Hiking by most accounts involves nothing more than putting one foot in front of the other over and over until you reach your final destination. However, some of the most dangerous adventures in the world involve simply navigating a trail with nothing more than a healthy dose of fear and a desire to push your self to the edge–just not over it.
A call by the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, for targeted sanctions against senior Russian and Syrian figures has been rejected by fellow G7 foreign ministers.
At a meeting at Lucca in Italy, the group said there must be an investigation into last week’s chemical weapons attack in a rebel-held town before new measures could be adopted.
Cheer on the riders at the Palio di Siena bareback horse race, which takes place in Siena twice each year: on July 2nd and August 16th.
Stroll through the peaceful Renaissance gardens of the Villa d’Este in Tivoli.
Watch a performance at La Scala, Milan’s world-renowned opera house.
Sip a Super Tuscan wine straight from the sprawling vineyards of Tuscany.
Marvel at the enormous Colosseum in Rome.
Take a dip in the natural spas of Saturnia in Tuscany, where gorgeous hot springs flow freely.
Gaze up at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. Although it’s technically in Vatican City, any trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without seeing this esteemed artwork.
Tour the gorgeous Palladian villas of the Veneto, which were designed by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.
Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, and legend has it you’ll be sure to return to Rome again.
Explore the medieval city of San Gimignano, a walled city within Siena.
Bask in the sun at the beaches of Rimini.
Attend the Eurochocolate Festival to celebrate the city of Perugia’s world famous chocolate.
Re-enact the famous Shakespearean scene on Juliet’s balcony in Verona.
Take a gondola ride through the magnificant canals in Venice.
Explore Cascata delle Marmore, a massive, man-made waterfall dating back to the ancient Romans.
Climb to the top of Florence’s iconic Duomo for spectacular views of the city.
Eat Gelato… everywhere.
A Russia-backed Libyan warlord could start a “civil war” in Libya, increasing refugee flows to the EU, Malta has warned.
The danger comes as the Libyan commander, Khalifa Haftar, advances on Tripoli, the seat of the UN-recognised government, Malta’s foreign minister, George Vella, told press in Valletta on Friday (12 January).
Several years ago, Munich-based photographer Bernhard Lang vacationed at a seaside resort in Adria, Italy and was struck by the perfectly uniform arrangements of colored umbrellas used by each hotel.
Last month he returned, this time by air, and shot for several hours on the coastline between Ravenna and Rimini.
Lang is well known for his aerial photography of locations around Germany including coal mines, residential life, and industrial sites.
The Sinaloa cartel, Mexico
The biggest gang in Mexico right now is the Sinaloa, whose leader, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as “El Chapo” or “Shorty”, is considered the most powerful drug lord in the world, perhaps ever. The Sinaloas smuggle cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin by land or through tunnels into the US, often via Arizona.
The largest of Japan’s Yakuza groups, the Yamaguchi has its base and origins in Kobe, but works on a global scale. With a membership running into tens of thousands, they deal in drugs, weapons, gambling, extortion rackets and prostitution.
Solntsevskaya Bratva, Russia
The term “Russian Mafia” describes a range of criminal bratvas, or brotherhoods, the largest of which is from Solntsevo district on the southern outskirts of Moscow. The group is known to have links to Semion Mogilevich, Europe‘s and perhaps the world’s, most powerful criminal.
The ‘Ndrangheta, Italy
The ‘Ndrangheta from Calabria has now eclipsed the nearby Sicilian Cosa Nostra and the Neapolitan Camorra syndicates to become one of the biggest drug gangs in the world. Its annual income from cocaine importation and other businesses is estimated in the tens of billions of dollars.
Abergil family, Israel
The imprisonment last year of brothers Itzhak and Meir Abergil has done little to curtail the activities of the huge organisation they led. IThe Abergils have been one of the world’s largest exporters of ecstasy, into the US and elsewhere, and prolific in gambling and embezzlement too.
Fifty years ago, the umbrella-lined beaches along Italy’s Adriatric coast used to be a popular place for Europeans to go for summer vacations.
Then came cheap flights, and now the younger generation might be more likely to fly thousands of miles than take the train to the beach.
But even as the tourist crowd starts to dwindle to elderly Germans, the local beaches face a bigger threat than lost business: climate change washing them away.
By the end of the century, the narrow stretches of sand may slowly begin to disappear.
In a new series of photos, German photographer Bernhard Lang captures what the beaches near Rimini, Italy look like now.
Lang, an aerial photographer who has also documented a massive port in Germany and one of the largest coal pits in the world, was most interested in the patterns of each beach.
“A few years ago, I was on a short holiday in the area, and seeing these endless rows of sunshades from the ground, I started thinking this might look interesting from above,” he says.
“I preferred the distance and freedom of the aerial view, compared to lying in between the masses of geometrically arranged canvas chairs on the ground.”
If rising water starts to reclaim the sand decades from now, the photos will show the area as it once was.
“If these beaches eventually disappear, the images will be evidence of the Adriatic beach culture in Italy,” Lang says.
Of course, like other coastal regions, Italy faces more dire challenges than just lost vacation spots–seawater, for example, is likely to contaminate drinking water and water used to irrigate local farms.
And when nearby Venice eventually goes underwater–something that scientists now believe is inevitable, despite new barriers to block the water
that’s obviously a greater loss than some hotels and beach umbrellas. Still, it would be sad to see this go.