Sunday, September 25, 2016

TIMELESS TREASURE Some of the best views of the Amalfi Coast can be found in the 13th century gardens of Ravello's Villa Rufolo. 27 Photos That Prove Italy is Heaven on Earth | Harper's Bazaar

Saturday, September 24, 2016

BELLA ITALIA I had flown from Manchester on a grey, drizzly afternoon and landed just a few hours later in the relative paradise of Naples. The hour-long drive to my hotel in Sorrento passed in no time, helped by spectacular views from the coast road – on sheer cliff faces hugged tightly by the blue water of the Mediterranean. Sorrento offers a real taste of 'la dolce vita' - and you'll be left craving a second helping | The Mirror 

Friday, September 23, 2016

SIMPLY SPLENDIDO! The magnificent tall ship Royal Clipper is the biggest head-turner of them all as it nips in and out of ports and harbours during the Mediterranean season. This sleek and elegant sailing ship — whose design is an echo of the trading clippers of the 19th century — calls at Amalfi and Sorrento. The glitziest voyages along Italy's starry Amalfi Coast | DailyMail


Thursday, September 22, 2016

BEST TINNED TOMATO? We compared like with like, an initial tasting of 21 different types of raw tomato, narrowing it down to the top eight, which I cooked down with olive oil, salt, fresh basil and garlic. Finally, we tried each sauce with a forkful of spaghetti. The clear winner was I Sapori Di Corbara Sua Eccellenza. Top tomatoes: gourmet canned and jarred varieties tested | The Guardian

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TOURS OF NAPLES Down by the sea, there are plenty of hidden masterpieces within churches and monasteries, and shady squares serving spritzes. Up in the hills, reached by funicular railway, the note is more cool luxury, with imposing villas looking out over the Bay of Naples. Things to do in Naples: where to stay, eat and drink | London Evening Standard

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS! Balance architectural landmarks with the natural beauty of the Isle of Capri's rugged coastline, and the seaside villages and cliffs found along the Amalfi Coast. Amalfi Coast Tours | Tauck World Discovery

Monday, September 19, 2016

SOLFATARA VOLCANO Our afternoon was spent at the sulfur mines of Pozzuoli. Most people couldn’t handle the smell of the sulfur, but lucky me can’t smell anything with my sinuses, and the steam was actually very refreshing to open my sinuses! Amalfi Adventures: Underwater ruins, sulfur mines, thermal baths, and too much Limoncello | Mary Kesinger

Sunday, September 18, 2016

VISITING CAPODIMONTE On the one hand, the art collection held and displayed in this museum is, in scope and richness, second only to the Galleria degli Uffizi. On the other hand this is also an important Royal palace that lets visitors learn a lot about the changing role of Naples (former capital of an independent kingdom) within European history. Study Abroad in Italy Blog | Naples Study Liberal Arts | CIEE 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

FUCK MONEY! Nightfall in Positano, on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, we were enveloped by the blackness curling around the coastline while inside the restaurant, hundreds of candles glowed, what felt like the safest place to be on Earth that night. At the table next to me, a woman from Texas, a writer stood up, and in her soft Southern drawl, delivered an impromptu speech about the importance of writing, the commitment to the process. Dreaming Of Italy | LocoMotive

Friday, September 16, 2016

EMBARK ON A BOAT TRIP In the bay near Baia are ongoing excavations, but parts of the ancient town are underwater due to seismic activity over the centuries.  We had hoped to take a glass-bottom boat to see some of the sites but unfortunately they only do the tours on weekends at this time of year. Exploring the Ruins in Baia | Saltscape


Thursday, September 15, 2016

BLUE WATERS I found out it was a favourite spot for a Roman emperor, has inspired artists for hundreds of years, and has become a huge tourist attraction on the Isle of Capri. Enchantedly beautiful blue grotto on isle of Capri | hungryfaces

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WEDDING OF THE SEASON Giovanna Battaglia may have done Capri best — her blowout wedding. Against a backdrop of gem-toned turquoise waters, picturesque architecture, and seemingly flawless weather year-round, it's the ideal setting for an Instagram. There's a Reason Models and Designers Are All Going to Capri | W Magazine

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DIG INTO (AND GRASP) NAPOLI The issue really is that a day in Naples is not enough time to explore the full breadth of the city’s art and archaeology, its ridiculously good food and fascinating underground, its vibrance and energy. Should I Take a Day Trip from Rome to Naples? | Revealed Rome


Monday, September 12, 2016

FIRST PASTA PGI IN EUROPE This shape of pasta is called "Pacchero" and it has been served with a tomato sauce and basil. Now pasta from Gragnano is the best pasta of the world, can't be compared with all the industrial pasta brands which maybe are very good, but at Gragnano the industry of pasta is just the best. Flavours from Naples | Cristina Polizzi

Sunday, September 11, 2016

NEAPOLITAN COOKING TRADITION Pepperoncino reigns king, fresh seafood is abundant and the pizza is the best in the world. In Naples and these coastal areas seafood is the local staple. However, if you head inland in the provinces of Salerno, Avellino, Benevento and Caserta, the focus changes from mare (the sea) to terra (the earth). Top 10 regional dishes of Campania | Charming Italy

Saturday, September 10, 2016

HORSEBACK RIDING TOUR The horses first took us through a jungle-like deciduous forest, a beautiful nature reserve where vines had taken over the ground and birds were chirping all around us. The highlight of the journey was the moment we reached a place quite high atop the Vesuvius, where we could sit and stare at the stunning view of the Gulf of Naples while the sun was setting. Horseback riding in Naples | Always Abroad 

Friday, September 9, 2016

IDEA FOR A STROLL The ascent begins behind the Botanical Garden and it goes along the slopes of Capodimonte. Moiariello is a charming hamlet, quite isolated from the rest of the city, though located nearby the centre of Naples. Salita Moiarello | Eventi Napoli

Thursday, September 8, 2016

ANCIENT HOLIDAY RESORT Thanks to an ancient system of artificial terraces cut into the hillside on which Positano sits, the seaside villa may have sprawled across more than 2.25 acres. The quality of the wall paintings is very high, and the triclinium’s decorative program seems unique. Romans on the Bay of Naples | Archaeology Magazine

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

THE NEAPOLITAN WAY Dolce & Gabbana put a spin on the jersey of famous retired S.S.C. Napoli player Diego Maradona, rendering number 10’s kit in silk with crystal embellishments. 9 Things to Know About Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda Show in Naples | Vogue

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

NEAPOLITAN SUMMER Set against the backdrop of seaside Italian cities, “Les Napolitains” embraces the irrepressible sartorial spirit of Naples, renowned worldwide for its boldness and precise tailoring. Christian Louboutin Welcomes ‘Boys Of Summer’ In New Campaign Video | Footwear News

Monday, September 5, 2016

CHAOS AND SPLENDOR To explore the secret city that spreads below the historic center: underground Naples. Beside being a very interesting visit to learn more about the city's history, the adventure feeling highly appeals to children! The tour begins right in the historic center, from where we went down to 40 meters depth. Naples With Kids (Italy) | Travel with my kids

Sunday, September 4, 2016

FOOD-PILGRIM IN NAPLES If you bump into this area at lunchtime or for dinner, you should eat at Da Nennella, a crowded trattoria offering simple and tasty food from the neapolitan tradition, such as friarielli (broccoli rabe), zucchine alla scapece (fried zucchini seasoned with mint, evoo and vinegar), mozzarella in carrozza (fried mozzarella), pasta patate e scamorza (pasta with potatoes and scamorza cheese) and a lot more. Discovering Naples | La Dani Gourmet

Saturday, September 3, 2016

NATURAL TUFF FORTIFICATION Sant'Agata de' Goti is a small, friendly and active town. There was also the town's Sunday market where I got some interesting finds. I took home different kinds of peppers, tomatoes, Sorrento lemons and dried oregano. They were organically grown by the farmers who were selling at the market themselves. Cooking & Traveling in Italy and Beyond | Apron and Sneakers 

Friday, September 2, 2016

COME TO VISIT Primarily an agricultural city in origin it continues that tradition to this day. Avellino carries its inland beauty well. It sits in the Sabato valley with the Apennines Mountains wrapping its arms around it. Small villages can be seen from the center of town into the hillsides, making this area a potential postcard in each direction. Avellino | Life in Italy

Thursday, September 1, 2016

CINGULI (CHIN-GWEE-LEE) Calitrian cuisine is renowned in the area for being very tasty yet with a little bit of spice. From chickpea soups to peppery minced pork patties and sun-ripe tomatoes, the food is hearty and sublime. Under the tutelage of Tania I was introduced to a regional pasta. Making Cinguli with the Locals in Calitri - the Italian Town You Dream Of | more than burnt toast



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08012016 Naples is the city where pizza was invented, home to Neapolitan ice cream and the gateway to the Roman ruins of Pompeii. But it is also a great place to explore on foot, which is easily done if you are on a Mediterranean cruise that calls into the port for the day. When in Naples, do as the Napoletano do! The best walks around the beautiful Italian city | Daily Express
08022016 Since I went to Southern Italy with my parents, we did stay at the Hilton in Sorrento which is one of the most stunning properties ever. Located exclusively on a little hill it offers some of the most mind-blowing views of the Coast. Italy in ten: Rome, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast & Capri | Melange of Musings
08032016 Notice the population at the base of the volcano? Approximately 3 million people live in the active volcano’s path! Mt Vesuvius is a sight to behold… so large, it took me a few moments to realize what I was seeing. Isle of Capri, Italy | Ann's Entitled Life
08042016 Positano is a city on a hill, so there was lots and lots of walking up through winding streets. After exploring and then grabbing some food (pizza, obviously), I relaxed on the beach while waiting for my ferry to come pick me up. Amalfi Coast Photo Diary | Lush to Blush
08052016 One of the reasons we decided to stay in Praiano was we wanted a relaxing ocean summer escape away from the crowds, and I wanted to be near the ocean without the pressure of having to buy a drink, buy a meal ie. a more local beach. In love with Praiano | tokyokaleidoscope
08062016 Zass Restaurant at Il San Pietro: a top-notch fine-dining experience with a view. A few flights of stairs down from the entrance is a terrace, with colorful tiled benches and a stunning views of the coastline. We arrived early so we could enjoy some Aperol spritz, wine, and the classic Italian bar snack: nuts and olives. Positano: What I Wore, What I Ate, & Where I Stayed On The Amalfi Coast | Champagne for Everyday
08072016 Yet, to really know Naples, one should also experience some of the mundane and sometimes quirky rituals. Leave a “caffĂ© sospeso”: following an old habit, in many coffee shops you can pay for an extra espresso to be offered to those who can't afford it. 29 Things You Must Do In Naples | Italy Magazine
08082016 Perhaps it was a romantic honeymoon, tracing family heritage or maybe a dream vacation. So how did I end up here? I’ll share a little bit about what lured me here and what compelled me to stay. I do hope you’ll share your own story about how you fell in love with the Amalfi Coast in the comments below! Bitten by the Amalfi Coast Bug | Ciao Amalfi
08092016 Procida is an island that will win your heart. The Italian Island That’s Just As Breathtaking As Cinque Terre | The Huffington Post
08102016 At arrival in Pompeii, we started our guided visit with Stefano, a Pompeii local guide. Guided tours in Pompeii are only allowed with one of their official guides, which guarantees they will be absolute experts on the history of the city. Pompeii & Sorrento coast: day trip from Rome | ARW - Travel Blog & Photography
08112016 If you stay in Positano and your hotel doesn’t have a pool, avoid the main beach, and head along the rather-hidden path to the right and after a 5-10 minute walk you’ll get to Fornillo beach, which is busy but more secluded and just more pleasant. Positively Positano | Been There Done It
08122016 I just got back from sailing the Amalfi coast in Italy, and I was reminded how much I like homemade Limoncello. #620...limoncello | Christie Chase
08132016 You might enjoy this recipe at Ristorante Il Convento in Cetara on our tour in the Amalfi Coast, inspired by Chef Pasquale Torrente. Spaghetti con Colatura di Alici (Anchovies Extract) | Food.Stories.Travel
08142016 Jetty and umbrellas, Salerno. Italian Blues, Amalfi Coast Edition | Teapots and Polka Dots
08152016 The Tavern Santa Maria de Domno, dug in a Lombard church will be able to offer an atmosphere of real antiquity: ingredients such as barley, chicory, escarole and tasty buffalo mozzarella. Salerno travel guide | Ecobnb
08162016 One of our favorite places to have lunch is this cute little Casa e Bottega cafe in Positano. They made eating there a wonderful experience, and with fresh, organic ingredients, I’ll say the food was amazing. Italy's southern treasure – the Amalfi Coast. | Dish by Dish
08172016 Positano’s beauty lies in its magical setting. There is no better way to digest this beauty than at a slow pace with a dreamy view of the town, accompanied by a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio, fresh simple cuisine, and of course, a shot of limoncello. Amalfi Coast: Top Positano Restaurants | Forbes
08182016 My favorite beach club in Capri. The location right by the Faraglioni is spectacular. The food at the restaurant is great and I love wiling away the hours there eating a pasta ai frutti di mare. But definitely drink lots of wine before you get the bill, it’s surprisingly pricey. Sailing Capri and the Amalfi Coast | Santosha
08192016 We also spent an entire day getting happily lost in "the real Capri," away from the crowds. We hiked coastline trails and navigated narrow cobblestone streets. At one point, we stumbled upon an old monastery that still houses an amazing art collection. The Amalfi Coast and Capri, Part II | the cul-de-sac
08202016 Salvatore Ferragamo is being feted with an exhibition at his native Bonito, a small town in the Campania region in Southern Italy. The footwear styles served as an inspiration for five up-and-coming artists. Salvatore Ferragamo Honored With Exhibition in His Hometown | WWD
08212016 I love Gragnano for its simple, grapey, happy deliciousness.  This is an inky black wine, native to the area around Napoli, has tiny bubbles and varying levels of residual sugar. Never too sweet, always a little spicy with notes of black pepper to perfectly counterpoint its fruity freshness.  Low in alcohol, served chilled, and perfect in stubby water glasses; this, happily, is not a serious wine. Forza Napoli! | Italian Wine Geek: Joanie Bonfiglio-Karapetian
08222016 On Capri, an island 20 minutes by ferry from Sorrento, the views are spectacular everywhere you look. The water is crystal clear and china blue. Swept off your feet by Sorrento and Capri | Detroit Free Press
08232016 The Royal Palace of Caserta is one of Italy's remarkable architectural structures which gained its fame from being "the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque". Reggia di Caserta... Symbol of Italian architecture | Kuwait News Agency
08242016 Naples boasts beautiful scenery which wasendless sources of inspiration for the painting of the nineteenth century school of Posillipo. Thousands of legends and great buildings characterize different periods and breathtaking views as seen from one of our vintage Vespa, guided by our expert. Guided Tour of Naples by Vintage Vespa | TravelAmalfi
08252016 Naples is Italy's third-largest city, and it’s one of the oldest, most artistic and most delicious. “Il Centro Storico” (historic centre) is a Unesco World Heritage Site; add on the archaeological treasures and you are among the world's most impressive and glorious of castles and churches. It makes Rome look so “provincial” (Madonna Mia). Napoli, Italy  | The Suburban Newspaper
08262016 As "fascinating as it is contradictory, ravishingly beautiful yet dilapidated and chaotic", Naples makes a brilliant destination for a weekend break. The Guardian says. Naples: Beauty out of chaos | The Week
08272016 Puffing out clouds of vapor continuously is a volcanic phenomenon not far from Naples. It’s the Phlegraean Fields a sprawling constellation of ancient volcanic centers near the Tyrrhenian Sea and extending under the sapphire-blue waters. The Solfatara Crater, a steaming, smelly reminder of nature’s explosive power, is the star of the bunch. Steamy, dusty volcanic field in Italy shows Earth’s power | azcentral
08282016 We stayed at the Terme Manzi, a thermal pool resort just outside of Ischia’s harbor. It is known for its spa treatments, and each of us was offered a free 30 minute treatment of our choosing. The Islands of Ischia and Capri | Our Tuscan Year
08292016 You can spend the day exploring twelve different types of swimming pools and baths, each heated to a different temperature. The park is located in Lacco Ameno,  a short ride on the bus from Ischia Porto. One of the things I enjoyed most about Negombo was the lovely natural setting, which boasts more than 500 varieties of mediteranean and exotic plants. Ischia: Negombo Thermal Water Park | Become More
08302016 At the centre of the treatment programs found in Ischia, is the use of mud. The mud is created by using a combination of the island’s thermal water and clay which is full of minerals that can be used to treat a wide range of diseases and ailments. Thermal waters and mud from Ischia | Healthy and Nourished
08312016 The pastel cliff-side houses of Sant’Angelo glittered across the small bay. But, I soon came to learn, change comes slowly to Ischia. Its southern coast feels especially removed from the forward march of the rest of the world. Lizards still seem to outnumber houses. Wine at beachside restaurants still goes for $4 a carafe. Touring Ischia, the Italian Island Where Time (Mostly) Stands Still | The Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

FISHING VILLAGE The pastel cliff-side houses of Sant’Angelo glittered across the small bay. But, I soon came to learn, change comes slowly to Ischia. Its southern coast feels especially removed from the forward march of the rest of the world. Lizards still seem to outnumber houses. Wine at beachside restaurants still goes for $4 a carafe. Touring Ischia, the Italian Island Where Time (Mostly) Stands Still | The Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

NATURAL WONDER At the centre of the treatment programs found in Ischia, is the use of mud. The mud is created by using a combination of the island’s thermal water and clay which is full of minerals that can be used to treat a wide range of diseases and ailments. Thermal waters and mud from Ischia | Healthy and Nourished

Monday, August 29, 2016

MASSAGING CASCADES You can spend the day exploring twelve different types of swimming pools and baths, each heated to a different temperature. The park is located in Lacco Ameno,  a short ride on the bus from Ischia Porto. One of the things I enjoyed most about Negombo was the lovely natural setting, which boasts more than 500 varieties of mediteranean and exotic plants. Ischia: Negombo Thermal Water Park | Become More

Sunday, August 28, 2016

GEOTHERMAL POOLS We stayed at the Terme Manzi, a thermal pool resort just outside of Ischia’s harbor. It is known for its spa treatments, and each of us was offered a free 30 minute treatment of our choosing. The Islands of Ischia and Capri | Our Tuscan Year

Saturday, August 27, 2016

IT'S NOT VESUVIUS Puffing out clouds of vapor continuously is a volcanic phenomenon not far from Naples. It’s the Phlegraean Fields a sprawling constellation of ancient volcanic centers near the Tyrrhenian Sea and extending under the sapphire-blue waters. The Solfatara Crater, a steaming, smelly reminder of nature’s explosive power, is the star of the bunch. Steamy, dusty volcanic field in Italy shows Earth’s power | azcentral

Friday, August 26, 2016

PERFECT WEEKEND BREAK As "fascinating as it is contradictory, ravishingly beautiful yet dilapidated and chaotic", Naples makes a brilliant destination for a weekend break. The Guardian says. Naples: Beauty out of chaos | The Week

Thursday, August 25, 2016

DID YOU KNOW: Naples is Italy's third-largest city, and it’s one of the oldest, most artistic and most delicious. “Il Centro Storico” (historic centre) is a Unesco World Heritage Site; add on the archaeological treasures and you are among the world's most impressive and glorious of castles and churches. It makes Rome look so “provincial” (Madonna Mia). Napoli, Italy  | The Suburban Newspaper