Success for the second edition of the senior study holiday in Gasperina promoted by Ens


By John

The second edition of the Senior Study Holiday took place from 2 to 9 June in Gasperina (Catanzaro), an initiative organized by the ENS Headquarters, with the collaboration of the ENS Calabria Regional Council and the ENS Catanzaro Provincial Section, which brought over fifty deaf people from all over Italy to discover the historical, cultural, artistic and gastronomic excellences of the Calabria region, as well as to experience training moments with study seminars on deaf history and personal well-being, well-being and relaxation in the structure or in the beautiful beach on the Ionian coast of Soverato and surrounding areas, and of conviviality and celebration to strengthen the brotherhood that binds ENS members.

On Sunday 2 June, the Third Age Study Holiday kicked off with the meeting at the Park Hotel Mirabeau in Gasperina (CZ), where the members coming from all over Italy were welcomed by the ENS Board of Directors Annalisa Di Gioia, Third Age Coordinator Age, by the Regional President ENS Calabria Cav. Antonio Mirijello, and from the Provincial President of ENS Catanzaro Serafino Mazza, also receiving gifts of gadgets such as bags, t-shirts and books.

On Monday 3 June, members were able to visit the Certosa Museum in Serra San Bruno, accompanied by the tour guide Cosimo Salvatore Deluca and qualified LIS interpreters. Furthermore, the participants were welcomed by the Mayor of Serra San Bruno, Dr. Alfredo Barillari, by the Councilor with responsibility for social policies and family Carmine Franzè, by the Extraordinary Commissioner of the Serre Regional Park Dr. Alfonso Grillo. Subsequently, the group moved to Spilinga to visit the Madonna delle Grotte Sanctuary and the Bellantone company producing nduja. After the greetings of the Mayor of Spilinga Enzo Marasco and the deputy Mayor Franco Barbalace, the participants attended a show cooking with refreshments at the International Academy of Mediterranean Cuisine by the Director Corrado Rossi. Finally, the day ended with a visit to Tropea with its famous historic center and Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola.

The second day of the Senior Study Holiday, Tuesday 4 June, was dedicated to study and in-depth seminars. After the institutional greetings and welcome from the Mayor of Gasperina and Provincial Councilor of Catanzaro, Dr. Gregorio Gallello and the General Director of the Regional Tourism Department, Dr. Antonella Cauteruccio, who distributed various “Extraordinary Calabria” gadgets to the participants, the seminars “Senior age and disability: from the culture of waste to the Good News of hospitality and love” edited by Don Agostino Stasi, and “Brothers of Silence, discovering comics: the biography of Antonio Magarotto” with interventions by Alessandra Marras and Alessio Di Renzo.

Wednesday 5 June was dedicated to accessible guided tours in the province of Reggio Calabria. In the morning, members were able to visit the MuSaBa Santa Barbara Park Museum of the late deaf artist Nick Spatari in Mammola. In the afternoon, however, guided visits were held at the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria, where the members were welcomed for institutional greetings by the Regional Councilor of Calabria Giovanni Muraca, at the Bergamot Museum, where the participants were welcomed by the President prof. Vittorio Caminiti who honored the managers with souvenir books and a bergamot-based tasting. Finally, the day ended with a guided tour of Scilla with its famous Castello Ruffo and Chianalea.

Thursday 6 June, another day of study with the seminar “Being kind to yourself: Tips for well-being in old age” by the surgeon specializing in rheumatology Mattia Costenaro, and with the report on activities and well-being, nutrition and benefits of NW for the Third Age, with the speaker Instructor Giuseppe Corsini of the Italian Nordic Walking School (FIDAL).

The penultimate day of the study holiday was held on Friday 7 June. After the morning gymnastics and muscle awakening activity with the instructor Giuseppe Corsini, guided visits to the Musmi Museum and the Biodiversity Park of Catanzaro were held, with the blessing of the Archbishop of Squillace-Catanzaro Monsignor Claudio Maniago and greetings institutional of the President of the Province of Catanzaro Dr. Mario Amedo Mormile. Subsequently the group made a short visit to the Monumental Complex of San Giovanni in Catanzaro. In the afternoon, however, after the meeting at the Municipal Council Hall of Soverato with the Mayor of Soverato, Dr. Daniele Vacca and the City Councilor Giuseppina Altamura, guided tours took place in Badolato, the second most beautiful village in Italy, where the members were welcomed by the President of the Pro Loco Pietro Piroso and by the local expert guide Guerino Nisticò .

Finally, on Saturday 8 June, the study holiday ended in the morning with a guided tour of Le Castella, in the province of Crotone, with its beautiful historic center and Aragonese Castle, and in the evening with the gala dinner during which members and ENS executives spent an exciting and unforgettable evening together, with the extraordinary presence of the ENS National Vice President Rosella Ottolini. The evening ended with the screening of the short film on the highlights of the entire week, the cutting of the cake, the fireworks and the handover to the ENS Sicily Regional Council, represented by the President Maurizio Giuranna, who was immediately available to welcome the next edition of the study holiday.

Thanks to all the organizational staff of the ENS, in particular to the ENS Board of Directors Annalisa Di Gioia, to the Regional President of ENS Calabria Antonio Mirijello, to the Provincial President of ENS Catanzaro Serafino Mazza. And then, again, thanks to the Provincial Presidents of ENS Reggio Calabria and Crotone Santoro Favasuli and Vincenzo Basile for having guaranteed the LIS interpreting service during the guided visits in the respective provinces, to the contact person for the ENS multimedia area Antonio Bottari for the professionalism shown , to the host Park Hotel Mirabeau and to the director Anita Epifano for their friendliness and hospitality, to Ferrovie della Calabria for the bus rental service, and to all the tourist guides who accompanied the members to discover the excellence of Calabria. We hope that it was an unforgettable adventure for all deaf participants.