Monday, July 8, 2013

Green Public Procurement: Waste Water Infrastructure Criteria in the EU

Cohesion policy provides significant financial support to Member States and regions in order to invest in waste water treatment infrastructures. In the programming period 2007-13, about EUR 14.4 billion are planned to co-fund related projects while significant funding was already invested in this area in the previous programming period of cohesion policy. In order to increase the environmental benefits of these infrastructures, specific Green Public Procurement criteria on waste water infrastructure have now been developed with a specific focus on reducing the costs of these installations over their lifetime. These criteria could in particular, where relevant, help public authorities building or upgrading their waste water infrastructure in the 2014-2020 programming period through cohesion policy. The guidance is at the moment only available in English. Translations into all EU languages will be made available in the second semester of 2013.
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Food Products Labeling Seminar in Bracciano

A workshop on "The Labeling of Italian Food Products and their Presentation in the U.S. Market", will be held on May 14th in Bracciano. This is the third round of the IntFormatevi seminars cycles, a free training for SMEs engaged in the Lazio Region internationalization projects.

The initiative is organized by SprintLazio, Sviluppo Lazio, ICE - Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalization of Italian firms, Unioncamere and BIC Lazio, as a partner of the Enterprise Europe Network, in support internationalization of local production systems.

For 2013, the training program is structured in 14 seminars for entrepreneurs, corporate executives and managers of Lazio companies. The training days are held in rotation in the region’s five provinces in collaboration with the Lazio Chambers of Commerce.

Workshop Topics include:
National and EU food products labeling laws and regulations
Specific legislation for olive oil, meat, honey, milk and dairy products, Dop, Igp and organic
Specific legislation required for marketing in the USA
The rules and penalities

The previous 48 seminars were attended by over 1600 entrepreneurs.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Albergo Diffuso Opens in Castelli Romani and Public Private Partnerships in Community Lighting

Tourism and Energy News from Lazio Region

The First “Albergo Diffuso” is open for business in the Castelli Romani area of Lazio

Locanda Specchio di Dianarepresents a new model of tourist accommodations that leverages the authenticity of a territory and involves the whole community in a process of economic and social development. With the restoration of historic centers, visitors learn about ancient villages, their history, culture and traditions.

This innovative concept of hospitality was launched in Italy to help revive seldom visited small, historic Italian villages and town centers; historic properties are managed by individually and provide normal hotel services with a central reception area that includes food service.

There are now 40 “Alberghi Diffusi” grouped under a National Association and 13 Italian regions have adopted legislation that regulates the concept.

Increased Demand for Public Private Partnerships in Public Lighting Services

Data made available by the National and Lazio Region Observatories on Public Private Partnerships point to an increase in interest by cities and other local government for Energy efficiency and savings for public lighting systems.

The partnerships provide efficient management through automation and the use of appropriate technologies. Asset Camera (Azienda speciale della Camera di Commercio di Roma) and Cresme Europa Servizi have developed a manual that addresses operating, economic and regulatory issues.

A summary is available on the Rome Chamber of Commerce site and the entire manual can be found on Lazio Region Public Private Partnerships Observatory.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

A Cultural Digital Event in Viterbo

A Cultural  Digital Festival
Medioera, now in its fourth edition, is an opportunity to meet and exchange information on topics related to the new technologies. Workshops and other events take place in Viterbo from April 30 to May 4, 2013.

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Medioera. Festival di cultura digitale

Medioera, giunto alla sua quarta edizione, vuole essere il momento d’incontro e approfondimento sulle tematiche legate all’uso delle nuove tecnologie nei piĆ¹ diversi ambiti della vita. Workshop, Talk, Approfondimenti e Contest dal 30 aprile al 4 maggio.
Dove: Palazzo Del Comune - Piazza Del Plebiscito – Viterbo
Quando: dal 30 aprile al 4 maggio

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Country and City Tours

Country and City Itineraries

Just a few kilometers from Rome you can go boating, windsurfing or canoeing on volcanic lakes, walk or bike in the colorful countryside, taste unique typical foods and experience the history, traditions and ancient culture among Etruscan ruins and in medieval castles.

Rome Today

A trip inside the contemporary reality of the eternal city, visiting 20th and 21st century sites and museums  - Maxxi, Gnam, Macro. Your journey begins with the Rationalist style of the EUR and Foro Italico districts, through the working class areas from the Twenties and Thirties - Garbatella, Quarticciolo and Pigneto -, and the newest architectural challenges, such as Renzo Piano’s Auditorium and Richard Meier’s “Dives in Misericordia” Church.

The Lakes Area  

As with most lakes in this region Lake Vico is of volcanic origin; it is surrounded by cane fields and is horseshoe shaped. Mount Venere is 800 meters high, with several walking and biking trails. At the "well of the devil" - a semi-vertical grotto – there is a great view of the entire lake. Be on the lookout for foxes and wild boar!

The coastline is great for bird watching, cycling and water sports - windsurfing,  sailing and canoeing. Overlooking Lake Vico is Caprarola with a XVI Century Farnese Palace; the Sagra della nocciola occurs here at the end of August and an opportunity to taste local chestnut  based specialties, sweets and ice cream.

Bolsena On the border of Lazio and Umbria, and between Viterbo and Orvieto, Bolsena is the largest volcanic lake in Europe. Excellent for water sports,  it has English style gardens  - Bisentina island - and wild nature – Martana Island. You can also spend time on one of the local fishing boats or cruise aboard a traditional Bolsena Lake boat
, day or night.

Among the trails that you can follow, the most intriguing is Sentiero dei briganti used by smugglers and outlaws. Food lovers will enjoy a vast assortment of restaurants along the coast and specializing in local fish specialties rigorously accompanied by Bolsena olive oil and wines.

Bracciano This lake is located further south, between Rome and Viterbo provinces and close to the Lazio beaches. The three major communities around the lake are the city of  Bracciano, Anguillara Sabazia e Trevignano Romano. Overlooking the lake is the Orsini Odescalchi castle, famous for vip weddings; this 15th century structure is also a museum. Nearby is the Air Force Museum with over 60 planes, motors and other equipment.

History Culture and Archeology

Lazio gets its name from the Latini, a people who arrived in the area in the second millennium b.C. This Indo European population established itself on the Palatine hill and eventually expanded itself to the other six hills of Rome. The region was home to the Etruscans, north of the Tiber river, the Latins in the center, the Falisci in an area in between Etruscans and Latins, and the Capenati, an italic people heavily influenced in language and customs by the Sabines, the Latins and Etruscans.

Archeology Lazio is among the richest archeological regions in the world, with major Etruscan cities such as: Cerveteri, Tarquinia, Vulci, Veio and Volsini that peaked between the VII and V Centuries b.C.
Our trip begins in Vulci, an ancient Etruscan city suddenly overwhelmed by the advancing tide of Rome; walking through the princely tombs of its Necropolis you will witness the glorious and lavish past of the Etruscan aristocracy. A majestic silhouette stands out in the background: the medieval castle of the Abbey, which towers over the Fiora river valley. Next, the Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden, a unique theme park.

The first monasteries in Central Italy appeared around 529 and the founding of Monte Cassino Abbey. Lazio region has several medieval borgoes, located on hilltops and often containing museums and private collections.

Appia Antica A unique tour of the Appian Route, the “Regina Viarum”, a route walked by millions of people over the past two millennia. The “Via Appia” linked Rome with the Southern Italy; along the way, you will discover monuments, clues about who built and owned them, and visit the Catacombs. Then, a rustic and appetizing lunch “al fresco” under a pergola.

Roman Castles and Museums The area just south and east of Rome, known as the Castelli Romani e Prenestini, comprises a network of museums and archeological sites in several small historic towns. The twenty cultural venues are representative of the area’s rich historic, artistic and cultural heritage in: history and archeology, anthropology, science and the environment,  culture and religion.

A unique opportunity for vacationing families and culture professionals alike to walk ancient trails, become acquainted with old traditions and visit: historic towns, churches, convents, medieval palaces, aqueducts, imperial navy ships, wine producing towns and even a toy museum.

Folklore and Traditions

On August 5 it snows in the eternal city. Rose petals fall on the congregation in the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica. This event is a re-enactment of the snowfall that took place on the Esquilino hill on this day in 352 a.C., when the Virgin Mary indicated to Pope Liberio the location where the church should be built.

Before dawn, every January 13, a large oak log is lit in Capena. As the flames embers all the citizens light up a cigarette; this very ancient tradition ends with a benediction of the animals and a parade of the local area horses dressed in vivacious colors.  

Viterbo celebrates Santa Rosa on September 4 with a procession led by a very large statue of the saint placed on an elaborate cart; the first one dates back to 1663. In Viterbo Province:

Marta On May 1414 a procession of  the Chiesa della Santissima del Monte: a wooden stand (the fountain) is carried by four holding an image of the Madonna adorned with fruits and flowers follone by the clergy and citizenry parading in groups representative of their trades.

A unique celebration takes place on August 15 - Ferragosto –  in Oriolo Romano as a long procession accompanies the statue of the Virgin Mary of the Star along the streets of this XVI Century medieval borgo, built as "ideal town" by the Church – an early example of a planned community! In the main piazza, a "rodeo" by maremmani butteri, the southern Tuscany cowboys.

On Fat Tuesday members of the Purgatory Fraternity, wearing black hoods, parade through Gradoli’s streets led by banner and drums, knocking on doors to collect food for the “Dinner in Purgatory” eaten on Ash Wednesday.

Tuesday is market day in Latina: new and used clothes bancarelle with home furnishing, fruits and vegetables. Best day to visit is the first Tuesday of the month when, it is claimed, all the new and fresh stuff arrives! 

Frosinone A feast know as “Radeca” may have pre-Christian orgins. Frosinone is a very old town and this event may have its roots in pagan fertility and procreation rituals. The long radeca leaf represents the agave, the ancient symbol of fertility. The event takes place on July 26 to celebrate an insurrection against the Roman Republic and the French army that protected it.