Wednesday, June 13, 2012


As I said yesterday, no country is better than Italy at its best and the people of Lampedusa have been demonstrating this in recent days:

At the weekend, around 200 students, children and elderly people from the earthquake-stricken areas of the Emilia-Romagna were welcomed to the island for a free holiday so that, away from the constant tremors which continue to shake and terrify their region, they can rest in the sun and recuperate a little.  Some of the students are preparing for their maturità [pre-university] examinations and it is hoped that their stay on the island will enable them to study in an environment in which they can be free of fear.

The idea is the initiative of Antonio Martello of the Lampedusa Hoteliers' Consortium and the Sogni nel Blu travel company, Riccardo Toto of the New Livingston airline company and members of the Lampedusa Business Association.  Mr Martello said that they wanted to show the people of the Emilia-Romagna that the islanders feel close to them in their time of trouble.

I'm sure you will all join me in congratulating the companies who have sponsored the trip and the people of Lampedusa and in wishing the Emilian group a very happy holiday.


Patricia said...

Now that is a class act! Bravo Lampedusa!

jams o donnell said...

A fine gesture indeed!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'm glad you both agree.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is a wonderfully kind and generous gesture by the people and companies of Lampedusa and I'm sure very appreciated by the earthquake stricken in the Emilia-Romagna region!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I agree, Pat. I'm sure it is appreciated.


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