Italy travel – Travel Italy Hotel http://travelitalyhotel.com/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 10:47:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://travelitalyhotel.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Italy travel – Travel Italy Hotel http://travelitalyhotel.com/ 32 32 Pope urges Italians to have more children and welcome migrants https://travelitalyhotel.com/pope-urges-italians-to-have-more-children-and-welcome-migrants/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 09:29:58 +0000 https://travelitalyhotel.com/pope-urges-italians-to-have-more-children-and-welcome-migrants/

MATERA, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis traveled to southern Italy on Sunday to close an Italian church congress that coincided with Italy’s national elections and delivered a message that touched on key issues national campaign, including immigration.

Neither Francis nor his hosts made any reference to the vote at the open-air mass, although the Italian episcopal conference has previously urged Italians to vote in the closely watched election that could give Italy its first government. far-right since World War II.

At the end of the outdoor mass in Matera, Francis took the floor to ask Italians to have more children. “I would like to ask Italy: more births, more children,” Francis said.

Italy has one of the lowest birth rates in the world and Francis has often lamented its “demographic winter”.

Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni, who campaigned on a “God, family and homeland” mantra, also called on Italy to reverse its demographic trends by offering greater financial incentives for couples to have children.

Francis also weighed in on a perennial issue in Italy, recalling that Sunday coincides with the Catholic Church’s World Day for Migrants and Refugees. Francis called for a future in which “God’s plan” is implemented, with migrants and victims of human trafficking living in peace and dignity, and for a “more inclusive and fraternal future”.

He added: “Immigrants must be welcomed, accompanied, promoted and integrated”.

Meloni and his center-right alliance have vowed to resume a tough crackdown on migrants coming to Italy via Libya-based smugglers. The centre-left Democratic Party has notably called for easier access to citizenship for the children of newcomers.

The mass was celebrated by a protege of Francis, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, who is the head of the Italian episcopal conference and has a long affiliation with the Sant’Egidio community, a Rome-based charity known for its work with the migrants and the poor.

Francis, 85, appeared tired on the visit, which was scheduled before Italy’s snap election was called and came a day after he took a day trip to the city of Assisi, atop an Umbrian hill. Francis is using a cane and a wheelchair this year, due to strained knee ligaments that make walking and standing difficult.

His trip to Matera, the town in southern Basilicata known for its cave dwellings, suffered a slight last-minute change due to storms that blanketed much of the Italian peninsula overnight: Originally scheduled to fly by helicopter Sunday morning from the Vatican heliport, Francis instead flew to Matera by jet from Rome Ciampino airport.

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Your roaming charges will be capped in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein from next year, but not in Spain or Italy – for now https://travelitalyhotel.com/your-roaming-charges-will-be-capped-in-norway-iceland-and-liechtenstein-from-next-year-but-not-in-spain-or-italy-for-now/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 13:17:13 +0000 https://travelitalyhotel.com/your-roaming-charges-will-be-capped-in-norway-iceland-and-liechtenstein-from-next-year-but-not-in-spain-or-italy-for-now/
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et-setting Britons are set to start reaping some of the benefits of Brexit from early next year, as UK officials have just announced they have signed a deal with Norway and Iceland to cap mobile roaming charges for those traveling there.

The latest announcement doesn’t necessarily completely remove roaming charges. It only caps them and the details have yet to be defined by the telecom operators in each country.

The deal is part of a wider free trade agreement signed last year with Norway and Iceland (plus smaller Liechtenstein), as part of the government’s “Global Britain” policy, aimed at making of the United Kingdom an important player on the world stage.

The news could be welcomed by some of the 124,000 British travelers who visited Norway and Iceland in 2021, and by those who may be planning a trip to catch a glimpse of the legendary Northern Lights, among other northern attractions.

It’s also worth noting that Norway and Iceland are among the two most expensive countries to visit in Europe, with travelers reporting that a pint of beer hovers around £8 in both countries. Once instituted, the cap might help soften the blow of the trip there, if only a little.

The 5.08 million people who visited Spain and Italy in 2021, on the other hand, are likely to remain disappointed, as companies like Three charge £2 a day for roaming in the EU.

Indeed, in July and August this year British holidaymakers were drained of almost £80million as they headed to Europe, according to Virgin Media O2, which is the only major toll-free operator. roaming in the EU.

Readers with a good memory may recall that roaming charges did not exist at all from 2017 until January 2020 when the UK officially left the EU. That’s when it was left to individual operators to decide whether or not to bring the fee back.

Meanwhile, the EU recently decided to ban roaming charges in its countries for another decade.

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Marriott International signs an agreement with Bain Capital Credit and Omnam Group to bring the EDITION Hotels brand to Lake Como in Italy https://travelitalyhotel.com/marriott-international-signs-an-agreement-with-bain-capital-credit-and-omnam-group-to-bring-the-edition-hotels-brand-to-lake-como-in-italy/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 19:57:00 +0000 https://travelitalyhotel.com/marriott-international-signs-an-agreement-with-bain-capital-credit-and-omnam-group-to-bring-the-edition-hotels-brand-to-lake-como-in-italy/

LAKE COMO, Italy, September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International, Inc. today announced that it has signed an agreement with Bain Capital Credit and Omnam Group to bring its EDITION Hotels brand to Lake Como. Owned and developed by Bain Capital and Omnam Group through a fund managed by Kryalos SGR, The Lake Como EDITION is set to open in 2025 with 145 luxurious rooms, including two penthouse suites, a lively lobby bar, a floating pool and several restaurants and bars overlooking Lake Como with stunning views of the Bellagio mountains. The property is a 19e century building located on the western shore of the prestigious Lake Como, a few minutes drive from Center of Milan. It will be converted into a luxury lifestyle destination that brings Lake Como back to life while honoring the building’s intimate history and rich heritage.

“We are delighted to be working with Bain Capital Credit and Omnam Group to introduce the EDITION Hotels brand to one of italy most beautiful destinations,” said Josh Fluhr, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EDITION Hotels, Marriott International. “Today’s signing demonstrates continued guest demand for luxury accommodations and experiences.”

“We are thrilled to launch The Lake Como EDITION with Omnam and Marriott International,” said Fabio Longo, Managing Director, Bain Capital Credit. “We seek to invest in under-penetrated real estate markets and the EDITION brand fills a gap in key leisure markets for differentiated luxury hotels and enhances our real estate portfolio in Europe.”

“We look forward to bringing Omnam’s flair to this unique location and celebrating the natural beauty of Lake Como,” said David Zisser, CEO, Omnam. “This is Omnam’s fourth development in Italy and, as always, our team strives to create new experiences while staying true to the particular heritage of our surroundings. Our goal is to create sophisticated luxury that invites everyone to experience and enjoy. Together with Bain Capital Credit, we are thrilled to once again partner with Marriott International and bring this vision to life.”

“There is an incredible opportunity for hotel investments in Italynot only in major tourist destinations such as Rome and Milanobut in specific locations that have strong appeal to customers seeking high quality services and unique experiences,” said Paul Botelli, CEO of Kryalos SGR. “We at Kryalos are proud to support this great brand’s entry into Lake Como.”

EDITION Hotels committed to uncompromising quality, genuine originality and impeccable modern service continue to challenge traditional perceptions of luxury and reinforce EDITION’s position as an industry leader. Each EDITION hotel is unique, reflecting the social and cultural milieu of the time and place of its creation. Each new property is individually developed in conjunction with one of the world’s foremost designers chosen specifically for that location and features original food and beverage concepts from internationally renowned chefs. The end result offers the best in dining and entertainment, modern luxury services and conveniences “all under one roof”.

EDITION Hotels redefines the concept of luxury by offering an unexpected collection of unique hotels. The Lake Como EDITION is expected to further strengthen Marriott International’s footprint through Europe where it currently has a portfolio of over 719 properties with over 137,500 rooms across 25 brands. EDITION Hotels currently operates 15 properties in locations around the world, including New YorkWest Hollywood, London, Reykjavík, Madrid, Tokyoand Shanghai.

About Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and includes a portfolio of more than 8,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 139 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses resorts around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its award-winning travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.comand for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. Also, join us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl ​​on Twitter and instagram.

About EDITION Hotels

EDITION Hotels is an unexpected and refreshing collection of individualized, personalized and unique hotels that redefines the codes of traditional luxury. Featuring the very best in dining, entertainment, service and amenities “all under one roof”, each EDITION property is completely unique, reflecting the best of the cultural and social milieu of its location and times.

Each hotel, with its individuality, authenticity, originality and unique philosophy, reflects the current spirit and zeitgeist of its location. Although all the hotels are completely different from each other, the brand’s unifying aesthetic lies in its approach and attitude towards the modern lifestyle rather than its appearance. EDITION is about an attitude and how it makes you feel rather than how it looks. Public spaces, finishes, design and sophisticated details serve the experience, not drive it. For an underserved market of affluent, culturally savvy and service savvy guests, the EDITION experience and lifestyle explores the unprecedented intersection and perfect balance between design and innovation of consistent, excellent taste and service on a global scale.

EDITION currently operates 15 hotels around the world: New York and Times Square New York, London, miami beach, Tampa, FloridaWest Hollywood, BarcelonaBodrum, Shanghaisanya, China, Abu Dhabi, dubaiTokyo Toranomon, Reykjavíkand Madrid. Join us on Facebook and instagram. Visit www.editionhotels.com.

About Bain Capital Credit

Bain Capital Credit is a leading global credit specialist with approximately $48 billion in assets under management. Bain Capital invests in capital structure and across the full spectrum of credit strategies, including leveraged loans, high yield bonds, distressed debt, private loans, structured products, unsecured loans. performance and actions. Our team of more than 240 professionals creates value through rigorous and independent analysis of thousands of corporate issuers around the world. In addition to credit, Bain Capital invests across all asset classes, including private equity, private equity and venture capital, and leverages the firm’s shared platform to seize opportunities in strategic areas. Visit www.baincapitalcredit.com.

About Omnam Group

Oman (www.omnamgroup.com) is a diversified global real estate investor and developer with an incisive vision to find and develop iconic real estate assets. Omnam’s core expertise lies in medium and large hotels, apartment hotels, residential and mixed-use developments in Europe; its portfolio includes projects in The Netherlands, Belgium, Franceand Italy. Join us on instagramand visit www.omnamgroup.com.

About Kryalos SGR

Kryalos SGR, active since 2005, is one of the main players in the Italian real estate market. With 11.2 billion euros in assets under management and a team of 105 professionals with extensive experience in real estate (offices, logistics, retail, hotel, residential and healthcare), Kryalos SGR offers management services funds, transaction management, development, advisory and credit management services and is a partner of Italian and international leaders. Visit www.kryalossgr.com.

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French air traffic control strikes: which flights are affected? https://travelitalyhotel.com/french-air-traffic-control-strikes-which-flights-are-affected/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 10:02:00 +0000 https://travelitalyhotel.com/french-air-traffic-control-strikes-which-flights-are-affected/

French air traffic controllers withdrew for 24 hours from September 16 to 17, affecting flights to, from and over France. More than 80,000 Ryanair passengers have been affected, along with many more who are due to fly over French airspace to Spain and Italy.

Other strikes are threatened from September 28 to 30.

Main photo: Ryanair is among the airlines whose flights are grounded due to the strike in France (Getty Images)

Which flights are cancelled?

All flights to or through France will be impacted. This includes departures from the UK which not only fly to France but also over French airspace – the strike will impact flights to Spain, Portugal, Italy and Switzerland.

In the first round of strikes last weekend, Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways were among the airlines that canceled flights – 420 in Ryanair’s case. Air France operated 45% of its short and medium-haul flights, as well as 90% of its long-haul connections.

Why are they knocking?

Air traffic control union SNCTRA is on strike in a row over wages, saying they are not keeping pace with record inflation rates. According to the country’s civil aviation body, French air traffic controllers earn an average salary of around €60,000. The union also says that with a third of the air traffic control workforce set to retire between 2029 and 2035 and a five-year training period, funding for new recruitment is needed.

EasyJet said it would help travelers affected by the strike (Alamy)

What happens if my flight is cancelled?

Regulations on what compensation passengers can expect if their flights are delayed or canceled may not come into effect here, as air traffic control strikes are an example of ‘extraordinary circumstances’ that are beyond the company’s control. Aerial. That said, some airlines seem likely to help – easyJet, for example, said customers on canceled flights will have the choice of changing their flight for free, receiving a voucher or getting a refund.

Except in extraordinary circumstances, all flights departing from the UK, flights to the UK operated by a UK or EU airline and flights operated by a UK airline to the EU are covered by UK law regarding refunds and compensation when it comes to delays and cancellations. The legislation was passed from EU Regulation 261/2004, with any compensation paid in pounds rather than euros.

If your flight is cancelled, the airline must offer you two options: a full refund (including affected return journeys) refunded within seven days, or an alternative flight, including with a competing airline. The replacement flight may be the next available or one at a later date. You have the right to request a full refund if the alternative flight is not suitable for you. And if you have a connecting flight and decide not to travel, the airline must take you back to your original departure point. See more information here.

Will there be other strikes?

The union announced further action at the end of the month, from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30. Details may still change, but this coincides with planned strikes by the CGT union federation.

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Beware of Italian ‘mafia entrepreneurs’ – The Washington Post https://travelitalyhotel.com/beware-of-italian-mafia-entrepreneurs-the-washington-post/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 14:14:11 +0000 https://travelitalyhotel.com/beware-of-italian-mafia-entrepreneurs-the-washington-post/

The economic and social crisis supporting Italy’s hard right ahead of the September 25 elections leaves the eurozone’s third-largest economy vulnerable to even deeper infiltration by organized crime.

In a speech in May, one of his last before his government collapsed, current Prime Minister Mario Draghi warned that organized crime had “taken new but equally frightening forms”. Beyond violence – and the threat of violence – “organized crime has infiltrated corporate boardrooms,” he said. “They pollute the economic fabric from the real estate sector to the wholesale supply chains.” In its quest for profit and power, organized crime – from the Cosa Nostra in Sicily, to the Camorra in Naples and the ‘Ndrangheta in Calabria – has spread its southern tentacles deep into Italy’s wealthy industrial north. Italy. Overall, Italian criminal groups control around 9% of the economy, according to various estimates.

Draghi’s immediate concern was the risk to the 260 billion euros ($261 billion) in European Union recovery funds programmed for Italy by 2026. As the mobsters found new ways to making money during the pandemic – focusing on mask production and funeral services – the EU money offers a fat new target.

As Europe faces the dark winter of a joint economic and energy crisis, law enforcement officials and crime experts are raising fresh alarm about mafia groups acquiring default-risk businesses. It’s a problem in southern Europe, but Italy is particularly at risk because small and medium-sized businesses make up around 80% of the economy. Criminal ownership of a business is a nightmare scenario that would undermine the legitimate economy, distorting competition, the rule of law and the social fabric. Worse, it is already happening.

Milan police commissioner Giuseppe Petronzi recently warned of “a military operation” by the southern mafia to infiltrate the north, one of Europe’s wealthiest regions. Recent data suggests that this is not an exaggeration. Italy saw a 9.7 increase in the number of companies being investigated by financial police for suspected mafia activity between March 2020 and February 2021, the latest data available, according to Vittorio Rizzi, deputy director general of the country’s public security. The Rome-based research group Demoskopika estimated that around 4,500 businesses were at risk of mafia infiltrating after the Covid-19 crisis, particularly those in tourism, restaurants and bars.

The risk Italy now faces is a proliferation of what the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime calls “the mafia entrepreneur”. Italy was the first country where this role was identified more than ten years ago. Specifically, “mafia entrepreneur” typically involves a member of an organized criminal group – with identities concealed by a front company – taking a minority stake in and effective control of a legitimate business. I recently asked Michele Riccardi, deputy director and senior researcher at Transcrime, a Milan-based research center on transnational crime, how bad he thought mafia infiltration of Italian businesses could be. “I can’t imagine it getting any worse than it is,” he replied sullenly.

The cost falls on everyone as mafia-induced business dysfunction can significantly reduce GDP per capita growth, according to a study published in August by a trio of economists at the Bank of Italy.

How then to deal with the deeper penetration of organized crime into legitimate commerce? Big data can help. Transcrime recently signed a three-year agreement with the financial police of Lombardy, the Milan region, to use big data to track abnormal post-pandemic funding requests and oddities in the structure of business acquirers.

The hope is that better computerized analysis will work faster than criminals can insinuate themselves into the company’s system. And removing human involvement can also overcome other barriers to detection, like fear. A local entrepreneur from the Veneto region I spoke to described a wave of small, family-run businesses coming up for sale since the pandemic. “We know who is selling, but we have no idea who is buying. And sometimes it’s better to mind your own business and not ask,” he said, asking not to be named.

Draghi called for community vigilance to defend the legitimate economy. It is commendable. But the looming energy crisis in Europe could very well widen social divisions, creating the kind of fissures that organized crime can crawl through. Enrico Letta, leader of the Democratic Party, second to Giorgia Meloni’s far-right Brothers of Italy, has warned of a “social and economic crisis” to come this winter. It will only push more businesses to the brink. It doesn’t help that Meloni’s campaign stokes fears of a breakdown in law and order. It also doesn’t help that one of Meloni’s allies, disgraced tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, has spent two decades denying allegations of Mafia ties.

Draghi is widely considered to have brought stability to Italy. A renewed concern over the rule of law will only make foreign companies even more reluctant to invest in a sluggish, debt-ridden economy. Unfortunately, this could further expose Italy to the infiltration of organized crime into the fabric of its industry and society.

More from Bloomberg Opinion:

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• Italy’s right clings to the past — and falls flat: Maria Tadeo

• Putin wannabes are a growing threat to Europe: Pankaj Mishra

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com/opinion

]]> Italian Open: Matt Fitzpatrick leads after day one as Rory McIlroy impresses at Ryder Cup venue | Golf News https://travelitalyhotel.com/italian-open-matt-fitzpatrick-leads-after-day-one-as-rory-mcilroy-impresses-at-ryder-cup-venue-golf-news/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 18:34:56 +0000 https://travelitalyhotel.com/italian-open-matt-fitzpatrick-leads-after-day-one-as-rory-mcilroy-impresses-at-ryder-cup-venue-golf-news/

Fitzpatrick set the tone at next year’s Ryder Cup, with McIlroy a returning as he seeks to extend his advantage in the DP World Tour standings; Watch the DS Automobiles Italian Open Friday from 7.30am on Sky Sports Golf

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Highlights from Rory McIlroy’s first round at the Italian Open, where the Northern Irishman scored a four under 67 at the Marco Simone GC.

Highlights from Rory McIlroy’s first round at the Italian Open, where the Northern Irishman scored a four under 67 at the Marco Simone GC.

Matt Fitzpatrick topped the leaderboard after a weather-troubled first day at the DS Automobiles Italian Open, where Rory McIlroy bounced back from a slow start to impress as well.

Fitzpatrick had five under his round with three holes to go at Marco Simone GC when play was suspended due to poor light, following lightning which delayed the start of the opening round earlier in the daytime.

The US Open champion landed shots in the second and seventh, before continuing his bogey-free start to the week and moving forward with three straight birdies from the 11th.

Fitzpatrick will return at 7.30am local time (6.30am GMT) on Friday to complete his first round, the Englishman resuming with a one-shot advantage over a field of eight players – including McIlroy – on four under.

“It was really boring,” Fitzpatrick said after being unable to finish. “I was trying to push us as fast as possible, but the rest of the peloton are obviously playing a bit slower. Especially when you’re having a good lap, you just want to keep going, but that’s how it is.”

Matt Fitzpatrick tops the standings in Rome

Matt Fitzpatrick tops the standings in Rome

Joost Luiten and Alvaro Quiros are a shot behind with five and two holes to play respectively, while McIlroy lived up to his pre-tournament billing by scoring an eagle and three birdies over his last seven holes. to score a four under 67.

McIlroy nearly came out of the rough on the tenth – his first hole of the day – only to bogey the next day, struggle for a three-putt par on the 12th and nullify a close-range birdie on the 16th by missing a five-footer from page to save normal to 17th.

Rory McIlroy says his eagle on the third hole kicked off his first round at the Italian Open.

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Rory McIlroy says his eagle on the third hole kicked off his first round at the Italian Open.

Rory McIlroy says his eagle on the third hole kicked off his first round at the Italian Open.

Last week’s BMW PGA Championship runner-up drilled a 20ft to avoid another bogey on the 18th before a holey eagle from the third fairway sparked a charge down the leaderboard, with a 12ft birdie on the fifth followed by a back- consecutive wins from the eighth.

When asked what he was thinking midway through his round, McIlroy replied sky sports“I probably shouldn’t have stayed up so late last night! I felt like I was still half asleep playing that front nine.

Rory McIlroy hits an eagle-two on the third hole of the first round of the Italian Open on next year's Ryder Cup course, Marco Simone GC.

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Rory McIlroy hits an eagle-two on the third hole of the first round of the Italian Open on next year’s Ryder Cup course, Marco Simone GC.

Rory McIlroy hits an eagle-two on the third hole of the first round of the Italian Open on next year’s Ryder Cup course, Marco Simone GC.

“That eagle obviously sparked something and kind of kicked my round off a bit and I played some really good golf along the way. Can’t complain, played the tougher nine well today and the nine easier ones not so great. I just need to clean up in a few days.”

Eddie Pepperell, Scott Jamieson, Antoine Rozner, Adri Arnaus and Gavin Green are also all four under, while defending champion Nicolai Hojgaard is two off the pace and captain Luke Donald is three behind with four holes remaining. .

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“It was tough out there, but I managed to play solid golf, really good golf the first nine holes, then I lost a bit of rhythm on the back nine from the tee and put me in some tough positions off the tee,” Hojgaard said. “But above all, it’s a good start for the defence.”

Viktor Hovland, playing alongside Fitzpatrick and among other players making the trip to Rome ahead of the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup, is an under after 15 holes and among players returning to finish on Friday.

Watch the DS Automobiles Italian Open all week long live on Sky Sports. Live coverage continues on Friday with the bands featured from 7.30am on Sky Sports Golf, before full coverage from 12.30pm.

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St. Olaf is Your Travel List Headquarters – St. Olaf College https://travelitalyhotel.com/st-olaf-is-your-travel-list-headquarters-st-olaf-college/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 21:04:55 +0000 https://travelitalyhotel.com/st-olaf-is-your-travel-list-headquarters-st-olaf-college/

St. Olaf is the headquarters of your travel bucket list

St. Olaf Travelers roam the Patagonia region of Argentina in 2022.

Whether you’re an intrepid traveler or a first-timer, most of us have a list of several places we want to see or experiences we want to have in our lifetime. St. Olaf College has been helping college alumni, parents and friends achieve their travel goals for over 40 years.

In addition to offering study abroad and study abroad programs in more than 40 countries around the world for current students, St. Olaf also offers approximately 12 programs per year to alumni, families and friends.

These Graduates and family trips the programs—led by current and retired faculty and hosted by campus leaders—allow Oles to explore and learn in new corners of the world.

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Here’s a taste of what St. Olaf can help you see, do, and learn:

  • Follow in the footsteps of Philip II of Macedon, Alexander the Great and Saint Paul in Greece and Turkey! Discover the same places as these three influential figures of antiquity and study the legacy they left to Western civilization.
  • Discover famous Inca wonders, colonial cities and a rich cultural heritage on an expedition to Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and more by Peru.
  • Combine hiking in spectacular places with a fascinating historical and archaeological richness in Northern Highlands of Scotland. Discover Scotland’s hiking culture and a diverse, steep, sometimes cloudy and moody landscape.
  • See, up close, flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world in Madagascar. See lemurs in their natural habitat, found only in Madagascar. Eat the local cake, koba. Walk among the baobabs, known as the mother of the forest. And connect with locals who are doing positive things for their communities.
  • Tour the dazzling island of Ireland explore literature, history and culture. Stroll through the streets of James Joyce’s Dublin. Stroll through Sligo, where Yeats spent his childhood summers. Soak up Irish food and drink. And more!
  • Visit important biblical sites, engage in conversations with local scholars, and explore a variety of religious expressions all claiming the little place on earth known as Holy Land.
  • To go for a walk Mont Blancdip your toes into France, Italy and Switzerland, and see what happens as you move across the world at a pace that lets you savor the details.
  • Walk the trails, visit villages, taste wine, meet the locals, enjoy the food, take in the incredible views and discover lesser-visited places at 3 mph Italy and Slovenia.
  • Go hiking, biking and kayaking North of Spainas you explore the area’s history, culture, art, architecture, and amazing local food and drink.
  • Discover cultural and natural temples, from towering Mayan pyramids to the Barrier Reef that stretches along Belize’s coast, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in size and diversity.
  • Visit some of Europe’s most picturesque villages, feel the glorious sunshine that brought artists like Cézanne and Van Gogh to the region, get hands-on experience at a truffle and honey farm in “France’s breadbasket” and taste some of the best wines the world has to offer in the region where the grapes are grown.
  • Explore questions of purpose, meaning, and vocation in your “third chapter” of life, and more, at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona.
  • Experience the beauty of Europe and springtime in the Mediterranean on a 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Riviera.

These opportunities and many more are waiting for you. Discover all our destinations and join us!

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Venice latest to add tourist tax, won’t stop tourism https://travelitalyhotel.com/venice-latest-to-add-tourist-tax-wont-stop-tourism/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 17:39:38 +0000 https://travelitalyhotel.com/venice-latest-to-add-tourist-tax-wont-stop-tourism/
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Venice, Italy has added a tourist tax, joining heavily visited cities around the world, but it won’t stop at tourism.


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Venice adds tourist tax

In an effort to protect the residents of the City of Venice and the unique ecosystem, the City Council has voted to implement a tourist tax from January 1, 2023. The levy is designed to target over 90% visitors and will vary depending on occupancy.

“Day-trippers will need to register online on the day they plan to visit and pay a fee ranging from 3 euros to 10 euros per person, depending on the time of year and the density of the city, the AP reported. Those who do not pay the tax risk a fine of up to 300 euros (or $315).

Children under 6 years old will be exempt from the tax. Overnight visitors who book a hotel stay will also be exempt as they already pay a tax of €5 ($5.33) per night. – Travel & Leisure

Interestingly, the northern Italian city will charge via a website, but since the city has no gates, they may ask visitors for proof of payment. Other Italian cities have added the tax via hotels, but this will be unique as it is only incurred via the website and requires visitors to be both informed and diligent if they wish to visit Venice.

Overtourism is a real concern, especially in Venice

Amsterdam charges a similar fee but has added a €3/day flat rate on top of a 7% hotel tax. The European Tourism Association (ETOA) analyzed these rising fees across the continent:

“ETOA reported that tourist taxes in Europe were increasing, only nine of the 28 EU member states – including many in northern Europe – did not charge tourist taxes. These were: Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Sweden and the United Kingdom. – HotelManagement.net

The rich history of Venice, the charm of its water taxis, the Bridge of Sighs and the bell towers attract nearly 20 million visitors from all over the world each year. Unlike other destinations, the island built on silt is supported by man-made elevation systems designed to combat the high water (high water, tide) of the Venetian lagoon. This leads to frequent flooding in St. Mark’s Square (and St. Mark’s Basilica) and a general feeling that any trip to Venice might be the last to see it as it was.

To be clear, the island isn’t sinking due to overtourism, but that doesn’t help. Millions of visitors to the small island also put a strain on other resources, as visitors outnumber residents 2:1.

More effective measures can be found in Bhutan, which charges visitors to the small mountainous nation $200-250/day. Galapagos requires a licensed and expensive tour guide. Maya Bay (featured in the film, The beach) has been closed to visitors for some time.

The negative effects of overtourism are real. They can include environmental degradation, high costs to residents, and damage to infrastructure and assets. It can also damage the image of the destination for those who find the crowds, long waits and a generally unpleasant visiting experience.

Tourist taxes do not work

Adding a €3-10 fee to enter Venice won’t deter North Americans from flying 4,000-7,000 miles with patterns in St. Mark’s Square. Likewise, Japanese tourists traveling even further afield won’t miss an opportunity to see the serene city. Amsterdam added a similar tax years ago, €8/day for visitors was added to cruise arrivals. But on a cruise priced between $2,500 and $4,500/person, who will notice €8 and more, would it be enough to exclude Amsterdam itineraries?

Of course not.

If the number of tourists is not reduced by these fees, they are either too low or unnecessary. So why have them? I hope it has become abundantly clear that these cities are seizing the perfect opportunity. They appreciate the image of doing something for the citizens, it’s environmentally friendly (fewer tourists, less waste, less carbon emissions spent) but above all, deeper pockets. After all, who keeps the tourist tax money? It is not returned to citizens, although some may return in the form of expanded municipal benefits.

Regarding Amsterdam and its efficiency, the same link used above indicates that Amsterdam expects growth to continue to increase by 50% by 2030 despite the charges.

Conclusion

Venice, Italy adds a tourist tax, but this is unlikely to have a positive effect on Piazza Di San Marco. Tourist taxes rarely work unless they are high enough, but they are effective in generating revenue for the municipality which may or may not be spent to actually reduce tourism. In the case of the Venice tourist tax, it is particularly difficult for the tourist to know that it exists, how to pay and demonstrate that it has been paid and then applied by the Venetian authorities. It seems even less likely to succeed than other attempts.

What do you think? Are tourist taxes a sufficient model to deter tourists? In the specific model of Venice, do you think this will help to combat overtourism?

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2022 FP3 Italian Grand Prix report and highlights: Verstappen leads Leclerc and Perez in final practice at Monza https://travelitalyhotel.com/2022-fp3-italian-grand-prix-report-and-highlights-verstappen-leads-leclerc-and-perez-in-final-practice-at-monza/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 12:55:42 +0000 https://travelitalyhotel.com/2022-fp3-italian-grand-prix-report-and-highlights-verstappen-leads-leclerc-and-perez-in-final-practice-at-monza/

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen set the pace in Saturday’s third and final practice session for the Italian Grand Prix, beating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and team-mate Sergio Perez for first place at the Monza circuit.

Verstappen set a time of 1m 21.252s on soft tires to edge Leclerc by a margin of 0.347s – the Monegasque’s first run on the red-marked tire compromised by an error at the Variante della Roggia chicane – with Perez two and one- half-tenths further.

READ MORE: 5 things we learned from Friday’s practice at the Italian Grand Prix

Verstappen was also the fastest driver on medium-skid tracks – his first benchmark keeping him in the mix with Leclerc and Carlos Sainz even after Ferrari switched to softs.

It sets up an intriguing qualifying session later this afternoon, with Verstappen, Sainz and a host of other confirmed drivers to take penalties for engine and gearbox component changes.

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Max
Verstappen
WORM
Running of the red bulls

1:21.252

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Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

+0.347s

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Perez
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Running of the red bulls

+0.596s

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sainz
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Ferrari

+0.645s

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Fernando
Alonso
Hello
Alpine

+1.054s

Sainz was next in the other Ferrari – half a tenth behind Perez – with Fernando Alonso the “best of the rest” for Alpine in fifth and first to benefit from the various penalties.

McLaren’s Lando Norris remained in the lead in sixth, with Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton seventh and 10th respectively – sandwiching AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon’s Alpine (the latter joining the penalty list with engine change).

READ MORE: Horner explains Red Bull engine penalties at Monza as Verstappen says he’s ‘not worried’ about Ferrari pace

Grid penalties for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix

DRIVER SADNESS
Max Verstappen 5 pitches
Esteban Ocon 5 pitches
Sergio Perez 10 seats
Mick Schumacher 15 seats
Valtteri Bottas 15 seats
Kevin Magnussen 15 seats
carlos sainz Grid background
Lewis Hamilton Grid background
Yuki Tsunoda Grid background

Zhou Guanyu led Alfa Romeo’s charge to 11th, five places and three tenths quicker than team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with Pierre Gasly’s fellow AlphaTauri in 12th.

At Williams, a late driver change saw Nyck de Vries step into Alex Albon’s car for FP3 – and the rest of the weekend – after the Thai driver caught appendicitis.

Fresh out of his race in Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin in EP1, De Vries recovered from a gravel trip to Lesmo 1 to record the 14th fastest time, just under a tenth less than regular Williams driver Nicholas Latifi – both looking to secure a place on the 2023 grid.

FP3 Highlights: 2022 Italian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo trailed teammate Lando Norris by half a second en route to 15th, ahead of the aforementioned Bottas and Vettel, and Kevin Magnussen’s Haas (another to make power unit changes).

At the rear there were further problems for Mick Schumacher, who spent most of the session stuck in the garage with a clutch problem that occurred when Haas started his car – engine penalties were also confirmed on his side of the garage.

READ MORE: Albon ruled out of Italian Grand Prix with appendicitis, as replacement De Vries prepares for F1 debut

This came after the German completed just nine laps on Friday. After stepping down for Antonio Giovinazzi in FP1, Schumacher’s FP2 session was derailed mid-term due to a power unit related stoppage.

Lance Stroll led the way for Aston Martin, six tenths off team-mate Vettel and 2.5 seconds off the pace set by Verstappen.

Qualifying for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix is ​​scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. local time. With the likes of Verstappen, Perez, Sainz and Hamilton taking penalties, who will start on pole at Monza?

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Explore Pantelleria, where Italy meets North Africa https://travelitalyhotel.com/explore-pantelleria-where-italy-meets-north-africa/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://travelitalyhotel.com/explore-pantelleria-where-italy-meets-north-africa/

Although this is officially Italy, you won’t find any Renaissance art galleries here; Pantelleria has a museum dedicated to the caper. And instead of the legendary beaches elsewhere in the country, it’s an island of rocky coves that takes time to get to.

“There is no middle ground with it”, explains Peppe d’Aietti, author and guide. “She’s wild, tough, and only for the few.” Peppe is one of them. He once moved to Sicily for work, but, he says, “the island was always on my mind.” Today, he guides travelers on treks away from the dramatic coastline – made up of steep cliffs and jagged lava flows, with stunning sea views – and into the island’s surprisingly green interior.

Pantelleria is a volcanic island, but it’s not just one volcano, according to Peppe: there are dozens of cones on land, with more underwater. What I thought were hills are actually volcanoes, and the plains where Pantelleria’s famous tasty vegetables grow are collapsed calderas.

We head to Montagna Grande, the highest cone at 2,743 feet. Peppe says that on a clear day you can see Tunisia, but today the clouds are swirling below us around the nearby cone of Monte Gibele. Here, it’s an Eden of holm oaks and arbutus trees, while further down, Peppe sees a rare orchid and catches a pod of wild peas.

In addition to its spectacular coastline, Pantelleria is known for its thermal waters. Above the ancient settlement of Sibà, I walk along dry stone terraces and wildflower meadows to a cliff, where steam rises from a cleft in the rock. This is the Grotta di Benikulà, where the vapors emerge from the mountain in the small cave, creating something like a hammam heated by a volcano. I roast inside, emerging drenched in sweat to a view of wildflowers, the crumbling caldera plains beyond and the blue Mediterranean in the distance. Again, you can see North Africa if it’s clear, but I don’t need to – Pantelleria’s multicultural history is embedded in rock.

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