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Picture above: The cultural landscapes of the Po Delta have been shaped by changing patterns of agriculture and settlement (photo © Underworld / dreamstime.com).


The EU-funded EXCOVER initiative reveals how lesser-frequented regions of the Adriatic coastline have real potential to alleviate pressure in tourist hotspots. One of the EXCOVER case studies is the Po Delta region of Italy.

The challenge of developing tourism in the Po Delta and adjacent areas of Italy’s Adriatic littoral is now attracting international attention. The EU-funded EXCOVER initiative is a joint Italian-Croatian project looking at how to shift visitors from overcrowded destinations to less frequented areas. EXCOVER has taken this stretch of Italian coastline as one of its case studies. The project has promoted, through collaboration with an Italian documentary film-maker, a series of walks, typically about 7 or 8 km long (“each around 10,000 steps,” they say), which give visitors the chance to experience the quiet beauty of these flatlands.

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The warm shadow of Isabelle Eberhardt

Many years ago, I spent a long hot summer in and around a sleepy ksar on the edge of the Sahara. I read many books that summer, but it was 'Dans l’ombre chaude de l’Islam' that tugged and tugged again, urging me to return to its pages. That book was my introduction to Isabelle Eberhardt, a writer who — perhaps more than any other — has influenced my life and my thinking. This summer, so far from the desert and in a country where the most charming of all oases is my garden, I turned to Sharon Bangert’s English translation of 'Dans l’ombre chaude de l’Islam'. It appears under the Peter Owen imprint in a pocket-sized paperback.

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Liturgical adventures during Coronavirus times

Across much of Europe, church services and other faith gatherings were very limited or non-existent at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. In many countries, churches remained open for private prayer, but there were some countries where churches were locked. For me, as perhaps for many others in these difficult times, the online services streamed by various congregations have been an unexpected blessing.