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The Giro d’Italia passes in Massa Lubrense

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In the spring of 2023, the Giro d’Italia, by going through the Sorrento Peninsula, will pass in Massa Lubrense.

The 106th edition of the Giro d’Italia, 2023

This year’s Giro d’Italia (tour of Italy) will begin on May 6, 2023, starting in the Marina di Fossacesia, Abruzzo, and ending on May 28 in Rome. The riders will cover a total of 3448.6 km with up to 51,300 m of elevation gain. There will be 21 stages in total with different levels of difficulty.

Stage 6: Naples-Naples

The tour will arrive in the Sorrento Peninsula during the sixth stage, both starting and finishing in Naples, on May 11, 2023. This will be a short and intense stage between the chief town of Campania and the Amalfi Peninsula. From Naples the riders will coast Mount Vesuvius from the north side to climb the Valico di Chiunzi and enter Amalfi in a circuit that runs along the entire Amalfi coast. They will face a series of twisting roads that will end in the Pompeii area from where the race will continue basically straight to Naples. The final sprint will take place on the seafront of Via Caracciolo, where a non complete group is likely to show up. The cyclists will cover a total of 156 km.
It is during this stage that the Giro di Italia will pass through Massa Lubrense.

The last time the riders travelled these territories was 10 years ago, in May 2013. In that year, one of the stages of the race started from Sorrento, passing through the Monti Lattari, the Amalfi coast, and on to Paestum and Cilento. The mayor of Sorrento would like to make his city a stage city again for the next edition of the Giro di Italia, in 2024.

The route of Giro di Italia 2023
The route of Giro d’Italia 2023,
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This sporting event has always been one of the most followed by Italians. Every year there are many citizens who take to the roads to watch the passage of the riders and cheer them on. The streets are colored pink and flags wave in the crowd. Not only live, but as always the event can also be watched on television.

Historical background and curiosities

The Giro d’Italia is a men’s cycling race whose first edition was organized 114 years ago, in May 1909. At the time, cycling was considered among the most watched sports in Italy, even more than soccer. The route counted 2448 km and was organized in 8 stages including, as today, uphill and flat sections. From then on the race was organized every year, except for the period of the world wars, involving athletes from all over the world. This cycling competition is among the three greatest in Europe.

The symbol of the Giro d’Italia has always been the iconic pink jersey, worn each year by the winner.
Why pink? This color was chosen to pay homage to the Gazzetta dello Sport, organizer and creator of the event, whose newspaper pages are precisely the same color. Athletes, however, can also win other types of jerseys based on their performance, such as blue, white or cyclamen.


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Marcialonga 2022

Marcialonga: the awaited event is back

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On December 26, 2022, the 42nd edition of the Marcialonga will be held in Massa Lubrense.

The Marcialonga is an amateur free paced race through the streets of Massa Lubrense, discovering the most evocative corners of the area. It is an event organized by the parish community on the occasion of Christmas, which attracts hundreds of participants every year.

More then a competition, it is actually a pleasant walk through the hamlets and natural beauties of the place. For the residents, taking part in it is a way to spend cheerful time in company, in the spirit of the holidays.

The first edition was held on December 26, 1978, involving the entire town. From then on the Marcialonga became a real recurrence. In 2019, 2508 people of all ages took part in it, breaking all records. In 2020 and last year, due to the covid-19 pandemic, the event could not take place.

How to participate

Like every year, the event begins on St. Stephen day at 2 p.m. You can register on the same day from 9 a.m. until 10 minutes before the start at the stands in Piazza Vescovado (Vescovado Square), where the start is also scheduled. The rules of participation will be specified at the time of registration by handing over the regulations.

The route

Three refreshment points are included, two along the way and one at the end. It is possible to taste typical Christmas sweets, such as roccocò, panettone or fried zeppole prepared by the organizers, as well as the inevitable sausage sandwich.

From the square, the walk continues towards Via Roma, Via Rivo a Casa, via IV Novembre and via Nastro d’Oro, before reaching the crossroads for Santa Maria, the first refreshment point. The walk resumes along via Caselle, via Annunziata, arriving at the square of Santa Maria, where a second stop is planned. The longest part of the route then begins from via Padre Rocco, following the rotabile Massa Turro, deviating for via Mortella, crossing via Rachione, G. Marconi square and viale Filangieri. The event ends in Piazza Vescovado, where there will be one last refreshment, usually based on brioche and hot chocolate, served by the staff.

The first 100 drawn numbers will receive prizes offered by the local commercial activities. At the end of the walk, celebrations for young and old will continue.

As in the last edition, the event will be completely plastic free: respecting the environment only biodegradable disposable material will be used.

  • Marcialonga 2019
  • Marcialonga, i dolci natalizi, 2019
  • Marcialonga 2019
  • Marcialonga 2011
  • Marcialonga 2014, partenza
  • Marcialonga 2019
  • Marcialonga 2018

Every year many people work behind the scenes, with passion and dedication, to provide moments of joy and lightheartedness. Among the organizers there are those who make the desserts or other gastronomic delights, those who take care of setting up the stands or taking the registrations, but many more are the activities that make the event a success, which would be impossible without everyone’s cooperation!

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Non-tourist activities in Massa Lubrense

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di Rosario Sisto

Siete per caso stanchi delle solite attività turistiche?

Quante volte è possibile ripetere le stesse attività in luoghi diversi prima che diventino monotone? Visitare musei, centri archeologici, chiese, andare a mangiare nei ristoranti della zona per provare la cucina locale e così via.

Ovviamente non c’è nulla di male con nessuna di queste attività, ma è naturale che si voglia provare qualcosa di diverso di tanto in tanto. Magari molti di voi saranno interessati a fare cose che solitamente non rientrano nel tipico itinerario turistico, ed è precisamente a voi che offriamo una serie di attività non turistiche che potrete godere qui a Massa Lubrense!

Da vari tipi di attività sportive a esperienze agricole ravvicinate, scoprirete che qui da noi c’è sempre qualcosa capace di catturare il vostro interesse!

Attività non turistiche per il corpo e la mente

Qui a Massa Lubrense potrete trovare numerose occasioni per cimentarvi in vari tipi di sport, di cui alcuni sono mirati a giovare al corpo, altri allo spirito.

Ecco a voi alcune attività che vi consigliamo in particolar modo:

  • Yoga: Lo Yoga ha origini antichissime risalenti a migliaia di anni fa in India e si trova a metà strada tra una pura attività fisica e una vera e propria filosofia. Si tratta di un insieme di attività che non solo giovano alla salute fisica ma che mirano anche al raggiungimento di un miglior stato spirituale. Sin dall’antichità molti individui ritengono che sia possibile raggiungere un livello di illuminazione e salvezza spirituale tramite queste pratiche. Esistono vari tipi di Yoga, ognuno con le proprie caratteristiche, come ad esempio lo Sri Sri Yoga.
  • Pilates: Un metodo di allenamento fisico, ideato da Joseph Pilates agli inizi del 900, che prende vari spunti dallo Yoga. Pilates mira ad allenare i muscoli in maniera precisa, così da migliorare la propria postura, nonché la fluidità e precisione dei movimenti, senza aumentare la massa muscolare in modo eccessivo.
  • Canoa: Qui a Massa Lubrense vi sarà possibile partecipare a delle visite guidate in canoa lungo le acque che bagnano il territorio. Se siete interessati ad esercitare il vostro fisico e ammirare le bellezze delle nostre coste allo stesso tempo vi invitiamo a non lasciarvi sfuggire l’occasione!

Ci sono ancora altri tipi di attività sportive che potrete praticare qui da noi. Spesso organizziamo eventi che vi permetteranno di praticarle guidati da esperti, per questo vi consigliamo di tener sempre d’occhio il nostro calendario.

Esperienze religiose uniche

attività non turistiche

Se siete interessati a conoscere la vita religiosa qui a Massa Lubrense allora vi invitiamo ad assistere alle processioni del Venerdì Santo che avvengono ogni anno.

Si tratta di due processioni eseguite da due organizzazioni:

  • La processione del Cristo morto, eseguita dall’Arciconfraternita della Morte, volta a rappresentare la passione e morte di Cristo. L’Arciconfraternita nacque nel 1613 con il fine di voler garantire una degna sepoltura a tutti coloro che non potessero permettersela a causa della loro povertà.
  • Una processione organizzata dalla Confraternita di San Filippo Neri, anch’essa rappresentante la morte di Cristo. La Confraternita fu ufficialmente fondata nel 1575 da Filippo Neri ed è dedita all’utilizzo dell’istruzione e della predicazione per la santificazione delle anime.

Intrattenimento per bambini a Massa Lubrense

Se avete con voi dei bambini e volete che anche loro trovino attività divertenti tutte per loro a cui partecipare allora non temete! Qui a Massa Lubrense troverete vari parchi giochi dove i vostri bambini potranno divertirsi immersi nella natura!

A Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, una delle nostre frazioni, troverete un parco di recente apertura situato lungo via Reola, aperto dal Lunedì al Venerdì, dalle 9:00 alle 13:00 e dalle 15:00 alle 18:00, e il Sabato e la Domenica dalle 9:00 alle 18:00, sia agli adulti che ai bambini, dove i primi potranno rilassarsi a contatto con la natura mentre gli ultimi si divertono.

Di recente riapertura è il Parco delle Sirene, che adesso presenta una nuova area giochi per i bambini con tanto di nuove misure di sicurezza. Inoltre è stata migliorata l’accessibilità ai disabili per tutte le aree del parco. Il parco è situato a Massa Centro, lungo via Rotabile Massa Turro.

Immergersi nella produzione agricola

attività non turistiche

Se avete mai desiderato osservare con i vostri occhi come avviene la produzione agricola e la raccolta delle olive, qui a Massa Lubrense potrete averne l’occasione!

Abbiamo molte aziende agricole nel territorio che si occupano della produzione di una miriade di prodotti diversi. Molte di esse tendono a produrre olio tramite la coltivazione di olive.

Generalmente la raccolta delle olive avviene tra i mesi di Ottobre e Dicembre, ed è proprio intorno a questo periodo che ogni anno viene organizzata una “camminata tra gli olivi” da parte dell’Associazione Nazionale Città dell’Olio, che comprende centinaia di città in tutta Italia. Tra queste città è spesso inclusa Massa Lubrense, pertanto vi invitiamo a prenderne parte nell’occasione se desiderate vivere un’esperienza unica a stretto contatto con la realtà agricola locale!

Attività non turistiche per un’esperienza diversa

Ci sono ovviamente molte altre attività non turistiche che potrete provare qui a Massa Lubrense, in quest’articolo vi abbiamo indicato solo alcuni di quelle che, secondo noi, potreste apprezzare di più.

Se quindi desiderate passare un’esperienza turistica un po’ diversa dal solito vi invitiamo calorosamente a visitarci il prima possibile. Vi assicuriamo che la vostra permanenza qui da noi sarà indimenticabile!


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An experience of Sri Sri yoga in Massa Lubrense

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Edited by Claudia Pia Palumbo

Interview with Gelsomina Di Maio

Some call it sport, others religion or philosophy of life: we are talking about yoga. A practice born more than 2000 years ago in India to establish a balance between body and mind and which, during all these years, has never gone out of fashion. On the contrary, it has known more and more new forms, such as Sri Sri Yoga.

In view of the cycle of Sri Sri Yoga lessons that will be held this summer at the Annunziata castle, we asked the instructor Gelsomina di Maio for some information on Sri Sri Yoga.

Could you briefly describe what Sri Sri Yoga consists of? And above all, how does it differ from traditional yoga?

Actually, Sri Sri Yoga does not differ at all from the yogic tradition but is a faithful expression of it, indeed the SSY integrates the various traditional paths such as Hatha Yoga (effort), Jnana Yoga (wisdom), Karma Yoga (service and action) and Bakti Yoga (devotion). The founder of SSY is Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a living master, accomplished in yoga and meditation, peace ambassador, and humanitarian leader known and appreciated all over the world. The goal is to bring into the world an authentic education of yoga accessible to all. His message is that inner and outer peace is possible through service and the awakening of human values. The word yoga means “union”, the one between the body, mind, and breath.

Why is yoga called a “complete” discipline, which provides significant benefits for both the body and the mind?

Yoga is undoubtedly a very complete discipline. Numerous scientific studies demonstrate the therapeutic power of yogic practices. With yoga, we work on the body through postures or positions called “ASANA“. Through certain breathing practices “PRANAYAMA” and meditation “DHYANA“, we work on our vital energy until we reach a deep meditative state called “SAMADHI“.

The benefits of yoga are immense: On a physical level, there is an improvement in elasticity and muscle tone and in all the joints of the body. It improves blood and lymphatic circulation, gives better balance and coordination, increases breathing capacity, and helps reduce body weight. Mentally, it reduces stress, improves concentration and memory, and calms anxiety and mental agitation. Not least, it helps improve sleep quality and quality of life.

 Why precisely the Annunziata castle? Is the environment a determining factor when practicing Sri Sri Yoga?

Having the opportunity to take advantage of a place of such scenic beauty certainly enriches the yoga experience. This magnificent and harmonious place, far from the chaos of the city, where you can breathe fresh air deeply, is certainly an ideal setting for a positive and regenerating experience. The environment in which Yoga is practiced must be clean, tidy, cared for, possibly quiet and well ventilated.

Do you think SSY is for everyone? And above all, is there a specific age to start practicing SSY? Is yoga recommended for pregnant women?

On so many occasions, especially in modern times, yoga is distorted and praticed inappropriately, neglecting the most sacred and profound aspects of this millenary practice. In SSY, wisdom and techniques are proposed in an easy and joyful way, in a simple but effective way. It can therefore be within everyone’s reach and practiced at all ages. The principles of yoga can be taught from an early age, obviously, the teaching methodology and the type of practices change if we are dealing with children. Similarly in the case of pregnant women: yoga is highly recommended but you must be very careful especially in the first three months of pregnancy during which any too stimulating activity is often not recommended. During pregnancy, there are certain postures that are extremely beneficial. Proper breathing along with the well-being and deep relaxation experienced by the mother also benefits the baby in her womb.

 What advice would you give to a person who has never tried yoga until now but really wants to do it?

Not to hesitate any further and take this opportunity immediately. I would recommend giving oneself this possibility without judging themselves, without thinking a priori of being more or less capable. I would suggest experimenting and getting involved. It is never too late to make a change in one’s life and it is never too late to live fully. 

We, therefore, thank the instructor Gelsomina di Maio for answering some questions, and now all that remains is to try the free lessons organized by the Pro loco of Massa Lubrense to enjoy the countless advantages that Sri Sri Yoga provides.


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Gelsomina di Maio

Yoga instructor



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Ready for the Lemon Festival 2022

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Walkings, tastings and shows to celebrate one of the symbols of local gastronomy.

In Massa Lubrense we are preparing to host the lemon festival “Limoni in festa”, two days of good cuisine and traditions promoted by the association Pro Loco Massa Lubrense with the patronage and the city’s contribution: the appointment is for Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of July, in Largo Vescovado. Now in its 46th edition, the event returns after two years of stop imposed by the pandemic.

Limoni in Festa 2022

The traditional “agropasseggiata” will open the program, on July 9 at 9 am. It is a walk on paths and alleys of the old town, among olive and lemon groves. In the evening, at 6:30 pm, the town center will come alive with the opening of the stands of crafts and typical products and the lemon tasting itinerary.

There will be shows: on Saturday at 9 pm the actor Gino Rivieccio will propose to the public his show ‘Da cosa nasce cosa’, while on Sunday at 9 pm the musical group ‘La Maschera’ will perform in the concert  ‘Sotto chi tene core’. “We couldn’t wait to organize our festival again – observes Anna Teresa Pappalardo, president of Pro Loco Massa Lubrense – I thank all those working for its realization with renewed enthusiasm, waiting to be all together in the square”. 

“The festival returns after two years of stop – emphasizes Antonino Esposito, managing director Agriculture of Massa Lubrense – with the aim of enhancing an extraordinary product such as the lemon of Massa Lubrense, the ‘femminiello’: oval, with a juicy straw-yellow pulp, a concentrate of vitamin C and mineral salts, with a skin rich in essential oils.”

The lemon festival is part of the frame of ‘Omaggio alla bellezza’, the cycle of summer events promoted by the city administration of Massa Lubrense: “With this review – concludes Giovanna Staiano, Councillor for Tourism Massa Lubrense – we have given rise to several initiatives for tourists and residents, which lead to the discovery and enhancement of our extraordinary land.”

For more information: Limoni in Festa 2022 – Massa Lubrense (massalubrenseturismo.it)


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Massa Lubrense Expo… ne

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“Massa Lubrense Expo… ne” is the local handicraft and agriculture fair held in Sant’Agata sui due golfi (Massa Lubrense) from 17 to 19 December 2021

A charming traditional market lined with wooden chalets, beautifully decorated and filled with unique gifts, handicrafts, local produce and tantalizing culinary delights.

The atmosphere is enlivened by street performers and traveling music. At lunch and dinner it is possible to taste the dishes prepared by the local restaurants association.

In one of the chalets, Santa Claus is waiting for all the children who want to personally deliver their letter to him.

Opening time:

Friday 17 from 18:00 to 21:00

Saturday 18 from 10:00 to 21:00

Sunday 19th from 10:00 to 21:00

Place of the fair:

Via Doppio Corso, Sant’Agata sui due golfi


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Omaggio alla bellezza in Massa Lubrense

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From June to October in Massa Lubrense the program Omaggio alla bellezza is held, a project that involves the territory with multiple free events.

Concerts in nature, themed walks, tastings, yoga and pilates classes, activities for children and much more. Promoted by the Municipality of Massa Lubrense in collaboration with local associations, the exhibition offers those who live or spend a few days in Massa Lubrense the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful area with activities that enhance its culture, history and natural beauty.

Open-air musical events return to enchant us with the fifth edition of Natura in concerto: musical performances in places with a mythical charm.

The cycle of guided walking tours proposed by the Pro Loco Massa Lubrense is part of Omaggio alla bellezza: the Passeggiate d’estate are excursions with environmental guides, with tasting of local products in farms or agritourisms.

Alla ricerca della valle perduta nella Terra delle Sirene” is the title of the proposals of the Pro Loco Due Golfi and the Massa Lubrense branch of the Archeoclub: four itineraries inspired by the lives of Ignazio Chiaiese, Torquato Tasso, Norman Douglas, Teofilo and Gianbattista Folengo.

AGAT Massa Lubrense also offers a rich calendar of excursions in the area: “Alla scoperta dei borghi” emphasizes its historic centers, monuments and religious buildings.

The program also includes activities organized by the Punta Campanella Marine Protected Area: open days to visit the park’s visitor center, canoe and snorkelling excursions to get to know our coast and sea.

For the little ones, the much appreciated Merende itineranti continue: walks for children with outdoor theater, workshops and organic snacks. There is no shortage of amusing magic shows in the squares and playgrounds of Massa Lubrense.

Throughout the summer it is also possible to take part in yoga and pilates classes outdoors: the best way to seek your own well-being in the newfound connection with the environment that surrounds us.


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Natura in concerto: walks and music

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Natura in concerto is a traveling music festival that takes place in some of the most evocative locations in Massa Lubrense. The music reaches uncontaminated spots such as Punta Campanella, slips into the alleys of the villages, in front of churches and chapels, arrives in the squares, by the sea and on panoramic terraces.

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For each appointment, a walk by Agat Massa Lubrense leads to the concert venue.


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Guida al trekking a Massa Lubrense

The trekking guidebook “Massa Lubrense. Il paradiso è qui” is back

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With a refreshed graphic design, updates, some news and wonderful images to describe our land, the third edition of the guidebook to the paths of Massa Lubrense is available.

Already today, the guidebook is distributed free of charge at the tourist office of the Pro Loco Massa Lubrense and can be browsed online from any device.

“Massa Lubrense. Il paradiso è qui” represents a valid starting point for those who want to explore the most beautiful trails in our area. Already translated into English, French and German, the third edition is enriched by the translation into Spanish.

Suggestive photographs accompany the reading. The guidebook describes the main walking itineraries of Massa Lubrense, with the relative technical data and with the possibility of downloading the GPX and KML tracks for each one.

Contents

  • Intro to Massa Lubrense
    • Hamlets
    • Typical products
    • Events and festivals
    • Paths
    • Sea
    • Climate
    • History
  • Trekking in Massa Lubrense
    • Baia di Ieranto
    • Sentiero di Athena
    • From Massa centro to Marina della Lobra
    • Sentiero delle Sirenuse
    • Fiordo di Crapolla
    • Le vie di mezzo: from Massa centro to Sorrento
    • From Massa centro to Termini
    • Passeggiata rurale: from Sant’Agata to Massa centro
  • Il Museo Diffuso: thematic itineraries with multimedia insights
  • Transport timetables and useful numbers

Acknowledgments

  • for images kindly granted: Gaetano Starace, Giovanni Gargiulo, Roberto Russo, Enrico Cangiotti, Francesca D’Esposito
  • for the invaluable support: Art Hotel Villa Fiorella, Lovely Capri Charter, Osteria Da Peppe, Case Vacanza La Ciucciara, Albergo La Certosa – Ristorante Pappone, Ristorante L’Angolo del Mare – Da Capuozzo, Mamma Mia – Private Boat Charter, Villa Sole di Capri, Sorrento Bike, Azienda Agricola La Masseria, Le Ceramiche del Castello, Ristorante Il Fienile
  • for patronage and contribution: l’Assessorato al Turismo del Comune di Massa Lubrense
  • for valuable help: Giovanni Visetti

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Pilates at the Annunziata Castle

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Pilates at the castle is a cycle of 7 outdoor meetings, at sunset, designed to promote conscious breathing through fluid and coordinated movements.

The free pilates lessons are held by the physiotherapist Carla Marciano, in the splendid location of the Aragonese Castle of the Annunziata, one of the jewels of the municipal heritage of Massa Lubrense.


Info and reservations:

Pro Loco Massa Lubrense (9:30 – 13:00)
Viale Filangieri, 11
+390815339021
+393510862663 (WhatsApp)


Exercising in the open area is the best way to feel good not only with yourself but also with the nature that surrounds us.

Outdoors, it is easier to put aside any negative thoughts, concentrating completely on movement and breathing, with great health benefits: the body acquires elasticity, fluidity and physical tonicity, while the mind better counteracts states of anxiety and stress.

Pilates is suitable for both those who simply need movement and those who have particular pathologies. In these basic lessons, suitable for everyone, the goal is to learn to know and listen to your body, with the use of breathing and simple exercises.

Organized by the Pro Loco Massa Lubrense, with the patronage and contribution of the Municipality of Massa Lubrense – Tourism Department. It is part of the “Omaggio alla bellezza” program.


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