Rome travel – Travel Italy Hotel Wed, 18 May 2022 18:35:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rome travel – Travel Italy Hotel 32 32 County updates electric vehicle charging plan Wed, 18 May 2022 15:30:00 +0000

An updated community plan for electric vehicle charging stations encompassing Oneida and Herkimer counties has been released, according to Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.

The goal of the electric vehicle (EV) plan is to recommend strategies to support current and future EV drivers traveling within the region and between regions of the state. The range of electric vehicles continues to improve every year and is rapidly approaching that of a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle using petroleum fuel.

“We all saw during the recent opening of Wolfspeed in Marcy that electric vehicles are an important part of the future of transportation nationwide and a key part of our economy in this county and region,” said Picente said in a statement. “We are committed to seeing all aspects of this industry grow and that includes preparing Oneida County to become a leader in upstate New York’s electric vehicle infrastructure.”

According to the county, additional charging stations are needed to facilitate travel over longer distances, support travel between counties and provide access to charging opportunities for lower-income households and owners of previous generations of vehicles. electrical.


The plan identifies gaps where public infrastructure is not currently available in the region to support electric vehicle drivers and recommends the installation of charging stations at key locations to establish a comprehensive charging network. Additionally, this plan identifies various socio-economic, geographic, and educational resource barriers that may contribute to a reluctance to transition from an internal combustion engine vehicle to an electric vehicle.

Oneida County will also create an EV Dashboard that will show the public exactly where charging stations are; update in real time the progress of the installations of additional chargers and propose other measures to follow the progress of the construction of this infrastructure. The plan includes 67 electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot being built in conjunction with the Mohawk Valley Health System Wynn Hospital in downtown Utica, with the possibility of expanding up to 300.

“The plan outlines a 5-plus-year implementation timeline to meet this growing need,” said Oneida County Planning Commissioner James Genovese. “There are 14 concrete steps spread over the period that range from site-level planning, to installing stations, to improving signage and visibility around locations, as well as steps that will enable a continuous reassessment and community involvement.”

The multi-year implementation timeline includes: identifying stakeholders, site-level planning, and applying for federal and state funding for electric vehicle infrastructure in the first two years. During the second to fifth year of the plan, electric vehicle charging stations will be installed for approved sites as well as other related initiatives

After the fifth year of the plan, there will be reassessments of needs and equipment replacements for obsolete units. The electric vehicle charging station plan can be viewed at:

How much would you pay for two cocktails and crab legs? Greek restaurant says $1000 Tue, 17 May 2022 01:00:00 +0000
Exorbitant prices are not uncommon in Mykonos (file photo).


Exorbitant prices are not uncommon in Mykonos (file photo).

A shocked American tourist plans to turn himself in to police on the Greek island of Mykonos after being charged nearly NZ$1,000 for two cocktails and a snack at a beach restaurant.

The huge cost also included a tip of NZ$129.

Sky-high prices are not uncommon in Mykonos, but even by most standards this bill left a bad taste.

The anonymous tourist was with her daughter when she sat down at the restaurant.

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In messages to her travel agent and reported by Proto Thema, the woman ordered two drinks and crab legs and sat on deckchairs on the beach for up to three hours.

“While we knew that the bill would not exceed €200, suddenly they asked us to pay €600! In fact, they put three men ahead of us when I refused to pay because what they were asking was outrageous,” the outlet reported.

The receipt showed a charge of €520.80 (NZ$861) plus €78.12 (NZ$129) tip.

Talking to locals, she found out that it wasn’t the first time an incident like this had happened at the restaurant. The name of the establishment has not been disclosed.

Before the pandemic, prices in Mykonos were often featured in lackluster reviews.

In 2019, a visitor from New York shared a picture on TripAdvisor of a receipt showing he was charged €591 for the six servings of calamari, €150 for the beers and €59.40 for the Caesar salads. A €18 tomato juice and two €17.80 bottles of water brought the total bill to €836.20 (NZ$1382).

At the same restaurant, another diner also complained about a bill of €713 for two diners which included €78 for grilled chicken.

Mykonos is not alone in being accused of price gouging.

A restaurant in Rome that allegedly charged nearly $140 for two burgers and three coffees has received so many online reviews that TripAdvisor has temporarily put a stop to it.

Elsewhere in Rome, two Japanese tourists said they were scammed after being charged €349.80 for two plates of spaghetti and fish and two glasses of water.

In 2017, a British tourist wrote to the mayor of Venice after receiving a bill for €526 for lunch.

And in 2018, a restaurant in Venice allegedly charged four tourists $1,800 for a meal, sparking outrage and prompting the city’s mayor to call for an investigation.

Pope rallies from knee pain to proclaim 10 new saints Sun, 15 May 2022 08:50:00 +0000


Pope Francis created 10 new saints on Sunday, rallying to knee pain that forced him to use a wheelchair to preside over the first canonization ceremony at the Vatican in more than two years.

Francis stood for a long time at the start to greet the priests concelebrating Mass, presided over the ceremony for nearly two hours, then got up and walked for a good 15 minutes after the end to greet dozens of cardinals and bishops. Vatican cameras lingered on the scene as if to show the pope’s mobility and refute speculation about his health and the future of his pontificate.

Francis, 85, then took a long ride in a seated popemobile around St. Peter’s Square and the boulevard leading to it to greet some of the tens of thousands of people who came to celebrate the new saints of the Catholic Church. . These include a Dutch priest-journalist killed by the Nazis, an Indian lay convert killed for his faith, and half a dozen French and Italian priests and nuns who founded religious orders.

Francis told the crowd of more than 45,000 that the 10 embodied holiness in daily life, and said the church needed to embrace that idea rather than an unattainable ideal of personal fulfillment.

“Holiness is not a few heroic gestures, but many small daily acts of love,” he said from his chair at the altar.

Francis has been complaining of strained ligaments in his right knee for months and was recently seen in a wheelchair at public hearings. Sunday’s ceremony was proof that Francis is still able to walk, but seems to be taking ligament healing as easily as possible ahead of an intense period of travel beginning in July: the Vatican confirmed two trips that month, one to Congo and South Sudan and one in Canada.

It was the first canonization mass at the Vatican since before the coronavirus pandemic and, aside from Easter celebrations last month, drew one of the biggest crowds in recent times.

The Italian president, the Dutch foreign minister, the French interior minister and India’s minorities minister, along with tens of thousands of worshipers filled the sunny square, which was adorned with Dutch flowers in l honor of Reverend Titus Brandsma, a holy martyr. killed at Dachau concentration camp in 1942.

In the run-up to canonization, a group of Dutch and German journalists officially proposed that Brandsma become co-patron of journalists, alongside Saint Francis de Sales, given his work fighting propaganda and fake news during the rise of fascism and Nazism. in Europe. According to an open letter sent to Francis this month, reporters noted that Brandsma successfully advocated for a ban on the printing of Nazi propaganda in Catholic newspapers. There was no immediate response from the pope.

In addition to Brandsma, new saints include the 18th century Indian convert Lazarus, also known as Devashayam, who mixed with India’s lower castes and was considered a traitor by the Indian royal palace, who ordered his arrest and execution in 1752.

“He is for the poor,” said Arachi Syril, an Indian pilgrim from Kanyakumari who was in the square for mass. “He hated the caste system, it still continues, but he is a martyr of it,” Syril mentioned.

Also canonized was César de Bus, a French priest who founded the religious order of the Fathers of Christian Doctrine and died in 1607; Luigi Maria Palazzolo, an Italian priest who cared for orphans and died in 1886; Giustino Maria Russolillo, an Italian priest who founded a religious order dedicated to promoting religious vocations and died in 1955; and Charles de Foucauld, a French missionary who, after regaining his faith in his youth, decided to live among the Tuareg peoples of the Algerian Sahara and was killed in 1916.

The four nuns are: Marie Rivier, who overcame a sickly childhood in France to become a nun and founded a religious order and died in 1838; Maria Francesca di Gesù Rubatto, an Italian nun who helped found a religious order and died in 1904 in Montevideo, Uruguay; and the Italians Maria di Gesù Santocanale and Domenica Mantovani, who founded religious orders and died in 1923 and 1934 respectively.


AP visual reporter Gianfranco Stara contributed.

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Saudi Man Charged After Maserati Rolls Down Rome’s Spanish Steps Fri, 13 May 2022 17:58:03 +0000

Roma (CNN) — In Rome, don’t drive your fancy sports car up the historic stairs.

That was apparently overlooked by a man who this week drove his rental Maserati up the city’s Spanish Steps and now faces charges of allegedly damaging the monument, police in the capital say Italian.

The anonymous 37-year-old Saudi national accused of driving was apprehended at Milan Malpensa airport after police identified him through the car rental company from images of the vehicle taken by surveillance cameras.

He is accused of aggravated damage to cultural heritage and monuments.

The driver of the car faces charges related to the damage.

Rome Superintendency for Cultural Heritage

Video footage of the incident released by police shows the Maserati being driven into the pedestrian zone above the steps overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday. The car descends the first flight of stairs before stopping. Someone is then seen emerging from the vehicle and inspecting his fate.

The car caused fractures on the 16th and 29th steps of the right flight rising from the Spanish Steps, Rome’s heritage protection body said in a statement.

Some marble fragments have been temporarily glued “to allow the immediate reopening for the passage of pedestrians”, he said.

“Chips, Scratches and Abrasions”

Heritage experts say the car fractured in two stages.

Heritage experts say the car fractured in two stages.

Rome Superintendency for Cultural Heritage

Further work will be required “to restore the damaged steps by replacing the fractured parts, with travertine blocks which, in terms of color and material characteristics, are compatible” with the damaged steps.

Cultural heritage technicians are assessing the economic damage from the accident, considering they also found “chips, scratches, abrasions and widespread deposits on both ramps on the second level, attributable to the same event”, says the communicated.

The Spanish Steps is one of Rome’s most famous landmarks. They owe their name to the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See which is housed in a palace in the square below.

In 2015, the steps underwent a two-year restoration that cost 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million), sponsored by the jewelry house Bulgari, which has its flagship store in Via dei Condotti in proximity.

The Spanish Steps have served as the backdrop for many film scenes, including “Roman Holiday”, the 1953 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Top image credit: Polizia Roma Capitale

The Boca Raton Art Museum presents “The Art of Hollywood Backdrop” Wed, 11 May 2022 09:15:00 +0000

With just a few steps, people entering the Boca Raton Art Museum can travel from the colossal Mount Rushmore to the vast cityscape of ancient Rome.

All 22 renders look real, but they were ripped from MGM’s basements – narrowly escaping a junkyard grave.

“The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop” is the latest exhibit from the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The hand-painted scenes date back decades, dating back to 1938. But the artists responsible have never been credited – until now.

Exhibition co-curators Karen Maness and Thomas Walsh spent hours combing through archives and oral histories to find the artists behind the realistic canvases. Although they were able to credit over a dozen artists for their work, many still remain unnamed.

Ocean Ridge residents Barbara Tuck, left, and Gayle 'Mya' Breman watch a video presentation in front of a bracket set used in "from north to northwest" (1959) at the new exhibition "The Art of Hollywood Backdrop" at the Boca Raton Art Museum in Boca Raton.

“I started this out of a love of painting,” said Maness, a professor at the University of Texas and co-author of “The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop,” a 13-book tome published in 2016.

“I wear it both for the love of painting but also as an advocate for these artists to help them be seen in history. They deserve to be recognized and honored,” Maness said.

The University of Texas at Austin previously hosted the exhibit, often selling out even at the height of the pandemic. This spring, the university loaned several pieces to the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Define media from "The sound of music" (1965) is exhibited at "The Art of Hollywood Backdrop" exposure.

The exhibit features 22 iconic settings, including the Austrian Alps featured in “The Sound of Music” and Mount Rushmore from Alfred Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest” – a favorite of Walsh, an Emmy Award-winning production designer.

“It’s like naming your favorite child. You can’t,” Walsh said, then turned to face the Mount Rushmore giant. “But that’s it.”

Works like this are often created by four to five artists on a tight deadline – one to four weeks depending on the project. Hitchcock’s backdrop towers over visitors at 90 by 60 feet.

What sets this art form apart from what museum goers might be more accustomed to seeing – aside from its sheer size – is that it was not designed for the naked eye.

“These are artists who understand the art of illusion,” said Irvin Lippman, the museum’s executive director.

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They may not look as detailed as classic realism, but in a camera lens they look transparent and tangible.

“It was really interesting and we were trying to get them into the movies,” said Linda Toner, Boca Raton resident and museum member, after completing a tour of the artwork. “We noticed that if you pull out your camera to take a photo, it looks a lot more realistic.”