Monday, July 21, 2014

JULY 2014

Spaghetti
Gourmets consider pasta as a specialty of the
Neapolitan cuisine. Some of Italy's best pasta
is made just outside Naples in Gragnano.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

JULY 2014

Alcoholic tipple
In Positano the alcoholic drink with lemon granita L'Albertissimo can only be found at a small stall at the main harbour.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

JUNE 2014

Beach club
Capri: the sky, the sea and spaghetti con le vongole.
                 
Europe’s first garden
The garden of the House of Venus at Pompeii is
one of the oldest surviving gardens in the world.

Naples' signature dish


Travelers to Naples can expect to see spaghetti alle vongole on restaurant menus.
062014 Digest

06012014 Famous sunbathers like Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and Clark Gable have graced the beach at Fontelina, which has seen its share of owners and reconstruction since 1949. The original restaurant, a little wooden hut, continued to grow in size every time it was rebuilt after a violent storm. “Other than this, little has changed. Its ambience goes beyond that created by the sky, the sea and spaghetti con le vongole.” Beach Club La Fontelina | Travel Channel
06022014 In the foreground of this painting is the Church of San Gennaro, located in Praiano, Italy.  I believe it is the  most charming village on the Amalfi Coast.  In the background is the beautiful, storybook village of Positano.   I have seen sunsets here that literally turn the entire landscape an incredible golden hue. Together, these two sea side villages are: "The Heart of the Amalfi Coast". "Il Cuore della Costiera Amalfitana" | Tony Romano's Private Art Studio
06032014 Today’s special events will be again covered all over the city:  there are some very interesting places, where you can enjoy some of the most interesting ideas, creations, cooking and get to know and discover more about the city; this time the Wine and the city celebration will not be running just in the Centre but also at Corso Vittorio Emanuele. A special event will be covered at Sabina Albano’s store. Ain’t it Wine &the city, if it ain’t Napoli | ORienTaL night&day
06042014 Torrecuso a small village in the hills of Campania has produced wine from the grape Falanghina for centuries. The vintners didn’t know how special their region was until relatively recently. A 1980 earthquake and the government assistance that followed helped vintners modernize. The once-forgettable wine was suddenly awesome and developed a cult following. Rocca dei Sanniti 2012 Taburno Falanghina has characteristics of what I guess is kumquat, a common descriptor of falanghina but a fruit with which I have little experience. Rich with lemon and ripe apple notes and a pineapple finish, the wine is so rich and buttery, I thought it may have spent time in a barrel. But the producer says it is all-steel fermented. Italy's diverse whites | The Times-Tribune 
06052014 I say hooray for chef Bugica for building inimitable character into his salumi. Believe me, it’s rare. If you’re going to build “autenticita” (authenticity) into your Italian food, you need some great Italian wine to go with it. Diavola’s wine list includes eight whites and 18 reds, straight off the boat. The 2009 I Favati Irpinia Campi Taurasini “Cretarossa” — 100 percent Aglianico from Cesinali in Campania. Cox: Diavola spices up Geyserville I PD Towns 
06062014 The surprise is that a warm area in Italy’s south can produce whites of such poise and elegance. Generally the key is the cooler temperatures that altitude brings. Here in the hills to the north-east of Naples Falanghina makes zippy, fragrant whites that are ideal to fill the apéritif slot. Wine tasting notes: Italian whites from Campania | The Telegraph 
06072014 Janare – a local word for a friendly witch, and a nod to the region’s famous history of alleged witchcraft – is a range produced and bottled by the co-op itself. It focusses on native grape varieties ideally suited to the region’s volcanic soils, such as falanghina (in fact, the co-op cultivates the vast majority of the world’s falanghina vines), fiano, greco and aglianico. La Guardiense Co-Op (Janare) | The Wine Society
06082014 Mustilli is one of the oldest wineries in the Sannio area that produces wine from indigenous grapes. It is located in the Sant’ Agata del Goti subregion (Goti is Italian for Goth, in this case not necessarily true Goths but really barbarians, a huge influence here after Roman Empire dissolved). Mustilli magicPaola’s and Anna Chiara’s father was singlehandedly responsible for reintroducing Falanghina into the region, and the non-vintage Mustilli Sparkling Falanghina Brut showered me with aromas of pear and peach while dealing loads of lime leaf and ash on a lengthy finish. The Mustilli Fiano Sannio DOC was all about pears at first, both green and yellow. Eventually apricot jam and flint rounded out the impressively long finish. Wine On The Road in Campania Italy Part I | Weinberg’s Wine Notes
06092014 Highly prized, expensive anywhere, but Italy these delicious “red diamonds” deliver the goods. Italy’s Masterpiece – The San Marzano Tomato | How to Tour Italy 
06102014 One of the typical products for excellence made in various parts of Southern Italy, the buffalo mozzarella is a dairy product made exclusively with whole fresh buffalo milk of Italian Mediterranean race, in which animals are raised in accordance with local customs in the semi-free housing open pasture, from a cow originally from Asia. Caserta - Buffalo Mozzarella (Campania, Italy) | Globe Holidays
06112014 Campania is celebrated for the excellence of its tomatoes, the freshness of its fish and seafood,buffalo mozzarella cheese, its lemons, and the limoncello of Sorrento. Because so many Neapolitans emigrated in the last century, it is the best known Italian cuisine outside of Italy. The Cuisine of Naples and Campania | Anna Maria Volpi 
06122014 Flour is the main ingredient in pizza dough, and the type you use can have a big effect on the end result. All-purpose flour will work fine, but if you want a chewier crumb and a better hole structure, you should consider buying yourself some high protein bread flour. I use either King Arthur-brand bread flour, or imported Antimo Caputo bread or pizza flour (which is ground more finely than its American flour counterparts). The Food Lab: 11 Essential Tips for Better Pizza | Serious Eats
06132014  The conference organizers were wise enough to give us blocks of time during the day to explore the hilly, wind-y streets, shops and restaurants of Positano. Le Sirenuse, the magnificent five star hotel, is opened up only to this conference every year in early spring, thanks to the owners and gracious hosts, Carla and Antonio Sersale, because of their strong interests in the arts. Guest Blogger Alison Strack on Attending The Sirenland Writers Conference, in Positano, Italy | Lisa Romeo Writes
06142014 Spaghetti with Clams and Toasted Bread Crumbs takes its inspiration from two dishes - spaghetti alla vongole, a dish of string pasta with clams popular in Naples, Rome, wider Campania and farther north along the Italian coastline; and pasta con il pangrattato, pasta with breadcrumbs, a very basic dish of la cucina povera, the cooking of the poor.  At its most elemental the latter contains no more than pasta, breadcrumbs, oil, salt and a bit of garlic. Spaghetti with Clams and Toasted Breadcrumbs | The Garum Factory
06152014 Sorrento With Rossella Culinary Tour - Join Rossella, of Cooking with Nonna, for a week in a Mediterranean villa on the hills above Sorrento, starting August 30. Tour includes cooking lessons and pizza making at the villa, tours of Pompeii and Amalfi Coast towns, dining in authentic local restaurants, and visits to food markets, an artisan pasta factory, and wineries. 5 Italy Foodie Tours in 2014 | Italy Travel
06162014  They have a saying in Sorrento – ‘visit as a tourist and return as a friend!’ And after 10 days exploring this captivating town and the picturesque surrounding area I can understand why. We spoke to many local people during our stay and there’s a real warmth about this part of the world. Italian dream is just the job | Winsford Guardian 
06172014 While in the Amalfi Coast, how does a boat charter sound? As astounding as this stretch of coastline in Southern Italy is, it’s 100% better from the sea. A private boat totally at your disposal would only be half as fun if you had to waste time trying to figure out where you are going. With a local skipper and guide, you will have the inside scoop about private swimming coves and hidden grottoes that aren’t written in guidebooks. How a Guided Service will Enhance your Vacation | Select Italy
06182014 Every room is a mélange of crisp whites and Mediterranean blues and sun-washed colours, flashes of ’60s-retro, canopied beds, monogrammed cushions, masses of fresh flowers and a curated art collection. At JKitchen, seafood stars on the menu, but it’s breakfast on the panoramic terrace that you must not miss. 20. J.K. Place, Capri, Italy | International Traveller
06192014 La Canzone del Mare has two sea water swimming pools, a white pebbled private beach and jetties. The terraces are prepared with the standard amenities including pergolas for those wanting to take in the glorious Capri sun. The restaurant serves fresh, seasonal Mediterranean cuisine and seafood. But if you're too occupied with relaxing - ordering light snacks, salads, fruits and fresh drinks (amongst many other things) is possible with The American Bar. The Beach Clubs of Capri | A Magazine
06202014 Costiera Amalfitana, as it's known in Italy, has been an "it" destination since Emperors Caligula and Augustus built vacation villas there 2,000 years ago. The magnificent scenery has more recently lured everyone from Liz Taylor to Mark Zuckerberg, and it remains a road-trip dream for many. Road-Trip on Italy's Amalfi Coast | The Wall Street Journal
06212014 Villa Cimbrone is one of Ravello’s top sights.  The gardens and views over the sea are not to be missed.  However, if you are a little bit afraid of heights, don’t look down!  In the gardens you don’t realize how high up you are, but the terraced hillside below will make you dizzy if you stare down at it.  I love the way that Italians have utilized their unique seascapes to create these picturesque views. View from Villa Cimbrone (Ravello, Italy) | Travel Tales and Tips
06222014 Once we finally descend all the way to the beach we find the gelato shop to top all gelato shops. Yes, really. I have found paradise on earth. I have never read or heard of food being described in any way that could compare to the taste that it imparted, so I don’t think I will try here. Just know that the very freshest of fruit was used to create the gelato, which was given in most generous portions. Mine was peach, and I maintain that it was the best. Although each member of the family feels similarly of their own flavour. Amalfi Coast and the Positano Peach Gelato |  Adventures of a Travelin' Family
06232014 Villa Angelina sits on one of Sorrento’s most amazing cape heads. The ancient, private residence, covers more than 50 hectares of land and enjoys one of the most amazing views on the entire Sorrento Coast. The delightful panorama includes Vesuvius, Ischia and Capri & miles and miles of endless blue Mediterranean Sea. In Primo Piano | Joanne Dunn Photographers
06242014 Until a few decades ago, it was customary for many Neapolitans, to go at night near the cemetery gates and wait for the shadows, some souls dispatched from the skull of “Don Francesco“, a Spanish Kabbalist, to reveal the numbers to play the lotto. Don Francesco de Leo | clik & clak
06252014 We went for a glass of wine at “Perditempo”, a place full of books, vinyls and cds, then we met our friends for dinner at “L’etto”, a place where you pay 2,5€ for every hectogram of food you eat. If you ever wondered if is it possible to miss a food orgasm in Naples, the answer is yes, as easy as trying l’Etto’s buffet! Naples in 1 day: the perfect jaunt! | blocal-travel.com
06262014 Many special wineries produce Taurasi and we will visit several, including world-famous Contadina and Monte Faliese. Saturday we spend in and around the town of Avellino, not far from the Taurasi vineyards. Here we tour and taste at the best, most famous wineries in all of Campania: Terredora di Paolo, Feudi di San Gregorio, and in particular Mastroberardino, which also owns the Radici Resort. Last Chance to Tour Campania, Italy, with Wine On The Road | Wine On The Road
06272014 San Marzano tomatoes are regarded by culinary enthusiasts and chefs alike as the best in the world. They prosper in warm climates, such as Campania because they come from an indeterminate vine. These unique plum tomatoes are truly a gastronomic staple in Campania. So much so that the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana has actually mandated that a pizza can only be considered a true Neapolitan pizza when San Marzano tomatoes are used. Bring Campania to Your Kitchen Table | Select Italy
06282014 Bike Tour Napoli offers both an urban route along the city's UNESCO-protected ancient center and a countryside tour, with organic food tasting included. The tours wind through tiny medieval alleys and past baroque churches, around volcanic lakes of the Pozzuoli area, the Vesuvius volcano and the breathtaking Amalfi coast. The most popular route is a ride past art nouveau villas, parks and up Posillipo hill for a view of Naples and its bay. Naples, green and clean, now bike-friendly | Associated Press 
06292014 Realized in 1819 on the hill Miradois, in the zone of Capodimonte, the construction of the observatorium. From the balcony is possible to admire besides a spectacular panorama of the city. This splendid position increases the charm of the building. Museum of the Astronomical Observatory - Naples | Tredy
06302014 Today the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) saw the launching of the “F.-A.-Gauthier”, the latest generation ferry that Fincantieri is building for Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), a Québec Government Corporation that operates in maritime passenger transport. High-tech ferry launched by Fincantieri | The MediTelegraph

Sunday, June 1, 2014

MAY 2014

Memento of Capri
Villa Lysis Fersen and the Island of Capri into a natural stage for a return to happy times.







Specialties
Culinary opportunities in the Bay of Naples, the city has one of the best food cultures in Italy.



















The Dream of the Greek
Ravello, Amalfi Coast, May 2012. Dreams are made of stone
jambs, wood, steam, stars, water.



052014 DIGEST

05012014 The video is set entirely in Capri and is accompanied by a song by Peppino di Capri. It was shot in the dead of winter. It rained continuously for a full week before and a full week after the three days of shooting. It started back up the night we finished shooting. During this miraculous period, we enjoyed a warm, almost summery light, which was perfect for our story. Pomellato icon movies | Vogue.it
05022014 Memories, nostalgia, the colour of the sea and of the Mediterranean sky. "Capri" by Filippo Silvestris and Pierluigi Ferrandini for Pomellato. | Nowfashion.com
05032014 Between the island’s two towns, Anacapri is 30 per cent cheaper than Capri. The latter, situated on a ridge between Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, is the bustling centre of the island. Anacapri, on the western part of the island, is only a 10-minute drive away but feels like another world. Less glamorous and greener, it could be any small Italian town if it didn’t have the beautiful sea views, lemon groves and bright white houses with colourful majolica tiles that are so characteristic of Capri. Rugged exclusivity | Financial Times
05042014 From Ravello, whose exotic formal gardens, Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, seem to float ethereally between sea and sky, your route takes you first to Positano's chic pastel houses and enticing volcanic sand beach. It's then on to Marina del Cantone, and hidden shingle coves few foreign visitors ever find. Finally you reach cliff top Sorrento. With balcony views over Vesuvius, it's a great base to visit Pompeii or Herculaneum by train, or Capri by boat. Amalfi to Sorrento Walk | Headwater Holidays
05052014 Last year's Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition at the British Museum caught the pathos perfectly. The structure of the show – a Roman house, with items shown in the rooms they belonged in – reminded us of the domestic scale of the drama. And that is the terrible but compelling draw of Pompeii: it was one of the Museum's most successful exhibitions, visited by almost half a million people. The survival of so many everyday objects lures us into thinking that the citizens of Pompeii were just like us (which, in some ways, they were). Up, up Pompeii! | The Independent 
05062014 This tiny island off of the Amalfi Coast is a jet-set favorite for its luxurious resorts, boutiques, flower-lined paths, and cliff-top restaurants serving two of its famous creations - Caprese salad and Limoncello liqueur. One caveat: beaches here are rocky, meaning you’ll have to brave pebbles to go for a swim. One of the most scenic spots is down a few hundred stairs next to Da Luigi at the base of Il Faraglioni rocks. World's Best Islands | Travel + Leisure
05072014 The old town, rising up the slopes of the hill on the site of the ancient Salernum, still preserves many memories of its great days during the medieval period. It had the oldest medical school in Europe, which flourished from the 11th century until it was closed down by Murat, Napoleon's brother- in-law, in 1812. Along the seafront to the east of the harbor, now used only by local shipping (trips to Capri, Amalfi and Positano), extends the Lungomare Trieste, a fine promenade lined by imposing modern buildings and affording extensive views. Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Salerno | PlanetWare
05082014 What more can one ask from life after tasting one of the local DOP Bufalo mozzarellas in the shadow of the imposing Greek temples of Paestum? Pearly white colour, smooth and shinny texture, thin rind and an incomparable taste are the final result of the local mozzarella cheese producers of the Piana di Sele. It is possible to visit one of these small diaries which also propose a selection of tasty ricotta cheese, smoked provola cheese and yogurts. Cilento Gastronomy | Italia Lifestyle
05092014  A  "strange" occupation  - that has been disappearing and that was typical in the city of Naples – is l’acquafrescaio. I can not translate this name because maybe  there is not the corresponding profession in the world. I had seen the acquafrescaio in Naples during one of my many trips in this beautiful city - that I love.  Acquafrescaio, the traditional job in Naples | All4Italy
05102014 Winemakers in Campania uniformly claim that Fiano is the greater of the two grapes, but I don't see it that way. While I appreciate Fiano's distinctiveness, I think Greco is the better wine to drink. The Greatest White Wines of Campania | CHOW
05112014 Campania's producers share a palpable pride in their land and its products. Ilaria Petitto, owner in Donnachiara in Montefalcione, speaks in glowing terms about Irpinia (the historical name given to the province of Avellino), where her vineyards and vinery are located. Campania's Great Whites | Decanter
05122014 With his 30th birthday fast-approaching, Jamie Oliver returns to an area of Italy that he knows and loves. However, this time he decides to go to Minori, where his 'Italian father', Gennaro Contaldo, was born and raised. Following in Gennaro's footsteps Jamie goes mussel-fishing and cooks for Gennaro's father, who was Gennaro’s first inspiration in the kitchen. Amalfi Coast | Foodnetwork.ca
05132014 Gennaro Contaldo, chef at Passione in London and mentor to Jamie Oliver, takes us on a tour of his home town of Minori and its neighbours along the rugged and ravishing Amalfi Coast. The moment I hit the madly winding Amalfi corniche – ‘the road of a thousand bends’ – and catch my first glimpse of the plunging cliffs and glittering sea, I feel a crazy thrill of excitement. It also has a reputation for great food. When I’m here, I eat more slowly, savouring the vivid taste of San Marzano tomatoes just off the vine or the enormous and intensely aromatic sfusato di Amalfi lemons. The Amalfi Coast, Italy | delicious. magazine
05142014 I felt sick when I watched A Good Woman – not because the story or acting was so good, but because it was set in Amalfi. Pictures of Amalfi do that to me. I feel literally sick, my stomach ties up to a hard knot and I feel homesick to an extent that I cannot describe. Postcard from Heaven | dove mi porta il cuore
05152014 You can drive part of the way up Vesuvius, but the only way to the top is on foot. Our coach drops us near the entrance and we queue to get in and past the souvenir stand. Just inside the entrance two enterprising young men offer us sticks to help with the climb ‘for a donation’. I decline their offer as I don’t think I need a stick, but later regret it. It’s a cool, sunny April day and we’ve been told that it can get quite cold at the summit but I end up peeling off my jacket as I walk. The eldest, having refused my request to bring a coat, flashes me an ‘I told you so’ look. It’s a steep, dusty climb to the top, but worth it to actually see into the volcano’s crater and for the magnificent views of the surrounding landscape and across the Bay of Naples. Climbing Mount Vesuvius | Mums do travel 
05162014 One afternoon, we walked part of the "walk of the gods" track. It starts in the mountains high above Positano and winds its way along the cliffs 750m above the sea. That's the reason for its name and because of its spectacular scenery. Chapter 7 - The Amalfi Coast | The Wandering Wicks of Oz
05172014 Positano is home to just short of 4,000 souls, although in summer thousands more pile in daily from Sorrento, Capri, Ischia and Naples. But in spite of the crowds, Positano remains utterly beguiling. You don't come to Positano to see the sights; there aren't any to speak of. You come to drink in the matchless views along with your Campari, to shop for flowing linen and handmade sandals, or simply to watch the passing parade of tanned women in gold sandals and immaculately groomed men in pastel shades, cashmere sweaters draped over their shoulders. Hidden depths of Amalfi | Conde Nast Traveller 
05182014 Sorrento, 25km from central Naples, is a charming small town with a gorge running through the centre and streets lined with tiny cafés, shaded gardens and hidden cloisters. It’s been home to luminaries such as Maxim Gorky, Ibsen and Wagner over the centuries and makes a great base for delving into Naples and nearby Pompeii and Vesuvius – the only active volcano in mainland Europe. Living la dolce vita in Naples | Daily Express
05192014 Where: Amalfi Coast It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Positano is one of the most beautiful places on earth. This small town on the Amalfi Coast awes visitors with its pastel-colored houses perched on the mountains that rise above the sea. Positano has lived many lives—as part of Amalfi’s maritime republic during the Middle Ages, a major trade route during the Renaissance, a forgotten fishing village, and finally, an idyllic beach town experiencing a modern-day renaissance. 20 Gorgeous Seaside Towns In Italy | HuffPost Travel
05202014 It cannot be denied that to this day a lot of tourists find Praiano a rewarding destination with its crystal clear waters and the fantastic vistas of the sea. The setting is still easygoing, unhurried and relaxing; a great place for holidaymakers who want a break from the stressful pace of the city and of many of the better known resort locations along the Amalfi Coast. Praiano is a place that nature lovers can easily appreciate. Praiano – Heart of the Amalfi Coast | Online Travel Consultant
05212014 Positano, on the Amalfi coast, offers beaches and small village life you won't find in crowded Rome, Florence and Venice. Avoiding The Beaten Path In Italy | kplu.org
05222014 Hotel San Pietro was established in 1970 by Carlo Cinque. Since that time it became a place for such stars as Barbara Streisand, Sting and Julia Roberts; Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. One more travel destination - Hotel San Pietro di Positano, Amalfi coast | Italian Style in Kuwait
05232014 Mostly black-and-white, some of the images were shot outside on the coast of Capri, while others are more formal, posed in a studio setting. The most charming are of Veruschka in Italy: on a cobbled street, in a field or with a rabbit on a farmyard. Put together, they're an insight into a decade in flux – one moving from the mannered graphic mood to something that represented a burgeoning youth quake. From Vera to Veruschka: the unseen photographs of Johnny Moncada – in pictures | The Guardian 
05242014 Arriving by car from Positano, Santa Caterina appears to be little more than a gleaming white façade at a curve in the road to Amalfi. From the Amalfi side, it looks more like a hotel. A lovely hotel, to be sure, but not nearly as majestic as it is in reality. Hotel Santa Caterina: Amalfi, Italy’s cliffside gem – Kim Kardashian’s first honeymoon choice | Communities Digital News
05252014 Villa Maria's six rooms are charming, with their shabby-chic decor and French doors, although we spend most of our time on the terrace, captivated by the coast below. "Everyone thought I was mad when I started the agriturismo. They said all the hotels and restaurants needed to be by the beach," says Manzo. "Now, people want to stay somewhere quieter and they want to come here to taste real local food." Keeping it sweet | South China Morning Post 
05262014 5 years ago he was in Ravello for the album " La Passione" and he came shortly to visit Mamma Agata ...this year after the filming he rushed to Mamma Agata with his wife Sarah and they spend the Whole day with Gennaro, Chiara and Mamma Agata and at the end of the class he sang and everybody had tears in the eyes !!! The famous singer Alfie Boe after filming in Positano his new album " La Serenata" goes back to Mamma Agata | News-Positano 
05272014 Relais Blu is a Boutique Hotel and Restaurant that won’t disappoint you in terms of uniqueness. Salvatore Acampora, patron of the Relais Blu, is a renowned expert in Campania cusine, has created a restaurant where Mediterranean specialities prepared with the latest techniques tempt any palate. Relais Blu, Amalfi Coast – Best restaurants with a view in Italy | Swide
05282014 Incredible chapels - some dating back to several centuries ago - can be found hidden amongst isolated villages on top of the mountains of the ‘Parco Nazionale del Cilento’. Most churches and chapels had been bricked up, waiting in vein for reconstruction. buona fortuna documents italian chapels abandoned after the irpinia earthquake | designboom
05292014 The trip begins with an early dinner - the first of two - at the brightly colored and lit Pizzeria Elite in Alvignano Caserta, two hours southeast of Rome and set amid the buffalo farms that produce the Campania region's mozzarella di bufala. Our pies immediately show off the signature smart sourcing of the New Old School. The lighter Donna Rita comes topped with pomodorini del Piennolo (a grape-shaped tomato that grows in the hills of Mount Vesuvius), escarole, anchovies, capers and black olives, plus a dusting of fresh Provolone and, surprisingly, bread crumbs. Foodie pilgrimage: 48 hours and 20 pies in and around Naples, the birthplace of pizza | Houston Chronicle
05302014 I am shamelessly obsessed with Naples and, though I have been based in Rome since 2003, I have spent a great deal of time there exploring, writing guide books and filming several episodes of “Cities of the Underworld”. I am completely in love with the place and it saddens me that lots of visitors to Italy skip Naples on their way to the Amalfi Coast, squandering precious culinary and cultural opportunities in the process. Naples has one of the best food cultures in the country and its specialties scratch nearly every imaginable gastronomic itch. My Naples | Parla Food
05312014 Staying in the ancient Spaccanapoli district, Coyne said she mingled with residents and photographed the street life. “There’s so much life on the street and it’s really old-world,” she said. “It gave me the opportunity to encounter people and talk with them, get their photos and get a feel for the inner city.” Streets of Naples through the lens of a Brooklyn-born photojournalist | NYDaily News


Thursday, May 1, 2014

APRIL 2014

Reputation Ranking
Italy’s Sorrento, a popular tourist destination famed for its beaches and hillside location, boasts the most highly rated hotels in the world.












Ischia & Phlegraean Islands
These "pretty" islands  in the Gulf of Naples scored highest for their scenery and atmosphere.













The Trip


042014 DIGEST


04012014 I thought the Amalfi Coast would be a little twee, but it's actually enormous. It's overwhelming. It's very glamorous. Very label-centric. Very expensive. Ravello was one of my favourite places, and we stayed near Positano, in a place called Praiano. And then finished in Capri. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan's Italian road trip | The Tatler
04022014 On this grey, cold and snowy day (in Belgium), I'm dreaming about my favorite place in the world... Capri. If you've never been there, just take a look at my pictures and let me know what you think. Caprilicious | Dolce Limoncella
04032014 I love this shot from Capri. I loved that little island. I plan on going back as soon as my schedule allows it. Remembering Capri. | Rachael Forster  
04032014 Capri is one of the most appealing places on the planet. With its rustic charm and glamorous history, it is easy to see why this small isle was on every jetsetter’s itinerary. When you arrive, do not be disappointed by the endless brand-name boutiques and mobs of tourists. Capri is also a place of deep artisanal traditions, one that produces handmade creations that perfectly capture the essence of the dolce vita lifestyle. This is the moment to treat yourself to indigenous favorites such as bespoke sandals or a pair of custom made Capri pants. City Secrets, Capri Shopping | L-atitude
04042014 Via Camerelle is the essence of Capri sophistication. If your desire to buy a brand name purse or shoes… this is the place to do it! But it’s not just fashion clothes - don’t forget the jewelry and the perfumes too! In Roman times, this street was just an embankment following the road leading to Punta Tragara.The road was supported by big arches that were closed off by the mountain in the back. Thus, little cave-like rooms were formed, or ‘camerelle’ as the Italians call them. That’s how the street got the name…Via Camerelle. Shopping in Capri | Carol's Worldwide Cruise Port Itineraries
04052014 Clinging to the ancient, sun-drenched cliffs along the rugged Amalfi Coast is the tiny and charming, vertical town of Positano. Located in Campania, Southern Italy overlooking the Mediterranean Bay of Salerno, this pedestrian-only town won’t disappoint. With fantastic food and shopping (who can resist gelato?!), breath-taking ocean views, beach-side relaxation and tiny, winding streets carved out of the cliffs, there is something for everyone here. It’s ocean-side living at its best with all of the perks of European culture. Positano and the Amalfi Coast | Entouriste
04062014 Positano A Wandering in Positano | A Wandering Heart
04072014 Steve and Rob visit Pompeii and then have lunch at Relais Blu on the Sorrento coast, overlooking the isle of Capri. They then visit their next restaurant, where Michael Buble is the talking point. Villa Cimbrone, Ravello | BBC
04082014 According to trivago Reputation Ranking, Sorrento, Italy, which has the best online hotel reputation worldwide. 2014 Reputation Ranking: Sorrento, Italy at the top, Paris and London at the bottom | TravelDailyNews
04092014 The best prices are to be found in Naples, where the average room costs 76.00 euros per night. Hotels in Italy Rank Relatively Low in Hotel Price Radar Report | Italy Magazine
04102014 I am excited about this post because Italy is one of my favorite countries – I have been in Italy three times and have visited more than 20 cities, and still I know that it’s definitely not enough. There is so much to share about Italy, so it may seem challenging to choose which city to feature first. But it didn’t actually take me long to decide to select Naples, or as locals call it, Napoli. Why Naples? Because it is a city preceded by its reputation, and I was happy to be disproven during my visit. Beautiful Naples: It is really a sheep in wolf’s clothing | The Diary of a Part-Time Traveler
04112014 The Naples region was the centre of the world if you were a Grand Tourist souvenir hunter. Simultaneously the place was also le dernier cri in Contemporary art, as was made clear to me when I visited the Chapel of Sansevero. It includes both the macabre and the magical. The macabre is supplied by two flayed corpses in the basement which exhibit just the bones and the circulatory system preserved by 18th-century wizardry. The magic comes courtesy of the sculpture of the veiled Christ: the shroud may be marble but veins, knuckle and the rest remain visible. Free from tourist traffic, rough Naples is a cultural haven | Spear's
04112014 We went to Cafe Positano for lunch and got a fantastic view of the sea and the city. I had lasagna, Tricia had spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, and we shared a fresh fruit platter for dessert. But the real star was the location -- you couldn't ask for a better setting! Italy Trip Report - Day 9 (Positano) | Olson Family Matters
04122014 Later we decided to find some lunch and walked back down to the beach. Ristorante la Pergola was right at the waterfront and looked pretty popular, so we gave it a try. We sat at the front of the restaurant where we had a good view of the water. We even saw a bride and groom out on the beach having their wedding photos taken. Honeymoon -- Day 8 -- Positano (Morning/Afternoon) | Delicious Dishings
04132014 In Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Contempt, starring Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, and director Fritz Lang, the house is first seen from above. Piccoli and Lang are making their way down a densely overgrown path toward the dark red edifice framed at the end of a steep promontory overlooking the Gulf of Salerno. They have been discussing the script of “Odysseus,” the film that Lang is shooting on the island of Capri. “A House Like Me”: Curzio Malaparte and Jean Luc Godard | American Society of Cinematographers 
04142014 Looking across the Gulf of Naples on the Southwest coast of Italy with Mount Vesuvius off in the distance. Still gives off an eery feeling when thinking back to its destructive days circa 79AD. Grand Hotel Vesuvio | National Geographic Travel 
04152014 The three domus to reopen are Frontone, Trittolemo and Romolo. Frontone is considered by some the most beautiful house in Pompeii, for its complex architecture and beautiful paintings depicting Mars and Venus. Trittolemo is a large domus, while the Romolo and Remo one features famous paintings of animals and a beautiful garden. Three Domus Reopen at Pompeii | Italy Magazine
04162014 Campania. Pastificio Gentile, Gragnano. Book ahead for a pasta demo followed by a meal of Signora Maria’s celestial fusilli and homemade preserves. Italy's Best Pasta, Region-by-Region | Travel + Leisure
04172014 Il Pirata, Praiano, Italy. Antonio Sersale, owner of Positano’s Le Sirenuse hotel, swears by the sea-urchin linguine at this Amalfi Coast idyll, where a sun-drenched terrace is built into rocks above a glittering cove. Europe's Best Places to Eat Like a Local l Travel + Leisure
04182014 We loved staying in Praiano. There was the slight hassle of taking the bus every time we wanted to get into nearby Positano, but we lived next to locals that loved kids. It is truly one of our best “Italians love kids” experiences. Tips for Visiting the Amalfi Coast with Young Kids | Ciao Bambino!
04192014 After crossing Amalfi's southern headland, I entered Atrani via a secret network of backstreet steps and passageways... Amalfi Walks (3) | The Solitary Walker
04202014 Naples and South Italy in general often celebrates religious feasts or traditional recurrences with dedicated food, and Easter it’s no exception. Pastiera is a centuries-old pie made with short crust pastry and filled with ricotta cheese, boiled grain, eggs, aromas and candied fruits. The interesting characteristic of this dolce is the difference in texture between the outside – crispy – and the inside –soft. Italian Pastry Shop: pastiera Napoletana I Swide
04212014 Il Cannito feels like a place I would bring my friends. Although just escaping with my husband and daughter for a quiet vacation of three sounds incredibly energizing too! Il Cannito is hidden: the small rustic buildings that contain the guest rooms are completely tucked into the treed slopes of the Mediterranean landscape. Not too tucked away mind you, you still have a bangin’ view of the island of Capri. The paths that wind through the property are filled with orchids and olive trees. Take one and meander down to the private beach. An Awesome Amalfi Coast Alternative | Italian Fix 
04222014 Many holidaymakers staying along the Amalfi coast will undertake the 72-minute drive north to visit the ancient sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii. However, should they decide to drive south for 85 minutes, they’ll discover an ancient site that many of Italy’s visitors miss. Situated on the edges of Piana del Sele, one of Campania’s buffalo plains famed for its mozzarella, is Paestum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rediscovering Paestum | Italy Magazine
04232014 A plaque commemorating Norman Douglas' sojourn in a house near Nerano in May 1908 while writing Siren Land. Sirenland 2014 | Sirenuse Journal
04242014 Everyone should drive the hairpin bends of the Amalfi Coast once in their lifetime, gorging on the endless blue-on-blue horizons. Overlooking the bay of Positano, Le Sirenuse has heirloom furniture, flower-decked terraces and a Michelin-starred restaurant, which uses local, homegrown ingredients. It even produces its own fragrance and bodycare range, Eau d’Italie. Travel: Sweet Dreams | net-a-porter.com
04252014 Danaë was fated to bear a son more powerful than his grandfather, the king, and so the king locked her away. In order to visit her behind closed doors, the god Zeus turned himself into a shower of gold, and Danaë bore a son, Perseus, who avenged her mistreatment with spectacular ingenuity, turning his evil grandfather to stone. This painting was locked away in the “Secret Cabinet” of the Neapolitan monarchy together with lascivious objects from Pompeii until the Cabinet was opened to the public by the Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi. A Magician in Pigment | The New York Review of Books
04262014 As a result of this mood change, cultural landmarks such as the Capodimonte museum have stepped into the spotlight. Set in magnificent gardens that were once the hunting preserve of the Bourbons, the Capodimonte, which opened in its current incarnation in 1840, has one of the world's most underrated art collections. Unlike in more famous spots, where it can be hard to see the art for the throngs, here you can enjoy masterpieces such as Caravaggio's the Flagellation, Titian's Danaë with Eros, and Breughel Senior's the Blind Leading the Blind – almost alone. See Naples and … you'll find a city on the rise | The Guardian
04272014 The Neapolitan-based brand was born in June 2013, and is composed of unique and hand-made floral pieces which are all designed and made by Manuela herself.  Fit for weddings, parties, festivals and much fabulously more, Manuela can also customize your crown using up to three different colours of your liking. Introducing Floral Crown Accessories Label: Joie De Fille by Manuela Palma | My Fashion S/ash Life
04282014 “Napoli is like a woman you fall in love with by mistake. First, it attracts you by its magnetic passionate force, but once you experience the bad manners of the Neapolitans, you cool off". This is how Marina, my personal tour guide, summed it all up while we were walking in the narrow streets of Naples, her hometown. Naples; a City of great Contradictions | Sivan Askayo Photography
04292014  Over the last century, the personal tailor, working one to one with a client, has become as symbolic of Naples as its Roman sculptures and Baroque churches. Many men socializing with friends on the city streets or sitting on public benches wear elegant jackets, in tweed or linen, lightweight, unstructured — and indisputably tailor made. To show that the tide of tailoring has turned, the big names in Naples have opened stores around the world. They also fly experts to their clients or offer them a home-away-from-home welcome in Italy. Naples, a Haven of Hand Work | The New York Times 
04302014 Naples, the other sartorial epicentre, also majors in separates. It is considerably hotter and more relaxed than conservative Milan, and its style is the foil to the traditional business suit. The look is typified by minimal padding and light canvas interlinings, working alongside cunning cutting and unstructured shirt-like sleeves. Italian tailoring | How To Spend It, Financial Times

Another journey together, the foodie road trip around Italy takes them down to Ravello, Praiano and Capri.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MARCH 2014

The new kid on the block
The first true pizzerias started to emerge in the historic centre of Naples.



















Vervece rock



















The Vervece is an interesting diving site, situated in a area extremely protected of the Marine Park of the Punta Campanella.









Travel in Campania


The Grand Tour trail to explore the
beauty of art and nature: 9 different
itineraries. Discover the wonders
and taste the culinary excellence
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03012014 Enzo Coccia explored all aspects of pizza making and focused on the region's spectacular local ingredients, and his dough - which is made with minimal yeast, well aerated thanks to energetic kneading, and subjected to a lengthy rising at room temperature - results in a crust that is flavorful, perfectly chewy, and highly digestible. The Best Pies From Naples, The Birthplace Of Pizza | Epicurious
03022014 From Modena to Naples, from snow to sun. Unpredictable encounters at Crudorè Restaurant, via Caracciolo. Glimpses of life in the area 30 | Photogeisha
03032014 In a handmade suit, every stitch can be calculated to give the wearer comfort, flexibility and freedom of movement. And in Neapolitan tailoring – not a monolithic standard, but a style typically associated with Naples – clothing is expected to be relaxed, because in this coastal Mediterranean setting, gentlemen came to favor soft tailoring and lightness. Art + Craft: Inside Kiton, The Pride of Naples | 
03042014 His work - crafting Neapolitan-style suits in Tokyo and elsewhere in Asia - is so highly regarded by Japan's fashion elite that he's able to charge as much or more than the top Neapolitan tailors who regularly visit Tokyo (more than $4,500 for just a sports jacket). "My dream all along," he tells me, "was to go to Naples and learn from the people who invented this style." Bespoke Italian Tailoring From Japan | Wall Street Journal
03052014 The Excelsior is an old-fashioned Italian hotel, as are most of the top hotels in this city. There’s a bit of Proustian nostalgia in the formal public spaces—they’re awaiting an audience that is gone forever. The rooms are high-ceilinged, but otherwise way down the luxury ladder. The clientele is mostly corporate. But the hotel is right on the Lungomare, the boulevard along the Bay of Naples, an instance of Conrad Hilton’s first commandment, “location, location, and location.” Naples: The Hotel Terrace with the Best View of Vesuvius | Forbes
03062014 A few paces from the Neapolitan waterfront an welcoming family atmosphere, haunt of vip’s anf gourmets. The top of “made in Naples” for fresh and traditional tastes. Dora, eating with the sea in your veins | Charme Napoli
03072014 In my hometown (Naples), the people are extraordinarily theatrical. Orson Welles himself, on seeing Neapolitan actor Eduardo De Filippo said that he was the greatest actor in the world. Tony Servillo is also from Naples, like I am. He is an actor I can ask anything of, because he is capable of doing absolutely everything. And the Winner Is: 'The Great Beauty' for Best Foreign Language Film | Indiewire
03082014 J.K. Place Capri is one of surprisingly few hotels on the island of Capri to be able to boast a true sea-edge location. The hotel is just steps away from the port of Marina Grande and Capri’s largest beach. JK Place Capri, Italy | TravelModus
03092014 Julia Roberts wore Pomellato Capri Ring in 18K Rose Gold and chrysoprase to the premiere of <August: Osage County>.  Julia Roberts in Pomellato Capri Ring | mylifestylenews
03102014 Casa Malaparte played a significant role in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Contempt (Le Mepris) when a tumultuous relationship between Brigette Bardot and Michel Piccoli comes to a head on the terrace overlooking the craggy rocks below. The tapering stairs built into the design of the house are used to dramatic effect as is the swirling white painted concrete wall that resembles a sail atop this striking architectural masterpiece. Bardot famously sunbathes topless in the film and wanders aimlessly in another scene as she contemplates her torn feelings between her husband and Jack Palance. Casa Malaparte | The Gilded Owl
03112014 We got a little lost - but what’s lost when you’ve got no where to go? We found a hilltop winery, an abandon church, and some homes we’d have no problem retiring in. Procida is probably the most tranquil place I’ve visited in Italy (or anywhere?), I get a sense of calm just looking back on the pictures. My conclusion? If you’ve got the change – go! Procida | coriamendt
03122014 Local vino bianco before lunch at Ristorante La Conchiglia, Procida. Viaggio in Italia | Inspiraculum
03132014 The opportunity to see some of the nicest mediaeval villages of the area, where the traditional way of life is still evident in homemade pasta. The town of Laurino, an ancient Cilentan village, is situated at the heart of the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano, in a panoramic location on the high valley of the Calore River. An ancient Cilentan village: Laurino | Undiscovered Campania 
03142014 When we walked in, we found a tray of scrumptious Italian pastries (yes, I know, that's redundant). As we sat out on our terrace overlooking the view of the famous Faraglioni rocks and the impossibly blue Tyrrhenian Sea, a gecko native to the island joined us for a bite, and we took it as a harbinger of an amazing few days ahead. Love Letter: Hotel Punta Tragara, Capri | Fathom - Way to Go
03152014 While in the gardens, be sure to find the Capri Sundial. The sundial was inspired by the Horologium, built by Augustus in 10 BC in Ancient Rome. The position of the sun on the sun dial measure the passing of time determined by the ancient rules. A Day at the Augustus Gardens and Carthusian Monastery of Capri | Jdomb's Travels
03162014 Which Italian beauty has starred in dozens of cinema blockbusters in a film career spanning more than 70 years? The answer? The quaint Mediterranean island of Procida, in the Bay of Naples. Beautiful and quiet Bay of Naples is like a slice of movie magic | Birmingham Post
03172014 Procida is one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast to Naples in Southern Italy. The Island is located between Cape Miseno and the Island of Ischia. Completely off the mass-tourist radar, take a chance to visit also in September, this blend of lemon groves, weathered fishermen and pastel-hued houses is memorably picturesque. Best 5 small islands off the Italian Coast | Swide
03182014 The stunning frescoes of the Villa of the Mysteries include one room with a painted frieze widely considered to depict an initiation rite into the cult of Dionysus, the god of wine. Beneath the surface of Pompeii's most famous house | Archaeology Magazine
03192014 Mastroberardino is the only winery that has been planting experimental vineyards using ancient traditions in several locations within Pompeii. The resulting grapes have been used in several of their bottlings. But it is not the same wine that the ancient Romans drank, which was nasty and had to be flavored with honey and other additions to make it drinkable. Thankfully, Masrtoberardino remains committed to using contemporary winemaking techniques. Mastroberardino Masters the Ancient Wines of Pompeii | Italian Talks
03202014 Success of the grape harvest in the Pompeii excavations with some quintals of crop which will produce the "Villa of the Mysteries" fine wine: hundreds of site visitors were able to attend, last October, the traditional cutting of grapes in the "experimental" vineyards which this year for the first time also produce Aglianico quality grapes, much loved by the inhabitants of Pompeii. The grape harvest 2013 in the ruins of Pompeii | Made In Pompei
03212014 The next morning, a driver came to collect us for a horseback ride up Mount Vesuvius. “Ojo!” and “Hallo!” and “Keeeck!” (“Kick,” I think) — we clopped up the cobbled streets toward the looming green shoulders of Mount Vesuvius, as our guide waved and greeted neighbors lavishly. That’s Amore: Naples and Pompeii | Mountain Solitaire
03222014 The first ancient ruin you come across is the enormous amphitheater, which is the oldest surviving Roman amphitheater, a century younger than the Colosseum in Rome, and the first known to be built of stone as they were previously built from wood. Pompeii | xkerryw 
03232014 In 2008, a further advance was made through multi-spectral imaging. The new technology takes 16 different images of each fragment at different light levels and then creates a composite image. With this technique Dirk Obbink [a lecturer in Papyrology at Oxford University] is seeking not only to clarify the older infrared images but also to look again fragments that previously defied all attempts to read them. Unlocking the scrolls of Herculaneum | BBC News Magazine
03242014 There are records of what Pompeii was like -- it had the second-largest coliseum, it was the top gladiator venue after Rome. It was a golden city, Las Vegas-meets-Beverly Hills-by-the-sea. Pompeii inspires plenty of filmmakers | Newsday
03252014 We stopped in Torre del Greco. Famous in its day for the production of cameo jewelry, this town whose name literally means “Tower of the Greek” houses but a few establishments that still practice this ancient craft. Linda told us that until recently, cameos were handed down from mothers to daughters to granddaughters, and so on. Like so many traditions of old, this one is, alas, dying out. Good climbing, and good cheer, on Vesuvius | Books to the Ceiling
03262014 Fig tree in the Garden of Minerva, Salerno. Vietri sul Mare & the Bay of Salerno | Live Cheap & Make Art
03272014 This is a color story. ...which is basically how I experienced the Amalfi Coast. It's a land of blues and greens, providing the perfect backdrop for the citrus groves that dot its hillsides. Triple lemon baba cake and the Amalfi Coast | Desserts for Breakfast
03282014 Off the small port of Sorrento there is the rock of Vervece. An islet of rare beauty and part of the Marine Protected Area of Punta Campanella in the area "A", that enjoys maximum protection. His backdrops descend over 50 meters, populated by many marine species: Groupers, Scorpion Fish, octopus, whole herds of white bream, red sea fans, red Castagnole, Thrushes, Damsels and Serranidae. Flowering bushes of white hydroids swaying in the surf, stand all the way around the many Parazoanthus axinellae yellow-orange. Ability to see urchins very similar to tropical ones. Rock of Vervece | Enjoy the Coast 
03292014 Over the past decades, and still today, restaurant Umberto offers the classics of Naples gastronomy, which include a range of dishes – spaghetti with clams, eggplant parmigiana, salted codfish and, of course, pizzas – simple, but rich in flavour. The atmosphere is homely and cosy, and together with the traditional menu, makes Umberto one of the most authentic restaurants in town. Insider Guide to Napoli’s 10 Stunning Cultural Restaurants | The Culture Trip
03302014 The Wimbledon champion heads the four-man lineup announced Tuesday for the April 4-6 matches on clay in Naples. The sixth-ranked Murray says Italy has "some very good clay court players with a passionate crowd behind them." Murray leads British team for Davis Cup vs. Italy | The Southern Illinoisan
03312014 With its rich history, thriving contemporary-art scene and slightly dangerous reputation, Naples has emerged as a hot city for sophisticates in search of a thrill. The New Naples | W magazine

Saturday, March 1, 2014

FEBRUARY 2014

The Lungomare restaurants
Next to the tourist port of Santa Lucia along the Lungomare are located the exclusive hotels of Naples.









Lemon Cake












This Valentine's create your own RomCom on the picturesque Amalfi Coast.



The Secret Cabinet













Citizens of Pompeii believed penises provided protection, prosperity, and good luck.
Pompeians incorporated them into everything.





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02012014 Walking by the Port in Santa Lucia with hand crafted sandals made in Capri and getting some of that “O’ Sole Mio” feeling. Viaggio Italiano (Italian Journey) | Montserrat Franco
02022014 In Naples you must have a view. This is why I wish to bring to your attention the Hotel San Francesco al Monte. The hotel’s 45 rooms occupy the left wing of the former monastery of Santa Lucia al Monte. Reminders of this past can be seen throughout the building, particularly in the numerous frescoes and in the areas of majolica decoration. These contrast with the pieces of contemporary art which the current owners have placed in the corridors and public spaces. Hotel San Francesco al Monte | Bown's Best
02032014 It was once again time for dinner. We were exhausted by the day's events and decided to finally try the famous Pizzeria da Michele. The restaurant requires its patrons to take a ticket and wait (outside) for their number to be called, which is a fantastic idea if you can understand Italian (so you know when it's your turn). We conversed with the individuals waiting outside and before we knew it, it was our turn to sit down. We were at a table for four, but a priest who came alone was asked to sit to my right. I suppose this was to enable the restaurant to reap as great of a benefit from its customers as it can. He did not speak a word to us and scarfed down his sizable pizza in under five minutes. Voyage de Naples à Amalfi | Ma Vie à Bruxelles
02042014 As usual, our tickets were valid for all the routes, and we had the time to take two out of three: to historical sites and along the coast. And there were so many tempting places we could have visited if we only had had more time: the Aquarium, all those palaces and museums; even walking on those streets a bit more would have been lovely. Not only is the city beautiful, but it also has some sort of a special spirit and charm, so Naples became the truly magnificent completion of our trip to southern Italy, and even gave it a special meaning. Adventures of the Azeris in Italy – Naples | Travelling Leila
02052014 Citizens of Pompeii and Herculaneum believed penises provided protection, prosperity, and good luck, and incorporated them into everything from furniture to oil lamps. Frescos on the walls of homes depicted erotic encounters between wood nymphs and satyrs. Erotica was everywhere. All of this fervor only served to make the collection more famous, and it became a rite of passage for European gentlemen to view the secret collection on their Grand Tours. Pompeii Perversions: The Ancient Erotica Locked Away For Over a Century | Slate
02062014 Humanity has enjoyed no wine grape more than Aglianico. Cultivated by the Phoenicians, exported by the Greeks, consumed by the Romans, protected by popes and coveted as a blending agent during the phylloxera plague, “Aglianico is probably the grape with the longest consumer history of all,” says Denis Dubourdieu, oenology professor at the University of Bordeaux. Aglianico on the Rise | Wine Enthusiast
02072014 Rosa Fusco told us that these special small tomatoes, called piennolo, are grown in the area around Mount Vesuvius. They are dry farmed and are lower in moisture than most tomatoes. After they’re picked, the piennolo tomatoes are hung in clusters to conserve them. Those amazing tomatoes | toby's kitchen
02082014 Impress your dinner-party pals with your homemade Italian gelateria by taking a course at this gelaterie. The third generation in the ice-cream business, David runs classes that last around an hour and culminate in your very own gelateria certificate. His specialities include the deliciously one-off 'Sorrento moon', with almond and lemons, and veneziana , a lemon, orange and mandarin sorbet; he also makes all the traditional flavours. Gelateria David | Lonely Planet
02092014 Gay-Odin is widely recognized as the best gelaterie in Naples with the best chocolate flavours in town; probably due to the fact that it is actually a chocolate factory). You’ll find it in the Centro Storico and should probably pencil in a good walk afterwards… Not to be missed – what to see and do in Naples, Italy | Grown-up Travel Guide
02102014 San Martino, a small community high above the sprawling city of Naples, is a refuge from the chaos and confusion of overcrowded metropolitan life. With a reputation of being one of the best neighborhoods in the city, it is also the home of two outstanding historical buildings; Castel Sant’Elmo and the former Carthusian monastery of San Martino which is now a museum. Stunning Naples from a Birds Eye View | Timeless Italy
02112014 Salerno is not a traditional stop for the major cruise lines, and it’s usually only on the itinerary when the port of Naples is booked. The good news is there are less crowds and the scenery is still beautiful. Cruise DIY: Getting from Salerno to Pompeii by Train | Mommy Musings
02122014 I decided to take 2 weeks to settle myself in one place with the hope that I could get some headway on my novel. The apartment I am staying in is really lovely and I am given a large room with a comfy double bed and a balcony. The boys I am staying with are friendly and keep the apartment very tidy. They seem much more mature than most Italian men I have met to date and speak pretty good English. They constantly have a stream of friends in the apartment which is nice because I get to meet more locals. Living La Vida Local in Salerno | I am a wanderer
02132014 One of the best things about Salerno is that even if it’s not as big as NY’s smallest district, you still get to choose among a wide hotels selection. If you’re looking for an Hostel, I strongly suggest you give a try to Ave Gratia Plena which is the ultimate Hostel solution because it’s located in the inner core of the city near to the Cathedral. Cityprofile: Salerno | Lemonade 25
02142014 While lovers all over the world raise a glass to Saint Valentine today, residents and visitors in Sorrento will be celebrating the festival of Sant’Antonino, the city’s patron saint. And there are festive lights, fireworks, and musical events in his name. Sorrento celebrates festival for Sant’Antonino | Best of Sorrento
02152014 After walking the length of the fountains, we spent a bit of time exploring the wilder English Garden on the Caserta palace grounds. The English Garden contains plants from all over the world and is a beautiful shaded spot with fountains, statues and crumbling porticoes. The Versailles of Italy | Bisbocci Abroad
02162014 My small collection of earth and sea is growing. As for the other samples and broken bits, I can look at each one and remember exactly where it came from - bark from a tree I layed beneath at Paestum, staring up at branches and a cottony blue sky. Have Small Plastic Bags, Will Travel | Dispatch From LA
02172014 This was one of the most amazing places we have ever been to. To be able to go in and walk the grounds, go underneath where they kept wild animals and the gladiators was nothing short of amazing. And to be able to do it with literally no one else ther was so dang cool!We got on the road to go see the Capua arena ruins | kym and tim
02182014 These farms are clustered in the region surrounding Naples called Campania. If you don’t live in the Campania you might have a hard time getting to the farm. Lucky for you, there’s a very dedicated network that brings mozzarella to the people every single day. Italy's Favourite Cheese: Buffalo Mozzarella | Eating Italy Food Tours
02192014 After Pompeii, the next stop on my trip around Europe last summer was the Amalfi coast. If you don't have a car, than the best way to see it is by bus. As terrifying as it was to be at times on this bus whizzing around curves on the edge of the rocky cliff side, the view was staggeringly beautiful. Turquoise ocean and vineyards on cliffs - the amazingly stunning Amalfi coast | Decorology
02202014 Villa Dorata overlooks the scenic village of Positano, Italy and offers spectacular, panoramic views of the sea. This private four bedroom palazzo is luxuriously decorated in high-Baroque style from the elegant jewel tone hues to the ornate chandeliers, lavish tasseled draperies, exquisite frescoed ceilings, vaulted alcoves, and plush-cushioned furniture. Luxurious Villa Dorata perched on the Amalfi Coast | 1 Kind Design
02212014 This aquamarine bedroom in a villa off the Amalfi coast of Italy is so extreme, so over-the-top, so wrong… it’s right. Daily Delight: Mosaic Wonder | hgtv.com
02222014 Watching the sun set over the Mediterranean, while sipping an iced tea on the terrace of your Amalfi hotel, is one of those holiday memories one never forgets, and the kind of setting dreams are made of. The Amalfi Coast is a striking, winding and totally mesmerizing 30km stretch of coastline in the south-western part of the country and has inspired poets, writers and artists the world over for decades. Why is the world so in love with Italy?  | 7ojozat.com
02232014 Positano is also known for its ballet associations. Diaghilev, impresario of Ballets Russes fame, Nijinsky, Massine (who owned the Galli Islands) and Stravinsky all spent time in Positano. Positano remained a popular destination for the ballet world, attracting famous guests such as Margot Fonteyn, Antony Tudor, John Cranko and Carla Fracci. Rudolf Nureyev bought one of the islands as a private retreat. Positano |  Italy Heaven
02242014 woke up the next morning to this at the lovely Villa Rosa Positano. This breakfast on our balcony every morning was definitely a highlight of the trip! Yes, we are simple folk! a nice breakfast keeps us happy! Our honeymoon snaps | Patchworkh Armony
02252014 J.K. Place Capri is one of surprisingly few hotels on the island of Capri to be able to boast a true sea-edge location. The hotel is just steps away from the port of Marina Grande and Capri’s largest beach. JK Place Capri, Italy | TravelModus
02262014 Hang out on the piazzetta at night when it becomes the social centre of the island. Have drinks at the hip yet cozy Bar Tiberio. Insiders Guide: Capri | TravelCocktail
02272014 A stunning montage of Carla Coulson's coastal staircase photographs seen in My Amalfi Coast. Part Three ~ photographer Carla Coulson | A Gift Wrapped Life
02282014 Great! We have a volcano at least four times the size of Vesuvius with a 5 x 6 km caldera. Roccamonfina – A relatively unknown Italian volcano with an obscure history | VolcanoCafe