GASTALDI GLOBAL TRAVEL SRL

Incentives, Meetings, Conventions, Events, Special interest travel, Cruises handling, Product Launches, upscale FIT's
Gastaldi Global Travel is one of most renowned Italian Destination Management Companies and a landmark in the MICE industry for creativity, experience and quality of service. Founded in 1990, Gastaldi Global Travel belongs to Gastaldi Holding, which in 2010 celebrated its 150th anniversary.

Based in Rome with offices in Genova and more recently in Milan, we specialize in high end meeting and incentive travel, special interest tours and VIP individual programs throughout Italy. Thanks to our consolidated experience and thorough knowledge of Italian destinations and logistics, we are able to create and manage many types of unique programs while remaining focused on the best and most innovative solutions for all events with full respect of client’s budget.

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GASTALDI GLOBAL TRAVEL SRL

Gastaldi Global Travel Srl
News from Italy...

November 2010


Discover Italy with the help… of the big screen

Verona is traditionally one of the most romantic towns in Europe, thanks to William Shakespeare who situated his Romeo & Juliet’s tragic events in its historic centre. Traditionally, women from all over the world leave messages and love letters right under the Juliet Balcony, setting their thoughts down under their heroine’s protection.

Thanks to Hollywood’s renewed interest in Italy, we can now travel with our eyes and emotions through Verona and Italy with the help of the recent “Letters to Juliet” motion-picture. The movie tells the story of a young American (actress Amanda Seyfried) travelling to the city of Verona and joining a group of volunteers who respond to the love letters left under Juliet balcony. After answering one letter dated 1951, she inspires its author (Vanessa Redgrave) to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love and sets off a chain of events that will bring love into both their lives unlike anything they ever imagined.

Their physical (and emotional) travel will take them to another beautiful Italian place: the greenish, serene Tuscany countryside famous for the Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti wines and one of the most enchanting lands in the world, with a patchwork of different panoramas scattered with hilltop hamlets, little churches and castles.

 

Colosseum opens gladiator pits and third storey

Starting on October the 15th, the Colosseum has added to its allure by opening the underground pits where gladiators and wild beasts waited before being winched from darkness into the light of the killing ground. As well as revealing the bowels of the one-time blood-and-guts arena, the famed monument is also reopening its third storey, closed since the 1970s, affording a breathtaking view of Rome. The two new attractions aim to boost visitor numbers at the site, which is already Italy's single most visited monument with some 19,000 people a day. Crowds are already flocking to get up to the 33 meters high third ring and its spectacular views or take the first steps into the Colosseum’s underground world.

According to Colosseum site director Rossella Rea, the gladiatorial areas are all the more fascinating because "they were completely buried in the 5th century AD and have been perfectly conserved, they never suffered the depredation which the surface parts of the monument were victims to," she said. The so-called 'hypogeum' (literally, 'underground') has been restored in a multi-million-euro project that has also installed new, muted lighting effects. Rea says the hope is to recapture "some of the unique atmosphere" of the breathless moments before the games commenced, when the ancient armoured or naked fighters and wild animals were hauled up through eighty trap-doors.

 

New high speed train connections to Malpensa airport

The Italian railways recently launched a brand new service that allows travellers to reach the Milan Malpensa Airport directly by high speed train from major Italian cities without the need to change train in Milan Central Station.

In fact, two daily high speed (alta velocità) services linking Milan Malpensa's railway station to Florence (calling at Milano Centrale, Bologna Centrale and Firenze Santa Maria Novella), and Naples (calling at Milano Centrale, Bologna Centrale, Firenze Santa Maria Novella, Roma Termini, Napoli Centrale). 

A total of four daily “Frecciarossa” trains (the newest, high-tech versions of the Italian bullet trains) will guarantee a fast and reliable connection, simplifying the travel agenda of a large numbers of passengers.

 

Italian Green Hotels

The latest Condé Nast Johansens 2010 guide features a listing of 27 'green hotels' scattered throughout Italy, duly reported in the publication by a special logo. The selected properties are fully eco-compatible and are heated by non-polluting systems. High energy and water savings are guaranteed as well. The above testifies the continuous, ongoing efforts operated by Italian local governments to focus on cutting pollution and promote a “green and ecological” tourist environment.

Here are same of the best “eco-compatible” hotels structures in Italy:
Hotel Milano Scala ****
62 rooms
www.hotelmilanoscala.it
Central, sophisticated boutique hotel in Milan; high-tech jewel with a “green heart” and the first fully eco-sustainable (zero-impact) Italian hotel

The Hotel Radisson Blu Majestic resort ****
97 rooms
www.galzignano.it
The former Majestic Hotel in Galzignano (in the northeast region of Friuli Venezia-Giulia) changed its look, name and mission after a full “green orientated” restructuring,

Romantik Hotel Jolanda Sport ****
34 rooms
www.hoteljolandasport.com
In Gressoney, Val D’Aosta pursuing the all-home-made biologic philosophy.

The Molino Stucky Hilton Venice *****
379 rooms
www.molinostuckyhilton.it
Officially awarded for “ecological commitment” and also winner of the “Business Destinations Travel award 2010” as the best Italian business hotel.

 

New Hotels in Italy

Rome, one of the most classical towns in the world, does not forget how innovation can be strictly tied to tradition (after all, at some point in time, what is classical today was once new as well):

Rome OP Hotel, 4 stars:
www.ophotel.it
The OP Hotel has just opened in Rome, following the project of the prestigious international architecture GPAIA study of Toronto, with a special attention to the “green thematic” (eco-compatibility through ecological materials and constrictions).
Located in the greenish, residential EUR district (originally planned of the universal exposition of 1942, which did not take place because of the second world war events) the OP Hotel offers an astonishing structure that will seduce any experienced traveller with its combination of lines, colours and shapes. The goal is to create an unique synthesis between the U.S. East Coast’s latest styles and the modernist architecture of the EUR district.

123 rooms
Gavius Design restaurant up to 120 guests
Aqua Bar
Eureka Gambling Bar (opening winter 2010/2011)
SPA centre with fitness facilities (opening winter 2010/2011)
Meeting Area up to 140 people in 3 rooms (opening winter 2010/2011)
WI-FI connection

Rome Hotel St. John, 4 stars:
www.eurostarshotels.com/en/eurostars-saint-john.html
The Hotel Saint John, just reopened after a long full refurbishing, offers you all the comforts of the 21st century  so that you can enjoy your stay in the “Città Eterna” to the maximum. Its minimalist style, the marbles and the off-white tones turn the hotel in an oasis of serenity, centrally located in the proximity of the Basilica of St. John in Lateran and the Colosseum.

84 rooms
American Bar
Meeting spaces from 10 up to 100 people
WI-FI connection
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Milan is often considered to be synonymous with innovation. Here is one of the latest additions to the city’s hotels offerings:

The Milan Hub Hotel, 4 stars:
www.thehubhotel.com
The new hotel of the Concerto Hotels group, located in the new Milan trade, conference and meeting centre, is a design urban-hotel where you can love the original chic and cool city spirit  and enjoy a strategic location, unconventional spaces and a mix of innovative features.

162 rooms
Coffee Bar & Restaurant
Gourmet Restaurant
SPA & Fitness centre
Meeting rooms from 30 up to 200 people (for a maximum of 600 people)
WI-FI connection

 

For additional information, please contact Mr. Michele Cerruti and/or Mrs Teresa Cardinali at italy@euromic.com

Verona

Letters to Juliet

Colosseum

Milan Central Station

Hotel Milano Scala

Radisson Blu Majestic

Romantik

Hilton Venezia

Rome OP Hotel

Rome St John

Milan Hub