Monday, July 19, 2010

The ART of Travel

A site of interest:

Linda Dubin Garfield, printmaker and mixed media artist, creates visual memoirs based on the mystery of memory and the magic of place. Her love of travel and her creative spirit combine in her work. She creates art based on her visits to far-away exotic places as well as venues closer to home. Nature inspires her work. In this blog dedicated to the ART of travel, she shares with you her travel to beautiful places, and the art it inspires.

Linda has travelled to various regions in Italy and has a nice collection of photo's posted to the site.
The most recent post to the site is where you can see some fabulous pics of Tuscany and read some info about the different areas worth visiting.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Italy still getting hotter

New alerts have been issued for the next few days in various cities through out Italy as the heat wave continues. Maximum alert in Bolzano, Bologna, Brescia, Firenze, Genova, Roma and  Torino. Trieste, Rieti, Perugia, Milano, Frosinone and Campobasso now at level 2 (In Italy there are 3 levels with 3 being the maximum).

Tomorrow there will be a big meeting between the heads of the regions, organised by Ferruccio Fazio (head of health) to discuss the effects this heat wave has on health and to inform the various medical assistance centres so they can offer the maximum support.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rome on heat wave alert

Temperatures in the Eternal City are set to go well over 40°s in the next few days. La Protezione civile nazionale has launched an alarm as this new wave of heat hits the capital. On the 5th and 7th July this year they already actions volunteers to hand out water bottles in the main metro stations and set up emergency medical points through out the city. 118 and ambulances are also on alert to ensure quick response to calls.

If you're in Rome or planning on a visit in the very near future, make sure you're prepared for the heat. Always have a plastic bottle with you so you can refill it at the numerous water fountains through out the city.

By all means dip your feet in the fountains like the one shown above at Piazza di Spagna (just remember to have respect. They are monuments and pieces of art and should not be abused).

Remember to apply sun cream to avoid burning.

Wear a hat and try to keep out of the sun in the hottest hours (10am-2pm).

Dress appropiately. The hot weather means people tend to dress minimal. While it's normal to see people in shorts etc remember that this is a holy city as as such you will be asked to cover up when entering certain areas. If you plan on visiting churches opt for knee length and cover shoulders. If you really can't stand the idea of not wearing a vest top make sure you have a shawl to cover up with when needed or you may find you get denied access to some places.


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