Jesolo Sand Nativity – The Sand Nativity in St Peter Basilica

Work is underway in St. Peter’s Square to complete “Sand Nativity“, the sand nativity gift from the municipality of Jesolo to Pope Francis, who will visit it on December 31st after the Te Deum. It is the first time that a crib with this material is set up in the cradle of Christianity. On December 7, the inauguration and opening to the public, until January 13th.

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Sand Nativity 2018 Rome St Peter Presepe Jesolo

It is an unusual crib, made not in the traditional form. It takes life from the golden sand of the Dolomites for the extraordinary artistic and expressive ability of 4 sculptors selected by the Jesolo Municipality in 16 years among the best, coming from all over the world. It is called “Sand Nativity“, the project that Romans and tourists can admire, this year, in St. Peter’s Square, these days transformed into a very special open building site, right in the middle of Bernini’s colonnade. It is the gift to Pope Francis of the Municipality of Jesolo – which since 2002 has made its sand nativity scene, with an ever-improving public response – and of the Patriarchate of Venice for Christmas 2018. And the most awaited visitor – for this “first time” “Absolute in the Vatican – it is precisely the” landlord “, who on December 31, after the traditional” Te Deum “of the afternoon in the Vatican basilica, will go to admire it.

Pyramid of sand. “Sand Nativity” is a monumental nativity set 16 meters wide by 5 high and 6 deep. Modeled with about 700 tons, it is composed of Jenolan sand originating in the Dolomites. The first phase of the crib was a pyramid of sand, raised on November 17 in St. Peter’s Square, after the formation of coffers in which the sand was pressed. Once the covering has been installed, that is the protection structure, the sculpting phase began on 21 November and proceeds briskly during these days, while the last 48 hours – 5 and 6 December – are reserved for finishes. On 7 December the unveiling of the work and the inauguration; afterward, the Nativity of sand, together with the Christmas tree that this year comes from the province of Pordenone, will be visible to tourists and pilgrims. At midday, the Holy Father will receive in official Audience the two delegations of the communities that donated the tree: the diocese of Concordia-Pordenone; the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region; and those who worked from the Patriarchate of Venice (Municipality of Jesolo, Veneto) to the creation of the nativity scene of “Sand Nativity“. In the afternoon, at 4.30 pm, the official ceremony will be held in which the nativity scene will be inaugurated and the lighting of the tree will be activated. On January 13, Sunday of the Baptism of the Lord, official date when the Christmas season closes, the disassembly will begin: the crib will

return sand, and the tree will be entrusted to a specialized company for the re-use of solid wood material.

It’s official: December 8th in the evening is the day of Spelacchio‘s ignition, second edition. The announcement came from the mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, who on his social media pages decided to take advantage of the publicity linked to the name of the fir tree in Piazza Venezia, which last year had a lot to discuss itself.

 

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Rome bike tours

If you would live an energizing and vitalizing Rome’s tour you will visiting the Eternal City by bike experience. A Part of the historic city center – that includes spots like the Pantheon and Castel Sant’Angelo – is closed to traffic and, even considering that it is mainly a pedestrian area without real cycling routes, byciclers and pedestrians alike can enjoy the area’s life, history and beauty Rome bike tours can be free and exciting, find out more.

 

Bike Rent

Places to visit Rome by bike are a lot. If you are a tourist or not own a bicycles there are available for rent in some of Rome’s parks, as well as tandem bikes and rickshaws for groups and families. There are also private agencies that offer guided tours of the city’s monuments. Renting a bicycle with a group usually discovers that a helmet is offered as part of the package, along with a tour guide who can illustrate and describe the eternal beauty of Rome. Or choose to ride in Rome bike tours alone, guided by your instincts, perhaps mapping your journey with the help of several.

Parks

The other areas perfect for pedallers  are the city Parks especially Villa Borghese, which holds a surprise or two; its architectonic marvels and museums such as the Carlo Bilotti Museum and the Borghese Gallery are first among these. The Gallery is a veritable treasure chest of art and history, conserving marble works of rare beaty inside – Paolina Borghese by Antonio Canova and Apollo and Dafne by Bernini, in particular, in addition to painting masterpieces by Raffaello, Titian and Caravaggio. Feet or with bicycles suitable for routes on dirt roads. Monte Mario Reserve located on Balduina is an urban area belonging to the XIX Town Hall which is very demanding only for mountain bikes 4 sectors for 6.7 km overall. A little further north is the “Zodiac” the Astronomical Observatory, its cycle path begins at Via Gomenizza (downstream) good: via del Parco Mellini (upstream) it is 1.7 km long. Another beautiful park is Villa Pamphilj an easy recommended bike tours the route beginning in S. Pancrazio gate till Via Aurelia Antica 2,150 km.

On Sundays

You can find sections of the hystoric center running alongside the Campidoglio and stretching to the Colosseum is closed to traffic, making it ideal for cycling near the Imperial Forums in peace and freedom. It it could happen that the municipal administration closed to the traffic like the city’s sections too close Vatican Walls. city like the one near the Vatican. Rome has about 80 km (50 mi) of cycle paths and, although some of them boast a little less maintenance than others, Rome bike tours can be less feasible and fun. A favorite among the itineraries for Rome bike tours is that of the Lungotevere (bank of the river on the Tiber): with different entrances and a calm that you will not find in the rest of Rome, the river is the place where visitors can take the sounds and smells of nature and a wonderful view of this city without time from below.

Sustainable Mobility

A Rome bike tour developing more sustainable mobility for large cities such as Rome. Not only for the roads that green paths, the particular morphological characteristics of the city of Rome includes a strong concentration on the axes of the Tiber and Aniene rivers and the coast of Ostia. The Rome’s infrastructure for cycling makes it strategic and fun to navigate the many highlights of the city, both for those interested in simple and short excursions, both for those who are at ease with mixed routes, more intense and longer routes . At certain times of the day, it is even possible to take the bike on both the A and B subway lines and on the train to Ostia Lido, for a change of scenery and a swim in the ” Capital sea“.

Today I bring you to the excavations of Pompeii near Naples. Pompeii’s civilization existed over 2000 years ago, whose life has stopped in 79 AD, and so evolved as to have been a precursor of many inventions and habits in modern life. Arrived early in the morning and with the sun at the peak, here I am walking through the districts and squares. I love to explore historical places where history is engraved on stones, painted walls, architraves, mosaics and everything that belongs to another era. Thanks to the opportunity to visit some museums, I began my exploration of Pompeii, whose excavations are located in Campania. A new world has opened up for me, rich in heterogeneity, beauty and very modern in many ways.

 

 

More than 870 little shops

Would you believe there were more shops than houses? Not everyone knows that there were more shops, shops than houses. The public businesses was very important there were 870 little shops in the same time were been around 800 houses.  The Pompeians had have been an intense public life, including shopping at the market an assignment which was only attended by the husband accompanied by servants.

 

Ash lapilli beds, pyroclastic deposits and lava flows

The burial of 6 meters of lapilli and ash was able to preserve its integrity. many houses and objects of common use were sealed and stopped by time and wear. Cementing around the bodies invested, they have retained the impression that you can see the attitudes assumed as a result of short but atrocious agonies.
Initially Pompeii was inhabited only in the area where the hole is currently located, and subsequently extended assuming the plant to rectangular blocks (insulae) still visible. Surrounded by a portico and dominated by the temple of Jupiter, it forms the heart of the city, its political, administrative and commercial center.

 

Pedestrian Crossing

As you can see, the city streets had very high sidewalks and to cross them there were big boulders placed, at regular intervals, in the middle they could pass the wheels of the wagons. The distance from one wheel to another determined the width of the rails of the first circumvesuviana in Naples. In the evening, the servants had the task of opening the aqueduct and running water through the streets, so that they could be washed with excrement that accumulated during the day. Among the pebbles of the road stood out small white stones that lit up faintly in the moonlight to allow the cleaning work.

 

City Terms

The step and a platform are visible where they sat around and spent time chatting. There were male and female baths. Public baths: those of the “Forum” and those “Stabiane”, which can be visited only in the male section and characterized by the alternation of environments with gradually increasing temperature (frigidarium, tepidarium and calidarium).

Era l’ottobre del 1978 quando in Piazza San Pietro molti pellegrini si interrogavano sulle sorti del nuovo Papa, che secondo le previsioni gli attribuivano nazionalità africana, di certo non sarebbe stato italiano. E fu così che il 16 ottobre venne eletto il prima Papa non italiano, Karol Wojtyla. Il primo Papa non italiano dal 1523. Eletto un Papa slavo che riuscì ad abbattere il comunismo e il Muro di Berlino. Proprio nello stesso anno, qualche mese dopo due giovani imprenditori laziali prendevano un’importante decisione per le sorti della loro vita, registrando sotto la  forma di società a responsabilità limitata, prendeva vita il loro sogno nasceva Vip Tour, la loro compagni a di trasporti turistici.

Da lì a breve sarà V.I.P. Tour assieme ad altre si affermeranno come tra i pionieri del settore “City Sightseeing” a Roma e in Italia. Per rispondere ad una domanda, sempre più crescente, nel settore del Open bus, affermandosi  sul mercato per la qualità del servizio e la cura dei passeggeri, non solo per open bus.  Dalla sede di via Farini, a Roma a pochi passi dalla stazione Termini.

Un altro elemento di attrazione fu costituito, nel 1998 dal bus “Concorde” – Mercedes Intercar da 50 posti, che la società destinò al V.I.P. Tour Napoli- Pompei. La particolarità di questo automezzo fu che, oltre ad avere una tipica struttura “old style”, era dotato di ogni comfort disponendo di strumenti audio video, in grado di fornire una descrizione della storia, dei punti d’interesse, le usanze, le tradizioni ed i costumi dei siti turistici in procinto di essere visitati dai viaggianti.

Qualche anno dopo V.I.P. Tour, la compagnia ormai consolidata introdurrà un ulteriore elemento di attrazione alla sua offerta il Tour: Napoli- Pompei. Sarà il bus “Concorde” – Mercedes Intercar da 50 posti ad accompagnare piacevolmente i viaggiatori. La particolarità di questo automezzo fu che, oltre ad avere una tipica struttura “old style”. Ma dotato di ogni comfort come strumenti audio video in grado di far conoscere in anteprima la storia, le usanze, le tradizioni ed i costumi dei siti turistici che erano in procinto di essere visitati

Nel 1997 la Green Line Tours acquistò dieci piccoli tram-bus da 26 posti, denominati “Greeny Bus”, per il basso livello di inquinamento prodotto. Questi mezzi erano provvisti di motori Iveco 80E18 a combustione gasolio ecologico, introdotta la marmitta catalitica secondo le  norme vigenti conforme allaa legge “Euro2”. Proprio  furono chiamati “Greeny”.

Mentre nel 2014, l’Italia si aggiudica l’ Oscar con il film di Paolo Sorrentino – La Grande Bellezza. Che attraverso la descrizione delle surreali vicende mondane misto ai suoi densi e intensi drammi del protagonista Gep Gambardella. Ci fa scoprire Roma, la capitale maestosa ed emozionante. Un itinerario immerso nell’atmosfera unica della Roma Imperiale partendo dal Rione Celio, dove si trova la casa del protagonista, che gode di un meraviglioso affaccio sul Colosseo. Tra il Foro Romano e la Domus Aurea, che coniuga antichità e modernità e a chiese medievali, monumenti secolari e signorili palazzi di fine Ottocento alterna, in perfetta armonia, accoglienti locali di sapore “romanesco” e luoghi di ritrovo alla moda. Di fatti in epoca imperiale questa era una delle zone residenziali più ambite dalle famiglie nobili e ancora oggi il suo splendore traspare dalle grandiose rovine delle Terme di Caracalla.  Proprio in queste strade tanto celebrate si svolge il suo itinerario il “City Sightseeing” dove a bordo del duoble deker di  Green Line Tours offre un servizio di Open bus sullo sfondo della grande bellezza. Nello stesso anno, 2014 Green Line Tours introdurrà un nuovo tour in Italia con visita a Siena a bordo delle vetture Granturismo da 28 posti  al fine di garantire uno standard qualitativo e di sicurezza sempre ai massimi livelli.

Sul finire degli anni ’90 e l’inizio dei 2000 Green Line Tours entra nel mondo di internet nasce www.greenlinetours.com, una vera e propria novità che nel corso di questi anni 20 circa ha rivoluzionato tutto il mondo e il modo di fare turismo. Grazie al suo sito internet Glt apre una finestra e si collega con i clienti di tutto il mondo, questo attribuirà maggiore portata e maggiore interazione con i proprio clienti, fidelizzandoli. Da quel momento la condivisione di informazioni e lo scambio di interessi dei clientii Glt cambia si rinnova e fa in modo di arricchire anche le proposte commerciali offerte da Glt. E con oggi venti anni dopo una rivoluzione cominciata il settembre 1998 dagli arguti Larry Page e Sergey Brin, i due giovanissimi programmatori infomatici che crearono Google Inc, il primo motore di ricerca del web. Green Line Tours è presente su tutti i motori di ricerca del mondo, il suo sito internet è giunto a fine 2017 alla quarta release, introducendo finalmente la possibilità di prenotare i tour in tempo reale a da tutto il mondo. Nel 2018 è in corso il rebranding di Green Line tours, cambia il logo. Il restauro dell’immagine della società non riguarda solo l’intangibile, ma anche le vetture vengono dotate di un nuovo look, nuove riproduzioni audio personalizzate per giovani e adulti e ovviamente disponibili in multilingua.

Green Line Tour, diventa una società al passo con i tempi in grado di poter ancora competere con i suoi competitors sul mercato, che nel corso di questi 40 anni sono cresciuti, essendo entrate sul mercato anche realtà internazionali. La mission di Glt non cambia al primo posto vi è la voglia di raccontare Roma e le altre mete italiane facendo vivere una vacanza da sogno ai suoi turisti provenienti da tutto il mondo. Green Line Tours comunica attraverso i social network e attraverso questi canali moderni accorcia le distanze fisiche con i suoi clienti.

 

 

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It was October 1978 when many pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square questioned themselves about the fate of the new Pope, who according to the forecasts attributed to him African nationality, certainly would not have been Italian. And so it was that October 16 was elected the first non-Italian Pope, Karol Wojtyla. The first non-Italian Pope since 1523. Elected a Slavic Pope who succeeded in breaking down communism and the Berlin Wall. Just the same year, a few months after two young entrepreneurs from Lazio took an important decision for the fate of their lives, registering in the form of limited liability company, their dream came alive and Vip Tour was born, their companions in tourist transport .

From there it will soon be V.I.P. Tours along with others will assert themselves as one of the pioneers of the “City Sightseeing” sector in Rome and in Italy. To respond to an increasingly growing demand in the field of the Open bus, establishing itself on the market for service quality and passenger care, not only for open buses. From the Via Farini office, in Rome, a few steps from Termini station.

Another element of attraction was set up in 1998 by the “Concorde” bus – the 50-seat Mercedes Intercar, which the company assigned to the V.I.P. Tour Naples – Pompeii. The peculiarity of this vehicle was that, in addition to having a typical “old style” structure, it was equipped with every comfort by providing audio video tools, able to provide a description of the history, points of interest, customs, traditions and the costumes of tourist sites about to be visited by travelers.

A few years later V.I.P. Tour, the well-established company will introduce a further element of attraction to its offer the Tour: Naples-Pompeii. It will be the bus “Concorde” – Mercedes Intercar 50 seats to accompany travelers pleasantly. The peculiarity of this vehicle was that, in addition to having a typical “old style” structure. But equipped with every comfort as audio video tools able to make a preview of the history, customs, traditions and customs of tourist sites that were about to be visited

In 1997 Green Line Tours purchased ten small 26-seater tram-buses, called “Greeny Bus”, due to the low level of pollution produced. These vehicles were equipped with Iveco 80E18 engines with ecological diesel combustion, introduced the catalytic muffler according to the regulations in force in compliance with the “Euro2” law. They were just called “Greeny”.

While in 2014, Italy won the Oscar with the film by Paolo Sorrentino – La Grande Bellezza. That through the description of the surreal worldly events mixed with his dense and intense dramas of the protagonist Gep Gambardella. It makes us discover Rome, the majestic and exciting capital. An itinerary immersed in the unique atmosphere of Imperial Rome starting from the Rione Celio, where the protagonist’s house is located, which enjoys a marvelous view of the Colosseum. Between the Roman Forum and the Domus Aurea, which combines antiquity and modernity with medieval churches, centuries-old monuments and elegant palaces of the late nineteenth century alternates, in perfect harmony, welcoming rooms with a “Roman” flavor and fashionable meeting places. In fact in imperial times this was one of the most sought after residential areas by noble families and even today its splendor shines through the magnificent ruins of the Baths of Caracalla. It is precisely in these celebrated streets that the “City Sightseeing” route takes place, where on board the Green Line Tours duoble deker offers an Open Bus service against the backdrop of great beauty. In the same year, 2014 Green Line Tours will introduce a new tour in Italy with a visit to Siena on board the 28 seats Granturismo cars in order to guarantee a quality and safety standard always at the highest levels.

At the end of the 90s and the beginning of the 2000 Green Line Tours enter the world of the internet is born www.greenlinetours.com, a real innovation that during the years around 20 revolutionized the whole world and the way to do tourism. Thanks to its website, Glt opens a window and connects with customers from all over the world, this will give greater scope and greater interaction with its customers, building loyalty. From that moment on, the sharing of information and the exchange of interests of customers, Glt changes and renews the commercial proposals offered by Glt. And with today twenty years after a revolution began September 1998 by the witty Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the two very young programmers who created Google Inc, the first search engine on the web. Green Line Tours is present on all the search engines in the world, its website reached the fourth release at the end of 2017, finally introducing the possibility to book tours in real time from all over the world.

In 2018 the rebranding of Green Line tours is under way, the logo changes. The restoration of the image of the company is not just about the intangible, but also the cars are equipped with a new look, new audio reproductions customized for young people and adults and obviously available in multilingual.

Green Line Tour, becomes a company in step with the times able to still compete with its competitors on the market, which during these 40 years have grown, having entered the market also international companies. Glt’s mission does not change to the first place there is the desire to tell Rome and other Italian destinations by making a dream vacation to tourists from all over the world live. Green Line Tours communicates through social networks and through these modern channels shortens the physical distances with its customers.

 

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“Spring and romance”: a perfect combination for those who choose to stay in Rome, away from the traffic and chaos of the capital but always in the heart of the eternal city. What is the better way to spend a few hours with your person your right person a girlfriend/boyfriend or in friendship. Immers yourself between one of beutiful green areas and into the ancient archaeological exhibits  finds of the marvelous parks of the Capital, perhaps with a breathtaking view. We has chosen for you some of the most romantic green areas of Rome, where even a moment can become important.

 

VILLA PAMPHILI

It is located in the quarter of Monteverde, on the Gianicolo (or the Roman Janiculum), just outside the Porta San Pancrazio in the ancient walls of Rome where the ancient road of the Via Aurelia commences. This park should be full of spring and romance, it  stretches over nine kilometers of perimeter between spectacular terraces and enchanting gardens. Villa Pamphili presents itself, a place where the history embraces the art and suggests romantic and suggestive atmospheres. The escape moments of encounter with nature and with the beauties that Rome reserves for its tourists but also for its inhabitants.

 

ROSETO COMUNALE

Open only in the spring months, the municipal rose garden is very suggestive and romantic in Rome. Besides the possibility of admiring about a thousand different species of roses, those who visit can experience the thrill of walking in an area of the city with a splendid view of the Circus Maximus and the Palatine Hill. Roseto was the site of Rome’s Jewish cemetery for centuries, before being presented to the city in the twentieth century. The rose’s garden in Rome opens to the public for the flowering season, and there are usually guided tours and special events, also open at night Villamusical shows.

 

 

 

 

VILLA BORGHESE

One of the most famous parks in the world? Probably is Villa Borghese’s park, lacated in the historic center of the city is ideal for spending afternoons away from noise and bustle, walking through paths and sculptures and maybe stopping to admire Rome from one of the most beautiful views of the Capital, the Pincio terrace. Or, in spring summer, time make a stop at the Globe Theater, the only Elizabethan theater in Italy that offers, in the summer months, a rich program of Shakespearean shows.

 

 

VILLA TORLONIA

Villa Torlonia, located about two kilometers from Porta Pia. It was purchased in 1797 by Giovanni Torlonia and later transformed into a  monumental complex (the restoration was entrusted to the architect Valadier), has entered the news and in history as the “Mussolini’s house”. Inside the Villa, you can enjoy the Limonaia and the liberty architecture of the Casina delle Civette. Near the Casina, there is the “Technotown” minicity amuses children with fake castings volcaniche, a news that explains how news works and virtual travel in ancient Rome.

 

 

VILLA D’ESTE

A few steps from Rome, including fountains, water lilies, water games and caves, you will be Villa d’Este, also Unesco heritage. The garden really leaves without words for particularity and suggestion. Optimal for an out-of-town trip waiting for the summer on warm spring days

Photo by Cristina Gatti ©

Spring has sprung here in Italy and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Why? Here are four of our top reasons to visit Italy at the end of March, April or May. Welcome Spring With an appropriately upbeat to do list if you visit Rome.

 

Horti Farnesiani – Il Palatino’s secret garden

Since it was completed the restoration of the Farnese birders on the Palatine, the exhibition Horti Farnesiani is starting on wednesday 21th march tells, even with multimedia supports, the comparison between the magnificence at the time of the Farnese and the transformations over time on the secret garden of Palatino’s hill. In the mid-sixteenth century, the Farnese’s family had undertooked construction for a large garden with avenues, flowerbeds, trees, fountains, buildings, paintings, statues and other works of art that etchings, prints, paintings and writers in its splendor. The set of archaeological remains, renaissance fragments and natural elements is today the main reason to visit this wonderful though lost garden that the exhibition will recount after the recent restorations.

 

Sakura Hanami – EUR Lake

Hanami, litterally this term means admire flowers, its considered a classic of trees, especially that of cherry trees, in which they are called sakura. The Sakura bloom lasts for a short time, it starts towards the end of March, usually around 20-24 march and the maximum flowering occurs a few days later and lasts until the beginning of April when the Sakura present themselves to fade and in this period Hanami is celebrated. On July 20, 1959, Japan donated 2,500 cherry trees to Italy, many of which still surround the EUR lake. You can admire from the wonderful spring show offer by the Hanami blossoming

 

Roseto Comunale

From 21th april going to open Rome garden rose, you should start to visit the garden and combining with an exploration of the Aventine and its panoramic park. The Roseto is located very close to Circo Massimo home to around 1,100 varieties of botanical roses, ancient and modern from all over the world. The cultivated specimens come from all over the world: from the Far East to South Africa, from Old Europe to New Zealand, passing through the Americas. The Roseto was the site of Rome’s Jewish cemetery for centuries, before being presented to the city in the twentieth century. The rose’s garden in Rome opens to the public for the flowering season, and there are usually guided tours and special events, also open at night Villamusical shows.

 

Villa Priorato di Malta

The villa and garden of Malta’s Priorato are located on the Aventine Hill in Rome, is one of the two institutional seats of the government of the Sovereign Order of Malta. The Magistral villa, witch granted extraterritorial status by Italy. It also hosts the Grand Priory of Rome and the embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Italy. The Priorato palace is not immediately apparent, but look through the keyhole into the villa’s green door and you see the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.

 

 

 

 

Today in Italy is celebrate Saint Joseph (San Giuseppe) and also “Festa del Papà” the italian Father’s day.

March has always been one of my favourite months. Winter is almost over, days are slowly growing longer, and there is no pressure of any kind for presents (be it Christmas or Valentine’s Day, omitting the fact that it was born in March). But there’s also another reason to love March: the zeppole di San Giuseppe. On the 19th of March, the first day of Spring equinox, every family in Italy celebrates catholic the day of Saint Joseph or Father’s Day, la Festa del Papà.

This potato version is typical of Campania region, but of course, there are many other variations. In Florence for example they fill them with custard or Siena with rice. But in Naples there are which  calls them zeppole, they are made of a special soft dough rather than rice and filled with custard or a butter-and-honey mixture.
My mother has never missed a single year making ‘zeppole’. And as you need to make the potato mixture the night before, when I was a little girl I loved sneaking into the kitchen after dinner and peek her.

They are really easy to make so start getting the ingredients ready – I think you’ll find the effort well worth it and make your Dad, whatever age, really happy!

 

Ingredients:
  • 460 gr of manitoba flour
  • 250 gr boiled potatoes puree (about 300 grams of raw potatoes to boil
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 50 grams of soft butter
  • 50 gr of sugar
  • 8 gr of dry beer yeast or 10 gr of fresh beer yeast
  • 100 gr of water
  • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla essence or the seeds of a vanilla bean (alternatively 1 tablespoon of dark aged rum)
  • grated peel of 1 orange
  • grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 8 grams of salt
  • fry oil

To season:

250 grams of caster sugar

 

Shoulder seasons travelers − There are many benefits to this kind of traveler – smaller crowds, lower prices, and usually decent weather.

Today we can give a definition of the shoulder seasons tough to pack for − shoulder seasons are, transition periods from one weather extreme to another. So you often end up with a smattering of both ends of the weather spectrum. In Italy, the shoulder seasons are spring and fall – and while they’re slightly different weather-wise, figuring out what to pack for Italy travel in spring or fall is pretty much the same question.

While it’s not possible to create one master packing list that will work for every Italy traveler, we can give you some ideas for things you may not have thought of bringing with you. These weeks of early spring Early spring is going to be more like winter, while late spring is going to be more like summer – so plan accordingly.

Shoulder seasons travelers you should yoi know:

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Chances are, unless you’re visiting higher altitudes in early spring time you’ll need a jacket to deal with rain more than cold. Bring with you a lightweight, waxed jacket and packable. That’s at least water-resistant, knowing you’ll rely on your clothing underneath your jacket for warmth if needed.

Scarf/Shawl

Don’t forget to having a scarf is good idea if it might get cold, and if it’s warm and you’re wearing a tank top you can wear a shawl-sized scarf over your shoulders to get into churches (more on “church appropriate” clothing below). You can choose big pashmina-style scarves, because they serve so many purposes. Usually you bring mine on the plane to keep warm you, use it to covering my shoulders before going into a church, and if it’s chilly in the evenings it’s a scarf around my neck

Hat

If you can find a hat that performing as double duty, shielding you from potential rain and potential sun. You’re doing well, usually err on the side of sun protection, bringing a packable sun hat, if its rainy use the hood of my jacket or my umbrella.

 

Church “Appropriate” Clothing

In Rome there are so many historic churchs to visit. This doesn’t mean wearing your “Sunday best” for mass, it means being appropriately-attired to go into the churches in Italy. In Rome there are so many historic churchs to visit. This doesn’t mean wearing your “Sunday best” for mass, it means being appropriately-attired to go into the churches in Italy.May you shold do the same if you will visit Turkey. Many have strict rules for how you have to be dressed to go in – and that means your shoulders, knees, midriffs, and (ladies) cleavage must be covered.