Friday, May 1, 2015

APRIL 2015

Symbol made in Naples for Expo
Neapolitan pizza candidate for protection under
Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Mimmo Paladino’s horse

In the midst of Benevento a small
garden: Hortus Conclusus.

Cycling in Caserta palace park
The rectangular park in front of the 18th-Century
Royal Palace goes on for miles.

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04012015 Italy has chosen a culinary staple - classic Neapolitan pizza with tomato, basil and mozzarella commonly known as pizza margherita - as its number one candidate for protection under UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, local media report. Imitations are limitless, but the real pizza Napoletana measures up to 35cm in diameter and has a slightly-elevated rim of no more than 2cm. The base should be cooked for between 60 and 90 seconds in a stone oven with an oak-wood fire. A bill tabled in the Italian parliament in 2004 specified which types of flour, yeast, salt and tomatoes - sourced from Naples - must be used in pizza Margherita.  It also determined that the dough has to be kneaded only by hand. Protect your sauce! Neapolitan pizza tipped to enter UNESCO 'menu' | RT
04022015 Naples has long been determined to maintain its reputation as the spiritual home of one of the world's favourite foods. Italy offers Neapolitan pizza for UNESCO heritage menu | Times LIVE
04032015 Expo 2015 is a crucial event for the world Naples City Council proposes an agenda for action that can enhance the leadership of the city: landscapes gastronomic famous since ancient times, the production chains of excellence known worldwide, local products that are the pillars of the "Mediterranean diet" proclaimed in 2010 Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, pizza next world heritage, outstanding coffee, street food, air and joy. In Naples, food is culture, more than anywhere else. Napoli per Expo | slideshare
04042015 Naples is very well known for food. Even if a lot of the “business” is around the famous and inimitable pizza, street food is also a big part of the foodie culture and it’s not strange to find, both in the city centre such and in the suburbs, small places where to eat “fried stuff”. They’re called “friggitorie”, a sort of chip shops specialized in amazing local products capable of withstanding the trends of the moment and the passage of time. The best chip shops, or friggitorie, in Naples |
04052015 We soon discovered that everything in this place was absolutely huge. The palace itself is the biggest one built in Europe in the 18th century, and the rectangular park in front of it goes on for miles. I must thank the documentary for recommending the bike hire, as after 10 minutes of cycling we realised that we would have never in our wildest dreams made it to the other side by foot. And reaching the other end is unfortunately something you have to do if you want to take a look at the famous English gardens. Visit at the Royal palace of Caserta, Reggia di Caserta | Always Abroad
04062015 Naples has a typical dessert whose origins come from a surprising source. At a lunch in Lorraine, in France, during the first half of the 1700s, a Polish aristocrat tasted a sweet raised dough, soaked in sugar and Madeira wine, which he then named in honor of Ali Baba from his favorite story, "A Thousand and One Nights." French chefs, later introduced the Babà to Naples where it achieved world fame. The Babà is not Neapolitan. The crushing of food legends | Expo 2015 Milano
04072015 Small delicacies in the shape of shells, sfogliatellas are obtained by rolling a delicious filling of ricotta and almond paste into a rich number of dough layers. When baked, the layers become crisp and separate from each other, giving the sfogliatella its characteristic, ridged look. Icing sugar sprinkled on top completes these heavenly bites. Pintauro, a very small venue in the central Via Toledo, has been serving sfogliatellas – and sfogliatellas only – since 1785. Insider Guide to Napoli’s 10 Stunning Cultural Restaurants: The Best of Naples | The Culture Trip
04082015 Pastiera is a delicious and nutritious pie make of ricotta, boiled grain, eggs, lard, milk, sugar, spices and candied fruits cooked in a pastry shell in an appropriate pan called ‘il ruoto’. It is baked on Holy Thursday and Good Friday and is served on Easter Sunday, which allows enough time for the fragrances to mix, giving it its unique flavor. It has, however, a secret ingredient: aqua di fiori d’arancio or aroma of orange blossoms. But where does one find aroma of orange blossoms? That was what I was about to find out at Mrs. Viola’s pharmacy. There on the counter, next to the chapstick, was a basket full of little bottles with yellow labels stating: “ Farmacia Viola, S. Agata dei Goti (BN), Essenza per Colombe”. Spring’s Secret Agent | ItalianNotebook
04092015 The 2008 Terredora di Paolo Taurasi “Fatica Contadina” - the top-tier Aglianico of the tasting - has had two more years to age than the table wine, and the time shows in the color of the wine (garnet lightening to a pink-orange hue at the edges), and in the “vinous” aromas emanating from the glass. As wines age, the fresh fruits of a young wine tend to give way to earthier, more elemental scents and flavors. Here we begin to sense aromas of a forest floor, of mushrooms and fallen leaves, as well as the black cherry and iron that seem to be a hallmark of Terredora’s Aglianico. Finally, here we finally detect the ash of Campania’s volcanic soil, flavors of tobacco leaf and smoke, as well as Aglianico’s tell-tale chocolate and plums, in this case dark and ripe and beautifully aged. Aglianico’s rich history in southern Italy | The Taos News
04102015 Powerhouse, Cuomo… For this girl from New York, meeting a woman winemaker from the region of her immigrant grandfather, this was a special moment, layered with meanings. The surprise for me was Ravello. The name may ring a bell, as this is the dramatic, stunningly beautiful place where American writer and cultural figure, Gore Vidal, lived out his last years. On the breath-takingly beautiful Amalfi Coast, all the culture and history and beauty of the place rolls around your tongue in this equally beautiful wine. That Cuomo Touch! | Italian Grapevine
04112015 Sant'Agata de' Goti is a small, friendly and active town. When we were there, we were fortunate to see the car show of vintage cars and some Ferraris. There was also the town's Sunday market where I got some interesting finds. When you arrive to Sant'Agata de' Goti, you will go through a tree-lined road leading to a bridge that arrives to the main entrance of the town. On the left is the spectacular panorama of the natural fortifications of the town. Both daytime and nighttime, the effect is incredible. Inside the town itself is simpler, yet still beautiful. It's very well-kept and clean, in contrast to most towns in the southern part. A Weekend In Campania | Apron and Sneakers
04122015 “We wanted to open an authentic Neapolitan wood oven pizzeria, so we went to the source,” says Bourdages. They enrolled in a weeklong pizza boot camp run by the Naples-based Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (Real Neapolitan Pizza Association), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting Neapolitan pizza traditions. The five students, who ranged in age from 18 to 56, attended lectures on ingredients, visited a flour mill and a mozzarella producer, and spent 28 hours making pizza under the supervision of master pizzaiolos. By day, the apprentices learned how to make the Neapolitan pie’s characteristic thick outer crust. At night, they worked at historic pizzerias throughout the city. In the Kitchen with the World's Best Pizza Makers | Afar
04132015 The strong flavour is bittersweet. It oozes milk at each bite, is denser when you chew it than ordinary mozzarella, and has a smooth, brilliant porcelain-white (rather than yellowish) surface. It’s best eaten the day you buy it, as it doesn’t stay fresh for too long. There are three vital ingredients to proper mozzarella di bufala: a warm climate that produces great grass to graze on, free-ranging buffalo, and dairy skills handed down over generations. The foodie traveller on … the best mozzarella in the world | The Guardian
04142015 Herculaneum was engulfed by a torrent of mud flowing down from the slopes of the volcano, thus preserving it for centuries from the elements and illegal excavators. This definitely gives you a unique vision of life back then since some of the wooden elements, fabrics, mosaics and tile work remain as they were so many years ago. It was really something to see. Herculaneum |
04152015 Our final visit of the day, and it was only by chance, was to a small garden. That was where we met the horse. Like everything in the garden, he is the work of the Italian artist Domenico (Mimmo) Paladino. His garden – for a city built on top of empires, and full of shadows and spiritual shifts – disrupts thought.  It leaves you free to feel as your eyes wander over and around his long-armed figures, his up-turned umbrella of tiny faces, his symbols, his patterns, the careful tumble of old stone. The horse that followed me to Benevento | The Phraser
04162015  Located within the National Park of Cilento, the old town of Castellabate has been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage site. Narrow streets, picturesque corners, graceful arches and stunning palaces in grey stone characterize this quaint town and give way to breathtaking views of the Cilento coast. The fortress, built in 1123 to protect the population and naval traffic from Saracens invasions, still appears solid and imposing. Not far from it, the Basilica di Santa Maria de Giulia, with its gorgeous baroque facade, is also worth a visit. Don’t miss the opportunity to try local extra virgin olive oil and sweet black figs, along with fresh pasta with lamb ragù, a favorite of the region. Italy's most beautiful villages | L'Italo Americano
04172015 Once I finally admitted that the quality of my books (not to mention my reading habits and teaching ability) could bear improvement, whether they were published or not, I found that I had at least as much to learn as my unpublished classmates. And being a student made me feel younger! Yes, I’d taught many workshops myself, but I needed help with my current novel, and Sirenland instructors Anthony Doerr, Jim Shepard, and Dani Shapiro are literary superstars. It didn’t hurt that this improbable conference is held at Le Sirenuse, a five-star hotel in Positano, Italy – surely one of the most beautiful locations on the planet. On Being a Student Again | The Writer in the World
04182015 Take a boat ride around the island of Capri — you’ll get to see the entire island this way (at least from afar), and the beauty of it is absolutely breathtaking. You’ll also get to see the famous blue grottos up close and personal, without the crowds! 50 Things to Do in Europe Before You Die | Conde Nast Traveler
04192015 Nothing against Scialapopolo (which offers great food also) but what we like most about Tizzano’s is that the kiosk is exactly the same as it was when we were child and used to go to Capri for holidays, and used to get the lemon ice cream here.  Owned by the same family since then, you can feel the untouched mediterranean atmosphere with all those bunches of lemon fruits  hanging from the roof. Where to find the best lemon ice cream in Capri | The Hidden Capri
04202015 The Amalfi Coast, Capri, Sorrento and all of the towns in between are stunning, particularly in the summertime when the water is sparkling and everyone is dressed like they're on the cover of Vogue Italia, seaside edition. But how do you get to the Amalfi Coast at an affordable price? Well, the key is to do your research and look at your options. Here's the step-by-step guide I used to visit La Costiera Amalfitana. How to Visit the Amalfi Coast and Capri for Less | The Globe Getter
04212015 If you haven't been here already , the area of Massa Lubrense (Sorrento peninsula) is a botanist's delight from now until well into the summer. You don't have to be an expert hiker- there are several paths you can easily take. Go from Termini down towards Punta Campanella or from Termini up to Monte San Costanzo , enjoying not only the flowers but the views. The Sorrento Peninsula - A Botanist's Delight | Sorrento Amalfi Walk With Us
04222015 Italy’s Campania wine region is an easy day trip from the Amalfi Coast, and is known for its dedication to old world winemaking traditions and wines crafted from ancient wine varietals like aglianico, fiano and greco. When visiting Campania make sure to sip some Taurasi, a highly regarded DOCG-status red wine with notes of chocolate, leather and tar. While mainly a red wine region, there are a few white wines worth sampling in Campania, including fiano di Avellino and greco di Tufo. Around and About the Amalfi Coast, the Italian Way | Culture-ist
04232015 We were risking life, limb and divorce travelling around the Amalfi Coast in Italy by car. The narrow road, carved out of rock, twists around the craggy mountainsides high above the Mediterranean, before plunging down in corkscrew fashion until it reached a small village, then races through tunnels out into the sunshine and clambers up before plunging again. Terraced vineyards, houses and lemon groves hang suspended, and I wonder how they don't slide into the sea way below. Coasting through Italy |
04242015 Palazzo Penne, built in 1406 for Antonio Penne, the private secretary of King Ladislas of Anjou, is a rare example of the architecture of this period with its blend of Catalan (doorway) and Tuscan (façade bosses) elements. To gain some idea of the size of this Palazzo, just think of its stables (in the courtyard) that could accommodate 40 horses and 6 cars. The lily, the symbol of the royal dynasty, and the feather (the family emblem - penne means "feathers") are engraved all over the façade and entrance. Other carved symbols, revealing both the religiosity and the superstition of this eminent dignitary. Palazzo Penne, Naples | Mediterranean Meanderings
04252015 Few Italian cities cause as many arguments as Naples. Travelers either see it as chaotic and unwelcoming or else passionately believe that the city is one of Italy’s most vibrant and unique. Almost no travelers stand in the middle. Is the dividing line drawn between those looking for a quintessentially romantic Italian experience versus those seeking an adventure? Perhaps, but I believe that Naples offers something for every type of traveler. 20 Reasons to Fall in Love with Naples, Italy |
04262015 Naples’ peeling sepia walls tell you a lot about the city. They are devoted to passion and death. We will come to death later, as we all must. But the passion is everywhere – the canoodling couples, the flirtatious gazes, the lovelorn graffiti. In this heady atmosphere, I fell for Naples. No one would accuse the centro storico, the old historical centre, of being pretty, but she is darkly and ravishingly beautiful. She is also raw, passionate, secretive, generous, dilapidated, glorious, vibrant, and unabashedly corrupt and corrupting.  Naples: Passion and death in Italy's underrated gem | The Telegraph
04272015 We soon discovered that everything in this place was absolutely huge. The palace itself is the biggest one built in Europe in the 18th century, and the rectangular park in front of it goes on for miles. I must thank the documentary for recommending the bike hire, as after 10 minutes of cycling we realised that we would have never in our wildest dreams made it to the other side by foot. And reaching the other end is unfortunately something you have to do if you want to take a look at the famous English gardens. Visit at the Royal palace of Caserta, Reggia di Caserta | Always Abroad
04282015 Shooting of the Bond film, which will be Daniel Craig’s fourth turn as the British secret agent will take place outside Rome in in Campania, in the Royal Palace of Caserta, known as the Versailles of Italy. James Bond is back on the streets of Rome | Swide
04292015 If it wasn’t already obvious, Italians, and especially Neapolitans, take their pizza very seriously, and the AVPN is serious about protecting its reputation. The group has created a “certification” program that requires any pizza anywhere in the world calling itself Neapolitan to adhere to a strict set of criteria. This Ad Is Making Italian Pizza Makers Very Mad |
04302015 If McDonald’s executives didn’t understand that before last month, they understand it now. When the fast-food behemoth, which has seen its global profits tumble over the last year, aired a commercial in March implying that Italian children prefer burgers and fries to pizza, Italians reacted with outrage — particularly in Naples, the birthplace of the cheese-topped pie. McDonald’s told Italians that burgers beat pizza. That didn’t go over so well. | The Washington Post

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MARCH 2015

Belle Époque cafe
When visit Naples have dessert at Gambrinus next to the historic Piazza del Plebiscito.

Five-star appeal and world-class talent to
the creative-writing conference along the
southern Italian coast.

Taverna Estia

A gastronomic trip on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius to the restaurant of the starred chef Francesco Sposito.

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03012015 Costiera Amalfitana remains a road-trip dream for many. Perhaps too many - in summer, restaurants and hotels are filled to capacity. Along the cliff-hugging roads the aromas of basil and citrus are overpowered by Vespa and Fiat Cinquecento exhaust; and the Tyrrhenian Sea teems with megayachts. Knowing where to go (and when), is key to getting the most from this coast. Road-Trip on Italy's Amalfi Coast | WSJ Europe
03022015 The Amalfi Coast is situated in Italy's Campania region, to the South of Naples. The main transportation hubs for the Amalfi Coast are Naples, Sorrento and Salerno. The principal forms of public transport serving the Amalfi Coast are Sita coaches and, in the summer, the ferries and hydrofoils run by the Metrò del Mare navigational company. How to get to the Amalfi Coast |
03032015 Shapiro knew from her hostess that the Sersales – Antonio, his wife, Carla, and his father, Franco – were great readers, voracious consumers of literature. The two hit it off; on the way home, she said to her husband, the screenwriter Michael Maren, "I have a feeling. We are going to know those people." About two weeks later, she received an e-mail: "Ciao from Positano" read the subject bar. In the e-mail, Sersale suggested that Shapiro and Maren gather up a dozen or so writers, and the Sersales would host them at the hotel the week before the season got going – "to simply converse, with us and each other, maybe about what they’re working on, maybe not. The idea was very unstructured, very easy," Shapiro says. In the write place | How To Spend It, Financial Times
03042015 Casa Malaparte is a red masonry box with reverse pyramidal stairs leading to the roof patio. On the roof is a freestanding curving white wall of increasing height. It sits on a dangerous cliff 32 metres above the sea overlooking the Gulf of Salerno. Access to this private property is either by foot from the Town of Capri or by boat and a staircase cut into the cliff. Casa Malaparte - An icon of Italian modern architecture | Panoram Italia Magazine
03052015 High atop Monte Solaro, the natural landscape of Capri spreads out before your eyes. The clear blue of the sea is tantalizing even from so high above and the cliffs are covered with tough Mediterranean plants that can withstand the extreme setting, hot sun and strong winds. The bright yellow blooms of the broom bushes give way to gnarled rosemary branches and prickly cacti. The cries of seagulls cry float on the breeze, calling you back to the present moment like the gusts of wind from the cliffs. Vantage Point Capri | Pensieri Italo-Americani
03062015 Capri Tiberio Palace is situated just a few minutes' walk from the island's main square, the Piazzetta. There are 55 rooms at the hotel, all individually decorated with the same retro and flirty style. The most luxurious is the Bellevue Suite, with its direct access to the amazing Mojito terrace with 360-degree views over the Mediterrean sea. Hotel review: Capri Tiberio Palace, Italy | AOL Travel
03072015 Fornillo is the small, pebble beach just to the west of town. Choosing your stabilimento: Although there are ‘free’ beaches, in Italy it’s pretty common to pay to go to the beach. Stabilimenti, or clubs, provide you with a comfy lounge chair, umbrella and the use of a bathroom. The trick is choosing one that also has good food. Since we had our friend Diana’s recommendations, we headed straight for Ferdinando’s. Given the completely beautiful location, and our happiness to just be at the beach, I’m sure we would have been content with a panino. But Ferdinando’s delivered so much more. da ferdinando {positano beach + food} | Elizabeth Minchilli

03082015 The Falanghina grape may not be familiar to many of you, but it is Campania’s signature white grape, thriving in the volcanic ash soils found just outside of Naples. When yields are controlled, and the winemaking is precise, as it is at I Pentri, Falanghina can produce a world class white wine. Intoxicatingly aromatic, it expresses flavors of stone fruits such as white peach and apricot, with floral and nutty notes of honeysuckle and almond. Falanghina Flora | B-21 Fine Wine & Spirits
03092015 The most famous producer of Aglianico in Taurasi by far has been Mastroberardino, currently run by the tenth generation. Their Taurasi, grown on particularly volcanic soils, comes in a normale version and Radici, made for especially long ageing. Mastroberardino, Radici Riserva 1999 Taurasi was absolutely stunning and apparently at its peak last September – sleek, subtle, polished and with strong mineral elements, which is perhaps not surprising because the best soils of Taurasi and Aglianico del Vulture tend to be volcanic, as the name of the latter suggests. In praise of Aglianico | Jancis Robinson 03102015 |
03112015 The black soil of their vineyards is rich in potassium and silica and the ungrafted vines are either cane-trained or grow on the Vesuviana pergola. The lapillus and ash create a surreal scenario and it is thanks to the lush green of the vineyard that one remembers they are on planet Earth. Caprettone is the main grape cultivated and Casa Setaro uses it to make both still wines like Lacryma Christi Bianco and a traditional method sparkling wine. A wine for Trecase | DoctorWine
03122015 The doors of the theater close behind you and the room goes black. A screen illuminates, showing you a view of the city of Pompeii from what could have been any window in any home in the city. Smoke pours in the room, strobe lights flash, and the floor shakes as you watch the destruction and chaos the eruption caused. Then the screen lifts and you are face to face with a full body cast of a twisted human form, asphyxiated by extreme heat and noxious gases. Pompeii: The Exhibition at the Pacific Science Center | Seattle Refined
03132015 The Mediterranean Tourism Bourse BMT represents the perfect meeting point fo the whole Mediterranean area for the tourism operators. Many foreign countries attend the exhibition in Naples. The participants are exhibitors, buyers, incoming and congress operators and social tourism representatives. Thanks to the main foreign buyers the BMT offers the oppotunity of interesting B2B meetings and contact making for possible commercial relationships. Why partecipate | BMT Napoli
03142015 From a perspective like this one, location is everything. This hotel is so central to pretty much everything, you could build a spiderweb outwards to go anywhere. Though after staying in a variety of hotels in sunny Napoli, I wouldn't rate this one the very best. Not even close. Renaissance Mediterraneo Hotel Naples | Chilli Pepper Travels
03152015 For centuries Naples attracted royalty, artists and wealthy bourgeois on their grand tours, and the city still has the air of the royal capital it once was, although derelict façades often hide its grandeur. Naples resembles an old aunt who has fallen on hard times but lost none of her youthful appetites. Why homebuyers in Italy’s Naples are buying into history |
03162015 I arrived at 1 pm ish on a Saturday afternoon - just in time for lunch. And I was in luck. Chef Sposito (Europe's youngest bistellato - 32 years old in August) had been working on a new dishes for the spring and asked me if I'd be willing to try it out before he finalizes the menu. He didn't have to ask twice! I immediately found my place at a small table next to the window. A table come piace a type of table, with a view of the terrace and a perfect view of the kitchen whose curtains were about to open. A Sneak Peek at Spring - Taverna Estia, Brusciano (Na) | andiamotrips
03172015 Coffee aromas saturate the air along the freeway next to Melito, a town ten miles outside of Naples. A little beyond the off-ramp, a security guard monitors the gate to Cafe do Brasil‘s roasting factory (also known by one of its brands, Caffe Kimbo). Cafe do Brasil traces it roots back to the three Rubino brothers who in the 1950’s began to roast coffee beans in their father’s pastry shop and sold their blends in paper bags. Their successful roasting techniques contributed to the reputation of the south’s dark bittersweet blends. A Tour of Cafe do Brasil’s Roasting Factory | INeedCoffee
03182015 The Herculaneum Society is pleased to announce scholarships for undergraduates and postgraduates to participate in two summer schools in the archaeology, history and culture of Herculaneum and other Vesuvian sites, 22-26 June 2015 and 7-11 September 2015. Summer School at Herculaneum | The Friends of Herculaneum Society
03192015 Renzo Piano was commissioned to design the new Archaeological Museum of Herculaneum which should rise next to the excavation, in an area forthcoming to the "Pavilion of the boat" which could be removed to make way for the new building. The museum will house the finds that are crammed in the deposits of Ercolano and some frescoes and statues that are confined in the deposits of the Naples National Archaeological Museum. New Archaeological Museum of Herculaneum by Renzo Piano | A As Architecture
03202015 The Tomb of the Diver in Paestum was found on June 3, 1968, in what used to be known as Magna Graecia, and today is part of the province of Salerno. Painting is the least known form of Green art because – although some works were described and celebrated by writers and poets – almost all of the materials on which artists created their works have completely deteriorated over time. The Tomb of the Diver in Paestum, a gem of Greek painting | Italian Ways
03212015 The Villa of Mysteries is renowned for its burnt orange and red wall-paintings depicting an initiation into the secret cult of Dionysus, the God of wine. It is one of the few homes to have survived the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD pretty much intact, and features a series of fine dining and party rooms as well as a wine-press, indicating the Roman owner was wealthy. Pompeii fresco-adorned Villa of Mysteries opens in fresh start for Italy heritage | ArtDaily -The First Art Newspaper on the Net
03222015 Though much is now known about the villa, the meaning of the individual scenes in the frescoes that give the site its name — portraying some two dozen life-size figures widely believed to depict an initiation rite into the cult of Dionysus, the god of wine — remains mysterious. "Tour guides always want to make it some kind of weird cult place; I don’t think it’s that," said Mary Beard, professor of classics at Cambridge, who noted that the room was a public space, and so would have been seen by visitors. Undoing the Ruins Once Wrought by Vesuvius |
03242015 Since Pompeii was the go-to vacation spot for the ancient Romans, you can be sure there were plenty of opportunities for imbibing some of the ancient varietals. After several years of intense research, including botanical studies, analysis of pollen recovered in Pompeii, and the examination of frescoes on site, two types of indigenous grape varieties were identified: the Piedirosso and the Sciascinoso. They were then planted in the exact locations identified as being in use in Roman times. Fruit of the Ancient Vine | The Smithsonian Associates
03252015 In Italy overall the region of Campania has most top 10 Tripadvisor slots with Sorrento placed 5th, Positano 7th and Naples 9th. Rome top Tripadvisor Italy destination, fourth in Europe |
03262015 Campania is the region of Italy encompassing the Amalfi coast, Naples, Salerno, Pompeii, and many more of the most popular destinations in Italy. A rugged and mountainous region, Campania is known for its beautiful yet expensive coastline with clear blue water, amazing food, and rich cultural history. Agriculture is one of the main industries in the region, and lemons grow in abundance. Campania | Budget Your Trip
03272015 Palazzo Avino is a grand 12th Century villa turned five star historic hotel tastefully refurbished to the highest standards while retaining its medieval and baroque features. Part of the charming hillside town of Ravello, south of Naples, the hotel boasts an incredible Mediterranean sea view, exceptional hospitality and a Michelin star restaurant. Hotel Palazzo Avino | An Affair With Italy
03282015 Praiano: Sunbathing, dancing and drinking a spritz at the One fire. The One Fire Beach club is located in Praiano, on La Gavitella Beach. You can arrive there by lots (lots) of steps from the centre of Praiano or by a water taxi. From Positano it is possible to go there by a boat service twice a day. Here you have sun until 8pm so it is suggested to go after 2pm. The view is incredible: all along the coast until Capri Island! But the best thing is the welcoming of Piccoletto and all the One Fire staff: music, drinks, good food and lots of fun… 10 things to do on the Amalfi Coast | Zia Lucy
03292015 Traveling to the Amalfi Coast is nothing short of an adventure for those who adore panoramic views over rock cliffs, tiny fishing villages and beautiful beaches. Imagine riding a vintage vespa along the 'road of 1,000 bends,' commissioned by King Ferdinand II of Naples. This romantic destination has been a hotspot of the stylish élite for decades. A Girl's Guide to Packing for the Amalfi Coast | Italy Magazine
03302015 In 1994, when then-President Bill Clinton arrived in Naples, Italy, for the G7 summit, he came, he saw and he conquered — the city's authentic pizzerias, that is. The president's quest took him to Via Tribunali, which is home to several of the pizzerias frequently cited as the best in a city that seems to have one on nearly every corner. In port in Naples, on the pizza path | Travel Weekly
03312015 It came on the day Italy's UNESCO commission was expected to green-light a proposal to include the art of the traditional Neapolitan pizza maker in the UN cultural organisation's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Pizza symbolising Expo made in Naples |

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Open-air market 

In Naples, you can just park yourself on a street corner and watch the world roll by.

The Casa Rossa
On the road that cuts through Anacapri, a red 
house, a mix of Moorish and Byzantine stiles.

Discovering the Amalfi Coast

          My first trip to visit the town of Positano and the ruins of ancient Pompeii.

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02012015 It's the closest thing to "reality travel" in Western Europe — fertile, churning, exuberant, and fun. Naples is one of Italy's major cruise ports, and ships dock right in the town center. A tourist information desk, ready to answer questions and provide maps, lies close to the disembarkation point. Still, some friends I made onboard my last Mediterranean cruise walked 100 yards off the ship, went through the terminal, and peered into Naples' clogged streets. Then they turned around, and spent the day in the ship's pool. Rick Steves: Naples: Italy in Your Face | The Sun Chronicle
02022015 The narrow winding streets take you through the nook and corners of Naples making your journey in the city all full of adventures and thrills. It’s Centro Storico (historic centre), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts of some of the finest archaeology and art of Europe. Its bundle of royal palaces and castles are a symbol of refinement. A city of magnificent sculptures, frescoes, and vistas, there is much more to uncover here on a vacation. Get Introduced to True Italy in Naples | Welcome Rentals
02032015 The everyday objects that survived Vesuvius’s fury - and an amazing amount did - are no longer in Pompeii. They are in the Naples National Archaeological Museum. Guidebooks don’t explain that in Pompeii, you see mostly the shell of the great city, its walls, fountains, bars, temples. To see its interiors, artwork and such everyday objects as lamps, cutlery, and erotica, go to Naples. Pompeii | Saundra and Kelly's vacation dreams
02042015 Among all of the places we visited the most astounding, perhaps because I had least expected it, was the villa believed to have belonged to the family of Poppaea, doomed wife of the Emperor Nero, at Oplontis. Also buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE, the Villa Poppaea nestles in the urban dystopia of modern Torre Annunziata, part of the extensive and amorphous Neapolitan hinterland. Peacocks and Fountains. Villa Poppaea at Oplontis. | UnderstandingRome
02062015 Our Walks of Italy tour guided us through ancient Pompeii where we walked through ruins of baths, homes and shops. It was absolutely fascinating to see how well-preserved everything is! We wrapped up our day just before sunset and, while the bus returned the rest of the tour group back to Rome, I stayed behind to take a train to nearby Naples. Discovering Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast with Walks of Italy | The Blonde Abroad
02072015 We like to base ourselves in Sorrento. It is easy to get to, full of history, with several cultural opportunities. However, we also like that Sorrento is a charming and bustling little town. There is a wide variety of restaurants and bars. The shopping is good. Sorrento is also one of the best strolling and people watching towns in Italy. 3 Favorite Hotels in Sorrento Italy | The Traveling Professor
02082015 Our accommodation was in Atrani, right near Amalfi, and was a B&B recommended by Wade and Megan. The view from the rooms was amazing, looking directly out over the sea! The host, Pino, was also very accommodating and cooked fresh croissants for us very morning. A summer break in Italy | Adrian and Simon at large
02092015 Combine with your wedding in Italy ? Upgrade to the Legendary Capri Palace Hotel. Highlights of Italy | Travel In Style
02102015 The Casa Rossa (or Red House) in Anacapri peaks through the memories recorded by Alberto Savinio. “The inscription above the entrance welcomes me, ‘Hello, inhabitant of Apragopoli’. The emperor was right: there I was, elected honorary citizen of the city of idleness.” The Casa Rossa in Anacapri: made for idleness | Italian Ways
02112015 Rich volcanic soil from the eruption that buried the Roman city of Pompeii in 79 A.D. feeds the world’s loveliest of lovelies when it comes to tomatoes. San Marzano, a variety of plum tomatoes and the only ones fit for authentic Neapolitan pizzas, are revered the world over. But there’s another unique tomato with an impressive lust for life. It keeps fresh for months, intensifying in flavour. The Piennolo grape tomato is but one of the DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) products of Italy, which safeguards standards of quality and authenticity. These little tomatoes are harvested in June and woven into clusters; home cooks use them as needed well into autumn. These hardy survivors need no irrigation, only the rain and are great friends with seafood. Southern Italy food tour part 1 Campania Italy |
02122015  Our guests who will exhibit a picture of Foody at the reception will have a little gift from Villa Sorrento ... A characteristic bag of Sorrento lemons and oranges. Villa Sorrento is Expo 2015's friend! | Villa Sorrento
02132015 Thanks to Ecco Pizza&Pasta, visitors to Expo Milano 2015, hailing from as many as 140 countries throughout the word, will be given an opportunity to taste a series of typical foods, purchase DOP and IGP products and glean information about our finest culinary specialities. Additionally, they will also have a chance to familiarize themselves with the time-honoured tradition of Campanian food and wine. Ecco Pizza & Pasta | Where Naples Coast & Islands
02142015 Robin Crews explores the island of Ischia in a day. Any visit to Naples is enhanced by a trip to the islands, and Ischia is an easy hop over the water. Though the volcanic island is very small – less than 50 square kilometres – it is packed with must-see sights. From a great hike, to beautiful coastlines, an espresso tour, a relaxing spa or a visit to the lost Colosseum, Ischia certainly packs the punch in things to see and do. Italia! March issue on sale now! | Italia!
02152015  There really is no way to accurately describe the Amalfi coast and give it justice. Think jagged, tall cliffs; winding roads; water in shades of blue you cannot find in a 100 pack crayon box; street-side fruit vendors; pockets of charming towns; and finally, horizons that blend so well you are not sure where water meets sky. That's Amore! Our Day in Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano, and the Amalfi Coast | Dessertation
02162015 We visited a local craftsman that created hand carved cameos from local shells.  The man in the picture makes each cameo by hand. It was a family run business that had been in operation for over 50 years. He makes traditional portrait cameos as well as floral designs. Mediterranean Cruise: Amalfi Coast & Pompeii | Sweet Carolina Belle
02172015 You only have one day to explore Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, so make it count! Take the pressure off and make the most of your short time in this beautiful and fascinating part of the country with our guided Pompeii tour from Rome. You’ll embark on an in-depth exploration of the ruins at Pompeii followed by a relaxing drive along the beautiful Amalfi Coast, with time to let your hair down and explore the jewelbox seaside town of Positano. Pompeii Tours from Rome with Amalfi Coast | Walks of Italy
02182015 This morning, join your guide for a walking tour of Sorrento, famous for the production of limoncello, a digestive made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar. Other agricultural production in this resort town of Campania include citrus fruit, wine, nuts and olives. Inlaid wooden music boxes and furniture are manufactured here, as well.  Optional tour this afternoon to a local Mozarella farm and pizza party. Spring Fling to Italy's Spectacular Amalfi Coast - ACT Tours
02192015 Meta is the magic entrance to the Penisola Sorrentina, featuring a breath-taking panorama that fascinates tourists from all over the world with its observation platforms. Meta name derives from “Miliarium”, ancient Roman stone used in order to mark the distances along the Roman public roads. Meta is even famous for its characteristic ninth century dated coastal watchtowers. About Meta: the territory and its attractions |
02202015 Much of the preparatory work at the Afragola site has already been completed. The station is expected to serve as an interchange between high speed and local services, says infrastructure manager RFI. Astaldi to complete Napoli Afragola station | Railway Gazette International
02212015 Walking the streets among the locals, you’ll discover a number of unique stores, many of which sell lemon inspired products, one of the staples of life in Positano. Continuing down the cliff further into the town, you’ll soon stumble upon the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. This ancient church is the landmark of the town and clearly stands out to all who pass through, thanks to its beautiful majolica-mosaic dome. PortFolio: Positano, Italy (Naples) | Cruise Currents
02222015 Antica Sartoria is a wonderland of Positano Moda - a Bohemian style that took hold in the 1960s, when visitors “discovered” the Amalfi Coast and needed beachwear to match the delightful surroundings. Caftans, pareos, flowing skirts, and dresses, are done up in vibrant patterns, enhanced by embroidery and lace. Six Favorite Shops in Sorrento | About Travel
02232015 “I hate the idea of fake military clothes,” said Ciongoli. “It’s disrespectful to the people who earned them.” Instead, he took mid-century-inspired tailoring, softened it up the Neapolitan way, and added staples that he imagined Capa would need - Henleys, twill trousers, a trenchcoat vest, and 501-inspired denim. Eidos Napoli is a brand of Neapolitan tailoring for cool guys. Skateboarding, WWII, and Italian Tailoring Meet in Eidos Napoli’s Fall 2015 Collection |
02242015 The unifying tread was the language in which Galeazzi sang. It was Italian here and there but predominantly Neapolitan, the speakers of which insist is a language not a dialect. Within the Gaetano Donizetti Suite, she sang the very popular I te voglio bene assaje. This was at the beginning of the concert when the voice still had not warmed up enough, amends for which were amply made as the evening progressed. Earlier on we had some Pergolesi-inspired music in the Suite from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella which included the lovely Pastorella and a lively (what else!) tarantella. Galeazzi sang in Neapolitan but a lot of Spanish spirit was inevitable. Centuries of direct Spanish rule left its mark on Naples. Neapolitan folk songs | Times of Malta
02252015 I arrived just in time yesterday on Carnevale to celebrate my favorite part of the day - eating lasagna! I thought that lasagna was traditional all over Italy for Carnevale, but I learned last year that it's pretty much just the Naples area.Home Again on the Amalfi Coast | Ciao Amalfi
02262015 I’d like to focus on the first course: the Neapolitan version of lasagna. It is a traditional dish of Carnival (eaten on Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras) because it is a meaty, plentiful and rich dish, made of different  layers of pasta filled with as many ingredients as you can imagine. First of all it has no béchamel sauce, unlike other Italian versions; moreover the sheets of hard wheat pasta are seasoned with the traditional Neapolitan tomato “ragù” sauce, ricotta cheese, meatballs, hard boiled eggs, “fiordilatte” cheese, “caciocavallo” cheese, grated parmigiano cheese and so on… Italian Carnival Traditions: Neapolitan Mardi Gras menu | tipstogo
02272015 As I served myself some coffee from a silver coffee set into elegant bone china in the Villa Cimbrone breakfast room the next day, I gave up on trying to be glamorous Greta Garbo, and tried to imagine myself as Virginia Woolf preparing for a meeting with the Bloomsbury set.  I think my husband was secretly imagining himself as John Maynard Keynes as he read his newspaper and ate his scrambled eggs. Romantic Ravello and Lacing Wars | Mozzarella Mamma
02282015 We stayed in one of the smaller towns, Maiori, which meant our apartment was seriously reasonably priced and still within easy reach of the other towns. Placed slightly up in the hills, our apartment overlooked an intimate beach cove and lots and lots of sapphire-blue Tyrrhenian Sea - bliss! We found the people warm, welcoming, and the town full of old, Italian charm. The Amalfi Coast on an Italian Shoestring | The Huffington Post

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Path of the Gods
Pre-trip research: a walk along a trail overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

The Minerva Garden

At Salerno the first botanical garden in Europe
for cultivating plants for therapeutic use.

Witch's Love Potion

Strega is an herbal, saffron-infused liqueur produced in Benevento.
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01012015 Indeed, the best coastal walking in all Italy is on the Amalfi Coast - especially for those who are accompanied by this man, whose hands you see below who brings along his own home-grown, organic appeso tomatoes as a succulent mid-morning snack for the lucky individuals who have joined him on one of Europe’s great mountain trails. A Path Less Taken | Insider's Italy
01022015 The complex of Santa Maria de Olearia, on the Amalfi Coast, includes three small overlapping churches built starting in the late 10th century in Maiori. During the Middle Ages, the town was a favorite hermitage and a meeting point for monks of the Eastern and Western Christendom. Here, the so-called crypt (or catacomb) showcases frescoes in Campania’s typical Medieval style alongside paintings obviously inspired by Byzantine art. East meets West, in Santa Maria de Olearia’s frescoes | Italian Ways
01032015 Which are the must see towns? First and foremost comes Positano. İf you have a chance to enjoy a room at Le Sirenuse in Positano, you will discover that even Steinbeck was inspired staying there. The hotel’s Michelin star restaurant La Sponda offers a delicious lamb ravioli and a very romantic environment. While in Positano, your legs will remain in shape post-wedding as you will be climbing steps and hills all day long. There is no other way to get from your hotel to the beach, or to the restaurants or the adorable little shops. Amalfi Coast The perfect destination for a dream honeymoon | Wall Street International Magazine
01042015 As the boat docked on Amalfi’s busy quayside it was already obvious that the town had a much more tangibly urban feel than little Positano. Along the seafront, larger ornate apartment blocks stood proudly like the kind usually found in Rome or Naples; in its port boats glided in and out with greater regularity and purposefulness; and in its squares, crowds bustled in a way which inferred that real life was going on here, as well as tourism. Positano & beyond - Amalfi | The Daily Norm
01052015 A charming square fans out into many tiny, winding streets that pop you into glorious views and magical laneways and public and private gardens that turn your knees to jelly and make you wish you could find a way to live there forever. Of the gardens open to the public Villa Ruffolo, with its Arabian archways and Villa Cimbrone, where Greta Garbo once hid away with her lover, conductor Leopold Stokowski are the most outstanding, romantic and visually satiating. Wonderfully talented & inspiring artist Leah Frazer transports us to unique & romantic Italy | the vista - Cargo
01062015 The Minerva Garden in this southern Italian town traces its roots back to the 14th century, when the medical writer and botanist Matthaeus Silvaticus decided to set up a small garden of simple medicine, attached to Salerno’s medical school, Europe’s oldest. Silvaticus used the garden for experimental and educational purposes, and mentions it in his 650-page encyclopedia about medicating agents, he says “and I have it in my garden in Salerno, near a sizeable spring”. Salerno’s Minerva Garden: a hidden trove of therapeutic treasures | Italian Gems
01072015 Great cuisines require accomplished restaurants to bring them to perfection, and Ravello offers some of the region’s best, and the meals are often served with stunning views of the Amalfi Coast or the valley that separates Ravello from Scala. For dessert, try a local specialty: the lemon cake. And if you are enjoying a dinner, top it off with an ice-cold glass of limoncello, the local lemon liqueur that has become internationally popular. Neapolitan Cuisine at its finest | Ravello Città della Musica
01082015 "La Delizia al limone" by Pasticceria La Zagara in Positano is truly paradise. Salerno | Fashion Crowd Adresses
01092015 It was a really hard decision, we loved di Matteo but we also loved Starita and Sorbillo.... But in the end, the toppings won out. Yup, we chose this place because of the quality of the toppings. We weren't swayed by the purist approach of discussing the dough or the tomato sauce, even those are still very important! But the toppings here just stole the show. I am also highly amused by their promotion of Clinton visiting them both on their menu and their site! Pizzeria di Matteo - Our Favourite Pizza in Naples | Living in Sin
01102015 Located in central Napoli, on Corso Vittorio Emanuele, close to a couple of nice hotels, Veritas is a small, welcoming place with some interesting cityscape inspired ceramic pieces (loved the Vesuvius cones) and a few tables that make the ambiance calm and elegant. The menu changes often, and ingredients mix local terroir with exotic influences in some of the dishes. The amuse bouche was a marriage of two classics: ricotta and cream of anchovies, with a shaving of seasonal truffle. A great opener. A meal a Veritas, Napoli (Italy) | Pasta Bites
01112015 If you are brave enough to walk for 20 min from the Capri center, Le Grottelle will reward you with one of the most impressive views on the island. The cooking is very simple (if you ask for arugula salad with tomatoes, this is what you will literally get), but the location is worth the hike. Where to eat in Capri? | Luxeat
01122015 One of the oldest restaurants on the island, in the center of town, Aurora continues drawing crowds thanks to its excellent thin-crust pizzas and an elegant yet congenial ambiance. If you can’t get a table on the terrace, which is always mobbed during the high season, ask to be seated in the luminous small back room that overlooks orange and lemon groves. As in many of Capri town’s restaurants, the walls are adorned with photographs of famous past clients. Order house specialty Pizza all’Acqua, a white pizza topped with mozzarella and peperoncino. Aurora | Indagare Travel
01132015 Le Agavi is a 5* hotel with private beach in Positano, on a cliff overlooking the town and the sea. Five Exclusive Hotels on the Amalfi Coast | Italy Magazine
01142015 Like everything in Positano, the hotel fit into its requisite nook.  Anne rang the bell in the lobby. From a door behind the counter, a man emerged wearing a suit tailored so well it cut like a knife. His whole presence cut like a knife. Coltello: The Cut That Bled Limoncello | Travel Studies
01152015 Arrived at Hostel Brikette, which is perched at the top of Positano. Cosimo (the front desk guy) immediately offered to carry my bag up the stairs…I knew this would be an awesome place once I saw the view from the veranda. I immediately booked another night ;). I stayed in an 8 person dorm, met a heck of a lot of Canadians…even about 5 from Vancouver! This night we all (staff included) partied on the deck. Positano - Amalfi coast | La Vie de Deux Mademoiselles a France
01162015 My shot of the day, however, is something special. Amalfi is known for its hand-made paper -- the streams that run down from the mountains make it easy to tap the water power to run the paper-mills. And so they have a Museo della Carte (Paper Museum) there, which showcases working versions of machines used to make paper, dating as far back as the 13th century. And as there weren't many people when I was there, some ideas came into my head... Grad Trip - Photo of the Day 18 (aka Murderer at the Mill) | life more beautiful
01172015 We spent about 6 hours exploring the ruins of wealthy homes, bread shops, brothels, 'fast food' joints, and amphitheaters. We took goofy pictures pretending to be Pompeiians at work. What I liked the most about Pompeii was that you could walk right off the main path into any site you wanted. The Amalfi Coast with Troy | ItalywithEmeri
01182015 Located near the village of Furore, the Sant’Alfonso Agriturismo (a farmhouse used for tourism) is perched high on the cliffs looming above the sparkling sea, offering sweeping views of the dramatic landscape that stretches for miles. Each morning I woke up to the faint sound of tinkling cowbells tied to goats wondering among the vineyards in the rugged valley below. I couldn’t believe this was where I was staying. It was absolutely stunning. Our gracious hosts, who have a young family, cooked us delicious Italian meals each night that consisted of an appetizer, a pasta dish, and a meat dish, followed by dessert. If you love wine, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes, this is the place to be. Italy’s Stunning Amalfi Coast | G Adventures
01192015 In Cilento, the most beautiful yet relatively undiscovered southern part of the region, a handful of fine producers are raising the bar for wines of local grapes Fiano, Aglianico and Piedirosso. In the last 20 years a small number of visionary estates have dedicated themselves to making premium wines, with fine results. People like Bruno De Conciliis and Luigi Maffini have inspired a new batch of young producers with wines of character that reflect this land and complement its delicious food. Cilento, Italy | Decanter
01202015 These wineries trail from the new Cantina Marianna Grottolella, run by a father and daughter since 1996, to the oldest winery in the region, the world-famous Mastroberardino of Atripalda with the Morabianca restaurant at the Radici Resort & Golf. Other vineyard highlights include the Feudi di San Gregorio of Sorbo Serpico with its modern Michelin-starred restaurant, Marenna, nestled among the vineyards; Caggiano of Taurasi; Molettieri of Castelfranci; and the Quintodecimo Moio in Mirabella Eclano, a land of cheese, salami, truffles, chestnuts and, it goes without saying, award-winning wines. Irpinia, Italy’s Next Sweet Spot | Recommend Magazine
01212015 As we reached the doorway of our lunch stop, Trattoria l’Antico Borgo in Scala. We walked up a small set of stairs and into an immaculate restaurant filled with natural light from its dining area with windows on three sides and amazing smells emanating from the kitchen and the ceramic pizza oven in the transition area to the dining room. Here, we were greeted by our server and host, an older Italian woman who Darin personally believes had the sole responsibility to encourage us to eat as much as humanly possible. Though she spoke no English, we clearly understood the word “Mangia!” and it seemed to be said many times during the meal… Naples: Amalfi, the Feast, & Ercolano | The Next Journey
01222015 Continuing on our gastric tour of Napoli specialities, we went right next door for baba. Baba is an Italian dessert that people, apparently, enjoy. We were not those people. It’s a stale cold muffin that they squirt with rum and tasted like a sponge soaked in alcohol. I could feel the taste in my mouth hours after eating it and still get shudders thinking about it. Naples, EATaly & the Amalfi Coast! | A teaspoon of adventure
01232015 Pursuing his interest in the art, Charles VII founded the Capodimonte (top of the mountain) Porcelain factory in Naples in 1743. The detailed history is complex and involved a lot of experimentation with the porcelain “recipe”, hiring of various artists, chemists, directors, and so forth, and the establishment in Naples of an art academy. Capodimonte porcelain–a royal tradition from Naples | The Italian South
01242015 The art world in Naples has gained renewed energy thanks to the re-opening of the MADRE museum – which is situated in the city’s historical centre – and the ongoing renovation of the Lanificio (or ‘wool mill’), formerly the cloisters of the Church of Santa Maria in Formiello, in the district of Porta Capuana. By bringing together independent artists, artisans, designers and gallerists, Made in Cloister presents an independent cultural reality which will work alongside the city’s museum spaces. Postcard from Naples | frieze
01252015 Portraying Naples may trap the authors into stereotypes: these artists managed to go beyond investigating the fascinating, complex and multifaceted reality, that is both documentary and symbolic narration. Blow up - Fotografia a Napoli 1980-1990 | The Eye of Photography
01262015 Naples felt much more 'alive' than Florence. As if 'real' Italians lived there, not just tourists. ITALY Part III: Naples/Napoli | British Girl Abroad
01272015 In a workroom close by the Bay of Naples, Antonio De Matteis, chief executive of the Neapolitan tailor Kiton, is explaining the ins and outs of the relaxed, soft-shoulder look that distinguishes a Neapolitan suit “When it’s made by hand and stitched by hand it means that its form moulds to the body. It lasts longer. It becomes better with time,” he says, turning an unfinished grey cashmere jacket inside out to expose a neat double line of stitches. Tailors from Naples are back in style |
01282015 Naples is a layering of facts and events, where the appearances could be deceiving. Churches and palaces were constantly restructured over centuries, due to changes in style related to taste and cultural instances of the ages that have passed through. Not by chance, many neapolitan churches, founded in the Middle Ages or Early Christian period, have completely lost their original appearance in order to be adapted to the canons of the Council of Trent during 16th century, assuming therefore a Baroque shape. Traces of Middle Ages along Via dei Tribunali in the old town of Naples | Paolo Gravina
01292015 Researchers have found a key that may unlock the only library of classical antiquity to survive. The library is that of a villa in Herculaneum, a town that was destroyed in A.D. 79 by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that obliterated nearby Pompeii. The scrolls that have been opened pertain mostly to Greek philosophy and contain several works by Epicurus and his adherent Philodemus. But the library may also have had a Latin section. This could contain some of the many lost works of Roman history and literature. Even the texts of known works would be of great interest. Unlocking Scrolls Preserved in Eruption of Vesuvius, Using X-Ray Beams |
01302015 Strega is an herbal, saffron-infused liqueur deeply tied to the secret world of witchcraft. According to legend, Giuseppe Alberti, son of a grocer, saved a witch from falling out of a tree in the woods. In gratitude, she gave him the recipe for an elixir, which the Alberti family began selling in 1860, perhaps as a curative or restorative. Strega — The Witches’ Brew from Benevento | Italia Living
01312015 If you are a single woman who loves men, motorcycles, and music, go to Napoli, Italy. There are about 10 single men for every single woman. And they are all beautiful. And they all know how to cook. And they all know how to sing. And they all know how to kiss you. And they all want to kiss you. Have a Vagina? Want to Use It? Go to Naples. | Never Sleep Alone

Thursday, January 1, 2015


Fairy Tales
Illuminated statues of Peter Pan and Cinderella in the middle of two main squares of Salerno.

Chef Gennaro
Delicious fresh anchovies from Acqua Pazza in the town of Cetara.

Contrade di Taurasi
Aglianico reaches its highest expression in the form of Taurasi, one of Italy’s great red wines, which can age for many years.

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12012014 Luci d’Artista (Artist’s Lights) is a terrific event which takes place every year in Salerno, Campania, during Christmas holidays. Bringing a magic atmosphere into town, the performance of lights and colours gives visitors the chance to look at real artworks, by walking on the streets. This year’s theme is Aurora Borealis (Polar Lights) as well as the most famous Fairy Tales. Artist's Lights, the town of Salerno featuring the best light artworks | L'Italo-Americano Newspaper
12022014 From the outside the Cathedral of Salerno looks like a rather plain official building. But venture inside and you’ll find yourself in a treasure trove of fragrant incense, golden stones and embalmed saints. But it is the crypt that takes your breath away. The crypt is not as old as the foundation of the cathedral, but the decorations are highly original with marble in a thousand different colours used to design geometrical figures on the floor and the vaults. Light, candelabras and gilding give the room a golden glow that shrouds the tomb of the Apostle Matthew. The violent beauty of the Cathedral of Salerno | Italian Notes
12032014 If you have seen the ancient cities of Pompeii or Hercolaneum, Oplontis will complete your vision of the Roman World. Here you will really understand how ancient roman nobles spent a good time enjoying the weather, the climate and the products of the Bay of Naples. You will see the best preserved frescoes and mosaics, things that are unfortunately not available in Pompeii. Do not miss it! Oplontis: the Excavations of the Villa of Poppea | Leisure Italy
12042014 I had seen signs for Villa Oplontis many, many times while riding the ailing Circumvesuviana train between Sorrento and Napoli. The day I stepped off at Torre Annunziata was the day I stepped into a dream, the dream of Poppoea Sabina, thought to be the second wife of Nero. Wow, if she was the second wife, just imagine what the starter wife received? The archaeological site sits off the beaten path, about 5 miles west of Pompeii, and was buried by the infamous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in August 79 A.D. However, in my opinion, an amateur archaeology buff, this Villa is more well-preserved than its more famous ancient neighbor. A luxury Italian villa fit for a goddess! | Wanderlust Women Travel
12052014 Ischia is the largest island in the southern Italian region of Campania. Explore Ischia, one of Italy's lesser known destinations | The Globe and Mail
12062014 Capri town may be where the party scene is, but AnaCapri is the true sanctuary and the less pretentious part of the island, though equally charming. Mr. J and I stayed at the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, which is indeed a “palace” with modern aesthetic. The art collection of its owner, Tonino Cacace is featured throughout the hotel and adorns Capri Palace with a personal touch. Exploring AnaCapri | white trinity
12072014 Once we arrived in Anacapri, we took a tour of Villa San Michele. The villa is off white with arches and staircases throughout, open air and had beautiful gardens that you can walk through. The villa had sculptures and busts about the rooms. San Michele’s gardens are adorned with numerous relics and works of art dating from ancient Egypt and other periods of antiquity. They now form part of the Grandi Giardini Italiani. Isle of Capri | 5 Wheels to 5 Star
12082014 I know, who writes postcards anymore? Well I do, better that than face matriarchal ire, mum loves a postcard. I wish I could say it's great to be home but it was so cold yesterday I wore gloves. Capri | Badinage
12092014 The walk down was of course much easier than up, so when I came to the fork in the road that Franco had suggested I take if I were not tired, I had revived. On to Grotta di Matermania. Andiamo! My continued energy was rewarded. An oasis within an oasis. Out of nowhere pops up Il Grottelle. I think I will! Ravioli Caprese per favore. giù per la montagna | Girl in Roam
12102014 "June, July, August? No,” says the concierge. “You go in May, September, October. You come now? Perfetto.” We’re sitting on a cushioned chaise longue at J.K. Place Capri, a boutique hotel on the island of Capri that overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea. It’s a perfect sunny day, with a few clouds drifting over the summit of Mount Vesuvius, and I am receiving a crash course in Capri sightseeing from a gentleman who has worked in hotels all around the world, from Sorrento, Italy, to Sydney to San Francisco. Experience Italy’s most glamorous island during the off-season, when the crowds have long gone | RL Magazine
12112014 Italy is my dream. I dream it everyday of my life. And I am blessed to be able to come here every year. Dreams do come true. Greetings from Capri xo Italy Is A Dream... | Corinna B
12122014 I enjoyed lunch along Corso Vittorio Emanuele at the pretty Ristorante Giardiniello – here Gennaro Contaldo and I have a meeting of the minds: "Minori, Ancient Rheginna Minor, city of taste, is a small casket keeper of art, history, archeology and gastronomic traditions. In the maze of narrow streets the scent of earth and sea. At the Giardiniello restaurant, since 1955, thanks to the Di Bianco family that runs it with care, is always ready for the old recipe of Minori housewives. In the gorgeous garden, the triumph of the tastes of the sea of the Amalfi Coast, in the cool wine cellar prestigious regional and national labels." Minori | la vie boheme travel
12132014 Le Sirenuse, in Positano, on the Amalfi Coast, is the rare world-class property that manages to be at once patrician and utterly un-stuffy. Maybe it feels like a home because it was one—the original villa has been in the Sersale family for centuries. The Piranesi etchings and museum-quality antiques in the former chapel are family heirlooms, and the black-and-white photos in the spa chronicle the owner’s lifelong wanderlust. Gold List 2015: The Top Hotels in the World | Conde Nast Traveler
12142014 To explore the wider context, try Inntravel’s self-guided “Sorrento Peninsula” walking tour, a seven-night route for confident walkers which takes in the “Path of the Gods” high above Positano, a dramatic ridge walk to the peninsula’s southern tip, Punta Campanella, and a choice of routes on Capri, including one that links the Blue Grotto with Punta Carena lighthouse, via a series of British-built military forts from the Nelson era. Hiking in the Sorrento Peninsula | The Telegraph
12152014  Tanzio da Varallo, from Valsesia in Piedmont, came to Rome for the Jubilee of 1600. There he began to work with the man who was then most celebrated painter in the city, the “Knight of Arpino” (Giuseppe Cesari). But Tanzio also came into contact with Northern painters in the circle of Adam Elsheimer, and, above all, with the genius, Caravaggio. Tanzio then moved to Naples (thus his bond with the city!) and worked as a painter and perhaps also as a musician. It was in Naples that the Piedmontese master refined his stylistic language based on the naturalism of Caravaggio and his earliest disciples. In Naples: Tanzio's dialogue with Caravaggio | Italy24
12162014 The heir of Caesar had a special relationship with Nola and Campania in particular, where he died on 14 August, two thousand years ago. The Archaeological Museum and the Superintendent launch a full calendar to honor the "winner of the battle of Actium" with the event, multimedia movies, plays, debates, conferences and lectures  2014, year of Augustus: so Naples celebrates the first emperor of Rome | Charme tutto il bello di Napoli e della Campania
12172014 “Soave is the wind. Naples itineraries European music between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries” is the title of the first edition of the Festival created by the Foundation Pietà de ‘Turchini Naples, funded by the Campania Region: more than 35 events “spread” in 8 weekend of concerts, theater performances, international study days and conferences, film screenings copyright, meetings and conversations about literature, art itineraries and thematic initiatives for the little ones. Partenope embraces the “Early Music” | Charme tutto il bello di Napoli e della Campania
12182014 At the 27th edition of the European Film Awards Italy took home two important awards, one of which went to Pif in the category for Best Comedy and one to the animated feature film The Art of Happiness by Neapolitan director Alessandro Rak. Huge emotion was also expressed by Alessandro Rak, who dedicated his award to his city. The Art of Happiness was directed in Naples by 40 filmmakers, just 10 of whom are illustrators and animators for the Mad Entertainment studio, the leader in animated movies. Two Italian awards at the European "Oscar" night | Cineuropa
12192014 Cusano Mutri and Pietraroia are well into the Matese mountains (Pietraroia is the highest point in the province) and offer hiking, horseback riding, or just a wonderful drive through the mountains. After Pietraroia, it's a short drive to Bocca della Selva, a ski resort in winter and popular for its weekend market in summer. There's a wonderful restaurant there and in Cusano, where you will also find one of the best bakeries on earth, the Dolce Sosta. Five Day Trips through Benevento Province |
12202014 “Much Ado About Nothing” – and so marks our first day at the Villa La Groce at Amalfi, Italy. What a spectacular place. Amalfi sits on a cliff that stretches upwards 2,400’ from the sea and faces south. The Mediterranean Sea is very clear and blue, filled with small fishing boats to massive cruising yachts. To our left we see houses built into the side of cliffs and small mountains lining the curving coastline. It’s a scene from a painting! Amalfi Coast – Day 1 | The Dachner's Great Summer Adventure
12212014 The most popular dish in Avellino is minestra maritata con la pizza bionda (in dialect, 'a menesta maretata co' 'a pizza jonna) - literally, "married soup with blonde pizza." Every cook in Avellino makes it, although they make it only in wintertime. I had never made menesta. I was dreaming about it for two reasons: we are, without doubt, in wintertime! A week ago, Frank Fariello, author of “Memorie di Angelina”, the best Italian-American foodblog on the Web, posted an excellent recipe for minestra. (Angelina was from Apice, a town in the province of Benevento on the Avellinese border.) Married Soup with Blonde Pizza | Pensieri Meridionali
12222014 Piennolo DOP tomatoes on display on a local Vesuvian trattoria; it shows the way the tomatoes are placed on stalks for their cultivation and after harvest they need to be maintained on the same way for better conservation, this is according to an ancient tradition in Campania. Pompeii and Herculaneum, a walk on the roads of ash and wine | Montserrat Franco
12232014 Acqua Pazza restaurant is nestled in the heart of the tiny fishing village of Cetara, one of the only coastal towns which do not rely on tourism for their income, they still have their small fleets of fishing boats which go out each day…mainly for tuna and fresh anchovies, the town specialty. This is what Acqua Pazza do best, they actually have their own fishermen who fish exclusively for them and prepare some of the most mouth watering and sophisticated seafood dishes I have ever tried! Wonderful off the beaten track eateries on the Amalfi Coast! | My Amalfi Coast
12242014 Not many people seem to be familiar with a pasta dressing originating from the Amalfi Coast, specifically from the maritime village of Cetara: colatura di alici. Yet here, this sauce dating back to Roman times is part of the traditional meal prepared on Christmas eve, used as a sauce for spaghetti and linguine, which should be cooked in unsalted water since the colatura itself is quite salty. An Ancient Delicacy from the Amalfi Coast: Colatura di Alici | Italy Magazine
12252014 Taurasi 2009 “Contrade di Taurasi” 100% Aglianico Azienda Agricola Cantine Lonardo. The soil is of medium mixture with a strong presence of sedimentary rock composed mostly of volcanic ash, dry and rich in organic matter, formed by the disintegration of the rocks. The Aglianico Grape in Campania | Charles Scicolone on Wine
12262014 This year, the big news in Aglianico has been the granting of the DOCG to Benevento province’s Aglianico del Taburno, a promotion that many producers see as giving a boost to the prestige of Aglianico and its wines all through Campania. Such a lift would certainly be justified: Benevento has been producing lovely Aglianicos (and most at quite reasonable prices) for some time now. They have a different style from Avellino’s Aglianicos – softer, more giving, less austere in their youth, but with immediately recognizable Aglianico flavors. Campania Stories: Avellino | Tom's Wine Line
12272014 Casavecchia is an ancient grape from Campania’s Caserta province. Legend says that a single vine- 15 inches wide- was discovered in a walled garden of an old house (casa vecchia); a branch was planted, creating new vines. Former lawyer Peppe Mancini founded Terre del Principe in 2003. A native of Caserta, Mancini makes wine from Casavecchia as he recalls his grandfather doing. Explore Campania's unknown red wines | Star Ledger
12282014 Our favorite spot in Naples was the Pizzeria Di Matteo in Spaccanapoli. We sat down on a bench in the nearby Piazza San Gaetano and enjoyed our lunch. We were definitely full, all for 3€. The fried pizza didn’t have that much ricotta in it, but it was still really good for 1€. The margherita pizza, just like All the pizza we had in Naples had that amazing soft chewy crust. Yum. We actually came back here the next day and got more rice balls and the mac and cheese patties. Eating Cheap in Naples, Italy |
12292014 One azure morning in December, Laura Cozzolino arrived at her corner cafe in central Naples and ordered her usual: a dense espresso, which arrived steaming hot on the dark marble counter. She lingered over the aroma, then knocked it back in two quick sips. But instead of paying for one coffee, she paid for two, leaving the receipt for the other — a caffè sospeso, or suspended coffee — with the bartender for a stranger to enjoy. “It’s a simple, anonymous act of generosity,” said Ms. Cozzolino. Naples Journal: In Naples, Gift of Coffee to Strangers Never Seen | Nassau News Live
12302014 Anacapri is a very beautiful town with white washed villas and very narrow alleyways. How many engineers does it take to read a map and figure out how to get around this little island? Obviously three! As you can see from our outfits, the weather was crisp. Island of Capri - a sparkling gem | TheXtraSuitcase
12312014 As many Italians brushed away the snow to celebrate New Year's Eve Wednesday, even the normally sunny island playground of Capri suffered frozen pipes as temperatures dropped well below zero. Icy cold, snow blanket Italians celebrating New Year | Gazzetta del Sud

Monday, December 1, 2014


The Mustilli Winery
A 400 year old cellar, an agriturismo and a wine bar in Sant'Agata dei Goti.

Christmas Alley
Alex visits an amazing market in Naples, which sells figurines.

UNESCO World Heritage 
  The Amalfi Coast is one of Europe’s most beautiful and premier 
destinations for yachting.

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11012014 It is local grapes all the way with the Mustilli’s – Falanghina and Aglianico perhaps more well-known than the Fiano, the Piedirosso and the Grifo di Rocca. All these wines shine brighter with food; and even expert palates struggle to appreciate this when faced with nothing more than a bread stick. Actually we didn’t even have those. We were offered some local apples after, the Annurca variety that only reveals its delicate red hue once picked and stored and turned regularly, we were told. In Photos – A Tasting at Mustilli Winery | Spittoon
11022014  Annurca apple is a Campanian cultivar native of Sant'Agata dei Goti (in the province of Benevento), medium-small in size and with a roundish, squashed shape. Its skin is smooth, thick and waxy, yellow-greenish in colour and bluse in red when exposed to sunlight. Its pulp is white and crunchy, its taste sweet and aromatic. This is a very ancient variety, developping in a typical mediterranean climate. It does not ripen on the tree: apples are harvested when still immature and green-yellowish in colour, and are then laid on straw beds where they reach maturation and their peculiar reddish hue. This cultivar gives its best when cultivated in extremely favourable pedoclimatic conditions, such as those of the area surrounding Sant'Agata dei Goti. Sant’Agata dei Goti Annurca Apple | Slow Food International
11032014 While most apples mature happily even in the dark, the annurca apple requires space, light and an added human touch. For this reason they are more expensive than other varieties. However the annurcha apples will keep through the entire winter. They are perfect for baking, jams and many extraordinary liqeurs. . . not bad for the ugly duckling of the apple world. From October to December Annurca apples are celebrated in local festivals at Benevento, Maddaloni and S. Agata dei Goti. Annurca Apples: Sweet Gift from the Earth | Savour the Sannio
11042014 Touring Club Italiano (Italy's major national tourist organization) nominated it one of the best small towns in Italy because “Historians assert that this picturesque town, hidden among the moss terrace between the two tributaries of the river Isclero and not far from Mount Taburno, rose up on the site of the Samnite city of Saticula in 313 B.C. Sant'Agata de' Goti and Bill de Blasio | i-ITALY
11052014 Procida was magical... beautiful.... and we did also eat rather well! We did the usual trusty googling / TripAdvisor (though we mostly use TripAdvisor to check out the really negative reviews and laugh at them!) and came across La Lampara on Marina Corricella. It looked pretty good, and apparently the views were lovely so we wandered down. And yes, the views are amazing. And the food ain't bad either. Procida, La Lampara Restaurant in Marina Corricella | Living in Sin
11062014 On a recent visit to Naples – the home of Pulcinella, whose like is every where, I came across the following recipe for Castagnaccio. Castagna (Chesnut) | pulcinellapasta
11072014 In Naples, it is usually part of a traditional Christmas (or Easter) lunch. As my family doesn’t do “traditional Christmas lunches”, I was tempted to order it when I saw it among the starters at Taverna Estia – minestra maritata “a modo mio” (my way), the menu said. As the chef, Francesco Sposito, is one of the rising stars of Italian cuisine, I was curious as to what “his way” was. When it arrived, it didn’t look like a soup: everything was arranged in a sort of millefeuille with layers of meats and vegetables. Taverna Estia, Brusciano (Napoli): tradition, invention. | More than you can lift
11082014 Just near the National Archeological Museum, over in Naples' historic centre, you'll find an equally cherished relic of the past: Lombardi, a pizzeria that's been run by that eponymous family since 1905. Brothers Nando and Gigi man the oven these days, and it's these guys who are known for their smoked provola pizza. Again, it's sensational. Where to find the best pizza in Naples | Traveller
11092014 Be warned – we’ve never met a single person who went to the Amalfi Coast and didn’t want to stay there and never come back. The place is… just amazing. Everywhere you turn, you’ll want to take a picture. Love is in the air. The food – we have no words. Can you get married there? Oh yes! But before you do, you’ll wonder whether to get married in Ravello, or maybe Positano, Sorrento or Capri? Top 12 Alternative Destinations for Weddings Abroad |
11102014 The road to the town twists and turns with ever widening glimpses of an impossibly blue sea. Our campsite was a little out of the town, like everything in Sorrento it was built on terraces down the cliff, affording sweeping views of Sorrento and the Bay of Naples. The city of Naples glittering in the background like a bridesmaid hiding behind the bride’s dress. Over the wine dark sea | The View From the Table
11112014 Each town had numerous cafes to explore, yummy gelato stands, and of course samplings of all of the freshest seafood. My suggestion is to get a driver and take a day or two to explore each town and be spontaneous. Whether you want to spend the day on the beach or out on the water exploring the grottos, the Amalfi Coastline is an adventure waiting to happen! A Drive Along The Amalfi Coast | Bon Traveler
11122014  Everyone has heard of the Amalfi Coast – Italy’s mountainous World Heritage littoral which grandstands its way south of the Sorrento Peninsula. The great finger of the peninsula is dramatic enough, terminating, as it does, the massive, blue, Vesuvius-dominated, sweep south of the Bay of Naples. But around the corner – around the massive limestone crags where the Sirens used to lure their sailor prey – you come to the vertiginous littoral that has been attracting mankind for millennia. Life on the Vertical in the Sorrento Peninsula | Ramblers Worldwide Holidays
11132014 All of Hotel Santa Caterina's rooms are spacious and filled with light, with floors in antique hand-painted majolica, marble bathrooms with brass fixtures, and balconies with views over the sea of Amalfi or the garden. Two glassed-in elevators descend to a private beach. What’s Your Dream Coastal Hotel? | Coastal Living
11142014 It was how we found the B & B Punta Civita, a slice of Shangri-La halfway up the hill from Amalfi to Ravello. Our pristine room included a large patio that was, for lack of a better word, phantasmagorical. We seemed to be hovering over the Mediterranean 500 feet below, our view framed by blooming bougainvillea, so resplendent that it would have seemed artificial if not for the hummingbird-like moths that fed on the flowers. New approach to Capri and the Amalfi Coast | Star Tribune
11152014 With a heavenly location overlooking the enchanting Faraglioni rocks and azure seas, Punta Tragara Capri encompasses the very essence of the timeless beauty of Capri. Originally conceived by legendary architect, Le Corbusier, and situated in the heart of the island, just a short walk from the Piazzetta, this 44 room and suite property offers panoramic views, a charming spa and two restaurants offering mouthwatering Mediterranean delicacies. The luxurious hotel Punta Tragara, Capri, Italy | Adelto
11162014 In the center of Capri's eponymous main town, she bypassed the Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana outposts, as well as some overrated local operations. She paused in the main piazza above the port for an aperitivo under the blue striped awning at Bar Tiberio. Soon, she was darting into narrow streets where few tourists (or anyone, really) ventured. Her favorite shops are run by locals, though they may not necessarily seem like finds at the door. "They all speak to me in some way - but not from the outside," Ms. Thun said. "You need to go in to discover." The Insider's Guide to Shopping in Capri | The Wall Street Journal
11172014 On the Italian island of Capri, the most beautiful view is found on one of the world's most beautiful footpaths.The zigzagging Via Krupp, which was carved into the island's south coast in 1902, reopened recently after being closed for 30 years and restored. 11 Spectacular Cliff Paths | The World Geography
11182014 As it turned out, Marie Curie, famous for her work with radioactivity, came to Ischia in the early 1900s to do a study of its thermal waters. Ischia is a volcanic island, home to many thermal pools and hot springs. Ischia, depending on the eras of history, attracted the nobility of its days, wallowed in decline, returned to popularity, only to eclipse one more time. In the modern era, it was the construction of the Regina Isabella that brought on the island’s most ballyhooed days of fame and fortune, when the jet-setters of the world came to play. Back in the early 1900s, there was a natural spring and “spa,” where the hotel is now, and it was here where Marie Curie did her work. So, there was always a structure on this piece of coast line in the town of Lacco Ameno. The Constant Traveler: Ischia island of Italy | East Valley Tribune
11192014 I met another inspirational businessman, Mauro Squillace, at his “factory” on the third floor of a dilapidated apartment building, where old ladies who have worked for his family for 60 years sit and stitch the 25 individual components that make up a proper glove. He makes gloves for all the couture houses and works out colours and trends for every season a year in advance. I did not resist temptation! Alex Polizzi's homage to secret Italy - Naples and Ravello | The Telegraph
11202014 Check out Naples’s aquarium (the oldest in Europe, with 200 different species of fish and marine plants) and the Museo Nazionale Ferroviario (National Railway Museum), which enthralls children with its old engines, cars, and railway equipment. 100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life | National Geographic Travel
11212014 Visit one of the most popular squares in Naples – Piazza San Domenico Maggiore. The polygonal apse, stairs of the church, the sixteenth-century Palazzo Corigliano and palace Sangro Casacalenda Petrucci are the main attractions here. San Domenico Maggiore church was constructed at the end of the 14th century. It has baroque and gothic decorations with various splendid frescos of Caravaggio and other artists. Except amazing architecture you can come across many shops and exquisite restaurants. 7 Naples And Sorrento Destinations For A Memorable Car Trip! | Your Amazing Places
11222014 Recently I have started being more open with tailors I visit allowing them to select a cloth and style that they think will work for me. I went purely to get a Neapolitan style suit in navy, the colour which seems to best represent the city of Naples due to it’s maritime history. I was happy to let Gennaro recommend the best cloth and styling which he thought would work well for me. Allowing a tailor to select the fabric also ensures they are happy with the cloth and how it actually tailors. A Trip to Sartoria Solito and Caccioppoli, Naples. | Milan Style
11232014 I explained that I wanted a patch pocket because I loved the shape of the Neapolitan patches. They have so much more subtle style and swerve, such insouciant bounce, compared to their rather practical, square and hunting-related cousins in the UK. The patch outbreast pocket is the perfect distillation of that style. Reduced in size and slapped on the top of the jacket like a badge, it shows off all the best of Neapolitan style in miniature detail. It is small – you can barely get a handkerchief in it, certainly not a full-sized linen one. And it is cute. Elia Caliendo: final jacket | The Rake magazine
11242014 For a taste of this quintessentially Neapolitan lifestyle, head just northwest of the port, to the city's Spanish Quarter. Here, the streets -- laid out in the 16th century for the Spanish military barracks outside the city walls -- are unbelievably narrow (and cool in summer), and the buildings rise five stories high. Wave to someone on a balcony lining the walls of the urban canyon high above. Naples: Italy in your face | Chicago Tribune
11252014 Charming homes with balconies and flowerpots. Lots to see in this city, comfortable bars to sit and drink an aperitivo before dinner, and lots of ceramics. Elvio Sagnella will be happy to show you around his workshop and bottegas. Some of the best ceramics in the area! Cerreto Sannita |
11262014 Once favoured by the kings of Italy and Spain as a hunting lodge where they took pot-shots at wild boar and quail, it's also the home and ancestral seat of the Prince of Belmonte. He is an affable gentleman who welcomes guests with all the effortless style you'd expect from an Italian aristo. He has quite a bloodline, with three popes, three saints and one King of Sicily in the family tree. The exquisite palazzo does his pedigree justice. Sweeping gravel drive, grand stone arched entrance and there you are in the courtyard of the original palace, now part of the hotel, where swags of jasmine, honeysuckle and roses scent the air. Move over Amalfi: Why the Cilento Coast is Italy's true beauty - not to mention quieter and cheaper than Positano and Sorrento | DailyMail
11272014 The rugged Amalfi Coast creates many natural, beautiful – and above all, well protected harbours; these secluded bays of shining azure waters that are just waiting for you to drop anchor. The mild and warm year round climate and consistently pleasant sailing conditions means that chartering here is almost always suitable, providing you with a stress free and relaxing experience. This stretch of coast is steeped in the tradition of sailing, and these magnificent waters are sprinkled with charming traditional fishing ports that provided sheltered havens for luxury yacht charters. The Freedom of the Amalfi Coast | Luxury Travel Guide
11282014 As we wandered back to town, we passed a greengrocer that sold lemons the size of my E cups. The old Italian papa was on the steps sweeping out the front of the shop and was whistling away to himself. I thought I recognised the tune, and realised it was Ravel's Boléro. You should go to Positano before you die - you can't get it wrong. Italians do it better! | Tatler
11292014 Crystal-clear waters, scenic vistas, and -- most importantly -- incredible cuisine: We think the Amalfi Coast is just about the perfect travel destination. Win a Culinary Trip of a Lifetime to the Amalfi Coast | Fathom
11302014 There is undoubtedly an air of magnificence about the procession of Sant' Andrea, and it moves me to think of it happening here in this very spot surrounded by the people of Amalfi for so many centuries now. The sunlight catches on the 18th-century silver and gold statue, and you can feel the significance of this event for the people of Amalfi. Festival of Sant' Andrea in Amalfi | Ciao Amalfi