Tuesday, September 1, 2015



08012015 As soon as I got off the train, I went to the info point inside the station to get my Campania Arte Card, a pass allowing unlimited trips on public transport and access to several cultural sites. It was all I needed to explore Naples and the surrounding area during the weekend! Naples is always a good idea | Blocal travel blog
08022015 Caravaggio art: View in situ within the church in Naples. The painting was initially hung in a side chapel. In the 1660's it was moved to a wholly new marble structure that was erected in the center as a new high altar, tailor-made to present this famous painting in the best possible light and circumstances. Painted in Naples in 1606, The Seven acts of Mercy is a large and wonderfully complicated high altar painting by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), the most influential fine art painter that ever lived. Caravaggio paintings, a heritage trail, a worldwide pilgrimage | Drs. Kees Kaldenbach
08032015 Bodyism Clean and Lean residency, Anacapri - Where? Capri Palace Hotel - James Duigan and his London-based team have designed their wellness programme to strip fat, enhance health and improve performance. Sessions will take place in the new 2,000sq ft gym and include personal training, yoga and facial stretching. Clean and Lean dishes created by Bodyism will be whipped up in two, Michelin star restaurants. Retreats in Caribbean, Italy, Portugal and India to de-stress this summer | The Wharf
08042015 The Ischia fest is a sister event to Capri Hollywood. Both are conceived as bridge-building meets between Hollywood and the Italian and European film industries where attendees can network informally while enjoying splendid locations and luxurious accommodations. Helen Mirren, Jimmy Kimmel to Be Feted at Italy’s Ischia Global Film and Music Fest | Variety
08052015 Overlooking the Bay of Naples, the city of Sorrento is often used as a base from which to explore the Amalfi Coast, ancient Pompeii (only 15 miles north), and, just offshore, Capri - another stop on the Mariner’s journey. In addition to Regent Seven Seas, many of our readers’ favorite cruise lines drop anchor in Sorrento, including Azamara, Crystal, and Windstar. Sail Sorrento's Rocky Coast, Just Like the Model on Our Sunny August Cover | Conde Nast Traveler
08062015 Walking Vietri's lanes and corridors is a series of continuous surprises, and it becomes the routine to see many a building decorated in the local tile. The history of Vietri's ceramics industry is a millenary one – evidenced in the abundance of ancient remnants – and it characterizes this seaside village with its peculiar, colorful style. Learn about the typical ceramics tradition at the Fabbrica di Ceramiche Solimene, displaying contemporary ceramics works, and at the Museo Provinciale della Ceramica in Villa Guariglia. Italian culture and history: Vietri and its ceramics | We the Italians
08072015 Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone afford spectacular views of the coastline which made the uphill walking and numerous steps and staircases worth it. Photo Collage from Ravello ~ Amalfi Coast Travel | Margie Miklas/ Author
08082015 The next day, we visited the other accommodation, Hotel Seven, located in Sant’Agnello, to meet up with friends on the trip. As we peered into the huge, futuristic rooms with modern fixtures on our way up to the rooftop lounge, our jaws dropped. Did hostels really look like this? Where were the mold, drunken students and cheap bedding? European Hostels Forge Into Luxury | Luxe Beat Magazine
08092015 To infinity and beyond...along the breathtaking trails high above the Amalfi Coast! Cartotrekking | positano.com
08102015 Poised and pretty at the Capri Palace Hotel in Capri, Italy. Eat, pray, love, travel and repeat with Lisa Ray! | IndiaToday
08112015 Traveling with a small dog, I always have to consider him when choosing hotels because not all hotels except pets. I ended up choosing Villa Gabrisa, a small nine-room hotel that sits up above the center of Positano. The hotel and its staff were great, and the hotel restaurant was very enjoyable, and we had a nice sized room with an amazing balcony that overlooked the sea. Amalfi Coast Vacation July 2015 | Italian Food Forever
08122015 This gulet cruise in Italy combines some of the greatest archaeological and cultural jewels of the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples with all the pleasures of travelling aboard a beautiful and traditional wooden boat. You’ll visit some of the best-known cultural sites in the world, such as Ischia, Amalfi, and Naples herself, famed for their beauty and history, as well as some lesser-known, but no less charming sites, for example the vast Imperial villa at Baia, and the outstanding Roman frescoes at the Villa Oplontis. Italy Gulet Cruises | Peter Sommer Travels
08132015 Wander along a newly car-free portion of the lungomare, Naples’ seaside promenade, for views of Mount Vesuvius and Capri. Explore the sixteenth-century Villa Comunale park. Then choose among the bars tucked into a warren of back alleys and raise a glass to discovering a neighborhood the city’s elite have considered their secret for centuries. Naples' Chiaia Neighborhood | Virtuoso
08142015 Virtuoso Tip from Vicky DiMichele, travel advisor, Willoughby, Ohio: "Springtime along the Amalfi Coast, specifically on Capri, is my favorite time to visit. There are some amazing restaurants, such as Ristorante Michel'angelo, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping district. At Da Paolino Lemon Trees Restaurant, guests dine at tables in the middle of an actual lemon grove!" Vacation Bucket List: The Top 10 Trips of a Lifetime | Harper's Bazaar
08152015 Dinner at Positano institution Chez Black. It's been around since 1949 and rumor has it that it’s named for its owner’s perma-tan. The restaurant's famous spaghetti with sea urchin is worth the visit: It’s served in a giant bowl that looks like a sea urchin (spines included) and the waiters aggressively encourage you to wear a ridiculous bib when eating it, but I promise that's an offense you can easily get past once you have your first taste of the dish’s sublime flavor. Equally delicious are the views and location, right on the main drag. Chef Marc Murphy's Food Tour of the Amalfi Coast | Conde Nast Traveler
08162015 If you’re looking to explore the Amalfi Coast, I would argue that staying in Sorrento is your best choice. The town has fantastic restaurants and bars, great shopping, and breathtaking scenery. You can swim here in the summer at the beach, visit incredible natural pools, marvel at the cliffs, and catch a glimpse of Mount Vesuvius off in the distance. Despite being a tropical city lined with palm trees and lemon groves, I never found it to be overly crowded here. Staying in Sorrento is Best | Justin Plus Lauren
08172015 Procida is one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy. The island is between Cape Miseno and the island of Ischia. Discover Procida - Historic Village in the Phlegraean Archipelago in Italy | see.place
08192015 Ischia’s under-the-radar feel is surprising, though, given its beauty. Picture a place that’s lush, green, and dotted with wildflowers. 5 Italian Islands the de Blasios Should Have Picked Over Pricey Capri | The Cut
08202015 Aurora Time, located in the Marina Grande has everything from small inflatable boats, traditional “gozzo” a type of wooden fishing boat and a double masted elegant sailboat available to rent.  Have lunch on board, Ristorante Michel’Angelo. can deliver anything from simple sandwiches to Caprese salad  and wine to you before you set sail. Day Tripper - Capri | Italy Magazine
08212015 Head to Capri to dive one of Italy’s best known sea caves, the Grotta Azzurra or Blue Grotto. Glowing with iridescent blue light, the grotto has attracted visitors since the ancient Romans. The entire Cilento Peninsula, just south of Positano is filled with peaceful coves and grottos, including the Grotta d’Argento (Silver Grotto), Grotta del Sangue (Blood Grotto) and the Lantern Cove, or Cala della Lanterna. For those on Capri, after the Grotta Azzurra, head to the tiny island of Procida for some peace from the crowds and an incredible dive from the Lingua beach. Scuba diving off Capri | Walks of Italy
08222015 Capri, Italy - Don’t say it like those silly, ankle-exposing pants. It’s pronounced CAH-pree. Places you’ve been pronouncing all wrong | news.com.au
08232015 It was hot as an inferno at the summit. Wear sunscreen and a hat. We saw tour guides leading groups around the opposite side of the rim, where they could watch the steaming fumaroles. Scientists still report bursts of smoke creeping through the cracks from the magma chamber, five miles deep. With the main fissure plugged by rock, geologists agree any eruption will be explosive. Hiking Mount Vesuvius, Italy: Guest Post By Pamela Carey | M. Elizabeth Evans
08242015 Pizza is pretty the same in Italy as it is back home in the U.S. When Italians go out for pizza, they head to their local pizzeria, which usually has a wood-burning oven. There is even debate within  Italy if the pizza in Naples is better than anywhere else in the country. Some say it is the local water. Others credit the fresh local ingredients like buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes grown in rich soil in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius." Five myths about Italy | Usa Today
08252015 Noteworthy producers included Feudi di San Gregorio, Villa Matilde, Antonio Caggiano, Fattoria Galardi with their Terra di Lavoro, and Silvia Imperato and her Montevetrano, just to mention a handful. Walter Mastroberardino had left his brother to start his own estate, Terradora di Paolo. The baton of Antonio Mastroberardino’s historic winery was passed to his capable son, Piero. Campania was on the move again. Campania Wine: Something Very Old, Something Very New | Snooth
08262015 Il Cannito, Capaccio, near Agropoli - Down the strada bianca, through the wild maquis, lies Cannito. Once the summer residence of friars, it has been updated and restored. A sundowner by the infinity pool is followed by dinner of, say, pasta with vongole, then sea bass in acqua pazza (tomato, chilli and caper broth – literally “crazy water”) with beautiful views of Capri. 10 of the best country hotels in Italy with great food | The Guardian
08272015 When the anchovies are curing in their barrels for upwards of a year, the salt in which they sit is leaching out the liquid from the fish. Rather than let the liquid run down the drain, the mixture of fish and salt and time is carefully caught, then aged in wooden barrels for yet another year. The result is colatura, the most intense, fishy and complex taste you can imagine. It is very concentrated, so a little goes a very long way. Down on the Amalfi Coast I saw it used in many ways, (on top of tomato salad was the most surprising) But my favorite way was a simple dish of pasta. colatura di alici {spaghetti} | Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome
08282015 I really love Falanghina, and the original version from La Sibilla is truly special. “This is an excellent seafood wine. I also drink it as a dry aperitif, with olives and salami, while deciding what to make for dinner.” I was already enchanted by these wines, but now I am also in love with Vincenzo Di Meo of Bacoli, his sun-drenched vineyards, his adorable accent, and his beautiful family. La Sibilla: Lessons in Salt and Acidity | Italian Wine Geek
08292015 As far as falanghina goes, generally, I have long believed it to be a source of highly pleasant wines with lively acidity and intriguing floral and mineral flavors. It can be a great value on restaurant wine lists. Maybe it doesn’t have the potential of fiano, another ancient grape of Campania, to make wines of depth, complexity and finesse. Nonetheless, what it does do, I’ve thought, it does well. Tapping Into the Potential of Falanghina | The New York Times
08302015 While Italy may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of fish sauce, several companies on the Amalfi coast continue the ancient traditions. Today’s colatura is a clear, amber liquid made from fermented, salted anchovies and sold in tiny, elegant glass bottles. Garum sauce: ancient Rome's 'ketchup' becomes a modern-day secret ingredient | The Guardian
08312015 The family restaurant Le Colonne Marziale is situated in the heart of the historic town of Caserta where visitors can also tour some of the great palaces of Italy. Le Colonne is named after the Roman columns that surround the restaurant and have become a signature of the restaurant design. Here you can find the traditional flavours of Campania; Rossa San Marzano, Risotto with Mozzarella and Ravioli of fish are but a few of the dishes available on the five page menu. Rosanna Marziale | Great Italian Chefs