Friday, May 27, 2016

LUXURY HOTEL 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

Thursday, May 26, 2016

BUONA VACANZA! 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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CLASSIC WINE 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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"OLD HOUSE" 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

Monday, May 23, 2016

POZZUOLI'S HARBOR 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

Sunday, May 22, 2016

TRIP TO AMALFI 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

Saturday, May 21, 2016

ORGANIC FARMING 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

Friday, May 20, 2016

MEDITERRANEAN LANDSCAPE 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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 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

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

PANORAMA RESTAURANT 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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SPECTACULAR VIEWS 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

Monday, May 16, 2016

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY 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


Sunday, May 15, 2016

THE PIZZERIA 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

Saturday, May 14, 2016

SEAFOOD APPETIZERS 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

Thursday, May 12, 2016

SUPERYACHTS CRUISING 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

PANORAMIC STAIRWAYS 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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

FAVORITE STOP 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 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

BREATHTAKING POSITANO 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

Monday, May 9, 2016

WINE CELLARS 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

Saturday, May 7, 2016

CULTURAL TRAVEL 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

ROMANTIC HOTEL 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

Friday, May 6, 2016

EXPLORING NAPLES 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

Thursday, May 5, 2016

LIGHTS ON THE SEA 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 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

MUSTILLI PIEDIROSSO 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

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

HEART OF NAPLES 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

Monday, May 2, 2016

WINE PAIRING 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 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

TASTING WINE 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

APRIL 2016

VOLCANIC SOIL


04012016 The winemakers of Campania, in Italy's southwestern "shin", pride themselves on producing wines from ancient varieties, such as Greco, Fiano, Falanghina and Aglianico. Technology in most wineries is modern, but the wines are overwhelmingly the result of tradition. What's the Big Deal About Campania? | Wine-Searcher
04022016 A hoard of priceless ancient Greek and Roman scrolls dating back thousands of years could be lost forever unless the library housing them is fully excavated, experts warn. The texts, which is believed to be underneath the Roman town of Herculaneum in Italy, were buried almost 2,000 years ago after being covered in ash and rock from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Academics urge Italian authorities to excavate a library buried by Vesuvius they believe is packed with priceless historic texts | DailyMail
04032016 The last wine we tasted was a 2008 Taurasi Riserva DOCG. The Taurasi Riserva was a deep garnet in color with an interesting nose of tobacco and spice and a fabulous long and very smooth taste. The Lonardo family makes some of the best Aglianico wine that I have had the pleasure of tasting. Cantine Lonardo – Technology with Tradition | WineLoversPage.com
04042016 Dock your kayak on the Bay of Naples’s shores and drive an hour northeast to the city of Benevento. This is your jumping off point to explore surrounding wine regions like Irpinia, located to the city’s east. The area — mountainous, remote, and cool in climate — offers a marked contrast to the sunny, tourist-populated coastline you have left behind. Irpinia and its neighbor to the northwest, the appellation of Sannio, are home to local grapes including aglianico, fiano, greco, and falanghina. Falanghina is an Italian vacation in your glass | Boston Globe
04052016 The Ravello Festival, also known as the "Italian Wagner Festival" is a famous annual summer festival of music and the arts held in the town of Ravello on the Amalfi coast. The new season will kick off on Friday 18th March. It will continue with 29 weeks of concerts, until the 31st October, a sequence of musical events, featuring musicians with undeniable skills. Ravello is getting ready for its famous Festival | We The Italians
04062016 For more than three decades, uncommonly erudite American-born writer Gore Vidal famously owned a gravity-defying villa in the resort town of Ravello along Italy’s postcard perfect Amalfi Coast. The whitewashed residence, theatrically cleaved to a craggy and precipitous cliff 1,000 feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea, has come up for sale, we first learned from kindly informant I. Talon Toorist, with an asking price of just over $21.1 million. For Sale: Gore Vidal’s Italian Cliffhanger  | Variety
04072016 Marisa Cuomo Ravello Bianco. It's a Falanghina and Biancolella blend [and] it's great. It's from a little bit of a lower elevation, it's approachable and a bit more plump. It has stone fruit and underripe passion fruit; white peach comes through. Sommelier Talk: Daniel McCullough of Napa's Oenotri | Wine Spectator
04082016 These were the bodies I had seen earlier as a macabre and gruesome display. As I walked among Pompeii's ghosts, I watched Vesuvius, wondering at the panic the people must have felt as ash and rock rained down on them. Although vast, the volcano seemed some distance away. Vesuvius casts a long shadow | Otago Daily Times
04092016 Be aware that Vesuvius is a volcano that should be taken seriously. It has been the location of some of Europe’s most notable volcanic eruptions and is currently the only active volcano in that region. Some consider Vesuvius to be Europe’s time bomb while millions of people happily live in the Naples’ metro area without any fears. Explore Vesuvius National Park: Europe's active volcano site | examiner.com
04102016 M.t Vesuvius is famous for the destruction that is wreaked upon the unsuspecting Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But the while the active volcano which made these places famous still casts a long shadow over them, the trek to the top of the smoking crater is an unforgettable experience to say the least. Trekking to the summit of Mt. Vesuvius! The only live volcano on mainland Europe! | The Roaming Renegades.com
04112016 Yellow flower, Mediterranean herb, cut grass, crisp green apple, juicy citrus and intense mineral are some of the sensations offered by this structured and savory white. It boasts great depth and is impeccably balanced with vibrant acidity. Enjoy through 2021. Villa Raiano 2013 Alimata (Fiano di Avellino) | Wine Enthusiast
04122016 The next morning we set off on the short trip to neighbouring island Ischia. It’s a lot larger and more mountainous than Procida with a lovely coastline of colourful villages and the dramatic Aragonese Castle perched on a volcanic rock. We spent a leisurely lunch break anchored off a beach sunbathing and swimming in the sea. Sailing the Amalfi Coast with Intersailclub | Never Ending Voyage
04132016 Flat out - Saw the first swimmers today, but these young ladies were too busy getting brown... Ischia in spring | Peter Bardwell
04142016 The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast - 5 must see places | Dolce & Gabbana
04152016 Sweet and girlish—but with an unruly rock-'n'-roll history, too—plaids are a winning move for model Gigi Hadid's sojourn to Naples with her real-life boyfriend, pop heartthrob Zayn Malik. Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik’s Wanton Weekend in Naples | Vogue
04162016 In case you hadn't already had your #relationshipgoals summed up in a single moment, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid recently jetted off to Naples with Mario Testino to capture their love on the streets (and in the incredible fashion) of Italy for Vogue. Now we're finally getting a glimpse behind the scenes with this exclusive clip. This Behind-the-Scenes Video of Zayn and Gigi's Naples Shoot Is As Dreamy As They Are | Teen Vogue
04172016 The next course was ‘Scialatiello’ which the menu described as being made with ‘fave Avellinesi, cipollotto nocerino, pecorino Carmasciano, fiche secchi cilentani’ or spaghetti with local broad beans, a certain spring onion (with its own DOP), sheep’s cheese and dried white figs from Cilento. Having a good time in Avellino | The Gannet
04182016 The young  chef Eduardo Estatico prepares croquettes with the very tasty copper-coloured onions from Montoro. They can be enjoyed with a glass of Dorè sparkling wine obtained from Caprettone grapes which the young wine maker Benny Sorrentino makes in her winery. Onion croquettes | lucianopignataro.com
04192016 Another white that I tried was Catalo' produced with autochthonous grape catalanesca grapes. Some ageing in wood. Vineyard Hopping, Boscotrecase (Na), Az. Agricola Sorrentino | andiamotrips
04202016 This zone of Sannio is particularly favourable for high quality viticulture due to the soils which are mainly clayey-calcareous, the exposure, due to the altitude between 200 and 600 meters above sea level, due to the mild winters and the warm and dry summers, due to the wide day-night temperature range and due to the even rainfall between October and March. Cantina del Taburno: the winery of the sleeping lady | Marc de Grazia Selections
04212016 But since we are now on the subject of Cantina del Taburno, I will say, if pressed, that this particular falanghina has a pleasantly dry and lemony finish. I am also reminded for some reason of tinned fruit with condensed milk. My nanny used to force me to eat tinned fruit with condensed milk – a desert of which I was never over fond, and of which I am surprised to be reminded today – particularly having parted with around 15 bucks for the bottle. New York, 20 August 2015 | Half an Orange
04222016 Our first few hours in Sorrento were spent washing off the grime from our travels, and hunting in search of a perfect cocktail with a view. Highlights of the Amalfi Coast: Sorrento & Positano | Charlotte Actually
04232016 The Lupanar, meaning “wolf den” in Latin, is Pompeii’s most famous brothel. This site contains the famous erotica scenes painted on the walls, which is the source of much of what we know about ancient Roman sexuality.  The Lupanar also has small rooms with built-in beds where the magic would take place. These were once covered with mattresses of straw or composite materials (which still does not sound very comfortable). Highlights from Pompeii | La Historienne
04242016 Le Ali di Mercurio is a learning strategy for the wine artisans. The main feature of this Academy is to be on-the-job, thanks to tutorial and frequent operations in wine cellar. Le Ali di Mercurio Academy | La Repubblica
04252016 Tenuta Cavalier Pepe is located in the Campania region of southern Italy. The grape vines extend into three small towns: Sant’Angelo all'Esca, Taurasi, and Luogosano. Hazel trees and olive trees also grow on the large estate. Many of its wines earned high-point ratings on WineSpectator.com. Our Signature Wines | Creative Beverages
04262016 Capri, an island in Italy’s Gulf of Naples. the island of capri in italy /august 8, 2015 | EarthXplorer media inc.
04272016 Black licorice, sandalwood and wild herb aromas from the cork. Dried flower, woodsy nose of medium+ intensity with some herbal and dried red fruit aromas. On the medium-to-full bodied palate it has herbal, cassis, and black cherry flavours with a hint of leather. Terredora Aglianico 2010 (Italy) | Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews
04282016 Pisciotta is the kind of small, southern Italian coastal town that you have a picture of in your head, but often struggle to match in the real world. The old town sits on a hill just back from its seaside frazione or offshoot, Marina di Pisciotta. It's a place of narrow lanes sandwiched between pastel-painted houses, ancient stepped alleyways leading to hidden chapels, small piazzas with their inevitable external fauna of old men in hats playing cards or simply watching the world go by. 21 places in Italy you never thought to visit (but really should) | The Telegraph
04292016 What makes Campania special as wine country is a whole package of ecological and environmental blessings – a mild-to-warm climate, the benign influence of the Mediterranean, ranges of hills and mountains that provide a multitude of microclimates and altitudes and exposures for vineyards, and a myriad of soils that mix-and-match decayed volcanic deposits with more recent volcanic ash and tufa, marine sediments from when large parts of the region lay at the bottom of the sea, moraines from ancient glaciers and deposits from modern landslides and river floodings. Campania Stories 4: Old Volcanos and the Eternal Sea | Tom's Wine Line
04302016 Go inland to Santa Lucia in the province of Benevento for the wines of La Guardiense. This winery is a large cooperative of farmers that grow indigenous grapes of the area, particularly Falanghina grapes. The aromas were that of strawberries, pineapples, nuts and the first time that I tasted this wine tomatoes and a hint of floral herbs was obvious. I’m Back, With the Great Whites of Campania Italy | Food Wine Cook


Saturday, April 30, 2016

FALANGHINA WINE GRAPE















Go inland to Santa Lucia in the province of Benevento for the wines of La Guardiense. This winery is a large cooperative of farmers that grow indigenous grapes of the area, particularly Falanghina grapes. The aromas were that of strawberries, pineapples, nuts and the first time that I tasted this wine tomatoes and a hint of floral herbs was obvious. I’m Back, With the Great Whites of Campania Italy | Food Wine Cook 

Friday, April 29, 2016

BLIND TASTING















What makes Campania special as wine country is a whole package of ecological and environmental blessings – a mild-to-warm climate, the benign influence of the Mediterranean, ranges of hills and mountains that provide a multitude of microclimates and altitudes and exposures for vineyards, and a myriad of soils that mix-and-match decayed volcanic deposits with more recent volcanic ash and tufa, marine sediments from when large parts of the region lay at the bottom of the sea, moraines from ancient glaciers and deposits from modern landslides and river floodings. Campania Stories 4: Old Volcanos and the Eternal Sea | Tom's Wine Line

Thursday, April 28, 2016

UNHERALDED SPOT
















Pisciotta is the kind of small, southern Italian coastal town that you have a picture of in your head, but often struggle to match in the real world. The old town sits on a hill just back from its seaside frazione or offshoot, Marina di Pisciotta. It's a place of narrow lanes sandwiched between pastel-painted houses, ancient stepped alleyways leading to hidden chapels, small piazzas with their inevitable external fauna of old men in hats playing cards or simply watching the world go by. 21 places in Italy you never thought to visit (but really should) | The Telegraph

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CLASSIC WINE

























Black licorice, sandalwood and wild herb aromas from the cork. Dried flower, woodsy nose of medium+ intensity with some herbal and dried red fruit aromas. On the medium-to-full bodied palate it has herbal, cassis, and black cherry flavours with a hint of leather. Terredora Aglianico 2010 (Italy) | Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews