Tuesday, June 28, 2016

SEAFOOD RAVIOLI You can take your pick of restaurants in Corricella for lunch. This is your chance to enjoy a range of Mediterranean specialities, including fresh fish and favourite local dishes such as spaghetti with sea urchins or lemon salad. I enjoyed great meals in Procida at La Lampara, which also has splendid views of the bay. A day out in... Procida | The Local

Monday, June 27, 2016

DELIGHTS FOR THE VISITOR Procida’s most picturesque village, Corricella, tucked cozily into one of the island’s old craters. It’s an absolutely gorgeous vision of pastel paintbox hues, so the fishermen can identify their flat-roofed homes from the sea. Think Positano or Portofino with more character and without the designer shops, tour groups or steep hills! Procida, the prettier little sister to Capri and Ischia | L'Italo-Americano Newspaper

Sunday, June 26, 2016

ANTHROPOLOGICAL EXPERIENCE Conciato romano is a pickled cheese - dating back to the Samnite civilization. Sitting  down with Lombardi and family as he opened up a terracotta amphora with that strong intense aroma was moving.  It was as if, after a year of ageing, he was presenting it to the world for the first time. Agriturismo Le Campestre's Conciato Romano - A Cheese with a Humble Past and a Glorious Future, Castel di Sasso (Ce) | andiamotrips

Saturday, June 25, 2016

SLOW FOOD PRESIDIUM Today we want to tell you more about one of the oldest Italian cheese: the Conciato Romano, produced in Castel di Sasso, in the province of Caserta (Campania). They say its origins date back to an ancient italic civilization called "Sanniti". The cheese is produced with a coagulation based om natural goat curd, performed at room temperature. After braking it by hands, it is pressed and placed in the baskets of wicker. Conciato Romano cheese | mychef.tv

Friday, June 24, 2016

STREET HEART Graf­fi­ti, sten­cil, mu­ra­ls, paintings, sacred and profane images stand out on the screen, forcing us to acknowledge what was buried under idle routines. Tommaso reminds us that "Naples, however, is most of all a city of traditions and talking about street art means above all digging into the sacred imagery that is typical of local culture". A Documentary Among The Walls Of Naples | Cafébabel

Thursday, June 23, 2016

GRAFFITI-FILLED STREETS Even the elusive, internationally-renowned street artist Banksy has left his mark on Naples; his Holy Virgin in Piazza Girolamini remains largely intact and looks like a shrine (the city has recently approved plans to actually restore the artwork). Art in Naples | ConnVoyage

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

TOURIST SPOT An old lime kiln has been converted into a bar and gift shop, the old houses have been renovated, and a museum tells of the industrial heritage and botanical diversity of the fiord of Furore. On midday, the sun manages to break through the narrow gorge and shines on the short beach just a few meters wide, attracting a lot of people. Furore: An Italian Village Hidden in a Fjord | Amusing Planet

Monday, June 20, 2016

FERRYING IN Soon we were allowed to walk on board and look around this little ship which had blue furnishings and was cool and welcoming on board. Many of us chose to sit up on one of the canvas-roofed open decks to benefit from the sea breeze. The sun shone, the sea sparkled and there was lots to look at as we sailed at 10.35 a.m. from Ischia towards Procida and Naples. Rosa d'Abundo, the concluding piece | Haynes World

Sunday, June 19, 2016

LANCELLOTTI CASTLE Irpinia boasts an exceptional artistic, historical and archaeological heritage which makes it one of the most surprising areas of the Apennines. There are six archaeological sites, including the ancient Abellinum (the town from which Avellino derived its name). Immersed in a natural setting of great beauty, Irpinia is a land of feuds, principalities and baronies, and home to numerous castles and fortresses. The Best of Italy in Irpinia | The Italian Tribune


Saturday, June 18, 2016

BREATHTAKING VIEWS This laid-back boutique hotel — one of the most stylish spots in the Sorrento area — has a modern, bright and breezy Mediterranean look, sea views to die for and the best breakfast in town. Maison La Minervetta Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Italy | The Telegraph

Friday, June 17, 2016

PIZZA EXPERT We arrived at Pizzaria La Notizia, tired and hungry, to a 30 minute wait. Only in Naples will you find basil the size of shiso leaves and sweet, bright red tomatoes that taste like they’ve been kissed by the sun. As good as the pizza was, the calzone was a revelation – a puffy torpedo of goodness featuring creamy buffalo ricotta covered with fatty strutto, a Neapolitan form of cured lard. Naples Italy – The Best Pizza in the World | 2foodtrippers

Thursday, June 16, 2016

SOUL FOOD I could not, and decided to dress up these striped aubergines in a pickle following a traditional recipe from Naples. In Italy vegetables such as aubergine,  cauliflower and zucchini are often prepared alla scapece which basically means they are marinated in vinegar and frequently also spiced with garlic. Striped aubergines in a pickle | Italian Notes

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

HOLIDAY WEEKEND I went directly to Fornillo beach from Rosa dei Venti. Although it’s still Fornillo, I’ve never walked down these stairs that take you directly to Fornillo beach so it was nice to see a different side to this area. There were a lot of stairs down, then again this is Positano and the one thing you should know is that there are stairs everywhere. Weekend in Positano, Amalfi Coast - Snapchat stories | BrowsingItaly 


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

TOURS IN THE BAY A quiet scenic boat ride along the Sorrento Coast will take you to the burred city, for a guided tour of the ruins in the discovery of Roman civilization: an extraordinary reliving of history, art and nature. Explore the majestic and poignant mount of Vesuvio that always looked over the Neapolitan landscape. Sorrento to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius by Boat | TourTipster

Monday, June 13, 2016

SAND CASTLES Chiaia (say kiy-ay-A) beach in Forio is one of the most child friendly beaches on the island of Ischia. Close to town with a panoramic view of Forio and the bay, this wide stretch of beach is lovely and flat and leaves ample space for kids to run around and build sand castles, not to mention playing with all the other kids whose parents had the same idea. What To Do With Your Kids In Ischia | Ischia...from the back of a Moped



Sunday, June 12, 2016

EGG CASTLE This 12th century seaside castle is the oldest fortification to survive standing in the city of Naples. According to a famous legend, Roman poet Virgil placed an egg under it; were it to break, hardship would fall upon the city's inhabitants and the city would suffer unspeakable chaos. Thankfully, it appears that's just a folk tale. Top 10 Dream Castles in Italy | blouinartinfo.com


Saturday, June 11, 2016

VOLCANIC ISCHIA The Etruscans were the first to discover the wonders of the thermal waters and healing muds of Ischia, and everybody's been enjoying them since. Rheumatism, stress, and skin disorders are just some of the battery of ills that can be alleviated by these therapies. Yes, the very therapies that my grandfather used to do for ten days every summer in Italy. But I was surprised, really surprised, by how much I loved my treatment. Forget Capri. We'll Take Volcanic Ischia Instead | Fathom

Friday, June 10, 2016

A DIVINE MOMENT Dining outside on a balmy summer evening, I watch luxury yachts bob up and down in the Ischia marina as a guitar player gently strums away. Breaking the peace, chef Raymond appears holding a fish the size of a small child. "You're going to eat this fish for every course!' he proudly declares. "It will be delicious." Lauren Taylor samples the delights of Italy's Ischia island | basingstokegazette.co.uk



Thursday, June 9, 2016

TOP HIGH A number of the exotic plant species in the world famous Mortella gardens, created by British composer Sir William Walton and his Argentinian wife, Susana, will certainly give a narcotic high. But the highest geographical spot on the island is Mount Epomeo (789m, 2589ft), which towers above Ischia. A path leads to the summit from the traditional village of Fontana, giving spectacular view of the island and the Bay of Naples. Ischia, Italy | Let's Travel Magazine

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

ISCHIA HOT SPRINGS Start your delectable spa day immersed in the natural hot springs of Sorgeto. The underground volcanic heat rises, steams and bubbles in the rock pools creating a natural Jacuzzi with a breathtaking panorama. Embrace the experience by using some of the naturally formed volcanic mud as a face mask and allow your skin to drink up the essential vitamins and minerals. A Superyacht Spa Day in Ischia | MY Starfire 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ITALIAN BUCKET LIST Cilento has crystal clear waters on the Tyrrhenian sea, Greek ruins, protected national parks and beautiful seaside towns like Castellabate. So then – why is Cilento little known globally? Cilento was the setting for the well-loved Italian comedy, Benvenuti al Sud. If you haven’t heard of/watched the movie yet, I insist you do (with subtitles, of course!). Benvenuti al Sud: A Weekend in Cilento, Italy | Happiest When Exploring

Monday, June 6, 2016

MEDITERRANEAN DIET On a recent visit to Acciaroli, Cilento park area, dr. Maisel noted two dietary habits all the residents had in common. “Everybody ate anchovies,” he told NPR. “Also, every meal, they have the plant rosemary in almost everything they cook with.”Longevity is due to a combination of good genes and healthy eating. Maisel also observed that Acciaroli’s residents don’t seem overly preoccupied with exercise.  Secrets of an Italian village that's home to 300 people over 100 years old | Fox News

Sunday, June 5, 2016

CHARACTERISTIC CHEESE Cilentano ai fichi is one of the most ancient types of cheese made by a Casa Madaio dairy farm in Cilento, Campania, Italy. Mixture of sheep, cow and buffalo milk is used to make the cheese, which is then covered with figs and dried on bamboo racks with natural ventilation. The cheese has a milky aroma infused with a mild buttery flavor and a hint of figs. 31 Italian Cheeses: Goat, Cow, Buffalo and Sheep, Oh My! | Grand Voyage Italy 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

OUTSTANDING RED WINE  The Aglianico grape, blended or alone, makes interesting wines all over southern Italy, but in Taurasi the volcanic soils and altitude make a wine of extraordinary power, complexity and freshness. The Lonardo family makes one of the best examples of Taurasi I have drunk, cleanly made but complex, intriguing and fine. Contrade di Taurasi | Oliver McCrum Wines

Friday, June 3, 2016

SEASIDE RESTAURANT In the Bay of Naples, every island has its own distinct and delicious cuisine. Capri has recently emerged as a showcase for contemporary Campanian cooking, and its carriage-trade clientele provides an eager audience for young chefs looking beyond such classics as spaghetti alle vongole. Naples is a street-food city par excellence, but the only acceptable ambulatory eating in Capri is an ice cream cone. Go on a Culinary Island-Hopping Trip in the Bay of Naples | Robb Report

Thursday, June 2, 2016

ITALIAN HOSTEL "Hostel of the Sun really made my trip to Naples. The entire staff was enthusiastic and welcoming, and they helped me plan out my time in Naples. Twice a week they have a delicious free dinner with cheap sangria, and since it's a fairly small hostel it was really easy to meet people!” The 10 Best Hostels in the World | Grabr

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

WELCOMING VISITORS On April 25, Hadid’s first posthumous project, the new Salerno Maritime Terminal, was inaugurated in the Italian port city. “Like an oyster, the terminal’s hard, asymmetric shell protects the softer elements within,” ZHA writes in a project description, “sheltering passengers from the intense Mediterranean sun during the popular tourist season.” Zaha Hadid’s First Posthumous Building Was Inspired by an Oyster Shell | Slate


MAY 2016

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05012016 The first winery I chose was Donnachiara. I had been to the winery before and had tasted the wines with Ilaria Petitto a number of times in NYC. I wanted to visit again to see what was new and how the wines had developed. Tasting Wine with Lunch at Donnachiara The winery is located in Montefalcione in the province of Avellino. Winemaker Angelo Valentino led us through a tasting of the wines. Tasting Wine with Lunch at Donnachiara | Charles Scicolone on Wine
05022016 Taurasi is in southern Italy, in the region of Campania, where it grows on volcanic soils. The soil lends the wine its most notable characteristics – black fruit flavors followed by smoke, ash, tobacco and black olives. Kicking Off 2015 – Good Wine & Good Food | Clō Wines
05032016 The steaming hot, plate-size pizza in a hole-in-the-wall pizzeria in the Spaccanapoli section of beautiful Naples, is an epiphany, and that overpriced Italianate snooty so-called trattoria in midtown has no clue what true pizza is. Summer in Italy, of course | Mara Writer
05042016 The grape itself is purported to be of ancient origin and is thought to be the same as the Colombina mentioned by the Roman author Pliny.  It reached the peak of its popularity towards the end of the 19th Century as it was very heavily replanted into the phylloxera ravaged vineyard areas of southern Italy. Piedirosso - Sannio, Campania, Italy | Fringe Wine
05052016 The neighborhood of Vomero has little in common with the historic center; the classics giving way to the avant-garde, but one thing hasn’t changed. Take the cable car to Morghen station and walk a few blocks to the Castel Sant’Elmo for a view of the city in all its splendor. Naples, Worldly Pleasures | in – LAN
05062016 This colorful apartment building conveys the magical, hearty feel of the city of Naples. Illuminated by the afternoon sun, the vivid colors and distinct shadows contrast nicely. This was a chance photo, snapped when I luckily looked up while strolling along the busy streets. Naples, Italy | Adam Allegro
05072016 A stay at Hotel della Piccola Marina places you in the heart of Capri, walking distance from Torre Saracena and Marina Piccola. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Gardens of Augustus and Piazzetta Capri. Property Location | Fancy
05082016 Rione Terra, is the ancient village of the historical center of Pozzuoli on the bay of Naples which was abandoned in the 1970s due to the slow rise or descent of the Earth’s surface caused by underground magma activity. Today the village is being restored by an amazing project funded by UNESCO which encapsulates more than 2,000 years of history in one place. Rione Terra Pozzuoli Tour 255 | Passion For Italy
05092016 A 40-second film by Tom Cannavan showing ancient Aglianico vines in the Sannio area of Campania, southern Italy. Believed to be 200 years old, the vines date from before Phyloxerra, and produce a ridiculously small number of grapes, which the Cantina of Taburno bottles as a wine called Bue Apis. Some of the world's oldest grape vines, Sannio, Campania, Italy | winepagesTV
05102016 Starting from the Napoli Centrale, you can take the local regional train. Look for signs for the Circumvesuviana which is the train system that passes through Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii before finally concluding its trip at Sorrento, where you can take the Sita Bus to the multiple cliff towns along the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. How to Get to Positano on the Amalfi Coast from Naples | StyleAt30
05112016 Praiano a small town situated on the Amalfi Coast. We stayed at the most beautiful hotel I've ever laid eyes on, Casa Angelina. The days ran together in Praiano as we spent the majority of our time relaxing by the pool or beach. The crystal clear mediterranean mixed with the sheer cliffs and rugged shoreline made this my favorite place on earth. Tique Travel: Italy Edition | Ruffles & Lace
05122016 My hotel offered a nice city guide that can be accessed via the smartphone as well. It won’t be too easy to find the Pedamentina a San Martino, Naples former pedestrian paths that go up the hill, connecting its residents to the lower, central areas. The stairs have over 414 steps and were built in the 15th century. It’s a rather easy path and you won’t have any problem walking up the hill, but you can also choose to walk them downhill. Things You Should Know Before Visiting Naples, Italy | Placeaholic
05132016 Various touristic ports will be visited. The visit will continue with a cruise on the gullet Silver Star towards Capri. Towards the evening the group will cruise towards Amalfi. The event concludes with a cruise through the protected area of Punta Campanella and a visit to the Medieval Castel of Castellammare of Stabia. Following lunch at Palazzo Petrucci in Naples. 4th Edition of “By Tourist on the Sea” | OnboardOnline
05142016 The first night I arrived at my friend’s house in Pozzuoli, a suburb of Naples, and we went out to a typical modern restaurant there. They recommended the octopus salad; I tried the octopus salad. Verdict: amazing. Naples and southern Italy are well-known for the way they use the bounty of the Mediterranean Sea in their cooking. Seafood there is known as ‘frutti di mare’ — literally, “fruit of the sea.” Guest Post: Know Your Food - Neapolitan Fruits of the Sea | A Dangerous Business
05152016 Pizza, and right off the bat we think of Sorbillo, da Attilio, di Matteo, da Michele, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, I Decumani, La Masardona… seafood, and though food snobs might cringe, the restaurants at the foot of the Castel dell’Ovo are all wonderful and our favourite is the Transatlantic where you will find the Neapolitans dining there too. A running list on Naples… | Your Italian Concierge
05162016 2014 Terre Stregate Falanghina del Sannio Svelato Campania C: light golden N: beautiful concentrated nose, sweet, concentrated, musk aroma P: clean, good acidity, lots of musk undertones, spicy pear V: 7, a bit too much on the palate Gambero Rosso 2016: Master Class – Special Awards | Talk-a-Vino
05172016 Perched like an eagle’s nest high up in the hills, Ravello has the best views across the coast; choose between the gardens in the Villa Cimbrone or Villa Rufolo. The Amalfi coast is a highlight of Italy’s Campania region | Woman's Weekly
05182016 Back to Sorrento-back for another visit with Chef Vincenzo Piacente, the Executive Chef at Hotel Parco dei Principi. 24 hours before beach season...but not too early to enjoy the sun from the terrace of Ristorante Gio' Ponti. And definitely just in time to try the chef's new dishes for the spring 2016 season. 1, 2 Fantastic Firsts, Chef Vincenzo Piacente, Ristorante Gio' Ponte, Sorrento (Na) | andiamotrips
05192016 The longest pizza in the world on the Naples water front: A group of chefs joined forces and attempted to make the longest pizza in the world - stretching across more than one mile of the Italian coastline. For the wood-fired pizza, which measured two kilometres, they used 2,000 kg of flour, 1,600 kg of tomatoes, 2,000 kg of mozzarella, 200 litres of oil, 30kg of fresh basil and 1500 litres of water. Naples chefs cook up the world's longest pizza which stretches for more than a MILE | mndailynews.com
05202016 There is a four hour photo editing class included in this trip. After the class you submit your best photo of the week, after you have edited it. Besides seeing the best of the “Amalfi Coast” on this tour, they take you to the Island of Capri, the historic Pompeii, and the town of Sorrento on the other side of the Peninsula. Photo Tours of the Amalfi Coast - The New Vacation | Carmen's Luxury Travel
05212016 The role of women in the world of wine is ever more central, both in the cellars and outside. Alexia with mum from Capolino Perlingieri in Campania. They make great white wines including Fiano, Greco and Falanghina “Wine, women and seduction” | Italian wine
05222016 We were ooh-ing and aah-ing inside the bus. It certainly took my breath away. It’s cheap transportation too! The fare from Napoli to Sorrento is only about 3 Euros. Then the tour bus costs 16 Euros to and from Amalfi. So that’s about 22 Euros of transportation expenses in total. I say not too shabby for such incredible views and travel experiences. South Italy Coast | The Sophomore Slump
05232016 Stand in the middle of an ancient arena where gladiators once battled, then head to Rione Terra, where the Pozzuoli Gulf serves as backdrop to Roman ruins. The bustling port town of Pozzuoli lies in a basin formed by volcanic activity and offers visitors a range of natural and historical sites. Pozzuoli Sightseeing Tour - Naples | Expedia
05242016 Also known as Trebulano, Casavecchia is a rediscovered red grape variety from Campania. Local legend has it that a single, forgotten vine was discovered among the ruins of Pontelatone, Italy, a gnarled old vine with a trunk 15 inches (40cm) wide, from which cuttings were taken and used to graft new vines. Italy Unit 14 - Campania | The World of Wine Review
05252016 Coda di Volpe is a grape that hails from the Campania region. There are both white and red grapes with this name, although the red is much more rare. I have had the white version often but have never tried the red version of this grape variety. Apparently, according to sources, Pliny gave the grape vine its name. Some say it was due to the color of the grape, others due to the shape. Italian Indigenous Varieties: Coda di Volpe Bianca from Campania | avvinare
05262016 Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi, Amalfi Coast - Family antiques pepper the cool, white interiors, which are splashed with Mediterranean colour on patterned tiles and fabrics. Dining on the terrace is romantic and breakfast in the morning is a joy, too. The 50 greatest hotels in Italy for a slice of la dolce vita | The Telegraph
05272016 Denizens of the Amalfi Coast will tell you that Capri is where you party into the night but Rav­ello is where you restore your soul. The jewel in the Caruso’s crown, though, is its stunning infinity pool. More than 300m above the sea and overlooking the Bay of Salerno, it is the perfect spot to enjoy one of the hotel’s famous bellinis and watch the sun go down. Romance in Ravello, Italy | The Australian
05282016 The bread Lemon looks like a fruit similar to a cedar tree, with thin outer skin and the inner white part well developed, hence its definition “bread.” This special feature that sets it apart and makes it a product of excellence is surely due to the particular climate of Procida and to the skilful care of some local farmers who preserve the ancient traditions of the island culture. Salad of bread Procida lemons. Aroma and taste islanders | Charme Naples: All the Beautiful and the Good of Naples and Campania
05292016 Well ever since first seeing that movie I've wanted to visit Procida island. I expected something wonderful... it turned out way better.  My soul aches whenever I see pictures of the lemon, strawberry and peach fishermen's houses, jostling their way up the hill, above seas of a blue so bright it hurts your eyes. Enchanting Procida Island | Exquisite Coasts
05302016 The best way to explore Procida is to take a tour of this island using a boat and enjoy the journey that lasts for 3 hours. There are different kinds of quality accommodation available across Procida including Bed & Breakfast inns, apartments and farm guesthouse along with hotels. Procida | Life in Italy
05312016 Self-guided Amalfi Coast tour sees walkers hike this outstanding example of a Mediterranean land- and seascape, a beautiful and beguiling area with both precipitous crags and picturesque town. Running from Amalfi to Sorrento, taking in the mountaintop Ravello and also Praiano, Positano and the Sentiero degli Dei, or the “Path of the Gods”. The World’s 13 Best Hiking Tours | LawFuel

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

AMALFI COAST GATEWAY Self-guided Amalfi Coast tour sees walkers hike this outstanding example of a Mediterranean land- and seascape, a beautiful and beguiling area with both precipitous crags and picturesque town. Running from Amalfi to Sorrento, taking in the mountaintop Ravello and also Praiano, Positano and the Sentiero degli Dei, or the “Path of the Gods”. The World’s 13 Best Hiking Tours | LawFuel

Monday, May 30, 2016

FERRY TERMINAL The best way to explore Procida is to take a tour of this island using a boat and enjoy the journey that lasts for 3 hours. There are different kinds of quality accommodation available across Procida including Bed & Breakfast inns, apartments and farm guesthouse along with hotels. Procida | Life in Italy

Sunday, May 29, 2016

THE POSTMAN Well ever since first seeing that movie I've wanted to visit Procida island. I expected something wonderful... it turned out way better.  My soul aches whenever I see pictures of the lemon, strawberry and peach fishermen's houses, jostling their way up the hill, above seas of a blue so bright it hurts your eyes. Enchanting Procida Island | Exquisite Coasts

Saturday, May 28, 2016

BON APPETIT The bread Lemon looks like a fruit similar to a cedar tree, with thin outer skin and the inner white part well developed, hence its definition “bread.” This special feature that sets it apart and makes it a product of excellence is surely due to the particular climate of Procida and to the skilful care of some local farmers who preserve the ancient traditions of the island culture. Salad of bread Procida lemons. Aroma and taste islanders | Charme Naples: All the Beautiful and the Good of Naples and Campania