Themis Project: the training courses for the port operators in Puglia are going to start

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Themis Project: the training courses for the port operators in puglia are going to start

 The first course to start is the course of English next November 23rd

Notwithstanding Covid emergence is still in course, the Themis project goes on, thus representing an occasion to look at the future with optimism and, more realistically, an opportunity for the relaunch of economy. As early as in the next next June the first “luxury” cruise tourists will have the possibility  of enjoying a multi-sense experience which is one in a kind.

THEMIS is an “umbrella brand”, under which, thematic tourist packages have been created and new maritime routes are being promoted. The first works for the building of small “terminals” in all the minor ports involved are currently under way, and starting from the next week, free of charge training courses for the personnel working at the ports of the Southern Adriatic Ports Authority, will take place, in order to increase the quality of the services offered.

The first course to start is the course of basic English which will be free of charge and will take place online, in order to comply with the anti-Covid provisions being in force in this delicate period.

The basic course of English is aimed at increasing the language level of the operators of the ports of Bari, Barletta, Manfredonia, Brindisi and Monopoli, particularly of those who work in contact with cruise tourists. The purpose of the project is that, among others, of increasing the quality of the services offered in each port of the Southern Adriatic Ports Authority.

The activity has been entrusted to the seat of Bari of the school My English School. The course provides the participation of one hundred participants (an average of 20 participants for each course), with compulsory attendance for at least 80% of the scheduled hours. At the end of the course an attendance certificate will be issued after having passed an exam. In it the level of knowledge of the language will be reported, with reference to the European Framework of Reference for Languages (QCERT). The courses will be held by qualified mothertongue teachers.

For the operators of the Port of di Bari, the course will start on Monday November 23rd (and it will continue all Mondays from 1.00 pm to 5 pm until February 15th), for the operators of Brindisi the course will start on November 24th (and it will continue all Tuesdays from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm  until February 23rd), for the operators of the port of Manfredonia the course will start on November 25th  (and it will continue all Wednesdays from 1.00 pm to 5.00 p.m. until February 24th), for the operators of   Barletta the course will start on November 26th (and it will continue all Thursdays from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm until February 25th) while for the operators of the port of Monopoli the beginning of the course has been fixed on Friday November 27th (and the course will continue all Fridays from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm, until February 26th).

In the meanwhile we are drawing up the schedule of the course on work security at ports, aimed at providing the necessary knowledge required by the National Program of Maritime Security, to the personnel working as employees at the ports, which is not appointed for carrying out security  tasks.

The course will be particularly focused on the single ports of the Southern Adriatic Ports Authority (Supplemented Port Facility Plan). Attendance is free; it has been designed for 100 participants (an average of 20 participants per course) with complulsory attendance for at least 80% of the scheduled hours.

Also in this case, at the end of the course, an exam has to be passed in order to receive a certificate of attendance by the Heraclitus Academy in Catania, a Body accredited by the General Command of Harbour Offices, for the training on maritime security.

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The Southern Adriatic Ports Authority organizes training courses for port operators

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Themis Project: The Southern Adriatic Ports Authority organizes training courses for port operators

Within the beginning of the next summer season, everything must be ready to welcome the first “luxury” cruise tourists.

THEMIS is an “umbrella brand”, under which thematic package tours have been created and new sea routes are being promoted. The first construction works of little “terminals” are underway in all the minor ports involved and in a short time, free training courses for the personnel working in the ports of the Southern Adriatic Ports Authority will be organized, in order to improve the level of the services offered.

Two courses will be started by the Southern Adriatic Ports Authority: a basic English course and a course focused on the security of workers at the ports. They are both free of charge, they will be carried out on line, in order to comply with the anti-Covid provisions being in force in this delicate period.

BASIC ENGLISH COURSE

The Basic EngIlish Course is aimed at improving the language level of the operators at the ports of Bari, Barletta, Manfredonia, Brindisi and Monopoli, particularly those working in contact with cruise tourists. The final goal of the project is, among others, that of raising the quality level of the services offered in each port of the Southern Adriatic Ports Authority.

This activity has been entrusted to the private school My English School (seat of Bari). The course provides the participation of one hundred participants (an average of 20 participants for each course), with compulsory attendance for at least 80% of the scheduled hours. At the end of the courses an attendance certificate will be issued after having passed an exam. In it the level of knowledge of the language will be reported, with reference to the European Framework of Reference for Languages (QCERT). The courses will be held by qualified mothertongue teachers.

COURSE ABOUT MARITIME SAFETY FOR PORT OPERATORS

This course is meant for providing the necessary knowledge referred to by the National Program of Maritime Safety, to the personnel working as employees at the ports, which is not appointed for carrying out safety  tasks.

This course wll be particularly focused on the single ports of the Southern Adriatic Ports Authority (Supplemented Port Facility Plan). Attendance is free; it has been designed for 100 participants (an average of 20 participants per course) with complulsory attendance for at least 80% of the scheduled hours.

Also in this case, at the end of the course, an exam has to be passed in order to receive a certificate of attendance by the Heraclitus Academy in Catania, a Body accredited by the General Command of Harbour Offices, for the training on maritime safety.

The teachers of this course are certified trainers on maritime safety, as it is recommended by the National Maritime Safety Program (NMSP), and are qualified as having 5 years of experience in the teaching or operational field, about the subject of the course.

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The Themis project protagonist at the Seatrade

THE THEMIS PROJECT PROTAGONIST AT THE SEATRADE

 the promotional video has been presented as an international preview

The Southern Adriatic Ports Authority, which includes the ports of Bari, Brindisi, Manfredonia, Barletta and Monopoli,  has taken part today, Wednesday 7th of October, in the Seatrade Cruise Virtual.

Because of the health emergency still in course today,  SEATRADE, a leading brand in the organization of events dedicated to the cruise sector, has created a new virtual edition, which is going to end tomorrow, October 8th, and which is just called “Seatrade Cruise Virtual”.

The purpose of this event is that of starting a platform as a valid alternative allowing the players of the cruise community to connect with each other, in order to guarantee the continuity of the personal interaction and the interaction between businesses of the sector, developed over the last years.

The participation in the Seatrade Cruise Virtual has also represented an opportunity for introducing the THEMIS project to the companies working in the luxury sector.  In this circumstance the Southern Adriatic Ports Authority has also participated as leading partner of  the project, in which also the  Municipality of Gallipoli, the Chamber of Commerce in Bari, the Port Authority of  Corfù and the Mucipality of Paxos take part.

At the virtual launch meeting, the most important brands of the luxury and ultra-luxury cruise tourism have been invited, such as Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Compagnie du Ponant, Variety cruises, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Star Clipper, Windstar Cruises.

The Themis project, financed by the Interregional Territorial Cooperation Program V-A Greece-Italy 2014-2020, is meant for supporting the development and the activities of the minor ports, in order to direct the maritime traffic, particularly the cruise one, towards territories which are still undeveloped from a tourist point of view.

The purpose is that of fostering, under the common brand of the THEMIS project,  the meeting of the luxury cruise offer with the offer of  selected package tours, intended as multisense exclusive experiences, allowing cruise passengers to spend unforgettable stays both on the open sea and in charming places, which are seldom included in the conventional tourist circuits.

The project consists of more segments, planning tourist land itineraries attracting  cruise passengers “eager” to land in minor ports and small passenger terminals, as well as new landing places for small cruises and maxi yachts.

For the beginning of the next summer season everything will be ready to welcome the first THEMIS cruise passengers.

Everyone participating in the event has also been presented with the promotional video, as an international preview.


Bitonto of Beauty and Goodness

The tour Bitonto of Beauty and Goodness is focused on the town of Bitonto and the surrounding territory and offers a multi-sensory experience which emotionally and physically involves the visitor, who will be welcomed and pampered for the whole day. It is not only a visit to places famous for their beauty and charm, but a full experience around a so generous and magic land.

The nearest THEMIS Port: the Port of Bari (distance:19.4 km / travel time 30 min)

This tour will start on the morning from Bitonto, a town boasting a very ancient history, the town of oil, a place symbol of the Apulian elegance, art and culture, expression of a foklore and a farming culture which is still fully alive today. Tourists will be welcomed by our guide Francesca and from the Baresana gate the walking tour will start and will last about 90 minutes, a tour of beauty, culture and tastes. It will be a walk around the places of power, the elegance of aristocratic buildings, the mystic atmosphere of places of worship, in a crescendo of amazement which will culminate with the Cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary of the Assumption, a real treasury, which will fascinate and expire emotions in its visitors, with its stories of saints and heroes.

With their eyes wide with beauty and amazement, visitors will be ready to experience goodness, at the typical restaurant “Il quarto storto” which will welcome them. There they will taste the delicious typical dishes of the traditional Apulian cuisine and will learn in the artisan pastry laboratory  “Boccabò” , with the help of its owner, Amedeo, how to make the famous “bocconotto”, a traditional Apulian dessert,  charateristic for its main ingredient, ricotta cheese, and because in the past it was made by cloistered nuns who lived in the monastery situated in the heart of the historical centre of the town. Its name “bocconotto” means that it is so good that is eaten in one bite.

In the afternoon the tour will continue in the direction of the countryside and the olive groves of the hamlet of Palombaio, 7 km far from the historical centre, where the participants in the tour, will experience a full immersion in the nature of the peasant Puglia, linked to the land and to the cycle of seasons, and will have the possibility to discover the processing techniques of the green gold of Puglia, with a visit to the oil mill of the farm Cuonzo, which has made organic farming its philosophy. Letizia will welcome visitors, offering them a guided tasting of the flavours and aromas of the extravirgin olive oil produced there.

This tour will end with a bike tour at the sunset, lasting about 60 minutes, immersed in a landscape full of olive and almond groves, around the countryside of this magic land.

The travel agency Laureatana Viaggi is specialized in tours tailored for meeting the needs of customers interested in discovering the beauties of the  “Land of Puglia” and combines unusual itineraries with visits to places both characteristic and unknown, with a special eye on slow tourism, trekking and biking.

For booking and info:
+39 0803743273
damiano@lauretanaviaggi.com
www.lauretanaviaggi.com

In the vicinity of Bari


The itineraries of the Ionic arch of Taranto

The tour  The itineraries of the Ionic arch of Taranto is focused on the town of Taranto and the sorrounding territory, and is meant for the participation of a minimum number of 8 participants and a maximum number of 15 participants.

The nearest THEMIS ports:  Port of Monopoli (distance: 69.4 km / travel time 1:13 min)
Port of Brindisi (distance: 75.9 km / travel time: 58 min)

The tour starts in the morning from the historical centre of the town, between history and culture, with our guide Claudia and the photographer videomaker Mario, who will accompany the group for making a reportage of the tour. Through alleys and narrow streets,  tourists will have the possibility of immersing themselves in the daily life and working activities of the citizens reviving with their industriousness, the streets of the old Taranto.
An obligatory stopver of this tour is the visit to the Cathederal of Saint Cataldo, the oldest cathedral in Puglia, with its splendid architecture and its famous hypogeum De Beaumont Bonelli Bellacicco.                                                                                                                                                                   Then the tour continues towards the MarTa, the National Archaeological Museum of the town of Taranto, for a guided tour along the exhibitions ranging between prehistory and the late Medieval Age, passing by the corridors exhibiting the “Taranto golden objects”, and admiring the colletion of jewels and the imposing beauty of the exhibited Heracles’ Head. Finally participants will be welcomed in the MArTA Lab, a digital handicraft workshop, where they will be enabled to reproduce by 3D printers, an object exhibited in the museum.

At 12.30ap lunch will be served in Crispiano, after a trip on a minibus,  at the Masseria  farm Amastuola, a building dating back to 1400, immersed in century-old vineyards and olive groves, housing an elegant  wine-hotel, a barrel store, a library, and a restaurant with a terrace. After the visit to this Masseria farm, its vineyards and its cellar, a tasting lunch accompanied by a selection of five organic  wines matched with five dishes of the traditional Apulian cuisine. This will be an opportunity to taste not only the local wines but also the local typical cuisine.  

In the afternoon the tour will continue by travelling on a minibus, to Grottaglie, which will stop  at the house of the Vestita family. Here participants will be welcomed by the owners of the house, Mimmo and Maria Vestita. Inside, it will be possible to enjoy a picturesque garden and a Medieval rupestrian  church recently excavated, an extraordinary art testimony dating back to the 13th century. In the Vestita House and Shop the tradition of the master ceramists is kept untouched. Through the tales of Mimmo Vestita, in his garden of wonders, participants will have the impression to experience a  trip back in time. The tour continues in the shop, where participants will have the possibility to observe the process of ceramic making, an art which is the flagship of the Apulian tradition and will experience how to make a ceramic object, under the guide of the masters of the shop.

The Meeting Planner is an agency specialized in the planning and organization of experiential events and in activities aiming  at developing the knowledge of the Apulian territory.

For booking and info:
+39 3791462205
+39 3332818180
eventi@meeting-planner.it
www.meeting-planner.it

In the vicinity of Monopoli and Brindisi


On the traces of Frederick II of Swabia

The tour “On the traces of Frederick II of Swabia” is focused on three symbolic places linked to Frederick II of Swabia: Trani, Castel del Monte and the National Park of the High Murgia, strictly connected with ech other, not only from a historical point of view, but also a regards  the territory in which they are situated.

The nearest  THEMIS port: Port of Barletta (distance: 15.8 km / travel time 20 min)

The tour starts early in the morning (at about 9:30am) from the Swabian Castle in Trani, where visitors, accompanied by the tourist guide Rossella, will feel immersed in the history of the castle built by Frederick II of Swabia, to protect the Reign of Sicily. The guided visit will continue to the Cathedral of the town, the highest example of Apulian Romanseque architecture. It is inserted in a splendid lasndscape, overlooking the sea and the nearby Templar Church of All Saints, which once was used to host not only pilgrims but also Crusaders leaving for the Holy Land.

The tour will continue by bus, towards one of the most important tourist desrinations in southern Italy: Castel del Monte, an octagonal shaped fortress, built by Frederick II around 1240 and belonging to the UNESCO heritage since 1996.  The whole castle is not only a splendid example of Medieval architecture, built in quartz and limestone, but its structure is also a symbol of magic ad exoterism. The guided visit of the castle will last an hour, during the visit participants will  immerse in the history and in all the legends and symbolism that the local tradition has absorbed over centuries.

At 12.30pm, participants will be offered a lunch organized by the Farmhouse Sei Carri, an excellent farmhouse situated within the National Park of the High Murgia. In its very beautiful rooms built in stone, dishes based on the old recipes of the typical peasant cuisine tradition of the Murgia and the old Apulian gastronomical tradition, will be served, accompanied by the red wine from Troia, produced in the nearby vineyards.

In the afternoon there will be a performance of foklore music and dances by the dancer-singer Benedetta Lusito who, with her movements and melodies, will delight the ears and eyes of the participants, letting them travel back to time, through the folklore of Puglia.

After the singing ad dancing, it is time to enjoy the wonderful nature by a walk in the nature of the National Park of the High Murgia, accompanied by a trekking guide among woods and steppes, in order to have the opportunity of enjoying the biodiversity of the Park and to learn how to recognize the edible plants, used in the Murgian cuisine for centuries. The participants will be given the possibility of collecting these plants, and the old recipes based on these plants, will be given to them.

The Federiciano Travel agency is specialized in offering tourists the possibility of living amazing experiences in Puglia, by interesting tours, being in line with an eco-friendly tourism and meant for those who want to discover a different side of Puglia, not touched by the traditional tourist flows, and for those who want to live unique experiences as tourist-actor-protagonists, thanks to exciting cultural, enogastronomic, naturalistic and sea tours.

For booking and info:
+39 3315434444
+39 0809644466
info@federicianotravel.it
www.federicianotravel.it

In the vicinity of Barletta


A travel of meetings and tales along the coast of Otranto...

The tour  A travel of meetings and tales along the coast of Otranto among contemporary jewels, tastes on the road, the typical folklore “pizzica” dance and hammock massages is focused on the town of Otranto and the surrounding territory.

The nearest THEMIS  port: Port of Gallipoli (distance: 51.1 km / travel time: 54 min)

The experience offered involves tourists from an emotional, intellectual and physical point of view. The whole package tour tells the story of the identity and culture of this territory, by the experiences and activities it offers. It lasts about 6 hours and is meant for a minimum number of 2 participants and a maximum number of 8.

The guide Angela and one or more Ape Calessino cars, will welcome the participants. These means will be the ideal means to enjoy each piece of the tour, making participants feel as they are living again the “Italian Doce Vita” of the ‘50s.

On board these characteristic 3 wheeled cars, participants will be taken around the historical centre of the town, for the guided visit of the Atelier of Roberta, goldsmith artist from Otranto, who with her jewellery collections made from material from Salento, tells stories, places and customs of the territory. Along the way visitors will admire the Aragonse Castle, the Cathedral of Romanesque architecture, the little Byzantine church of St.Peter, all of them enframed by the picturesque background of the crystal clear sea of Otranto.

In the Atelier visitors can explore the places of work of the artist, her creations and will observe her  while making her unique jewels, strictly linked to the local heritage from which she is inspired and which characterizes the Apulian manufacturing goldsmith art. At the end of the visit an example of the goldsmith art of Roberta’s hands will be given to participants as a homage.

After the golden jewels participants will enjoy taste jewels. Food becomes precious and meets the creativity of the young Chef Davide and of his Food Truck gourmet: a real mobile restaurant on the road!

Again on board the Ape Calessino car, the tour will continue in the direction of Palascìa Point, the point furthest in the east of Italy, offering participants the wonderful view of the beautiful red lake of the Bauxite Cave, the Coastal Towers and the old Masseria farms.

Within this splendid atmosphere, a country party which is unique of this kind, will welcome the participants. Here the show cooking of the Chef Davide will celebrate the quality street food, the most traditional and innovative one.

During the party participants will not only have the possibility of enjoying the live show cooking based on pizzas, “puccias” and “panzerottis”, but also a live performance of the typical “pizzica” dance from Salento and a picnic with a beautiful view, good food and very good company. This is a real interactive tour of gourmet delicacies on the road, during which  participants will experience how to fill “puccias” with their hands and taste all the other Apulian delicacies.

After having enjoyed a close contact with nature and good food, the Ape Calessino car will take guests to a peaceful place immersed in olive groves, situated at a distance of about 9 km, travelling for about 15 minutes.

Maestro Cristian, holistic operator, will welcome participants at the sunset, he will offer them the possibility of a hammock massage with a vibrational “sound bath” of Tibetan bells, under the stars and immersed in aromatic essences.

 

The whole package is a harmonic combination of tradition, design, creativity, art, taste, wellbeing, originality and multi-sensory emotions, meant for helping tourists to fully discover this territory, around an almost scenographic landscape, characterized by the typical baroque stone, olive groves, masseria farms, coastal towers, the Palascia lighthouse, the bauxite cave and the sea.

The tour operator Tourango, specialized in the luxury incoming tourism in Puglia, offers each time, experiences  that allow visitors to live the authetinc spirit of the territory, enhancing its qualities and revealing its most intimate secrets.

For booking and info:
+39 3475724615
+39 0832 523238
info@tourango.it
www.tourango.it

In the vicinity of Gallipoli


SEATour

The tour SEATour  offers a’“breathtaking” immersion in the heart of the Adriatic coast of Puglia, accompanied by a tourist guide graduated in biology and expert on the local history and art.

The nearest THEMIS port: Port of Monopoli (distance: 850m / travel time 11 min on foot)

The tour starts at 10.30am from the port of Monopoli, from which, by entering the scenographc gate of Porto Vecchio, we will go straight to the heart of the historical centre, and will immerse ourselves in the typical bustling and noisy life of the narrow streets and white alleys. The guided walk of 2 hours will be a journey around the history, the taste and traditions of this town  closely entwined with the sea and the so much venerated Madonna of Madia, whose image can be found everywhere at every corner of the old town, from the baroque Cathedral to the votive niches, and the frescoes of the undeground churches,  excavated in the rock over 1000 years ago. To visit one of them, the rupestrian church of  Madonna of the Suffrage and of the Amalfitana, visitors will enjoy the magic experience of being in a place below sea level.

In the workshop of Oronzo, a young shipwright, participants will have the possibility of  experiencing the building of little fishing boats (so called “gozzo”), a typical souvenir of Monopoli, and then the tour will continue in the direction of the old port.

Now it is time to have lunch: along the teeming and noisy alleys, visitors can smell the aroma of  bread and focaccias just taken out of the oven, and instead of the “gozzo” fishing boats, which have a shape similar to that of the old Venetian gondolas, the smell of fish just brought by fishermen from the sea, is in the air. On board  their fishing boats, Francesco, Giuseppe and Leonardo, three young fishermen, will be glad to take visitors to the Regional Park of the coastal dunes, setting sail from the marina of Savelletri, a hamlet in the territory of Fasano. On board, participants will taste typical dishes of the Apulian sea cuisine tradition matched with high quality local wines, such as the rose wines of  the farmhouse Masseria Mita and the Doc (Controlled designation of Origin) marked white wine Locorotondo of the Cellar Cardone.

Once got ashore, visitors will be given e-bikes for a beautiful ride up to the Archaeological Park of Egnatia, an ancient Greek-Roman town by the sea and crossed by a huge stretch of the famous Trajan road, and then going ahead along the via Francigena in the south, among fortified masseria farms, fig groves, thousand- year old olive groves and fields of Regina tomatoes, a precious Slow Food Presidia, visitors will reach the Park of the Coastal Dunes, where they will stop for birdwatching and taking photos of nature.
By slowly biking, participants will come back to Savelletri, but not without having tasted a good lemon ice cream, in the shade of the lictorian lighthouse of the sea village of Torre Canne. At this time the sun is going to hide itself behind the Murgia hills, it is time to set sailing again and make the unforgettable experience of  casting nets into the sea, together with master fishermen…..and goodness knows, while sailing in the deep waters of Monopoli, dolphins and turtles may go along with us.

The Cooperative Serapia matches the competences with the professionalism of some young environmental biologists, accrued in the field of the environmental education and teaching, of exursionism, sustainable tourism, both of a historical and cultural and naturalistic kind, as well as of the scientific research and  advice. The cooperative is specialized in a kind of experiential tourism, meant for transferring knowledge and passion and helping the birth of a new and more harmonic relationship between landscape and human activities, environment and economy, technique and culture.

For booking and info:
+39 3286474719
info@cooperativaserapia.it
www.cooperativaserapia.it

In the vicinity of Monopoli