Prosecco’s Hills of Conegliano & Valdobbiadene.Why are we a world’s heritage spot by UNESCO


Riccardo Poletti with a guitar bought at a charity auction by Desiderio Bortolin

“Take this glass with you” Told me Riccardo Poletti, the “right arm” of the family Bortolin that celebrated last year their 50th anniversary in this adventure ( I wouldn’t call it business because that is not the way they see it) “We are not going to taste our wine inside a cellar, we are going right there, where it’s produced” We took the ten minutes ride on a Land Rover through a rough path till we reached the top. Looking around there were only wineyards. 360 degrees of rolling hills. “This is where we produce, where we shed our swet trying to pamper our grapes so that they can become the best of wine. We pick them grape by grape, by hand. the morphology of the terrain doesn’t give us any other choice. In some cases, where the hills are really steep we have to secure ourselves to ropes, as if we were climbing a mountain, to make sure we do not fall. The hand picking assures a grape that is not smashed or damaged and this gives us thechoice of picking the right time to process it and turning it into the best Prosecco di Valdobbiadene & Conegiano. The recipe comes from our grandfather and other great men who believed in the potential of these hills just after the Second World’s War and experimented continuosly till they developed what is known today as the Valdobbiadene-Conegliano method of processing that is studied by all the producerds around the world” Riccardo uncorks the bottle with its typical sound. He then takes half a glass and purs it on the ground. “Rinsing the glass?” I ask. “Not really.. This is what we do always before drinking our wines. We give back some to Mother Earth what belongs to Her, it is a thanksgiving act that we perform all of the time” I’m positively startled. This is the bond between this working people and their Land, their Hills, their Grapes.

“pouring the wine before drinking it is a sort of Thanksgiving to Mother Earth that has provided us with this nectar made with love and passion. This is what we are”

During the two hours we spent together I learned from Riccardo and Desiderio Bortolin, the owner of the omonym wine producer’s cellar, that it is NOT the Prosecco itself that has gained the world’s heritage mention by UNESCO, is the Territory, the HILLS and all the products tha come within it in a huge container (like a hashtag). There are places and cheeses, meats and honey, churches from the ninth century and salami, and above all the LOVE. The LOVE of this great PEOPLE who were born here and they belong to these hills, to their rock, to their steepness, to the hard work of their ancestors that continues on to the new generations. “We love to provide a honest product. We aren’t in business just for the money or to cheat our customers , we are here to make sure to give everyone who puts their trust in our wines gets the best. Everyone returns for more, and this for us is the best reward.

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The breathtaking view from the “SALIS” B&B ‘ pool and SPA
The terrace at Salis’ Restaurant on the HIlls
Maria Boghetto manager of Salis B&B and SPA on the Hills

Continuing on my serach for the truth on this breathtaking area I decided to give it a “pink cut” and by that I mean that where there is something great in a place there must be some great women. I searched for them and find a few worth spending some time with, for their dedication to the Territory and above all for their LOVE and the PASSION they put in what they do. MARIA BOGHETTO was a woman keen to deal with numbers. Thirtheen years ago, after the passing on of her husband’s grandfather, she decided to turn the old farmhouse into a B&B. (four daisies is like four stars for a hotel). There are nine rooms and the swimming pool, along with the Jacuzzi, are placed in the right spot so that one can enjoy the amphitheatrical view of the Hills. “Every day, when I come to work, I consider myself a very lucky person” Says Maria :”What more could I ask for? Look at the scenery, isn’t it wonderful? ”

What do you think is needed now to develope this into something “up to the excpectations of the prepared tourists given the new spotlight?

“We really need to work together as in one body. There must be a single direction where we point to and there must be a guidance that would be appropriate to have in order to convey our energies with strict and solid rules as the Ten Commandements of the Hills, we also need a tourisms of prepared people who come here knowing what to expect, no need for load full of tourists who come in the morning and leave in the evening. This Hills and its Territory must be sipped slowly, like a good glass of CARTIZZE.”

Alfia De Sorbo was an accountant who decided to create a joyful, peaceful relaxing spot in VALDOBBIADENE. She remodeled the old houseand its three rooms and called it “LA CASETTA” (the small house). Here the guest have the whole house at their disposal, not just the room. The warmth and the good vibrations are everuywhere as Alfia created a small paradise inside this great place, ” I like to pamper my guests. My reward is to see them coming back, and they do. They love the concept of having the house for themselves. I love them staying here and enjoying the territory slowly, perhaps with a mountain bike, an electric one is worderful to taste the beauty of these Hills”

Michela De Bona was born on these Hills.In the last twenty years she lived her path of Public Relations getting to know all the businesses, the people, the restaurants and all enterprises small, medium and big. She loves these hills like she loves her two twin children and she knows everyone in the area. Michela to me is like a sister and everytime I need to know something in particular, a person, a business, a B&B, a restaurant, a place to visit, she points out the best, the one that has a story behind, because SHE KNOWS the story of every corner, or every person in this wonderful area. She is about to start something new, because she believes that this Territory, from Venice to the Dolomites must be known and the best way to do it is slowly, and why not on top of an eletrical bike.This gives me the opportunity of say THANK YOU Michela, from the deep of my heart, you have made my job of writing, taking photos, talking to people and getting to know these hills really easy.

Disabili e impiego. Ora di cambiare (se vogliamo far funzionare il ministero per la disabilità)


Disabilità e inadempienze delle aziende nella Marca Trevigiana (e nel resto d’Italia purtroppo)

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Nel calvario della ricerca di un lavoro ci sono leggi che potrebbero aiutare le persone con disabilità ad essere assunte. Le aziende hanno l’obbligo di assumere un certo numero di disabili in base al numero di persone che impiegano.

STATISTICHE VERGOGNOSE

L’altro ieri sono entrato in possesso della lista delle aziende (in particolare del Coneglianese e della sinistra Piave) che sono inadempienti a tale legge.

Risulta così che aziende storiche e con grandi fatturati avrebbero posto per 26 disabili e poi si leggono altri nomi con 12 inadempienze e giù fino alle piccole ditte locali che “dovrebbero” assumere 4, 5, 6, disabili. La domanda che sorge spontanea è “Perché non lo fanno?”

La mia idea, come persona disabile, è chiara: “Dei disabili non gliene frega niente a nessuno tanto meno a coloro che sono chiamati ad ottemperare agli obblighi di legge”



                                         VENGANO APPLICATE LE LEGGI

Se una legge viene promulgata, dovrebbe venire applicata, altrimenti a cosa serve? E qui casca l’asino perché  coloro che dovrebbero assicurarsi che le leggi vengano applicate non lo fanno e siamo punto e a capo.

L’alternativa è quella di “imporsi” all’azienda, magari inviando un’ email alla ditta facendo loro notare l’alto numero di inadempienze, candidandosi. Cosa succederebbe? Magari, una volta messe con le spalle al muro le aziende accetterebbero di assumerti, ma poi come sarebbe il clima di lavoro una volta che ti assumessero come disabile in ottemperanza alla legge e non per loro SPONTANEA VOLONTA’? Credo che il clima sarebbe molto teso e triste e la cosa si risolverebbe in un flop totale.

ANCHE LE AZIENDE VENGANO FACILITATE NELLE ASSUNZIONI CON NORME PIU’                                                                            ELASTICHE

Oggi la paura delle aziende è forse quella di dover assumere un disabile per poi trovarsi sul “groppone” una persona che non sia utile all’azienda stessa e che venga “parcheggiato” come inutile costo per l’azienda stessa. Sembra brutto ma è così. SE CAMBIASSERO LE NORME che regolano l’assunzione, in modo che, l’azienda sia messa in grado di decidere dopo un periodo di sei mesi, un anno con un contratto a tempo DETERMINATO se prolungare e confermare il contratto stesso e trasformarlo in uno a tempo INDETERMINATO, ecco che avremmo dato la flessibilità che permetterebbe di trovare e assumere la persona (disabile) giusta. Potrebbero venire inoltre create delle “classificazioni” dei disabili in base alle loro conoscenze linguistiche o ad altre conoscenze specifiche che potrebbero essere d’aiuto all’azienda in fase di scelta del candidato ottimale. Tutto si potrebbe migliorare con un pizzico di buona volontà.



CAMBIARE IL MODO DI GESTIRE E LOCALIZZARLO IN SINTONIA CON IL                                                             MINISTERO PER LA DISABILITA’

Da queste riflessioni ne nasce un’altra più complessa ma anche più semplice. La gestione dell’assunzione delle persone con handicap dovrebbe essere gestita localmente e non a livello provinciale. I Comuni fatto un censimento delle persone disabili dovrebbero gestire un piano di assunzioni mirate in enti pubblici, biblioteche, amministrazioni comunali atti a venire incontro a coloro che hanno più bisogno di altri di un lavoro. Spesso la persona con difficoltà fisiche deve essere sostenuta dalla famiglia che deve affrontare spese, e deve organizzare le giornate in maniera  da poter assistere il loro caro tenendo conto di orari, spostamenti e logistiche varie.  Con il nuovo governo è stato istituito il ministero della disabilità. Speriamo che non rimanga solo uno dei tanti ministeri ma che venga utilizzato per arrivare caso per caso dove c’è n’è più bisogno. A questo potrebbero servire degli aiuti da parte dei Comuni con l’istituzione di assessorati “alla disabilità” che potrebbero fornire dati utili anche al ministero (se la volontà fosse di farlo funzionare veramente). Diamo la possibilità ai disabili di essere impiegati negli enti pubblici e nelle pubbliche amministrazioni, nei musei, negli uffici che oggi vengono gestiti da persone normo dotate, venga assunto un numero sempre più grande di disabili (perlomeno quelli previsti dalla legge, se non di più)

URGE METTERE LE PRIORITA’ IN PROSPETTIVA  PER AIUTARE GLI ITALIANI IN                                          DIFFICOLTA’ E NON SOLO I DISABILI

Chiedendo alla persona disabile se si sente tutelata o aiutata dalle istituzioni la risposta sarà probabilmente un’occhiata sarcastica o un sorrisino del tipo “Mi stai prendendo in giro?” .

Alla base di tutto rimane il totale menefreghismo per i problemi altrui. L’egoismo che non trova spazio per i più deboli. Ci sono molte priorità da considerare quando si aiutano le persone che hanno più bisogno. Direi che partire dagli italiani in difficoltà sia essenziale. Ci sono i disabili ma ci sono i pensionati e le persone che vivono sulla soglia della povertà. Le differenze si fanno sempre più grandi e così anche l’indifferenza. Non mi si venga a dire che mancano le risorse. I soldi ci sarebbero ma purtroppo vengono mal utilizzati o svaniscono nel nulla come nei giochi di prestigio. Quello che è successo a Genova per esempio non sarebbe dovuto succedere. Le autostrade costruite con i soldi degli italiani producono circa due miliardi e mezzo di utile all’anno alle società che le gestiscono che tuttavia investono poco o niente nella miglioria delle infrastrutture, ma questa purtroppo è un’altra storia. Un’altra storia italiana. Se vogliamo veramente cambiare le cose in questo bellissimo Paese lo sforzo deve essere mirato ad eliminare corruzione e corrotti. Una partita non facile ma che deve essere giocata a tutti i costi.

Venice’s Film Festival 74 – Day Before inauguration


Mostra del Cinema di Venezia 74- Il giorno prima dell’inaugurazione- fotostoria

       Nuovi “Steward” per tenere pulita la citta? Ma dai.. veramente?

Un”panfiletto” da qualche centinaio di milioni battente bandiera Maltese e di San Marco

  Polizia “Lagunare”

Mai visti prima d’ora. Una novità per la Mostra del Cinema o in pianta stabile?

 Controlli serrati e squadre speciali al Lido

  Un selfie “creativo”

    Sala Giardino- Bello l’esterno al tramonto

Barriere antisfondamento

La “Salute” in controluce

  Candid shots

                                                  Atre moderna all’Excelsior

Ringrazio di cuore il concierge dell’Excelsior per NON avermi concesso il favore di un passaggio verso Venezia con la lancia che mi avrebbe permesso di pubblicare le foto in tempo. (non sono più i concierges di una volta putroppo)

La chiocciola dell’email i Veneziani e Fibonacci cosa hanno in comune?


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Chi ha inventato la Chiocciolina delle email? I mercanti Veneziani naturalmente, però Fibonacci nel 1200…

Chi l’avrebbe mai detto? La chiocciolina che è diventata il simbolo delle email non è niente di nuovo e appare nella storia già nel ‘500 quando i mercanti veneziani lo usavano nelle loro contrattazioni come riportato da  Questo articolo della “Repubblica”

 La chiocciola, tracciata esattamente con quello stilema compare in alcuni scritti del ‘500. Sono scritti commerciali, lettere mercantili. E sono italiani. Veneziani, per essere precisi. Come, dalla fiorente economia della Serenissima, passando attraverso l’impero navale inglese e sfiorando il mondo arabo e la Spagna, la chiocciola sia sbarcata su Internet, è un viaggio che ha scoperto Giorgio Stabile, docente di Storia della scienza dell’Università “La Sapienza” di Roma.

  

Alla fine però forse è stato il “vecchio” FIBONACCI con la sua sequenza ad essere il primo a spiegare che in pratica tutto il nostro universo è formato da una sequenza di numeri che poi tradotta in disegno rappresenta una chiocciola presente in tutte le forme vitali, dalle conchiglie agli alberi, dai fiori al sistema solare. Era inevitabile allora che la “chiocciolina” dell’email assumesse questa forma e continuasse nel futuro un processo iniziato dalla notte dei tempi.

New Pope O’Malley Cardinal with “what it takes” (a plea to the Holy Spirit)


(by pio dal cin) Saturday March 9th 2013 7:00 Rome Time.
With the Conclave Extra Hommnes  from the Latin word “cum clavem” (with key) that comes from what happened in 1270 when the people of Viterbo locked the cardinals in the City’s Palace until they reached the election of Gregory X

The process to elect the new Head of the Catholic Church will begin on Tuesday March 12th. 
As I stated in a previous post( A fool’s prediction),  trying to make a prediction is like to be able to guess the lottery numbers. Anyone can be right or wrong.


I was brought up a Christian Catholic in a very strict way. My name comes from Padre Pio da Petrelcina whom my dad met many times when he was a “small friar” battered by the Church and confined without the permission to Celebrate the Mass as he was becoming popular among the crowds for His “miracles”.

                      (Mons. Albino Luciani-Pope John Paul the I with my father) I met two Popes personally in my life: Pope John Paul

the I and Pope John Paul the II. (foto copyright pio dal cin 2013)



During my travelling around the World, as a photojournalist I came in touch and I studied 
Islam, Ebraism, Buddhism and the Religion of the Native Americans, out of my curiosity of understanding where, if there is one, lies the Truth.

I must admit that I wasn’t thrilled about Pope Benedict VXI; not much for His great personality and profound culture, but for the fact that he “sported” those huge golden crosses on His neck and the “fisherman ring” was big enough to buy a couple of apartments.

I kept repeating to myself that “This cannot be Sacred..” Isn’t the Church supposed to support the poverty as one of the three wows?”

Native Americans have a saying “If it is Sacred it must be Free..” I like this. But how many controversial, not free items are there in the Catholic Church today? Why is the Legacy of Saint Peter obliterated by scandals of the Vatican’s funds of million of Euros? 

I learned that the IOR (the Vatican Bank)is the most powerful bank in the whole world.


This should change, in my humble opininion. Saint Francis of Assisi was called by Jesus
to “Repair the Church”“Vai Francesco, ripara la mia Chiesa” and was cited here by Benedict VXI.

Times are very hard and the sex scandals, Vatican Leaks and not so transparent transactions of the Church are “rocking the Boat” like never before. 

Given my statement that “You have to be a Fool to make a prediction of choosing a Pope”, I will have another approach and “write a letter of plead to the Holy Spirit“, asking to pick the only one I saw that fits the description of Saint Francis of Assisi: Cardinal Sean O’Malley (read His blog)

LETTER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT: I will start with this Song to the Holy Spirit, that is sung by the Cardinals upon entering the Conclave, to ask for Divine Inspiration.






Dear Holy Spirit,

I am just a grain of sand in the Universe. I understand nothing about the Laws and the Forces that balance the Great Space.

Many Humans call upon Your Force and Greatness. Some call You Great Spirit, other call You Holy Spirit, other do not even believe in You.

During these days the Catholic Church is called to elect the Captain of the Ship.  

It is been very hard for me in these past years to believe that Your Holy Presence is among those walls, given all the scandals that we heard about.

It is very hard to boftenelieve that the Spirit of Jesus and of Saint Peter, and Saint Francis of Assisi is behind the gold and richness ofnen shown by those who are called to be Your servants, while there are million of people who suffer in the World.

So here is my humble plea: If You are really among those walls, Shed  a Great LIght upon those who are called to elect the new Pope so that His ways will be as Jesus requested of
simplicity and trasparency. a real Sheperd that can show the World that Jesus is still among us human beings in the way HE  taught us.

My pick is Sean O’ Malley

(I know that You don’t need suggestions but at least I casted my vote)

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The new Pope? Who will He be? A fool’s prediction(mine)


(by pio dal cin) March 6th 2013 11:00 pm (GMT+1)
As I red the “Washington Post” article about the”AmericanCardinals” involved in the election of the new Pope, my attention was attracted by these few lines:
Di Nardo and O’Malley drew laughs when one reporter asked O’Malley, a member of the Capuchin order, if he would continue to wear his trademark brown robes if elected pope.

“I’ve worn this uniform for over 40 years and I presume I will wear it until I die,” he said. “I don’t expect to be elected pope, so I don’t expect to have to change.”
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This was the second time I heard this today: first time on the Italian National Radio. The words “Capucine” attracted my attention, as I did not know that there was an American Cardinal who wears the “saio” (the Capucine uniform) for forty years.
 
Whomever tries to make a prediction about who is going to be the next Pope is a fool, as there are two ways of looking at this event that is monopolizing the attention of over Five thousand accredited journalists from all over the world:
 
A): The Vatican is a Earthly Power made by people like you and I, owners of the most powerful bank in the world (the IOR). As any other power on this earth the election will deliver the new Pontiff as the Head of a State (The Vatican)and any name among the 115 cardinals could be the one to take St.Peter’s Legacy.
 
B): As seen from a Christian Catholic point of view the “Conclave” is fueled by the Holy Spirit, therefore the Chosen will be absolutely without any possibility of mistake the “Right One”.
 
After this any prediction is impossible. There are no ways. Probably guessing the Lotto numbers will be a lot easier.
 
A FOOL PREDICTION
 
My name is Pio. My father Narciso named me after a Capucine Saint he had the priviledge of knowing when He was an unknown Capucine Friar healing people and making “miracles.
The Church confined him without the permission to celebrate the Holy Mass, for ten long years, on the ground that He, Himself was considered “strange”. He is now a Saint; Saint Pio or better known as “Padre Pio da Petrelcina”.
 
I grew up in a very Christian Catholic environment and my life was filled with its simbols from my childhood. I had the opportunity of meeting two Popes in my life: the first one was John Paul the First, Albino Luciani. More than once, as He was the Bishop of Vittorio Veneto, where I grew up, and then, during a private visit of my family to the Partiarcat of Venice, where He spent his last years before becoming Pope John Paul I.
 
The second Pope I met was Pope John Paul II for three times as I followed him as a young photojournalist during His vacation on the Dolomites‘ town of Lorenzago.
Does this make me an expert on Popes?
Absolutely not, just another fool trying to make a prediction.
 
HARD TIMES FOR THE CHURCH
 
Times are hard for the Catholic Church, battling amid sex scandals and the “Vatican Leaks” files.
The need is for a strong Pope, one Captain that can take the helm of the Ship and go trough one of  Church’s worst hurricanes in history.
 
It is time for a Pope with the “saio” who can bring the Church back to the times of Saint Francis of Assisi, the poor friar who made a great revolution in the Church with His humble, poor ways.
Without a Pope that can rid the Vatican from all the “evils” represented by richness, golden crosses, money trades that cannot be tracked for million of Euros and all the sex scandals that have come up in the last few years, more than a Ship, it will look like the Titanic, headed for a Iceberg.
 
As a Fool prediction I will pick Cardinal O’Malley, hoping that if He gets elected He will keep wearing the “saio” for the next forty years, but this time as a Pope, making the “B” option above more credible.