Monday, December 1, 2014

NOVEMBER 2014

THE MUSTILLI WINERY


























11012014 It is local grapes all the way with the Mustilli’s – Falanghina and Aglianico perhaps more well-known than the Fiano, the Piedirosso and the Grifo di Rocca. All these wines shine brighter with food; and even expert palates struggle to appreciate this when faced with nothing more than a bread stick. Actually we didn’t even have those. We were offered some local apples after, the Annurca variety that only reveals its delicate red hue once picked and stored and turned regularly, we were told. In Photos – A Tasting at Mustilli Winery | Spittoon
11022014  Annurca apple is a Campanian cultivar native of Sant'Agata dei Goti (in the province of Benevento), medium-small in size and with a roundish, squashed shape. Its skin is smooth, thick and waxy, yellow-greenish in colour and bluse in red when exposed to sunlight. Its pulp is white and crunchy, its taste sweet and aromatic. This is a very ancient variety, developping in a typical mediterranean climate. It does not ripen on the tree: apples are harvested when still immature and green-yellowish in colour, and are then laid on straw beds where they reach maturation and their peculiar reddish hue. This cultivar gives its best when cultivated in extremely favourable pedoclimatic conditions, such as those of the area surrounding Sant'Agata dei Goti. Sant’Agata dei Goti Annurca Apple | Slow Food International
11032014 While most apples mature happily even in the dark, the annurca apple requires space, light and an added human touch. For this reason they are more expensive than other varieties. However the annurcha apples will keep through the entire winter. They are perfect for baking, jams and many extraordinary liqeurs. . . not bad for the ugly duckling of the apple world. From October to December Annurca apples are celebrated in local festivals at Benevento, Maddaloni and S. Agata dei Goti. Annurca Apples: Sweet Gift from the Earth | Savour the Sannio
11042014 Touring Club Italiano (Italy's major national tourist organization) nominated it one of the best small towns in Italy because “Historians assert that this picturesque town, hidden among the moss terrace between the two tributaries of the river Isclero and not far from Mount Taburno, rose up on the site of the Samnite city of Saticula in 313 B.C. Sant'Agata de' Goti and Bill de Blasio | i-ITALY 
11052014 Procida was magical... beautiful.... and we did also eat rather well! We did the usual trusty googling / TripAdvisor (though we mostly use TripAdvisor to check out the really negative reviews and laugh at them!) and came across La Lampara on Marina Corricella. It looked pretty good, and apparently the views were lovely so we wandered down. And yes, the views are amazing. And the food ain't bad either. Procida, La Lampara Restaurant in Marina Corricella | Living in Sin 
11062014 On a recent visit to Naples – the home of Pulcinella, whose like is every where, I came across the following recipe for Castagnaccio. Castagna (Chesnut) | pulcinellapasta
11072014 In Naples, it is usually part of a traditional Christmas (or Easter) lunch. As my family doesn’t do “traditional Christmas lunches”, I was tempted to order it when I saw it among the starters at Taverna Estia – minestra maritata “a modo mio” (my way), the menu said. As the chef, Francesco Sposito, is one of the rising stars of Italian cuisine, I was curious as to what “his way” was. When it arrived, it didn’t look like a soup: everything was arranged in a sort of millefeuille with layers of meats and vegetables. Taverna Estia, Brusciano (Napoli): tradition, invention. | More than you can lift 
11082014 Just near the National Archeological Museum, over in Naples' historic centre, you'll find an equally cherished relic of the past: Lombardi, a pizzeria that's been run by that eponymous family since 1905. Brothers Nando and Gigi man the oven these days, and it's these guys who are known for their smoked provola pizza. Again, it's sensational. Where to find the best pizza in Naples | Traveller
11092014 Be warned – we’ve never met a single person who went to the Amalfi Coast and didn’t want to stay there and never come back. The place is… just amazing. Everywhere you turn, you’ll want to take a picture. Love is in the air. The food – we have no words. Can you get married there? Oh yes! But before you do, you’ll wonder whether to get married in Ravello, or maybe Positano, Sorrento or Capri? Top 12 Alternative Destinations for Weddings Abroad | WeddingsOnline.ie
11102014 The road to the town twists and turns with ever widening glimpses of an impossibly blue sea. Our campsite was a little out of the town, like everything in Sorrento it was built on terraces down the cliff, affording sweeping views of Sorrento and the Bay of Naples. The city of Naples glittering in the background like a bridesmaid hiding behind the bride’s dress. Over the wine dark sea | The View From the Table
11112014 Each town had numerous cafes to explore, yummy gelato stands, and of course samplings of all of the freshest seafood. My suggestion is to get a driver and take a day or two to explore each town and be spontaneous. Whether you want to spend the day on the beach or out on the water exploring the grottos, the Amalfi Coastline is an adventure waiting to happen! A Drive Along The Amalfi Coast | Bon Traveler 
11122014  Everyone has heard of the Amalfi Coast – Italy’s mountainous World Heritage littoral which grandstands its way south of the Sorrento Peninsula. The great finger of the peninsula is dramatic enough, terminating, as it does, the massive, blue, Vesuvius-dominated, sweep south of the Bay of Naples. But around the corner – around the massive limestone crags where the Sirens used to lure their sailor prey – you come to the vertiginous littoral that has been attracting mankind for millennia. Life on the Vertical in the Sorrento Peninsula | Ramblers Worldwide Holidays
11132014 All of Hotel Santa Caterina's rooms are spacious and filled with light, with floors in antique hand-painted majolica, marble bathrooms with brass fixtures, and balconies with views over the sea of Amalfi or the garden. Two glassed-in elevators descend to a private beach. What’s Your Dream Coastal Hotel? | Coastal Living
11142014 It was how we found the B & B Punta Civita, a slice of Shangri-La halfway up the hill from Amalfi to Ravello. Our pristine room included a large patio that was, for lack of a better word, phantasmagorical. We seemed to be hovering over the Mediterranean 500 feet below, our view framed by blooming bougainvillea, so resplendent that it would have seemed artificial if not for the hummingbird-like moths that fed on the flowers. New approach to Capri and the Amalfi Coast | Star Tribune
11152014 With a heavenly location overlooking the enchanting Faraglioni rocks and azure seas, Punta Tragara Capri encompasses the very essence of the timeless beauty of Capri. Originally conceived by legendary architect, Le Corbusier, and situated in the heart of the island, just a short walk from the Piazzetta, this 44 room and suite property offers panoramic views, a charming spa and two restaurants offering mouthwatering Mediterranean delicacies. The luxurious hotel Punta Tragara, Capri, Italy | Adelto
11162014 In the center of Capri's eponymous main town, she bypassed the Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana outposts, as well as some overrated local operations. She paused in the main piazza above the port for an aperitivo under the blue striped awning at Bar Tiberio. Soon, she was darting into narrow streets where few tourists (or anyone, really) ventured. Her favorite shops are run by locals, though they may not necessarily seem like finds at the door. "They all speak to me in some way - but not from the outside," Ms. Thun said. "You need to go in to discover." The Insider's Guide to Shopping in Capri | The Wall Street Journal
11172014 On the Italian island of Capri, the most beautiful view is found on one of the world's most beautiful footpaths.The zigzagging Via Krupp, which was carved into the island's south coast in 1902, reopened recently after being closed for 30 years and restored. 11 Spectacular Cliff Paths | The World Geography
11182014 As it turned out, Marie Curie, famous for her work with radioactivity, came to Ischia in the early 1900s to do a study of its thermal waters. Ischia is a volcanic island, home to many thermal pools and hot springs. Ischia, depending on the eras of history, attracted the nobility of its days, wallowed in decline, returned to popularity, only to eclipse one more time. In the modern era, it was the construction of the Regina Isabella that brought on the island’s most ballyhooed days of fame and fortune, when the jet-setters of the world came to play. Back in the early 1900s, there was a natural spring and “spa,” where the hotel is now, and it was here where Marie Curie did her work. So, there was always a structure on this piece of coast line in the town of Lacco Ameno. The Constant Traveler: Ischia island of Italy | East Valley Tribune
11192014 I met another inspirational businessman, Mauro Squillace, at his “factory” on the third floor of a dilapidated apartment building, where old ladies who have worked for his family for 60 years sit and stitch the 25 individual components that make up a proper glove. He makes gloves for all the couture houses and works out colours and trends for every season a year in advance. I did not resist temptation! Alex Polizzi's homage to secret Italy - Naples and Ravello | The Telegraph
11202014 Check out Naples’s aquarium (the oldest in Europe, with 200 different species of fish and marine plants) and the Museo Nazionale Ferroviario (National Railway Museum), which enthralls children with its old engines, cars, and railway equipment. 100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life | National Geographic Travel
11212014 Visit one of the most popular squares in Naples – Piazza San Domenico Maggiore. The polygonal apse, stairs of the church, the sixteenth-century Palazzo Corigliano and palace Sangro Casacalenda Petrucci are the main attractions here. San Domenico Maggiore church was constructed at the end of the 14th century. It has baroque and gothic decorations with various splendid frescos of Caravaggio and other artists. Except amazing architecture you can come across many shops and exquisite restaurants. 7 Naples And Sorrento Destinations For A Memorable Car Trip! | Your Amazing Places
11222014 Recently I have started being more open with tailors I visit allowing them to select a cloth and style that they think will work for me. I went purely to get a Neapolitan style suit in navy, the colour which seems to best represent the city of Naples due to it’s maritime history. I was happy to let Gennaro recommend the best cloth and styling which he thought would work well for me. Allowing a tailor to select the fabric also ensures they are happy with the cloth and how it actually tailors. A Trip to Sartoria Solito and Caccioppoli, Naples. | Milan Style 
11232014 I explained that I wanted a patch pocket because I loved the shape of the Neapolitan patches. They have so much more subtle style and swerve, such insouciant bounce, compared to their rather practical, square and hunting-related cousins in the UK. The patch outbreast pocket is the perfect distillation of that style. Reduced in size and slapped on the top of the jacket like a badge, it shows off all the best of Neapolitan style in miniature detail. It is small – you can barely get a handkerchief in it, certainly not a full-sized linen one. And it is cute. Elia Caliendo: final jacket | The Rake magazine
11242014 For a taste of this quintessentially Neapolitan lifestyle, head just northwest of the port, to the city's Spanish Quarter. Here, the streets -- laid out in the 16th century for the Spanish military barracks outside the city walls -- are unbelievably narrow (and cool in summer), and the buildings rise five stories high. Wave to someone on a balcony lining the walls of the urban canyon high above. Naples: Italy in your face | Chicago Tribune
11252014 Charming homes with balconies and flowerpots. Lots to see in this city, comfortable bars to sit and drink an aperitivo before dinner, and lots of ceramics. Elvio Sagnella will be happy to show you around his workshop and bottegas. Some of the best ceramics in the area! Cerreto Sannita | travelcampania.com
11262014 Once favoured by the kings of Italy and Spain as a hunting lodge where they took pot-shots at wild boar and quail, it's also the home and ancestral seat of the Prince of Belmonte. He is an affable gentleman who welcomes guests with all the effortless style you'd expect from an Italian aristo. He has quite a bloodline, with three popes, three saints and one King of Sicily in the family tree. The exquisite palazzo does his pedigree justice. Sweeping gravel drive, grand stone arched entrance and there you are in the courtyard of the original palace, now part of the hotel, where swags of jasmine, honeysuckle and roses scent the air. Move over Amalfi: Why the Cilento Coast is Italy's true beauty - not to mention quieter and cheaper than Positano and Sorrento | DailyMail 
11272014 The rugged Amalfi Coast creates many natural, beautiful – and above all, well protected harbours; these secluded bays of shining azure waters that are just waiting for you to drop anchor. The mild and warm year round climate and consistently pleasant sailing conditions means that chartering here is almost always suitable, providing you with a stress free and relaxing experience. This stretch of coast is steeped in the tradition of sailing, and these magnificent waters are sprinkled with charming traditional fishing ports that provided sheltered havens for luxury yacht charters. The Freedom of the Amalfi Coast | Luxury Travel Guide
11282014 As we wandered back to town, we passed a greengrocer that sold lemons the size of my E cups. The old Italian papa was on the steps sweeping out the front of the shop and was whistling away to himself. I thought I recognised the tune, and realised it was Ravel's Boléro. You should go to Positano before you die - you can't get it wrong. Italians do it better! | Tatler
11292014 Crystal-clear waters, scenic vistas, and -- most importantly -- incredible cuisine: We think the Amalfi Coast is just about the perfect travel destination. Win a Culinary Trip of a Lifetime to the Amalfi Coast | Fathom
11302014 There is undoubtedly an air of magnificence about the procession of Sant' Andrea, and it moves me to think of it happening here in this very spot surrounded by the people of Amalfi for so many centuries now. The sunlight catches on the 18th-century silver and gold statue, and you can feel the significance of this event for the people of Amalfi. Festival of Sant' Andrea in Amalfi | Ciao Amalfi

Saturday, November 1, 2014

OCTOBER 2014

GETTING TO CAPRI




















10012014 Any visit to Capri is likely to start and finish in Marina Grande which, as already mentioned, can be a grim experience in high season. So entrust your suitcase to the local porters' cooperative and grab a taxi or join the queue for the trundling 1907 funicolare and you will be up the hill in Capri town before you can say 'granita'. Rock steady: Capri | Condé Nast Traveller
10022014 We chose a tour that took just over an hour. The tour guide was so funny with his descriptions of the sights we saw. The tour guide made sure the boat ducked into caves along the coast, sited houses on the cliff that belonged to people like Sofia Loren, spotted a road that was called “Mamamia Road” which hung onto the side of a cliff, hence the name and went through archways and around small islands!! Isle of Capri and Amalfi Coast Italy | Travel Blog
10032014  The gardens of the Royal Palace of Caserta are another attraction that I first discovered through Monty Don’s Great Gardens of Italy series. The images of the Bath of Venus in the English Garden had especially enchanted me. So on a recent visit to Campania I made sure that Caserta was on the itinerary. The turquoise and emerald hues of Caserta’s English Garden | Italian Gems
10042014 The Royal Palace was constructed between 1752 until 1780 by Luigi Vanvitelli for the Bourbon kings of Naples.  It was inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France.  It has 1,200 rooms, 40 of which are monumental and richly decorated with frescoes and 120 hectares of garden.  Like with Versailles, it needed water taken directly to the palace, thus the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli was built.  It was intended to display the grandeur of the Bourbon monarchy. Pear and Warm Caramelized Grape Salad with Gorgonzola Sauce and Caserta, Italy | Apron and Sneakers
10052014 Caserta's La Reggia palace and grounds could bring new energy and a sense of ownership to citizens of a tourist destination—if only it wasn't so hard to get in. La Reggia is a bit like the National Mall in Washington, D.C., or a kind of elongated and extended Central Park. But this park is sealed at the perimeter. What if the grounds of La Reggia were opened up, inviting the inhabitants of the city to populate the space instead of shutting them out? Why Is Italy's 'National Mall' so Unwelcoming? | CityLab
10062014 The fishponds in the gardens of the Royal Palace, the Royal Silk Factory and the planned new town all required large amounts of water, and so the Carolino Aqueduct was built (completed in 1769) to bring water from the Fizo spring over a distance of 38 km to the top of Montebriano. In 1744 Charles III acquired the rich Carditello estate. The hunting lodge there was built in 1784, as part of a complex of rural houses and roads radiating fanwise from the main building. This had the royal apartments in the centre and rooms for agricultural and stock-rearing activities on either side. Italy, 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex | Unesco Postcards
10072014 Obviously, Italy offers an abundance of cultural options, but what if you just want to kick back, drink wine, and knock a few years off your face? For that, there’s Ischia. Good For: Couples, groups of friends, and families who are looking for long stretches of sandy beach (a rarity in Italy) and the equivalent of adult water parks in the form of thermal spas. Joan Rivers should wisen up and sub Ischia for her Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. Ischia is known to be the Fountain of Youth. Ischia – Italians Know Best | Galavante.com
10082014 First stop was the thermal spring of Sorgeto, a cove where the water is warmed to a near boiling temperature by volcanic activity. The nearest bus stop to this natural wonder is in Panza, a small town a 20 minute walk away. To get to Sorgeto you descend the steepest hill I have ever seen paved with road, and on my walk I tried to forget that what goes down must go up. The cove is a really neat natural wonder. But it’s also a small area, and, despite the lousy weather, was packed with people. This is the ocean after all, and just as I would relax in the warm soothing waters, a wave would come bringing in a stream of cold water or sending my body hurling into the nearby young couple attempting to have a romantic afternoon. Sorry to crash your party. Desperately Lost on the Island of Ischia | Something In Her Ramblings
10092014 The smallest and most authentic of the three Parthenopean islands, less crowded than Ischia and less famous and sophisticated than Capri, Procida is a little jewel. With its secret bays, small fishers hamlets and brightly colored Mediterranean architecture, the island is a little photographer’s paradise. The many testimonies by Roman poets and historians who praised the island show that it was as famous as Capri and Ischia in ancient times. It was cited by Virgilius who called it “high” and by Statius who defined it as “aspera” (steep). The 3 poets’ islands in the Gulf of Naples: Capri, Ischia and Procida | Slow Italy
10102014 It stands on the highest promontory of the island of Procida, about 91 meters above sea level. Murata became the residential area of the island of Procida by taking the known Earth House. The core construction of the original Earth House looks oval, interlaced with streets that bear witness, even today, everyday life that developed around the Abbey. The only example of aristocratic architecture in the Earth House, is the Palazzo De Iorio, considered the home of Giovanni da Procida, the first feudal lord of the island and hero of the Sicilian Vespers. Terra Murata: The heart of the island of Procida | Turismo in Italia
10112014 As owner of her agriturismo located near the beautiful ancient ruins in Paestum, Cecilia Bellelli Baratta teaches guests about the flavors of Campania in her manor kitchen. Fall in Campania with Cecilia Bellelli Baratta | Eataly
10122014 Head east from Morigerati towards the town of Casaletto Spartano, to see the Cascata Capelli di Venere, a waterfall named the “Hair of Venus”, made up of delicate cascades. This is a truly spectacular spot to swim, so plunge in and cool down under the fast-flowing rivulets of the small waterfall, which flows over a cave covered with moss. From the car park another path goes further downstream, leading to a bend with other beautiful pools to explore. There are quiet places where you can pitch a tent. If you walk up the slope of the hill above the pool, you will find a picnic area. Top 10 wild swimming locations in Italy | The Guardian
10132014 Bruno De Conciliis espoused his winemaking philosophy as he drove toward Cilento. From the back seat, I scrambled to write down what he was saying: “Wine needs to be both brains and soul,” he said. “A perfect wine is not as important. That’s not what wine is.  Wine must be the mirror of a vintage. We can play with it in soft ways, but we must be faithful to the vintage. Wine isn’t just black and white. It has layers of grays, pinks, and reds. If you force wine in a particular direction, wine will become angry with you. You lose its life if you control it too much. I don’t want to make Coca-Cola.” Bruno may have more of a philosophical outlook than other winemakers, but reading over his quote today still accurately sums up what makes Italy’s best wines so special. It Started in Naples | A Modern Meal Maker
10142014 As every year the most important antiques exhibition of Cilento traditionally takes place at Castello Macchiaroli. The ancient building in the old town of Teggiano gives this fair the wright atmosphere. Here aficionados as well as professionell salesmen can admire furniture from the 18th century, precious paintings and prints, sculptures, jewellery, classy porcelain and choice carpeting. Teggiano Antiquaria - Antiques fair | Cilentano
10152014 Archaeological finds old and new are on show at Paestum’s Museo Nazionale Archeologico, during the exhibition of Immaginando Città, running till October 30th and highlighting the foundations, form and functions of Campania’s cities. The exhibition is a discovery of prehistoric communities, three antique villages and urban centers, parts preserved and parts destroyed in time, given the various eruptions of Mr. Vesuvius during the Bronze Age (1800 to 1400 B.C.E.). “Imagining the City” in Paestum | Italia.it
10162014 However Paestum is also renowned for its tombs decorated with painted scenes. This style of tomb decoration blossomed under the Lucanians, a native people from mainland Italy who took over the city around 400 B.C. The scenes depict funerary games and rituals; the deceased on his/her deathbed, chariot racing, hunting scenes and duals between men. The Painted Tombs of Paestum | Following Hadrian 
10172014 The magnificent Doric temples of Paestum open early, so beat the crowds and delight in the grassy archaeological site of the ancient city. You’re now in wine country and can easily get to whichever of the nearby wineries takes your fancy: Luigi Maffini, San Giovanni or San Salvatore are recommended. Never turn up without an appointment: you may be disappointed as these are small, family farms without full-time guides – but that’s what makes them so great to visit. Make sure to sample the southern Campanian wine highlights: Fiano, Greco and Aglianico. My perfect day in Cilento | Decanter 
10182014 'It has to be Southern Italy. Campania is the centre of the universe for buffalo mozzarella, Puglia for olive oil and Amalfi for lemons so sweet you can eat them like oranges. All winter I dream about spaghetti vongole at a beach bar with a cold bottle of white wine.' Top food destination | Condé Nast Traveller UK
10192014 ‘Frittatina di maccheroni’ and ‘Crocchè’. These are two typical examples of Neapolitan street food. The former consists of a mountain of pasta dressed with béchamel, peas and a meat sauce.  The pasta is then topped with pancetta, coated in bread crumbs and fried. On the contrary, ‘Crocchè di Patate’ or potato croquettes are made with boiled potatoes to which eggs and parsley are added. The potatoes are rolled by hand to form a long, cigar-like shape, also known in Neapolitan as a ‘Panzarotto’. According to tradition, no milk or cheese is added and the ‘Crocchè’ are not crumbed. Street food. A roller coaster of Neapolitan taste | Where Naples
10202014 Gourmet cuisine in Naples using locally produced mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. Photo Album | Cellar Tours 
10212014 Ok, as you may have seen over the last few posts, we ate a lot of pizza whilst on honeymoon! And we went to the Mecca of pizza a.k.a. Naples, where pizza is meant to have been created originally. And oh my does Naples know how to make awesome pizza! Pizza pizza pizza everywhere! My idea of heaven even though Naples is maybe not everyone's idea of heaven as it is rather chaotic! I would call this "The Top 5 pizzas in Naples" but that might be cheating as we only went to 5 pizzerias in Naples, and one of them we went twice. We had a hard time picking an overall winner as they were all good and for different reasons. The best pizzas in Naples and why we liked them! | Living in Sin
10222014 The pizzas they produce reflect the country's traditionally minimalist style, shunning the unusual toppings that were once fashionable there. And recognition of the quality of Japanese pies is growing. Japan has 54 pizzerias certified as authentically Neapolitan by the Association for Genuine Neapolitan Pizza, the Italian group that sets the rigorous standards governing authentic pies. In Japan, Traditional Italian Pizza Is Tops | The Wall Street Journal
10232014 Experiencing the city’s street life is something unique: much drama and beauty go on in timeless Naples. The city also unveils a mysterious subterranean network of ancient passageways, catacombs and ancient ruins you shall not miss when visiting. Naples during autumn means also  enjoying gorgeous sunny days on the city’s bay: the Mediterranean climate combines with the safety of the bay to create a mild climate enjoyed in history by a series of Roman emperors. 5 reasons to go to Naples before Christmas | venere.com
10242014 There are four rooms at Casa D'Anna, each named after the islands in the Bay of Naples: Capri, Ischia, Procida and Nisida. The former three are off a corridor where large artworks of female nudes, painted by one of the owners, line the walls. Each of the rooms has a small balcony and individual touches – a high-backed sofa here, some plum-coloured bedclothes there – plus Etro toiletries throughout. Casa D'Anna, Naples: B&B and beyond | The Independent
10252014 When I dream of Italy, i’m wandering along the shimmering Bay of Naples. The mountainous backdrop rises up to meet a baby blue sky dotted with fluffy white clouds. A faint smell of citrus drifts on the breeze and tugs at my hair as I watch several white boats skim the water’s surface, leaving a bubbling trail behind them. An old castle fortress stands high on a hilltop, its many levels adding dimension to the landscape. Why I Love Southern Italy | timelessitaly
10262014 The Festa della Castagna, or Chestnut Autumn colors at the Villa Cimbrone Gardens in Ravello160pxFestival, takes place each year in Scala – a quiet village located high in the mountains above Amalfi. An autumn favourite, this food festival celebrates the harvest with traditional games, music, a lively donkey race through the village streets and, of course, roasted chestnuts, local specialties and desserts prepared with chestnut themes. Autumn has arrived on the tables of the Amalfi Coast. From Here to There: Autumn in Amalfi | Italia! magazine 
10272014 But even without the Ferrari do not get there any other way apart from driving – rent the best convertible you can afford from Hertz, get ready to get lost (it’s impossible to navigate there first go) and enjoy the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. The link between these worlds is Strada Statale 163 – the ‘road of 1,000 bends’ – commissioned by King Ferdinand II of Naples and completed in 1852. Amalfi Coast | The Travel Guru 
10282014 Albori (Amalfi Coast) Near Sorrento you'll discover this little corner of paradise. You'll visit and no doubt have to leave but your heart will always stay here, lost for ever in the narrow lanes and merry jumble of bougainvillea bedecked cottages. The Most Beautiful Small Towns in Italy | My Italy
10292014 La Sponda is the hotel’s Michelin star restaurant that plays up the beauty of Amalfi just perfectly. The entire restaurant is lit by candlelight – more than 400 candles to be precise, giving it a romantic glow. Ivy and plants twine up the walls and large windows open up to the outside giving you beautiful views of Positano’s mountains by night. Travel Guide: Positano’s La Sponda | Bellavita Style
10302014 Guests can enjoy in 20 metres, outdoor, heated pool, Rossellinis – 1 Michelin star restaurant, Caffé dell’Arte, Terrazza Belvedere, Spa/Beauty centre and Beach Club Club House by the Sea, 15 minute drive from Ravello. Perched 1000 feet above the Gulf of Salerno, 20 minutes from the crowded Positano, this hotel is the heaven on earth. Palazzo Avino – Deluxe Hotel on Italy’s famed Amalfi coast | Extravaganzi 
10312014 Rossellinis, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant offers an unforgettable and authentic Italian meal paired with handpicked regional wines in an intimate, candlelit setting. Or, for something more casual, there’s the Terrazza Belvedere, which features a terrace perched over the property, where guests can enjoy an assortment of small bites and fresh pastas, while overlooking magnificent views of the coastline. The hotel also offers a unique Lobster & Martini Bar, which offers the freshest local lobster paired with Champagne, Prosecco or 65 different Martini’s, crafted with seasonal fruit. We Imagine This Is What Heaven Looks Like : Palazzo Avino | Celebzter

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SEPTEMBER 2014

POSILLIPO NEIGHBORHOOD























09012014 In the nineteenth century, people often compared Naples to Paris—“Naples and Paris, the two true capitals!” Stendhal cried - but today Naples feels more like an African or Asian city, and as a result, to my eye and tastes, she has become more beautiful than Paris. Unlike most European cities, Naples has an energy that is disjointed, feral, and madcap; her pleasures are in the street rather than behind closed doors. She is open to atavism and kitsch, to gluttony and wonderful vulgarity. In other words, she’s alive. Exploring Naples, Italy's Most Vibrant City | Conde Nast Traveler
09022014 Looking out over the bay at Naples it was easy to be intoxicated by its beauty. Crumbling churches poke their spires above the red slate rooves of higgledy- piggledy houses that jostle for space on the three hills that make up the ancient Italian city. Naples, where the food is as good as the views | The Daily Star
09032014 Coming to Sorrento and taking a ride in a "wheeled chair" is equivalent to going to Venice and not take a gondola ride. Ever since the Grand Tour, when Sorrento was the destination of the most famous noble families in Europe and overseas, even when traveling in a carriage, everyone left their car and preferred to use local media to make sure you take this' essence of what they were visiting. Italian gondolas? In Sorrento, the Carruzzella is the way to go... | Home To Italy 
09042014 Sorrento is not a beach resort in the accepted sense – the coarse, dark sand at the foot of the mighty cliffs that front up Vesuvius across the Bay of Naples could not compete with Margate or Blackpool, let alone the Caribbean. But it does – admittedly at a price – provide a number of private beaches, primarily along the stretch of water between Marina Grande and Marina Piccola. There are also small patches of public beach scattered along this coastline which are packed by mid-morning with Italian families. Sorrento Scenes | An Englishman's Love Affair with San Francisco
09052014 Longing to dive into the sea we ventured out to Il Capo di Sorrento, where we heard it was possible to bathe amongst the ruins of a Roman villa at Regina Giovanna’s ocean pool. We reached the site easily; after a short bus from Piazza Tasso we followed the clearly marked long and windy cobblestone path to the ruins. Underneath the crumbling remnants of the villa was a large rock pool, framed on all sides by tall rounded walls. A large arched tunnel allows the tide to flow in and out of the pool. The turquoise waters were cool and clear. At the bottom of the pool were thousands of smooth pebbles instead of the sand that I am used to. Sorrento | Kristie and Alex's Big Trip
09062014 The city is known for its goods made of inlaid wood, and you’ll find the largest variety at Gargiulo & Jannuzzi. This 150-year-old emporium hawks all manner of marquetry, from tiny geometric boxes to elaborate framed landscapes, as well as jewelry, textiles and a veritable zoo of life-size ceramic animals. For better bargains, visit the tiny Augusto Lucas Workshop on Via Fuoro. Sorrento sells loads of leather, as well, and the family-run Artigiani Della Pelle, next to Augusto Lucas, stocks unique, colorful handbags and jackets. There’s a tempting selection of handcrafted sandals around the city, too. Check out the glittering assortment at Sandali Corcione.Eat, shop, repeat: Sorrento, Italy | The Dallas Morning News 
09072014 Ischia is the largest island of the Campania region – its velvety slopes green with pine woods and vineyards – hence its nickname Isola Verde (Emerald Isle). Mount Epomeo – the volcano – has long been dormant, but the island shows significant volcanic activity with its many hot springs, mineral waters, and steam and hot mud holes. These are extensively used by the island’s many spas; hence Ischia’s other nickname, Island of Eternal Youth. Ischia ... last destination | BeauBazar
09082014 For a true European indulgence slip inside Manzi Natural Spa, located on the Italian island of Ischia, with its ancient natural springs and menu of treatments that incorporates both hydrotherapy and Asian traditions. You will also find a fitness center, refreshing swimming pool and stretch of pristine beach located nearby. Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa | Luxury Link
09092014 The centerpiece of the hotel remains the old lookout tower, renovated without altering the original design. The tower now houses many suites facing the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, with the prestigious Spa and hot spring treatment centre located on the lower floors. Mezzatorre Resort and Spa, Ischia, and It's Historic Charm | Couture Travel Company
09102014 The dishes are all prepared by Erika with the help and supervision of the expert Mamma Raffaella. They range from classic home made pastas such as 'tagliatelle alla rucola con frutti di mare' to 'ravioli alle melanzane and 'caramelle di aragosta'. Guests with a sweet tooth should try the crusty orange pie, hot chocolate soufflé and a variety of creamy mousses. Papà Vincenzo is the wine expert and has built up a list with great experience and which includes virtually 'unfindable' bottles. Ristorante Donna Rosa, Positano | Delicious Italy
09112014 Taverna Portosalvo in Villammare di Vibonati: very simple looking trattoria with marine decoration and a very passionate patron. The best/freshest fish counter we have ever seen anywhere - the fisherman brought in the catch as we entered the restaurant. We had the mixed antipasto platter with 4 different dishes on it (fried bianchetti-balls, marinated fish (don't remember name anymore, but pieces of a bigger fish), polipetti cooked with tomatoes and a calamari/potato dish), all very fresh and delicious and with distinctly clear flavors. I had a couple of very fresh and delicious raw shrimps. We then had a whole grilled "schianto" which had just come in - i was a bit concerned grilling might make the fish dry, but it was cooked perfectly, with a nutty taste and flakey consistency - very very good. Our wine was a 2010 Fiano San Matteo by Alfonso Rotolo, from Paestum, a very nice, mineral and full wine. Policastro Bay (South Cilento) | CHOW.com 
09122014 For a sophisticated and enlightening gastronomic experience, drive to Don Alfonso 1890 in the nearby town of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi. This is one of Italy’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed restaurants (with a cooking school and elegant guest suites for overnight stays) thanks to homegrown products - even the butter is freshly churned here. Alfonso and Livia Iaccarino offer pea soup with ginger and shrimp or orecchiette pasta with broccoli and tartufi di mare. Drive through Amalfi Coast | Family Travel Concierge
09132014 Ischia, a picturesque and inviting little dot out at sea. The late American author Truman Capote, who stayed a while on Ischia with pen and paper in the late 40s, called her, "the timeless island." The largest island in the Phelgrean Archipelago is where about six-million tourists annually come to enjoy la dolce vita (the sweet life) – for a week, a month or for a season. Ischia: Eat, Drink and Whistle | Italiannotebook
09142014 In the great room 3 of the Di Lustro Hotel in the center of Forio with the beautiful views of the Marina, Truman lived for ninety-seven days - from March 23 to June 13, 1949 – and Mrs. Giuseppina shows us the old registry with the record of arrival and departure. Capote is at room number 591 of the register and at the number 590 is the name of Jack Dunphy who was a companion of Capote for thirty-eight years occupying the room 2, next to that one of Truman. The Truman room | Ischia.it
09152014 On top of super volcano Mount Epomeo on my home island of Ischia. I didn't know until this trip that my family has been in the business of art, science and commerce since the 15th century. My great-grandparents are from volcanic islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, and last September I made a quest to get their birth certificates. A Volcanic Time Traveler's Valentine's Day | Time Traveler's Adventure Club Mystery Jars
09162014 Pompeii's newly reopened open-air theater, the scene of a landmark Pink Floyd concert more than 40 years ago, is soon to be the setting for the latest brainchild of the Italian culture ministry, the Pompeii Festival. Performances of Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme and Georges Bizet's Carmen will light up the ancient arena on September 18 and 20 respectively. The festival is a test drive for a possible summer opera series at the famed archaeological site. Pompeii to host opera festival | Ansa
09172014 The exhibition is about Pompeii as a historic site, and as a source of inspiration for 250 years. This is the first time such a large exhibition about Pompeii has been produced and shown in Sweden. The exhibition is on display at Millesgården, where the interiors and gardens were inspired by Pompeii. The Crown Princess opens Pompeii exhibition | Sveriges Kungahuset
09182014 The Swedish Pompeii Project started in 2000 as a fieldwork project initiated at the Swedish Institute in Rome. The aim was to record and analyse an entire Pompeian city-block, Insula V 1. In the recording process large quantities of data and photographs have been amassed and this is the forum we have chosen to share the collected information with those interested in the details of Pompeian houses. Welcome To The Swedish Pompeii Project | The Swedish Pompeii Project 
09192014 Among the hundreds of restaurants celebrating the IDIC all around the world there was “The President”  in Pompeii (Naples), just a few meters away from the famous archaeological area. Pompeii is in the heart of the area where San Marzano Tomatoes PDO  and Piennolo Vine Tomato from Mount Vesuvius PDO are grown. Both are believed to be the best choice of tomato to make Spaghetti al Pomodoro. In addition Pompeii is very close to one of the areas where some of the best spaghetti in the world are produced: the district of Gragnano. The Celebration in the Land of the Best Ingredients to Prepare Spaghetti Pomodoro e Basilico | International Day of Italian Cuisines
09202014 Grown in the fertile soil of the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, the pomodorino del Vesuvio, is known for its elongated oval shape and thick skin which enables it to be harvested in bunches and stored for long periods. Its exceptional flavour makes it a prime ingredient in local Neapolitan cuisine. Tomato Harvest Southern Italy | The Interior Archive
09212014 Farmer Ponsiello Giovanni and his wife Maria Aprea preparing Pomodorino piennolo del Vesuvio for the winter season in their home at Pollena Trocchia. Italy - Campania | Stefano Scatà photographer Grown in the fertile soil of the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, the pomodorino del Vesuvio, is known for its elongated oval shape and thick skin which enables it to be harvested in bunches and stored for long periods. Its exceptional flavour makes it a prime ingredient in local Neapolitan cuisine. Tomato Harvest Southern Italy | The Interior Archive
09222014 These lemons from the Amalfi Coast are the size of grapefruits. The white meaty flesh between the rind and the juicy part is meant to be eaten with honey and vinegar. Free Photo Friday - Food | I Must Be Off!
09232014 Recently I enjoyed Falanghina from a highly regarded producer, Feudi di San Gregorio, located in Campania. Feudi di San Gregorio has been in business since 1986 in Campania, in particular Sorbo Serpico in the Irpinia region part of the Avellino province. The terroir here is very unique due to the volcanic ash from Mt. Vesuvius nearby. A great Falanghina from Feudi di San Gregorio | Vino Travels
09242014 Star winemaker Riccardo Cotarella has teamed up with the ulta super star French Champagne maker Anselme Selosse to create a series of unique and high-end sparkling wines for Feudi di San Gregorio including the Dubl Falanghina, Dubl Rosato di Aglianico (pink bubbles) and most recently the sparkling Dubl Greco. These wines have been highly praised in the specialized wine press and the Dubl Greco in particular is a stunning wine. Feudi di San Gregorio, Falanghina, Sannio Falanghina | Stem Wine Group
09252014 Over my two days in Avellino, I tasted close to 100 Taurasis and Aglianicos, not all of which are available in the US. There are no big outside investors here, buying up vineyards and planting international varieties. In fact, more than a few of the newer wine producers have family histories of grape farming several centuries long – so even brand-new labels may represent a lot of experience with Aglianico. That showed in the tastings, where the level of winemaking seemed impressively high, even judging it from the perspective of wine zones like Barolo and Barbaresco, which are further along the developmental curve than Campania. Campania Stories: Avellino | Tom's Wine Line
09262014 Cover the waterfront: Earlier this year, two waterfront streets, Via Caracciolo and Via Partenope, were closed to traffic, creating a pedestrian thoroughfare along the Naples’ waterfront that has proved popular with joggers, bikers and families out for a stroll. Here you can enjoy great views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius and maybe even get in a little exercise. Italy: Seeing Naples on a budget | Miami Herald
09272014 Visitors may love the new lungomare but Neapolitans are divided about the changes. One of the twentysomething staff quips: “We don’t need the pista in Naples – we make our own rules.” Naples sets off on a pedal passeggiata | Bar Bruno 
09282014 Located between Piano di Sorrento and Sorrento you’ll find this little resort that was popular with Royalty and nobility for centuries. Take a look at the lovely botanical garden, the Parco dei Principi, which was first established in 1792. It’s now part of an hotel that bears the same name, and it offers panoramic views across the Bay of Naples. Sant’Agnello | Airport Connection
09292014 A secret garden with a decorative majolica wall in the courtyard of the Casa Grande Correale, the 18th century Correale Mansion, in Sorrento. Four cathedrals and a missed opportunity for mission in Italy | Patrick Comerford
09302014 Grand Hotel Hermitage lies in a natural setting overlooking Sorrento and the Bay of Naples. Its location in Sant' Agata sui due Golfi offers access to excellent walks and villages around Massa Lubrense. Hotels in Sorrento | Friends of Sorrento

Monday, September 1, 2014

AUGUST 2014

CLIFF-HANGING ROADS

08012014 Last month Chelsea and I took off for Italy for a wedding is Tuscany and visited a few parts we hadn’t been to and this is by far one of our favorite spots to visit. Amalfi Coast | Tec Petaja
08022014 On the Amalfi Coast of Campania, award-winning journalist Adrian Mourby is taking a gourmet road trip from Naples and enjoying spectacular scenery and fine food along the way. Campania is famed for its seafood, and it tastes even better with the sea in the background! An Amalfi gourmet drive | Italia! magazine
08032014 Via Panoramica is Italian for third gear. From now on, the route to Sorrento will climb, swerve, drop down and get sucked into long tunnels as it attempts to follow a beautiful but deeply crenellated coast. Pine trees flash by, clinging to the cliffs, and whenever the road widens even briefly there will be a Victorian villa facing the sea, painted in Pompeiian red and bright ochre. Our 1963 Alfa Romeo AF Giulia Spider purrs along throatily, but comes from a time before power-assisted steering or disc brakes. On the road: Naples to Praiano | B There Magazine
08042014 Eons of erosion and salty breakers have formed the cliffs along the Amalfi coast. Tourists from around the globe flock to this spot on the Italian map where the mountains dive from precipitous heights like suicide bombers into the Tyrrhenian Sea. Neptune fans the ragged rocks with a glittering saline spay like diamonds from the deep. Rocky small beaches challenge one to find a comfortable spot to lie under the bronze eye of the sun.  The one narrow road from Castellammare di Stabia to Vietri Sul Mare, the Via Mauro Comite is jammed with Vespas, Italian sports cars, and tour buses the size of small yachts. Hairpin turns and blind corners dare drivers to great speed and daring maneuvers. La strada di Gio - Acqua di Gio by Armani | scents memory
08052014 The ferry trip from Salerno to Amalfi was 35mins so once we got there I was ready to jump into the water. This was my first proper time in 5 months since I’ve been too the beach and to experience an Italian beach was pretty cool! Forget the sand, its just all stone which gets so hot! The water was beautiful, a little cold at the start but once you got in it was great! Bella settimana! | Italia | My travels through Italia
08062014 In the small town of Amalfi, once the centre of a vibrant maritime empire (as the grand Moorish-influenced cathedral attests), I eat on successive nights at restaurants perched on either end of the picturesque bay. At Ristorante Eolo, I watch a glorious sunset as I try to choose among the inventive dishes on offer. La Dolce Vita: Fine dining on the Amalfi Coast | Signature Travel and Lifestyle Magazine
08072014  Positano is the most glamorous of the small towns along this coast, and shops and hotels are priced accordingly. Twelve miles east along the coast, Amalfi is a little less chichi and a little more seaside — but it has good shopping. Try the Luna Convento, once a Franciscan convent, with a cloister and a seawater pool. Ibsen and Wagner stayed here, so you’re in exalted company. Amalfi Coast base, exploring Jamaica | The Sunday Times
08082014 After hearing so much about the little town of Positano, they also wanted to visit that town. Amanda discovered a fabulous little sandal shop, Nana Positano, where they craft some beautiful sandals (for only 30 euros!). They two finished their Positano excursion up in the mountains at the incredible restaurant Il Ritrovo (which also does cooking classes!). Amalfi Coast | Ever After Honeymoons
08092014 Authentic Adventures have another UNESCO World Heritage Site in its sights – the beautiful Amalfi coast. One of Europe’s most breathtaking stretches of coastline. The terraced cliffs are famous for their cultivation of lemons – known as sfusato amalfitano – a larger, local kind, grown along the entire coast. Limoncello tasting anyone? New in 2015: The Amalfi Coast | Authentic Adventures
08102014 "Wrapped in scent' … a lemon tree near Positano on the Amalfi coast. Where lemons grow | The Guardian
08122014 The sparkling Mediterranean. The sunlit skies. The brilliantly hued terraced gardens. Let us bring the Amalfi Coast to you. 5-Minute Escape | One Kings Lane
08132014 Rand explained to me that there was a grotto underneath our hotel – one that belonged exclusively to the Hotel Santa Caterina, and I giddily followed him into an elevator, and down several stories. Dusk at Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi, Italy | The Everywhereist
08142014 The Albergo il Monastero is an ancient monastery carved out of a rugged island about 200 metres off the coast of the Italian island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples. The whitewashed interiors of the hotel are minimal and elegant. I stayed there with my husband in summer when I was pregnant and we would retreat from the bustling beaches of holidaying Italians to our quiet monastery, which was perfect for a mother-to-be. Frequent flyer: Rachel Perkins | Bendigo Advertiser
08152014 Just north of Ischia is the smallest island in the Flegrean group, Procida. A mere 4kms square, it lacks the thermal springs which attract the lolling tourists to spas on Ischia, and the stunning cliffs, the enormous wealth, and the Blue Grotto which attract everyone from everywhere to Capri. But Procida has charm: pastel houses in pink, white, yellow and blue; the scent of lemons; fishermen mending nets. There are beaches, walks, quaint towns, and a movie-making history which has led to an annual arthouse film festival. Procida | Pamrovia
08162014 We based ourselves at the historic Imperial Tramontano hotel which is just a few minutes stroll from the centre of town, making it easy to get around with a buggy. My usually picky father has referred to Sorrento as possibly his favourite holiday spot of all time, painting a wonderful picture of beautiful architecture, delectable food and a maze of pretty cobbled streets so I have always wanted to come here. Without a doubt though the best aspect of the trip was how welcome we were made to feel even with a toddler in tow. In a hotel as sophisticated as the Tramontano, children are still treated as a joy and greeted with nothing but enthusiasm. It's play time on the Amalfi coast | Daily Express
08172014 Lo Scoglio restaurant provided the gastronomic highlight of the whole trip - a lunch prepared by the third generation of a family who set up the restaurant in 1958, based on locally caught fish and vegetables grown on their own farm. Delicious starters - including crusty bread, broad beans, large tomatoes, aubergine, battered zucchini flowers, mini-calzone, home-made buffalo mozzarella and anchovies - were followed by Sea urchin and Tartufo di Mare (Truffle of the sea); spaghetti and zucchini, with coarsely grated parmesan and basil leaf garnish; and spaghetti with baby clams and tomatoes. A harvest of delights in ‘Campania felix’ | Star Travel Review
08182014 The name of the provolone del Monaco was attributed to this cheese by watching the shepherds, coming from the Lattari Mountains, who brought it. For this reason, the shepherds, to shelter from the humidity of the sea and of the night, covered themselves with a big cloak reminding of the monks’ habit. Besides its legendary aspects, anyway, the provolone del Monaco is considered as inimitable because of its organoleptic characteristics. A typical cheese of Sorrento: the Provolone del Monaco | Fondazione Sorrento 
08192014 Between Baia and Miseno, Bacoli was constructed on the Roman city of Bacoli. On the highest part of the city there is a grand installation of two-story cisterns known as “Cento Camerelle” (1st century BC). The upper cistern, with a rectangular layout, is divided into four naves; the lower one is a complicated network of tunnels dug into the tuff rock. A thin strip of coast separates the sea from a salt lagoon, the lake of Fusaro, creating a formidable ecosystem where fish and mussels are farmed. The Phlegrean Fields | Italian Culture
08202014 The neapolitan flavours, ancient fortresses, the thermal baths as well as the crystal-clear water. Ischia Island, a little treasure in the heart of the mediterranean sea. Ischia | Vogue.it
08212014  At the end of the main street is Piazza del Plebisicito, home of the enormous Palazzo Reale, former palace of the King and Queen of Naples, which dangles over a cliff edge with incredible views across the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius.  The Palazzo Reale is just as opulent inside as out, and in true Italian style, it is a bargain to visit; just 4 euros to wander the marble and gilded halls, the sumptuous state rooms and galleries, and the formal gardens overlooking the sea. Naples and Herculaneum | Book Snob 
08222014 Both Falanghina and Lacryma Christi represent the history of Southern Italian enology, insomuch as they deal with historic vines, dating back to the Roman era, which for centuries have appeared on the tables of our ancestors and which even today are still a valued commodity of our Campanian territory, surely one of the most sought-after regions for the production of great wines from indigenous vines. An interview with Francesco Domini | Pensieri Meridionali
08232014 Lemon granita stand on the way to the Amalfi Coast. A Three-Day Itinerary For Your Trip to the Amalfi Coast (You're Going, Right?) | Bon Appétit Magazine
08242014 She sips a limoncello made by her host, as she does in Amalfi, where the highly prized sfusato amalfitano grows. There in a trattoria, Attlee enjoys a dish of pasta totally new to me, calamarata. The oddly-shaped pasta – which looks like “a giant’s wedding ring,” according to Attlee – is dressed with a julienne of local lemons, garlic, parsley and palourdes (clams) sautéed in olive oil. She finishes her meal with a delizia di limone, “an aptly named sponge baba, moist with limoncello and filled with a glorious chilled lemon cream. We all agreed that there was no better way to spend a day in Amalfi.” The Land Where Lemons Grow by Helena Attlee, review | Telegraph Books
08252014 Another smart lodging choice is Furore, a unique fjord just east of Praiano on the Salerno side. Superbly renovated to keep the fishing hamlet intact, the Furore fjord has remained untouched. Breathtaking Locanda Ripa delle Janare is a lovely place to stay or dine, or both. The cuisine is simple and tasty, with specials that include homemade scialatielli pasta with seafood or mushrooms, freshly caught fish, and fine desserts. Sorrento Confidential | The American | In Italia
08262014 Positano looks like a wedding cake. Once in the city, we walked up the pastel-colored streets to a lovely church at the top of the village. After a gelato (caramel, my favorite flavor), we headed back down to the sea for lunch. We took an elevator up through the rocks to get to San Pietro's magnificent restaurant, which had amazing views of the sea. The decoration was harmonious, the food was delightful, and the service was perfect. A Tween Girl's Dream Birthday: Seaside Lunch on the Amalfi Coast | Fathom
08272014 In southern Italy, pasta al pomodoro is the Alpha dish, the first act of culinary creation, the homecoming comfort food of children and adults alike. Pairing the succulent tomatoes of the Campania region with risotto rice rather than spaghetti or maccheroni is therefore very nearly an act of sacrilege. Whatever the reason, Matteo Temperini, executive chef of Le Sirenuse’s Michelin-starred La Sponda restaurant, has made tomato risotto one of his signature dishes, proving that north and south can not only meet but get along just fine. Recipe: risotto al pomodoro | Sirenuse Journal
08282014 Procida is not interested in mass tourism. They favour cultural tourists, welcoming visitors who want to immerse themselves in their traditions and way of life. You'll still see fishing boats coming in with their catch at the beautiful Marina Chiarella. I could spend an age watching them cleaning out their nets, throwing fish heads to waiting seagulls and neighbourhood cats, a sight that can't have changed much in the last century. Holiday in Italy: A Weekend in the Bay of Naples | Italia! magazine
08292014 The upper garden was created after the death of Sir Walton , in his memory. He is buried right here (and so is Susana – his widow, who died later and who is referred to as the soul of the garden). Clambering up, we saw the Greek theatre , a pool with a bronze crocodile, the Temple of the Sun, the Thai pagoda and a concert hall, where they show a documentary with Lady Walton herself talking about the garden. La Mortella (Ischia) | Adventures of the Azeris in Italy
08302014 We set off from Sant'Angelo harbor late in the morning. We found a few caves to explore... Then in the distance we saw another island...Procida. It didn't look too far so we went a bit closer to have a look.. But possibly the best part of the day was when we arrived back in Sant'Angelo and found a gelateria with strawberry cheesecake gelato! From Ischia to Procida | 
08312014 Maronti Beach was a great location to visit. Hire an umbrella and a chair, have an iced coffee and relax on this beautiful beach. There is also a very good choice of restaurants all with sun-beds and parasols! Try "Spaghetti alle Vongole"! Maronti Beach: Last Day in Ischia Island | The Velvet Passport

Friday, August 1, 2014

JULY 2014

ALCOHOLIC TIPPLE





















07012014 There is a local drink called ‘’L"Albertissimo", found only in Positano, along the harbour in a small stall named "L'alternativa". Amalfi - things to do | Quality Villas
07022014 There is a new little vehicle to rent in Positano on the Amalfi Coast. It’s a mini electric car where you sit one behind the other like a motorbike, but the driver has a steering wheel, rear vision mirrors, seat belt, break pad and accellerator, and a roof! Best trip up the Amalfi Coast! | Amanda Tabberer
07032014 This is one of those trips I would gladly do again. This drive began in Sorrento on a clear sunny day, passing through towns of Positano, Praiano, Atrani, with a boat cruise from Amalfi, and ending in the town of Ravello. A Drive on the Amalfi Coast | travellingflip
07042014 I’ve shot fashion editorials on the Amalfi coast from Positano to Ravello more times than I care to remember, and usually with some of most well-travelled and successful crews in the industry. But an amazing thing happens every time on the Amalfi coast: everyone is inevitably almost stunned to silence by the beauty. It just so happens that the stunned silence may be broken by the odd Ferrari V8 speeding past, but for once I'm happy just being driven and enjoying the peace and view. David Gandy's top 5 Drives | David James Gandy
07052014 The online pictures and descriptions in guide books did not do the scenery justice. We ended up arriving as the sun was setting, which only amplified the colors bouncing off the cliffs and onto the blue water.  There were not many places to pull off to take pictures so we took mental pictures that will stay in our heads for the rest of our lives. We neared Atrani, the small town on the coast we would be staying at for the night, just as the sun had completely set and darkness was beginning shroud the scenery. Amalfi Coast: Living & Driving the Good Life | 50 Shades of Delicious
07062014 I loved this lemon seller's hoodie. He was such a cheerful chap, assisting his dad in a tiny roadside stall just outside Positano on the Amalfi Coast ( by far the most picturesque drive in the world). Because we will always love her.... | Shobhaa Dé
07072014 Tomorrow morning we are going to Capri for a night. Really excited, not only because I once analyzed a company called "Isle of Capri" (all you gaming/gambling aficionados out there will know what I am talking about) that now all makes sense, but they have this world famous cave called the Blue Grotto that looks like this I can swim into (illegally and after hours, of course). Finally, driving the Amalfi Coast in a sleek black car made by Fiat. | The world through my lens
07082014 Many areas feature jewel-tones azure seas filled with a variety of sea life that you would not want to miss. While snorkeling along the Amalfi Coast, Capri and Ponza, we have spotted such creatures such as ‘la murena’, a sea-snake; octopus; tuna; rare lavender sea urchins; ‘pommodori di mare’, which are red sea creatures that are attached to the rocks along the shore. The French Riviera vs. Italy’s Amalfi Coast | Glenys Vargas
07092014 On the sweltering streets of Naples at 11 a.m., a man in a three-piece suit stood devouring what appeared to be a cake made of macaroni. In fact, that’s exactly what it was: “Macaroni frittata” is not immediately what comes to mind when one thinks of Neapolitan cuisine but it is as authentic as the more iconic pizza and “spaghetti alle vongole” (spaghetti with shellfish). Italy’s underdog city is a foodie’s paradise | The Daily Star
07092014 Twenty-five hundred years ago, Naples or Neapolis ("new city") was a thriving Greek commercial center. Two centuries ago, it was the capital of its own kingdom — a "Paris of the south." Then, locals lament, after it joined the newly united Italy, its riches were swallowed up by the new country. As Naples' wealth was used to fund the industrial expansion in the north, it lost its status and glamour. Nevertheless, it remains southern Italy's leading city, offering a fascinating collection of museums, churches, and eclectic architecture. Naples, Sorrento and Amalfi Coast I Rick Steves
07102014 The Baba is a derivation of a traditional German dessert: the Kugelhupf. It is believed that the variant has been introduced at the desire of Stanislas Leszczynski, King of Poland in the eighteenth century. The king, whose greed was legendary, finding Kugelhupf far too rustic and dry him soaked Rhum. The cake took color and flavor, and really liked the king, who called him Baba, as the king of The Thousand and One Nights, Ali Baba. Historically, the recipe was later exported from France by the chefs of the court, when they went to the service of the families of Naples. Here he became a huge success, so as to become the traditional dessert par excellence. The babà is baking a cake, which is typical of Neapolitan | Under Vesuvius
07112014 We began our journey down the famed Thousand Steps of Positano and stopped for lunch at cliff side café. We munched on tomato and mozzarella sandwiches then continued till reaching sandy shores. With half the day past, we began our way back up the Thousand Steps; and by the way, there really are one thousand, we counted. 22, 345, 689, One Thousand steps | Rachel's Rambles
07122014 The pasta arraganata from the Amalfi Coast perked my interest so much after I saw it in Casa Alice, a TV program I frequently watch. It was the first time I encountered a recipe using uncooked spaghetti and tomatoes together. As soon as I found some San Marzano tomatoes, I made this pasta immediately. San Marzano tomatoes are the best kind of tomatoes to be used for this dish. Pasta Arraganata (Baked Pasta With San Marzano Tomatoes) and the Amalfi Coast | Apron and Sneakers
07132014 We planned a diner at Umberto in Chiaia where Genovese is a menu staple.Usually a menu staple that is. My desired dish had just been taken off the menu for the summer season. Instead I enjoyed the antipasta which was plates of polpette in tomato sauce, melanzane parmigiana and the lightest, crispiest fried zucchini flower stuffed with ricotta and anchovies. This historic restaurant is wonderful with colorful modern art and friendly accommodating service. Eating in Naples | Gillian's Lists
07142014 During my kitchen tour, I stopped several times at the appetizer station, where I met Kiama Joel, chef responsible for antipasti. He and his small team were putting together a serious array of summer vegetables that later would make it to my table. I watched as he put together one plate in particular with paper-thin cucumbers surrounded by a vanilla sauce... along with fresh basil mixed with ricotta. Next up, three little packages of summer, each wrapped in a red bell pepper. The packages included zucchini a scapece  (marinated zucchini), melanzane al funghetto ( eggplant with tomato sauce), and fresh green beans. To give the dish a little kick, horseradish ice cream and red beet chips. Summer in a Package - Don Alfonso 1890, Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi, (Na) | Andiamotrips
07152014 The eruption of Vesuvius destroyed some of the best vineyards. Growers replanted everywhere they could, at times even replacing fields sown for grain. Later on in 1647 - during the plague - Scipione di Marzo – who lived in San Paolo Bel Sito, had to leave his land in order to save his life. He took with himself some white grapevines and planted them in the new hometown named Tufo. The story behind “Il Greco di Tufo” | ORienTaL night&day
07162014 There are few other places in the world like it. From the moment you first catch sight of the sea views from Amalfi Drive, you will have to pinch yourself to make sure you are not merely in a dream. Everything you’ve heard and everything you’ve seen in photographs and movies cannot do the in-person experience justice. Truly unforgettable. Positano Travel Tips | The Wellist
07172014 La dolce vita: The First Lady spent a romantic two-week vacation with Italian auto manufacturer Gianni Agnelli on the Amalfi coast. Four-year-old Caroline was with her mother and when the President got wind of the liaison, he was furious. Jackie Kennedy's secret lovers revealed in new book | Colorado Newsday
07182014 We thought that the best way to celebrate the beauty, glamour and history of Capri was by reminiscing of all the great personages of the past who strolled on the island, gasped at its beauty, bathed in its crystalline waters and enjoyed a drink in the “piazzetta”. From Liz Taylor accompanied by Richard Burton, to Grace Kelly and Prince Ranieri, Sophia Loren and even Chaplin, we have some very special postcards of Capri. Glamorous postcards of the Capri Dolce Vita | Swide
07192014 “This whole business was against mass prestige,” explains Helen White in the intimate space of Cabana, her newly opened shop on Capri. Many items, from cutlery (bamboo-handled knives emblazoned with the store’s name) to beach bags, are sourced and designed by White and custom-made for the store. On Capri, a Chic New Shop Takes a Stand Against Sameness | T Magazine
07202014 I often get asked where i would get married if i was ever to do so (still waiting for that frog to turn into a prince if you know what i mean). The thing is, i think i would have to have more than one wedding... seriously... because not only would i not be able to pick just one dress, but i also could not live without having a ceremony on the Amalfi Coast in Italy... Positano to be exact! Positano Weddings - Belissimo !! I Chasing Rainbows Kissing Frogs
07212014 Atrani. 28 Towns In Italy You Won’t Believe Are Real Places I BuzzFeed
07222014 Whether you crave a boutique spa nestled in a Mediterranean garden or you require fresco-adorned meeting rooms with sea views, the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento offers all that and more, including a gourmet restaurant, private orange grove, guest list that has included Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren and an esteemed history dating back to 1834. Top 10 Hotels in Amalfi Coast, Capri and Sorrento | Gayot.com
07232014 On the island, the dolomite cliffs hang directly over the blue water in many spots and there are breathtaking views of the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea, an arm of the Mediterranean. Mr. de Blasio and his family chose to stay at Casa Mariantonia, a family-owned hotel in Anacapri, the more understated (the Brooklyn version) of the two major towns on the island. For de Blasio, Capri Is 'an Incredible Place' | The Wall Street Journal
07242014 You may remember my post from January of this year on the label that winemaker Paola Mustilli created especially for NYC Mayor De Blasio. In Paola’s words, “my dreams came true” when Hizzoner visited Sant’Agata de’ Goti yesterday and enjoyed a meal in the home of the town’s mayor, Carmine Valentino. What Mayor De Blasio ate & drank yesterday in Sant’Agata de’ Goti | Do Bianchi
07252014 Velia, ancient Elea, was happily known for flourishing business relationships salted fish and scented oils and for its good governance as well as being the seat of the Eleatic school of Parmenides and Zeno. Velia | Archeomedsites
07262014 Zucchine alla scapece is a traditional side in Naples. Both the oil and the vinegar come from nearby producers, highlighting the flavors of local vino and regional olives.  Ruled for centuries by the Spanish, Naple's food is also inflected with an Iberian accent.  The name of this dish, in fact, comes from the Spanish "escabeche" -- meaning cured in vinegar. Pickled Zucchine | Povera Cucina
07272014 The fertile volcanic soil of Campania combines with a perfect climate to produce the best fruit and vegetables in Italy. Dishes like eggplant parmesan, stuffed peppers and pasta e fagioli have been around for hundreds of years. The Cuisine Of Italy – Naples | jovinacooksitalian
07282014 As a chef, he is eager to visit the town of Gragnano, which is world-famous for its pasta. Gino tours this unique place, where a combination of natural elements, sea breezes, hot sunshine and mountain water, have contributed to producing outstanding pasta. Gino can't resist a visit to one of the town’s historic pasta factories, where local ladies teach him the traditional skill of hand-rolling long fusilli. Episode 5: Gragnano | Gino's Italian Escape
07292014 The first thing I noticed is that the geography was decidedly that of a volcanic region. In this, it reminded me a lot of New Zealand. But where New Zealand still has a lot of rawness to it, this is an area which has been settled and worked for thousands of years. The first place we stopped was just the side of the road, not too far from the villa, in order to be able to look down into Lake Avernus (Averno in Italian). Italy, 2012: I’m going to Hell. | Communion Of Dreams
07302014 In Amalfi they have a lemon sorbet stall. This guy sets up in the morning, just opposite the harbour and stands there making fresh lemon sorbet. It was actually very good and we all got given a cup. I ate mine, Ginos' and Stu, the cameramans. Gino and the Amalfi Lemons | Figs & Lemons
07312014 I am staying at the Santa Caterina hotel, which, like Le Sirenuse, is family-owned and run. Built in 1880, it is cut into a cliff. Signora Ninni Gambardella, the present chatelaine, is like a mother-hen to her guests. Worried by my lack of a wedding ring, she takes me to see the honeymoon suite. This is actually a little round house of infinite fancy, set apart from the rest of the hotel. It has a charming round sitting room, a round bed and its own garden with an infinity pool. All I need now is a round man. Even the treadmills in the gym have views. Amalfi: This blessed plot | The Spectator

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

JUNE 2014

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06012014 Europe’s first gardens in the modern sense of enclosed and planted spaces designed in conjunction with dwellings were probably in Italy – and the oldest surviving examples are certainly in Pompeii with some of them made by Greek-speaking people. Where was the world's first garden made? | Gardenvisit.com
06022014 In the foreground of this painting is the Church of San Gennaro, located in Praiano, Italy.  I believe it is the  most charming village on the Amalfi Coast.  In the background is the beautiful, storybook village of Positano.   I have seen sunsets here that literally turn the entire landscape an incredible golden hue. Together, these two sea side villages are: "The Heart of the Amalfi Coast". "Il Cuore della Costiera Amalfitana" | Tony Romano's Private Art Studio
06032014 Today’s special events will be again covered all over the city:  there are some very interesting places, where you can enjoy some of the most interesting ideas, creations, cooking and get to know and discover more about the city; this time the Wine and the city celebration will not be running just in the Centre but also at Corso Vittorio Emanuele. A special event will be covered at Sabina Albano’s store. Ain’t it Wine &the city, if it ain’t Napoli | ORienTaL night&day
06042014 Torrecuso a small village in the hills of Campania has produced wine from the grape Falanghina for centuries. The vintners didn’t know how special their region was until relatively recently. A 1980 earthquake and the government assistance that followed helped vintners modernize. The once-forgettable wine was suddenly awesome and developed a cult following. Rocca dei Sanniti 2012 Taburno Falanghina has characteristics of what I guess is kumquat, a common descriptor of falanghina but a fruit with which I have little experience. Rich with lemon and ripe apple notes and a pineapple finish, the wine is so rich and buttery, I thought it may have spent time in a barrel. But the producer says it is all-steel fermented. Italy's diverse whites | The Times-Tribune 
06052014 I say hooray for chef Bugica for building inimitable character into his salumi. Believe me, it’s rare. If you’re going to build “autenticita” (authenticity) into your Italian food, you need some great Italian wine to go with it. Diavola’s wine list includes eight whites and 18 reds, straight off the boat. The 2009 I Favati Irpinia Campi Taurasini “Cretarossa” — 100 percent Aglianico from Cesinali in Campania. Cox: Diavola spices up Geyserville I PD Towns 
06062014 The surprise is that a warm area in Italy’s south can produce whites of such poise and elegance. Generally the key is the cooler temperatures that altitude brings. Here in the hills to the north-east of Naples Falanghina makes zippy, fragrant whites that are ideal to fill the apéritif slot. Wine tasting notes: Italian whites from Campania | The Telegraph 
06072014 Janare – a local word for a friendly witch, and a nod to the region’s famous history of alleged witchcraft – is a range produced and bottled by the co-op itself. It focusses on native grape varieties ideally suited to the region’s volcanic soils, such as falanghina (in fact, the co-op cultivates the vast majority of the world’s falanghina vines), fiano, greco and aglianico. La Guardiense Co-Op (Janare) | The Wine Society
06082014 Mustilli is one of the oldest wineries in the Sannio area that produces wine from indigenous grapes. It is located in the Sant’ Agata del Goti subregion (Goti is Italian for Goth, in this case not necessarily true Goths but really barbarians, a huge influence here after Roman Empire dissolved). Mustilli magicPaola’s and Anna Chiara’s father was singlehandedly responsible for reintroducing Falanghina into the region, and the non-vintage Mustilli Sparkling Falanghina Brut showered me with aromas of pear and peach while dealing loads of lime leaf and ash on a lengthy finish. The Mustilli Fiano Sannio DOC was all about pears at first, both green and yellow. Eventually apricot jam and flint rounded out the impressively long finish. Wine On The Road in Campania Italy Part I | Weinberg’s Wine Notes
06092014 Highly prized, expensive anywhere, but Italy these delicious “red diamonds” deliver the goods. Italy’s Masterpiece – The San Marzano Tomato | How to Tour Italy 
06102014 One of the typical products for excellence made in various parts of Southern Italy, the buffalo mozzarella is a dairy product made exclusively with whole fresh buffalo milk of Italian Mediterranean race, in which animals are raised in accordance with local customs in the semi-free housing open pasture, from a cow originally from Asia. Caserta - Buffalo Mozzarella (Campania, Italy) | Globe Holidays
06112014 Campania is celebrated for the excellence of its tomatoes, the freshness of its fish and seafood,buffalo mozzarella cheese, its lemons, and the limoncello of Sorrento. Because so many Neapolitans emigrated in the last century, it is the best known Italian cuisine outside of Italy. The Cuisine of Naples and Campania | Anna Maria Volpi 
06122014 Flour is the main ingredient in pizza dough, and the type you use can have a big effect on the end result. All-purpose flour will work fine, but if you want a chewier crumb and a better hole structure, you should consider buying yourself some high protein bread flour. I use either King Arthur-brand bread flour, or imported Antimo Caputo bread or pizza flour (which is ground more finely than its American flour counterparts). The Food Lab: 11 Essential Tips for Better Pizza | Serious Eats
06132014  The conference organizers were wise enough to give us blocks of time during the day to explore the hilly, wind-y streets, shops and restaurants of Positano. Le Sirenuse, the magnificent five star hotel, is opened up only to this conference every year in early spring, thanks to the owners and gracious hosts, Carla and Antonio Sersale, because of their strong interests in the arts. Guest Blogger Alison Strack on Attending The Sirenland Writers Conference, in Positano, Italy | Lisa Romeo Writes
06142014 Spaghetti with Clams and Toasted Bread Crumbs takes its inspiration from two dishes - spaghetti alla vongole, a dish of string pasta with clams popular in Naples, Rome, wider Campania and farther north along the Italian coastline; and pasta con il pangrattato, pasta with breadcrumbs, a very basic dish of la cucina povera, the cooking of the poor.  At its most elemental the latter contains no more than pasta, breadcrumbs, oil, salt and a bit of garlic. Spaghetti with Clams and Toasted Breadcrumbs | The Garum Factory
06152014 Sorrento With Rossella Culinary Tour - Join Rossella, of Cooking with Nonna, for a week in a Mediterranean villa on the hills above Sorrento, starting August 30. Tour includes cooking lessons and pizza making at the villa, tours of Pompeii and Amalfi Coast towns, dining in authentic local restaurants, and visits to food markets, an artisan pasta factory, and wineries. 5 Italy Foodie Tours in 2014 | Italy Travel
06162014  They have a saying in Sorrento – ‘visit as a tourist and return as a friend!’ And after 10 days exploring this captivating town and the picturesque surrounding area I can understand why. We spoke to many local people during our stay and there’s a real warmth about this part of the world. Italian dream is just the job | Winsford Guardian 
06172014 While in the Amalfi Coast, how does a boat charter sound? As astounding as this stretch of coastline in Southern Italy is, it’s 100% better from the sea. A private boat totally at your disposal would only be half as fun if you had to waste time trying to figure out where you are going. With a local skipper and guide, you will have the inside scoop about private swimming coves and hidden grottoes that aren’t written in guidebooks. How a Guided Service will Enhance your Vacation | Select Italy
06182014 Every room is a mélange of crisp whites and Mediterranean blues and sun-washed colours, flashes of ’60s-retro, canopied beds, monogrammed cushions, masses of fresh flowers and a curated art collection. At JKitchen, seafood stars on the menu, but it’s breakfast on the panoramic terrace that you must not miss. 20. J.K. Place, Capri, Italy | International Traveller
06192014 La Canzone del Mare has two sea water swimming pools, a white pebbled private beach and jetties. The terraces are prepared with the standard amenities including pergolas for those wanting to take in the glorious Capri sun. The restaurant serves fresh, seasonal Mediterranean cuisine and seafood. But if you're too occupied with relaxing - ordering light snacks, salads, fruits and fresh drinks (amongst many other things) is possible with The American Bar. The Beach Clubs of Capri | A Magazine
06202014 Costiera Amalfitana, as it's known in Italy, has been an "it" destination since Emperors Caligula and Augustus built vacation villas there 2,000 years ago. The magnificent scenery has more recently lured everyone from Liz Taylor to Mark Zuckerberg, and it remains a road-trip dream for many. Road-Trip on Italy's Amalfi Coast | The Wall Street Journal
06212014 Villa Cimbrone is one of Ravello’s top sights.  The gardens and views over the sea are not to be missed.  However, if you are a little bit afraid of heights, don’t look down!  In the gardens you don’t realize how high up you are, but the terraced hillside below will make you dizzy if you stare down at it.  I love the way that Italians have utilized their unique seascapes to create these picturesque views. View from Villa Cimbrone (Ravello, Italy) | Travel Tales and Tips
06222014 Once we finally descend all the way to the beach we find the gelato shop to top all gelato shops. Yes, really. I have found paradise on earth. I have never read or heard of food being described in any way that could compare to the taste that it imparted, so I don’t think I will try here. Just know that the very freshest of fruit was used to create the gelato, which was given in most generous portions. Mine was peach, and I maintain that it was the best. Although each member of the family feels similarly of their own flavour. Amalfi Coast and the Positano Peach Gelato |  Adventures of a Travelin' Family
06232014 Villa Angelina sits on one of Sorrento’s most amazing cape heads. The ancient, private residence, covers more than 50 hectares of land and enjoys one of the most amazing views on the entire Sorrento Coast. The delightful panorama includes Vesuvius, Ischia and Capri & miles and miles of endless blue Mediterranean Sea. In Primo Piano | Joanne Dunn Photographers
06242014 Until a few decades ago, it was customary for many Neapolitans, to go at night near the cemetery gates and wait for the shadows, some souls dispatched from the skull of “Don Francesco“, a Spanish Kabbalist, to reveal the numbers to play the lotto. Don Francesco de Leo | clik & clak
06252014 We went for a glass of wine at “Perditempo”, a place full of books, vinyls and cds, then we met our friends for dinner at “L’etto”, a place where you pay 2,5€ for every hectogram of food you eat. If you ever wondered if is it possible to miss a food orgasm in Naples, the answer is yes, as easy as trying l’Etto’s buffet! Naples in 1 day: the perfect jaunt! | blocal-travel.com
06262014 Many special wineries produce Taurasi and we will visit several, including world-famous Contadina and Monte Faliese. Saturday we spend in and around the town of Avellino, not far from the Taurasi vineyards. Here we tour and taste at the best, most famous wineries in all of Campania: Terredora di Paolo, Feudi di San Gregorio, and in particular Mastroberardino, which also owns the Radici Resort. Last Chance to Tour Campania, Italy, with Wine On The Road | Wine On The Road
06272014 San Marzano tomatoes are regarded by culinary enthusiasts and chefs alike as the best in the world. They prosper in warm climates, such as Campania because they come from an indeterminate vine. These unique plum tomatoes are truly a gastronomic staple in Campania. So much so that the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana has actually mandated that a pizza can only be considered a true Neapolitan pizza when San Marzano tomatoes are used. Bring Campania to Your Kitchen Table | Select Italy
06282014 Bike Tour Napoli offers both an urban route along the city's UNESCO-protected ancient center and a countryside tour, with organic food tasting included. The tours wind through tiny medieval alleys and past baroque churches, around volcanic lakes of the Pozzuoli area, the Vesuvius volcano and the breathtaking Amalfi coast. The most popular route is a ride past art nouveau villas, parks and up Posillipo hill for a view of Naples and its bay. Naples, green and clean, now bike-friendly | Associated Press 
06292014 Realized in 1819 on the hill Miradois, in the zone of Capodimonte, the construction of the observatorium. From the balcony is possible to admire besides a spectacular panorama of the city. This splendid position increases the charm of the building. Museum of the Astronomical Observatory - Naples | Tredy
06302014 Today the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) saw the launching of the “F.-A.-Gauthier”, the latest generation ferry that Fincantieri is building for Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), a Québec Government Corporation that operates in maritime passenger transport. High-tech ferry launched by Fincantieri | The MediTelegraph