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A TREASURE NOT VALUED

Published May 11, 2014 by Tony

 

CASERTA ROYAL PALACE

Really true that things we’re accustomed to every day have or see, over time they become usual and uninteresting. Yet, Italy is the only country in the world with the greatest concentration of art, churches, monuments and natural beauty. Some cities, then, like Rome or Naples, become really unique pearls that anyone would envy us. In spite of this, some people do not think twice in staining a monument or a public good, and, worst, to damage it, while administrators (who knows why?) have little interest.
For years, it is has been said that Italy could live off of private income with what the past history and culture have left us as a legacy.
We are tired of hear it again and get angry even more if those who can and should take steps to ensure that such a big and particular artistic/cultural heritage can finally bring well-being and job roles, turn a deaf ear, or even make things worse. I am referring to our government, local administrators, politicians and institutions, of course.
Crisis, lack of employment, but it sounds strange that no one put tourism at the first place or thinking what we could get by it.
Another thing that personally bothers me, is the “continuous” and ” endless ” work in progress that spoil the view and often do not allow tourists and visitors to fully enjoy a site. Then, prohibited areas and premises permanently closed to the public for some kind of incurable reasons, which does not allow us to see works and places that should, however, be in the public domain, and a source of pride for having been put on display. I can’t explain myself this, even if only by chance I made a trip of a few kilometers and took advantage of a weekend, but how can we explain this to a Japanese tourist who came to Italy to visit that place after a long journey and having endured many expenses, and that probably never can come back in Italy!

We were still talking about neglect of Pompeii and now is the turn of the “Realm of Caserta”, as we call it.
Just to show arrogance and abuse of our administrators, it is the case of the Italian Garden in Caserta’s Royal Palace and the politician Nicola Cosentino. Despite this wonderful garden with waterfall shows significant signs of neglect and has long been closed (indefinitely!) to visitors, this has not prevented Cosentino to use it for his morning exercises. In fact, the former undersecretary of “Forza Italia” party had the garden’s key to enter and make jogging, thanks to the Prefect of Caserta.

This sumptuous and historic residence of the Bourbons of Naples, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1997, is a monumental complex which occupies 45,000 square meters, and with its five floors it reaches a height of 36 meters, with 1,200 rooms and 34 staircases.
In the Palace various places are closed indefinitely, as the hall of the Nativity of Neapolitan ‘600 and ‘700, as many portions of the park are inaccessible. Many rooms are not open to the public while others are not ever been open to all.
A recent news that in the west of the Palace a portion of the roof collapsed.
The Ministry of assets and cultural activities and tourism (Mibact) has provided approximately € 22 million of funding for the restoration of the facades of which the first batch from 9 million has already been allocated. Since last year, the four facades of the Palace are cordoned off and pending for the restoration work. The whole Royal Palace and its magnificent garden are in a state of neglect, despite the museum complex can count on 340 committed employees who must or should control 130 acres of parkland and 70 rooms. From 2001 to 2013, the center has recorded almost 50 % fewer visits, which go from 812 811 to 439 813, according to data published by the Mibact. After reading this, I hope that most Italians will be pissed off as I am !

New frontiers of cosmetic surgery

Published March 26, 2013 by Tony

Youth & Wellbeing have no limit

New fashions and the desire to have a body always youth and perfect has led people to resort more and more to cosmetic or plastic surgery. Obviously, between mammoplasty, facelifts and liposuction, women are the ones who undergo more to surgical procedures and, oddly enough, in recent years have increased also the demands for corrective actions towards the “private parts”.
Compared to 2011, in 2012 there was a 24% increase of the operations to the sexual organs, despite the high costs and risks deriving from such surgeries.
The most common (female) surgical procedures are:

Labioplasty – the reduction of small or big labia that is done for purely aesthetic reasons, in the name of the much-vaunted eternal youth.

Vaginoplasty – An intervention intended to tighten the vagina. It is used especially after childbirth, as a definitive act to treat the symptoms related to the relaxation of the perineal and vaginal canal, to improve its function and sexual activity, but also to give to the partner the feeling of having to deal with a teen-aged vagina.

Vulvar Rejuvenation – The objective of this surgery is to improve the external genitalia appearance. By injection of hyaluronic acid or fat in order to give a certain tone to the vulva. The “rejuvenation” can also interest mound and labia.

Hymenoplasty – Although the reconstruction of the hymen is required by women whose culture imposes the virginity for social or religious reasons, some women make recourse to this kind of surgery for pure ambition.

labiaplasty  vaginoplasty  labioplasty

For men,
instead, operations are primarily aimed at the enlargement or augmentation surgery (phalloplasty) of penis, which increase the length or width of the penis.

penis enlargement  girth enlargement  length and width enlargement

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HUMAN BEAUTY

Published April 25, 2012 by Tony

Cities with the World’s Most Beautiful People

In the “Traveler’s Digest” web site you can find two posts talking about the places with the most good-looking people in the world, one with regard to men and another about women. Though we can find the name of the author, can’t know how and what criteria he drew on to get these rankings. Personally, I have two comments about.
The “human beauty“, first of all, is a cultural and subjective issue therefore, what is a prototype of the local beauty in an eastern country (for an ethnic group) couldn’t be in a far western country (for a different race), for example. In addition, especially for Western civilization, thanks to high migratory flow, the standard of “beauty”, for both male and female is, so to speak, standardized by now, and common in many countries. It is difficult, if not impossible, to determine the nationality of a gorgeous person simply looking at his/her face. In each country there are, of course, beautiful women and handsome men, and to achieve such a ranking we should determine instead which nation has the highest number of beautiful people or more beautiful ones than other nations. Somewhat difficult, do not you think?
Lastly, the beauty of the Nature and Earth is universal, unique and undisputable while the aesthetical concept is fleeting: during the centuries the concept of “beauty”, alike people taste, has changed, and while up to the Renaissance the woman’s beauty was represented by a “paleolithic Venus”, a woman with prosperous and rounded forms, today instead is more appreciated a sort of “Greek Venus“, but taller and thinner. Once, fat or pot-bellied man, hairy or not, was synonymous with prosperity, opulence and wealth, while today such a man is considered bad-looking, scruffy and sick even. A man to be alluring must be not older than 50, slender and athletic.
Among a flood of people with green or blue eyes, tall, slender, athletic and with a healthy lifestyle, including many who (lucky them) have the opportunity to dress fashionably and enjoy life, all others unluckily are banned and taunted. No wonder, then, if Dr. Pierre Duncan arrives and proposes lower marks to obese students.
It is a fact that today there has emerged a new form of “beauty”, which derives from a mixture of different ethnicities. Not by chance beauties like Naomi Campbell, Anggun, Lucy Liu and Maggie Cheung are considered universally beautiful, and this shows this transition.
I think beauty also should lie in diversity, if we were all equal to each other, with everyone very beautiful or very ugly,  the terms “beauty” or “ugliness” would lose its meaning.
On the contrary, as the concept of “material” beauty establish itself predominantly (overstatement?), about ‘body appearance’ and lifestyle, entirely towards outward and based on pure narcissism, it becomes a damnation and brings to the standardization mentioned ahead.
However, I realize those like Traveler’s Digest ones are frivolous entertaining articles, just wrote to catching people attention, and with this spirit I now will summarize the ranking with the top five.  

Cities With The World’s Most Beautiful Women

1. Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev and Ludmilla Radchenko

Kiev is home to the world’s most beautiful women. The unsuspected talents of skilled conversationalists and the culture of Ukrainian women are the most interesting of the planet, and Kiev, one of the most magnetic.

2. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm and Victoria Silvstedt

Well-known from the time of the sexual revolution, Swedish women are not only the most uninhibited and open in Europe, but also the most beautiful. Nordic archetype: fair skin, blue eyes, blond hair, broad shoulders and tallness, is shown at its best in Stockholm.

3. New York City, USA

New York and Scarlett Johansson

New York is a melting pot of so many different cultures and ethnicities and this city has some of the most diverse and beautiful women in the world. Perhaps because it is the center of fashion and cinema (after Hollywood) or because from Tribeca to Meatpacking District the clubs are the “coolest” in the world, but the thing that really makes New York women so special… is their fashion!

4. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires and Belen Rodriguez

All of South America is known as a producer of beautiful women, from Venezuela to Colombia, not to mention Brazil, Buenos Aires, but Buenos Aires is probably the city with the most variety and the highest percentage of beautiful women walking down the street.

5. Varna, Bulgaria

Varna and Nina Dobrev

Bulgaria isn’t a well-known country. Varna is on the country’s gorgeous Black Sea Coast and in the summer the city becomes jam-packed with sunbathing beauties. Similar to their Russian and Ukrainian counterparts, girls here are often tall and light-eyed.

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Cities With The World’s Best Looking Men

1. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm and Alexander Skarsgård

Swedish men generally are considered aesthetically pleasing due to their fine-boned Nordic attributes and exceptional height advantage. They are great admirers, never irritating, always attentive and patient; once you have captured the heart and imagination of your elegant gent he will be devoted to you for life.

2. New York City, USA

New York and Robert Downey Jr

A lot of incredible looking men from every corner of the globe flock in New York, the most exciting city on the planet, to seek their fame and fortune. Just walking down the street on any given day will bring you eye-to-eye with the man of your dreams – at the very least in the physical sense.

3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam con Wesley Sneijder

Amsterdam is filled with jaw-dropping, good looking guys. Taller than the average Europeans, these lovely lads dress impeccably and like to engage interested ladies in polite, easy-going conversation. Despite their sometimes reserved dispositions, Dutch men have the right mood for romance, especially if in their natural environment.

4. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon and Cristiano Ronaldo

Portuguese men tend to be worldly, well-educated and brimming with pride for their small but scenic country. In Lisbon, the often tall, charismatic and athletic Latin seducers might surprise you with their firm grasp of their own culture.

5. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires and Rodrigo Diaz

Men of Buenos Aires could be categorized as sexy and sensuous. These mysterious hombres are sporty and cultivated, complicated and charming, but his company for sure will keep you mesmerized from dusk till dawn.
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HOLIDAYS TIME

Published July 30, 2011 by Tony

WHY  VISIT CAMPANIA?!

Campania presents all the remarkable sites which tourists will want to discover and make the most of during their stay here: from the islands in the Bay of Naples to the Sorrentine Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast, from Cilento to the Domitian Coast, as well as the interior, with the provinces of Benevento, Caserta and Avellino, together forming a truly unique region. The scenery is

breath-taking, much of it safeguarded within the parks and numerous nature reserves which characterize Campania, from the Matese to the Park of the Monti Picentini, from Vesuvius to the National Park of Cilento e Vallo of  Diano.

Wherever you go, you can sample genuine local dishes and wines prepared according to tradition; the monuments and archaeological parks bring you into contact with past civilizations which cast their spell on young people and on the not so young, as well as on the experts. Among the many “gems”, leaving aside the extraordinary Pompeii, we can mention Herculaneum, Stabia, Boscoreale and Oplontis with their ancient villas, the Phlegrean Fields with Rione Terra at Pozzuoli, the largest urban archaeological park in Europe, Miseno and the underwater city of Baia, and the archaeological park of Conza. And on down to internal zones of Cilento, where the archaeological park of Velia lies surrounded by a splendid national park. Some of these wonderful monuments are also open in the evenings, giving visitors an unforgettable experience as they traverse the

Temples of Paestum, the archaeological site of Pompeii or the Royal Palace of Caserta with

special effects as night falls. For those in search of peace and quiet, Campania is rich in SPA: its 29 mineral water springs put it fifth among the regions of Italy possessing spa centres. From Ischia to Telese and Contursi Terme, there is a wide range of facilities, all of the highest quality. All this is made possible by the conviction of the Regione Campania that the key to the development of Campania lies in the enhancement of its cultural, artistic and environmental resources; we are investing increasingly large amounts of European and local funding to achieve this end.

by Regione Campania, Regional Department of Culture and Tourism

 

<<This land is so happy, so delightful, so fortunate that it is obvious that it is nature’s favourite. This revitilizing air, the perpetually clear skies, the so fertile land, the sunny hills, the dark forests, the mountains lost among the clouds, the abundance of vineyards and grapevines… and so many lakes, the copiousness of the running waters and springs, so much sea and so many ports! A land open at all sides to commerce and that, as if to encourage man, reaches its arms out into the sea. >>

Plinius the Elder, Ist century B.C.

In the shadow the Vesuvius tourism’s roots run deep: on the imprints of great Greek columns refined aristocrats and roman emperors built their sumptuous villas and oasis all along the shoreline of the Gulf.

It is not a coincidence that at the beginning of this third millennium the peculiar magic of this

civilization continues to generate new sources of amazement: the recovery of age old monuments and traditions – folklore, gastronomy, genuine cultivation – that were thought irreparably lost, events and shows worthy of the great international circuit, new fodder for artistic and scientific research. The artistic treasure of Naples to visit are, in fact, to many to count: the historical centre, a patrimony under the tutelage of UNESCO, the palaces, churches, catacombs and underground passageways, the Archaeological Museum, the places of medieval and renaissance power amassed

around the Castel Nuovo and Royal Palace, the unforgettable waterfront from Castel dell’Ovo to Posillipo. The hilly area of Vomero offers masterfully restored buildings like the Capodimonte Royal Palace and the Certosa (monastery) of San Martino, museum collections amongst the most important in the world.

A trip through the twentieth century city takes you, among the notable emerging urban and architectural sights, to the rationalist Mostra d’Oltremare, with its park, sports complex and exhibition space, to Città della Scienza (Science City) nearby.

Science is also witness to the recovery of industrial archaeological complexes and the originality of a scientific tradition that renews itself.

Unusual and surprising is the exploration of the new homes of contemporary art: monumental structures like the PAN, Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, the MADRE, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina (Donnaregina Contemporary Arts Museum), and the unique artistry of the metro stations that evidence the original horizons of farseeing cultural politics.

Naples, in the final sum, remains, deep in its roots, even with all the difficulties and contradictions inherent to all big metropolitan cities, an extraordinary place to live, admire, and enjoy with all the senses: for the depth of the art and civilization that has indelibly marked its history; for the mild climate that accompanies day and night the shows, musical and theatrical events, exhibitions, fairs and religious gatherings; for the gourmand possibilities to search out the age old culinary tradition, the seafood and the unique typical products (buffalo mozzarella, pizza, Docg wine, varied and refined pastries) in all their local translations, or for finding fine hidden little shops where craftsmen still ply their wares.

<< There is no one that has not dreamt of seeing Naples.>>

Paul Edme de Musset, 1885

 

 

to be continued…..