The 5 (+1) crossings for the most curious animals in the world
The eco-pipelines, or crossings for animals, are those bridges and underpasses to allow wildlife to cross roads and highways safely, avoiding dangerous traffic accidents with passing cars.
In Italy, the number of car accidents involving animals is quite large and, since the claims involve cows, horses and wild animals such as wild boar, deer, wolves and roe deer, we might think that these "green bridges " present all over the world have been designed and built only for medium-sized mammals but this is not the case at all.
Get ready to travel around the world to discover the 5 animal crossings designed to save large and very small animal species from certain death.
The sixth out of the ordinary eco-pipeline is in Italy!
Between India and Nepal: the Terai Arc Landscape
How to save i Indian rhinos, Asian elephants and the famous Bengal tigers from poaching and the countless dangers that place them among animal species at risk of extinction?
The Terai Arc Landscape between India and Nepal e connects 14 different protected areas of the two states and this allows to provide more than sufficient habitat for the animals found in Indian and Nepalese parks and reserves that, if they remained separate, they would not be large enough to support the sustenance of the entire population of these large mammals.
Australia: the crab-saving bridges
We are located in Christmas Island, a small Australian island in the Indian Ocean and every year between October and December, when there is more humidity, almost 100 million red crabs who live in the inland forests travel en masse for days to reach the beaches, reproduce and lay their eggs in the ocean.
It would be impossible for people to avoid them while driving on the roads so plastic walls and fences have been built along the roads to channel them into real "bridges for crabs”Through which they can cross the highways and reach the sea.
Despite these crossings designed to limit the number of victims during migration naturalists estimate that at least 500,000 red crabs die each year during the voyage.
New Zealand: a tunnel to protect the blue penguins from traffic
Since the nineties in the New Zealand resort of Oamaru Harbor, in the region of Otago, lives a colony of blue penguins (Eudyptula minor).
These penguins cross a busy road every morning to reach the beach and in the evening to return to their nesting area, where they usually spend the night.
There "Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony", the citizen association that protects i small cobalt-colored penguins, they solved the problem by building a pedestrian underpass reserved for them and, with the help of a small light at the end of the path the cute blue penguins can easily find their way out to the sea.
Some cameras have also been installed to monitor the use of the tunnel and the blue penguins use it every day!
Japan: the turtle-proof Japanese railways
Crossing the train tracks is dangerous for humans, let alone for turtles!
For this the Japanese railway company West Japan Railway Company, in collaboration with the Suma Aqualife Park, the aquarium in the city of Kobe, he devised a system of underpasses reserved for sea turtles from the nearby ocean to prevent them from getting trapped between the rails.
If it seems unlikely to you, you should know that in the western prefecture of Nara it has happened more than 10 times in recent years, always causing severe slowdowns in train traffic.
Oslo: the Norwegian highway for bees
Do bees also need a hand?
Well yes why in cities where there are no plants to pollinate bees have difficulty surviving and that is why it was invented in the capital of Norway a particular natural corridor for bees crossing Oslo.
Let's talk about a kind of "Highway for bees" in which there are some "Stations" rich in pollen, made up of roof gardens and balconies full of flowering plants, at a distance of about 250 meters from each other.
Italy: i "Rospodotti" of Piedmont
In Italy there are 4 green bridges, 4 tunnels and 50 underpasses in Friuli Venezia Giulia alone and the Gabibbo Bridge and a bridge of over 500 meters over a highway in the Lombardy Regional Park of Ticino but the funniest Italian ecoducts are undoubtedly the so-called "rospodotti" present in the province of Turin.
Along the areas affected by the phenomenon there is also an unusual danger sign "crossing frogs"!
In the months of February and March, months in which toads and frogs increase their movements due to reproductive migration, some volunteers place temporary barriers that convey the amphibians in the "toads", artificial culverts specially constructed to prevent them from being hit by cars.
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Maria Grazia Insinga - Unpublished
Oh! The improper use of one's life - must
be the hand that catches fire or the chisel that
protrudes and protrudes from plaster walls - ondina
so improperly fashioned according to the office that
I should never have taken: the leap, my dear Desfontaines (1)!
Oh! Attention to detail - the slow motion - pebble
thrown into the water by the water returns escapes a
eye that sees no leap if you break me
where silence fringes circle in the circle or
curve of trees in memory of the wind. And I yield.
Eroded cliff does not retreat, joy lacks the right and in his
majestic absence the evil increases but the yield decreases
elegant in my Cornish granite (2) surrounded by storm sleeves
the lighthouse seems to drown instead the pink part that you ignore
emerges and overturns me child and falls again. It falls.
Pale sisters seven in number gossip and degrade bitterly
peak on this posthumous writing of me wanting to talk to you
before death - beached or dead cliff I wrote to be able to you
speak first, then for the sake of a door. Now, if you dared
visit me when i close my eyes you would hear singing before life.
(1) Pierre-François Desfontaines (1685-1745) French literary critic and translator invented the term 'suicide' and wrote the ode On the misuse of one's life.
(2) At the white cliffs of Seven Sisters in England - a favorite spot for would-be suicides - is Beachy Head Lighthouse.
You, music: water to our fountain,
Rainer Maria Rilke
The seven speaking sisters (3) dispossess innocence
the seven sisters no longer look from above if you see from above.
Poured by the sea between the sciara of the fire and the wind
learning is only loss, loss of beauty.
Memento soul! Innocence you are and you will return.
In the liquid garden the white lily protects
the fire with sharp edges of obsidian
and the rigging raises the masts in the storm of glass.
Everyone have mercy on fate.
Nothing, there is nothing left. The air has taken
the form of nothing. And the rest furrows a world
pushed by the bottleneck of a bottle.
I cannot repeat the same path.
Bodies beam and I stay just to see them
don't stop falling.
Don't be surprised to die. Sumptuous corollas precede
while unprepared you continue suitcases
fold light kits.
You, soul: falling ray!
(3) The other name of the Aeolian Islands.
A greenish sea below and golden above.
A sea of orange gardens.
Upon awakening we were monsters on top of the world
that from there we would be hurled like stones
- wrap the stone in paper it will stop beating
everywhere he picks up paper and meat scissors
beauty will pale - and when we woke up we were dead and not
it was enough to throw four moldings
imperìte on the red marble lent to the cliffs a
side of the quarries collecting the fifth stone not
I recovered the other small marbles of
whale tongue perfection without language from
consume and don't believe more or less than I don't
believe i laugh at myself and i can't believe how
I could have believed more or less than what
I should never have believed
you forgot Orcaferone death
immortal that the stone beats everywhere and me
they are a sea of orange gardens.
- archetype of nature
periphery detached from the lands
sea that I find in the center
of a physiognomy of pain -
if everything is identical enchantment
- alchemical gold, manure and God -
because in enumerating
the world body still aches?
I am, I - pearly tritone
of this metaphysical sea basin -
only difference, condemnation
of a forgotten measure
from the there universal?
I listen to the passage again
the good that leads back to evil
- remains unchanged? -
Let the wolf sprinkle
the head of innocence. Also the three oaks
they wear the same headdress
on top of the world and falls
- not on the one hand not on the other -
but always upwards.
And my eyes now see that no one saw
the identity of forms, the medieval charm.
If the world is done what else should I do?
Take invisible guests
because I really live in the lotus
between syllable and syllable and syllable
- not earlier not late - and often alive
only after writing that I was living.
We will write in code
understanding the world
we will send love lists to the body
to forget the differences.
We will die forever
so as not to bother the frost -
and to see
we will no longer have to touch life
- like that storm
that does not arrive here -
or we will never die.
Maria Grazia Insinga, was born in Sicily in 1970, where she lives and works.
Here is his lively and dense autobiographical note: "I do dusty somersaults to see myself from the outside, write about me but overflow as if from a binding that does not hold. After graduating with honors in Arts, studies at the Conservatory and the Academy, concert and specialization activities and teaching in secondary schools, I arrived four years ago early at tea time in England. I set sail and set sail - to paraphrase Sereni - on the wave of August 20 towards my beloved island. Now I disengage here to sip barrel clovers because two worlds are too many and Sicily is not yet exhausted from being itself. I don't remember being dead and I feel two nights instead of one. My poems have appeared online in specialized magazines (Cartiglio d’ombra, La Bella Poesia, Larosainpiu, Words Social Forum). I teach Piano at a Civic School of Music, branch of the “V. Bellini ”in Palermo and I deal with musicological research - I have registered, transcribed and analyzed the unpublished musical manuscripts of the poet Lucio Piccolo - of literary criticism and I am part of the jury of the Don Luigi Di Liegro International Poetry Prize. And then I write, I write, I write… I break the verse into an enjambement of breath and sense as if to place it in a graphical and mental millimeter space, a score without heights. Poetry is initiation into sound through the corporeal means of the word map that has vanished from agogic and dynamic where what I don't say I said before I didn't say“.
Day 0 - Dubai
With a hand luggage each and a suitcase for two, my girlfriend and I leave for our first cruise together, I enthusiastic and she full of worries, which will prove unfounded. It will be “One Thousand One Nights” on the Costa Mediterranea. Our flight arrives around 11pm before boarding, so we spend the night in a hotel halfway between the international airport and Port Rashid, where the cruise terminals are located. Tip: once you arrive at the baggage claim, collect many AEDs from the ATM present. To change currency, however, the nearby counter is not convenient, since the red ones of Dubai Duty Free do not have the fixed 4 euros for each operation. Taxis departing from the airport and port have a fixed AED 25 departure, but are relatively cheap. Only in the next few months will they equip themselves with credit card machines, so better have plenty of cash in AED.
Day 1 - Dubai
With a taxi we go to Cruise Terminal 2 inside Port Rashid. Upon reception, we realize that we have forgotten the boarding passes for the ship and the baggage tags: do not worry, they are equipped to let you on even just with your surname. The luggage will be delivered to the cabin in 3-4 hours. We are then collected our passport, which will be returned at the end of the cruise, and we are given a sheet with the cabin number.
Climb aboard Costa Mediterranea!
We go straight to the buffet on deck 9, then at the information meeting, we collect the Costa Cards, associate the credit card and buy the water package with a 10% discount. Our inside cabin on deck 1 is small, but that's okay, if it weren't for the excessive vibration of the engines that you can hear a lot.
Swim in the pool, salsa class, play with entertainment and even win a Costa purse!
At 19.30 we attend the show of Olga and Andrej, two acrobats and we go to the 2nd dinner shift assigned to us.
At the restaurant we end up at a table with 4 Russians, two of whom don't even speak English. There are those who let themselves be moved, but we are curious to understand something more about their culture.
The day flew by, the ship left at 12 and in the afternoon we were engaged in many activities that did not allow us to relax very much.
Day 2 - Muscat
- Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
- Nakhal Fort and hot springs
- Al Bustan Parliament, Al Alam Palace
- Corniche, Incense Burner, Mutrah souq
We have seen these things. I have reported the names in English since they must be looked up on the map in English.
The Mosque is certainly the most beautiful building in the capital of Oman. Large, elegant, refined and well-kept. Women can only uncover their hands, feet and face without wearing tight-fitting clothing, on pain of not entering. You enter the building barefoot. It should definitely be seen but pay attention to the time: it is open to tourists only from 9 to 11. The ship docks at the port of Mutrah, less than a 10-minute walk from the souk. Inside the port there are free shuttles that shuttle ship-to-gate, you can't walk. The mosque is about 40 minutes drive from the port.
We had booked a car in a car rental near the mosque, so we let them take us there not without the taxi driver taking the wrong road. Some advices:
- Write the name of the place you want to go on paper, perhaps indicating it on a map. Neither in Oman, nor in the Emirates rather take the wrong road but do not use the navigator.
- Always treat the price and write it down at the end. In Muscat they don't know what the taximeter is
We specified that we did not want a tour of the city, offered for over 100 euros, but only be downloaded in that place ("drop off"). English is often not good of them, so make sure you are well understood.
Even with only a photocopy of the passport and the daily visa delivered to us when we get off the ship, we manage to have the car booked and we go to the nearby mosque which has a large parking lot in front.
After an hour, we head towards Nakhal to see the Fort. Admission costs 500 baizas each, 1 Oman Rial for two. Having no local currency, we persuade the guard to give us a discount and settle for AED 5. The Fort is beautiful, well renovated and with a breathtaking view of the city and the natural oasis behind it. Inside it is empty. Let's go and have a packed lunch at the nearby hot springs, which are located behind the fort inside the oasis.
We then return to Muscat with over an hour and a half by car. We see the Parliament, the Al Bustan roundabout with a sailing ship in the middle, then we go to the Sultan's palace, which doesn't hit me, then towards the Corniche. On the left you can admire the Incense Bruner. The road that goes down to the Mutrah souk is very beautiful with a wide sidewalk and observation points.
We take the car back to the distant car rental but now the problem arises of where to find a taxi. Eventually we convince an attendant to accompany us to the souk. In light of this logistical problem, I do not recommend the car solution, however convenient and economical. Perhaps better an organized excursion to Muscat, which contemplates the mosque which is not to be missed. The rainy day flooded the souk in the morning, so there are few tourists at sunset and it is still wet on the ground. Cute, but not jaw-dropping. Finally, we return to the ship on foot. In the evening, the tenor Navarro cheers up the theater.
Day 3 - navigation
At one o'clock in the morning the ship sails from Muscat to go up the Persian Gulf coasting Iran.
The day is cloudy and windy, and having a busy morning with a late wake up call, passport collection and currency exchange is not a problem. The exchange rate is discreet but there are 4 fixed euros per commission operation.
After the afternoon nap, I dedicate myself to a bit of the gym, then hydromassage and finally Aperitif with the captain for Costa Club members, a prelude to the gala evening. At the theater we witness the pleasant performance of a singing and dancing group that makes songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s in themed clothes. Dinner, evening game and bedtime. Finally the first real day we enjoyed cruising life.
Day 4 - Sir Bani Yas
The organized safari excursion includes a meeting at 10.30 in the theater. We go down to the island with spears, await the arrival of the SUVs and take the 1-hour safari that ends around half past twelve.
Cute, but not unmissable. Few animals, variants of goats and gazelles are free, the others in enclosures. Both they and all the trees on the island, a nature reserve, are fed and watered by man. We don't see giraffes.
After the seafront lunch offered by Costa, we sunbathe on the free sunbeds and bathe. Cold but not freezing water. In the middle of the afternoon we board the ship, attend the disembarkation briefing and go to dinner. In the evening there is the singing competition "The Voice of the sea" among the guests, which we skip preferring to load the batteries for the next 3 days, the most intense of the cruise.
Day 5 - Abu Dhabi
- Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque
- Marina Mall, Emirates Palace, Observation deck at 300
On the taxi to the White Mosque the taxi driver offers a 4-hour ride around the city for 400 AED, about 93 euros. The ride to the mosque costs about AED 65, not much considering the distance of over half an hour from Port Zayed. Here, too, women must cover themselves and men have pants below the knee. In addition there are controls with the metal detector that make me leave the sandwiches and another Italian lighter and cigarettes. The mosque is very nice and clean, a must for anyone visiting Abu Dhabi.
With about fifty dirhams we are taken to the Marina Mall, where we have to buy something for colds. You have to pay attention to the sun and the wind, although it is winter with mild temperatures (17-23 °) the sun beats down like we do in summer. The shopping mall lookout tower is currently closed. Already tired, we forget the nearby Heritage Village and walk to the other side of the long and wide bridge where we photograph the entrance to the Emirates Palace. The Russians in the restaurant with us will tell us that they were let in by taxi. On the left are the Etihad Towers, and at number 184 there is the lift to the Observation Deck. Paid 85 AED each, we go up and enjoy the spectacular 360 degree view of the city. You can see the Emirates Palace, the Parliament building and new construction sites in the city very well. We sit at the table and order a drink. The 85 includes AED 50 that can be spent on drinks. But be aware that 20% tax and service will be added to the bill. After having rested, and seeing the Costa tours arrive but they did not have a drink, we take a taxi to the base of the tower to go to the Louvre with 34 dirhams.
The museum is already externally a work of art, internally it is modern. There are a couple of works from every era of every culture, which allow a quick overview of human art. Leonardo's Salvator Mundi was not yet on display. Taken a photo at sunset in the inner courtyard overlooking the sea, very suggestive, we return to the nearby port. Many went to Ferrari World, but the distance and the fact that it was almost an amusement park didn't make it attractive to us.
The evening show, in which all the artists of the first 3 days performed again, did not impress us.
A few notes about taxis: you leave the port only by taxi or Big Bus and in taxis, with a data limit, and there is free Wi-Fi at the Cruise Terminal. Taxis belong to a public company and have a meter.
Day 6 - Dubai
- Heritage Village, Gold Souq
- Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding, Textile Souq, Abra, Spice Souq
- Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, Burj Khalifa
- Miracle Garden
- Souq Madinat Jumeirah, Burj al Arab
- Dinner in the Sky
Once out of Terminal 2, there are 5 possibilities to leave the port: taxi, Big Bus, Sightseeing Hop on hop off Bus and sometimes Dubai Mall shuttle, yellow bus. A taxi driver tells us that the Gold Suk opens at 11am. Strange. Then we opt for the minibus that takes you to the Al Ghoubaiba metro stop for 10 AED each. There at the booth we make the daily pass (NOL Red Card) which for 22 dirhams allows us to go to all areas on all lines, including the monorail, until midnight. Next to the stop they are expanding the Heritage Village, the reconstruction of the traditional houses of these places. Having no longer architectural cultural heritage, replaced by skyscrapers, and being the Arabs in the minority in their country, being 80% of the foreign population, they are trying to recover and re-disseminate traditional local values.
Going down to Al Ras, we visit the Gold Souq full of imitations and gold with few carats, obviously all without prices displayed. Curious. In a shop, after a long and exhausting negotiation, we buy top quality Iranian saffron, according to the seller, at 35 dirhams per gram, from a starting price of 50. If you buy something in the souks, always bargain, bargain, bargain . At least a 40-50% discount on the first price they do.
Taking the metro back to Al Fahidi, we go to the Center for Cultural Understanding. I had booked a cultural lunch, where they explained and made us eat the traditional foods, based on rice, and illustrated the local clothes. I also tried the typical white Kandora. Recommended experience, which I discovered thanks “Roberto B.“ on this Forum.
After lunch, we go to the small textile souk, called Old Souq, behind Fort Al Fahidi, the oldest building in the city now used as a museum. This leads to the canal, the Creek, and there we find the Abra service offered by RTA, the Dubai public transport company. With 1 dirham per person, paid in hard cash on board, you cross the canal. Do not trust the squatters who offer you crossings at other points. The boat ride is suggestive, even if only to go back and forth. On the other side we are close to the spice souk, where I buy 2 postcards for just 5 dirhams.
After 4 o'clock, we take the green metro in AL Ras, change to the red one in Burjuman and go to the Dubai Mall. Be aware that it takes over half an hour at a good pace to go from the metro to the fountain, as you pass through the largest shopping center in the world. In fact there is also an internal taxi service to move on the 3 floors. A few minutes from 6pm, there is a large crowd around the fountain in front of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world. The show, however, is fascinating and deserves to be seen. Before the next one, we go to the At the top ticket office of the skyscraper and have the Boardwalk coupon converted into a ticket. Just in time for 18.30, we go up on the floating Dubai Boardwalk, from which we sit very close to the show, with a different music from the first and this time not in Arabic style. There are few people, this walkway is not yet well known because it is recent. After the 7pm show, we cross the Mall again, photograph the wall of the Dubai Aquarium visible from the mall and take the subway to get closer to the port. I got off in Burjuman, we don't see where the taxi queue is, so we stop one on the fly and go back to the ship, very tired, just in time for dinner at 9pm.
Day 7 - Dubai
Last breakfast at the restaurant, with the good Belgian breakfast waffles, and we leave the Terminal after 10.20 after checking in online for the flight. With 86 dirhams the taxi takes us to the Miracle Garden, a large garden with floral compositions of all kinds and also an airplane, the largest in the world. The entrance is 40 AED and can be visited in one hour.
Leaving, after having avoided an abusive taxi driver, we take an RTA and we are brought to Souq Madinat Jumeirah for 38 dirhams. It is a new shopping mall made in the shape of a souk, with navigable canals inside. On the abre there were Santa Claus and a Chinese elf who drove the boat. Mah. On foot, in 5 minutes, we go to the access road to the Burj al Arab, the sailing hotel, at whose gate buses of tourists photograph themselves. Unfortunately, there are no tall buildings to climb to see the Palm Jumeirah.
We return to the ship, pack up and collapse, sleeping for the rest of the afternoon.
At 20.10 the Dinner in the Sky begins, a fascinating dinner at a height of 50 meters, overlooking the skyscrapers of Dubai Marina. In the evening, however, the shape of the palm tree is not seen. The dinner lasts one hour, followed by a half hour of a magic show. A great conclusion to a great holiday.
Leaving the ship on 22/12 instead of 23/12 as per booking, we had to make a cruise interruption sheet. So, however, at 11.30 pm we take the suitcases and quickly get off the ship.
At 2 am we take the flight to go home enthusiastic about the holiday.
We appreciated the cruise company's service and attention to the menu and the Italian public, both during the shows and in communications in Italian.
Costa Mediterranea is in the port and is embarking on new passengers who slowly arrive for the new “Thousand and One Nights” tour.
In Visso the Night of the bats
On Saturday (21 September) the Sibillini Mountains National Park will host "The night of the bats" within its headquarters, an informative scientific evening dedicated to the knowledge of these curious mammals to be discovered.
It is an initiative promoted as part of the XVII International Bat Night and organized by the researchers of the Hyla Naturalistic Studio who, on behalf of the Park, are carrying out a research project on the presence and distribution of different species of mammalofauna of community interest, including which precisely the bats.
The event will start at 5 pm and will open with the presentation of the research project which will illustrate the data acquired during the first year of work. But it is an initiative aimed also and above all at young people who, in addition to deepening their knowledge of these mysterious animals, will be involved in recreational, educational and demonstration activities. The highlight of the evening will be the night excursion with bat-detector that will allow the little ones to go in search of small flying mammals by listening to the ultrasounds emitted.
So many curiosities, and a bit of disclosure on a group of over thirty species of which little is known and protagonist of unfounded beliefs and superstitions. Bats, on the other hand, are fantastic animals: they are the only mammals adapted to active flight, they feed mostly on spiders and insects and live in colonies for the most part.
of the year. Like other mammals they are able to colonize various environments including highly urbanized areas, but there are different species that are, instead, linked to little disturbed environments such as caves and cavities of natural environments or forests. There are many species of bats - as bats are called in the scientific field - protected at European level and therefore subjected to a rigorous protection regime. For some of them, the Habitats Directive has provided for the possibility of identifying specific sites of community importance within the Natura 2000 network.
A research project that is useless and expensive like the body that commissioned it. Our territory has remained intact and in balance until the establishment of the park, now we are surrounded by wild boars, wolves, roe deer that arrive inside the house and subjected to incredible regulations that do not even allow you to take a walk with your dog on a leash, tourists reduced to the minimum terms and jobs for the young people of the place needless to talk about it (apart from the usual suspects), but we do a study on bats. Mah ………0 0 To vote you must be authenticated Massimo Giorgi on 20 September 2013 at 20:28
Wonderful initiative of the Sibillini National Park, we will rush to Visso in large numbers, at Bat Night with the bat-detector in hand there is also the case of running into Batman!
Montanaro let's talk maybe there is something to clarify about your comment. For example, you could indicate the sources of tourism data in your possession.
And on which scientific text did you find the definition of territorial balance.
By the way, my name is Marcello Cocci and you?
Mr. Cocci, I am neither scientist nor statistician but only mountaineer, but I live among people and most of them think like me that it was better before and that's enough for me. Take a ride and you will realize it. Then he doesn't have to take it, everyone has his own opinions and they must be respected even if they are considered wrong.
Dear mountaineer, I have been taking a tour of the territory for 40 years since I live there. Respect for the opinions of others is maximum in fact I started by saying let's talk about it but if you don't even have a name ... ..pseudonyms are usually used by who wants to hide his identity and perhaps does not have the courage of his opinions. maybe I'm wrong0 0 To vote you must be authenticated
Mr. Cocci, no one has forced you to interact with a pseudonym and since you have done so, it makes no sense to point out. The reasons can be one none and one hundred thousand. Now since the discussion is getting cloying and nobody cares for me it ends here. Greetings
I don't understand why in Italy when you spend money on research projects (more or less shareable, but they are research) both in the environmental field and for cultural heritage, you have to hear comments like .. "it's wasted money", "I'm stolen money "," it is a shame that money is spent to study ants, spiders, bats, oaks, etc. (I don't know if you remember the scandal in Sicily of the research project for Zelkova. a rare plant object of research, and which obviously was considered useless and wasteful (just like this case and the bats). but is it possible that the money spent on research must always be viewed negatively? when there are other sectors where billions and billions are stolen for really useless things and shameful waste or for personal ends (which is even worse). but is it possible that in Italy culture and science fail to affect and make it clear that they are also a source of wealth? to the mountaineer, we can discuss it, but we do not undermine scientific work or research, done by competent people who put love, passion, competence and therefore a lot of hat.
I am sorry to have made this exchange tedious but it was not my intention I was interested in a comparison between people who on different positions and evidently both care about the territory.
I greet you cordially and remember my name: Marcello Cocci
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Marabou at sunset at Rhato Bush Camp, South Africa
Close encounter with an elephant at Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa
Breakfast in the field, tent set up (very fast, inside you can leave sleeping bag, pillow, clothes, it is equipped with LED lights to read while consuming practically nothing), chairs, tables and furnishings, we start to visit the GR where we stopped. The most present animal is the waterbuck, but wildebeest, zebras, ostriches they are not missing. Too bad the invasion of flies, then we go out to head to the Sterkfontein Caves (guided tour in English only, equipped with a protective helmet, it is advisable to bring a torch if not a smartphone with LEDs to illuminate) where we visit the caves, a place where the hominids that take their name from the place. This visit together with that of Maropeng if done on the same day, you have a discounted ticket. Visiting the caves is more interesting for the excursion itself than for what can be seen, the findings are obviously not left in the caves, and they themselves have few spectacular features apart from the large lake which reflects the natural arches that overlook it. Once out, the sun seems to blind, the heat is very intense, there are some excavations to visit and then return independently to the starting point. The next stop is the famous park Pilanesberg NR, the closest place to big cities where you can spot large African animals, a park that is located within a large and extinct crater. We take a seat at the Golden Leopard campsite inside the Manyane Resort to immediately set out to patrol the park starting from the north. You do not need a 4x4, the paths off the main road are not paved but in good condition, but few animals, it will also be not exactly ideal time, it is afternoon and it is hot. In fact, the more the time advances, the more they can be seen white rhinos, giraffes, antelope of various types, zebras to no end, in short, the park comes alive and offers great visions. In the central area around the Mankwe Lake there is a crowd, almost all antelope and wildebeest, we take the paths closest to the lake to return to the main street where the surprise of the day takes place. A line of stationary cars forces us to queue too, a male lion is coming running, begins to zigzag between the cars then quietly slips away passing five meters from my window. This would already be an admirable sight, but as we take the exit they reveal themselves numerous elephants which slow down the pace a lot, we worry because we are passing the closing time, but stopping at the park campsite we are not scolded and so there is also time for a few white rhino at a slow pace and curious waterbuck. I don't count the usual ones impala, which here are like dogs on a leash in our cities. Back in the pitch assigned to us, after an invigorating shower, it's time to prepare dinner when it starts to rain, and so we experience the good use of the large awning that surrounds the pick-up on the back and on the left side (assembly in 30 "), inserted to protect from the scorching sun it proves to be redeeming even with the rain that does not leave us for most of the night. Another very positive finding, the roof tent that is very fast to open (with the possibility of 2 entrances with a ladder that can be positioned on the rest or on the right side, so much so that we will never use the one on the ground) not only has excellent dimensions (you can stand up ) but demonstrates an enviable resistance to rain. Routes 217 km, alternating between asphalt and dirt, both in good condition.
Ostrich at the Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa
Breakfast with the sun and return to the Pilanesberg to tour the central and southern part, no felines but lots of antelopes, then rhinos and elephants, as well as a very high number of birds, large and small with multiple colors. The Pilanesberg does not disappoint, also thanks to its particular configuration, do not think of a single crater cartoon style though, but the place is nice even without the animals. We go out and head north to the Marakele NP where we immediately start the excursion. The park is divided into two separate parts, the closest to the entrance, on the west side, is the flat one where giraffes and antelopes roam, taking an underpass and managing the opening and closing of the gates, you enter the north-east side where there are also felines as well as impressive mountains. Of few animals, the but the view is very beautiful with a non-trivial path that leads to over 2100m al Lenong View Point. If you are not afraid to take an unpaved, narrow, steep precipitous path over a ravine of over 500 meters, this place is for you. Up there it dominates not only the park but a large slice of South Africa, with griffins of the field that all fly around these cliffs. Although they are a protected species in danger of extinction, here you can see hundreds of them, perfect in exploiting the updrafts, of incredible speed. Up here in the repeater area, they serve as a reference to immediately understand where you will have to arrive, of very few people, one absolute peace. Going down we visit the north side of the park, always few animals, the still very beautiful mountains, then slowly we return to the campsite located near the exit. Time for a great shower and to prepare for dinner with a starry sky to keep us company, a company that, as often happens, will bring with it intense rains in the night, the tent continues its splendid work, completely isolating us from the external weather. Routes 215 km, asphalted roads in the movements, dirt roads in the parks, in the Marakele defining them in good condition is not easy.
Marabou at sunset at Rhato Bush Camp, South Africa
Rains, breakfast under the providential marquee, fortunately the sun becomes intense in a short time and we can fold it all up without too much water. We leave the park and cut it vertically along a perfectly straight dirt road full of puddles, understanding that the 4x4 has its own meaning. The area of Waterberg it is a precious biosphere of an intense green that is not very frequented, once finished we continue towards the border with Botswana and we skirt it for a long time on roads that rarely know customers, intense heat with first stop a Lephalale to find us an internet point where you can download the document for the car and print it (show a pdf at the border of Mr. Mugabe it's like showing Danilovic's shirt to a fortitudino and hoping that he will thank you…). But unfortunately the document has not yet arrived, we lost a lot of time for nothing, finding a working internet service with a printer was not an easy task in this place where there are still a lot of shops. We continue our journey with a stop at the entrance to Swartwater on the R572, paved but not always in good condition, here under a large tree we take a break with some passers-by curious about our stop. The final destination of the day would be the Mapungubwe NP, a small but interesting park in the center of the three borders between South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, only when we arrive we do not find a place in the campsite. There is nothing around here, but the scenery is already spectacular, we must resume the access road and deviate towards the border post of Pontdrift (currently closed because the river is too big), before reaching it, turn left towards Ratho, which is about 14 km from the road. Path in good condition, some doubts that a campsite could be right here catches us, but the indications are there, hopefully there are also some people. When we get to the Ratho Bush Camp in Rakwena Crocodile Farm we meet a girl on a bicycle who welcomes us and confirms that the camp exists and there is room, indeed, there is no one else. She is an Australian au pair (with not really features, but let's be satisfied with her great enthusiasm) who is doing her job on the farm, very happy to welcome customers (the last registration was about 2 weeks earlier), for 120r we can choose the pitch we want in a small campsite off the farm, all fenced off with a view of the bush, a small swimming pool with hydromassage, wooden hammocks and huge bathrooms, all of which are also wooden enclosed. A unique place from which to enjoy a beautiful sunset view of the bush with the grown-ups marabou which seem drawn on the imposing trees not far from the great river Limpopo. Time for relaxation we have not seen that to get here we took a long pull, shower and dinner in total darkness, high temperature even in the evening and mosquitoes that are starting to be felt. Routes 451 km, mainly on paved roads that are not always in perfect condition, dirt roads in parks or in detours like the latter.
Close encounter with an elephant at Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa
The heat at breakfast is very intense already in the early morning (here at 5 am there is already quite a light), we immediately move to Mapungubwe NP starting the visit to the west. This park as well as for animals is famous for the views from the top of the rocks on the confluence of the Limpopo and rivers Shashe, right where the borders of the three states meet. I admit that if the Tree Top Walk is nothing exceptional, the Confluence View Point instead it offers a breathtaking view. Three distinct worlds that meet, elephants stopping in the large tree-lined plain, a place where the destinies of many natives could be completely distinct for a few meters, even this goes to mind as the heat becomes oppressive. We continue the walk on the inner side of the Pinnacle Deck on the valley obviously full of rock pinnacles, to then take a pick-up ride to the edge of the river with multiple elephant crossings that arouse a certain fear. We follow some paths not always indicated by the map recovered at the reception, the part on the river would be protected by a high net, but we meet more people carrying large bags on their shoulders and who in one way or another cross the river to bring to Zimbabwe what they find in South Africa. Leaving the park, visit absolutely not to be missed, we head to Musina where we make the first refueling of the trip noting that the two tanks do not require a slow transfer as happened in the past. The city is the great classic African frontier market, all supermarkets attacked by customers who arrive from Zimbabwe by any means, trucks, overloaded minibuses, taxis or inventions of all kinds, Engen we find a PC and a printer where we can retrieve the documentation certifying the guarantee for the coverage of the rental vehicle, we stock up on each foodstuff but after having traveled far and wide, asked anyone for info, we do not find a camping for the night. We opt for the Guest House Star after asking the girl who is cleaning the front yard and having the opportunity to park the pick-up inside in order to use the kitchen. The guest house turns out to be a den ofPakistani immigrants, we are the only customers born outside Karachi and surroundings, the manager, brother of the owner who does nothing in the guest house, tries to bring the discourse on our religions, but struggles to counter the advantages of his over mine when he learns that I do not have a religion and I'm not a believer, on the contrary being told that my religion is my life just doesn't know what to say. He only asks us not to cook dishes with pork, let's try to satisfy his request and for today no salami or sausage he has in the pantry, but the bag of freeze-dried rice taken from the bunch contains speck, let's pretend that it is bresaola and also he is satisfied. We prepare dinner in a garden where literally it rains mangoes, some will get stuck in such hidden positions that we will find them even a week later. The character collects many of them, he even offers us some, but despite this the courtyard is covered. In Musina there is nothing interesting to see, indeed it is interesting to see humanity in motion and in interchange between a place where there is everything and more at low prices to another where there is little and much more. this costs at least three times as much. Had dinner and arranged the cards for the next day, it's time to sleep on the only bed that we will cross during the trip, out of days without pick-up. Torrid heat in the room, the air conditioner only throws air on the heads, we spend several minutes trying to fix the air conditioner fins, luckily succeeding, but if you pass this way, avoid room 10, whose bathroom is accessed by opening the wardrobe doors. Routes 174 km, on dirt roads in excellent condition, while inside the park some are only for 4x4s.
Here nature plays with you
Next to the mountain huts, among pastures and fir woods, four imaginative amusement parks invite children to have fun with wood, water, animals and characters from Dolomite legends. FiemmE-motion Hotels offer free ski lifts, as well as all play and exploration activities in nature.
In Val di Fiemme, children participate every day in free activities that free their imagination among streams, mossy carpets and expanses of flowers. Nature invites them to have fun with explorations, games and shows inspired by the fairy tales of the forest and the animals that inhabit it.
This valley cultivates a sense of wonder by accompanying children to visit enchanting places in the Trentino Dolomites. The activities are free thanks to two cards that have transformed the tourist tax into an advantageous exchange for families: the Trentino Guest Card and the FiemmE-motion Plus. The latter, distributed by the FiemmE-Motion Hotels, also offers the possibility of to travel free on the ski lifts.
Touching carpets of flowers, mossy paths and rocky scenarios that turn red at sunset, children spend imaginative days stepping into the shoes of peasants, herbalists, little geologists, ornithologists, beekeepers, meteorologists, woodcutters, hunters of dragons or gnomes.
In the meadows around the shelters, imaginative amusement parks allow children to explore nature through play.
The most intense fairytale weeks are those dedicated to the family. From 2 to 16 July 2017, for two weeks, Val di Fiemme invites you to immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of the Fantabosco with the elves, fairies and witches of "Melevisione". In the most evocative places in the valley, children can also attend nature shows conducted by Armando Traverso. They are two creative weeks of excursions and workshops dedicated to families. The great evening shows in the town squares will feature the RaiYoYo characters most loved by children.
This valley brings younger guests closer to animals and nature through games, fairy tales and the love for simpler foods. Excursions with the characters of legends are offered every day, visits to establish an exclusive contact with deer, goats and cows. They are also passionate about the workshops for making butter, bread, honey and cheese.
In the Kindergarten, which overlook the amusement parks, friendly and qualified entertainers welcome children with curious and fun activities, games and creative workshops. Each kindergarten is inspired by fairy tales, animals, characters and mountain crafts.
Children are also the favorite guests of the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Natural Park, with its deer, and the Monte Corno Natural Park, with its rare bird species.
FLY IN THE PARADISES OF FUN IN THE CABLE CAR OR CHAIRLIFT
Every day, children can let their imagination fly among the Dolomite landscapes, choosing different activities that are always different.
The paradises of entertainment have sprung up, far from inhabited centers. Fantasy has found fertile ground between 1,650-2,190 m altitudes. of the Montagnanimata del Latemar (Predazzo-Gardoné cable car), between the altitudes 1,280-2,240 m. of Cermislandia (Cermis cableway), between the altitudes 2,000-2,200 m. along the thematic paths of the Latemarium (Latemae and Agnello di Pampeago chairlifts) and at an altitude of 1,750 m. in the Giro d’Ali di Bellamonte (Bellamonte 3.0 cable car).
From Cavalese you fly to CERMISLANDIA
The Alpe Cermis cableway leads into the kingdom of Cermislandia, a cheerful playground that offers the opportunity to have fun outdoors, make new friends and reign undisturbed. At 1,280 m. above sea level, next to the completely renovated Baita Dosso Larici restaurant and the new lounge bar La Baita Tonda, there is a magical lawn. You can cool off in the small lake or go down quickly with the cable car. Children have fun, while parents relax in the sun, watching them from the terrace of the hut.
The children, through curious daily activities, establish a relationship of total empathy with nature, camouflaging themselves with the undergrowth, the animals, the woodcutters and the magical creatures of the legend.
Among the activities organized weekly, "Legends for a day", the Monday activity that invites children to dress up to interpret the roles of the characters of the legends of the Dolomites, with a real open-air theater course.
“Il Salvanel and his friends” is the story at high altitude that, every Tuesday, enchants children by transforming them into nature-friendly elves. "Bread and jam" are good to be enjoyed on Wednesday mornings, especially if the children are grinding the wheat and kneading the flour. Also on Wednesdays, there is an afternoon dedicated to the "Games of the past", the new activity reveals to the little ones how their parents enjoyed themselves when they were little. Thursday morning is "Chameleon" thanks to the camouflage games that activate the five senses to find wild animals. While on Thursday afternoon you can have fun with the new activity "Water and life", where you discover the life of the small animals that populate the mountain streams and play while learning the importance of water in our ecosystem. Friday is the “Day of the lumberjack”, with the children busy collecting wood, moving them into the woods with the cableway to build the cabin of their dreams. Finally, every Saturday morning, curious clues of the “Salanzada Treasure Hunt” are sought out among meadows and woods.
At an altitude of 2,240 meters, you can meet the animals of the Fattoria del Paion.
From Predazzo you can fly on MONTAGNANIMATA of LATEMAR
The Predazzo-Gardoné ski lifts lead to Montagnanimata del Latemar where, by playing, you can explore the Forest of Dragons, the Path of the Distracted Shepherd, the interactive games of Difr and a curious apiary. Reaching the Passo Feudo Refuge with the chairlift, you can play in the Crooked Garden of the Dahù and explore the path Geotrail Doss Capel. Here each station reveals the history of the world up to 240 million years ago. Walking and imagining, it seems to cross the sandy beach of a tropical atoll or to witness a volcanic eruption.
Eleven thematic stations tell the Dolomites from life. Just let yourself be guided by the illustrations of the Portuguese artist Bernardo Carvalho, but also from the new Giocolibro edited by the Science Museum of Trento, with the kit of a little researcher.
In Montagnanimata, entertainers, writers, artisans, artists, creatives and professionals meet and enthusiastically work together to convey, through play and fun, the values of the mountains, herbs, geology, the water cycle and the sweetness bees. On the Latemar there are many proposals to learn, explore and immerse yourself in a fairytale world. The thematic paths, traveling shows, juggling books, fairy tales, the opportunity to talk and interact with the fantastic characters that populate these mountains, transform a day spent on Montagnanimata into a daydream in the world of fantasy. Every day there are always different and surprising shows and creative workshops. The Alpine Coaster Gardoné unleashes adrenaline-pumping laughter: a two-seater bob on a monorail that whizzes through the woods for one kilometer, between parabolic curves and thrilling descents. The sledge lift is also accessible to younger children as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
From the Passo Feudo Refuge you can also access the Latemarium.Panorama thematic path. Along the way there are installations that surround the peaks of the Latemar. Observing them you will discover the stories of the rock, wood, animals and legends that populate these peaks "Unesco Natural Heritage of Humanity". The Latemarium.Panorama trail, suitable for school-age children, leads to a spectacular viewing platform if you go all the way.
From Pampeago you fly to THEMATIC TRAILS, SHELTERS AND CREATIVE FARMS
The Agnello refuge, reachable by the Agnello di Pampeago chairlift, is an oasis for families who want authentic experiences, such as pampering farm animals, discovering the mysteries of the climate (on Wednesday mornings along the Meteo.Lab thematic path ) or to become a small chef with the Piccole bontà montane laboratory (Thursday afternoon).
The Agnello RefugeIt also overlooks the RespirArt Art Park, where children encounter play-installations inspired by works of art created every summer by internationally renowned artists. Among the games dedicated to children, the wireless telephone, the labyrinth and the colored windows.
TO Pampeago mountain hut, reachable from Pampeago with the Tresca chairlift, the children spend “A day as a farmer” on Tuesday afternoon, taking care of calves, donkeys and pigs. And while waiting for the cows to return from the pasture, they can taste fresh milk, bread and jam.
From Pampeago, taking the Latemar chairlift, you can also access the Latemarium.Panorama thematic path. Along the way there are installations that surround the peaks of the Latemar. Observing them you will discover the stories of the rock, wood, animals and legends that populate these peaks "Unesco Natural Heritage of Humanity". The Latemarium.Panorama trail, suitable for school-age children, leads to a spectacular viewing platform if traveled all the way.
Adventurous theatrical excursions also depart from Pampeago, such as the spectacular tale entitled "Don't call me ... El Krampus", staged every Tuesday morning, or "Om Selvadec puppies grow up at the Refuge from the winds”, Every Friday morning. If the first story brings down prejudices and fears, the second collects the advice of the forest and puts them into practice.
El Krampus is a wild being who hates to be afraid, who loves nature and who hopes that someone has the courage to approach without fear. The Cubs of Om Selvadec hide in the bush, but they are ready to teach us how to take care of a generous and fragile Earth.
From Bellamonte we fly to GIRO D’ALI, passing through LA TANA DEGLI GNOMI
The Tour of Ali it is a surprising aquatic path that winds for a few hundred meters between waterfalls, submerged stone stairs, suspended bridges, wooden games that float on small ponds and curious rafts that take the shape of birds. Those who play with the swimming duck, those who venture out in search of gold with a sieve.
Near the river, a verdant meadow invites you to discover the secrets of nature. The route is also suitable for strollers and baby carriages. Even the little ones will find interactive play stations made with materials from the forest.
The "Giro d’Ali" is in the Fassane locality (1,750 m asl.) And can be reached from Castelir with the new Bellamonte 3.0 cable car.
Near the Giro d’Ali, in the locality of Fassane, children can explore the Frainus path, a two-kilometer circular route that can also be covered with strollers and prams. If you are careful not to make noise, you are likely to be able to make curious and unexpected encounters. Sharpen your eyes and ears and you will realize how many birds live freely in these mountains. After a curve, behind a tree, beyond a large stone or in a small clearing, six interactive stations meet to learn to recognize the various birds by their feathers, by the traces they leave: "The woodpecker family", "Recognize the birds" , “Bird watching” to observe the bullfinch and the coal tit, “The Lusia eagle”, “The tender feathers” and “The winter shelters”. The Frainus path can also be reached with the Bellamonte 3.0 cable car. Guided tours and spectacular falconer demonstrations are scheduled on the Frainus Trail.
The beating heart of Bellamonte's animation is the Lair of the gnomes in Castelir, at the departure of the cable car. Here children become little aspiring gnomes, through creative workshops, games, ateliers, Forest Pedagogy workshops, workshops with Legos, tales of the woods, stories about the Gnomes that "populate" our mountain, activities related to the seasonal events scheduled and festivity. The enchanting scenery of the Pale di San Martino and the Paneveggio Forest are the cradle of the Tana degli Gnomi and their little Guests. In addition to the creative Lego Academy games (Monday morning and Saturday afternoon), adventures in the countryside are planned, such as the slow walk in the woods on Wednesday morning or the discovery of medicinal herbs on Thursdays, to create creams, ointments and essential oils (from 10.30 to 16, with a lunch break at the Ciamp dele Strie Refuge). Every Friday morning you learn how to build a base camp in nature, setting up tents, building benches and supports with just the use of ropes. On Saturday mornings you learn to orient yourself in the woods and to build a compass with the Hunt for Treasure Orienteering. On Sunday morning we walk among the trenches and fortifications of the First World War hidden in the vegetation.
Evening excursions are becoming more and more intriguing.
On Wednesday evening you become a shooting star hunter, walking in nature under the celestial vault and enjoying a slice of cake. On full moon and new moon nights (9 and 23 July - 7 and 21 August), the "Witches and the Moon" event invites children aged 10 and over to savor the mystery. Climb up to the Ciamp dele Strie hut at sunset to hear tales of witches in front of the fire, while enjoying grilled polenta and meat. Then you return on foot to Castelir (arrival at 11pm).
On 10 August there is the "Night of falling sausages". We leave from the Tana degli gnomi at 4.30 pm, enjoy sausages and other delicacies at Baita Ciamp dele Strie and observe the celestial vault waiting for the stars to start their night shift.
Reservations are required for activities: cell. 346 3639538, [email protected]
THE LAMA TREKKING
Let's dispel a legend immediately. Lamas don't spit at people. They do this only with each other during the breeding season or to establish herd hierarchies. They have been domesticated for 5,000 years and are therefore extremely docile.
Throughout the summer, until late autumn, the Maso delle Erbe di Tesero organizes pleasant walks with llamas and alpacas, every morning from 9 to 12.
These specimens, of South American origin, were born in Trentino only a year ago. We meet them in Tesero, in Bossedel, in the garden of the Maso delle Erbe, known for its varieties of honey, propolis and its curative and aesthetic creams based on medicinal herbs and bee products. Il Maso receives its customers in the shop in via Roma in Tesero, but it is in this small green paradise, above the town, that it cultivates well-being, among healing herbs, bee houses and Tibetan goats.
Pablo, Cisco is July they are three serene and welcoming lamas, with deep eyes and a magnetic gaze. Loco, Papaya is Mango are the three alpacas. They have a round head that inspires immediate sympathy. They seem a bit shy, but they let themselves be caressed peacefully. After ten minutes of walking next to them you become children again. To make the excursion even sweeter is the small stop with tastings of the delicious honeys produced by Maso, while the small educational hive that reveals the incredible organization of the bees hypnotizes the children.
The walk with llamas and alpacas can be booked at 345 8138733. The experience is free for children up to 4 years old. From 5 to 12 years old it costs 11 euros. For adults it costs 16.50 euros. The price is discounted for holders of the FiemmE-motion Card Plus. For families with one or more children, the maximum ceiling is 44 euros.
TWO EVENTS DEDICATED TO CHILDREN
9 to FAMILY WEEKS
2-16 July 2017, Val di Fiemme
Children in Fantabosco di Fiemme with Melevisione and RaiYoyo.
From 2 to 16 July, Val di Fiemme invites you to immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of the Fantabosco with the elves, the princes, the fairy and the wolf of Melevisione. During the “Weeks of the Family” the shows of Armando Traverso, in the enchanting woods of the valley. The creative weeks of excursions, shows and video games and plasticine workshops are dedicated to families. Great evening shows animate the squares of the towns, with the RaiYoyo characters most loved by children.
THE WEEK OF THE CLOWNERIE IN PREDAZZO
23-28 July 2017
Laugh like a madman on the Montagnanimata di Predazzo.
A series of unmissable events with artists who enchant, entertain and know how to give something great and rare ... emotions! Young and old will be overwhelmed by a whirlwind of laughter, healthy fun, technique, skill and great professionalism. In the meadows and woods of Gardoné, which can be reached from Predazzo with the Latemar 2200 cable car, there will be acrobatics, juggling and construction of circus gear workshops. It will be a week of enthusiasm, magic, color.
Journey to Tokyo through movies and TV series
Eight exciting stories against the backdrop of the Japanese capital to experience the atmosphere of the city between Oscar-winning films, world-famous blockbusters, animated films and streaming series
While waiting to pack your suitcase to start traveling long-haul again, just turn on the television to get to the other side of the world, at least with the imagination. Here's one roundup of films and TV series set in Tokyo, from classics to blockbusters, up to the most recent proposals from Netflix and Amazon Prime, which show the most famous places and the lesser-known corners of the Japanese capital through the exciting stories of the protagonists.
Lost in Translation: the birth of a friendship between the two souls of the metropolis
The film, which in 2014 earned Sofia Coppola the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, is a must for those who love unconventional stories of love and friendship, such as the one starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. The film explores the theme of loneliness and incommunicability, narrating the meeting of two lost souls who discover themselves in a moment of great fragility. The lights of a busy Tokyo, made of bright and colorful signs contrast with the inner world of the characters, who find their ideal dimension in the relaxed environment of the Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel and his New York Bar, the restaurant with panoramic views located on the 52nd floor of the building in the heart of Shinjuku, the vibrant financial and entertainment district. Here the two protagonists meet for the first time and deepen their friendship, often discussing the differences between the Tokyo lifestyle and the western one.
The Fast and the Furious - Tokyo Drift: the adrenaline-fueled side of Tokyo
For those who prefer action films to watch with bated breath, the third installment of the famous Fast & Furious saga, released in 2006 and currently available on Netflix, allows you to literally launch in the streets of Tokyo through compelling shots and breathtaking metropolitan panoramas. While the protagonists are dedicated to the underground world of drifting, challenging each other in adrenaline-pumping clandestine car races, spectators have the opportunity to discover the "toughest" side of the capital. Between skidding and spectacular maneuvers, theoverwhelming atmosphere of the city is present in every moment of the film, reaching its climax in the famous chase scene set in thecrossing of Shibuya, famous for being one of the busiest crossings in the world and a must-see for any traveler.
The Ramen Girl: A carefree look at Japanese cuisine and culture
Lovers of oriental cuisine, and in particular of the Japanese gastronomic specialties, they can't miss this delightful 2008 film. The protagonist is a young American student played by Brittany Murphy: after being left by her boyfriend, she finds herself alone and unmotivated in Tokyo, where she takes refuge in the ramen bistro under the house starting a long work of convincing the grumpy owner to be taught the ancient art of preparing this dish. The film, with its light and carefree tone, highlights the great values of Japanese culture - also fundamental in the culinary tradition - such as passion, patience and dedication to one's work, offering a non-obvious point of view on Japanese customs and traditions and making you want to taste the authentic ramen served in traditional places of the city.
Godzilla (1954) and Godzilla Resurgence (2016): science fiction among the buildings in the Kabukichō
Tokyo is immersed in a decidedly more unreal scenario in the series of Japanese blockbusters dedicated to Godzilla, which have now become classics all over the world. If the 1950s film starts the saga of kaijū, the mysterious monster of the Japanese tradition, marking the origins of the film genre, the most recent remake (available on Prime Video with the original name “Shin Godzilla”) amazes with its incredible special effects, which make the scenes more than realistic. A curiosity: the films have become so popular in Japanese culture that they become one of Tokyo's tourist attractions in the district of Kabukichō, Shinjuku you can see the Godzilla Head, a giant sculpture of the monster's head peeking out from among the buildings.
Your Name .: the most fascinating places in the metropolis in the form of souls
Can't miss one proposal among the souls: "Your Name." it has been a huge success even among those unfamiliar with the genre, establishing itself in the first place among the highest-grossing Japanese films worldwide. This little gem of 2016 animation, available in the Netflix catalog, reproduces with extreme fidelity the places of Tokyo, which form the backdrop to the surreal story of two teenagers divided between a small mountain town near Tokyo and the center of the metropolis. From the intersection Nishi Shinjuku surrounded by skyscrapers, al Shinjuku Kabukicho Yunika Building, and then get to the Shinto Shrine Suga, a central place in the story, the viewer has the opportunity to retrace the most beloved places of the capital of the Rising Sun, told with attention to detail through the visionary gaze of director Makoto Shinkai.
Midnight Diner -Tokyo Stories: the stories of the city in the Tokyo night atmosphere
For an immersion in the nightlife and in the stories of the inhabitants of Tokyo, this TV series produced in Japan and recently available on Netflix - based on the mangaShinya Shokudo - tells the urban reality of the metropolis, seen through the eyes of the owner of a small izakaya restaurant. Open from midnight until dawn, the apparently ordinary place becomes the scene of meetings with occasional customers, with whom deep relationships are developed through the sharing of dishes. A story made of contrasts, in which the intimate dimension of the restaurant and the dynamic and chaotic one of the neighborhood of Shinjuku, which frames the events.
Tokyo Girl: a feminine look at life in the capital of Japan
For those who love the deepest plots, the Tokyo Girl series is available on Prime Video, in which the Japanese capital is the backdrop to a story of personal growth, which gives a an all-female perspective on Japanese culture and on life in the metropolis.In the wide time frame in which the story unfolds, the viewer follows the story of Aya, a young country girl who moves to Tokyo and tries to adapt to big city life, learning life lessons between career, love and ambitions personal. Among the many neighborhoods that appear in the series are Ebisu, Ginza and Yoyogi Uehara.
10 things not to miss in Tokyo
Italian tourists who decide to visit Japan are more and more every year, registering a further growth of + 15% in 2016. On the occasion of a trip to Japan the capital Tokyo it is definitely a must to visit that offers countless places of interest and, in order not to miss anything, here are some suggestions on what to see and what to experience during your stay.
1. Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace is the residence of the Emperor of Japan. The current building of Imperial Palace it was built in 1888 on the ashes of the previous building, which was destroyed by a fire in 1873.
In front of the main entrance is the famous Nijubashi bridge (lit. "double bridge") and around the palace are the famous imperial gardens.
2. Meiji Jingu
The best place to find the union between nature, tradition and religion is the Meiji Shinto shrine. Located in the vicinity of the station Harajuku, is the sanctuary where theMeiji Emperor and his wife, the building dates back to 1920.
The areas of the external garden of the sanctuary are covered with evergreen trunks of over 100,000 trees donated by the Japanese people on the occasion of the burial of theMeiji Emperor and planting plants individually by hand and the forest that has been created in almost a century now covers over 700,000 square meters.
At the entrance to the temple there is a characteristic collection of sake barrels, a drink often used in religious ceremonies, the result of donations from the various Japanese prefectures to the sanctuary.
3. The Kiyosumi Gardens
The Japanese people have a strong relationship with nature and its changes due to the passing of the seasons. To grasp this spirit, a stop in at least one of the countless gardens and parks, both in Japanese and non-Japanese style, is definitely a must. Tokyo offers, like the Kiyosumi gardens, in "circular" style which also include a beautiful pond. The garden is home to a wide variety of plants that guarantee year-round flowering, from January to December.
4. Sumida Hokusai Museum
The neighborhood of Sumida, to Tokyo, recently dedicated an entire museum to the world-famous artist Katsushika Hokusai, in the Sumida neighborhood where he was born. In addition to preserving his ukiyo-e style paintings and woodblocks, such as "The big wave at the Kanagawa coast" is "Red Fuji (Clear day with south wind) ”Taken from the series Trentasei vedute del Mount Fuji, the museum tells the personal story of the artist, of his life in the Sumida neighborhood and of how the city, then called Edo, looked like between 1760 and 1849.
Technology is the embodiment of the spirit of innovation that the Japanese people have fearlessly embraced since the end of World War II. The symbols of Japanese technology are everywhere in the city of Tokyo, especially in the railway network with superfast shinkansen trains or the futuristic Yurikamome monorail which connects the city with the artificial island of Odaiba, in the bay of Tokyo. On the island of Odaiba is highly recommended Miraikan - the National Museum of Emerging Sciences and Innovation - where the most recent trends in science and also in robotics are explored.
6. Shibuya neighborhood
Shibuya, dynamic neighborhood, heart of youth pop culture and home to many entertainment venues and clubs, welcomes visitors who come out of the station with the statue of Hachiko, the well-known dog of Akita breed. The story of Hachiko is a story of fidelity: every day he left home and went to wait for his master when he returned from work at the station Shibuya. Even after the master's death Hachiko he continued to go to the station, behavior that made his story famous, from which internationally successful novels and films were also drawn. The statue of Hachiko today it is the meeting point par excellence and it is possible to see many people waiting for friends or colleagues in that area.
It seems strange, but another of the main attractions of the district of Shibuya it's a crossroads. This is not a common crossing but the famous scramble crossing, one of the most famous crosswalk crossings in the world, which can be crossed simultaneously by thousands of pedestrians at every green light.
7. Shinjuku district
On the occasion of a trip to Japan definitely not to be missed is the Shinjuku district, seat of Metropolitan Government Building of Tokyo, which offers a free panoramic terrace on the 45th floor. Also not to be missed are the lively entertainment districts, the Kabuki-cho, called the "neighborhood that never sleeps", and the Golden-Gai, born after World War II and dotted with small bars.
Also in Shinjuku, not to be missed LOVE sculpture by the American artist Robert Indiana!
8. Public Baths - Atami-yu
It is custom in Japan end the day with a relaxing hot bath to eliminate stress, within the walls of your own home or in one of the many public baths (senti) in the city.
TO Tokyo there is a particular public bath, very famous among the Japanese, where in addition to a good bath it is also possible to admire the Mount Fuji… Without leaving the center of Tokyo! It's about feeling Atami-yu in the Iidabashi district, inside which there is a mural with a view of the Mount Fuji.
9. Cruise on the waterways
To see the capital of the Japan from another point of view, it is possible to take advantage of the numerous cruise services on the waterways. The most famous take place in the bay of Tokyo, to admire the Rainbow Bridge, and on the river Sumida. The latter takes the very interesting cruise that connects past and future, departing from the historic district of Asakusa and arriving at the futuristic Odaiba island.
10. Learn to make sushi
Japanese cuisine is increasingly loved by Italians and what better time can there be to learn directly how to cook their favorite dishes than a trip to Tokyo?
The sushi making courses offered by the restaurant are highly recommended for this purpose Tsukiji Sushi Academy Tokyo or the traditional Japanese cooking courses organized by Chagohan Tokyo to Asakusa for a truly unforgettable experience.