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The first 3D Planetarium in Italy: Naples and the management issues

The new buildings in Città della Scienza

Once upon a time there was an abandoned steel mill, closed in 1992. Bagnoli became a quiet area. The sirens weren't screaming anymore to call the workers back to the plant. Yet the huge metal skeletons scared everyone. One day someone decided to try and do something about it. The fairy's name was Fondazione Idis: the steel mill was going to become a Science Center. So many people and schools visited this place, until a terrible night, the sirens started screaming once again. On the 4th March 2013 it was policemen and firefighters. Someone had decided to start a fire to destroy the dream of all the honest people who loved (and still do) their beautiful Naples. The Science Center had been destroyed.

Cork's best pubs to celebrate St. Patrick's day

Girls dressed up for Paddy's day

When it comes to St. Patrick's Day, lovingly called Paddy's day, there's no one better than the Irish who knows how to celebrate. Yet if you're thinking of green beer and corned beef and cabbage, think again.
For the 4.7 million people living in Ireland, St. Patrick's traditions have been for centuries tied to a religious holiday that involved much more sobriety than debauchery. When the Irish immigrated to America, Paddy's Day became a way to take pride in their Irish heritage while being away from home, so traditions were a bit... mixed up. And a tad bit exaggerated.
During the years even Irish cities, with Dublin at the forefront, started their own parades, still low key if compared to the huge American celebrations, but you could say something has definitely started to change in Ireland as well. We have asked an insider what happens at St. Patrick's day in Cork, Southern Ireland, to get the best tips on where you can grab your pint in one of the most underrated cities in the Emerald isle.

Planning a trip to Disney World Orlando

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando is a real challenge

Who said that Disney parks are for kids only? Not me, that’s for sure: if I’m exploring an area close to a Disney park, rest assured that I’ll make room in my schedule for at least one full day of fun.
Orlando, in Florida, proved to be the biggest challenge. Even if you’re a Disneyland regular, you’ll find out that the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando is a whole different game.
First of all, the Disney area in Orlando includes four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, plus two water parks, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. With 25 on site resort hotels  and the Disney Springs (former Downtown Disney) shopping area, it is way bigger than the Universal Orlando Resort. 

Italian getaway at Tuscia Viterbese

Tuscia Viterbese is an historical area in Italy
Tuscania seen from the St. Peter hill

The Tuscia Viterbese is an area in Italy that includes parts of three regions: Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria. It's the ancient Etruria, an historical region in the middle of Italy, where the Etruscan civilization endured from before the 700 b.C. until its assimilation into the Roman Republic in the late 4th century. The name "Tuscia" was given to this area between the end of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages, while "viterbese" in Italian indicates the district around the city Viterbo. The area is crossed by an ancient route that in Medieval times connected France to Rome and the harbors of Apulia, in Italy, called Via Francigena ("the road that comes from France" in Italian). Some historians yet think that this pilgrim route started much farther away, in the cathedral city of Canterbury (UK). If this was the case, then it connected England, France, Switzerland and Italy. The Via Francigena goes through the coast to the Maremma area in Tuscany, and touches ancient burgs built on ridges, luscious hills and lakes. 

The Grand Canyon's most beautiful sights

A photo trip along the Grand Canyon South Rim

Recognized as one of the grand seven natural wonders of the world, the magnificent Grand Canyon is probably Arizona's most distinguishable landmark. Our first visit there dates back to 2008. It was also our very first trip to the United States of America, and back then my husband wasn't overly happy of flying so many hours from Naples to Los Angeles. He'd been dubious until we passed Tusayan (AZ), about two miles (4km) away from the Grand Canyon National Park entrance. I swear he stood still and silent for a good twenty minutes, watching the majestic view in front of us. 277 miles (445km) from end to end, an average of 10 miles wide (16km) and nearly one mile deep (1,6km), it was by far the biggest and most impressive natural monument we'd ever seen before. After absorbing all that beauty, he turned towards me and solemnly swore he was coming back to spend more time there, because that year we'd planned a pretty short stay in the area.
In 2014 we planned our multi-stop honeymoon I already told you about, and we finally managed to fulfill his wish: we got back to the Grand Canyon to explore the most beautiful sights on the South Rim.

How to pack for a Winter Trip

Packing tips for a winter trip
Gloves, boots, thermal underclothes, a good jacket and a waterproof power bank are the essentials for a cold weather trip.

Packing for a Winter trip can be a tricky business. I don't know about you but I'm still learning how to pack light, so when we decided to treat ourselves to a trip to Krakow in January, the coldest month of the year in Poland, I felt lost. I found a couple of super cheap flights with Easyjet, yet if I wanted to add just one checked suitcase for the both of us, the price was going up. Like... up to the point that I could've brought a third passenger with me. I honestly thought it was a waste of money, so we had to test our adaptability. 
Snow is not something we're used to: we live near Naples, in the South of Italy, and we don't get to see it often unless we take a trip to the nearby mountains. Going for a snowy destination was going to be a brand new challenge.

The ultimate guide to planning a perfect honeymoon

Hanauma Bay Oahu
A view of Hanauma Bay, Oahu
I live in a part of Italy where people still sometimes think of me as a "socially accepted weirdo" because I plan my own trips without going to a travel agency. Imagine their faces when I announced that I'd be simultaneously arranging both my wedding... and my honeymoon. People thought that the pre-wedding stress had gone to my head!

Thinking back to those days, almost three years later, I must admit that sometimes I felt scared. I had every reason to, after all I was planning the day - and the trip - that we would've remembered for the rest of our lives. What if something went wrong? You won't believe me, but planning my marriage and fixing the house we're now living in, felt like the easier parts. Yes, you heard me right. Even if I'd planned and tailored my own trips for over 10 years, I was starting to panic, suddenly feeling like having to run final exhams at school once again. While my husband-to-be patiently supported me, telling me that whatever I'd decide was going to be perfect, and my own parents tried to convince me ask for the help of an "honeymoon expert", I suddenly realized that I there was only one way I could do this. Adopting a methodical approach.
After all this time, I can finally tell you that planning your own honeymoon is possible: I've done it and it was the best trip of my life! Besides, you will be saving lots of money by tailoring this honeymoon on your needs and dreams.

Before you start booking hotels after a rapid look at your bucket list to see what's the most "honeymoonish" destination on it, let me tell you that the very first thing to do is planning in advance. The perfect honeymoon won't just magically appear for you. Planning evrything will take time and patience.