While the Pacific Ocean provides a truly breathtaking boating experience, your day can quickly turn dangerous due to unforeseen issues. Whether you’re planning on dropping anchor and relaxing in the sun for a few hours, or traveling miles along the coastlines to sightsee, your safety practices should remain the same in order to guarantee a secure, and enjoyable trip.

Perhaps the most obvious pre-boating consideration is making sure you have life jackets before stepping aboard. Unfortunately, in documented cases, 76% of boating fatalities in 2015 were caused by drowning, and a remarkable 85% of the victims were not wearing life…


Visiting a foreign country can be an invigorating experience that truly opens your eyes to the many cultures our world has to offer. While this is an exciting opportunity, it’s extremely important to practice standard safety procedures when in an environment you know little about. That being said, below are a few tips that could help in guaranteeing you a fun, yet safe adventure.

Check Your Passport

The most vital tool in international travel is one’s passport. As a key into countries around the world, ensuring that your passport is up to date is crucial. Some countries require a minimum…


Directly translated to Five Lands, Cinque Terre is an area in the Liguria region of Italy comprised of the five coastal villages of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Monterosso, and Corniglia; all of which sit just north of the Tuscan border. With so many places to go in this Italian territory, planning a trip can seem overwhelming.

The first step in mapping out your visit here is choosing a village to call your area of residence. …


Just outside of Venice, innovations in agriculture and the growth of entrepreneurship are taking place. The H-Farm, a digital platform helping entrepreneurs launch their ideas with a focus in agriculture, is set to build a new campus (known as H-Campus), advancing its education in technology.

Projected to be completed in 2018, the campus will be over 300,000 square meters, and home to 2,000 students from all over the world, as well as 240 staff members. Courses taught will include coding, robotics, artificial intelligence, and data science.Additionally, it will also have 270,000 square meters of green space.

Founder and CEO Riccardo…


Most people consider Hawaii as a prime destination for honeymoons or romantic getaways. However, the 50th state of the U.S. is very accommodating for families of every size. With countless resorts spanning across the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and of course, The Big Island, Hawaii offers something for everyone. While some offer all-inclusive experiences that cater to your every need, every island allows you to create your own plan of travel tailoring to all members of the family.

On the island of Oahu lies the state’s capital, Honolulu. Seeing as flights here are frequent and less expensive than those…


This recipe features fresh mussels as the basis. You can either serve the mussels in their juices with fresh bread, or you can use the mussels in their juices as a pasta sauce for spaghetti.

Ingredients

  • About 3 pounds of mussels or 1.5 kg of cozze — Make sure the mussels are fresh and healthy by checking to see if their shells are slightly opened before purchasing. Keep them very cold until you are ready to cook them
  • 3 TB of virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch of Italian parsley (flat-leaf parsley) — finely minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and…


One of the world’s most palatable styles of food is Mediterranean cuisine. With a historic trinity of basic ingredients in olive, wheat, and tomato, the foundation for this approach to cooking has greatly expanded throughout the years, while still remaining true to its culinary roots. Below are just a few Mediterranean recipes for the health-conscious. The key to these recipes is using good-quality extra-virgin olive oil (preferably from Italy), Italian plum tomatoes (Pomì is a brand easily available in most supermarkets), and fresh ingredients whenever possible.

Pasta with Tuna Sauce

Ingredients

  • Canned tuna, preferably with olive oil
  • Salt, red and…


On Sunday, December 4th of 2016, a constitutional referendum is planning to be held in which voters will be asked whether or not they approve of altering the Italian Constitution to change the Senate of the Republic to a “Senate of Regions.” This new senate would be composed of 100 senators made up of councillors and mayors, who will select a reduced membership rather than have a direct election.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi first proposed the bill in April 2014, which then received its final approval on April 12th, 2016, and lays ground for one of Italy’s largest constitutional reform…

Michele Carbone

Michele Carbone, MD, PhD serves as the Honorary Consul to the Foreign Ministry of Italy. Learn more at http://michele-carbone.com

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