Packing Tips for Travel

Packing smart and light is quite necessary for a comfortable trip. Light baggage ensures hassle free travel. Here are some essential packing tips to enjoy your travel.

General Packing Tips

Regular use/handy items: Regular use or your personal handy items need to be taken instantly or detached from the luggage whenever required. So, have a checklist and start packing them after clothes and valuables. Include some useful items such as ear drops, eye masks, medicines, a small towel, and scissors (less than 6 inches).

A range of plastic bags and Ziplocs: A range of plastic bags and Ziploc covers are a great choice for separating wet/dirty clothes from clean clothes, keeping souvenirs, and taking things without requiring the backpack to be emptied.

Pouch for Personal Hygiene Products: Consider carrying tissue wraps, hand napkins, sanitizers, sprays and similar personal hygiene products in a separate pouch so that we can utilize them wherever required.

Fashion Accessories: Scarves and sarongs serve versatile purposes. Being lightweight and easy to fold, they can be used for wrapping to avoid downpour and protection against cold or sun apart from being a great fashion accessory.

Vacuum and space bags: It is not surprising that the entire packaging may be done just with vacuum bags, space bags, and plastic bags. Being airtight and waterproof, these bags provide great room for storage. They can fit in stuff three to four times greater than conventional bags. These sorts of bags are highly recommended for flight travels.

Laundry bags for liquids: Hotel laundry bags can be used for storing liquids. These mesh sacks are hygienic to use and are reusable and washable. Even they can carry easily disposable liquids without producing odor. Also being soundproof, these laundry bags will not produce whispering sound while searching objects in darkness.

Suitcase containing straps: Strapping clothes in a suitcase will make them tightly packed. The suitcase is also convenient for concealing personal notes, USBs, money, and the like. Suitcases with flexible handles and trolleys are lightweight and easy to carry.

Strings and elastic bands: Using some strings or bands for fastening small objects eliminates spills or fall.

Rucksacks: Rucksacks are the excellent choice for covering pillows, blankets, quilts and heavy clothes with a high degree of compactness and packing things in order. They are featured with compression straps, zipped pockets and the detachable harness belt. They are ideal for travelers, campers, and hikers.

Family packing tips

Often those travelling with kids tend to believe that they might require a whole range of products for their kids. But this is not true always. Try to carry only the essential items and leave the rest that can be bought outside. You can download apps for toddlers that do not require internet connection. This will keep them engaged en route without carrying a range of toys. When packing clothes, try to roll, and keep them; this will occupy less space compared to the conventional packing method.

Packing Tips for Women

When it comes to clothing for women, having a choice of common colors is great, as they can mix and match outfits. A set of lightweight tops and jeans is ideal for both indoor and outdoor. Bring a set of waist coats, long sleeves, and pants for formal wears. Avoid carrying hiking shoes, as they tend to be heavy. Instead, try a fashionable sneaker, which gives good comfort to your foot.

Baggage Allowance

The most important suggestion to flight passengers is reducing the weight of the luggage to meet the airline requirements. Otherwise, it may burn a hole in their pocket. Try to wash clothes on the road as you travel in order to reduce the weight of the luggage you carry. You may also take dual-purpose clothes along with you, which will bring your luggage size down.

Following these tips will help you in managing your travel in an efficient way. Enjoy your trip! Bon Voyage!

The most spectacular bike path in Europe will be in Italy

The most spectacular bike path in Europe will be in Italy

It will be the most spectacular track in Europe . The Garda Cycle Path, a unique work worldwide of over 140 kilometers that forms the Garda Cycle Route, integrated and connected with other important cycling routes.
It is the Gardesana bike path that will connect Capo Reamol to Limone sul Garda on the border with Trentino Alto Adige , along the Strada Statale 45bis Gardesana.

The new stretch – under construction – will unfold for almost 2 kilometers , with breathtaking overhanging passages on Lake Garda and a veritable catwalk overlooking the lake. The path will be 2.5 meters wide and will also be pedestrianized. It will be ready in May 2018 , coinciding with the start of the tourist season.


According to Antonio Martinelli, councilor for public works, interviewed by SiViaggia , who is closely following the project “You will have the feeling of ‘walking’ on a bicycle on the water . There will be some wonderful panoramic points , such as Capo Reamol and the border point between the provinces of Brescia and Trento, with promontories from where you can admire the whole lake ” . The end of the cycle path will coincide with the monument to the fallen of the First World War.

In addition to giving tourists a breathtaking view, the new cycle-pedestrian path will also be beautiful to look at: the flooring will be made of wood-like material , but weatherproof, and along the entire stretch will run a very thin protective steel barrier that will have less visual impact on the landscape. The steel beams that support it are anchored directly to the overhanging rocks, to the parapet or over the water. The work of laying the metal supports intended to support the pedestrian and footbridge is already well underway. Cost of the work: 7 million euros, including the lot that from Limone arrives in the province of Trento.

The bike path on Lake Garda, the most beautiful in Europe

The bike path on Lake Garda, the most beautiful in Europe

Cantilevered on Lake Garda , with a breathtaking view of one of the most picturesque corners of Italy: it is the Garda by Bike cycle path inaugurated on July 14th 2018. The Garda cycle path is considered the most beautiful in Europe and, perhaps , of the world. For the fans who have been waiting for it for years, it is “the cyclist of dreams”.

A few kilometers of track (for the moment only 2 kilometers, but an extension for a total of 12 km is planned) that changes scenery behind each curve, like an artist’s painting.

2.5 meters wide and illuminated at night, you can walk as well as ride a bike, but because it is also pedestrian, you must respect the 10 km / hour speed limit.

The track starts from Limone sul Garda and reaches Capo Reamol, in the Brescia area, on the border with Trentino Alto Adige. “This track is part of a larger single project, that of the Garda pedestrian cycle cycle” , explained the Mayor of Limone Franceschino Risatti in an interview with SiViaggia a few weeks before the inauguration “by 2030 will be a single interregional cycle path ” .


To achieve this, it took a company of acrobats like the GeoRock from Trentino who used harnesses, cables and even helicopters to hook the thin wooden and steel gangway to the rocky walls of the mountain at 50 meters above sea level. lake. Even the visual impact of the structure on the environment is minimal. “They did a crazy job , ” said Risatti. According to Antonio Martinelli, councilor for public works, interviewed a year ago by SiViaggia, “You will have the feeling of ‘walking’ on the water by bicycle” .

Once completed, the Garda cycle path will cover the entire circumnavigation of the lake, joining the Trentino shore to that of Verona and Brescia in a single itinerary of 140 km. It will be connected with the Ciclovia del Sole – an itinerary of over 2,000 kilometers, which links the Brenner with Santa Teresa di Gallura, in Sardinia, and which crosses 11 regions – and with the Ciclovia del Vento (the Po cycle route), in a network of routes that will embrace the stretch of water by joining the shores of the lake and, in the coming years, will offer a long-distance network on a national scale of over a thousand kilometers.

The work has become a leading tourist attraction for the Upper Garda area, given the continuous increase in interest for sports holidays. In the coming years it will transform the Garda area into a real paradise for cyclists all over Europe, who already visit the lake every year.

Panic landing in the most dangerous airport in the world

Panic landing in the most dangerous airport in the world

1. Gustaf III Airport, Saint-Barthélemy, French Antilles
Anyone wishing to spend a vacation on this dream island must face a scary flight to say the least . Just before touching the runway, the plane flies over a very busy road . Moreover, the track is very short so that the pilots must receive special training to be able to face it. And it’s not over. Also the take-off is terrible: the plane touches the heads of the vacationers who sunbathe on the nearby beach.

2. Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla, Nepal
Point of passage for many expeditions directed to the climb of Everest, often the wind conditions and the visibility worsen the situation, taking into account the precipice that precedes the runway .

3. Barra International Airport, Scotland
This small airport is one of only two in the world where incoming flights use the beach as a reference point for landing . In fact, to calculate the right time the tides must be taken into account as the track may disappear under the water . For the breathtaking view that can be admired from above it is often used as a set for films .

4. Madeira Airport, Funchal, Portugal
For the extreme maneuvers that the pilot must face before approaching the runway and for his position along the coast.

5. Gibraltar International Airport, United Kingdom
The runway intersects with city traffic like a railway, with a level crossing, traffic is interrupted every time a plane has to pass. Incredibly, no incidents have ever occurred.

6. Courchevel Airport, France
The runway of this tiny airport is in the middle of the mountains on the French Alps. In winter it is even more dangerous with snow.

7. Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong, China
The airport was closed in 1998 because of its danger. The descent, in fact, took place in the midst of skyscrapers and mountains . That is why many flights have not even been able to touch the runway either because they came back or because they crashed .

8. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island, Netherlands Antilles
The very short track (only 400 meters) of this Caribbean island can be seen just behind a mountain only at the last moment. In fact, it is estimated that it is the shortest landing strip in the world and touching the ground for pilots is definitely a challenge.

9. Princess Juliana International Airport, St Maarten / St Martin, Lesser Antilles
This airport is so close to Maho Beach that larger aircraft like the Boeing 747s are forced to fly very low to be able to touch the ground on a very short runway. This beach is very popular with island vacationers , half French and half Dutch, who love to see planes landing and the show has become one of the most practiced sports on the island. However, a sign warns tourists that the air moved by jet engines could knock them down or even kill them.

10. Mariscal Sucre Airport, Quito, Ecuador
This port is surrounded by huge volcanoes and its altitude (2,800 meters) along with a rather short runway makes landing very challenging for the pilots who have to run it. The mountains, in fact, force you to make a very tight curve during the approach phase. Too much, perhaps, given that since the airport was opened there have been 10 serious accidents during the turn.

The glass catwalk that breaks (for feint)

A tourist walking on a glass bridge suspended over a thousand meters in China experienced moments of terror when the structure under his feet gave the impression of breaking. In reality, it was a studied effect, without any real danger. However the video immediately became viral .
A few jokers have seen fit to have glass panels on a bridge appear to have been broken when someone stepped on them.

In the video the man, who later discovered he was a tour guide, stumbles and falls on his knees terrified because the catwalk under him is about to crumble .

The terrifying scene happened on the catwalk that is located along the Taihang mountain in Hebei province. This walkway is 1,180 meters high and overlooks the void.

The municipal administration sent its official apologies for scaring the tourists and explained that it is simply a deliberate effect in a small portion of the bridge to create even more emotion.

The architects who studied this effect, in fact, inserted glass shards in one of the layers that make up the walkway so that when you walk over the glass it seems to really break. But that’s not all: you can even hear the sound of broken glass.

An attraction in the attraction, in short. The owners claim they have no intention of replacing the panels with special effects with normal glass because they are convinced that many tourists will come to try it for this very reason.

Many, however, will remember that a glass walkway had really broken into China in 2015. It was the Yuntai bridge in Henan province. No one got hurt, but it was nevertheless closed to the public because of the panic he had caused.

Faroe Islands, a summer in the Danish archipelago between culture, nature, food festivals and boutique hotels

The restaurant will soon be moving into a new exclusive location, an old farm on the lake dating back to the 17th century, 20 minutes from the capital Tórshavn , which is worth the stop. It is one of the smallest capitals in the world, but offers services for all needs, from 4-star hotels and local design shops, to excellent restaurants serving food based on local products, not to forget the musical and cultural proposals.

Particularly interesting is the old part of the city, Reyni , colored by the many houses built in wood and with the roofs of grass, which make the neighborhood very picturesque. Also Tinganes, where the government resides is an important landmark of Tórshavn with its red buildings with characteristic grass roofs.

Those interested in art can visit the Listaskalin museum, with permanent exhibitions of paintings and contemporary Faroese art, or the Nordic House, the cultural center dedicated to the whole of Scandinavia, where concerts, shows and temporary painting exhibitions take place regularly. .

New for this year, the first boutique hotel in Faroe, also in Tórshavn. The Havgrím hotel has been converted from an old mansion overlooking the ocean and has designed rooms inspired by the fjord: the colors recall the meadows, the changing sky and the sea when it is calm and stormy. Another novelty is the restaurant that the chef Leif Sørensen, who signed the New Nordic Food manifesto and introduced a fine cuisine to the Faroe Islands, opens in an old warehouse near the port of Tórshavn.

It will be an informal place, focused on the joy of sharing and dining together, and on good products and simple food. A more accessible but equally authentic culinary experience is represented by the Heimablíndi, which literally means “hospitality at home”, which offers tourists the opportunity to dine in the home of local people, such as in Anna and Óli’s farm house. , which on certain days organize dinners also for various groups of guests.

Blue flag beaches 2018, there are 368 award-winning locations. Liguria queen. Then Tuscany and Campania

Increase the dream beaches in Italy and in this 32nd edition of the delivery of the blue flags the surprise is the Campania, which undermines the Marche and is in third place after Liguria and Tuscany by number of Municipalities awarded by the Foundation for education environment (Foundation for Environmental Education – Fee). Not only sea quality but also land management, purification plants, waste management, liveability in summer, enhancement of nature areas are among the 32 criteria to be respected in the Foundation’s program.

This year, the beaches with crystal clear water along the boot have reached 368 (342 in 2017), equal to 10% of those awarded worldwide; 175 localities on the Riviera (163 last year) where the Fee flag flies (16 new entrances and 4 exits) with Liguria at the top, followed by Tuscany and Campania, which has therefore overtaken the Marche in fourth position.

Improvements in Italy also include the situation of award winning tourist sites and lakes, increased this year to 70 (67 in 2017) and 16 (from the previous 13) respectively.

In total, it was detected today in the national event of delivery of blue flags, this year Liguria maintains the banner in 27 municipalities and Tuscany in the same 19 last year. The surprise was the Campania that with three new entrances (Piano di Sorrento, Sorrento and Ispani) has surpassed the Marche that losing the flag to Gabicce mare slips to fourth place with 16 Municipalities. Puglia conquers three new locations (Rodi garganico, Peschici and Zapponeta) and reaches 14 flags, Sardinia has two new entrances (Trinità d’Agultu and Vignola) and has the banner in 13 locations, Abruzzo goes to quota 9 with entrance to a lake (Scanno) and Calabria is also 9 with two new entrances (Tortora and Sella Marina). Veneto confirms the 8 flags and also Lazio remains at 8 but with the municipality of Anzio out and the lake of Trevignano Roman entered; Emilia Romagna adds a flag to Cattolica and goes to 7 and Sicily loses one in Pozzallo going to 6. Basilicata rises to 4 with the entry of Bernalda and Nova Siri and Friuli Venezia Giulia confirms the 2 flags of 2017 The Molise goes down to 1 flag having been removed in Termoli.

This year the blue flags on the lakes are increased to 16 localities: in addition to the entrances of Trevignano Romano in Lazio and Scanno in Abruzzo, conquest a banner the Piedmont with Arona and salt at altitude 3 while the Trentino Alto Adige remain unchanged with 10 and Lombardy with 1 like last year.

The evaluation of the National Jury was made, among others, by the Ministries of the Environment, of the cultural and tourism assets and activities, of the Agricultural Policies, of the Coordination of the Regional Tourism Departments, of the General Command of the Port Authorities. Coast Guard, dell’Ispra, the University of Tuscia, the National Council of Chemists, Anci, as well as the Bathing syndicates.

Vappu day, the warm heart of Finland

Forty-eight hours of no-stop party. We are in Finland , incredible but true, in that part of the world that people talk about as cold, icy and not at all festive. Well, none of this, and if it were the other part of the world to be too caciarona, casino and overwhelming? How to say … “the other side of the coin” we must always observe it well, because surprises can be many and exciting!

So we are in Helsinky , where from 30 April to 1 May there is none for anyone, we are all at Vappu Day, in Finnish they call it that, it is Valborg in Swedish, the official language in Finland and Walpurgis in English, in reference to the festival of St. Walpurga. Vappu is the historic event that for centuries enshrines: the arrival of summer, the end of classes, the celebrations for workers … in short “at the top of the glasses, but strictly with Italian prosecco … kippis! in Finnish).

During Vappu Day there is only one prohibition: sadness, in fact it is tradition that during this day everyone should be happy.

So the appointment is at Esplanadi Park , the market square, at 18 o’clock on April 30th.

Here is the traditional washing with water and soap by the Finnish students of Havis Amanda, the statue of a woman who dominates the fountain in the center of the square, on whose head is then placed the lakki , the sailor’s head symbol of the party. Among the characteristics of the event is not missing, in fact, the uniform! All wear the lakki, also known as ylioppilaslakki, the white hat with black visor typical of those who graduated from high school (lukio).

It is very fascinating to see 80-year-old seniors with 18-year-olds, all with lakki and some with the inevitable haalari, the full-field suit of university students. For each faculty there is a color that characterizes it. The suit is covered with patches that represent the symbols of the companies that sponsor the faculties to which they belong.

If you climb a roof, which is quite normal during the festive event, also because the roofs are always very low, you will notice that there are white and other cream colored lakki. The difference lies only in the wearer. In fact, the lakki can not, by tradition, wash and so the years go by and parties and the lakki becomes cream-colored.

Every faculty, or better, the garden of every university faculty is a party theater! On the roofs of the buildings there are musical bands, as well as on the old firemen vans, wherever there is someone ready to fill you up with the glass that, as a rule of Vappu, is part of the uniform.

There are even “mobile” saunas that are handcrafted on lawns along with heated pools made of plastic-lined containers. If you peek inside it will be fun to watch some Finnish with duck in tow!

The night is long and the party never ends, until May 1, where the appointment is at the park of Kaivopuisto known, among the Finns, also with the name of Ullanlinnanmäki , but you will not find it on the map!

The best 10 places to visit in Europe in 2018 according to Lonely Planet (Italy in first place)

Beautiful evening countryside landscape with road, church and mountains in the background

Also for the 2018 Lonely Planet has drawn up its ranking ” Best in Europe “, ie the list of the 10 most interesting destinations to organize a trip to the Old Continent. It is a periodically updated classification based on the livability, authenticity, cultural, artistic and gastronomic offer of each destination. Let’s discover together the most beautiful destinations in Europe.

1. Emilia Romagna, Italy

Bologna from above
Emilia Romagna is the region that has given birth to some of the most delicious gastronomic specialties of Italy: Bolognese meat sauce, Parma ham, traditional balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano Reggiano and so on. In addition, the region is home to the Osteria Francescana of chef Massimo Bottura, the Michelin-starred restaurant, the second best in the world in 2017. New attractions such as FICO in Bologna (the world’s largest theme park on food wanted by his father Eataly Oscar Farinetti), the National Museum of Italian Jewry and the Shoah in Ferrara and the Cinema Fulgor of Rimini, restored by Oscar Dante Ferretti and which will also host a museum dedicated to the legendary director Federico Fellini, will give the opportunity to also nurture the mind. Furthermore, theLonely Planet UlisseFest , the Lonely Planet travel festival that will transform Rimini into a terrace on the world on the weekend of 8-9-10 June.

2. Cantabria, Spain

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Bay of Santander
Wild land, sandy, with hidden beaches among the rocks, which welcomes enchanting villages like Santillana del Mar and Comillas, churches standing in time set in the sandstones of the Ebro delta, caves rich in the best prehistoric art of Europe, the port of Santander and cultural centers in turmoil. The region is also home to Spain’s oldest national park, Picos de Europa.

3. Friesland, Holland

Canals of Leeuwarden
The Netherlands is not just Amsterdam: the province of Friesland, with its capital Leeuwarden, presents an eclectic commercial offer and channels on which historic houses overlook. It will be this city the European Capital of Culture 2018. UNESCO World Heritage Site: the perfect place to take refuge among the green, the sand dunes and the endless beaches that enrich the landscape.

4. Kosovo

Medieval Gracanica monastery in Kosovo
The tiny Kosovo, a destination in progress and growing, stands out among mountain ranges in the heart of the Balkans and this year celebrates 10 years of its independence. With the youngest average population in Europe, it offers majestic peaks and views overlooking spectacular landscapes. Every summer it hosts Dokufest, a film festival that takes place in the Ottoman city of Prizren. When trekking and festivals are over, you have to visit the beautiful vineyards and taste the good wines produced in the region.

5. Provence, France

Simiane la Rotonde, village of Provence
Between lavender fields and olive groves, you can find relaxation in the villages and turquoise calanche. The chic Aix-en-Provence and bustling Marseille will welcome you with their trendy bars, starred restaurants and local contemporary art. Art that continues to flourish with the opening of the exhibition spaces of the Carmignac Foundation on the island of Porquerolles, of the redeveloped factory of the Fondation Luma trains, in Arles.

6. Dundee, Scotland

Dundee, Scotland
Dundee is a city facing the future, designed with a concrete corner structure designed by architect Kengo Kuma. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site 2014, it houses a beautiful seafront promenade.

7. Small Cyclades, Greece

Island of Koufonissi, Cyclades
The beauty of the Little Cyclades lies in simplicity, in the taverns on the beach, in the slowness with which one faces life and in the sense of eternity in the air. In particular, the island of Koufonisia grows, with its beaches and the long, whitewashed main street overlooked by restaurants and cafes.

8. Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania
The Lithuanian capital tells a fascinating but tormented story, with its baroque historical center and the painful memories of the Jewish ghetto. However, it is a young and energetic city: the Užupis artists’ quarter has been reborn and boasts new creative spaces, while the thriving microbrewery scene is paired with restaurants inspired by the new Nordic cuisine. In this 2018, moreover, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Lithuanian independence with a program that lasts all year and includes an interesting music festival that takes place in July.

9. Vipava Valley, Slovenia

Landscape of Vipava, Slovenia
With its terracotta villages and its gothic spirals, surrounded by vineyards and hills, the Vipava Valley is reminiscent of rural Tuscany. Homeland of good wine, it is easily explored by bicycle following the quiet paths between vineyards and cellars open for tastings.

10. Tirana, Albania

Skanderbeg Square, Tirana, Albania
With its location between the Adriatic coast and the Albanian Alps, Tirana is a rising and transforming metropolis with its colorful buildings, streets full of bicycles and large green spaces, which can also be enjoyed by cable car. Try the slow food of local taverns and cocktail lounges and high fashion boutiques in the most fashionable areas.

4 trips on the road to find yourself

Portugal, Lisbon, Miradouro de Santa Justa, View over downtown and Aurea Street towards the Tagus River at sunrise.

For many it is the essence of being well. Taking a vacation, escaping from everything and everyone is in fact a real luxury. For many a real therapy, a way to take care of themselves, to find each other. More than a holiday, an investment in one’s life: from being able to cope with unexpected events and managing one’s own freedom.

The best on-the-road journeys to test their skills, to recharge energy. These are the trips that will surely be remembered for a lifetime. Those that allow one to question oneself and bring out the best of oneself. We have chosen 4 destinations for those who want to get involved, to regain their freedom.
From Las Vegas to San Francisco

American West Coast, 3250 miles. A few days in Las Vegas and then off along the most scenic streets of the United States, amid breathtaking views. You’ll be spoiled for choice as far as parks are concerned: Zion, Bryce, Arches, and still Monument Valley and Grand Canyon. Then Death Valley and Yosemite.
Between temples, villages, and nature, the Bali area is enchanting. For those who love surfing Uluwatu is the ideal place; to do yoga and meditate the right destination is Ubud. Also in Ubud do not miss Monkey forest. Spectacular sea temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu and Tanah Lot temple in Depansar.

Around Music Festivals

Summer is the season of great music festivals a bit for all of Europe. Three days of pure rock in Sweden, from 6 to 9 June, with Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden. From 14 to 16 June, Sonar Festival in Barcelona with Gorillaz, Bonobo, Helena Hauff. Among the most important rock festivals in the world, the Isle of Wight festival from 21 to 24 June with Depeche Mode, Liam Gallangher, Van Morrison and Blossom.

Portugal, from Lisbon to Sintra

It is called Estoril Coast Drive and is one of the most picturesque streets in Europe. From Lisbon, take the coast towards the Cascais bay. To visit the beach of Rainha, Boca do Inferno, the beach of Guincho and Cabo da Roca. Then inland, through forests of cedars, pine trees to the National Park of Sintra Cascais.

Few things are needed for the perfect trip. A minimum baggage but with all the essentials. Few pieces, but iconic, like the Ray-Ban, perfect companions for on-the-road travel. In the new communication campaign signed by Steven Klein there is the whole essence of the journey. The new images pay tribute to the foresight of all those people who choose to pursue their dreams and embark on an endless adventure to get in touch with their true self. Four beautiful inspirations. Four shots and as many eccentric characters who embody a different Ray-Ban icon, the campaign celebrates the liberating force of on-the-road travel, interpreted as a metaphorical escape from the constraints of modern society.

The historic “Avellino-Rocchetta” section reopens. A trip by train to rediscover Irpinia

“At the station there were all of us, and I confess that among us former railwaymen there is also someone who has been touched, I fell a tear, and the people were so happy to see the train passing that at each station was a party: children running, tricolor flags waving, fireworks “. Piero Mitrione arrived at the Avellino station to take the 10.05 train to Rocchetta Sant’Antonio in Puglia. It is not a race like any other because this railway track that runs 120 kilometers, which embraces three rivers (Saturday, Calore and Ofanto) and three regions (Campania, Basilicata and Puglia), had stopped since 2010. This first journey is a historical renaissance . Because the locomotive Gr. 625, called the Miss, which connects the internal areas of the Irpinia and some municipalities in the provinces of Potenza and Foggia, boasts over 150 of history. It was 1865 when a commission formed by the writer Francesco De Sanctis fought for it to be built.

Pierino, as they call him in Avellino, has been fighting against everything and everyone for 8 years to avoid the suppression of this historical route. “I was a railwayman, and I continue to be even now that I’m retired.” I used to do it for work, now I dedicate myself to the Avellino-Rocchetta for love .. How beautiful is this Irpinia, too beautiful. enjoy a unique landscape My dream is that this train will become like a cruise ship.A Avellino-Rocchetta is my personal battle, my illness.With the association “In loco motifs” we started, and we have joined in Many young people did not know the history or even the existence of this train and now they are here, at the station with us to watch this train that has been restored for tourist reasons “.