Saturday, August 1, 2015

JULY 2015

Old mule track
The Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park of Palinuro is a haven for rock climbers and hikers.

Gambardella bar-patisserie

At Minori enjoy traditional home-made cake and limoncello.
A luxury summer escape
                                  The southern charm of the Amalfi Coast.

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07012015 The Cilento Coast is one of the most unspoiled parts of the Campania region. The people of the Cilento seemed to be a bit more like the coast itself: wild and rugged. Here is where the Italian adventurers have been hiding, or rather, flocking each summer. But in true Italian fashion, even the adventurers can appreciate the finer things in life. Italy’s Best Kept Secret: The Cilento Coast | The Luxe Adventure Traveler
07022015 While the Brits and the Americans flock to the Amalfi coast, Italians drive straight past and head instead for the mountains and beaches of the unspoit Cilento region. The dramatic coastline the Italians kept for themselves | The Observer
07032015 The Cilento coast has wide sandy beaches, flat agricultural land that make for very happy water buffaloes, simple beach cottages and the very lovely La Locanda del Mare. La Locanda del Mare is a relaxed chic version of the Florida places of my childhood. Poetry is everywhere, there is lots of comfortable seating surrounded by shelves of novels and design books, and there are bright orange bikes you can borrow to explore this sleepy stretch of the Italian coast. Where to Stay in Paestum {La Locanda del Mare} | Gillian's Lists
07042015 Maida Farm is located in Campania near the Cilento National Park and the archaeological ruins at Paestum. Francesco Vastola, its owner, grows vegetables of the highest quality. With a mixture of innovation and tradition, he takes his just picked vegetables and turns them into sott'olio using the excellent extra virgin olive oil from Cilento. Broccoli Rabe Friarielli in EV Olive Oil Maida Farm - Campania | Gustiamo
07052015 Polacca combines a soft naturally leavened dough with a delicate custard and sour cherry filling. This is a new version of a traditional cake made in the area around Caserta at the beginning of the twentieth century. Polacca by Pasticceria Pelosi from Aversa | Foodscovery
07062015 Do you want to truly understand what’s going on in Campania these days? Read what Kerin O’Keefe writes in The Wine Enthusiast or what Monica Larner discusses in The Wine Advocate. These two journalists live in Europe and regularly taste wines from Campania as well as every Italian region. They offer great praise for these wines, as they appreciate the complexities of Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino. Campania Deserves Better | learnitalianwines – by tom hyland
07072015 Rocca del Principe, owned and worked by Aurelia Fabrizio and her husband Ercole Zarella, comprises about five hectares divided among three separate hillside vineyards in the township of Lapio, about 15 kilometers northeast of Avellino. All are over 500 meters high, some parts almost 600. I tasted with them barrel samples of the separate vineyards, which are only blended at the final assemblage of the wine. Each was strikingly distinctive, with its own gout de terroir – so much so that I thought any of them could have been bottled as a first-rate cru. Campania’s Golden Triangle | Tom's Wine Line
07082015 Martella is the oldest restaurant in Avellino’s historic center. It preserves the original flavors of Irpinian cuisine with careful attention to detail. Simple but flavorful dishes at this restaurant have stood the test of time, preserving its reputation and value, which is as strong as ever. Antica Trattoria Martella | Mesali
07092015 Campania Stories is a wonderful event designed to immerse wine writers and wine educators in the exciting world of Campania wine. The Good Campanians – stories, grapes and wines from Italy’s deep south | Quentin Sadler's Wine Page
07102015 For students of viticultural history, Campania may be Italy’s most important region. For lovers of great wines, Campania must still be approached with caution. It was the Greeks who introduced systemized wine-growing to the Italian peninsula, and the region of Campania is where they did it first. Grape varieties such as the white Greco and the red Aglianico (whose name is thought to be a mutation of the word “hellenico,” Italian for “Greek”), have been rooted in Campanian soil since the days of the ancients. Campania | Babbo Ristorante & Enoteca
07112015 The history of the Terme goes back to the seventh century when the Euboins, a Greek people, first discovered them on the island. Recent archaeological discoveries prove that the Greeks used the thermal waters to replenish and heal the body and soul. In fact, the Greeks used the thermal waters to treat war wounds in a time period where there were no antibiotics. Ischia: Island of natural beauty | Panoram Italia
07122015 Filippo slings the rope-tied parcels over his shoulder, lowers them into the pit, covers them with ample hot sand, and twists the ropes around the hoe to mark the spot. About an hour later — after antipasti of local artichokes, anchovies, melon and mozzarella rolled with prosciutto and arugula; after a taste of friarielli, a small sweet cousin of broccoli rabe, steamed in vinegar and then drowned in olive oil; a pasta course of thick spaghetti with tomato sauce; and yet another pasta course, of paccheri (wide tubes) with mussels and shreds of pecorino — Filippo heads back out to the now-dark beach and drags the parcels to the surface. As each is hurriedly unwrapped, an herbal, wine-scented blast of pure chicken aroma rises into the air, to the fascination of local children, cats and dogs drawn by the spectacle and the smell. In Ischia, Italy, Cooking Is Done in the Sand, Not the Stove | The New York Times
07132015 My uncle, who lived in Italy for years, taught us the Italian word for newlyweds: “sposini.” If you are sposini, he said, everyone in the country will treat you as if it is your birthday. We had spent a couple of days on the Amalfi Coast — walking Ravello’s gardens that inspired Richard Wagner, touring Capri and hiking between medieval cliff towns that Norman kings once ruled. A Honeymoon Through Italy | The New York Times
07142015 From Ulysses and the sirens of Greek legend, to the stars of today, everyone from Hilary Clinton to Kim Kardashian has succumbed to the charms of the Amalfi coast. Vogue's Amalfi Coast | Vogue Paris
07152015 On sunday she shared snap of picture in black bikini while sunning it up on Italy's amalfi coast and she continued it to soak up her mediterranean rays with her friend. Emily Ratajkowski flaunts ample cleavage in sexy snaps on Italian holiday |
07162015 This family run Pasticceria focuses on using high quality natural and organic ingredients. Their limoncello recipes use only pickled lemons and they use the ‘sfusato’, the Amalfi coast lemon. Their Delizia Al Limone is one of the tastiest I have eaten!  There is a huge selection of cakes and pastries on offer, great coffee and spirits are also available. Gambardella, Minori | Amalfi Amore
07172015 True to this remit, Franco’s is currently the only bar in Positano where no food is served, with the exception of a few gourmet nibbles (giant green olives, some rather more-ish potato chips). Food just distracts from that view – and the quality of the liquids list. New in Positano: Franco's Bar | Sirenuse Journal
07182015 Galardi is run by an enthusiastic group, they strive to maximize the intrinsic characteristics of native grapes Aglianico and Piedirosso through attentive and careful vineyard management. The winery and surrounding hillside vineyards are located at approximately 1300 feet above sea level and benefit from ideal growing conditions, including climate and exposure. The name of their praised icon wine, Terra di Lavoro, which translates to Land of Work, reflects the challenge of cultivating the area’s extremely rocky soil. Galardi from Sessa Aurunca | Winebow Imports
07192015 Today the winery works with 20 hectares (50 acres) of vines, planted on vertiginous slopes all the way from Furore round to Vietri. You need to see the vineyards above Furore to understand the extreme challenges involved in working this terrain. Their branches sprawl out horizontally along pergolas made from long, tapering poles, which are cut from the chestnut trees that proliferate high in the Monte Lattari way above the village. Find A Hidden Treasure Winery Above Amalfi Coast | Zester Daily
07202015 Buffalo mozzarella is made from the milk of water buffalo, making it richer in protein, fats and calcium, and lower in cholesterol, than mozzarella made with cow’s milk. It is also low in lactose and easy to digest. Soft, smooth and porcelain white, buffalo mozzarella has a creamy texture and delicious taste that has seen it gain popularity here in Australia, especially in recent years. Buffalo mozzarella | Italianicious
07212015 Not much needs to be said here, I was welcomed to visit this stunning vineyard that falls right in the middle of the city. In the summer a camp is also run here. My 2 new piccolo friends also taught me some Italian on our short but will never forget stroll to the top. Walk with me through the windy paths, absolutely beautiful. The City Vineyard - Naples Italy | Icons Wanted by Julia Santucci
07222015 The main reception is light, bright, modern and airy with white wash walls and bright pink lounger sofas. The main breakfast and ‘dining room’ is located in the arches cloisters courtyard, which I believe used to be a former luxury residence for the Caracciolo family. Our room, number 136 – which we stayed in on both occasions – is honestly one of my favourite hotel rooms that I’ve ever seen! Based over two floors, with high ceilings, luxurious modern white decor and a huge sash window overlooking the street – it was a really welcoming and comforting place to stay in the hustle and bustle of Naples. Palazzo Caracciolo Napoli, Naples | Scarlett London
07232015 In hindsight, the comparison between Naples and the Amalfi Coast are almost unbelievable. If I hadn’t witnessed it myself, I don’t think that I could have possibly comprehended such a calm and gorgeous coast to lie so close in proximity with a city with a large and frenetic urban sprawl.  Then again, it would be hard to imagine the opposite as well – such a lively and charismatic metropolitan city to be outlined by something so utterly tranquil. Contrasts of Italy - Naples, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast | Your Friend In Italy
07242015 A journey exploring the Region’s wonderful assets: from Europe’s oldest University located in Naples, to the historically famous School of Medicine in Salerno; from the Royal Palace in Caserta (on a par with Versailles), to the Arch of Trajan in Benevento which successfully withstood the time test. Wolves and mermaids: cities in Campania | Rai Expo
07252015 He is one of the world's most famous dogs, the snarling, black-and-white mosaic canine and protector of the Pompeii archaeological site. Indeed, with his black hair, curled form, and bared teeth, the ancient canine has stood ready for almost 2,000 years to discourage intruders from setting foot in the Domus of the Tragic Poet, supported by the famous inscription 'Cave Canem' or 'Beware of the Dog'. World-famous mosaic mutt of Pompeii restored to glory | Ansa
07262015 After scoping out several ceramic shops prior, Lisa’s shop stood our to me as a bit different. Her art was unique. Not only did she have the typical designs of classic Amalfi Coast ceramics, but there were original contemporary pieces with limited compositions as well. Positano’s L’arte della Ceramica - An Art Lovers Dream | Timeless Italy
07272015 The Amalfi Coast is without a doubt one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe, and you’ll find old, charming luxury hotels scattered around the area, for example in Sorrento and Positano. It’s also possible to sail to the beautiful island of Capri and for those interested in history, Pompeii and Mount Vesuv is only a short drive away. Make sure to book a treatment in one of the many luxurious spas, and enjoy the breathtaking sunset accompanied by a glass of wine. Italy, The Amalfi Coast | The Copenhagen Traveler
07282015 Balanced, quite literally, on the soaring limestone cliffs of Italy’s Amalfi coast, with uninterrupted views of Mount Vesuvius in the distance, Sorrento is undoubtedly a holiday town. The gentle hues of its sherbet-coloured buildings, stacked up the rockface and into the hills amid tall cypruses, olive groves, lemon trees and plum orchards, have attracted many a film crew. Sorrento 48 Hours | Food and Travel Magazine
07292015 Walking along Via Marina Grande, we meet an old villa overlooking the sea, “Villa Tritone”, surrounded by a garden rich in extraordinary exotic plants. On reaching the end of the path, the eyes of the traveller are presented with an extraordinarily beautiful canvas, almost from times gone by: a tiny bay nestling a delightful and characteristic fishing village, a narrow beach and bathing establishments … this is Marina Grande. Here the beach is common ground, used for both work and free time for the entire community. The charm and fascination of tradition in Marina Grande | Sorrento Info
07302015 We actually stayed in Sorento at a villa with an incredible view of the sea. We will never forget our breakfast and dinner meals on the terrace! Staying in Sorento, we had a chance to attend a cooking school where we prepared Italian dishes - appetisers, pastas, and, of course, Tiramisu. Annika Urm Column: Sorento, Positano, and Amalfi |
07312015 Despite the lack of a beach, tourists love Sorrento, which straddles the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The picturesque old town makes a great base for exploring surrounding areas - the Amalfi Coast to the East, Pompeii to the North, and the island of Capri offshore. The Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in Italy | Conde Nast Traveler

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

JUNE 2015

Vanvitellian location
The campaign brand image of Campania realized in the spaces of Baroque Royal Palace of Caserta.

Sfogliatella [sfɔʎʎaˈtɛlla]

A tour through Amalfi Coast in historical bars to
taste espresso, pastry and limoncello.

Authentic pizza

A lesson in pizza making from a genuine Neapolitan pizzaiolo.
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06012015 Will once again her, Katherine Kelly Lang, namely Brooke beloved soap Beautiful, testimonial of the brand Campanian Impero Couture. Many shots and appealing spot in fact seen exceptional location just vanvitellian Palace and its park, which will be the backdrop for the occasion to another prestigious excellence local business. Impero Couture makes fashion… the Caserta Royal Palace | Charme tutto il bello di Napoli e della Campania
06022015 In what was once the slightly desolate town of Caiazzo in Campania’s Caserta province, Franco Pepe opened Pepe in Grani in 2012, and has attracted throngs of food pilgrims from not just across Italy, but the world. The third generation pizzaiolo comes from a long line of artisan bread makers, a craft that traces back to his wheat farmer grandfather who opened the family’s Antica Osteria Pizzeria Pepe in 1931,which is still frequented among locals and travelers today. The pizzas at Pepe in Grani change with the seasons, and all ingredients encompass the Campania “terroir” using local grains, cheese and vegetables, many grown within Caserta itself. Learn how to make real pizza with Italy's best pizzaiolo Franco Pepe. | Swide
06032015 Fivestars hotels and unknown adresses for a dreaming weekend in the Mediterranean Isle. Deep inside an amazing landscape and even during the cultural event Le Conversazioni Capri: a Dolce Vita destination | Vogue
06042015 Essentials 01. Tuck into ravioli capresi at Le Grottelle. 02. Ride the chair lift up Monte Solaro for postcard panoramas. 03. Order bespoke sandals and capri pants at Mariorita in Anacapri. 04. Pack suitable footwear to navigate the rocky shoreline. 05. Pop into Buonocore on via Vittorio Emanuele for the best ice cream. Capri, Italy | Monocle
06052015 La Sponda restaurant in Positano is the most insanely romantic setting we've ever seen. At dinner it's lit by hundreds of candles, the greenery crawls up the walls like ivy and the floor to ceiling windows showcase the cliffside views and endless sea. It's remarkable. Le Sirenuse Hotel - Meet The Most Romantic Hotel Possibly, Well, Ever | askmen
06062015 It was one fateful Pinterest search that brought me to La Minerva. The property is oh-so-Capri in every good way.  It’s elegant without being over the top. It boasts beautiful tile work, a trademark of the island. Must Capri: La Minerva | Hello Luvvy
06072015 The most distinguished feature about Canfora from the other Capri-style sandals on the market, is the sole made with various layers of finest quality Italian leather, pressed and sewn (not glued) together. Inside the sole, an iron arch support preserves form and consistency, making the sole practically eternal. Canfora’s sandals can be embellished with various colourful gemstones, decorative items, such as bells and chains, and other imaginative accessories, only using exquisite Italian custom jewellery, thus guaranteeing maximum longevity. Canfora - The Original Sandals of Capri | Luxury Travelers Guide
06082015 After hours exploring the cobblestone streets, I enjoyed a typical Caprese dish – Spicy Linguine with Clams and Mussels. Afterwards, I stopped off for a sweet treat of locally-made limoncello… a sweet and potent lemon liqueur fresh from the local groves. I loved it so much I couldn’t resist a photo opp with their giant-sized lemons! South African In: Capri | The Starlit Path
06092015 Monday morning I was up bright an early ready to claim my stake on the beach. The day before it was St Peter’s day so Amalfi was packed. As I left early I enjoyed breakfast on the beach with my favourite Italian pastry, sfogliatelle. It is very crisp pastry in the shape of a shell with ricotta and orange peel piped inside. Absolutely delicious. After half the pastry I was getting full and I realised I should not have gotten the biggest one I could find, but I would not let this beauty go to waste, so I finished it. I’m on holidays, I’ll burn it off when I get back to Sydney, our motto for the whole trip. The Amalfi Coast | Forque
06102015 The Pansa Café is a food lover’s dream. Nestled at the foot of the stairs that lead to the Amalfi Piazza Duomo, its elegant outdoor tables always draped in white linen spill across the piazza. Dolce Vita | Scene Magazine
06112015 Amalfi brims with sweet white houses, endless terraces, and winding streets full of alleys and small shops. One of the best meals you’re likely to eat — in Italy or anywhere — at da Gemma. This was a Michelin-esque surprise, complete with a reinterpretation of the classic Caprese salad, as well as a pleasant terrace setting overlooking the bustling street below. Ravello: The Best View On The Amalfi Coast | Fathom
06122015 A continent apart from the sickly-sweet, mass-produced limoncello familiar to holidaymakers, Pococello fuses single-origin Amalfi lemons with England’s finest spirit, hand-crafted in small batches for the ultimate in flavour and refinement. The story of Pococello began in spring 2014 when Thom and James arrived at the farm of 82-year-old Luigi Aceto – a man who was conceived, born and raised in his family’s ancient lemon groves. Pococello: From Amalfi To London, The Taste Of Summer 2015. | Drinks Enthusiast
06132015 Clinging to the cliffs of Sorrento, La Minervetta overlooks the stunning Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius while greeting its guests with bright, contemporary interiors, delightful gardens, and outdoor terraces bathed in sublime Mediterranean sunshine. La Minervetta - Sorrento, Italy | Luxury Accommodations Blog
06142015 My last day in Positano, dinner at the famed Buca di Bacco awaits tonight, but until then my heart is set on that boat and its charming young captain who will valiantly take me to Arienzo, the beach where for the last week I’ve been basking in the sun, swimming and enjoying house specialty after house specialty made with perfect homegrown vegetables and locally caught fish. Cooking in Italy: spaghetti mediterraneo-fresh anchovies, cherry tomatoes and arugula | Viola's Italian Kitchen
06152015 If you plan on driving and aren’t willing to pay parking fees, the other alternative is to park the car on the edge of town, if you know which parking areas are legit, and hike walk back into town. To avoid all of that, taking the bus from Rome to Positano is probably one of the best options. Rome to Positano by bus: Tips and Timeline | BrowsingItaly
06162015 Picture yourself in said boat traveling slowly along the Amalfi Coast and stopping at attractive bays and secret inlets for a swim. The engine is turned off, cicadas lazily buzz and small waves lap at the sides of the wooden hull of the boat. See yourself swimming in coves and grottos some of which can only be accessed by boat… The singing captain leads the boat to a small seaside restaurant built on stilts over its own private beach for a memorable 3-course meal with lots of local wine. Day trips along the Amalfi Coast | Casa Mia Italy Food & Wine
06172015 As today we talk of Bordeaux and Tuscany, the Romans held the wines of Massico, Surrentine and, of course, Falernian in the same esteem. For hundreds of years these were the most famous wines in the Roman world. However, in the modern wine world, it is only relatively recently that local wine growers managed to take advantage of Campania’s ideal soils and climate to produce exciting, interesting and, very often, unique wines from unique grape varieties. Campania: southern Italian region known for its whites | Times of Malta
06182015 Researching falanghina, an ancient grape that has been revived in recent decades in the Campania region of southern Italy, I learned that falanghina is actually two genetically distinct grapes, falanghina beneventana and falanghina flegrea. The falanghina beneventana tends to be more floral and structured than the falanghina flegrea, which is generally more fruity. Tapping Into the Potential of Falanghina | The New York Times
06192015 Neapolitans are serious about their coffee and we visit the historic Gran Caffè Gambrinus to taste what some say is the best espresso in the city. Naples is also famous for its tailoring tradition and we visit Rubinacci for an inside look. Host Kathy McCabe attends pizza school with master Enzo Coccia and learns it isn’t easy to make a perfect pizza. A visit to Via San Gregorio Armeno reveals a street full of Christmas crèches and caricatures. Naples/Amalfi Coast Episode | Dream of Italy
06202015 I ventured to Pizzeria Trianon, one of the most popular pizzerias in Naples, which serves VPN-style pizza. The margherita was a prime example of simplicity—mozzarella, basil, olive oil, San Marzano tomato sauce, 900 degrees, and an 80-second bake. Each bite was a blissful, revelatory experience. Here I was, a pizza-maker who, at that time, thought he had tried everything and along comes this magical, straight-forward pizza that was so different from all my prior experiences. It was a defining moment in my quest for pizza satisfaction: I knew that I needed to learn this craft. 15 Bucket-List Pizzerias to Visit Before You Die | First We Feast
06212015 Have you enjoyed eating in Napoli? Learn how to make some of the typical recipes so you can impress your friends back home! Pasta, tomatoes, seafood, but also wonderful vegetables are the staples on every table here. Our professional chef will take you through the basics of some of the most traditional dishes and teach you the secrets of true Napoli cooking. Naples Cooking Lessons | Napoli Unplugged
06222015 Francesco and Fabrizio cultivate Corbarino Tomatoes in the fields surrounding their home in Paestum. Corbarino is a very rare and flavorful variety of cherry tomato. In fact, it is one of only three tomato varieties allowed by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana on authentic Neapolitan pizza. That's right, if it's not made with real San Marzano, Piennolo, or Corbarino tomatoes it's not true Neapolitan! When it comes to pasta, Francesco and Fabrizio tell us that they use Corbarino tomatoes for everything! They especially love them with seafood pasta dishes. Clams and Corbarino are their favorite!  A Father & Son's Labor of Love: Corbarino Tomatoes | Gustiamo
06232015 Cilento, on the Tyrrhenian Sea,  has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. It is plenty of natural beauties and floristic rarities, with over 70 species of wild orchids and the 90% of Italian medicinal herbs. Cilento (Sorrento, Campania) among abbeys, archeological sites and nature | Somewhere in Italy
06242015 Giuseppe Spagnuolo is the only person living in Roscigno Vecchio, an abandoned town in the province of Salerno. He is a local Hemingway, happy to talk about himself. In the early years of the 1900s, everyone left the small village and moved to the new town, bidding farewell to their homes, the square, the fountain, the small streets, forever. A century ago, Roscigno Vecchio transformed into a place of the heart, in the memory of the many people who scrupulously keep and often repeat the stories about the simple life in the original town. Roscigno Vecchio e i racconti di Giuseppe | Italian Ways
06262015 Meet Salvatore… fisherman, skipper of the ‘San Giovanni’ and our guide for a boat trip along the Amalfi coast! Just after leaving Positano, we pass Da Aldolfo, one of the many small restaurants dotted along the coast. The coastline presents a totally different perspective from the water. As you look up at the steep, rocky mountains you see villages clinging to the rock face or hidden in small alcoves. Almost vertical flights of stairs lead from these to the road. One such alcove is the oldest part of the village of Furore where fisherman’s huts over look a rocky beach. A Boat Trip along the Amalfi Coast | A Taste of Travel
06272015 A stay in Minori is like stepping back in time to the Amalfi Coast of decades ago. Minori is less Hollywood glamour and more authentic Italian holiday destination. The town is also well known as a gourmet paradise. Make sure you stop for a pastry or gelato at Sal di Riso’s famous shop in Minori’s main piazza. First Stop on the Amalfi Coast Drive: Minori |
06282015 I arrived in Positano and forgot that the rest of the world existed. I did it on purpose too, because you don’t want anything else to exist. It was glamorous and it was humble as anywhere whose foremost product is lemons is. Everywhere you went, you were thanked with a complimentary shot of limoncello. In Positano, you can gab through eternity with the ambient soundtrack of the sea at your shoulders and the limoncello that pretty much grows on trees. Time didn’t matter. The Drive didn’t matter anymore. The Amazing Amalfi | Through Eternity Tours Italy
06292015 Amalfi Coast, Italy - Throw your bags in the back of an Italian sports car, fold back the roof and let the sea breeze sweep through your hair. Coastal roads wind around rugged bluffs, famous for their hairpin bends and expansive views over turquoise waters. Olive groves, old watchtowers converted into gorgeous restaurants and pastel-hued villas built into the side of a cliff – around every bend is something new. Listopedia: The Road Trip Bucket List |
06302015 The best way to see it all is to drive the 40-kilometre stretch of the Strada Statale 163 especially from behind the wheel of a vintage Fiat Cinquecento. Cruise (in a car) along the Amalfi Coast in Italy | International Traveller Magazine

Monday, June 1, 2015

MAY 2015

San Carlo Theater
In Naples the oldest continuously active venue for public opera in the world.

The work on the frescoes
              Pompeii Villa of Mysteries reopens fully to the public after restoration.

The vertical city
Glamorous with its beaches, Positano is the most
sought village on the Amalfi Coast.

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05012015 The Real Teatro di San Carlo is the oldest continuously active venue for public opera in Europe, opening decades before both the Milanese La Scala and Venetian La Fenice theaters. I recently was treated to box seats for an opera performance at the San Carlo and it most certainly was a memorable evening. The ushers were clothed in fun attire made of all buttons, ribbons, or keys…a delightful contrast to the classic gilded red and gold theatre itself. Though the opera season in Italy does not run year around, often a ballet or musical performance can be enjoyed in the off season. San Carlo Opera House | Journeys Viaggio
05022015 A reasonable walk to the south-west brought me to the Palazzo Reale di Napoli (Royal Palace of Naples), where some 30 rooms are open to the public. The Royal Theatre inside the palace has seating for some 400, and a magnificent royal box, with decoration made from papier mache. Right next door to the palace is the Teatro di San Carlo (Theatre of St Charles), dedicated to opera, and they host guided tours hourly (on the half-hour). Apparently after appearing here as a 14 year old, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart commented that Naples had great venues and wonderful music teachers, but that the people of Naples are noisy - it seems that they didn't fully appreciate his talent! Napoli Central - Central Mayhem! | SimKim - Simon Says
05032015 The adjacent beautiful "Piazza del Plebiscito" was built on the model of the Pantheon in Rome. Prolonged by a curving colonnade, today is one of the most important meeting points of the city. Part of the semicircular Doric building built in 1810 by Joachim Murat striking effect that wraps around the middle of the square, the centre of which you can see the equestrian statue of Charles III of Bourbon, by Antonio Canova, and Ferdinand I, Canova in the horse. Naples, Italy - Thousands of beautiful colours under the majestic Vesuvius | Travel with Me
05042015 Via Chiaja - This pedestrianised street is another classic people-watching venue in Naples and is especially popular in the evenings. The 16th century Palazzo Cellamare is also found here – previous guests include Goethe and Casanova. At the western end of the street you pass under a bridge built in 1636 to connect the hills of Pizzofalcone and Mortella. Not to be missed – what to see and do in Naples, Italy | Grown-up Travel Guide
05052015 After our visit in Pompeii we then went to the volcano. Oh, and guess what? As soon as we stepped off the bus, it started raining…again. Surprise, surprise. This wasn’t going to stop me though. Oh, and when you get to the top you’re supposed to see a magnificent view of the Bay of Naples and surrounding cities. Did we see any of this? Nope! We got to the top and it was rainy, windy, and so foggy. We were pretty much inside of a cloud, so all we saw was whiteness. But it was still pretty awesome to be on Mount Vesuvius. And excuse my French but…I was on top of a mother fucking volcano!! Pretty badass if you ask me. The Amalfi Coast | Dare to be Adventurous
05062015 First stop Sorrento. Salvatore’s family was very kind and warm. They had prepared a welcome gift of Mama Rita’s homemade cakes and Nona’s limoncello. So much for easing off the carbs. Our apartment was next door to their home and dished up an expansive view of the Bay of Sorrento and the Island of Capri in the distance. It was in a restored 16th Century farmhouse. Getting Punched, Lemons and The Storybook Towns of Italy’s Amalfi Coast | The Province
05072015 As a local guide and resident in Positano, I often begin the walking tours in the upper area of the town. The districts of Chiesa Nuova and Li Parlati, for example, are rich in history and folklore, they have beautiful churches and you can go into bars, drinking a spritz and making new friends. A Walking Tour around Positano | Zia Lucy
05082015 This idyllic B&B is perfectly located only a short stroll from the breath taking town of Positano. Surrounded by bougainvillea and lemon trees and boasting its own private beach, this gorgeous B&B has charm in abundance. La Fenice | An Affair with Italy
05092015 Residence Villa Yiara is an adorable boutique hotel housed in an 18th century building on top of a hill with spectacular balconies overlooking the bay of Positano.  Every room features a sea-view terrace and the friendly staff serves you continental breakfast complete with cappuccinos, fresh squeezed orange juice, fruit, pastries and Nutella on your balcony every morning! Positano, Italy | Mel Paleo Panda
05102015 Greco is a fascinating grape, capable of making some great dry whites, the best are traditionally made in the area around the town of Tufo and are very mineral and fine. The jury is out about the origins of the name though. Most books say it was brought to Italy by the Ancient Greeks, but Ferrante di Somma di Circello, whose Cantine di Marzo produces fine Greco di Tufo, told me that it was called Greco because it was the best grape to make Greek style wine, by which people used to mean sweet wine from dried grapes. These were the most sought after wines in the middle ages and were known as Romneys by the English wine trade. The Good Campanians – stories, grapes and wines from Italy’s deep south | Quentin Sadler's Wine Page
05112015 We were heading towards my grandfather’s village. I suppose it eventually became my grandmother’s village, too, after she married him and moved there. But I’d always regarded it as his. He was the one who was born there. He was the one who loved it there. My grandmother had always been kinda iffy on the place. I’d been to Frigento twice before. Finding Frigento (or How GPS in Southern Italy is Merely A Suggestion) | The Everywhereist
05122015 Every year starting late January in the province of Benevento in Campania an unusual and wonderful activity takes place. Like bees honing onto a flower, the men of Pontelandolfo flock to the main square every afternoon until the end of Carnevale. Proud and defiant, they challenge one another individually and in groups to a grueling contest of… la ruzzola del formaggio! (literally the rolling of the cheese). VideoNote: La Ruzzola del Formaggio | Italiannotebook
05132015 Campania, one of the regions of southern Italy, stretches along the Tyrrhenian Sea. The mild climate, the beauty of the coasts, the richness of its art and history and the love for food make Campania the fascinating area that it is. The journey begins at the sea with its intense colors, its coasts covered with bays, coves and rock faces. The waters here boast the islands in the Gulf of Naples, Capri and Ischia — true natural masterpieces. Take advantage of the opportunity to step out of Milan and enjoy all that Italy has to offer | The Japan Times
05142015 “The first time you go to any pizzeria, no matter what’s on the menu, you order a Margherita,” a Neapolitan companion whispers aggressively, under the nose of the waiter. “To find out if they know their shit.” When it arrives less than three minutes later, bubbling with oil-blackened knolls, (some say the pizzas in Naples are better because the ovens are simply hotter—others because of the city’s unique tap water, including a certain New York restaurant that imports bottles of it for making dough), he begins dissecting his meal with the precision of a surgeon, cutting away the crust and lifting the skin of bufala to inspect the elasticity of the base, before quietly nodding and pouring wine for the other guests. "The Skin" - Cantina del Gallo - Napoli | The Travel Almanac
05152015 I recommend an early morning visit to the imposing Castel Nuovo, a walk along Il Lungomare for a seafood and pasta lunch, and then an afternoon visit to the enchanting Castel dell’Ovo. Make this your first day in Naples, as the castle roofs are open to tourists and offer breathtaking views of the city and the water - a great way to get your bearings and melt away the stress of having just mastered crossing the street. How to do Naples | Kristen Elise, Ph.D.
05162015 It never fails. A teenage boy must yell "Are you not entertained?" when visiting any sort of Roman amphitheater. The amphitheater at Santa Maria Capua Vetere was made recently famous by the STARZ network show "Spartacus" and it is one of a few ideal places to bring teenagers. After a lecture about preserving antiquities for posterity, it is a good place for an old-fashioned game of Hide and Seek. Add a few poses as gladiators and your teenager will remember the day for a lifetime. Arkitextures of Santa Maria Capua Vetere | Afar
05172015 I did not know, as we drove through the uneven outskirts of Licola, that Cuma, formerly Cumae, was the first Greek settlement in Italy, started some eight centuries before Christ. All I had a vague idea about, as we navigated the bumpy road, surrounded now by fields and sudden strips of bamboo, was that the Sibyl and her cave were connected with Cuma, and that was what caught my imagination. Cuma: the Greeks, the Romans, the Sibyl and the view | The Phraser
05182015 Cumae is little known it seems, even among Italians. Not many tourists make it to the site as it is difficult to reach if you do not have a car, and the temples themselves are not very well-preserved. The fact that the sibyl’s cave is not officially open at the moment is also discouraging. However, I had a wonderful day touring this ancient site and discovering more about these fascinating stories connected to it. I’m hoping to go back to the archaeological museum at nearby Baia, which holds many important ancient artefacts of the region. The key role of the Cumaean sibyl in mythology lives on however. Cumae: an ancient Greek jewel in Italy, seat of the Sibyl priestess | Italian Gems
05192015 The shopping and eating here is very appealing – lots of tourists shops interspersed with produce, clothing and jewellery stores, bars and restaurants. In some ways it is a touristy area, but look upwards – you will spot traditional Sorrento balconies, decorated in drying fruit and squash. Today the tiny fishing village of Sorrento has evolved into a prosperous town of 15 churches, which exists because of its many charms and its huge appeal to visitors. Most of the voices you hear in the street will be speaking English, or German, or even Chinese – the Italian language is not heard so often. But the welcome you receive and the safe friendly streets of the city more than make up for this.  The Many Faces of Sorrento | Italia! magazine
05202015 Relais Blu, Campania - Perched above Punta Campanella, the tip of the Sorrento Peninsula, this midcentury complex is the former home of an architect who wanted to enjoy Amalfi Coast views without the crowds. Sorrento limoncello and Negronis are must-orders here, and they're even better at the figure eight–shaped pool, which sits on a promontory with drop-dead views of the Bay of Naples. Lounging here, you'll see why Homer chose this picturesque part of Italy for Odysseus's encounter with the Sirens. 5 Hidden Gem Boutique Hotels in Italy | Town & Country
05212015 La Mammola B&B, Positano, Amalfi Coast - We stayed in an immaculate, spacious suite here, just five minutes’ walk up the narrow winding street from the beach. Breakfast arrives on the large flower-decked terrace, with glorious views down over the bay and up over the hillside – and the coffee keeps coming. If you’ve braved the tortuous, narrow winding roads there’s private parking 100 metres away; otherwise there are buses to neighbouring towns and hillside walks. Or of course, you could just sit on the terrace. Readers’ travel tips: hotels, B&Bs and villas in Italy | The Guardian
05222015 The little motor boat with the red fish sign flying on what would have been a mast had it been a yacht, approached the lower side of Positano quay where a dozen of us had gathered in the blazing sun, hoping to get a seat. It was 11 in the morning and there would be another boat every half an hour or so until 1pm, but we were eager. We’d heard that Da Adolfo beach restaurant, only accessible by boat, was a splendid place for lunch, serving fresh seafood in a relaxed (if seemingly exclusive) beachside atmosphere. Positively picturesque, plus | The Budapest Times
05232015 Some of the most celebrated frescoes at the ancient Roman site of Pompeii have been given a clean bill of health, thanks to a course of antibiotics. Conservators used amoxicillin, a type of penicillin, to treat strains of bacteria living in the Dionysiac frieze that decorates what scholars believe to be the dining room of the Villa of the Mysteries. Pompeian frescoes cured with antibiotics | The Art Newspaper
05242015 Located right off the via Tribunali, the decumanus maximus, the excavations underneath the Gothic church of San Lorenzo Maggiore are one of the key places to view the leftover traces of the ancient city. This architectural complex corresponds to the ancient Greek Agora, subsequently the Roman Forum, and the center of political, commercial, and religious activity in antiquity. From here, we will descend into a series of ancient streets that date from the 1st and 3rd centuries BCE, where various building typologies line the streets, including the aerarium, where the city's riches were held; the bakery; the laundry; and the suggestive cryptoporticus, or covered passageway. Ancient Naples: Above and Underground | Context Travel
05252015 Veritas - Chef Gianluca D'Agostino serves refined Neapolitan dishes that don't veer too far into contemporary that they lose their sense of territory. Pair dishes, such as cavatelli with beans, broadtail shortfin squid, and cured pork and mullet with braised fennel, with bottles from the local craft beer list. Naples travel guide | Australian Gourmet Traveller
05262015 At Vico Equense the bellissimo terrace overlooking the beach with a spectacular view of the sea and Mt Vesuvius in the distance. A white plate of black.  Or to be more specific, a plate of linguine pasta cooked to the perfect point of al dente, with a flavorful squid ink sauce. He cooks the squid whole, at a very low temperature, after having marinated it first with Mediterranean herbs like the ones located in their nearby garden. Squid ink is nothing new, but this plate was particularly flavorful thanks to Chef Domenico De Simone's experienced hand. Black is the New Black - Linguine al Nero di Seppia, Chef Domenico De Simone, Il Bikini (Na) | andiamotrips
05272015 Ah, Southern Italy. What could be better than hopping a plane to Mezzogiorno? Thanks to a collaboration between Tierno Tours and Green Earth Travel, vegan globetrotters can easily embark on just such a sojourn, sans any nuisance when it comes to navigating plant-based terrain. Indeed, the Vegano Italiano Festival takes care of every detail, ensuring guests experience a breezy week exploring places like Positano and Pompeii, ancient ruins and beautiful beaches, all amid meals that are at once sumptuous and absent meat, dairy and eggs. Jet Set July: Plan for Fuss-Free Vegan Travel this Summer in Southern Italy | Matt & Nat
05282015 A new exhibition entitled Pompei e l'Europa 1748-1943 opens today at Pompeii and at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. It features the installation of a pyramid in the amphitheatre of Pompeii containing the newly cleaned plastercasts of victims of the eruption. Exhibition: Pompei e l'Europa 1748-1943 | Blogging Pompeii
05292015 Dozens of bodies are being restored with plaster to preserve their exact positions when they were entombed in volcanic ash. Among the 86 or more corpses recovered in Pompeii, the remains of a terrified mother and a male child, of about 4-years-of age, stands out in the exhibition. Reportedly, they were inside the House of the Golden Bracelet when the eruption took place. And according to the study lead, inhabitants in the city perished rapidly, as sources explain. Pompeii Terrified Mother, Child In Ash: Bodies From Mount Vesuvius Eruption Unearthed After 1,900 Years | The Inquisitr
05302015 From Naples, take the train to Pompeii Scavi station. Book Pompeii tours online, via the local tourist office, or at your hotel. Choose a guided two-hour tour of the main highlights—from the bathhouses and brothel (you may want to skim the kids past the giggle-inducing naughty murals) to the taverns and launderettes of ancient times. The plaster casts of dogs and people immortalized in their death throes invariably pique kids’ curiosities. Great Family Trips: Pompeii, Italy | Intelligent Travel
05312015 Mount Vesuvius, Naples, Italy - Possibly the world’s most famous volcano – though it hasn’t erupted since 1944 – and the most touristy, too. So much so that serene contemplation of nature’s ferocity might not be possible given the crowds who ascend each day. The most popular path goes to the edge of the main crater where guides are on hand. Steam can be seen rising from parts of the crater and, as with nearly all volcanoes, there is a strong smell of sulphur. Top 10 active volcanoes to see up close | The Guardian

Friday, May 1, 2015

APRIL 2015

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

Mimmo Paladino’s horse

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MARCH 2015

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

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

Taverna Estia

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

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

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