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News Article | April 19, 2017
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Luxury country inn Locanda Dell’ Artista have added capacity with the addition of their new Suite La Pergola. The addition of the new suite is the latest in thoughtful expansion at Locanda dell' Artista bringing the total number of rooms to 7 while maintaining the intimate feeling of the hotel. San Gimignano, Italy, April 19, 2017 --( Seven years ago, multiple Oscar nominated film producer Baker Bloodworth and Cristian Rovetta, owner of a fashion accessory business in Bergamo, saw that there was not a comparable elegant boutique hotel within 20 miles of historic San Gimignano, Tuscany, and seized the opportunity to create their Locanda dell’ Artista, and this year is already the biggest year for them yet. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest reviews website, announced their prestigious Travelers' Choice Awards for 2017, and Locanda Dell’ Artista was deemed the best B&B / Inn in Tuscany and 11th best B&B / Inn in the World. The locanda is consistently fully-booked making getting a reservation somewhat of a challenge, so the addition of the Suite La pergola offers another possibility to secure a room. Nearby San Gimignano is an Italian hill town in Tuscany, southwest of Florence, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centers on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. It has a skyline of medieval towers, including the stone Torre Grossa. The Duomo di San Gimignano is a 12th-century church with frescoes by Ghirlandaio in its Santa Fina Chapel. Summer 2016 brought a record number of visitors to San Gimignano and the Tuscany Region. Italy Travel reports that Italy was the fifth most-visited country in the world last year, with 51.5 million tourists, with 2017 on track to see a record number of visitors to the country. This summer, tourism is predicted to be up 7% in Venice, 8% in Florence and the Tuscany Region, 11% in Capri and 16% in Cinque Terre from 2016. One possibility for the increase in visitors is that people, including Italians, feel safer vacationing in Italy than in nearby countries such as Turkey or France that have been targets of terrorist attacks. Another reason is that Italy clearly has some of the most spectacularly beautiful spots on Earth, especially the many ancient walled cities in Tuscany, and everyone wants to visit. After the newest recognition by TripAdvisor, and the visible increase in regional tourism, their facility expansion comes at a good time for Locanda Dell’ Artista. When asked about the new suite, Bloodworth said, “We find that our largest and most luxurious rooms are the most sought after. We have so many young couples, celebrating a honeymoon or birthday or anniversary or merely escaping the city for an intimate few nights in a luxurious country hotel. The discreet and romantic Suite La Pergola was designed just for them.” The luxurious Suite La Pergola is over 600 square feet and includes a private terrace, bespoke furniture, regional fabrics, antiques and modern art. An elegant sitting room features double french doors opening onto a private patio, with a comfortable sitting area, entertainment center and dining table. The bedroom features an oversized armoir, multiple dressers and all of the signature personal touches of Locanda Dell' Artista. The bathroom is bright and elegant finished in hand made tiles, with an oversized vanity, bathtub/shower and heated towel racks. The large private terrace features sun beds, a dining table and panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside. Locanda Dell’ Artista has also recently updated the booking engine on their website (www.locandadellartista.com) and are now offering reservations farther in advance, so the addition of their new suite comes at a good time. The addition of the Suite La Pergola is the latest in thoughtful expansion at Locanda dell' Artista bringing the total number of rooms to 7 while maintaining the intimate feeling of the hotel. A visit to Tuscany, Italy is often a once in a lifetime experience, and with this facility expansion, Locanda Dell ‘Artista seems to be evolving their winning formula for turning that Tuscany visit into a cherished memory for a lifetime. San Gimignano, Italy, April 19, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Located in the rolling Tuscan countryside a few kilometres outside of UNESCO world heritage site San Gimignano and near the ancient walled cities of Certaldo, Monteriggioni, Volterra and Siena, is boutique country inn Locanda Dell’ Artista. Their luxury facilities provide a convenient location for their guests to tour all of the legendary beauty of the Tuscany region, and lately for even more guests as they have recently added almost 15% capacity with the addition of their new Suite La Pergola.Seven years ago, multiple Oscar nominated film producer Baker Bloodworth and Cristian Rovetta, owner of a fashion accessory business in Bergamo, saw that there was not a comparable elegant boutique hotel within 20 miles of historic San Gimignano, Tuscany, and seized the opportunity to create their Locanda dell’ Artista, and this year is already the biggest year for them yet. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest reviews website, announced their prestigious Travelers' Choice Awards for 2017, and Locanda Dell’ Artista was deemed the best B&B / Inn in Tuscany and 11th best B&B / Inn in the World. The locanda is consistently fully-booked making getting a reservation somewhat of a challenge, so the addition of the Suite La pergola offers another possibility to secure a room.Nearby San Gimignano is an Italian hill town in Tuscany, southwest of Florence, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centers on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. It has a skyline of medieval towers, including the stone Torre Grossa. The Duomo di San Gimignano is a 12th-century church with frescoes by Ghirlandaio in its Santa Fina Chapel.Summer 2016 brought a record number of visitors to San Gimignano and the Tuscany Region. Italy Travel reports that Italy was the fifth most-visited country in the world last year, with 51.5 million tourists, with 2017 on track to see a record number of visitors to the country. This summer, tourism is predicted to be up 7% in Venice, 8% in Florence and the Tuscany Region, 11% in Capri and 16% in Cinque Terre from 2016. One possibility for the increase in visitors is that people, including Italians, feel safer vacationing in Italy than in nearby countries such as Turkey or France that have been targets of terrorist attacks. Another reason is that Italy clearly has some of the most spectacularly beautiful spots on Earth, especially the many ancient walled cities in Tuscany, and everyone wants to visit.After the newest recognition by TripAdvisor, and the visible increase in regional tourism, their facility expansion comes at a good time for Locanda Dell’ Artista. When asked about the new suite, Bloodworth said, “We find that our largest and most luxurious rooms are the most sought after. We have so many young couples, celebrating a honeymoon or birthday or anniversary or merely escaping the city for an intimate few nights in a luxurious country hotel. The discreet and romantic Suite La Pergola was designed just for them.”The luxurious Suite La Pergola is over 600 square feet and includes a private terrace, bespoke furniture, regional fabrics, antiques and modern art. An elegant sitting room features double french doors opening onto a private patio, with a comfortable sitting area, entertainment center and dining table. The bedroom features an oversized armoir, multiple dressers and all of the signature personal touches of Locanda Dell' Artista. The bathroom is bright and elegant finished in hand made tiles, with an oversized vanity, bathtub/shower and heated towel racks. The large private terrace features sun beds, a dining table and panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside.Locanda Dell’ Artista has also recently updated the booking engine on their website (www.locandadellartista.com) and are now offering reservations farther in advance, so the addition of their new suite comes at a good time. The addition of the Suite La Pergola is the latest in thoughtful expansion at Locanda dell' Artista bringing the total number of rooms to 7 while maintaining the intimate feeling of the hotel.A visit to Tuscany, Italy is often a once in a lifetime experience, and with this facility expansion, Locanda Dell ‘Artista seems to be evolving their winning formula for turning that Tuscany visit into a cherished memory for a lifetime. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Locanda Dell' Artista


Boschi S.,University of Florence | Bernardini C.,University of Florence | Borghini A.,University of Florence | Ciavattone A.,University of Florence | And 4 more authors.
Brick and Block Masonry: Trends, Innovations and Challenges - Proceedings of the 16th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference, IBMAC 2016 | Year: 2016

The knowledge of masonries’ mechanical parameters is an essential requirement for a reliable structural assessment on existing masonry buildings. Table C8 A.2.1 (Circ. 617/2009, Italian Code) provides average values of mechanical characteristics for 11 masonry categories typical of existing structures. In certain cases, they are not sufficient to cover specific masonry types individuated in regional context. In this paper, the results of experimental tests performed on particular masonry panels “out-of-Code” taken from bearing walls realized with hollow brick blocks or hand-made concrete blocks, are shown. The main qualitative characteristics of these two masonry types are identified through the filling out of a Masonry Quality Form, in which the features of the walls’ weaving and cross section are illustrated. The analysis of the experimental tests’ results, accompanied by a careful qualitative description of the masonry panels, is a preliminary step for the integration of the masonry categories of the Italian structural Code. © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, London.


Dalla Marta A.,University of Florence | Grifoni D.,CNR Institute for Biometeorology | Torrigiani Malaspina T.,Tuscany Region | Cecchi L.,University of Florence | And 3 more authors.
Aerobiologia | Year: 2011

This research was performed for the purpose of analysing the relationships between large-scale meteorological information, in particular the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) index and the Sea Surface Temperature (SST), and the timing and magnitude of the Cupressaceae pollen season in the Pistoia district of Central Italy. The results demonstrated that in specific periods of the year, the NAO index, by partially determining the distribution of the main meteorological variables over the study area, is negatively correlated with the start and the end, as well as the peak day of pollen concentration. Pollen data were also correlated with the SST of the North Atlantic Ocean east of the Azores for the September-December period of the previous year, which is significant for exploring possibilities in terms of predicting the timing and magnitude of the cypress pollen season. The analysis of such meteorological variables and indices could be used to improve the existing forecasting systems of the phenology of the cypress pollen season. Moreover, the possibility of using meteorological information freely available on internet could cut costs and reduce spatial and temporal representativeness limitations relating to weather monitoring in loco. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


Bonora L.,CNR Institute for Biometeorology | Bonora L.,Center for Application of Computer Science in Agriculture | Martelli F.,CNR Institute for Biometeorology | Montorselli N.B.,University of Florence | Tesi E.,Tuscany Region
Fire and Materials 2015 - 14th International Conference and Exhibition, Proceedings | Year: 2015

The aim of this study was to develop a model for the evaluation of infrastructures vulnerability to forest fires in Wildland-Urban Interfaces (WUI), based on integrated environmental and operative data and measures. The model, based on GIS tools, gives indications on:-maps on infrastructures fire exposition classified considering their different vulnerability-significant factors influence in determining a specific vulnerability level The model considers, as input data: types of vegetation, numbers and related surfaces of historical fire events, slope and operational difficulties related to fire suppression (both for ground and aerial means of intervention). The present study evaluated variables connected to forest environment; however the model could be tuned to include data from different sectors (i.e. building characteristics and materials evaluation). The considered variables, giving indication on environmental risk aspects, are expression of apparently not comparable parameters (i.e. vegetation inflammability, water point road distance) and consequently expressed by different measurement units. To overcome this problem a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis technique (Analytic Hierarchy Process-AHP) was used to compare cited data. The AHP is based on interviews with experts (operative room managers, firebosses, researchers) and is a statistical method both for relating subjective preferences of singles or groups of stakeholders within a decision-making process and for assigning a level of importance (weight) to each variable considered in the model. The final product is a map classifying the risk to wildfire for the buildings in WUI areas; it is useful for manager in planning prevention actions and during the attack phases in establishing priorities. © Interscience Communications Limited, 2015.


Panti C.,University of Siena | Giannetti M.,University of Siena | Baini M.,University of Siena | Rubegni F.,Tuscany Region | And 2 more authors.
Environmental Chemistry | Year: 2015

Environmental context Plastic materials are accumulating in the marine environment where they can now be found in the remotest areas of the world's oceans. Microplastics (plastic particles ≤5mm), abundant in marine surface waters, are also found in neritic and pelagic waters of Mediterranean marine protected areas. Microplastics can accumulate along marine food chains, having noxious effects on marine organisms at different trophic levels and creating a serious threat to marine ecosystems. Abstract Floating plastic debris tends to fragment into smaller pieces, termed microplastics, which may increase the likelihood of ingestion of plastics by marine organisms entering the food web. This study analyses the amount and spatial distribution of microplastics and zooplankton in an area near Asinara National Park (NW Sardinia) and overlapping the Pelagos Sanctuary (Mediterranean Sea). Analysis showed microplastics in 81% of the 27 samples analysed, with a mean value of 0.17±0.32 items m-3. From geographic information system processing of the data, microplastics appeared more abundant (by a factor of four) in the pelagic than in the neritic environment, and showed a size range of the same order as major zooplanktonic taxa determined in the area. These findings suggest a potential risk of mesozooplankton and species preying on plankton mistaking microplastics for food. Further functional and toxicological studies are therefore necessary to assess the hazard associated with microplastics in the marine food web. © CSIRO 2015.


Marchi E.,University of Florence | Neri F.,University of Florence | Tesi E.,Tuscany Region | Fabiano F.,University of Florence | Montorselli N.B.,University of Florence
Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering | Year: 2014

In Southern European countries wildfires are the most natural threat to forests and wooded areas. Over the last decade, public and scientific debates on forest fire management have increased. Helicopters and airtankers are extremely effective fire suppression means, but they are also very expensive. Studies on the improved performance of suppression for the enhancement of firefighting organization are still needed. Consequently to make a plan for the distribution of financial resources to be divided between fire suppression and fire prevention actions in terms of fuel management is not possible. The aim of this study is to compare the helicopter’s forest firefighting activity in Tuscany (central Italy) over two periods: between 1998–2000 and 2001–2005 when five and ten helicopters were respectively assigned. For both periods (1998–2000 and 2001–2005) the following were analyzed: the number of forest fires and the burned area with or without helicopter intervention and the position of the helicopter bases in relation to the fire. The results showed that a feet of 10 helicopters is oversized, in relation to the fire regime of Tuscany, suggesting the need to evaluate a reduction in the feet. Financial resources may be thus made available for more profitable fire prevention activities, such as, active fuel management. The results also showed where there is the need to improve the helicopter efficiency via the re–management as regards the positioning of their bases. © 2014 University of Zagreb. All Rights Reserved.


Rubegni F.,Tuscany Region | Franchi E.,Ecolab | Lenzi M.,OPL Company
Marine Pollution Bulletin | Year: 2013

The hydrodynamic action of wind and the distribution of biomass of seagrass meadows in a non-tidal eutrophic lagoon (Orbetello Lagoon, Tuscany, Italy) were analysed for correlations by simulation with a Wave Exposure Model (WEMo) on 5-year data series. WEMo and statistical analysis established a weak direct correlation between the areas that the model identified as being subject to resuspension and transport of sediment and those actually colonised by seagrass. A significant difference was found between surface and bottom hydrodynamics. The areas that the model identified as exposed to higher energy surface hydrodynamics proved to be inversely correlated with seagrass biomass. Multivariate statistical analysis ordered the model variables according to their relative importance. The model indicated the need for further study, demonstrating its utility for environmental management of eutrophic lagoons. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Nonic M.,University of Belgrade | Vettori C.,National Research Council Italy | Boscaleri F.,Tuscany Region | Milovanovic J.,Singidunum University | Sijacic-Nikolic M.,University of Belgrade
Genetika | Year: 2012

Genetically modified trees are the result of modern plant breeding. Its introduction into the environment for experimental purposes or wider cultivation is defined differently from country to country. Public opinion is divided! Conducted research are part of the activities within the COST Action FP0905 "Biosafety of forest transgenic trees", which aims to collect information and define the scientific attitude on genetically modified trees as a basis for future European Union (EU) policy in this field. The collected information refer to eight countries: four EU member states (Italy, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria) and four countries in the process of pre-accession (Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina). A comparative analysis involved the state of forest resources (area of forest land and forest cover), forestry legislation, legislation relating to genetically modified organisms and the general public attitude on this issue. The collected information provide a good basis for understanding this issue in order to define a clear scientific attitude as a recommendation.


PubMed | Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, European Commission - Joint Research Center Ispra, Tethys Research Institute, University of Groningen and 3 more.
Type: | Journal: Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987) | Year: 2016

The impact that microplastics have on baleen whales is a question that remains largely unexplored. This study examined the interaction between free-ranging fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) and microplastics by comparing populations living in two semi-enclosed basins, the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California, Mexico). The results indicate that a considerable abundance of microplastics and plastic additives exists in the neustonic samples from Pelagos Sanctuary of the Mediterranean Sea, and that pelagic areas containing high densities of microplastics overlap with whale feeding grounds, suggesting that whales are exposed to microplastics during foraging; this was confirmed by the observation of a temporal increase in toxicological stress in whales. Given the abundance of microplastics in the Mediterranean environment, along with the high concentrations of Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) chemicals, plastic additives and biomarker responses detected in the biopsies of Mediterranean whales as compared to those in whales inhabiting the Sea of Cortez, we believe that exposure to microplastics because of direct ingestion and consumption of contaminated prey poses a major threat to the health of fin whales in the Mediterranean Sea.


PubMed | Tuscany Region
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Marine pollution bulletin | Year: 2013

The hydrodynamic action of wind and the distribution of biomass of seagrass meadows in a non-tidal eutrophic lagoon (Orbetello Lagoon, Tuscany, Italy) were analysed for correlations by simulation with a Wave Exposure Model (WEMo) on 5-year data series. WEMo and statistical analysis established a weak direct correlation between the areas that the model identified as being subject to resuspension and transport of sediment and those actually colonised by seagrass. A significant difference was found between surface and bottom hydrodynamics. The areas that the model identified as exposed to higher energy surface hydrodynamics proved to be inversely correlated with seagrass biomass. Multivariate statistical analysis ordered the model variables according to their relative importance. The model indicated the need for further study, demonstrating its utility for environmental management of eutrophic lagoons.

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