Canoa Polo | Canoe Polo

Ciao!

E’ tanto tempo che non posto nulla: purtroppo non avevo nulla di curioso da farvi vedere.

Poi questa estate a Lerici ho assistito ad un torneo di un torneo davvero strano: il Canoa Polo!

Si, ok direte, ma … cosa cavolo è il canoa polo?

[Wikipedia.it] Il Canoa Polo (o kayak polo) si gioca con la palla in uno specchio d’acqua ferma (soprattutto laghi,canali o piscine) in un campo lungo 35 metri e largo 23 metri. La porta è sospesa a 2 metri dal livello dell’acqua e vince chi segna il maggior numero di goal in un tempo totale di 20 minuti per partita.

I cambi sono illimitati, l’importante è che nello specchio d’acqua in cui si gioca ci siano sempre solo 5 giocatori. I kayak per la canoa polo sono specifici per questa specialità e devono avere una lunghezza compresa tra i 2,1 e i 3,1 metri. I kayak da polo sono muniti in punta e coda di protezioni per ammorbidire i potenziali contatti con gli avversari.

La canoa polo é uno sport che unisce alla tecnica canoistica l’acquaticità della pallanuoto e il dinamismo della pallacanestro. Cinque giocatori in canoa cercano di segnare il numero maggiore di reti nella porta della squadra avversaria. La palla viene giocata con la pagaia o con le mani, in un campo di gioco costruito su un tratto di acqua senza corrente.

Bene, ora avete le idee più chiare? Allora guardate il mini slide show in fondo al post!

Hi folks!

This post is about a “strange” sport: Canoe Polo.

What? Canoe Polo?

[Wikipedia.org] The ball, a waterpolo ball, is passed from hand to hand among the players, with some use of the paddle on the ball also allowed. A player in possession can be tackled by being pushed over on the shoulder or back, players may only have the ball in their possession for a maximum of five seconds. Players can ‘dribble’ the ball by throwing it one meter or more, ahead of themselves or sideways into the water. Most of the rules concern the safety of the players involved. For example illegal substitution and entry into the playing area (see below), illegal use of the paddle, illegal action against a capsized player, illegal jostle and illegal screening. Penalties include goal- and sideline throws, free shots, goal penalty shots, and penalty cards.

Substitutions can be made at any time during the game without notifying the referee, the player has to cross the back line before another player can come on. If these rules are not followed a player is nominated by the captain of the offending team to be removed from play (sent off).

Canoe polo is played either indoors in swimming pools or outdoors on a pitch which should measure 35 metres by 23 metres. The edges of the pitch are marked by the sides of the pool, or better, by floating ropes (similar to lane markers in swimming).

There are two referees (one on each side-line) and they are on foot rather than in boats. The score is kept by the scorekeeper and the timekeeper monitors the playing time and sending-off times. The goal lines are monitored by 2 line judges. Before play commences scrutineers check all kit for compliance with regulations

The goals (measuring 1 by 1.5 metres) are a frame with a net, suspended 2 metres above the water. A player, acting as goalie, defends the goal with their paddle by sticking it up vertically, special rules concern the goalie, such as: the attacking team not being able to interfere with or jostle them. The length of the paddles used by the goalies are often longer than those used by other players.

The game is officially played as a 20 minute game consisting of 10 minute halves. The teams swap ends at half-time which is in 10 minutes 🙂 Each half begins with a “sprint” where each team lines up against its goal-line and the ball is thrown into the middle of the pitch by the referee. One player from each team sprints to win possession of the ball.

Click on the image below to start a short slide show about Canoe Polo, all pictures taken at an international meeting at Lerici (La Spezia, Italy) this summer, on my holydays.

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short story – Madonna Bianca (The White Madonna) Portovenere – Italy

Ciao a tutti.

Quanto vi presento in questo post è una piccola storia fotografica di un evento che si tiene il 17 agosto di ogni anno, a partire dal 1399!

E’ la festa con luminaria della Madonna Bianca, la patrona di uno dei più incantevoli paesi del golfo di La Spezia, Portovenere.

Il culto religioso verso la Madonna Bianca è legato ad un evento miracoloso, così come racconta la leggenda popolare, verificatosi nel 1399 durante l’occupazione francese nel borgo marinaro portovenerese invaso dalla peste.La tradizione afferma che un certo Lucciardo, un paesano, invocò davanti ad un’immagine raffigurante la Vergine Maria la liberazione di tale malattia e improvvisamente i colori del quadro s’illuminarono splendendo. Vedendo nello strano fenomeno un probabile evento miracoloso, legato alla sparizione della pestilenza attribuita alla Madonna, il dipinto fu trasportato nella vicina chiesa di San Lorenzo dando inizio alla devozione dei fedeli verso l’immagine e verso la Madonna Bianca, intitolazione derivante dal chiarore della pelle raffigurato nel dipinto.

Fate click sull’immagine sotto per far partire uno slide show musicale.

Hello folks!

This post is a short story about a religious procession which takes place in Portovenere, each August 17, since 1399!

According to legend, a small painting of the White Madonna was brought here in 1204 from the sea and was miraculously transformed into its present form on August 17, 1399. The miracle is celebrated each August 17 with a torchlight procession: after sunset, in the light of torches, the statue of the white-dressed virgin Mary is carried along the San Pietro promontory.

More links: Portovenere (wiki) and Portovenere Travel Essentials by Martha Bakerjian (About.com)

Click on the image below to start my story (audio slide show)

Luminaria della Madonna Bianca

Luminaria della Madonna Bianca

slide show – Giovanni Allevi in concert

Hi!

Some days ago I was lucky: I saw Giovanni Allevi in concert!

The location of this concert was a PLUS: Allevi played his wonderful music just in the middle of the ancient “Anfiteatro Romano” (Roman Amphitheater) of Luni (click here and here to read about this place)

I simply adore Giovanni Allevi: trust me, he’s a genius.

To show you how I was licky, please click the picture below to open a short audio slide show.

Ciao a tutti.

Il 4 settembre ho avuto la fortuna di assistere al concerto di Giovanni Allevi, organizzato a Luni, vicino a Sarzana, La Spezia.

La cosa meravigliosa è che il concerto è stato fatto all’interno dell’anfiteatro romano di Luni, con le rovine che venivano illuminate da luci colorate a seconda del brano che Allevi suonava.

Per saperne di più di Luni click qua.

Se invece volete vedere qualcosa di quello che ho potuto assaporare quella sera, click sull’immagine sotto.

Allevi  - Anfiteatro Romano di Luni

Allevi - Anfiteatro Romano di Luni

short story – Painting by night in Lerici (Italy)

This summer I spent some time trying to understand how to shoot pictures of artists.

I met a very willing young painter, Valentina Mencatelli, who made my try very easy and warm.

Maybe because she’s a psycologist and she worked with drug addicts.

I decided to take pictures of gestures of painting, without the painter: you’ll never see her face… do I need a psycologist?

So, click the image below to start the slide show.

Ah, do you know how much she sold her painting? €900!

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slide show – Napoleon Festival in Sarzana (Italy)

Last sunday I took some pictures at the Napoleon Festival in Sarzana, a nice town near La Spezia, Italy.

Sarzana is located in the Liguria region, in the low Magra valley.

The city is situated in the heart of Lunigiana, religious heiress of the ancient Roman city of Luni from the XIII century.

Why Napoleon Festival?

The Buonaparte family were from minor Italian nobility who held most of their property in this town: so the genealogy of this family should have started from Sarzana (as stated here).

So every year there’s a festival with a replica of an ancient battle, with few hundred men wearing 18th century uniforms (this time they were about 300) besieging Sarzana, with original and replica rifles and cannons.

At noon, in the main square, two cannons fire against soldiers to simulate a counter attack against the besiegers.

Eventually, besiegers and besieged have a square meal, drinking beer and wine together, as friends.

Click on the image below to see a small slide show.

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