TRENTINO- Alpine land of lakes, wine and scenar

Discover TRENTINO, a region in the far northeast corner of Italy where the sun meets the sky, where the air is clear, and where you’ll find fresh water lakes everywhere, more than 300 in fact, in an area measuring nearing 3700 square miles in lies in the heart of the Alps between the Po Valley and Bavaria. This is the region of the Dolomites, one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Start at Lake Garda, a picturesque site, some 90 km from Verona, 160 km from Venice, and 250 km from Milan. By car it’s a romantic journey.

Trentino is a 4-season postcard.. Sports are derigueur here.
There’s skiing the alpine stretches in Winter-Spring, with hundreds of miles of ski surface and 2 full ski circuits, and with more than 1000 trails. The sun is out 8 out of 10 days in this period of the year. It’s an all-sports terrain with more than 250 alpine guides to steer you through. No doubt Apres-Skiing is very popular here. Of course,after the rush you can find your way to any of the many lodges abounding in these mountain ranges, more than 150, in fact. There’s also any number of music fests to keep you in a good mood, together with the famous wines of the region, more than 100 we’re told.
And Trentino is known for wine, especially their popular “whites” which make up nearly 70% of the regione’s annual production. But If you have the time you can also take in any number of wine tours and stay at a vineyard for a pleasant experience.You’ll have a chance to sample good home cooking with Austro-Hungararian overtones. Why not?
And if the roads are open, you can also hike the mountain passes in the invigorating mountain air the region is known for.
Better still there’s 21 miles of cycling space for your convenience if you’re up to it.

Trentino is a small space yet in 2012 more than 5 million visited the region where a total of only 530,000 reside. The capital is Trento. Interestingly, the region boasts more than 1,000 trees per person, where 25% of the land mass is federally protected by the Italian government. It’s in 4 parts, and is referred to as the “Green Planet.” with 3 national parks
to boast.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply:



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