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Panorama May 17, 2013




Vice Adm. Pandolfe Tours Italian Carrier with Counterpart Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe, commander of U.S. 6th Fleet, second from right, and Vice Adm. Filippo Foffi, commander of Italian Navy Fleet, third from right, tour the Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550) in Taranto, Italy, May 9. Vice Adm. Pandolfe visited Taranto to meet with his Italian counterpart and discuss their shared commitment to maritime safety and security. (Photo courtesy of Italian Navy Public Affairs)

Italian News Briefs

Compiled by Teresa Merola

Survey Shows Venice has Highest Hotel Rates A recent survey showed Venice to be the most expensive city for tourists to spend a night in Europe. An average room rates in May went up 38 percent, which is more than three times the 12 percent increase recorded across Europe. An average hotel room costs 281 euro beating out Geneva, London, Stockholm and Paris. Even room rates in Florence went up by 20 percent with an average room cost of 165 euro per night. Room’s rate went up also in Bologna and Naples. The only Italian city whose rates dropped in May was Milan, with an average room rate of 145 euro per night.

248 Italian Beaches Receive Blue Flag Award The International Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) released the number of Italian beaches to be awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award for clean water and pristine sand. Blue Flag has worked with the United Nations’ Environment Program and analyzed beaches and marinas worldwide since 1987 to monitor quality and cleanliness on water, environmental education and management, safety and services. This year, there were four additional seaside resorts awarded than last year for a total of 248 top beaches. This year there

were resorts in Carrara in Tuscany, Francavilla al mare in Abruzzo and a lake beach resort in Levico Terme, in the Trentino-Alto Adige region. The northwest coastal region of Liguria region has 20 of the cleanest beaches in Italy, followed by the Marche region with 18 and Tuscany with 17. Sardinia is known worldwide for its crystal waters and luxury Emerald Coast resorts, received an added Blue Flag for a total of seven while Sicily lost one, for a total of four Blue Flag beaches.

Property Confiscated from Mafia Goes to Church The Mayor of Palermo signed an authorization to hand over the property confiscated from the Sicilian Mafia to the church of the murdered anti-mafia priest Father Giuseppe Puglisi, who was killed by the mafia in 1993 on his 56th birthday in a neighborhood in Palermo. The church will use the property, which was confiscated in 1995, as a place for socializing and gathering for the entire neighborhood. Father Puglisi’s process of beatification is underway.

Rainbow Magic Land Opens Pope Exhibition Rainbow Magic Land is an amusement park inaugurated in 2011 in Valmontone, 45 kilometers (30 miles) from Rome. May 18 - 22, for probably the first time in the world,

the park hosts an exhibition on a pope. May 18 would have been John Paul II’s birthday and the park will pay homage to his vitality and his capacity to embrace suffering, but also moments of joy and healthy amusement. The exhibition “To the Altar of God” includes photographs, videos and audio fragments of Pope John Paul II’s most famous addresses. The exhibition is hosted in the Park at the Planetarium 4D adjacent to the Castle of Alfea.

‘Eyes on Saturn’ Event Hosted in 18 Italian Regions The Italian Astronomical Society, the National Institute of Astrophysics, the Italian Space Agency, and the Italian Union of Amateur Astronomers invite everyone to the second edition of the national astronomical evening called "Eyes on Saturn", which will take place in 18 Italian regions. The event will focus on the observation of the planet Saturn with its rings and moons. In Campania region, the event will take place in the municipality of Agerola, 35 km southeast of Naples on Saturday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. The evening is open to the public with free entry. It will take place in the former Colonia Montana in San Lazzaro in Via S. Di Giacomo, Agerola (NA). For more information and directions, visit or www.

ARGOSY UNIVERSITY is looking for participants to take part in an exploratory study on Military Vs. Civilian Leadership. Volunteers would take part in a one-hour interview detailing previous military leadership role(s) and your current civilian leadership role. If interested, please contact Lovell Jones at 340-959-1173 or NAPLES AMERICAN RED CROSS (ARC) needs volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or in taking a CPR/First Aid class, call 081-568-4788 or 626-4788 for more information. You can also "like" our Facebook page American Red Cross Naples - to keep up with current opportunities. FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER is looking for volunteers to assist in the event of an emergency. Volunteers could be called upon if families are relocated to Support Site due to a natural disaster or similar emergency that exceeds what the FFSC staff can support. Volunteers may greet families, inquire about needs, organize supplies, complete paperwork, etc. Being on the list does not obligate anyone to a future event. If you are interested in volunteering for this, please call 081-811-6372 or email CLUB BEYOND is searching for volunteers to serve as Adult Leaders. Leaders assist in planning, setup and conducting small group meetings with students in grades 7 through 12. Leadership training lasts a month. If interested, please contact Arturo Paulino at for an appointment. NAPLES HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC BOOSTERS seeks 2012-2013 board members. For more information, e-mail THE NAPLES OVERSEAS SUPPORT CLUB (NOSC) seeks members to serve as volunteers in its Thrift Store. When the store is open, volunteers are needed to help with storing, merchandising, bagging, and running the cash register. When the store is closed, help is needed preparing the store for shopping. Store hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. All volunteers are required to attend a training session prior to assisting. Email to sign up for training. THE AMERICAN SOCCER CLUB (ASC) OF NAPOLI is looking for qualified coaches. Those interested in coaching should e-mail doc@ NAVY-MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY OPERATION CLIP & SAVE (coupons): 081-568-3913. NAVY LEAGUE OF THE U.S./NAPLES COUNCIL is seeking board members. Contact Betty Reese at 081-526-8051 or ANIMALS WITHOUT LIMITS (AWL) is searching for volunteers who want to help at our Animal Hospice in Lago Patria. We also need volunteers for different projects on the Support Site base. For more information, please contact us at or ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS! Are you interested in taking photos of Naples Elementary School students during the 2012-2013 school year? Contact Dr. Johnson at 081-811-4159 or donita.Johnson@ TUTORING OPPORTUNITY Do you want to work hands-on with college-oriented students? Do you want to make a difference in a student's life? Naples Middle/High School is looking for motivated community members with college experience to become AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) tutors. Training will be provided. Please contact Vice Principal David Martin at or AVID Counselor Joseph Selina at NAPLES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTA is searching for people who want to lead the PTA during the 2012-2013 school year. PTA board members are elected every year and committee chairs are appointed every year. If you are interested in a board or chair position, please e-mail Angel Neese at

ONGOING/ON THE HORIZON NATO LIONS RUGBY CLUB is looking for new players. All abilities wanted. Practice is held every Wednesday at Carney Park at 5:45 p.m. Show up with shoes, shorts and a mouth guard. Training and development will be provided. If you have any questions, email Mark Woodall or co-manager Andrew Bohnsack at or NAPLES OVERSEAS SUPPORT CLUB (NOSC) is seeking individuals as board members in 2013-2014 for a variety of events and positions. Join Us! If you want to volunteer or need information on what is available, email or go to CLUB BEYOND is a youth group run by Naval Support Activity Naples Religious Ministries. Club Beyond is open to children in grades 7 through 12, and meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel Fellowship Hall at the Support Site. For more information, please contact Arturo at WOMEN, INFANTS, CHILDREN (WIC) OVERSEAS PROGRAM is offered at NSA Naples. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum or have an infant or child under the age of five may qualify for the program. WIC Overseas is a nutrition education program that provides nutritious supplemental foods. Contact WIC Overseas at 081-811-4962. THE NAPLES AREA SECOND CLASS PETTY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION is a newly founded association that meets twice a month and discusses upcoming community outreach opportunities and charity events. For more information, contact IT2 Pablo Baez at DSN 626-6141 or MA2 Michael Bradley DSN 626-5595.

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Panorama May 17, 2013  

Panorama is a weekly newspaper that serves the NATO, Naples and Gaeta military community in Naples, Italy.

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