Thursday, December 1, 2016

NOVEMBER 2016

VOLCANIC HISTORY




















11012016 Ancient Roman aristocrats bathed in these hot springs, and today a few people continue the tradition of cooking in them, bringing eggs and potatoes along on day trips to simmer in the salt water. The water in Ischia’s springs, at about 180 degrees Fahrenheit, and beaches where the sand underground is as hot as 350 degrees. In Ischia, Italy, Cooking Is Done in the Sand, Not the Stove | The New York Times
11022016 Sporting Ristorante, the Regina Isabella’s lunch restaurant in Ischia, epitomizes the hotel’s defining ethos of retro glamour. Opt for the buffet, a smorgasbord of specialties including mozzarella di bufala, fritto misto, grilled vegetables galore, and a bounty of fresh seafood. The Best Hotels In Italy: The Hotel Regina Isabella In Ischia | Forbes
11032016 This summer in Italy I walked the trail between Ravello and Pompeii. This trip was between one to three walking hours a day, that includes a climb 400 metres above sea level via hundreds of years old stone stairs to begin. My walk took seven days as I spent a good day in each place along the way. From Ravello To Pompeii: Walking Italy For Beginners | Junkee
11042016 Cassandra suggested we start our day and spend most of the morning in Ravello, since it had a relatively flat pedestrian center we could access and explore. She also suggested visiting the Villa Rufolo. Traveling Italian Style: A Day Trip Through the Amalfi Coast | History in High Heels
11052016 If you ask, Eidos creative director Antonio Ciongoli will tell you that he designs a New York brand. But Eidos is all made-in-Italy, is owned by storied Neapolitan tailoring house Isaia, and has in many ways been defined by its early, excellent lookbooks, shot in soaring spaces elsewhere in Italy. The Season's Coolest Made-in-Italy Collection Features a Writer in Exile and Very Few Suits | GQ Style
11062016 The best context for Naples, which only Paris rivaled for sophistication, is Museo di Capodimonte, the largest museum in Italy. Right now may be the best time to visit Naples since the 1700s, when it was an important stop for artists and writers on the Grand Tour. Why Naples's Museo di Capodimonte Is the Most Underrated Museum in Italy | Condé Nast Traveler
11072016 In Cilento, the most beautiful yet relatively undiscovered southern part of the region, a handful of fine producers are raising the bar for wines of local grapes Fiano, Aglianico and Piedirosso. People like Bruno De Conciliis and Luigi Maffini have inspired a new batch of young producers with wines of character that reflect this land and complement its delicious food. Decanter travel guide: Cilento, Italy | Decanter
11082016 Planted around the house-cellar on an extension of just one hectare and a half, the rows of Fiano di Pietracupa lay on a clay and limestone soil that gives minerality to the great wines produced here. The vinification techniques used is a perfect summary of the expressiveness of the Avellino area. Winemaker Sabrino Loffredo’s Pietracupa Wines | Drinking German Wine in America
11092016 In Naples I heart this famous pizzeria, even though it’s a bit of a trek. They have a very impressive range of fritti, including a delicious Frittatine di Pasta which is a deeply satisfying, deep fried mixture of spaghetti, pork and smoked buffalo mozzarella cheese. Naples – Materdei | The Gannet
11102016 One hundred and fifty meters from the large public square of Piazza del Plebiscito in central Naples is an entrance that descends about thirty meters under the ground. Today, these tunnels with their accumulated debris have been turned into a gallery known as Galleria Borbonica, where the public can see interesting displays of vintage cars and motorbikes, old shelter spots, ancient cisterns and much more. The Forgotten Tunnel Under Naples Filled With Vintage Cars | Amusing Planet
11112016 Overlooking one of Italy’s most picturesque gulfs, Salerno exemplifies how a smart city can develop quite soundly despite the economic woes of its southern location. It is the first Italian city for the amount of generated renewable energy per capita - 160kWh per inhabitant - relates Giancarlo Savino, energy manager at Salerno municipality. Italian cities: not only beautiful, now they want to be smart | CORDIS
11122016 Up the coast and down these parts of the Italian coast were more popular beaches, bigger ones, with loads of people and fancy hotels nearby, and  much more likely to win the popular vote for “best Italian beach.” But we loved our little beach at Santa Maria di Castellabate. Italian Beach in Salerno | The Travel Belles
11132016 Our base in Procida was the sumptuous La Suite Hotel and Spa. Its contemporary design could comfortably grace the pages of a high-class interiors magazine. Worth a mention is the hotel’s evening shuttle service to the island’s main tourist spots of Marina Corricella, Marina Chiaiolella and Marina Grande. Travel: Procida - an undiscovered beauty in the Bay of Naples | Birmingham Mail
11142016 Just a 45 minute drive outside of Amalfi, we began our journey wandering through the vines themselves while Cristian discussed the benefits of pergola cultivation, the weather and seasons dictating the conditions of a great wine, and the requirements for DOCG and DOC wines in Italy. Swirl the Glass – Amalfi Coast Wine Tastings and Tours | GoodTravelerKarma
11152016 Christian Fusco likes to point out that “nature does 80% of the work when it comes to winemaking”. He’s currently leading a group of twenty Sirenuse staff on a tour of some of Italy’s top wineries to help them understand the alchemy of winemaking. A tough job - Le Sirenuse Positano | Sirenuse Journal
11162016 The new architectural design for Michelin-starred Zass restaurant is the most sophisticated in fine dining. After a walk through the organic vegetable garden taking in the aromas of thyme, basil, and cherry tomatoes guests arrive at an ultra-modern culinary museum built on two floors. 5 unique things to do around the Amalfi Coast | A Luxury Travel Blog
11172016 Sapienza is a sprawling maze of narrow streets, punctuated by explorable buildings and dominated by a huge clifftop mansion that boasts its own observatory, crumbling castle ruins and secret underground lab. Why Italy’s Amalfi Coast provides the backdrop for one of Hitman's most memorable levels | GamesRadar+
11182016 Along the coast to our next destination: Amalfi! We stayed at Hotel Santa Caterina, which was everything a hotel should be and so much more. Hanging over the cliff, and steeped in history, it was timeless and perfect in every way. Italy: Amalfi and Ravello | Lauren
11192016 After dinner on Amalfi’s main beach, head to Masaniello Art Cafè, which opened last year, for live music (bands play everything from jazz to classic Canzone Napoletana) and a nightcap. 36 Hours on the Amalfi Coast | The New York Times
11202016 Lisa Hyde stunned in a baby blue bridesmaid gown on Monday as she attended a wedding of a close friend in Ravello. Love is in the air | DailyMail
11212016 I am on the Amalfi Coast intending to cycle between the medieval town of Ravello, which perches up in the clouds at almost 1,200 feet above sea level, and the stunning seaside town of Amalfi. Amalfi Coast: daredevil cycling on Italy's south-west shores | The Independent
11222016 La Pignasecca is a fabulous choice if you need some Neapolitan street food deliciousness in your life. For the highest concentration of street food in the market, stop at Fiorenzano. La Pignasecca Market in Naples: Street Food in Napoli | An American In Rome
11232016 In Naples fefore you do anything else, have a hot sfogliatella (shell-shaped pastry) at Attanasio. Mario Batali's Guide to Naples | Food & Wine
11242016 You don’t need to be physically in Sorrento to experience the heavenly gnocchi of Sorrento. The potato dumplings are tender and mix well with succulent tomato sauce and then sprinkled with shredded parmesan cheese, which makes it a lovely vegetarian delight. 6 Must Eat Foods in Naples | Wet Nose Escapades
11252016 A few days ago, the company shop in Naples launched its Archivio collection: a line of ties printed with the patterns that were used between 1930 and 1980. Marinella sees double digit growth by selling ties the  old-fashioned way | ItalyEurope24
11262016 A few Saturdays ago, at 7:30am, I found myself sitting on a Frecciarossa train as it streaked towards Naples. To begin understand the culture of Naples, I reasoned, I had to also understand its food. Streets of food: Naples in a day | Verbalized
11272016 With hairpin turns and narrow lanes that zigzag around the cliffs, with scant safety protection on the coastal side. The homes and churches appear to be carved into the hillside with a picture-perfect landscape dotted with neat gardens and umbrella pines. The views of the sea lapping at jagged boulders and sandy beaches make each corner irresistible for a photo stop. Postcard from the Amalfi Coast | ConsumerAffairs.com
11282016 The ground has been moving upwards over the last decade, raising 38cm in the last 10 years. The movement at Italy's Campi Flegrei has raised concerns of an impending eruption, but scientists have now said this is not necessarily the case. Ground around one of the world's most dangerous volcano systems is raising up | IBTimes
11292016 The first is to promote sales of the excellent wines of her family winery, DonnaChiara, named after her mother. The second is to raise awareness of the wines of her native Campania. In this she has her work cut out for her; although winemaking was bought to Southern Italy by the Greeks more than 2,500 years ago, the concept of quality winemaking. Winning Italian White Wines Shine In New York | Forbes
11302016 Falanghina, the signature white wine of Italy’s southern Campania region is light, crisp and delicately fruity and floral, an eye-opening match for pizza margherita, the classic pie topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil. Falanghina: A delicately fruity white that's an eye-opening match for pizza margherita | The Globe and Mail







Tuesday, November 1, 2016

OCTOBER 2016

THE SAN LEUCIO COMPLEX




















10012016 In the village of San Leucio there were the silk factories for the Bourbon court. Inside the complex, in fact, you can visit the workshops where silks was produced and  that made San Leucio products famous throughout the whole Europe. Several machines have been expertly restored and are still working. Caserta and the silk production of San Leucio | Viaggi & Delizie - blog di viaggi
10022016 Acciaroli in south west Italy is no ordinary place. It is home to an extraordinarily high number of centenarians. The research team is yet to discover the cause of the phenomenon, but believe it is closely related to diet and exercise.  Scientists ‘find key to longevity’ in Italian village where one in 10 people live beyond 100 years | The Independent
10032016 We detected new points of carbon dioxide emissions in the Gulf of Naples, which is quite common in geothermal and volcanic areas such as Naples. And here we have discovered six volcanic structures (cones and domes) with a diameter of 800 meters, unknown until now. Six new underwater volcanoes discovered just miles from deadly Vesuvius in Italy | Strange Sounds
10042016 Although mountainous Irpinia, inland from Naples, has good looks, great food and three of Italy’s finest DOCGs (the designation for the highest-quality Italian wines), it is remarkably untrammelled by tourists. Sipping the wines that grew from molten lava | New Statesman
10052016 Cult wines such as Mastroberadino, Feudi di San Gregorio, Montevetrano, and Galardi are a feature of this terrific wine region, along with many other labels waiting for you to discover them on this full-day wine tour. Irpinia Wine Tour from Naples | Le Baccanti Tours - Wine, Food and Cultural Tours & Events
10062016 One of the last remaining workshops for the design and production of artistic fabrics. The company was founded in 1985 by the creative genius of an art daughter, Annamaria Alois, heir of a family from Briano, an hamlet overshadowed by the close Caserta’s Royal Palace. Direct line to the Bourbon dinasty | IFDM Il Foglio del Mobile
10072016 The views are breathtaking as you wind down the mountains towards Praiano. As you walk past terraces and vineyards you come across the Convent of St Domenico. We stopped here for a little break to rest our legs and admire the view. Hiking the Path of the Gods on Italy's Beautiful Amalfi Coast | The Aussie Flashpacker
10082016 Stepping onto Capri start with Insalata Caprese (Tomato, Mozzarella, Olive Oil and Basil). Then try Pasta alla Caprese (Ricotta Egg Pasta and Parmesan). For dessert indulge on your own with Torta Caprese (Almond Cake and Chocolate). Capri (Italy) | Explore Mediterranean
10092016 Here is a countryside piece of southern Italy, a hilly sweep that stretches out in the area between Benevento and Avellino. This is Italy or just a glimpse of it. A country defeated by years of indifference and carelessness that still shows off her insolent and gaudy beauty. My Insolent Italy | Food Recipes HQ
10102016 This time, one of our favorite hikes was up to a huge, round hole in the mountain that towers above Positano. There were no other people in sight, and we sat looking down on Positano below, listening to the traffic and boat horn barely echo up from the beach below. Amalfi Coast: Positano, Capri, & Ravello, Italy - Travel Guide | A Couple Cooks
10112016 The Capresi, despite the constant flood of tourists, are remarkably nice. This isn’t life in a fishbowl. It’s life in a sardine can. It’s that crowded. Piazza Umberto I had so many people preening, strolling, eating, diners seemed to swing their forks away from bodies to reach their mouths. Capri lives up to the hype as 10,000 tourists a day can’t all be wrong | Go4TravelBlog
10122016 You shouldn’t leave without a taste of the local specialty, the torta Caprese, a flourless, chocolate-almond torte which originated here on the island, simply sublime. I have a recipe here if you can’t make it to Capri! A day in Capri | Flying Fourchette
10132016 Chef Gianluca D'Agostino serves refined Neapolitan dishes that don't veer too far into contemporary that they lose their sense of territory. Pair dishes, such as cavatelli with beans, broadtail shortfin squid, and cured pork and mullet with braised fennel, with bottles from the local craft beer list. Naples travel guide | Australian Gourmet Traveller
10142016 This week, Apple, the biggest technology company in the world, will open a new academy in Naples – the first of its kind – that will teach 200 mostly southern Italian students how to write code and launch apps on Apple technology by the end of the year. Silicon Valley comes to Naples: Apple prepares to open Italian academy | The Guardian
10152016 Ischia has long been renowned for its volcanically heated springs: islanders claim that the thermal waters can cure all manner of ills. If you’re not in the market for a fancy spa, head for Il Sorgeto, a cove of natural hot springs, where you can lounge in the bubbling water for free; some of the rocky pools are so hot that the locals bring their lunch to heat it up in the water. 58 places to visit from the 58 guides we published this year | Rough Guides
10162016 Ischia holds 103 thermal springs, 69 fumarole aggregations, and more than 300 separate bath establishments. Ischia’s water is rich in noble elements and mineral salts: sodium, one of the basic elements for the vital activity of living beings, potassium, essential for muscle dynamics, sulphur, essential for joint elasticity and calcium, which has a sedative action on the nervous system. Ischia – Healing with Thermal Waters | InLove
10172016 We were seated in a very blue room with a variety of musical instruments on the wall. We ordered the Pizza Vegetariana (without cheese) and the Orange Fennel Salad. Vegan Travel: Capri, Italy- Part 2 | - Keepin' It Kind
10182016 On the beautiful volcanic island of Ischia (pronounced Ees-kee-a). If it’s time for a swim and your morning caffé, look for a sign just before Sant’Angelo that says Cava Grado. This is a small beach with a café run by a mustachioed guy wearing a gold chain over his bushy chest. He’s not too busy either and bides his time playing cards with his pudgy grandson. A Vacation Guide to (some of) the Island of Ischia | blue dot
10192016 It has a peel of a medium thickness, rich in essential oils that makes it very fragrant. Is very used in regional “cuisine”, and is used  to flavour the typical dishes of the Sorrento peninsula: starters, main dishes, side dishes and a lot of  special desserts (lemon baba); we can find even lemon coffee, as is in the case of the Amalfi Coast with its typical “sfusato” lemon. Sorrento Lemons | I Love Italian Food
10202016 “We're delighted the cooking equipment  have finally been put back on display where they were found and we're certain they will be appreciated by modern tourists, eager to learn how people lived in antiquity,” said the  Archaeological Superintendent of Pompeii. Visitors can now marvel at a carbonized loaf of two-millennia-old bread and admire a metal pot containing the fossilized remnants of a bean and vegetable soup. Restored Pompeii kitchens show how Romans cooked | The Local
10212016 The margherita pizza was created for a queen consort, and the royalty of the Italian tomato world is the San Marzano, the sweetest grown in the rich soils of Mt Vesuvius. It is estimated that 200 hectares of true San Marzano fruit is grown today, known by local growers as the capital city of the tomato. Campania, Italy's birthplace of pizza where the tomato is king | Financial Review
10222016 The 19th Mediterranean Bourse of Archaeological Tourism in Paestum will run October 27-30 and will be dedicated to the Syrian city Palmyra. Sponsored by the Campania regional government, it aims to draw attention to the conflicts tearing apart the Middle East. Paestum Tourism Bourse to focus on Palmyra | ANSAmed
10232016 Once at the top, the trail goes around Mount Vesuvius. It doesn’t go the whole circle, but it does go to about 3/4 of the circle. It was a nice hike. Sights of Naples | The Footprint Diary
10242016 Procida is tiny. There are a few beaches, that were not quite open yet, a few stores and restaurants and that is about it. Mark loved being able to walk from end to end of the island in a few hours. A Weekend in Pretty Procida | Gillian's Lists
10252016 The beach has a plenty of colorful houses and this scene would be a symbol of Procida Island. Along the beach line of 4 km, you can see pink, sky blue and lemon yellow buildings. About Procida | amoitaly.com
10262016 Just fior di latte cheese, organic tomatoes and basil. Nothing more. Nothing less. And how much will two of the best pizzas in the world with two waters set you back? Sorbillo: The Best Pizza in Naples | An American in Rome
10272016 This lovely old palazzo, once the residence of the owner’s aristocratic forebears and now a stylish and intimate boutique hotel, offers a central location near the Villa Comunale, a top-class restaurant and the atmosphere of a rather grand private home. Palazzo Marziale Sorrento, Campania, Italy | The Telegraph
10282016 Museo Correale in Sorrento has some of the most precious fine art collections in Italy. As you stroll through the museum you will think that you are in an old mansion as the museum is not limited to just paintings, but also has other types of art such as porcelain, glass, and furniture collections. Top Ten Things to Do in Amalfi Coast | Tripedia
10292016 Zucchini flowers make one of the most delicate and enchanting antipasti during their season. On the Amalfi Coast you will find all sizes  from the small and delicate zucchini ones to the “jumbo” pumpkin flowers! And once they have been stuffed and property cooked they are a culinary delight. My favourite thing to do on the Amalfi Coast… | My Amalfi Coast
10302016 Madre is a top local destination for contemporary art lovers, and one of the best contemporary art museums in all of Italy. The impressive three-storey building that houses the collection is situated in the very heart of Naples’ historical center and was renovated by Portuguese ‘starchitect’ Alvaro Siza. Naples' 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries and Museums | Culture Trip
10312016 ROOFTOP TERRACE I make no bones about having a soft spot for Italy’s Bay of Naples and its neighbouring resorts. This is a part of the world we visit annually, but with good reason. The weather’s great. The food’s delicious. There’s an ancient site at every turn and the lush plains and mountainous scenery is as good as anywhere. Travel: I left my heart in Naples | Birmingham Mail

Saturday, October 1, 2016

SEPTEMBER 2016

CINGULI (CHIN-GWEE-LEE)




















09012016 Calitrian cuisine is renowned in the area for being very tasty yet with a little bit of spice. From chickpea soups to peppery minced pork patties and sun-ripe tomatoes, the food is hearty and sublime. Under the tutelage of Tania I was introduced to a regional pasta. Making Cinguli with the Locals in Calitri - the Italian Town You Dream Of | more than burnt toast
09022016 Primarily an agricultural city in origin it continues that tradition to this day. Avellino carries its inland beauty well. It sits in the Sabato valley with the Apennines Mountains wrapping its arms around it. Small villages can be seen from the center of town into the hillsides, making this area a potential postcard in each direction. Avellino | Life in Italy
09032016 Sant'Agata de' Goti is a small, friendly and active town. There was also the town's Sunday market where I got some interesting finds. I took home different kinds of peppers, tomatoes, Sorrento lemons and dried oregano. They were organically grown by the farmers who were selling at the market themselves. Cooking & Traveling in Italy and Beyond | Apron and Sneakers
09042016 If you bump into this area at lunchtime or for dinner, you should eat at Da Nennella, a crowded trattoria offering simple and tasty food from the neapolitan tradition, such as friarielli (broccoli rabe), zucchine alla scapece (fried zucchini seasoned with mint, evoo and vinegar), mozzarella in carrozza (fried mozzarella), pasta patate e scamorza (pasta with potatoes and scamorza cheese) and a lot more. Discovering Naples | La Dani Gourmet
09052016 To explore the secret city that spreads below the historic center: underground Naples. Beside being a very interesting visit to learn more about the city's history, the adventure feeling highly appeals to children! The tour begins right in the historic center, from where we went down to 40 meters depth. Naples With Kids (Italy) | Travel with my kids
09062016 Set against the backdrop of seaside Italian cities, “Les Napolitains” embraces the irrepressible sartorial spirit of Naples, renowned worldwide for its boldness and precise tailoring. Christian Louboutin Welcomes ‘Boys Of Summer’ In New Campaign Video | Footwear News
09072016 Dolce & Gabbana put a spin on the jersey of famous retired S.S.C. Napoli player Diego Maradona, rendering number 10’s kit in silk with crystal embellishments. 9 Things to Know About Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda Show in Naples | Vogue
09082016 Thanks to an ancient system of artificial terraces cut into the hillside on which Positano sits, the seaside villa may have sprawled across more than 2.25 acres. The quality of the wall paintings is very high, and the triclinium’s decorative program seems unique. Romans on the Bay of Naples | Archaeology Magazine
09092016 The ascent begins behind the Botanical Garden and it goes along the slopes of Capodimonte. Moiariello is a charming hamlet, quite isolated from the rest of the city, though located nearby the centre of Naples. Salita Moiarello | Eventi Napoli
09102016 The horses first took us through a jungle-like deciduous forest, a beautiful nature reserve where vines had taken over the ground and birds were chirping all around us. The highlight of the journey was the moment we reached a place quite high atop the Vesuvius, where we could sit and stare at the stunning view of the Gulf of Naples while the sun was setting. Horseback riding in Naples | Always Abroad
09112016 Pepperoncino reigns king, fresh seafood is abundant and the pizza is the best in the world. In Naples and these coastal areas seafood is the local staple. However, if you head inland in the provinces of Salerno, Avellino, Benevento and Caserta, the focus changes from mare (the sea) to terra (the earth). Top 10 regional dishes of Campania | Charming Italy
09122016 This shape of pasta is called "Pacchero" and it has been served with a tomato sauce and basil. Now pasta from Gragnano is the best pasta of the world, can't be compared with all the industrial pasta brands which maybe are very good, but at Gragnano the industry of pasta is just the best. Flavours from Naples | Cristina Polizzi
09132016 The issue really is that a day in Naples is not enough time to explore the full breadth of the city’s art and archaeology, its ridiculously good food and fascinating underground, its vibrance and energy. Should I Take a Day Trip from Rome to Naples? | Revealed Rome
09142016 Giovanna Battaglia may have done Capri best — her blowout wedding. Against a backdrop of gem-toned turquoise waters, picturesque architecture, and seemingly flawless weather year-round, it's the ideal setting for an Instagram. There's a Reason Models and Designers Are All Going to Capri | W Magazine
09152016 I found out it was a favourite spot for a Roman emperor, has inspired artists for hundreds of years, and has become a huge tourist attraction on the Isle of Capri. Enchantedly beautiful blue grotto on isle of Capri | hungryfaces
09162016 In the bay near Baia are ongoing excavations, but parts of the ancient town are underwater due to seismic activity over the centuries.  We had hoped to take a glass-bottom boat to see some of the sites but unfortunately they only do the tours on weekends at this time of year. Exploring the Ruins in Baia | Saltscape
09172016 Nightfall in Positano, on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, we were enveloped by the blackness curling around the coastline while inside the restaurant, hundreds of candles glowed, what felt like the safest place to be on Earth that night. At the table next to me, a woman from Texas, a writer stood up, and in her soft Southern drawl, delivered an impromptu speech about the importance of writing, the commitment to the process. Dreaming Of Italy | LocoMotive
09182016 On the one hand, the art collection held and displayed in this museum is, in scope and richness, second only to the Galleria degli Uffizi. On the other hand this is also an important Royal palace that lets visitors learn a lot about the changing role of Naples (former capital of an independent kingdom) within European history. Study Abroad in Italy Blog | Naples Study Liberal Arts | CIEE
09192016 Our afternoon was spent at the sulfur mines of Pozzuoli. Most people couldn’t handle the smell of the sulfur, but lucky me can’t smell anything with my sinuses, and the steam was actually very refreshing to open my sinuses! Amalfi Adventures: Underwater ruins, sulfur mines, thermal baths, and too much Limoncello | Mary Kesinger
09202016 Balance architectural landmarks with the natural beauty of the Isle of Capri's rugged coastline, and the seaside villages and cliffs found along the Amalfi Coast. Amalfi Coast Tours | Tauck World Discovery
09212016 Down by the sea, there are plenty of hidden masterpieces within churches and monasteries, and shady squares serving spritzes. Up in the hills, reached by funicular railway, the note is more cool luxury, with imposing villas looking out over the Bay of Naples. Things to do in Naples: where to stay, eat and drink | London Evening Standard
09222016 We compared like with like, an initial tasting of 21 different types of raw tomato, narrowing it down to the top eight, which I cooked down with olive oil, salt, fresh basil and garlic. Finally, we tried each sauce with a forkful of spaghetti. The clear winner was I Sapori Di Corbara Sua Eccellenza. Top tomatoes: gourmet canned and jarred varieties tested | The Guardian
09232016 The magnificent tall ship Royal Clipper is the biggest head-turner of them all as it nips in and out of ports and harbours during the Mediterranean season. This sleek and elegant sailing ship — whose design is an echo of the trading clippers of the 19th century — calls at Amalfi and Sorrento. The glitziest voyages along Italy's starry Amalfi Coast | DailyMail
09242016 I had flown from Manchester on a grey, drizzly afternoon and landed just a few hours later in the relative paradise of Naples. The hour-long drive to my hotel in Sorrento passed in no time, helped by spectacular views from the coast road – on sheer cliff faces hugged tightly by the blue water of the Mediterranean. Sorrento offers a real taste of 'la dolce vita' - and you'll be left craving a second helping | The Mirror
09252016 Some of the best views of the Amalfi Coast can be found in the 13th century gardens of Ravello's Villa Rufolo. 27 Photos That Prove Italy is Heaven on Earth | Harper's Bazaar
09262016 A true bespoke suit is cut entirely by hand, a process that at Rubinacci requires 54 man-hours and is based on a paper pattern cut specifically for you. Exactly one week after arriving in Naples, I’m standing in the courtyard wearing the final product. “When a gentleman comes to Rubinacci, we try to discover the style he has inside.” Get Suited by the Best Bespoke Tailor on Earth | Bloomberg
09272016 In Cetara, a tiny fishing village on the Amalfi Coast, “sardine culture is a religion,” Bottura says. The town is home to Al Convento, Pasquale Torrente’s casual restaurant and pizzeria serving sardines, anchovies, tuna, and other local delicacies. Massimo Bottura’s 11 Favorite Restaurants in Italy | Robb Report
09282016 Napoli may now be one of Italian football’s major forces, but this has not always been true. One thing that has remained constant through the years of ups and downs has been the city’s relationship with the team. For so long, Napoli have represented the Southern Italian spirit; fight, persistence, and resilience against all odds. Napoli: The siren and her city | Ghanasoccernet.com
09292016 A mantle of woods covers Irpinia, the green heart of Campania, a true paradise for lovers of outdoor life and sports. A spell of colors and scents that invites to walk in an intact environment, along routes that reveal spectacular views, ideal to spend some days away from stress and in contact with nature. Avellino... land of castles and uncontamined nature | Campaniafoodetravel
09302016 Some of the buildings have remnants of their upper floor, which is quite unusual, and Herculaneum had a central bathhouse or thermae with sections for both men and women. The men’s baths had two entrances opening onto the paelestra, which was a recreational area and meeting place. Visit Herculaneum – A Fantastic Alternative to Pompeii | LuxuryColumnist

Thursday, September 1, 2016

AUGUST 2016

EXPLORE ON FOOT


















08012016 Historic Naples starts the minute you walk off your ship, with the 13th-century Castel Nuovo right in front of you. Cross the road and you will head into the city’s shopping streets, grand avenues that give way to historic narrow streets filled with bars, cafes and churches. The best walks around the beautiful Italian city | Daily Express
08022016 Since I went to Southern Italy with my parents, we did stay at the Hilton in Sorrento which is one of the most stunning properties ever. Located exclusively on a little hill it offers some of the most mind-blowing views of the Coast. Italy in ten: Rome, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast & Capri | Melange of Musings
08032016 Notice the population at the base of the volcano? Approximately 3 million people live in the active volcano’s path! Mt Vesuvius is a sight to behold… so large, it took me a few moments to realize what I was seeing. Isle of Capri, Italy | Ann's Entitled Life
08042016 Positano is a city on a hill, so there was lots and lots of walking up through winding streets. After exploring and then grabbing some food (pizza, obviously), I relaxed on the beach while waiting for my ferry to come pick me up. Amalfi Coast Photo Diary | Lush to Blush
08052016 One of the reasons we decided to stay in Praiano was we wanted a relaxing ocean summer escape away from the crowds, and I wanted to be near the ocean without the pressure of having to buy a drink, buy a meal ie. a more local beach. In love with Praiano | tokyokaleidoscope
08062016 Zass Restaurant at Il San Pietro: a top-notch fine-dining experience with a view. A few flights of stairs down from the entrance is a terrace, with colorful tiled benches and a stunning views of the coastline. We arrived early so we could enjoy some Aperol spritz, wine, and the classic Italian bar snack: nuts and olives. Positano: What I Wore, What I Ate, & Where I Stayed On The Amalfi Coast | Champagne for Everyday
08072016 Yet, to really know Naples, one should also experience some of the mundane and sometimes quirky rituals. Leave a “caffé sospeso”: following an old habit, in many coffee shops you can pay for an extra espresso to be offered to those who can't afford it. 29 Things You Must Do In Naples | Italy Magazine
08082016 Perhaps it was a romantic honeymoon, tracing family heritage or maybe a dream vacation. So how did I end up here? I’ll share a little bit about what lured me here and what compelled me to stay. I do hope you’ll share your own story about how you fell in love with the Amalfi Coast in the comments below! Bitten by the Amalfi Coast Bug | Ciao Amalfi
08092016 Procida is an island that will win your heart. The Italian Island That’s Just As Breathtaking As Cinque Terre | The Huffington Post
08102016 At arrival in Pompeii, we started our guided visit with Stefano, a Pompeii local guide. Guided tours in Pompeii are only allowed with one of their official guides, which guarantees they will be absolute experts on the history of the city. Pompeii & Sorrento coast: day trip from Rome | ARW - Travel Blog & Photography
08112016 If you stay in Positano and your hotel doesn’t have a pool, avoid the main beach, and head along the rather-hidden path to the right and after a 5-10 minute walk you’ll get to Fornillo beach, which is busy but more secluded and just more pleasant. Positively Positano | Been There Done It
08122016 I just got back from sailing the Amalfi coast in Italy, and I was reminded how much I like homemade Limoncello. #620...limoncello | Christie Chase
08132016 You might enjoy this recipe at Ristorante Il Convento in Cetara on our tour in the Amalfi Coast, inspired by Chef Pasquale Torrente. Spaghetti con Colatura di Alici (Anchovies Extract) | Food.Stories.Travel
08142016 Jetty and umbrellas, Salerno. Italian Blues, Amalfi Coast Edition | Teapots and Polka Dots
08152016 The Tavern Santa Maria de Domno, dug in a Lombard church will be able to offer an atmosphere of real antiquity: ingredients such as barley, chicory, escarole and tasty buffalo mozzarella. Salerno travel guide | Ecobnb
08162016 One of our favorite places to have lunch is this cute little Casa e Bottega cafe in Positano. They made eating there a wonderful experience, and with fresh, organic ingredients, I’ll say the food was amazing. Italy's southern treasure – the Amalfi Coast. | Dish by Dish
08172016 Positano’s beauty lies in its magical setting. There is no better way to digest this beauty than at a slow pace with a dreamy view of the town, accompanied by a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio, fresh simple cuisine, and of course, a shot of limoncello. Amalfi Coast: Top Positano Restaurants | Forbes
08182016 My favorite beach club in Capri. The location right by the Faraglioni is spectacular. The food at the restaurant is great and I love wiling away the hours there eating a pasta ai frutti di mare. But definitely drink lots of wine before you get the bill, it’s surprisingly pricey. Sailing Capri and the Amalfi Coast | Santosha
08192016 We also spent an entire day getting happily lost in "the real Capri," away from the crowds. We hiked coastline trails and navigated narrow cobblestone streets. At one point, we stumbled upon an old monastery that still houses an amazing art collection. The Amalfi Coast and Capri, Part II | the cul-de-sac
08202016 Salvatore Ferragamo is being feted with an exhibition at his native Bonito, a small town in the Campania region in Southern Italy. The footwear styles served as an inspiration for five up-and-coming artists. Salvatore Ferragamo Honored With Exhibition in His Hometown | WWD
08212016 I love Gragnano for its simple, grapey, happy deliciousness.  This is an inky black wine, native to the area around Napoli, has tiny bubbles and varying levels of residual sugar. Never too sweet, always a little spicy with notes of black pepper to perfectly counterpoint its fruity freshness.  Low in alcohol, served chilled, and perfect in stubby water glasses; this, happily, is not a serious wine. Forza Napoli! | Italian Wine Geek: Joanie Bonfiglio-Karapetian
08222016 On Capri, an island 20 minutes by ferry from Sorrento, the views are spectacular everywhere you look. The water is crystal clear and china blue. Swept off your feet by Sorrento and Capri | Detroit Free Press
08232016 The Royal Palace of Caserta is one of Italy's remarkable architectural structures which gained its fame from being "the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque". Reggia di Caserta... Symbol of Italian architecture | Kuwait News Agency
08242016 Naples boasts beautiful scenery which wasendless sources of inspiration for the painting of the nineteenth century school of Posillipo. Thousands of legends and great buildings characterize different periods and breathtaking views as seen from one of our vintage Vespa, guided by our expert. Guided Tour of Naples by Vintage Vespa | TravelAmalfi
08252016 Naples is Italy's third-largest city, and it’s one of the oldest, most artistic and most delicious. “Il Centro Storico” (historic centre) is a Unesco World Heritage Site; add on the archaeological treasures and you are among the world's most impressive and glorious of castles and churches. It makes Rome look so “provincial” (Madonna Mia). Napoli, Italy  | The Suburban Newspaper
08262016 As "fascinating as it is contradictory, ravishingly beautiful yet dilapidated and chaotic", Naples makes a brilliant destination for a weekend break. The Guardian says. Naples: Beauty out of chaos | The Week
08272016 Puffing out clouds of vapor continuously is a volcanic phenomenon not far from Naples. It’s the Phlegraean Fields a sprawling constellation of ancient volcanic centers near the Tyrrhenian Sea and extending under the sapphire-blue waters. The Solfatara Crater, a steaming, smelly reminder of nature’s explosive power, is the star of the bunch. Steamy, dusty volcanic field in Italy shows Earth’s power | azcentral
08282016 We stayed at the Terme Manzi, a thermal pool resort just outside of Ischia’s harbor. It is known for its spa treatments, and each of us was offered a free 30 minute treatment of our choosing. The Islands of Ischia and Capri | Our Tuscan Year
08292016 You can spend the day exploring twelve different types of swimming pools and baths, each heated to a different temperature. The park is located in Lacco Ameno,  a short ride on the bus from Ischia Porto. One of the things I enjoyed most about Negombo was the lovely natural setting, which boasts more than 500 varieties of mediteranean and exotic plants. Ischia: Negombo Thermal Water Park | Become More
08302016 At the centre of the treatment programs found in Ischia, is the use of mud. The mud is created by using a combination of the island’s thermal water and clay which is full of minerals that can be used to treat a wide range of diseases and ailments. Thermal waters and mud from Ischia | Healthy and Nourished
08312016 The pastel cliff-side houses of Sant’Angelo glittered across the small bay. But, I soon came to learn, change comes slowly to Ischia. Its southern coast feels especially removed from the forward march of the rest of the world. Lizards still seem to outnumber houses. Wine at beachside restaurants still goes for $4 a carafe. Touring Ischia, the Italian Island Where Time (Mostly) Stands Still | The Wall Street Journal

Monday, August 1, 2016

JULY 2016

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07012016 Sfogliatella - This piece of heaven was my breakfast every morning when I was in Napoli, Italy. Every morning I would think to myself “I have to take a picture of this incredible…” and then would start eating it before I realized what I was doing!! How can anything be that flaky??? Heaven Sent Breakfast…Napoli, Italy | The Sartorialist
07022016 I love this little spot: a warm and welcoming restaurant in the village of Montepertuso, nestled in a hillside overlooking the coast and Positano below. Very tasty antipasti comes served in a large radicchio leaf: a deep-fried courgette flower, marinated capers, mini buffalo mozzarella and fried courgette. For a main course I recommend the Aqua Pazza. Great little Italian restaurants on the Amalfi Coast | Condé Nast Traveller
07032016 The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria comprises three magnificent connecting mansions dating back to 1834, its most impressive feature a vast terrace that overlooks the Gulf of Naples. There are few better places in all of Italy to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, and afterwards I make my way to the hotel’s Michelin-­starred restaurant. Discover Pompeii and the Gulf of Naples, a luxury destination in the shadow of Vesuvius | City AM
07042016 History has it that in 1948 the Prior of the Carthusian monastery came across the old secret formulas of certain perfumes. Still today, the scents of Capri are made exclusively from what nature on Capri provides, resulting in perfumes that are as unique as the island that produced them. The perfumes of Capri | The Magazine HUB
07052016 La Conchiglia Villa offers a place from which to savour every aspect of this celebrated pleasure island. It has five en suite bedrooms and benefits from a private solarium, swimming pool, BBQ and wood oven and beautifully landscaped grounds. Sunbathing offers vantage points over quintessentially Caprese white rooftops and blue waters. Capri: island of rare beauty and charm - Passepartout Homes Blog
07062016 The town of Tufo lies about 20 kilometers north of Avellino, more or less on the road to Benevento. Benito Ferrara’s eight hectares of vines are situated high among those hills, between 450 and 600 meters. All the steep vineyards face south – ideal location and ideal exposition for producing great Greco di Tufo. More on Campania’s Golden Triangle | Tom's Wine Line
07072016 Shopping is a unique experience in Capri... from little craftsmen shops to famous brands boutiques... there are so many gorgeous things! You cannot not buy the famous flat sandals so much loved by Jackie Kennedy. Italian Paradises: Capri! | The Travel Book
07082016 Positano is very romantic. A must stop for all our romantic readers. You can find great food, gelato and wine. The hotels and B&Bs have great views. Enjoy! Positano Pictorial | Travel in Italy Blog
07092016 Some of the best views of the Amalfi Coast can be found in the 13th century gardens of Ravello's Villa Rufolo. 27 Photos That Prove Italy is Heaven on Earth | Harper's Bazaar
07102016 Sail along ancient Mediterranean trade routes along the Neapolitan islands of Procida, Capri, Ischia, on to the splendid towns of the Amalfi coast. Amalfi, being the oldest Maritime Republic in Italy, boasts a history as rich and dramatic as the coastal cliffs ascending behind it. Sailing and Savoring the Amalfi Coast | Peggy Markel's Culinary Adventures
07112016 View of The Faraglioni Rocks Capri with Sorrento in the distance form peak of Mt Solaro. Trip to Capri Amalfi Coast Italy | Greenwich Village Italian
07122016 A certain peach gelato from our honeymoon stuck out in my mind, which I had bought on our last visit near the main beach in Positano. We went back to the same place and sure enough, they had the gelato. It was just as I remembered, cool and refreshing with little chunks of frozen peaches throughout. Amalfi Coast: Positano, Capri, & Ravello, Italy - Travel Guide | A Couple Cooks
07132016 Ravello. A mountain top town with cathedral and the Villa Rufolo with very nice gardens and great views that enchanted many artists in the early 20th century. Amalfi, Ravello, Sorrento. | Garden Diary
07142016 Positano is truly stunning and it’s the perfect place to explore for a day, even for a few hours. We simply had lunch here and it was enough to take in all the beauty it has to offer. We treated ourselves to a yacht for the day as we didn’t have enough time to spend more than a few hours in each place but it is easy for you to jump on a public ferry to arrive here. Postcard Positano | Sabrina Chakici
07152016 Stopped curbside outside the Il San Pietro di Positano Hotel passenger heartbeats return to normal levels, and through the doors the world turns into something off a movie set. A faint salty, lemony scent perfumes the air. The sky is a Van Gogh palette blue, and the sea a glittering mythological aegean blue. Amalfi Coast & Capri | Weston Table
07162016 Cratere degli Astroni is one of the few well-preserved craters of the whole Phlegraean fields.  It represents what in geology is defined as a caldera, i.e. a large depression of the Earth’s surface today occupied by deep a thick and well-preserved woodland and lakes that makes the Phlegraean fields a unique place in the world. Sabrina Luxury Collection's Amalfi Coast - Travel Guide | Sabrina Luxury Collection
07172016 This was my typical breakfast (colazione) at Villa Maria each of my three wonderful  days there. Vincenzo the owner makes all types of different jams from the fruit he grows on his farmer way up in the hill of the beautiful little town of Minori. Vino Vongole & Lemonade in Capri Positano & The Amalfi Coast | Back to Italy
07182016 We had to stop in Naples for pizza. We passed through Naples twice on our trip and could not justify not making a stop to grab a bite of what makes Naples famous - pizza. San Marzano tomatoes are sourced a few miles outside the city on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and are fresher here than anywhere else in the world. The Vacation: Capri, Positano, Naples, and Rome |  Windsor Kitchen
07192016 I should say that Il Buco in Sorrento was the best meal I had in Italy. It certainly was the most elegant- and most expensive. Beef cheek ravioli, calamari  two ways, beef filet and pork medallions… it was all exquisitely made. But to me, the beauty of being in Italy is that top-notch Italian is de rigor. Dateline: the Amalfi Coast | The Musing Bouche
07202016 The center of Naples is really pretty, the traffic is crazy and there are a ton of cute streets with clotheslines full with colorful clothes. In this post, I will show you my photos of Naples and I’ll also share some tips of things I think were the most fun to do and see in Naples! Travel Diary Italy - Part I – Naples | Retro Sonya
07212016 Stop by Hotel Villa Gabrisa in Positano and sit across by the coast while you have lunch followed by an espresso. Amalfi Coast | Razan Masri
07222016 Every year, the much respected Travel+Leisure magazine invites its readers to vote. "This is a tremendous honor for Ischia," says Giancarlo Carriero, proprietor of the island's iconic Regina Isabella Hotel, which has been welcoming celebrities and the glamorati since it opened in 1956. Sometimes known as Hollywood's Mediterranean home, the Regina Isabella - with its elegant spa. Ischia Voted Best Island in Europe & Third Best Island in the World | Luxury Travel Media
07232016 Road-tripping though Ravello, Sorrento, and finally landing in Capri, the Danish stylist explored the area’s secluded villas and lush gardens in between sips of—what else?—rosé and bites of homemade pasta from a restaurant neighboring Sophia Loren’s former villa. Pernille Teisbaek’s Amalfi Coast Avventura Is As Stylish As You Would Expect | Vogue
07242016 This coastal city is really an island. A beautiful and historical destination where everyday travelers and celebrities alike come to enjoy the amazing sights, culture, and of course, food! At only a little over 4 square miles in size, this island is packed tight with wonders galore. Top 10 Italian Coastal Cities | Earth Porn
07252016 This is probably Capri’s most impressively located hotel. Punta Tragara is, in the words of Le Corbusier, who drew up the 1920s master plan for what was then a private villa, “an extension of the rock”. Punta Tragara Capri, Italy | The Telegraph
07262016 "There’s nothing new about the Amalfi Coast," says Rosati, "but it’s the nicest place to be. The weather is perfect, the people are nice, the food is amazing, and the setting is just gorgeous." Why You Need to Travel to the Amalfi Coast Now | InStyle
07272016 Travel back into the fascinating world of the Romans in Pompeii and the Bay of Naples, including insight from historical novelist Lindsey Davis. Discover the lives of gladiators, slaves, citizens and senators on this exclusive five-day tour. The secrets of Pompeii, with Lindsey Davis | The Telegraph
07282016 The Amalfi Coast is not only a vacation spot, it is a historic resort area dating back centuries. The most recent regal palace is that of King Charles VII of Naples. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles, the 18th century Caserta Palace includes 5 floors and 1,200 rooms. It is the largest royal palace in the world.  5 unique things to do around the Amalfi Coast | A Luxury Travel Blog
07292016 In Positano, we stayed at Le Agavi Hotel which has beautiful postcard views. Every evening we would drink wine and watch the summer storms roll in from our balcony. The Amalfi Coast, Italy | Our Imaginary Fans
07302016 She's a star of the catwalk, who loves coding when she's not ruling the runway. But Karlie Kloss was taking a break from both modelling and studying at the weekend as she enjoyed a sedate stroll around the Italian island of Capri with a female friend. Picture perfect | DailyMail
07312016 In fact what geology and nature created is a naturally beautiful, authentically Italian island. And despite being just 1.5 miles square, modern Procida has lots of little delights for the visitor. Quayside trattorias and bars offer tasty refreshments, without breaking the bank. Procida, the prettier little sister to Capri and Ischia | L'Italo-Americano Newspaper

Friday, July 1, 2016

JUNE 2016

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06012016 On April 25, Hadid’s first posthumous project, the new Salerno Maritime Terminal, was inaugurated in the Italian port city. “Like an oyster, the terminal’s hard, asymmetric shell protects the softer elements within,” ZHA writes in a project description, “sheltering passengers from the intense Mediterranean sun during the popular tourist season.” Zaha Hadid’s First Posthumous Building Was Inspired by an Oyster Shell | Slate
06022016 "Hostel of the Sun really made my trip to Naples. The entire staff was enthusiastic and welcoming, and they helped me plan out my time in Naples. Twice a week they have a delicious free dinner with cheap sangria, and since it's a fairly small hostel it was really easy to meet people!” The 10 Best Hostels in the World | Grabr
06032016 In the Bay of Naples, every island has its own distinct and delicious cuisine. Capri has recently emerged as a showcase for contemporary Campanian cooking, and its carriage-trade clientele provides an eager audience for young chefs looking beyond such classics as spaghetti alle vongole. Naples is a street-food city par excellence, but the only acceptable ambulatory eating in Capri is an ice cream cone. Go on a Culinary Island-Hopping Trip in the Bay of Naples | Robb Report
06042016 The Aglianico grape, blended or alone, makes interesting wines all over southern Italy, but in Taurasi the volcanic soils and altitude make a wine of extraordinary power, complexity and freshness. The Lonardo family makes one of the best examples of Taurasi I have drunk, cleanly made but complex, intriguing and fine. Contrade di Taurasi | Oliver McCrum Wines
06052016 Cilentano ai fichi is one of the most ancient types of cheese made by a Casa Madaio dairy farm in Cilento, Campania, Italy. Mixture of sheep, cow and buffalo milk is used to make the cheese, which is then covered with figs and dried on bamboo racks with natural ventilation. The cheese has a milky aroma infused with a mild buttery flavor and a hint of figs. 31 Italian Cheeses: Goat, Cow, Buffalo and Sheep, Oh My! | Grand Voyage Italy
06062016 On a recent visit to Acciaroli, Cilento park area, dr. Maisel noted two dietary habits all the residents had in common. “Everybody ate anchovies,” he told NPR. “Also, every meal, they have the plant rosemary in almost everything they cook with.”Longevity is due to a combination of good genes and healthy eating. Maisel also observed that Acciaroli’s residents don’t seem overly preoccupied with exercise.  Secrets of an Italian village that's home to 300 people over 100 years old | Fox News
06072016 Cilento has crystal clear waters on the Tyrrhenian sea, Greek ruins, protected national parks and beautiful seaside towns like Castellabate. So then – why is Cilento little known globally? Cilento was the setting for the well-loved Italian comedy, Benvenuti al Sud. If you haven’t heard of/watched the movie yet, I insist you do (with subtitles, of course!). Benvenuti al Sud: A Weekend in Cilento, Italy | Happiest When Exploring
06082016 Start your delectable spa day immersed in the natural hot springs of Sorgeto. The underground volcanic heat rises, steams and bubbles in the rock pools creating a natural Jacuzzi with a breathtaking panorama. Embrace the experience by using some of the naturally formed volcanic mud as a face mask and allow your skin to drink up the essential vitamins and minerals. A Superyacht Spa Day in Ischia | MY Starfire
06092016 A number of the exotic plant species in the world famous Mortella gardens, created by British composer Sir William Walton and his Argentinian wife, Susana, will certainly give a narcotic high. But the highest geographical spot on the island is Mount Epomeo (789m, 2589ft), which towers above Ischia. A path leads to the summit from the traditional village of Fontana, giving spectacular view of the island and the Bay of Naples. Ischia, Italy | Let's Travel Magazine
06102016 Dining outside on a balmy summer evening, I watch luxury yachts bob up and down in the Ischia marina as a guitar player gently strums away. Breaking the peace, chef Raymond appears holding a fish the size of a small child. "You're going to eat this fish for every course!' he proudly declares. "It will be delicious." Lauren Taylor samples the delights of Italy's Ischia island | basingstokegazette.co.uk
06112016 The Etruscans were the first to discover the wonders of the thermal waters and healing muds of Ischia, and everybody's been enjoying them since. Rheumatism, stress, and skin disorders are just some of the battery of ills that can be alleviated by these therapies. Yes, the very therapies that my grandfather used to do for ten days every summer in Italy. But I was surprised, really surprised, by how much I loved my treatment. Forget Capri. We'll Take Volcanic Ischia Instead | Fathom
06122016 This 12th century seaside castle is the oldest fortification to survive standing in the city of Naples. According to a famous legend, Roman poet Virgil placed an egg under it; were it to break, hardship would fall upon the city's inhabitants and the city would suffer unspeakable chaos. Thankfully, it appears that's just a folk tale. Top 10 Dream Castles in Italy | blouinartinfo.com
06132016 Chiaia (say kiy-ay-A) beach in Forio is one of the most child friendly beaches on the island of Ischia. Close to town with a panoramic view of Forio and the bay, this wide stretch of beach is lovely and flat and leaves ample space for kids to run around and build sand castles, not to mention playing with all the other kids whose parents had the same idea. What To Do With Your Kids In Ischia | Ischia...from the back of a Moped
06142016 A quiet scenic boat ride along the Sorrento Coast will take you to the burred city, for a guided tour of the ruins in the discovery of Roman civilization: an extraordinary reliving of history, art and nature. Explore the majestic and poignant mount of Vesuvio that always looked over the Neapolitan landscape. Sorrento to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius by Boat | TourTipster
06152016 I went directly to Fornillo beach from Rosa dei Venti. Although it’s still Fornillo, I’ve never walked down these stairs that take you directly to Fornillo beach so it was nice to see a different side to this area. There were a lot of stairs down, then again this is Positano and the one thing you should know is that there are stairs everywhere. Weekend in Positano, Amalfi Coast - Snapchat stories | BrowsingItaly
06162016 I could not, and decided to dress up these striped aubergines in a pickle following a traditional recipe from Naples. In Italy vegetables such as aubergine,  cauliflower and zucchini are often prepared alla scapece which basically means they are marinated in vinegar and frequently also spiced with garlic. Striped aubergines in a pickle | Italian Notes
06172016 We arrived at Pizzaria La Notizia, tired and hungry, to a 30 minute wait. Only in Naples will you find basil the size of shiso leaves and sweet, bright red tomatoes that taste like they’ve been kissed by the sun. As good as the pizza was, the calzone was a revelation – a puffy torpedo of goodness featuring creamy buffalo ricotta covered with fatty strutto, a Neapolitan form of cured lard. Naples Italy – The Best Pizza in the World | 2foodtrippers
06182016 This laid-back boutique hotel — one of the most stylish spots in the Sorrento area — has a modern, bright and breezy Mediterranean look, sea views to die for and the best breakfast in town. Maison La Minervetta Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Italy | The Telegraph
06192017 Irpinia boasts an exceptional artistic, historical and archaeological heritage which makes it one of the most surprising areas of the Apennines. There are six archaeological sites, including the ancient Abellinum (the town from which Avellino derived its name). Immersed in a natural setting of great beauty, Irpinia is a land of feuds, principalities and baronies, and home to numerous castles and fortresses. The Best of Italy in Irpinia | The Italian Tribune
06202016 Soon we were allowed to walk on board and look around this little ship which had blue furnishings and was cool and welcoming on board. Many of us chose to sit up on one of the canvas-roofed open decks to benefit from the sea breeze. The sun shone, the sea sparkled and there was lots to look at as we sailed at 10.35 a.m. from Ischia towards Procida and Naples. Rosa d'Abundo, the concluding piece | Haynes World
06212016 Campania, Canyon of Furore, Amalfi Coast, Italy. Can’t afford a house with a private pool? How about a beach instead? | Travel Bucket List
06222016 An old lime kiln has been converted into a bar and gift shop, the old houses have been renovated, and a museum tells of the industrial heritage and botanical diversity of the fiord of Furore. On midday, the sun manages to break through the narrow gorge and shines on the short beach just a few meters wide, attracting a lot of people. Furore: An Italian Village Hidden in a Fjord | Amusing Planet
06232016 Even the elusive, internationally-renowned street artist Banksy has left his mark on Naples; his Holy Virgin in Piazza Girolamini remains largely intact and looks like a shrine (the city has recently approved plans to actually restore the artwork). Art in Naples | ConnVoyage
06242016 Graf­fi­ti, sten­cil, mu­ra­ls, paintings, sacred and profane images stand out on the screen, forcing us to acknowledge what was buried under idle routines. Tommaso reminds us that "Naples, however, is most of all a city of traditions and talking about street art means above all digging into the sacred imagery that is typical of local culture". A Documentary Among The Walls Of Naples | Cafébabel
06252016 Today we want to tell you more about one of the oldest Italian cheese: the Conciato Romano, produced in Castel di Sasso, in the province of Caserta (Campania). They say its origins date back to an ancient italic civilization called "Sanniti". The cheese is produced with a coagulation based om natural goat curd, performed at room temperature. After braking it by hands, it is pressed and placed in the baskets of wicker. Conciato Romano cheese | mychef.tv
06262016 Conciato romano is a pickled cheese - dating back to the Samnite civilization. Sitting  down with Lombardi and family as he opened up a terracotta amphora with that strong intense aroma was moving.  It was as if, after a year of ageing, he was presenting it to the world for the first time. Agriturismo Le Campestre's Conciato Romano - A Cheese with a Humble Past and a Glorious Future, Castel di Sasso (Ce) | andiamotrips
06272016 Procida’s most picturesque village, Corricella, tucked cozily into one of the island’s old craters. It’s an absolutely gorgeous vision of pastel paintbox hues, so the fishermen can identify their flat-roofed homes from the sea. Think Positano or Portofino with more character and without the designer shops, tour groups or steep hills! Procida, the prettier little sister to Capri and Ischia | L'Italo-Americano Newspaper
06282016 You can take your pick of restaurants in Corricella for lunch. This is your chance to enjoy a range of Mediterranean specialities, including fresh fish and favourite local dishes such as spaghetti with sea urchins or lemon salad. I enjoyed great meals in Procida at La Lampara, which also has splendid views of the bay. A day out in... Procida | The Local
06292016 The area is known for its limoncello - an easy assumption, once you catch a glance at the lemon grove -spotted valleys. And taking in such sights is easy. You can drive along the Amalfi Coast's main road, Strada Statale, or you can hop in one of the local (and readily available) ferries or boat excursions. 25 Photos of the Amalfi Coast That Will Spark Your Wanderlust | Travel + Leisure
06302016 Saying the food in Naples is extraordinary is like saying the sky is blue. It’s a given. Naples is the birthplace of pizza. Another Naples original is sfogliatelle, a ridged, shell-shaped, cream or custard-filled pastry. Cities Less Traveled: Revealing “Real” Italy in Naples | The Working Mom's Travels

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

MAY 2016

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05012016 The first winery I chose was Donnachiara. I had been to the winery before and had tasted the wines with Ilaria Petitto a number of times in NYC. I wanted to visit again to see what was new and how the wines had developed. Tasting Wine with Lunch at Donnachiara The winery is located in Montefalcione in the province of Avellino. Winemaker Angelo Valentino led us through a tasting of the wines. Tasting Wine with Lunch at Donnachiara | Charles Scicolone on Wine
05022016 Taurasi is in southern Italy, in the region of Campania, where it grows on volcanic soils. The soil lends the wine its most notable characteristics – black fruit flavors followed by smoke, ash, tobacco and black olives. Kicking Off 2015 – Good Wine & Good Food | Clō Wines
05032016 The steaming hot, plate-size pizza in a hole-in-the-wall pizzeria in the Spaccanapoli section of beautiful Naples, is an epiphany, and that overpriced Italianate snooty so-called trattoria in midtown has no clue what true pizza is. Summer in Italy, of course | Mara Writer
05042016 The grape itself is purported to be of ancient origin and is thought to be the same as the Colombina mentioned by the Roman author Pliny.  It reached the peak of its popularity towards the end of the 19th Century as it was very heavily replanted into the phylloxera ravaged vineyard areas of southern Italy. Piedirosso - Sannio, Campania, Italy | Fringe Wine
05052016 The neighborhood of Vomero has little in common with the historic center; the classics giving way to the avant-garde, but one thing hasn’t changed. Take the cable car to Morghen station and walk a few blocks to the Castel Sant’Elmo for a view of the city in all its splendor. Naples, Worldly Pleasures | in – LAN
05062016 This colorful apartment building conveys the magical, hearty feel of the city of Naples. Illuminated by the afternoon sun, the vivid colors and distinct shadows contrast nicely. This was a chance photo, snapped when I luckily looked up while strolling along the busy streets. Naples, Italy | Adam Allegro
05072016 A stay at Hotel della Piccola Marina places you in the heart of Capri, walking distance from Torre Saracena and Marina Piccola. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Gardens of Augustus and Piazzetta Capri. Property Location | Fancy
05082016 Rione Terra, is the ancient village of the historical center of Pozzuoli on the bay of Naples which was abandoned in the 1970s due to the slow rise or descent of the Earth’s surface caused by underground magma activity. Today the village is being restored by an amazing project funded by UNESCO which encapsulates more than 2,000 years of history in one place. Rione Terra Pozzuoli Tour 255 | Passion For Italy
05092016 A 40-second film by Tom Cannavan showing ancient Aglianico vines in the Sannio area of Campania, southern Italy. Believed to be 200 years old, the vines date from before Phyloxerra, and produce a ridiculously small number of grapes, which the Cantina of Taburno bottles as a wine called Bue Apis. Some of the world's oldest grape vines, Sannio, Campania, Italy | winepagesTV
05102016 Starting from the Napoli Centrale, you can take the local regional train. Look for signs for the Circumvesuviana which is the train system that passes through Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii before finally concluding its trip at Sorrento, where you can take the Sita Bus to the multiple cliff towns along the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. How to Get to Positano on the Amalfi Coast from Naples | StyleAt30
05112016 Praiano a small town situated on the Amalfi Coast. We stayed at the most beautiful hotel I've ever laid eyes on, Casa Angelina. The days ran together in Praiano as we spent the majority of our time relaxing by the pool or beach. The crystal clear mediterranean mixed with the sheer cliffs and rugged shoreline made this my favorite place on earth. Tique Travel: Italy Edition | Ruffles & Lace
05122016 My hotel offered a nice city guide that can be accessed via the smartphone as well. It won’t be too easy to find the Pedamentina a San Martino, Naples former pedestrian paths that go up the hill, connecting its residents to the lower, central areas. The stairs have over 414 steps and were built in the 15th century. It’s a rather easy path and you won’t have any problem walking up the hill, but you can also choose to walk them downhill. Things You Should Know Before Visiting Naples, Italy | Placeaholic
05132016 Various touristic ports will be visited. The visit will continue with a cruise on the gullet Silver Star towards Capri. Towards the evening the group will cruise towards Amalfi. The event concludes with a cruise through the protected area of Punta Campanella and a visit to the Medieval Castel of Castellammare of Stabia. Following lunch at Palazzo Petrucci in Naples. 4th Edition of “By Tourist on the Sea” | OnboardOnline
05142016 The first night I arrived at my friend’s house in Pozzuoli, a suburb of Naples, and we went out to a typical modern restaurant there. They recommended the octopus salad; I tried the octopus salad. Verdict: amazing. Naples and southern Italy are well-known for the way they use the bounty of the Mediterranean Sea in their cooking. Seafood there is known as ‘frutti di mare’ — literally, “fruit of the sea.” Guest Post: Know Your Food - Neapolitan Fruits of the Sea | A Dangerous Business
05152016 Pizza, and right off the bat we think of Sorbillo, da Attilio, di Matteo, da Michele, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, I Decumani, La Masardona… seafood, and though food snobs might cringe, the restaurants at the foot of the Castel dell’Ovo are all wonderful and our favourite is the Transatlantic where you will find the Neapolitans dining there too. A running list on Naples… | Your Italian Concierge
05162016 2014 Terre Stregate Falanghina del Sannio Svelato Campania C: light golden N: beautiful concentrated nose, sweet, concentrated, musk aroma P: clean, good acidity, lots of musk undertones, spicy pear V: 7, a bit too much on the palate Gambero Rosso 2016: Master Class – Special Awards | Talk-a-Vino
05172016 Perched like an eagle’s nest high up in the hills, Ravello has the best views across the coast; choose between the gardens in the Villa Cimbrone or Villa Rufolo. The Amalfi coast is a highlight of Italy’s Campania region | Woman's Weekly
05182016 Back to Sorrento-back for another visit with Chef Vincenzo Piacente, the Executive Chef at Hotel Parco dei Principi. 24 hours before beach season...but not too early to enjoy the sun from the terrace of Ristorante Gio' Ponti. And definitely just in time to try the chef's new dishes for the spring 2016 season. 1, 2 Fantastic Firsts, Chef Vincenzo Piacente, Ristorante Gio' Ponte, Sorrento (Na) | andiamotrips
05192016 The longest pizza in the world on the Naples water front: A group of chefs joined forces and attempted to make the longest pizza in the world - stretching across more than one mile of the Italian coastline. For the wood-fired pizza, which measured two kilometres, they used 2,000 kg of flour, 1,600 kg of tomatoes, 2,000 kg of mozzarella, 200 litres of oil, 30kg of fresh basil and 1500 litres of water. Naples chefs cook up the world's longest pizza which stretches for more than a MILE | mndailynews.com
05202016 There is a four hour photo editing class included in this trip. After the class you submit your best photo of the week, after you have edited it. Besides seeing the best of the “Amalfi Coast” on this tour, they take you to the Island of Capri, the historic Pompeii, and the town of Sorrento on the other side of the Peninsula. Photo Tours of the Amalfi Coast - The New Vacation | Carmen's Luxury Travel
05212016 The role of women in the world of wine is ever more central, both in the cellars and outside. Alexia with mum from Capolino Perlingieri in Campania. They make great white wines including Fiano, Greco and Falanghina “Wine, women and seduction” | Italian wine
05222016 We were ooh-ing and aah-ing inside the bus. It certainly took my breath away. It’s cheap transportation too! The fare from Napoli to Sorrento is only about 3 Euros. Then the tour bus costs 16 Euros to and from Amalfi. So that’s about 22 Euros of transportation expenses in total. I say not too shabby for such incredible views and travel experiences. South Italy Coast | The Sophomore Slump
05232016 Stand in the middle of an ancient arena where gladiators once battled, then head to Rione Terra, where the Pozzuoli Gulf serves as backdrop to Roman ruins. The bustling port town of Pozzuoli lies in a basin formed by volcanic activity and offers visitors a range of natural and historical sites. Pozzuoli Sightseeing Tour - Naples | Expedia
05242016 Also known as Trebulano, Casavecchia is a rediscovered red grape variety from Campania. Local legend has it that a single, forgotten vine was discovered among the ruins of Pontelatone, Italy, a gnarled old vine with a trunk 15 inches (40cm) wide, from which cuttings were taken and used to graft new vines. Italy Unit 14 - Campania | The World of Wine Review
05252016 Coda di Volpe is a grape that hails from the Campania region. There are both white and red grapes with this name, although the red is much more rare. I have had the white version often but have never tried the red version of this grape variety. Apparently, according to sources, Pliny gave the grape vine its name. Some say it was due to the color of the grape, others due to the shape. Italian Indigenous Varieties: Coda di Volpe Bianca from Campania | avvinare
05262016 Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi, Amalfi Coast - Family antiques pepper the cool, white interiors, which are splashed with Mediterranean colour on patterned tiles and fabrics. Dining on the terrace is romantic and breakfast in the morning is a joy, too. The 50 greatest hotels in Italy for a slice of la dolce vita | The Telegraph
05272016 Denizens of the Amalfi Coast will tell you that Capri is where you party into the night but Rav­ello is where you restore your soul. The jewel in the Caruso’s crown, though, is its stunning infinity pool. More than 300m above the sea and overlooking the Bay of Salerno, it is the perfect spot to enjoy one of the hotel’s famous bellinis and watch the sun go down. Romance in Ravello, Italy | The Australian
05282016 The bread Lemon looks like a fruit similar to a cedar tree, with thin outer skin and the inner white part well developed, hence its definition “bread.” This special feature that sets it apart and makes it a product of excellence is surely due to the particular climate of Procida and to the skilful care of some local farmers who preserve the ancient traditions of the island culture. Salad of bread Procida lemons. Aroma and taste islanders | Charme Naples: All the Beautiful and the Good of Naples and Campania
05292016 Well ever since first seeing that movie I've wanted to visit Procida island. I expected something wonderful... it turned out way better.  My soul aches whenever I see pictures of the lemon, strawberry and peach fishermen's houses, jostling their way up the hill, above seas of a blue so bright it hurts your eyes. Enchanting Procida Island | Exquisite Coasts
05302016 The best way to explore Procida is to take a tour of this island using a boat and enjoy the journey that lasts for 3 hours. There are different kinds of quality accommodation available across Procida including Bed & Breakfast inns, apartments and farm guesthouse along with hotels. Procida | Life in Italy
05312016 Self-guided Amalfi Coast tour sees walkers hike this outstanding example of a Mediterranean land- and seascape, a beautiful and beguiling area with both precipitous crags and picturesque town. Running from Amalfi to Sorrento, taking in the mountaintop Ravello and also Praiano, Positano and the Sentiero degli Dei, or the “Path of the Gods”. The World’s 13 Best Hiking Tours | LawFuel

Sunday, May 1, 2016

APRIL 2016

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

Friday, April 1, 2016

MARCH 2016

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03012016 At first we thought we were going to Pompeii first to avoid the afternoon sun, and then stop in Positano and Sorrento last. Now we were going to Sorrento first to avoid the morning crowds at Pompeii and get to Positano before the afternoon rush. We would go to Sorrento, then Positano, then Pompeii. Our drive to Sorrento took about 40 minutes with a scenic photo stop along the way. Revisiting Our Honeymoon – Naples, Italy | This Fairy Tale Life
03022016 Director Chiara Clemente and writer Tyler Thompson exchanged vows in Amalfi. “It was where I spent every summer since I was born,” Clemente says. While her dream was always to be married in her family’s home there, “the only way to reach it is up 189 steps, and to carry anything you pretty much need a donkey.” Chiara Clemente and Tyler Thompson’s Wedding on the Amalfi Coast | Vogue
03032016 If you want to rent a kayak, or a paddleboard, or a private boat, just ask Picoletto. To get me a kayak, Piccoletto called a guy who sped up by motorboat an hour later, towing a kayak. Kayaking was a dream. The sea was calm and full of emerald and indigo colors. The Best Way To Avoid the Crowds on the Amalfi Coast | The Huffington Post
03042016 Starting from 1st March 2016, the Archaeological Park of Paestum extends the time to visit it to allow a wider fruition of temples and mainly to answer to the needs of visitors. Moreover extraordinary overtures and night walks are scheduled. News from Archaeological Park of Paestum | Italia Slow Tour
03052016 The art of the Neapolitan pizza-maker is to be Italy's sole contender to join UNESCO's World Heritage List, the national commission for UNESCO decided Friday on a proposal by the agriculture ministry and with the backing of the foreign, university, environment and economy ministries. It has been chosen because "it represents Italy all over the world". Naples pizza aims for UNESCO World Heritage List (2) | Ansa
03062016 Once you’ve reached the main square, it’s obvious that business on the island is very seasonal, and many shops and restaurants are closed. However, I do totally get the desire to be at the heart of the action, surrounded by summer crowds and celebrities. You won’t get that buzz if you turn up in Capri in March, but we could see contented locals and cognoscenti savouring the chance to meander through the narrow streets without jostling and queuing. Why You Should Try Capri Off-Season | Phileas French
03072016 At least 2,000 people gathered outside to uphold the city's centuries-old right to guard the jewels of its patron saint, San Gennaro. The jewels, which were donated by kings and aristocrats after a series of disasters gripped Naples in the 16th Century, are considered one of the world's most valuable collections. The city of Naples retained control of the treasure because the chapel inside the cathedral dedicated to the saint was built with city funds, not Church money. Italy Church: Naples up in arms over San Gennaro jewels | BBC
03082016 'Naples has a richness, a complex heritage and those that come from Naples have a tendency towards the arts. If you have a slight inclination for any sort of art, whether that be musical, theatrical or fine arts, Naples helps you, supports you and takes you there.' Serena Autieri - actress, singer, presenter | An Affair With Italy
03092016 Choose between hiking around the crater with a certified Mt. Vesuvius guide to tell you the geologic history of the volcano or kick back at the visitors’ cafe and enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Naples over a coffee or glass of wine. Vesuvius Summit Tour with Special Access Crater Hike | Walks of Italy
03102016 Pasta al gratin or – as they call it in Naples – Maccheroni al gratté. It is basically a baked pasta seasoned with béchamel sauce and enriched with few extra ingredients. One of the beauty of the dish is the flexibility in the choice of ingredients. Mozzarella is usually the cheese of choice. Maccheroni al gratte` . . . a Neapolitan dish. | Sharing My Italy
03112016 Italy was formed by the collision of two tectonic plates that pressed together to form the Appenine Mountains, which run like a rocky backbone through the peninsula, dividing regions and creating, in human history, isolated pockets for peoples to develop cultures adapted to specific, local conditions. We experienced Italy’s topography at its most dramatic on the day of arrival. As we made our way to our hotel in in the seaside town of Maiori, we wound our way along the precipitous cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. Penn Alumni Travel: Portrait of Italy 2014 | Frank Penn
03122016 According to a Harper’s Bazaar poll, the Amalfi Coast is one of the top 10 honeymoon destinations worldwide – and it’s not hard to see why. Famed for its rugged elegance, hidden beaches and crystalline waters, this stunning stretch of coastline is one of the most beautiful and romantic spots on earth. Amalfi Coast villas are the perfect romantic retreat, with gorgeous coastal views and easy access to the local sights, beaches and restaurants. Romantic Vacation Ideas to Treat Your Sweetheart This Valentine’s| Top Villas
03132016 So what’s the best way to visit this breathtaking part of the world? Book early! The one thing I have come to realise after working with rental properties, both hotels, guest houses, apts and villas on the Amalfi Coast is that the happiest campers are the ones who get in nice and early to book their accommodation!  What's the best way to see the Amalfi Coast? | My Amalfi Coast
03142016 "I had the vacation of a lifetime" I just wanted to thank you everything. I had the vacation of a lifetime. It was an absolute dream and I am really happy I chose Tour italy now. Everything worked out great with the hotels, transfers, and services. Capri was my favorite place. Thanks again for everything. I plan on visiting Italy... Annalise Henry (Queens, NY) Rome to Amalfi Tour, August 2013 Important Tips for Appreciating Italian Architecture | Tour Italy Now
03152016 We woke up that morning and made our way down to Positano beach and over to the little deck, where the Bagni d’Arienzo private boat (and handsome Captain!) would come to pick us up at 10.30am. We’d packed nothing but swimwear and empty stomachs. It’s about a 10-15 minute leisurely boat ride along the coast and then you see it, the most idyllic little cove with orange parasols, beckoning you in like a siren of the sea. Bagni d'Arienzo Positano | Holly Goes Lightly
03162016 Before you could swim to the edge of the Amalfi cliffs in the infinity pool, Hotel Santa Rosa was a convent where a nun quietly invented one of Italy's most beloved pastries. Santa Rosa Sfogliatelle | Feast on History
03172016 The Ancient Velia has a truly incredible history. Founded by the exiled Phocaeans from Turkey, it became soon a very important place, where the philosopher Parmenide founded his revolutionary Eleatic school. The ancient city of Velia | Italia Slow Tour
03182016 A new itinerary in Pompeii with five domus including their restored, ancient gardens and a hall with over 100 archaeological finds at the Naples Archeological Museum opened on Wednesday as part of the ''Myths and Nature: from Greece to Pompeii'' exhibit. Pompeii and Naples museum team up for 'Myths and Nature' | ANSAmed
03192016 Inside here you can also visit the church’s 12th century cloister, which has to be the most beautiful cloister I have ever seen. I spent ages looking at the different capitals on the top of each column. They all portrayed mythological or biblical characters, including hunting and banquet scenes, and strange animals and faces. Benevento’s jewels: The Holy Wisdom Church and its cloister | Italian Gems
03202016 The luxurious Il San Pietro di Positano hotel, built on a rock in Amalfi coast of Italy, a few kilometers away from Naples and Capri rightfully claims the title of "best hotel in the world for tennis enthusiasts". Il San Pietro di Positano: World's best hotel for tennis enthusiasts | TornosNews.gr
03212016 Remember, as they say in Naples, the sauce must “pippiare”. Half way through, don’t forget to dip a piece of bread into the sauce and have your first taste of heaven! The Recipe of the Neapolitan Ragu` . . . Dedicated to my Father. | Sharing My Italy...The Blog
03222016 The Amalfi Coast with its rugged landscape is one of Italy’s beautiful vacation destinations. Certainly it’s a favorite of mine, as you know by now. I find myself wondering how homes, hotels and restaurants were built on  these cliffs and hillsides which  seem almost impossible to reach. Amalfi Coast – Rugged and Beautiful | margieinitaly
03232016 Along Via San Giovanni a Carbonara there is the church, which has a huge staircase and is an authentic masterpiece for the urban development of the Renaissance. With its light marbles, the complex of San Giovanni a Carbonara is one of the most suggestive churches of the city of Naples. Visit Naples - unexpected Naples an unusual itinerary of the city | Travel Naples
03242016 Make sure to walk around the centre of Anacapri and visit the tiny Neapolitan tailor shops and artisan shoemakers. The star attraction of the island is the summit of Mount Solaro, which is accessed via a chair lift from Anacapri.  The Amalfi Coast: Europe’s Playground for the Rich and Famous | The World Around us
03252016 A family run-restaurant surrounded by lush nature, situated on the south-western side of the island. Most of the dishes on the menu are prepared with homemade products, with the vegetables grown in the family’s garden and the wine prepared in-house Gourmet Guide to Capri's 10 Must-Try Restaurants and Trattorias | The Culture Trip
03262016 Located in the heart of the village of Capri, Aurora is the oldest restaurant on the island and the place to see and be seen. Thin crust pizza with fresh buffalo mozzarella is a must! Perfect for dinner. Where to eat in Capri? | Luxeat
03272016 The excitement and glamour permeating 50 Kalò reflects the freshly elevated status of pizza in Naples. When not pressed into posing for selfies, pizzaiolo Ciro Salvo can be seen stretching the dough. The pizzeria offers sophisticated, well-sourced toppings but to appreciate Salvo’s incomparably light crust at its best, he recommends the simple margherita or marinara. Five of the best: pizzerias in Naples |  Financial Times
03282016 The MADRE museum in Naples this Easter will apply the local tradition of the ''suspended coffee'' to contemporary art. This local tradition consists in paying for an extra coffee for a stranger to enjoy at a bar. Now the all-Neapolitan practice - which has been recognized worldwide and implemented in several countries and other sectors - will be implemented at the regional contemporary art museum. Tickets at Naples MADRE Museum paid like 'suspended coffee' | ANSAmed
03292016 Today the town, built up around the church of Santa Maria Assunta (10th century) and its ceramic dome that reflects the light of the Mediterranean with a Photoshop effect, has decidedly more sophisticated tourist facilities. Because here you can really do everything, from snooze in the sun and swimming until you’re ready to drop to climbing rock faces, since the Positano area (with over 200 itineraries) is the most important sport-climbing hub of southern Italy. Positano Is The Destination Of Your Wildest Dreams | The Huffington Post
03302016 About 30% of the vines in Campania (in southern Italy) are grown to the red grape Aglianico. Campania is about a quarter of the way up the front of the Italian “boot.” It has considerable frontage on the Tyrehennian Sea (think Amalfi Coast). The best place in Campania to grow Aglianico is Taurasi. This is on the inland side of the region – about 1300 feet above sea level. It has the rich, free-draining, volcanic soils that seem to best agree with the grape. Aglianico: Campania’s favorite grape | examiner.com
03312016 "There aren’t many of us, but we’re defending bespoke tailoring in Anacapri," says Nicola Caso, spreading his arms. A native of Anacapri, he’s known as Nicolino and is proudly upholding the spirit of craftsmanship. Anacapri | Vogue.it