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 |

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Open-air market 

In Naples, you can just park yourself on a street corner and watch the world roll by.

The Casa Rossa
On the road that cuts through Anacapri, a red 
house, a mix of Moorish and Byzantine stiles.

Discovering the Amalfi Coast

          My first trip to visit the town of Positano and the ruins of ancient Pompeii.

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02012015 It's the closest thing to "reality travel" in Western Europe — fertile, churning, exuberant, and fun. Naples is one of Italy's major cruise ports, and ships dock right in the town center. A tourist information desk, ready to answer questions and provide maps, lies close to the disembarkation point. Still, some friends I made onboard my last Mediterranean cruise walked 100 yards off the ship, went through the terminal, and peered into Naples' clogged streets. Then they turned around, and spent the day in the ship's pool. Rick Steves: Naples: Italy in Your Face | The Sun Chronicle
02022015 The narrow winding streets take you through the nook and corners of Naples making your journey in the city all full of adventures and thrills. It’s Centro Storico (historic centre), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts of some of the finest archaeology and art of Europe. Its bundle of royal palaces and castles are a symbol of refinement. A city of magnificent sculptures, frescoes, and vistas, there is much more to uncover here on a vacation. Get Introduced to True Italy in Naples | Welcome Rentals
02032015 The everyday objects that survived Vesuvius’s fury - and an amazing amount did - are no longer in Pompeii. They are in the Naples National Archaeological Museum. Guidebooks don’t explain that in Pompeii, you see mostly the shell of the great city, its walls, fountains, bars, temples. To see its interiors, artwork and such everyday objects as lamps, cutlery, and erotica, go to Naples. Pompeii | Saundra and Kelly's vacation dreams
02042015 Among all of the places we visited the most astounding, perhaps because I had least expected it, was the villa believed to have belonged to the family of Poppaea, doomed wife of the Emperor Nero, at Oplontis. Also buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE, the Villa Poppaea nestles in the urban dystopia of modern Torre Annunziata, part of the extensive and amorphous Neapolitan hinterland. Peacocks and Fountains. Villa Poppaea at Oplontis. | UnderstandingRome
02062015 Our Walks of Italy tour guided us through ancient Pompeii where we walked through ruins of baths, homes and shops. It was absolutely fascinating to see how well-preserved everything is! We wrapped up our day just before sunset and, while the bus returned the rest of the tour group back to Rome, I stayed behind to take a train to nearby Naples. Discovering Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast with Walks of Italy | The Blonde Abroad
02072015 We like to base ourselves in Sorrento. It is easy to get to, full of history, with several cultural opportunities. However, we also like that Sorrento is a charming and bustling little town. There is a wide variety of restaurants and bars. The shopping is good. Sorrento is also one of the best strolling and people watching towns in Italy. 3 Favorite Hotels in Sorrento Italy | The Traveling Professor
02082015 Our accommodation was in Atrani, right near Amalfi, and was a B&B recommended by Wade and Megan. The view from the rooms was amazing, looking directly out over the sea! The host, Pino, was also very accommodating and cooked fresh croissants for us very morning. A summer break in Italy | Adrian and Simon at large
02092015 Combine with your wedding in Italy ? Upgrade to the Legendary Capri Palace Hotel. Highlights of Italy | Travel In Style
02102015 The Casa Rossa (or Red House) in Anacapri peaks through the memories recorded by Alberto Savinio. “The inscription above the entrance welcomes me, ‘Hello, inhabitant of Apragopoli’. The emperor was right: there I was, elected honorary citizen of the city of idleness.” The Casa Rossa in Anacapri: made for idleness | Italian Ways
02112015 Rich volcanic soil from the eruption that buried the Roman city of Pompeii in 79 A.D. feeds the world’s loveliest of lovelies when it comes to tomatoes. San Marzano, a variety of plum tomatoes and the only ones fit for authentic Neapolitan pizzas, are revered the world over. But there’s another unique tomato with an impressive lust for life. It keeps fresh for months, intensifying in flavour. The Piennolo grape tomato is but one of the DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) products of Italy, which safeguards standards of quality and authenticity. These little tomatoes are harvested in June and woven into clusters; home cooks use them as needed well into autumn. These hardy survivors need no irrigation, only the rain and are great friends with seafood. Southern Italy food tour part 1 Campania Italy |
02122015  Our guests who will exhibit a picture of Foody at the reception will have a little gift from Villa Sorrento ... A characteristic bag of Sorrento lemons and oranges. Villa Sorrento is Expo 2015's friend! | Villa Sorrento
02132015 Thanks to Ecco Pizza&Pasta, visitors to Expo Milano 2015, hailing from as many as 140 countries throughout the word, will be given an opportunity to taste a series of typical foods, purchase DOP and IGP products and glean information about our finest culinary specialities. Additionally, they will also have a chance to familiarize themselves with the time-honoured tradition of Campanian food and wine. Ecco Pizza & Pasta | Where Naples Coast & Islands
02142015 Robin Crews explores the island of Ischia in a day. Any visit to Naples is enhanced by a trip to the islands, and Ischia is an easy hop over the water. Though the volcanic island is very small – less than 50 square kilometres – it is packed with must-see sights. From a great hike, to beautiful coastlines, an espresso tour, a relaxing spa or a visit to the lost Colosseum, Ischia certainly packs the punch in things to see and do. Italia! March issue on sale now! | Italia!
02152015  There really is no way to accurately describe the Amalfi coast and give it justice. Think jagged, tall cliffs; winding roads; water in shades of blue you cannot find in a 100 pack crayon box; street-side fruit vendors; pockets of charming towns; and finally, horizons that blend so well you are not sure where water meets sky. That's Amore! Our Day in Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano, and the Amalfi Coast | Dessertation
02162015 We visited a local craftsman that created hand carved cameos from local shells.  The man in the picture makes each cameo by hand. It was a family run business that had been in operation for over 50 years. He makes traditional portrait cameos as well as floral designs. Mediterranean Cruise: Amalfi Coast & Pompeii | Sweet Carolina Belle
02172015 You only have one day to explore Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, so make it count! Take the pressure off and make the most of your short time in this beautiful and fascinating part of the country with our guided Pompeii tour from Rome. You’ll embark on an in-depth exploration of the ruins at Pompeii followed by a relaxing drive along the beautiful Amalfi Coast, with time to let your hair down and explore the jewelbox seaside town of Positano. Pompeii Tours from Rome with Amalfi Coast | Walks of Italy
02182015 This morning, join your guide for a walking tour of Sorrento, famous for the production of limoncello, a digestive made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar. Other agricultural production in this resort town of Campania include citrus fruit, wine, nuts and olives. Inlaid wooden music boxes and furniture are manufactured here, as well.  Optional tour this afternoon to a local Mozarella farm and pizza party. Spring Fling to Italy's Spectacular Amalfi Coast - ACT Tours
02192015 Meta is the magic entrance to the Penisola Sorrentina, featuring a breath-taking panorama that fascinates tourists from all over the world with its observation platforms. Meta name derives from “Miliarium”, ancient Roman stone used in order to mark the distances along the Roman public roads. Meta is even famous for its characteristic ninth century dated coastal watchtowers. About Meta: the territory and its attractions |
02202015 Much of the preparatory work at the Afragola site has already been completed. The station is expected to serve as an interchange between high speed and local services, says infrastructure manager RFI. Astaldi to complete Napoli Afragola station | Railway Gazette International
02212015 Walking the streets among the locals, you’ll discover a number of unique stores, many of which sell lemon inspired products, one of the staples of life in Positano. Continuing down the cliff further into the town, you’ll soon stumble upon the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. This ancient church is the landmark of the town and clearly stands out to all who pass through, thanks to its beautiful majolica-mosaic dome. PortFolio: Positano, Italy (Naples) | Cruise Currents
02222015 Antica Sartoria is a wonderland of Positano Moda - a Bohemian style that took hold in the 1960s, when visitors “discovered” the Amalfi Coast and needed beachwear to match the delightful surroundings. Caftans, pareos, flowing skirts, and dresses, are done up in vibrant patterns, enhanced by embroidery and lace. Six Favorite Shops in Sorrento | About Travel
02232015 “I hate the idea of fake military clothes,” said Ciongoli. “It’s disrespectful to the people who earned them.” Instead, he took mid-century-inspired tailoring, softened it up the Neapolitan way, and added staples that he imagined Capa would need - Henleys, twill trousers, a trenchcoat vest, and 501-inspired denim. Eidos Napoli is a brand of Neapolitan tailoring for cool guys. Skateboarding, WWII, and Italian Tailoring Meet in Eidos Napoli’s Fall 2015 Collection |
02242015 The unifying tread was the language in which Galeazzi sang. It was Italian here and there but predominantly Neapolitan, the speakers of which insist is a language not a dialect. Within the Gaetano Donizetti Suite, she sang the very popular I te voglio bene assaje. This was at the beginning of the concert when the voice still had not warmed up enough, amends for which were amply made as the evening progressed. Earlier on we had some Pergolesi-inspired music in the Suite from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella which included the lovely Pastorella and a lively (what else!) tarantella. Galeazzi sang in Neapolitan but a lot of Spanish spirit was inevitable. Centuries of direct Spanish rule left its mark on Naples. Neapolitan folk songs | Times of Malta
02252015 I arrived just in time yesterday on Carnevale to celebrate my favorite part of the day - eating lasagna! I thought that lasagna was traditional all over Italy for Carnevale, but I learned last year that it's pretty much just the Naples area.Home Again on the Amalfi Coast | Ciao Amalfi
02262015 I’d like to focus on the first course: the Neapolitan version of lasagna. It is a traditional dish of Carnival (eaten on Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras) because it is a meaty, plentiful and rich dish, made of different  layers of pasta filled with as many ingredients as you can imagine. First of all it has no béchamel sauce, unlike other Italian versions; moreover the sheets of hard wheat pasta are seasoned with the traditional Neapolitan tomato “ragù” sauce, ricotta cheese, meatballs, hard boiled eggs, “fiordilatte” cheese, “caciocavallo” cheese, grated parmigiano cheese and so on… Italian Carnival Traditions: Neapolitan Mardi Gras menu | tipstogo
02272015 As I served myself some coffee from a silver coffee set into elegant bone china in the Villa Cimbrone breakfast room the next day, I gave up on trying to be glamorous Greta Garbo, and tried to imagine myself as Virginia Woolf preparing for a meeting with the Bloomsbury set.  I think my husband was secretly imagining himself as John Maynard Keynes as he read his newspaper and ate his scrambled eggs. Romantic Ravello and Lacing Wars | Mozzarella Mamma
02282015 We stayed in one of the smaller towns, Maiori, which meant our apartment was seriously reasonably priced and still within easy reach of the other towns. Placed slightly up in the hills, our apartment overlooked an intimate beach cove and lots and lots of sapphire-blue Tyrrhenian Sea - bliss! We found the people warm, welcoming, and the town full of old, Italian charm. The Amalfi Coast on an Italian Shoestring | The Huffington Post

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Path of the Gods
Pre-trip research: a walk along a trail overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

The Minerva Garden

At Salerno the first botanical garden in Europe
for cultivating plants for therapeutic use.

Witch's Love Potion

Strega is an herbal, saffron-infused liqueur produced in Benevento.
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01012015 Indeed, the best coastal walking in all Italy is on the Amalfi Coast - especially for those who are accompanied by this man, whose hands you see below who brings along his own home-grown, organic appeso tomatoes as a succulent mid-morning snack for the lucky individuals who have joined him on one of Europe’s great mountain trails. A Path Less Taken | Insider's Italy
01022015 The complex of Santa Maria de Olearia, on the Amalfi Coast, includes three small overlapping churches built starting in the late 10th century in Maiori. During the Middle Ages, the town was a favorite hermitage and a meeting point for monks of the Eastern and Western Christendom. Here, the so-called crypt (or catacomb) showcases frescoes in Campania’s typical Medieval style alongside paintings obviously inspired by Byzantine art. East meets West, in Santa Maria de Olearia’s frescoes | Italian Ways
01032015 Which are the must see towns? First and foremost comes Positano. İf you have a chance to enjoy a room at Le Sirenuse in Positano, you will discover that even Steinbeck was inspired staying there. The hotel’s Michelin star restaurant La Sponda offers a delicious lamb ravioli and a very romantic environment. While in Positano, your legs will remain in shape post-wedding as you will be climbing steps and hills all day long. There is no other way to get from your hotel to the beach, or to the restaurants or the adorable little shops. Amalfi Coast The perfect destination for a dream honeymoon | Wall Street International Magazine
01042015 As the boat docked on Amalfi’s busy quayside it was already obvious that the town had a much more tangibly urban feel than little Positano. Along the seafront, larger ornate apartment blocks stood proudly like the kind usually found in Rome or Naples; in its port boats glided in and out with greater regularity and purposefulness; and in its squares, crowds bustled in a way which inferred that real life was going on here, as well as tourism. Positano & beyond - Amalfi | The Daily Norm
01052015 A charming square fans out into many tiny, winding streets that pop you into glorious views and magical laneways and public and private gardens that turn your knees to jelly and make you wish you could find a way to live there forever. Of the gardens open to the public Villa Ruffolo, with its Arabian archways and Villa Cimbrone, where Greta Garbo once hid away with her lover, conductor Leopold Stokowski are the most outstanding, romantic and visually satiating. Wonderfully talented & inspiring artist Leah Frazer transports us to unique & romantic Italy | the vista - Cargo
01062015 The Minerva Garden in this southern Italian town traces its roots back to the 14th century, when the medical writer and botanist Matthaeus Silvaticus decided to set up a small garden of simple medicine, attached to Salerno’s medical school, Europe’s oldest. Silvaticus used the garden for experimental and educational purposes, and mentions it in his 650-page encyclopedia about medicating agents, he says “and I have it in my garden in Salerno, near a sizeable spring”. Salerno’s Minerva Garden: a hidden trove of therapeutic treasures | Italian Gems
01072015 Great cuisines require accomplished restaurants to bring them to perfection, and Ravello offers some of the region’s best, and the meals are often served with stunning views of the Amalfi Coast or the valley that separates Ravello from Scala. For dessert, try a local specialty: the lemon cake. And if you are enjoying a dinner, top it off with an ice-cold glass of limoncello, the local lemon liqueur that has become internationally popular. Neapolitan Cuisine at its finest | Ravello Città della Musica
01082015 "La Delizia al limone" by Pasticceria La Zagara in Positano is truly paradise. Salerno | Fashion Crowd Adresses
01092015 It was a really hard decision, we loved di Matteo but we also loved Starita and Sorbillo.... But in the end, the toppings won out. Yup, we chose this place because of the quality of the toppings. We weren't swayed by the purist approach of discussing the dough or the tomato sauce, even those are still very important! But the toppings here just stole the show. I am also highly amused by their promotion of Clinton visiting them both on their menu and their site! Pizzeria di Matteo - Our Favourite Pizza in Naples | Living in Sin
01102015 Located in central Napoli, on Corso Vittorio Emanuele, close to a couple of nice hotels, Veritas is a small, welcoming place with some interesting cityscape inspired ceramic pieces (loved the Vesuvius cones) and a few tables that make the ambiance calm and elegant. The menu changes often, and ingredients mix local terroir with exotic influences in some of the dishes. The amuse bouche was a marriage of two classics: ricotta and cream of anchovies, with a shaving of seasonal truffle. A great opener. A meal a Veritas, Napoli (Italy) | Pasta Bites
01112015 If you are brave enough to walk for 20 min from the Capri center, Le Grottelle will reward you with one of the most impressive views on the island. The cooking is very simple (if you ask for arugula salad with tomatoes, this is what you will literally get), but the location is worth the hike. Where to eat in Capri? | Luxeat
01122015 One of the oldest restaurants on the island, in the center of town, Aurora continues drawing crowds thanks to its excellent thin-crust pizzas and an elegant yet congenial ambiance. If you can’t get a table on the terrace, which is always mobbed during the high season, ask to be seated in the luminous small back room that overlooks orange and lemon groves. As in many of Capri town’s restaurants, the walls are adorned with photographs of famous past clients. Order house specialty Pizza all’Acqua, a white pizza topped with mozzarella and peperoncino. Aurora | Indagare Travel
01132015 Le Agavi is a 5* hotel with private beach in Positano, on a cliff overlooking the town and the sea. Five Exclusive Hotels on the Amalfi Coast | Italy Magazine
01142015 Like everything in Positano, the hotel fit into its requisite nook.  Anne rang the bell in the lobby. From a door behind the counter, a man emerged wearing a suit tailored so well it cut like a knife. His whole presence cut like a knife. Coltello: The Cut That Bled Limoncello | Travel Studies
01152015 Arrived at Hostel Brikette, which is perched at the top of Positano. Cosimo (the front desk guy) immediately offered to carry my bag up the stairs…I knew this would be an awesome place once I saw the view from the veranda. I immediately booked another night ;). I stayed in an 8 person dorm, met a heck of a lot of Canadians…even about 5 from Vancouver! This night we all (staff included) partied on the deck. Positano - Amalfi coast | La Vie de Deux Mademoiselles a France
01162015 My shot of the day, however, is something special. Amalfi is known for its hand-made paper -- the streams that run down from the mountains make it easy to tap the water power to run the paper-mills. And so they have a Museo della Carte (Paper Museum) there, which showcases working versions of machines used to make paper, dating as far back as the 13th century. And as there weren't many people when I was there, some ideas came into my head... Grad Trip - Photo of the Day 18 (aka Murderer at the Mill) | life more beautiful
01172015 We spent about 6 hours exploring the ruins of wealthy homes, bread shops, brothels, 'fast food' joints, and amphitheaters. We took goofy pictures pretending to be Pompeiians at work. What I liked the most about Pompeii was that you could walk right off the main path into any site you wanted. The Amalfi Coast with Troy | ItalywithEmeri
01182015 Located near the village of Furore, the Sant’Alfonso Agriturismo (a farmhouse used for tourism) is perched high on the cliffs looming above the sparkling sea, offering sweeping views of the dramatic landscape that stretches for miles. Each morning I woke up to the faint sound of tinkling cowbells tied to goats wondering among the vineyards in the rugged valley below. I couldn’t believe this was where I was staying. It was absolutely stunning. Our gracious hosts, who have a young family, cooked us delicious Italian meals each night that consisted of an appetizer, a pasta dish, and a meat dish, followed by dessert. If you love wine, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes, this is the place to be. Italy’s Stunning Amalfi Coast | G Adventures
01192015 In Cilento, the most beautiful yet relatively undiscovered southern part of the region, a handful of fine producers are raising the bar for wines of local grapes Fiano, Aglianico and Piedirosso. In the last 20 years a small number of visionary estates have dedicated themselves to making premium wines, with fine results. People like Bruno De Conciliis and Luigi Maffini have inspired a new batch of young producers with wines of character that reflect this land and complement its delicious food. Cilento, Italy | Decanter
01202015 These wineries trail from the new Cantina Marianna Grottolella, run by a father and daughter since 1996, to the oldest winery in the region, the world-famous Mastroberardino of Atripalda with the Morabianca restaurant at the Radici Resort & Golf. Other vineyard highlights include the Feudi di San Gregorio of Sorbo Serpico with its modern Michelin-starred restaurant, Marenna, nestled among the vineyards; Caggiano of Taurasi; Molettieri of Castelfranci; and the Quintodecimo Moio in Mirabella Eclano, a land of cheese, salami, truffles, chestnuts and, it goes without saying, award-winning wines. Irpinia, Italy’s Next Sweet Spot | Recommend Magazine
01212015 As we reached the doorway of our lunch stop, Trattoria l’Antico Borgo in Scala. We walked up a small set of stairs and into an immaculate restaurant filled with natural light from its dining area with windows on three sides and amazing smells emanating from the kitchen and the ceramic pizza oven in the transition area to the dining room. Here, we were greeted by our server and host, an older Italian woman who Darin personally believes had the sole responsibility to encourage us to eat as much as humanly possible. Though she spoke no English, we clearly understood the word “Mangia!” and it seemed to be said many times during the meal… Naples: Amalfi, the Feast, & Ercolano | The Next Journey
01222015 Continuing on our gastric tour of Napoli specialities, we went right next door for baba. Baba is an Italian dessert that people, apparently, enjoy. We were not those people. It’s a stale cold muffin that they squirt with rum and tasted like a sponge soaked in alcohol. I could feel the taste in my mouth hours after eating it and still get shudders thinking about it. Naples, EATaly & the Amalfi Coast! | A teaspoon of adventure
01232015 Pursuing his interest in the art, Charles VII founded the Capodimonte (top of the mountain) Porcelain factory in Naples in 1743. The detailed history is complex and involved a lot of experimentation with the porcelain “recipe”, hiring of various artists, chemists, directors, and so forth, and the establishment in Naples of an art academy. Capodimonte porcelain–a royal tradition from Naples | The Italian South
01242015 The art world in Naples has gained renewed energy thanks to the re-opening of the MADRE museum – which is situated in the city’s historical centre – and the ongoing renovation of the Lanificio (or ‘wool mill’), formerly the cloisters of the Church of Santa Maria in Formiello, in the district of Porta Capuana. By bringing together independent artists, artisans, designers and gallerists, Made in Cloister presents an independent cultural reality which will work alongside the city’s museum spaces. Postcard from Naples | frieze
01252015 Portraying Naples may trap the authors into stereotypes: these artists managed to go beyond investigating the fascinating, complex and multifaceted reality, that is both documentary and symbolic narration. Blow up - Fotografia a Napoli 1980-1990 | The Eye of Photography
01262015 Naples felt much more 'alive' than Florence. As if 'real' Italians lived there, not just tourists. ITALY Part III: Naples/Napoli | British Girl Abroad
01272015 In a workroom close by the Bay of Naples, Antonio De Matteis, chief executive of the Neapolitan tailor Kiton, is explaining the ins and outs of the relaxed, soft-shoulder look that distinguishes a Neapolitan suit “When it’s made by hand and stitched by hand it means that its form moulds to the body. It lasts longer. It becomes better with time,” he says, turning an unfinished grey cashmere jacket inside out to expose a neat double line of stitches. Tailors from Naples are back in style |
01282015 Naples is a layering of facts and events, where the appearances could be deceiving. Churches and palaces were constantly restructured over centuries, due to changes in style related to taste and cultural instances of the ages that have passed through. Not by chance, many neapolitan churches, founded in the Middle Ages or Early Christian period, have completely lost their original appearance in order to be adapted to the canons of the Council of Trent during 16th century, assuming therefore a Baroque shape. Traces of Middle Ages along Via dei Tribunali in the old town of Naples | Paolo Gravina
01292015 Researchers have found a key that may unlock the only library of classical antiquity to survive. The library is that of a villa in Herculaneum, a town that was destroyed in A.D. 79 by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that obliterated nearby Pompeii. The scrolls that have been opened pertain mostly to Greek philosophy and contain several works by Epicurus and his adherent Philodemus. But the library may also have had a Latin section. This could contain some of the many lost works of Roman history and literature. Even the texts of known works would be of great interest. Unlocking Scrolls Preserved in Eruption of Vesuvius, Using X-Ray Beams |
01302015 Strega is an herbal, saffron-infused liqueur deeply tied to the secret world of witchcraft. According to legend, Giuseppe Alberti, son of a grocer, saved a witch from falling out of a tree in the woods. In gratitude, she gave him the recipe for an elixir, which the Alberti family began selling in 1860, perhaps as a curative or restorative. Strega — The Witches’ Brew from Benevento | Italia Living
01312015 If you are a single woman who loves men, motorcycles, and music, go to Napoli, Italy. There are about 10 single men for every single woman. And they are all beautiful. And they all know how to cook. And they all know how to sing. And they all know how to kiss you. And they all want to kiss you. Have a Vagina? Want to Use It? Go to Naples. | Never Sleep Alone