If you didn’t spend New Year’s Eve in Italy, you still have plenty of time to enjoy the Italian winter, skiing and health spa activities. In Tuscany the Versilia Thermal Springs are offering beauty treatments and packages for the current season, with special offers available until the Epiphany on January 6th.
The Villa Undulna, named in honour of the Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, offers spa baths, skin treatments, massages, sauna and Turkish steam baths, together with soft, relaxing music and hot teas. The hotel itself is surrounded by gardens and has restaurant and fitness facilities.
The health spa focuses on water and mud-bath treatments as follows:
The uniqueness of the treatments offered in the Terme lie in the combination of bromo-iodic-salty wather and therapeutic mud from the Massaciuccoli Lake. These rare and precious natural elements are used both for the prevention of arthro-rheumatic condition and vasculohepatic or dermatological complaints, as well as for relax and beauty baths, given their effectiveness against cellulite.
The comfortable booths are equipped with leading-edge technology, specifically designed for each need. The competent and professional medical staff guarantee that the pursued goals will be attained, either through the fixed thermal programs.
For more details on health spa packages and beauty treatments, as well as the hotel and rooms, see the Terme della Versilia website.
This is a rather unique use for an old 1980’s Maserati. In what’s set to be the most bizarre Maserati tuning of all time, two crazy Italians have turned the twin turbo into a sea vessel and were intending on sailing from Viareggio to Venice with the vehicle.
Unfortunately for Marco and Marcolino, the authorities have banned them from attempting their foolhardy enterprise, and for the moment the pair will have to postpone. The 1200 miles from Viareggio to Venice are little in comparison to a previous venture.
Marco and Marcolino had previously attempted a similar exercise in 1999 by crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Canaries with two modified automobiles equipped with outboard motors. Below are the pics and after the jump, an old video of the original Maserati Biturbo.
The Versace yacht is currently docked at the port of Brindisi for the delight of visitors and tourist. The luxury yacht is a high performance vessel, decorated with classic interiors of sophisticated materials in the style of the famous Italian fashion house.
Brindisi port seems to be hosting its fair share of famous luxury yachts this summer, with the Giorgio Armani Main yacht recently docking for maintenance checks. It is a bonafide made in Italy yacht, being built at the Codecasa facilities in Viareggio. Apparently its maintenance checks included some repairs to the onboard upholstery.
Italy has its fair share of luxury yachts cruising around during the Italian summer (including one of a Russian millionaire at the Brindisi port); if you keep your eyes peeled, you may be lucky enough to spot one.
After the tragedy at Viareggio, Tuscany, in which a train carrying LPG exploded, reports have the death toll at 16. A child and a baby are among the dead. The accident happened at Viareggio train station when the freight train jumped the tracks.
36 people are reported as seriously injured and more than 1,000 have been evacuated from nearby homes. Two buildings collapsed in the explosion and fears are that the death toll will rise on finding bodies among the rubble.
Work is continuing to ensure the safety of the other LPG tanks, in an operation in which the tanks will be emptied and their contents removed. The Viareggio station is closed and there will be severe delays on the Pisa-La Spezia line. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families of the injured and dead.
For more information, follow the Corriere’s English service.
Source | Corriere
Tuscany is not just famous for its historic cities of art like Florence and Siena, it also has the most beautiful coastline, if you’re looking for a beach holiday in Italy. Viareggio is located in the province of Lucca, in the heart of Tuscany’s “marittima” region. This year its beach receives the “blue flag” award for being one of the cleanest beaches in Italy.
The criteria for receiving a blue flag are the marine water quality (purity and reflection), total sewerage treatment works, recycling and waste division programs, and the development of pedestrian areas, cycle paths and green areas. Look out for Blue Flag beaches when you’re on your Italian summer vacation.
Italy’s famous Carnival in Viareggio starts on February 7, with a “Benvenuto Carnevale” event that takes place at the famous Capannina di Viareggio from 10:30pm. From then until February 28, plenty of carnival events will be taking place in the Tuscan city.
The carnival in Viareggio is famous for its masks, floats and parades. Mask courses take place on February 8, 15, 22 and 24, with the final event on March 1st at 5pm. Eight suburbs of Viareggio will host various events called “Rioni in festa” that will cover the entire month of February.
Another Carnival event to note at the Teatro Politeama on January 29 is the election of Miss Carnevale di Viareggio 2009, where the choice of song for this year’s Viareggio carnival will take place. For full program listings, costs and a photo gallery of the previous edition, go to the official site of the Carnevale di Viareggio 2009.
This year in order to celebrate Giacomo Puccini´s 150th birthday anniversary Lucca and Torre del lago, the small town on Massacciuccoli lake where the Maestro lived for years, will organize a series of exquisite events. The Puccini Festival will begin on the 15th June with the inauguration of the new theatre in the open. The Season will close on 22nd of December, the day Puccini was born 150 years ago. On 6th July the Moscow Bolshoj Orchestra will hold an amazing concert, but there are many other events worth seeing during this 15 evening, 54th edition dedicated to Puccini.
The Massaciuccoli lake is a LIPU protected area and marks the northern border of Versilia, which is part of the coast of Tuscany; famous for its beaches and seaside resorts such as Viareggio, Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi.
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