A Jacuzzi is more than a luxurious accessory for your home. According to the medical website SteadyHealth.com, sitting in a Jacuzzi for a period of time has a number of benefits, both physical and mental. In fact, Jacuzzis can be used to help people with osteoporosis, as the buoyancy obtained in a hot tub, along with light exercise performed underwater, can increase mobility and strength. Make certain to follow all cautions, as high water temperatures can pose health risks for certain individuals. Reduce Stress A Jacuzzi can be a good place in which to relax with family and friends. You can spend time together sipping a drink or simply having a chat. The bubbling of the Jacuzzi is particularly soothing and will help you relax not only mentally but also physically. You can use your time in a Jacuzzi to get a reflexology massage by placing your feet directly in front of the water jets. Your feet contain thousands of nerve endings, and their stimulation can improve your overall well-being and mood. Ease Muscle Pain A Jacuzzi can be an effective way to treat sore muscles and joints. The water jets inside the tub allow for a high-pressure hydro massage that you direct to specific parts of your body simply by moving around and adjusting your body to receive the full force of the water. When running at full intensity, the jets can provide something akin to a deep-tissue massage, soothing aches and pains. Sitting in a hot tub can help heal sports injuries, as the heat can soothe muscle spasms and speed up recovery time. Improve Circulation The hot water and bubbling of a Jacuzzi will cause body temperature to rise, which in turn will dilate blood vessels. This improves circulation, especially to the extremities, and can help people with…


As the uptight human rights lawyer Mark Darcy in the Bridget Jones films, he could scarcely have been more British, but Colin Firth has applied for Italian citizenship. Mr Firth’s wife, film producer Livia Giuggioli, 47, is Italian and the couple have a house near the town of Città della Pieve in Umbria. The star of Pride and Prejudice and Mamma Mia! speaks good Italian and has made films in Italy, including the 2008 movie Genova, directed by Michael Winterbottom. The 56-year-old actor has spoken publicly of his dismay at the Brexit vote, telling an Austrian newspaper last year that it was “a disaster of unexpected proportions”. His agent said the decision to apply for an Italian passport at the Italian embassy in London was to do with family reasons and declined to say whether it had anything to do with Brexit. “Colin applied for dual citizenship (British and Italian) in order to have the same passports as his wife and children,” the agent told The Telegraph. Both Britain and Italy allow dual citizenship and Mr Firth, who lives in Chiswick, London, will be able to keep his British passport. He married Ms Giuggioli in 1997 and they have two sons, Luca, 16, and Matteo, 13. Since the Brexit decision, there has been a flood of Britons seeking to obtain dual citizenship of other EU countries, in particular Ireland. Up to six million could be eligible. Any Briton born in the Irish Republic or Northern Ireland, or with an Irish parent or grandparent, is entitled to an Irish passport. (Source: Telegraph.co.uk)


The former First Lady and her husband were spotted in Siena, Tuscany, on Monday Michelle, 53, wore a caftan and flat sandals to lunch, while Barack, 55, sported a gray polo shirt The couple was dining with other companions at Borgo Finocchietto, the stunning Tuscan villa where they are staying during their time in Siena Michelle and Barack arrived in Italy on Friday with six fighter jets for their vacation Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are living it up on their Italian vacation, looking utterly relaxed while enjoying the country’s famous cuisine. The former First Lady modeled a colorful caftan that fell off her shoulder and flat sandals as she and her husband had drinks and a fancy lunch on Monday at Borgo Finocchietto, the stunning Tuscan villa where they are staying during their trip to Siena. While Michelle showed of her chic vacation style, Barack looked comfortable in a gray polo shirt, leaving the collar unbuttoned. (…) A massive crowd cheered after spotting the former presidential couple, with some fans yelling: ‘President Obama!’ The pair, who arrived in Italy Friday on a private plane escorted by six fighter jets and a 13-car motorcade, had a police car waiting for them in the streets of Siena on Monday, and a siren could be heard as they made their way outside. While Barack waved at the crowd and smiled at his adoring supporters, Michelle briefly saluted the fans, then kept her head demurely bowed, adopting a more reserved attitude than the outgoing demeanor she typically displayed as First Lady. (…) The couple appeared to be stepping out of the Duomo di Siena — the Siena Cathedral — a stunning medieval building dating back to the twelfth century. But the couple has not restricted themselves to historical sites as far as…


31st August – 3rd September, FLORENCE, ITALY Taking place from 31st August – 3rd September 2017 in Florence, Italy, The New Generation Festival is set to bring the finest, young music talent to a world stage. Set in the Corsini Gardens in the heart of Florence, The New Generation Festival will be a heady weekend of spectacular opera, captivating orchestral performances and intimate live shows, set against a stunning backdrop of Italian dolce vita, fine food and wine, and beautiful surroundings. Conceived to attract all kinds of music lovers and inspire young, new audiences, The New Generation Festival will be an enchanting Florentine weekend offering opera’s ageless magic and romance to everyone. With reduced ticket deals for under-30s and a diverse range of performers that sees drag acts and jazz bands perform on the same bill as full, symphony orchestras and opera singers, The New Generation Festival aims to open Classical music up to a wider audience, making it more accessible and effectively bridging the gap between musical genres. Co-founded by the rising conductor, Maximilian Fane, and international producers Granville & Parham, the diverse and young team behind the festival has gathered together some of the world’s most exciting music stars and promising new talent. One of today’s foremost violinists, Charlie Siem has been appointed as artistic director and will perform throughout the weekend, while rising soprano star, Anush Hovhannisyan will take a lead operatic role alongside impressive, young tenor Khanyiso Gwenxane in a new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Celebrated designer known for his work in film and fashion, Michael Howells will be in charge of costumes and set design. Throughout the weekend, audiences will don their finery and be treated to outstanding Opera and Orchestral works. Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera, L’elisir d’amore will inaugurate the festival on…


Selling a house may seem complicated sometimes and, especially in the spring, you should pay special attention on how you will show your house to potential buyers to increase the chance of success. Many homeowners are unsure of how to proceed when selling a home in the spring months. With this in mind, here are the top six tips to selling a house in the spring. Property inspection When you sell a home, it’s important that is in great shape. Otherwise, a potential buyer won’t want to offer the highest price. To do this, you should call a local property inspector who can take a look at the foundation and other parts of the house. If you have trouble finding an inspector, contact a real estate agent who can give you advice on how to find a professional. Prepare the garden After a long winter, the garden may look dirty and ruffled, with all the dry leaves scattered averywhere. So you should clean out your garden and throw away old leaves and rubbish. Remember, plenty of people will check out the garden, so it’s better to make it look great in the spring. If you already have a nice looking garden, buy some flowers and place them in and around the garden. Flowers will give a touch of colour and they have a “magic” power to attract the people’s eye: this will excite visitors and help them see your home’s potential. Porch and patio People love the garden, as well as they love the porch and patio. Since springtime is a great time of the year to sit on the porch and enjoy the weather, you should improve your patio and make it attractive to potential buyers. Repaint the wood parts if necessary, clean the flooring and add nice cane…


We’re on a journey to discover a fascinating, haunting territory, where nature has been generous, although sever sometimes. Le Marche is filled with different natural environments, starting from the green valleys of the Apennines, sloping gently downwards, to the sandy beaches of the Adriatic sea. Here peasants have worked hard over the centuries to soften – without transforming – a land that has always been welcoming and heterogeneous. Today the ancient wisdom and knowledge about the fruits of the region’s land and waters are still alive. From this knowledge a great food and wine tradition comes, made up of a remarkable variety of ingredients and inimitable delicacies. We’d like to honor the “wonderful folk of the scattered houses” by listing below some of the most appreciated products, typical of region Marche. The towns and Hamlets of wine and vin’cotto The hills of region Marche, provide an ideal environment for vineyards, that have flourished here for centuries. The excellent exposure of these mostly sandy soils, combines with a proud tradition of grape cultivation and winemaking, that include meticulous pruning and care of the soil. This happy combination results in brilliant red wines and delicately perfumed white wines, that are appreciated all over the world, as the red wine Vernaccia di Serrapetrona or the white wine Colli Maceratesi, as well as vin’cotto. The Olive Route Knotted, twisting trees stud the rolling, fertile hills. This is the romantic olive route where, between the end of October and the beginning of November, the air is filled with the rich aromas of freshly crushed olives. The production of olive oil still respects one of the most honored agronomic traditions of the Province of Macerata; the proof is the flavour of many different kinds of olive oil, that you can taste directly in the numerous mills…


The referendum made the 26th of June 2016 quite an historic day. Since then, basically nothing has changed but understandably people who have already bought a property in the EU or are planning to buy have questions about the possible impact of the result on their lifestyle. This is what we know so far. The UK has two years to prepare the country for the exit from the EU and nothing will change until then. During this period the UK remains a member of the EU with all their rights and privileges intact. If you are currently resident in a EU country or plan to become so in the next two years, it is highly likely you will retain the rights you have acquired to reside in that country. While the host country is under no obligation to provide services such as healthcare, it is again likely the UK will reach an agreement with other EU countries for a mutual arrangement. If you are currently planning to buy a holiday home in the EU, then you are likely to be keeping a close eye on the exchange rate. Although Sterling has collapsed, it is still strong against Euro and it still makes overseas property in most areas very good value. If you are afraid this rate may worsen, then you can speak to a specialist currency broker and forward fix the rate you get. Post Brexit it would be possible for a country to impose additional or higher taxes on British owners. What is unlikely is that an EU country would impose anything overly-draconian that would deter British buyers. We believe the appetite for Brits to own property in the EU and around the world remains unchanged. It could get more expensive and slightly more complicated than before but if…


The boat show on the French Riviera will host the world premiere of Canados 76 GT. The Canados shipyard will present to the public the Oceanic luxury yacht GT 76, at the Yachting Cannes Festival 2016, which will take place in September. The construction of the model is now almost over. It is expected that delivery takes place on August 1. More than 40 people are working on this project to observe the contractual terms. The hull and superstructure were finished as those of a superyacht, giving the boat a mirror effect ever seen on a boat of this size. The engine room is already completed and all the equipment is installed; Stern Thruster, Seakeeper, Hamann Water Treatement Plan, the two Kohler 20 kW generators, pumps, fire protection systems, Idromar water maker. Also the decor of the lower deck, hand made to measure, has been mounted. The interiors of the 76 ‘GT Oceanic were designed by Cristiano Gatto, usual designer of Canados. Technical specifications in capsule form: Length (L.O.A.): 23,70 m / 77’7’’ Width: 5,80 m / 19’ Draft to propellers: 1,98 m / 6’6’’ Empty weight: 49 ton / 108.026 lbs laden weight: 56 ton / 123.459 lbs Cabins: 1 master cabin – VIP 1 – 1 or 2 double Bathrooms: 3 or 4 Crew cabins: 1 for 2 members Engines: Two Caterpillar C18 ACERT / 845 kW – 1,150 hp Two Man V12 / 1,140 kW – 1,550 hp Two Caterpillar C32 ACERT / 1,081 kW – 1,450 hp Maximum speed: 26 to over 32 knots Cruising speed: 20 to 27 knots Generators: 2 x 20 kW Kohler Crusing range: over 360nm at 20 knots


The British real estate market collapses because of the fear due to Brexit. And to revive the business, here is an “ad hoc” termination clause. The London housing market, one of the hottest in the world, has experienced a significant slowdown. Since the beginning of the year, the sale of properties in London has dropped by 40% and the cause is the fear for Brexit. As a matter of facts, many Brits fear that if Britain leaves the EU the price of houses may collapse, thwarting their investments. Prices would collapse The Treasury expects that, in case the “leave” wins on the 23rd of June, prices may immediately drop by 10% up to 18%. Obviously, everybody now has stopped buying houses, waiting to see what is going to happen, especially investment funds and those looking for luxury apartments. Real Estate Agencies have introduced an anti-Brexit clause The ‘money back guarantee Brexit pledge’ is a guarantee for those who want to make a purchase but are held back by the referendum. In fact, the clause, allows to terminate the purchase contract in the event that the secessionists will win the referendum. Also the labour unions are against the Brexit The main labour unions in the UK, with a letter appeared on the Guardian, have called for Britons to vote against the Brexit. The general secretaries of Unite, Unison, GMB and Usdaw stressed that the exit from the EU may interfere with the rights acquired over the years by workers, such as checks of motherhood and paternity, legal equality of part-time and full-time employees and even paid vacations and illnesses. The polls show the supporters of the Brexit are leading Meanwhile, as reported by the Guardian, another survey again gives the Eurosceptics in advantage over the EU supporters: according to the survey…


“No meaning, no symbols, no sense” was one pre-war American verdict on mining magnate Solomon Guggenheim’s collection of abstract art. Why does abstraction leave many people scratching their heads? As the astonishing selection from the collections of Solomon and Peggy Guggenheim at Palazzo Strozzi demonstrates, art that depends on form, colour and gesture empowers the viewer’s personal perceptions. Abstraction was the dominant creative force in the visual arts of the last century. Many artists followed this trend in the 1900s, but just a few can be remembered as the best proponents of this form of art. One of them is, for sure, Vasily Kandinsky (1866–1944), whose paintings are now shown at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Tuscany. Kandinsky’s Dominant Curve welcomes visitors to Palazzo Strozzi’s highlights from the Guggenheim collections. When made in April 1936, Kandinsky was fascinated by embryology and botany; numerous light-coloured organic shapes appear to circulate within the perimeter of the painting like basic life forms seen through a microscope. Nearby is Theo van Doesburg’s (1883–1931) Composition XI from 1918. Here, too, buoyant shapes float on the white surface of the canvas. But these forms are roughly rectangular and colour is limited to subdued red, yellow and blue. In radical contrast with Kandinsky’s image of teeming energy, this composition is in search of its own quiet balance, a sensation it conveys to the viewer. Along the way the visitor’s senses are buffeted and elated by form, tone and gesture as if walking through frequent changes in the weather. The expressive impact of paintings by Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis and Joan Mitchell animates space itself. Two artists are accorded their own galleries. In one, 18 works trace the decade-long evolution of Jackson Pollock’s (1912-1956) painterly language from turbulent, ritualistic symbolism to completely abstract, his “all-over” style…