We are organizing a Family reunion converging back to our roots, Komiza on the Island of Vis on June 4, 2011. It has been many years since our last broad based family reunion. If it is at all feasible, we would like to have as many as possible attend. It promises to be great fun. 


My first request is to help get the word out. I do not have everyone's contact information, so please share this email to your extended family members and/or send me your contact information in your family tree who might wish to join in on the event.


The plan is for to all arrive on either friday or early Saturday morning June 3 or 4th, 2011.  We are organizing a walking tour of Komiza starting at 3 PM on June 4th that will include visiting the original Mariani Family Home: the Mariani/Bura clan home followed by festivities and dinner at the port and hopefully a welcoming speech by the Mayor of Komiza.


On Sunday June 5th, if Father John Mariani can make it, we plan to celebrate mass at the main church of candles [as the locals call it] and tour the cemetery of our ancestors followed by lunch. After lunch we are all on our own schedules.  After the reunion,  Split is a good location to travel either east to the Greek Islands or west to Italy, Austria and other European destinations as you wish. The Dalmatian coastline is arguably one of the prettiest coastlines in the world.


How to get to Vis,  Komiza?

 Fly into Split before the reunion. To get to the Island of Vis you have two choices:

  1. 1.Either hire a car in Split then board the ferry to Vis and drive to the other side of the island to Komiza. There is only one road - you can't miss Komiza.  It is a beautiful 2 hour drive across the Island. There is a three star hotel in Komiza, [not wonderful but adequate and affordable] or for those interested, there are some bed and breakfast options that might be nicer. They are called locally "Sobe" which are basically apartments for rent.  Let me know, and we can help make arrangements.
  2. 2.Or, you can sign up for the Mariani Sailing Flotilla and sail on private sail yachts to Komiza. In this option you will be staying on the boats and therefore you will not need hotel rooms ferries, cars etc. This option is actually  economical.


Currently we have three  sailing ships booked [two mono hauled beautiful Bavaria sailing yachts and one catamaran]. While the Adriatic waters are typically very calm, those susceptible to seas sickness, I recommend a catamaran because it is very stable even in with large swells and high winds - albeit a bit more expensive. The mono hauls are a little more adventurous, but the seas are generally very calm for beautiful sailing. We have four additional yachts  held in reserve depending upon how many people wish to participate in flotilla.


The Mariani Flotilla first leg of the sail plan is to sail  from Split to Komiza. It is comfortably a two days [three hours per day sailing] to Komiza with lots of sightseeing port stops  on the way. In total, it is a one week charter. The plan is to sail as a group then Island hop to one destination to another on our way back to Split. A certified sailing captain will be provided for each boat if you are not certified or simply do not wish to sail yourself.  


The boats have 3-4 private suites/bedrooms and at least 2-3 bathrooms that sleeps  6-10 people depending upon the boat you chose and number of people in your family group. More information about the Flotilla plans, costs and stops will follow. Assuming a family per boat, you can chose the size to fit your needs. I can help in some of the practical decisions. 


For preliminary  budgeting purpose, with 6-8 people aboard, with a hired skipper and a hostess including tips, docking fees fuel etc, figure about 1200 euro's for the week per person. If you chose a larger boat with 10 on board without a hostess, the cost can be as low as 700 euros per person for the week. [We will be docking and eating most of our dinners at dockside restaurants].


More details to follow.


In the meanwhile, discuss the reunion among your respective family members and get back to me how many people plan to attend the reunion so I can get a preliminary head count and begin to organize the bookings of yachts, hotel rooms and reunion meal and other details. Any and all volunteers who wish to help in the planning a execution of the reunion are welcome.


David and Arlene Mariani & Family