases Italy’s cultural abundance in all its splendour, with a series of themed journeys enhanced by exclusive and live events, musical experiences, good food and wines.

Our goal is to offer numerous and varied travel opportunities to lovers of music, culture, and beauty. To grow through partnerships with travel agencies, adopting a didactic and enlightened approach. To collaborate with theatres, groups and associations to make music - which is one of Italy's greatest resources – really shine. 

Curtain up, it's showtime!

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Gli Inediti

Unique journeys built around musical and cultural themes, exploring their historic and artistic relationships and connections. All our journeys are special, but Gli Inediti are even more unique because Italia in Scena teams up with historians and art experts, musicologists and musicians, museum directors and specialised guides. Italian music and culture is a living thing, and with Gli Inediti we want to you to hear all its resonance and taste all its flavours.


A riveder le stelle

And so we come to our A riveder le stelle tour, for which we use the words of the great poet Dante, to invite you on ad hoc journeys and delighting in music, opera and dance celebrities in some of Italy's most important theatres. That's where we will take you, and you will also discover many breathtaking attractions in these cities and towns of international musical repute.  


La Città Ideale

Inspired by the concept of the ideal city, which breathed life into art and culture in Italy during Renaissance times, our La Città Ideale trips focus on Italian cities and towns in which we seek unique perspectives through scheduled events, music festivals, major exhibitions and visits to enchanting and secret corners.


In armonia

In the Greek Pantheon Harmony, who is the daughter of Aphrodite and Ares, represents love and harmony, and over time harmony has entered the musical lexicon to express the bond between notes and their simultaneous composition. In Armonia brings you into historical homes, country houses and period residences in some of the most enchanting parts of Italy to rediscover ourselves, and to delight in the company of others at private musical gatherings, conferences and comprehensive courses.

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Culminating in its opening on 17t May, the Grande Bailo Museum will have doubled exhibition space, new areas for temporary exhibitions, services and depots. Transforming the 19th-century Municipal Museum into the new Bailo has called for an investment of over €8 million, and the months leading up to its opening will be marked by a succession of important exhibitions. 

Important paintings on loan

The first event is the arrival at the Santa Caterina Civic Museum of a distinguished painting from the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: the famous portrait of Doge Erizzo, a masterpiece by Bernardo Strozzi (19 November 2021 - 13 February 2022). Meanwhile, in the rooms of the Bailo and in the Pinacoteca Alberto Martini in Oderzo, from 18 December to 27 March 2022, you can admire the exhibition Treviso Journey Dantesco a more than dutiful homage to the poet by a city that welcomed many Florentine exiles, including Dante’s son Pietro.

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From Canova to Treviso’s Paris Bordon and Gino Rossi

From 25 March The 19th-centry revealed: from Canova to historic romanticism” exhibition will feature important works by Canova and the best of the 19th-century art collection from the Civic Museums including works that  have rarely been exhibited before. Meanwhile, at the Santa Caterina, from 27 February to 26 June, you can admire the grandiose exhibition of the works of Treviso-born Paris Bordon with paintings on loan from the most important European museums. And an original Homage to Gino Rossi will present for the first time, alongside his paintings many never-before-exhibited drawings by this other Treviso artist.

A worthwhile investment with public and private support

The inauguration of the Grande Bailo on 17 May will be a highlight for a city that has invested in art and culture with the backing of the city council, the state and private donors. All this in a city of fewer than 85,000 inhabitants, and an investment in culture as a lifeline both for the social growth of the area and a major tourist attraction.

From the Via Francigena to the ancient Via degli Abati, and from the Via Matildica del Volto Santo to the Via di Linari with Visit Emilia. This is the authentic Emilia to be experienced on foot, rewarding travellers and hikers willing to leave behind the frenzy of the city to immerse themselves in history, nature, culture, food and wine. These great historical paths have been travelled by many thousands of pilgrims over the centuries, crossing the Apennines, passing through the UNESCO Biosphere and invoke the atmosphere of the region’s ancient fiefdoms. 

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The Via Francigena led pilgrims to Rome

One of the most popular routes for travellers of all ages is the Via Francigena, which runs through the heart of the Apennines in the provinces of Piacenza and Parma. The Via degli Abati is an ancient medieval route followed by the monks of the monastery of San Colombano di Bobbio, in the province of Piaena, on their way to Rome.

Rewarding journeys along a network of trails 

The network of trails along ancient medieval routes that constitutes the heart of the Via Matildica del Volto Santo (the Matildic Way of the Holy Face) is an opportunity to exercise both body and mind as you imagine the atmosphere of the fiefdom of Countess Matilda di Canossa, from her magnificent castles to her villages. This was a route of commercial passage and an alternative pilgrimage path to reach Rome and Lucca and today is a rewarding journey rich in nature, art, fine food and wine.

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Nauralis Bio Resort & Spa is an 18th-century masseria, a former rural hamlet just 20 kilometres from Otranto and Lecce and only 20 minutes from the Adriatic coast. Carefully and expertly restored and transformed into a splendid hotel de charme, it is part of the Naturalis Azienda Agricola farmstead  - 45 acres on which olives, aloe vera, wheat, and grapes as well as wide variety of medicinal plants are cultivated.

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Rooms with atmosphere and air conditioning

The 11 rooms – Deluxe, Junior Suite and Suite – are named after plants and trees and are in the courtyard and in the tower, which is an old silo where long ago they used to store wheat. Comfortable and elegant, they have wrought iron beds, artisan and antique furnishings and linens made by local weavers. There is also independent air conditioning, a minibar, Wifi, satellite TV and showers with Jacuzzis.

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Exclusive spa treatments with organic extracts

In the spa, which is in an ancient barn, the pampering sensory treatments, Ayurvedic massages, foot reflexology sessions and the exclusive 4 Elements treatment are all based on organic wheat, wine, olive oil and aloe extracts. Owners and Domenico and Marinella Scordari suggest that when guests are not relaxing by the pool they should visit the organic vineyard, enjoy cycling through the countryside and to the little town of Martano, relax with yoga and meditation sessions or discover the ancient craft of basket weaving. 

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Gluten-free, vegetarian and kids’ menus

Many of the products on the restaurant’s menu come from the estate. The kitchen can also cater to gluten-free and vegetarian requests, and children’s menus, packed lunches and afternoon snacks are also available on request.  Small animals are welcome at no extra charge, and transportation to and from the airport by taxi or private car with a driver can be arranged. For information: www.naturalisbioresort.com.  

The Olympic Spa Hotel, a charming hotel in the Ladin heart of Val di Fassa in Trentino, is ready for the opening of the winter season from 3 December, and on 15 January will inaugurate its new Natural Suites. The renovation is based on a sustainable model aimed at enhancing the property and integrating it into the surrounding landscape; from the new suites which have internal terraces and patios, to the sauna on top of the trees, which is reached via an aerial route.

Creating a bond between guests and the natural surroundings

The renovation, which is a project by Studio Noa, camouflages the new, plays with the silhouette of the mountains and creates a strong bond between guests and the natural surroundings, with the Natural Suites fitting into the property’s wellness theme and green philosophy.  «We are happy to announce the upcoming opening of the Natural Suites. We wanted to expand the hotel with new and functional areas, without altering the balance of nature and the landscape,” underlines Manuela Pellegrin, who owns the Olympic Spa Hotel with her brothers. “We decided to create an even closer integration with the wonderful Dolomite mountains around us.”

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To compile a list of the most colourful destinations in the world, Uswitch took colour palettes, global search volumes, and the places gaining the most Instagram hashtags. And the winners are?  Topping the list of places with the largest colour palette we find the oh-so-colourful Ligurian Cinque Terre towns, while another two Italian gems, Procida and Burano, make it into the top ten. 

Italy’s most searched for multi-hued towns and islands 

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The Cinque Terre, which totalled 718,000 searches, is an area of coastal towns with an extensive and breathtaking range of brightly-painted houses that are complemented by the natural greenery on the cliffs and the turquoise and blue hues of the sea. Procida, with 175,100 searches, a picturesque little island in the Bay of Naples not far from Capri and Ischia has oodles of old-fashioned charm, a colourful fishing harbour, steep winding streets and white sandy beaches making it picture-perfect. Burano, at 72,100 searches, is one of the best-loved Venetian islands and a firm favourite with instagrammers for its vivid streets lined with brightly-coloured fishermen’s houses and tranquil canals leading to the turquoise lagoon. https://www.uswitch.com/mortgages/guides/the-most-colourful-places-in-the-world/ 

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Visitors to the Eternal City can now take their experiences to a whole new level on an Ancient & Recent Oculus VR Walking Tour. On these exclusive walking tours, using Oculus VR and the latest generation of smartphones, participants find themselves in a 3D historical reconstruction of the Colosseum and other ancient Roman monuments. Moving around the old amphitheatre’s three areas - the square, the arena and the underground - in real time they are catapulted back 2,000 years and find themselves part of the ancient Roman empire.


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“Through the Oculus participants interact with objects around them”

“Our virtual, multimedia, multisensory tours with audio reproductions and historical fighting animations allow participants not only to learn, but to live history as spectators of some of the most thrilling spectacles that used to take place in ancient Rome,” said Cristina Antal, Ancient & Recent’s Co-founder and Sales Manager. Controlled by the movement of their head the oculus allows them to interact with the recreated ambience and objects around them. Just imagine sitting among the roaring crowds at a gladiator contest in the Colosseum, or riding a chariot around the Circus Maximum – who doesn’t remember Charlton Heston’s nail-biting race in Ben Hur?” For information: https://ancientandrecent.com

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