Book a trip online. Advantages and disadvantages.
The Internet has now been in our lives for more than twenty years and has gradually become indispensable, also revolutionizing the way we shop.
Ordering an item online is often convenient, quick and cheaper than buying in-store and this also applies to travel bookings via the internet. While many have now completely abandoned physical travel agencies, some, taken by enthusiasm, end up running into scams and losing considerable amounts of money. So here are the pros and cons that you need to keep in mind when booking a trip online.
The first advantage of booking a trip online is definitely the convenience. All possible destinations and hotels are just a click away on your computer or smartphone, bookable from home in a few minutes. Sites like Trivago or Skyscanner also make it possible to compare offers for a specific date or destination, thus allowing you to organize a travel itinerary that meets all your needs. Another important element is that of savings.
The magnificent virtual visits to the magnificent Italian artistic heritages continue on the MiBACT YouTube channel.
It is the turn of the Archaeological Park of Paestum. The director of the archaeological site, Gabriel Zuchtriegel, gives a mini lesson in architecture.
The Archaeological Park of Paestum participates in the campaign Culture does not stop. With a beautiful short video he guides us inside the park to let us know the ‘affinities’ of Poseidonia of Salerno with the monumentality of the temple of the queen of the Egyptians, Hatshepsut. It is quite normal to think that Greek and Egyptian culture do not have much to do with one another from an architectural point of view.
Mediterranean breakfast, what to eat to keep fit.
It has a good satiating power and helps fight hunger. This is why it is ideal for not gaining weight.
The Mediterranean diet has countless benefits. As evidenced by several studies, in addition to being good for brain health and lowering the risk of suffering from metabolic, cardiovascular and cancer diseases, it promotes a healthy weight. But how to follow it from the first meal of the day? “The basic rule for having a Mediterranean breakfast is to choose simple foods. It is also necessary to focus on seasonal foods, possibly produced at zero kilometer, giving priority to those without additives and added sugars “, suggests nutritionist Valentina Schirò, specialized in food science. “Then, it is necessary to compose the meal in various ways, alternating the different foods and associating them in such a way as to ensure the right intake of carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats to optimally regulate the sense of hunger and satiety and promote the construction of lean mass “. Here is what the expert suggests to eat for a Mediterranean breakfast useful for keeping fit.
The secret ingredient of the Mediterranean diet.
Tomatoes, aubergines, chillies, figs, anchovies, legumes, pasta … The Mediterranean diet is not – only – a question of food, but of how we eat, how we live and how it is transmitted to the new generations.
The sun makes its way between the leaves of the figs and as I go down to the village a series of “Hello, Miss” from the windows welcomes me; “Did you sleep well?” “Did you see how beautiful the sea is this morning?”. In the castle the voices become more intense, the boys are ready for the day of the awards ceremony, between chatting and laughter, today is their day.
I am in Pollica, the heart of Cilento and cradle of the Mediterranean Diet, which ten years ago was recognized by Unesco as an intangible heritage of humanity. To celebrate this appointment, the Future Food Institute has chosen Pollica for its Food & Climate Shapers Boot Camp – Mediterraneo Edition, a six-day course of lessons and meetings for children on sustainable development models with researchers, entrepreneurs and institutional figures from around the world. food industry supported by Barilla, Google, the Dutch research center Taste, Food for Climate League and the World Fund for Crop Diversity Crop Trust: conferences, but not only, total immersion in the territory and a challenge promoted by Barilla , to change the world recipe after recipe.
New” Food Pyramid”: the Mediterranean Diet as a sustainable model.
Drink water, eat not only cereals but also two or three portions of fruit and vegetables every day, limiting the consumption of meat. These are just some of the indications of the updated food pyramid.
The food pyramid is an intuitive way to explain which foods, in what quantities and how often it is best to eat. In the lowest step of the pyramid there are the foods that theoretically should be “at the base” of our daily diet while, as you go up towards the top, those to be consumed in moderation are indicated. The first version of the food pyramid dates back to 1992 and was developed in the United States to combat growing obesity. Over the years, however, the various discoveries in the nutritional field have forced a revision of some principles. In fact, in the new food pyramid, compared to the previous one, a few things change, let’s see which ones.
Mediterranean Diet: 5 benefits that you (perhaps) do not yet know.
There are more and more studies that show how the Mediterranean diet is able to help the body to preserve health.
One of the great advantages is the presence in a great variety of micro and macronutrients that have an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, useful for protecting against various ailments and diseases”, says Valentina Schirò, nutrition biologist and specialist in food science. With the help of the expert, let’s see in detail what benefits it has that you may not yet know.
1. Keeps the mind active.
The Mediterranean diet has proven to be an excellent ally for brain health. “Vegetables, fruit, extra virgin olive oil and many other symbolic foods of this diet have a real neuroprotective action. They are in fact able to defend neurons, brain cells from cognitive decline. Tomatoes, especially cooked tomatoes, for example, are rich in lycopene, a carotenoid that improves circulation and protects against premature aging, helping the mind to remain efficient even with advancing age”.
In Italy, by car and by staying in a hotel: this is the post-Covid dream vacation.
The key word to get back on the move is safety, which is why abroad can wait. Many will return to travel agents to find tailor-made solutions.
In spite of the pandemic, as summer approaches, many are wondering about the upcoming holidays. The desire to travel of Italians has not diminished, on the contrary, but uncertainty reigns supreme. The Italian Travel Agents Association (AIAV) takes care of making a prediction, which called 700 travelers by telephone the day after the departure of the vaccination campaign.
Ready to leave as soon as possible and, obviously, safely, they would be 81% of Italians. 58% of respondents admit that they will choose an Italian destination, which is considered safer and easier to reach than foreign destinations. 20% still do not have clear ideas and only 7% of the sample venture the hypothesis of a trip to Greece. Great desire to go to the Caribbean or the Maldives. Spain, usually at the top of the list of favorite destinations, was nominated by only 4% of respondents.
Because the hotel “Do Not Disturb” signs are disappearing.
Your right to sleep may take a back seat to some bigger problems.
Travelers who crave privacy in their hotel room can no longer rely on the outside sign to keep staff out. The first step in this direction was taken by Disney who replaced the words “Do not disturb” with “Room occupied” on the outside door tag. This subtle change is intended to remind guests of a new company policy that provides for the mandatory inspection of rooms every 24 hours, without exception. (If the “Room Occupied” card remains on display for longer than this period, the staff will knock and announce themselves before entering).
A land between myth and history: Paestum.
Origins and historical notes of one of the most beautiful cities of Magna Graecia.
Founded by the Greeks around 600 BC, it was initially called Poseidonia, from Poseidon, or Neptune, god of the sea, to whom the city was dedicated. Between 400 and 273 BC it was occupied by the Italic population of the Lucanians. In 273 it became a Roman colony with the name of Paestum. But there is no doubt that the foundation of the city was preceded by the installation of a commercial farm on the left bank and near the mouth of the Silaros river and that the malarial conditions of the land then induced the primitive settlers to move the inhabited center towards the east, on a bank slightly raised limestone on the plain and on the coast, along the course of another minor river (river Salso or Capofiume). From the primitive layout on the Silaros, the sea and river port of the city developed and the Temple of the Argive Era was built near it, which soon became one of the largest and most revered sanctuaries of ancient Italy: about 50 stadiums separated the city from the Heraion and the his emporium on the river. The end of the Roman Empire roughly coincided with the end of the city. In fact, around 500 AD, following an epidemic of malaria, aggravated by the unhealthiness of the area, the inhabitants gradually abandoned the city. The rediscovery of Paestum dates back to 1762, when the modern road that still crosses it was built.
A city with many attractions.
Paestum: a holiday between History, Nature, Gastronomy and lots of healthy fun.
If you belong to the ranks of those who want a holiday able to combine leisure and culture, you have identified the right place, Paestum is indeed a concentrate. Its long (15 km) and wide beach, washed by the Cilento sea is a popular destination in summer. A very extensive pine forest stands between the coastal road and the beach. In the shelter of its coolness, during the hottest hours, it is really pleasant to have a meal and relax before returning to the beach. Here there are several campsites and villages, fully equipped, where you can experience total contact with nature without giving up the comforts of modern life.
In the pine forest or directly on the edge of the beach you can also find several hotels. Not far from the beach stand the majestic temples, well preserved, which will offer you the charm of an ancient world that has left indelible traces in the DNA of our Western civilization. The charm of ancient rites can be felt in these three wonderful pagan places of worship dedicated to Olympian gods such as Hera, to whom the largest and oldest temple was dedicated, known as the basilica and the so-called temple of Poseidon was also dedicated to away of a mistake. The third was dedicated to Athena, the ancient goddess of wisdom, and was also called of Ceres due to an error.