I am 56 years old and love life ! and am engaged to a wonderful man and we have been together for 9 years. I have 1 son who lives in Houston, Texas with his lovely wife and my 2 beautiful grandchildren. I have 1 sister who is sadly disabled. She has Motor Neuron Disease and is paralysed from the neck down. She has had this debilitating illness since 1998. I care very deeply for her and continue to walk this hard, painful journey with her. I would love to one day open up a strung of Care Homes called Mandy in honour of her. Watching your disabled sister struggle every day has been heart breaking but through this I have learnt the art of caring, giving and kindness. To be able to help and be there for those less fortunate than you is a heartwarming experience and exceptionally rewarding. My passion is travelling – I absolutely LOVE IT ! My sport is Golf and because I have such an adventurous, extrovert personality I also love a lot of other things like Boating, Fishing, Cooking, Drinking wine and socialising. The list is so long because I am always willing to try new things and experience new places. I am an extrovert in personality and love bringing out the best in people. My profession at the moment is a Key accounts Manager for a Surgical Equipment company. I have been with them for 14 years. I have vast experience in Sales and Customer service and represent my company by calling on all Hospitals – Private and Provincial throughout the entire Eastern Cape. I work with doctor’s in theatre and am skilled in the sale of Medical Equipment for Trauma, Gynie, Urology, General Surgery, Cardiology, Neurology, Gastro-Enterology, Ultrasound etc. Prior to being a Surgical Rep I was a Medical Rep for 20 years calling on General Practioners, Pharmacists and Physicians selling Pharmaceutical Drugs. I also have experience in the setting up of Vaccine Clinics and GIT Units. My passion is service and looking after my customers. I love to make a difference in everything that I do and work hard. I love to make people smile ! I am a great organiser and get things done. I am very loyal in business and in my private life and am committed to whatever I sign up for. You will always be able to rely on me. I would say that I am a Spiritual person. I have a genuine passion for seeking out the truth of all things. and placing myself on a sacred path of self discovery. I learn every day and try to live my life with a curious, grateful heart. I believe we can all be kind if we want to be and we can all make a difference in someone’s life if we want to. I Want to make a difference in the world ! I know I can.
During the past 60 years the Durban African Art Centre Association (African Art Centre) has provided hundred of artists and crafters with opportunities for self-employment and the realization of their talents. Originally established as a programme of the South African Institute of Race Relations in 1959, the African Art Centre has, since 1984, operated as a non-profit organization. It was guided by the late Jo Thorpe, who virtually single-handed, put Durban on the map as an important centre of black artistic development. Since its inception, the African Art Centre has successfully facilitated and implemented relevant development and mentorship programmes and showcase opportunities for hundreds of artists and crafters from rural and urban KwaZulu-Natal. The Centre is recognized as one of the longest running South African organizations involved in the development and marketing of the works produced by disadvantaged artists and crafters. Through various marketing initiatives, every attempt is made to assist artists and crafters to tap into domestic, provincial, national and international markets. Our shop and gallery now situated in premises at The Phansi Museum at 500 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, Durban, allows us to professionally showcase and promote the works of artists and crafters on an on going basis.
I am a philosopher specialized in philosophy of mind and language. In particular, I am interested in the nature of consciousness, and the way in which we experience and interpret the world. I started my studies at the Central University of Venezuela in 2006, where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy (2011) and a master’s degree in logic and philosophy of science (2015). In 2012, the university offered me a position as a professor of philosophy and I taught several courses there until 2017, when I enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Genoa, Italy. I have also published several papers in philosophy journals and participated in various international events. In 2020, while writing my PhD thesis, I realized that I had been immersed in philosophy for too long and decided to use my experience to rejoin the real world. In my years studying philosophy, I have learned many things, but the most important is that the world is what we make of it, there is not ultimate truth, no final word. We create our reality. Knowledge has somehow separated us from others and nature, perhaps it can also reunite us. Although I was born in Venezuela, my family is a blending of different nationalities and traditions. I have lived and studied in different countries, which are all part of who I am and what I want to be. My actions define me, not my nationality or my origins. I do not believe in borders or limits; they are only in our minds. The sensation of not belonging can be liberating, once we realize that, by not belonging somewhere, we belong everywhere. I speak three languages (Spanish, English, and Italian) and I enjoy learning from other cultures, as well as transmitting the values of my own. I also enjoy music, sports and nature.
The Bartolomeu Dias museum complex was officially opened on 3 February 1989, however the Mossel Bay museum industry can be traced back to the 1960’s when the Mossel Bay museum was first opened. The museum later became known as the Post Tree museum complex before being renamed again in 1989. The Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex is the second biggest provincial museum affiliated to the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport in South Africa. It is located at Mossel Bay.OverviewThe Bartolomeu Dias Museum is a multi-disciplinary government institution which is mandated to preserve and conserve the local cultural and natural heritage resources for education and enjoyment of both local and foreign visitors. It is also required to contribute to the economic growth of the area by attracting visitors from various parts of the world who end up spending their money in the local businesses. Since its inception the Dias Museum has been a cornerstone of the tourism industry in Mossel Bay. Many people who travel via Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and vice versa come to Mossel Bay to see the museum. Museum facilities are utilized by various local organizations and individuals for cultural events, meetings, workshops and conferences. Bartolomeu Dias landing in Mossel Bay in 1488. The whole museum site is a provincial heritage site.The museum's scope is multidisciplinary in nature as it covers both cultural and natural history of Mossel Bay. The site's botanical garden is vegetated by indigenous plants and trees which were used as herbs by the early inhabitants of the area. In the site there is a grave of the Malay slave which is presently used as a place of worship by the local Muslim community. The museum is called a "complex" because it consists of three buildings, namely the Maritime Museum, Shell Museum, and the Granary. Within the museum site there are also two 19th-century edifices called Munro cottages.
Italian art and culture has influenced and shaped many of the things we enjoy today, over centuries, to name just a few, fashion, food, architecture, invention, legal systems even - if this isn't enough for you, what of the joy you experience when you hear the language spoken... Exploring Italian art, lifestyle and culture is tops on my #bucketlist My bio informs the "why" and the "how" I'll tick this item off my list... I have for too long, been as a ship anchored, safely in Port. This is not what this ship was made for - I yearn to set sail, to explore the world. The time is near, the winds of change favourable. I have a few projects I’m busy with presently and I’m pregnant with promise and ambition. I am excited, committed, determined to tick off every item on my #BucketList, among the items - to #Managemybusiness #WorkFromWherever #exploreItaly, most of all, committed to move forward into the fullness of my raison d’être. Professionally trained as an attorney, practicing family, contract and insurance law, on a part-time basis, allowing me to pick and choose my clients and cases. I am also a business owner and manager of a SCUBA diving training and charter company, a qualified SCUBA diver instructor, coach and mentor to dive professional trainees. Personally, I am a 42 year old woman, living and working in a beautiful corner of the world, at the edge of the Garden Route, in a little town called Mossel Bay, South Africa for 10 years. I’m married 9 years and I have a 17 year old son. I also have two adult step-daughters and two young (step) grand-daughters. I am a also a #dreamer and I dream big dreams. I am an extrovert, not shy to shine, unafraid to lead. I have entrepreneurial vision but pragmatism and circumstance have made for very practical decisions over the last two decades, leaving my dreams shelved, to gather only dust. I have it settled deep within my spirit, the desire to impact lives, in a beneficial way, and to do so, not just at home, but far and wide.
La Famiglia Ferdy nasce nel 1989, quando Ferdinando Quarteroni e la moglie Cinzia Balestra decidono di inziare la loro avventura nella neonata azienda familiare con l’acquisto dei primi 12 cavalli. Iniziano a far conoscere ai loro ospiti l’identità e la storia di Ferdy su una costa del fiume Brembo in Val Brembana, area raggiungibile solo attraverso un ponticello. Questo ponticello che porta ad un antico cancello, contraddistinguerà nel tempo (e tutt’oggi contraddistingue) l’unico accesso ad un luogo incantato nel cuore della natura. In questi anni Ferdy, soprannome di Ferdinando, può solo immaginare come potrà trasformare questo luogo in una meta pronta ad accogliere ed offrire servizi i suoi ospiti. Cinzia, nel frattempo, sta lavorando per far sì che quei loro sogni diventino realtà. Il progetto inziale si evolve con l’acquisto delle vacche di famiglia del papà di Ferdy, Rolando Nazareno, e qualche capo di capra. Le vacche saranno solo di razza Bruna Alpina Originale e le Capre solo Orobiche: animali autoctoni delle Orobie, che diventeranno una delle pietre miliari dell’azienda. Questi animali sono in grado di vivere per molti mesi all’anno libere sulle montagne cibandosi di solo pascolo e producendo latte dalle altissime proprietà organolettica e salutistiche. Agriturismo Ferdy negli anni è stato in grado di innovarsi e rinnovarsi senza mai perdere il contatto con le vere tradizioni locali e la sostenibilità di razze autoctone e del territorio circostante. È proprio questo concetto olistico che spinge l’azienda a vivere secondo gli stessi ritmi della natura, a valorizzare le ricchezze di un prato che diventa pascolo per gli animali, erbe spontanee officinali per il ‘Borgo del Benessere’ e che alimentano con antico sapere, i sapori del ristorante. Agriturismo Ferdy è innanzitutto rispetto e valorizzazione della natura. Cucina naturale e benessere, a contatto con la natura e immersi nelle tradizioni. Agriturismo Ferdy è una vacanza nella natura, una lezione di equitazione o la semplice riscoperta della cucina tradizionale di montagna. Ferdy Wild è la nostra linea di prodotti naturali: una selezione delle più genuine espressioni della natura che ci circonda. Scopri i prodotti Ferdy Wild nella nostra Boutique Mercatorum o sul nostro Shop online.
Una trattoria pizzeria piemontese, immersa nella langa che vi farà assaporare la tradizione e la qualità del cibo tipico di queste zone. Il locale semplicemente arredato ha alcuni tavoli sulla piazzetta del paese davanti alla chiesetta e con la vista verso le colline. La signora Piera in cucina prepara il tipico menù piemontese fatto di antipasti, plin e tagliatelle il pezzo forte è il coniglio che si scioglie in bocca. Appena sarete seduti arriverà il giovane nipote Bebo che con fare generoso e spigliato in italiano o in inglese vi accoglierà con una scelta di vini piemontesi e, in attesa dei piatti, con le "friciule" calde, pasta di pane fritta talmente leggere e gustose che salteranno in bocca senza che ve ne aggorgerete. Anche la pizza è ottima e digeribile con farciture anche di ingredienti locali che sehuono le stagioni come la toma di Roccaverano e i fiori di zucca in stagione. A Piedmontese trattoria and pizzeria, immersed in the Langhe that will make you savor the tradition and quality of the typical food of these areas. The simply furnished restaurant has some tables on the town square in front of the church and with a view towards the hills. Mrs. Piera in the kitchen prepares the typical Piedmontese menu made of appetizers, plin and tagliatelle the highlight is the rabbit that melts in your mouth. As soon as you are seated, the young grandson Bebo will arrive who, generously and confidently in Italian or English, will welcome you with a choice of Piedmontese wines and, waiting for the dishes, with hot "friciule", fried bread dough so light and tasty they will jump in your mouth without you knowing. Even the pizza is excellent and digestible with fillings also of local ingredients that follow the seasons such as the toma di Roccaverano and the courgette flowers in season.
Hans-Juergen Wiegand is a man who lives his work passions and family, with determination. A philanthropist, who has held important positions in the chemical and automotive world, in particular with Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz). He loves to travel, attaining knowledge and experience from different cultures. These experiences have shaped him, with a particular acumen in recognizing the best in human beings. Hans thrives on helping young people, to realize their dreams, as he has realized his own. Hans is an inspirational leader, with the competence to restructure and transform organizations. He is very flexible with people, and stands like a rock when it comes to principles. Whatever happens, he will always stay positive.
Mandy Shrimpton is the quintessential people’s person. Mandy believes that success is measured by the quality of our human-relationships rather than the results we manifest through sheer will. Mandy firmly established herself as the heart of the non-profit organisation that she co-founded and ran with her adoring husband for 17 years. Mandy loves walking in nature with her family, hugging trees, and preserving the environment. She also enjoys being creative and is particularly fond of painting flowers. As a very happily married and devoted mother to four children, Mandy has cultivated a deep appreciation for the culinary arts and relishes the spare moments she gets to watch her favourite cooking shows. This initiative reflects how Mandy sees the world, helping to create positive synergy. Fostering unity and courteous community, building partner relationships and motivating affiliates. Born and bred in Africa, Mandy understands the concept of Ubuntu. I am, because we are. Together we can make the world a better place. Using her skills and experience to make a difference. Helping others see through the fog of new technologies, avoid common marketing mistakes and develop better business strategies. With a subtle blend of motherhood and effective project management, Mandy is the perfect professional partner, to show others the merits of this initiative. Shining a light on the path to prosperity, while not losing our footing in family values and humble humanity. Sharing is caring, while enriching ourselves spiritually and materially. We cannot give freely, if we don't have. "Sometimes the world makes more sense, through the eyes of a mother. Using protective instinct and family fortitude, to help one another." ~ Mandy Shrimpton
Potchefstroom is an academic city in the North West Province of South Africa. It hosts the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. Potchefstroom is on the Mooi Rivier, roughly 120 km west-southwest of Johannesburg and 45 km east-northeast of Klerksdorp. The official history of Potchefstroom, written by Prof Gert van den Bergh, accepts the official founding date as 22 December 1838. This is due to a newspaper report that appeared in the ‘The Natal Advertiser’ in 1921 which said “Old Mr Barent Swart, of Klerksdorp, furnished me many years ago with . . . an exact date of its founding. His words were: ‘Oudedorp was proclaimed a dorp on December 22, 1838." By the time this was written the town was relocated and the first settlement was known as Oudedorp (old town). Although it has been severely contested, it is generally accepted that Potchefstroom is the oldest town founded by the Voortrekkers north of the Vaal River. Potchefstroom was named after its founder, Andries Potgieter, hence the syllable ‘Pot’ in the name. ‘Stroom’ came from the Mooi River, but about the origin of the ‘chef’ there has been much speculation. It is generally accepted that it was inserted because Potgieter was the leader, chief or ‘chef’ of the Voortrekkers. Another explanation is that people with the surname of Potgieter was nicknamed ‘Potscherf’, an alternative spelling of the name. Combined with ‘stroom’, this was difficult to pronounce and the name later became Potchefstroom instead of Potscherfstroom, which has been used to a certain extent in the early years. Today Potchefstroom is a thriving city with close to 140 000 residents. It is the home of the Potchefstroom campus of the Northwest University. The Northwest University also has two other campuses, in Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark. With more than 55 000 students, it is the second largest university in the country. It's certainly a town worth the visit if you want to have the feeling of real Africa.
Kylie Flavell is one of the most popular influencers of the moment who, with more than 143,000 followers, brings to the world all the charm of Italy made of art, culture and above all gastronomy. Influencer, filmmaker, producer and cook in love with the Italian tradition, the beautiful Kylie has chosen the design of our kitchens to bring elegance, style and refinement to her video recipe format “From Italy with love”. This is an expected appointment on her social networks followed by numerous and passionate followers, lovers of good Italian cuisine. A column that we will not fail to share also on our Facebook and YouTube profiles. Her style is so unique and captivating, we invite you to follow and share her video recipes set in a splendid Tuscan farmhouse, immersed in the warmth of the most authentic Italian style. Kylie Flavell is someone who believes in kindness and beauty and the power of believing in yourself and your dreams. And the best way for her to share this with the world was by becoming firstly, a writer and magazine editor, and later, a filmmaker, TV presenter, YouTuber and passionate storyteller in all forms. On the way, she has done a range of other jobs, from a dishwasher in a tiny cramped kitchen of a restaurant to an assistant and translator in a couture atelier in Rome. She's lived lavishly and experienced magnificent scenes that one might think only happen in films... and had been a broke struggling artist, living in a flat in Rome with no windows and no electricity - which turned out to be equally cinematic. TV shows maker as the creator, host and one-woman production company that have aired all over the world, including shows on National Geographic Channel and Discovery in 70 countries. She's also won awards for work with brands, such as her web series Hooked Up, commissioned by Airbnb, which had her filming alone in a different country every episode, and reached over 10 million views. She presented the unique approach to filmmaking at the Cannes Film Festival and other international events, how she taught herself every aspect of production in order to bring audiences the quality of cinema and television, with the intimacy and authenticity of YouTube.
Villa Monastero in Lake Come, is one of the main attractions in the area for its strategic historic-landscape-environment position and for the various services it offers; the central nucleus is a House-Museum, recognized as a museum in 2004 by the Lombardy Region, and completely accessible to the public with an exhibition itinerary running through fourteen fully furnished rooms, with original furniture and decorations. There is also a world-famous Congress Centre in this historic home near Lake Como, renowned for the physics lessons held in 1954 by the Nobel prize-winner Enrico Fermi. The Italian Physics Society still organizes courses in Villa Monastero every year. The Villa offers numerous possibilities to companies, universities, firms, associations and research centres to hold conferences, seminars, training courses, workshops and other cultural manifestations in an extremely attractive location. The name of this marvellous villa derives from its monastic origins as a convent dating back to the 12th century. It can be admired today in its present aspect of a late nineteenth century eclectic home, surrounded by a Botanic Garden extending for almost two kilometres along the lake front from Varenna to Fiumelatte. The garden attracts about 100.000 visitors every year, offering leisure or learning opportunities due to the presence of numerous rare species of indigenous and exotic trees which now remarkably number more than 900 specimens, earning it the regional recognition of Botanical Garden. The particularly mild climate typical of the lake allows botanical rarities from all over the world to live together in this garden. The context of Villa Monastero also offers the possibility of developing and deepening educational and recreational activities for school outings or families. The beauty and exclusiveness of the site mean that Villa Monastero is also suitable as a photographic set for prestigious Italian or foreign fashion or travel magazines. This magical setting is also the perfect place for celebrating weddings, with its Botanical Garden, rich in plants, flowers and poetic views, and the marvellous rooms of the House-Museum.
1930 was the year when it all began: on August 13 Rocco's grandfather started his businessof artisanal pastry shop with the inauguration of a stone oven in Piazza Assunta, in Delianuova. He was essentially a self-taught man, but the tenacity and passion led him to still produce quality and appreciated products: biscuits, savoiardi, paste secche and even ice cream and granita using the icebox, a luxury for the times. He considered himself a craftsman, because he worked essentially for the local lords or for particular events. When he married, the Pastry Shop began to take on a different connotation, thanks to the managerial management of that little big woman. And as things started to go well, they chose a different, more central location in Via Roma. Rocco's father was not destined for this job. In fact, at 24, he joined his brother in Canada and started helping him in his bakery for 5 long years. When he received the proposal to become a member of the business, almost determined to accept it, he wanted to return to Italy to talk about it first with my grandparents. By now they were old and tired to run a business alone. The day of the decision occurred in conjunction with the visit, in the pastry shop, by a representative of pastry paper. It was then that he asked hid son, Rocco's father, if he should order a new supply of paper, with the words “Rocco Scutellà and son”, or suspend orders and close the business. He decided not to leave, and took the situation in hand, reviewing, for example, the prices of nougat, too low compared to the quality of the product. In 1992, he wanted to renovate the premises and, at the same time, he started directing his son Rocco, towards an apprenticeship in a craft workshop. For 3 years, therefore, Rocco worked in the small workshop of Luigi Pellegrino in Messina, innovator of the pastry shop for those times, which made him fall in love even more with this profession. After the Sicilian experience he began to follow pastry courses throughout Italy every year. "I knew well, and I am still aware today, that there is always something to learn, which is why I try to improve myself day after day". Before starting to use mother yeast in 2007, Rocco took courses with experts such as Maestro Achille Zoia or Maestro Rolando Morandin. From there started producing small and large leavened products, such as panettone, a gamble for us that we are known above all for the pure almond nougat. In 2012 was inaugurated the new historical restaurant, still in Via Roma, a few meters away from the previous one. It is the place that contains all the sacrifices and the work of three generations, and that manages, better than any word, to let the world know about us. In that same year, the whole process began to become part of the Italian Master Pastry Chef Academy. A rigid and very long journey, which ended in March 2015, just in time to share this great joy with his greatest Master, my father.
Domenico Papalia, artista poliedrico calabrese, scultore e restauratore, esprime al meglio la propria arte ideando e realizzando sculture astratte e figurative utilizzando qualsiasi materiale: marmo, pietra, bronzo, legno, argilla, ferro, ecc. Oltre alla realizzazione delle Sue meravigliose opere, Domenico Papalia, nel corso degli anni, ha eseguito innumerevoli lavori di restauro, soprattutto restauro pittorico e pubblicazioni editoriali quali nel 2010 L’uomo e la materia, nel 2005 Le Vibrazioni e nel 2004 La Pietra Verde. Insignito di riconoscimenti, onorificenze e vincitore di diversi premi risulta essere a livello locale e nazionale un artista di riconosciuta importanza e fama. Impegnato nella comunicazione dell’arte, come docente, ha illustrato il significato delle sue opere e le tecniche a platee vaste in seminari, convegni, presso la propria galleria durante le varie visite effettuate da scolaresche, gruppi e associazioni e durante le lezioni frontali effettuate nelle istituzioni scolastiche. Tutte le opere dell’artista Domenico Papalia sono tali da trasmettere emozioni profonde e sensazioni di bellezza estetica e rendono universale l'amore per l’arte in tutti coloro che le osservano. La motivazione, il talento, la professionalità, l’esperienza di vita, acquisite negli anni, fanno si che i suoi lavori prendano vita, forma, colore trasmettendo vibrazioni, emozioni a chi osserva l’opera nella sua essenza. Ama profondamente la terra dov'è nato con tutte le sue contraddizioni e la sua meravigliosa natura fonte d'ispirazione di molte delle sue opere.
Cindy Vine Travels and Portugal, Cindy Vine is an author, mother of three kids, with lots of life experiences she uses as an inspiration source to write her books about. She is a teacher and uses her teaching qualifications to travel around the world teaching. Cindy Vine's novels are known for their sharp insight on interpersonal relationships. Cindy loves to travel and enjoy taking photos and videos to document her trip. That's so that when her memory starts to fade she can remember what she's done and where she's been. So if you are a fellow traveller or an armchair traveller, you will be interested in following her adventures. Cindy decided to moove to Portugal and just purchased a 2.5hec. farm in Central Portugal. Interesting to understand why she chose moving to Portugal and what future she's expecting to live, this was the dream of her life. She bought an old farm abandoned with a big garden also abandoned. We talked about why she chose moving to Portugal and what future. The farm is called Bela Pedra that means Pretty Stone. She started restoring it and taking care of the garden, planting trees and farming, all on her ow, learning day by day with passion and care and documenting her journey on her YouTube channel and blogs. She is admirable for the positive strength she has, she is an example of how anyone can reach their dreams.
Lungo la strada che porta alla Sacra di San Michele, alle pendici del monte Pirchiriano, sorge l’ex Convento di San Francesco, noto oggi come Certosa 1515 e gestito dal Gruppo Abele. La chiesa conventuale abbazia di San Francesco al Monte, consacrata nel 1521 e tutt’oggi officiata, sorge al centro dello splendido complesso. Essa si presenta esternamente con una semplice facciata in pietra a vista rifinita a intonaco nella parte sommitale e impreziosita dal portale ad arco a tutto sesto e dal finestrone. L’interno è a navata unica, sulla quale si innestano delle cappelle laterali poste sul lato sud. La struttura conserva ancora l’impianto primitivo, ad eccezione della prima campata, rialzata e munita di volta a cupola nella seconda metà del Settecento. Le cappelle laterali e la lunetta sovrastante l’ingresso presentano tracce dell’originaria decorazione ad affresco cinquecentesca. Nella prima cappella a ridosso della facciata restano, ai lati di una nicchia, le figure frammentarie di Santa Lucia e Santa Barbara, mentre nelle vele della volta sono raffigurate, all’interno di tondi, ritratti dei padri della chiesa. La seconda cappella reca invece, al di sopra dell’altare, una notevole Deposizione inserita entro una finta architettura con arco a tutto sesto, nella quale spicca, in primo piano, la figura della Maddalena abbigliata con un ricco abito color ocra. Ai lati della raffigurazione principale e sulla parete di sinistra sono ancora visibili le figure frammentarie di un santo vescovo e di un santo francescano.
Architetto Antonella Barbara Caldini è una libera professionista appassionata di restauro e Conservazione, tra Acqui Terme e Genova. Coautrice della prima edizione delle linee guida per la conservazione e il recupero dell’edilizia rurale del G.A.L. Borba (Programma di Sviluppo Rurale 2007-2013) e della successiva revisione e integrazione con estensione anche alla parte naturalistica (Programma di Sviluppo Rurale 2014-2020). Consulente Tecnico di Ufficio del Tribunale Civile e Penale di Alessandria, collaboratore esterno di SOAGROUP Genova e Responsabile Qualità ISO 9001:2015 “Progettazione ed esecuzione di restauri su superfici decorate di beni immobili e mobili sottoposti a tutela” di un’impresa di restauro certificata SOA cat.OS2A classe III bis. Nel 2016 fonda restauroeconservazione.info blog verticale sul restauro e la conservazione. Nel 2020 crea la prima community di Architetti Specialisti in Beni Architettonici e del Paesaggio (allo scopo di riunire tutti gli architetti specialisti e specializzandi) e quella dei Professionisti (e appassionati) del Patrimonio Culturale.
Italia che Cambia è un’associazione di promozione sociale e una testata giornalistica registrata. Raccontiamo, mappiamo e mettiamo in rete chi produce un cambiamento positivo dal basso del nostro paese, in una direzione di maggiore sostenibilità ed equità economica, sociale, ambientale, culturale. Italia che cambia è un progetto che vuole raccontare, mappare e mettere in rete quel pezzo di paese che di fronte a un problema si attiva per cambiare concretamente le cose senza delegare o aspettare che qualcuno lo faccia al suo posto. Vuole inoltre offrire strumenti di facilitazione dei processi di trasformazione positiva in atto nel Paese con l’obiettivo di far emergere le potenzialità di coloro che “vogliono cambiare” fornendo l’esempio, il know-how e il supporto della rete di progetti già in atto. La visione e i valori che hanno dato vita al progetto Italia che Cambia sono racchiusi nei “Sette Sentieri” che sono quindi alla base della selezione delle realtà presenti nella mappa e delle notizie proposte ogni giorno. Sette sentieri di transizione verso una società più equa, giusta e sostenibile. I vari punti non li abbiamo scelti noi dal nulla: ci sono stati segnalati, raccontati, trasmessi dalle realtà che abbiamo incontrato lungo il cammino. Li abbiamo voluti scrivere, raggruppandoli e organizzandoli per rendere espliciti gli obiettivi e gli ideali che ci muovono e che stanno alla base del nostro progetto. Non sono dei punti di partenza ma di arrivo. Le realtà che raccontiamo, che abbiamo incontrato e che potete trovare sulla mappa, pur seguendo ciascuna il suo sentiero particolare, condividono con noi questo percorso e mirano verso la stessa meta. Inoltre grazie ad un lavoro che nel 2015 ha coinvolto oltre 100 ambasciatori e ambasciatrici, rappresentanti di altrettante associazioni, comitati, imprese, università, istituzioni, abbiamo scritto 17 documenti di visione/azione per cambiare l’Italia. Li abbiamo chiamati Visioni 2040 e vanno ad integrare, approfondendoli, gli elementi che emergono dai Sette Sentieri. Nel marzo 2018 è uscito il libro “E ora si cambia”, che raccoglie i documenti riassunti ed aggiornati, a cura di Andrea Degl’Innocenti e Daniel Tarozzi. Il nostro obiettivo, quindi, è duplice: da un lato far emergere questa italica moltitudine – che abbiamo potuto incontrare in anni d'incontri in giro per le venti regioni italiane – e dall’altro contribuire alla costruzione di un nuovo paradigma culturale che metta al centro la de-mercificazione della realtà, le relazioni umane, la facilitazione, i processi non giudicanti, la sostenibilità umana, ambientale, economica e sociale.
La Rotonda è l’esito felice dell’incontro tra il genio di Andrea Palladio, architetto all’apice della carriera, e il nobile vicentino Paolo Almerico (1514-1589), uomo colto, ambizioso e altero il quale affida ad Andrea Palladio il progetto per la propria villa suburbana alle porte di Vicenza. Dopo alcuni passaggi di proprietà la villa viene acquistata dai conti Valmarana di Venezia nel 1912 La Rotonda è un’icona di fama mondiale, ma per i Valmarana anche una casa. Il conte Andrea Valmarana la acquistò in pessimo stato nel 1912, abitandola con la famiglia nei mesi estivi fino agli anni ‘70. Durante la Seconda guerra mondiale fu parzialmente occupata dai Tedeschi e danneggiata dallo scoppio delle numerose bombe cadute nelle vicinanze. Dal 1976 cominciarono i grandi restauri conservativi, tutti a carico della Proprietà. Nel 1980 la Rotonda ha aperto al pubblico, rendendo accessibile anche l’interno sei anni più tardi. Nel 1994 è arrivato il prestigioso riconoscimento dell’UNESCO, primo monumento palladiano ad essere dichiarato Patrimonio dell’Umanità, seguito dal sito “La città di Vicenza e le ville del Palladio in Veneto”. Nel corso dei secoli la villa è stata meta di visite illustri: studiosi, artisti, architetti, letterati, ma anche uomini di stato e regnanti, come l’ex re d’Inghilterra Edoardo VIII accompagnato dalla moglie nel 1936. Ma la Rotonda ben si presta anche come set cinematografico: si ricorderà la famosa scena in costume settecentesco girata sulle scalinate, nel Don Giovanni di Joseph Losey del 1979. L’attuale Proprietà Valmarana intende proseguire nella direzione tracciata dal conte Andrea, integrando la conservazione architettonica alla volontà di mantenere viva la Rotonda, non solo una residenza privata ma soprattutto un bene prezioso da consegnare alle future generazioni.
Heritage Help has been created by the JCNAS (Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies), with the support of HistoricEngland, to offer information and advice on matters related to the management and protection of local historic environments. The JCNAS (Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies) brings together a group of national societies interested in the historic environment of England and Wales. Seven bodies form its core membership: the Ancient Monuments Society, Council for British Archaeology, Garden History Society, Georgian Group, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), Twentieth Century Society and Victorian Society. All are national, voluntary sector organisations. These societies are described in planning acts, government circulars and other guidance documents as 'The National Amenity Societies'. Together these societies represent many thousands of members who care about all aspects of the historic environment. Through this membership of enthusiasts, and the work of the professional staff in individual organisations, the JCNAS exists to promote understanding, appreciation and care of historic buildings, sites and landscapes. The core membership of the JCNAS works closely with a range of other organisations that share a concern for the historic environment. These include public-sector bodies such as Cadw and Historic England, organisations representing professional memberships such as the Institute for Historic Building Conservation, private owner-organisations such as the Historic Houses Association, as well as voluntary sector bodies with specialist interests such as the Association of Small Historic Towns and Villages (ASHTAV) and Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA). Links to all JCNAS members and associated organisations can be found in the Heritage Help directory. The core member-organisations of the JCNAS have a statutory position in the planning process as advisers on certain types of application. Additionally, each organisation is involved with activities such as advice-giving, campaigning, education and training, as well as offering a range of activities and events for members.