Saturday, July 1, 2017

JUNE 2017

HISTORICAL REGATTA


















06012017 I was tickled pink when I realized I would on holiday in Amalfi when the annual event took over the town. The boat race is preceded by a spectacular Medieval Pageant of the Ancient Italian Maritime Republics; the pace of the parade is beat out by the sound of drums and clarions, amid waving banners and flags, all in a joyful triumph of colours and flowers, as well as lavish costumes and accessories reflecting the styles of the period. Step Back in Time at the Historical Regatta of the Maritime Republics | dobbernationLOVES
06022017 Blonde, bubbly and often outfitted in a flowing peasant blouse, Teresa Iorio isn’t your traditional Neapolitan pizza maker. She is the first woman to win the Trofeo Caputo Pizza Championship, earning her the title of Worldwide Champion Pizzaiola - an achievement that is proudly documented in photos hanging on the walls of her pizzeria. Meet the female pizza makers shaking up Naples' food scene | The Independent
06032017 After several changes in ownership and a period of residence in Sorrento by Benedetto Croce, the room which is presently the study would play host to the signing into power of the first Italian government post WWII. The current owners, an Italian family, have held the space since the '70s, and finally opened its doors to guests of Le Collectionist. Le Collectionist's Italian Villa Giulia | Cool Hunting
06042017 Annurca apples, Amalfi lemons, and Vesuvian apricots: these typical products from the Campania region and the coastline are being used as bases in luxury cosmetics. Through a deal between a company that specializes in preparing natural cosmetics, and Palazzo Avino di Ravello, a five-star luxury organization, apples, lemons, and apricots are being used for a professional cosmetics line. From apples to Amalfi lemons, foods are being used in Italian cosmetics | Italy 24
06052017 Other than three twosomes, all were complete strangers who'd signed on to take a tour of the Amalfi Coast designated as a trip for solo travellers. Some strangers shared hotel rooms. Others opted for single accommodations. But the group seemed to jell early on, hence the hoots and hollers from the back of the bus on the first full day. Travelling solo, but not alone, on Italy’s Amalfi Coast | Waterloo Region Record
06062017 Stay at the pleasant and popular 3-star Hotel Residence Sant’Angelo. The hotel has a large roof terrace with a panoramic view of the coastline and an al fresco thermal pool, there’s another indoors. It’s mainly B & B – continental breakfast with freshly baked croissants and Neapolitan specialities, which Pepe is delighted to personally serve his guests. Discovering the Treasures of Ischia, Italy | Philip and Nina Saville, The Flashpackers.com
06072017 Lo Scoglio, located on the Via Cava Ruffano 58, Sant'Angelo. This restaurant is dramatically located jutting out over the sea beside a picture -perfect cove. This is a great place to watch the sunset and enjoy its fresh seafood. Isola d'Ischia | La Gazzetta Italiana
06082017 The six-course tasting menu by head chef Gianpaolo Zoccola is dedicated to tomatoes, fresh San Marzano tomatoes. And a scoop of tomato ice-cream reminds us that the tomato is first and foremost a fruit, tasting almost tropical - here atop a yolk-coloured slab of rum-soaked baba. In search of Naples' perfect tomatoes | Australian Gourmet Traveller
06092017 Southern club Benevento beat Carpi 1-0 in a playoff Thursday to win promotion into Serie A for the first time in its 88-year history. Benevento beats Carpi 1-0 to win promotion to Serie A | USA Today
06102017 Best of the Campanian whites is Fiano, normally seen as Fiano di Avellino. The Fiano grape is the biggest and most interesting of the whites. It is produced in several forms, including natural organic wines that are aromatic and tasty. Cantina Giardino offers an organic Fiano called Gaia that has been taken by some of Europe’s best restaurants. Italian Wines by Region: Campania | Wineloverspage
06112017 Antonio Caggiano Greco di Tufo "Devon," Campania: Creamy and rich for a white wine, with peach-like fruit accented by hazelnut; fine acidity for a clipped finish. Two Italian wine regions you need to learn | Chicago Tribune
06122017 The wines can be tough, dry, tannic and austere in their youth, especially those from the most revered, cooler sub-region of Taurasi. Instead of fruit, you often find liquorice, tobacco and dried spices. Try the uncharted wine regions of southern Italy | Irish Times
06132017 Awestruck, we gaze up at Capri’s vertiginous limestone massifs. Across the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius watches and waits, imperious one minute, sullen the next. Other options are culinary visits to the Campanian countryside. From Amalfi, excursions to picture-book Positano and the hill town of Ravello are essential. The world’s best cruising regions | The Australian
06142017 On the south side of the bay, the rugged Sorrento Peninsula juts out towards the romantic island of Capri, whose cliffs soar far above the rich blue sea. Off the north arm of the bay are two more islands, tiny Procida and much larger Ischia with its soothing subtropical vibes. Cruising Campania: Exploring Italy’s south west coastline | Motor Boat & Yachting
06152017 Where people enjoy a longer life of good health, regions known as Blue zones. Acciaroli is one such region. It is part of what is known as the Cilento Coast of Italy, situated 140 km south of Naples. It has a high concentration of centenarians living there. This Mediterranean region has become known for good health supplemented by diet rich in fresh produce, pasta, olive oil, and rosemary. Longevity: Journey into the blue zone | Al Jazeera
06162017 It started last week when we went with Fernando, Katiuscia and Fabio to Santa Maria di Castellabate, the seaside village below our favorite hill town, for the Festa del Pescato, a festival celebrating the local fishing industry.  Basically a good excuse to gorge on some of the freshest seafood you can imagine for not very much money. Hangin' with the Wine and Cheese Crowd Again | Dave and Sandy's Excellent Adventure
06172017 Start in Salerno! Then, visit the town of Castellabate, which is a good base for exploring the rest of the region. Move on to what is my favourite cultural site, Paestum, just a few kilometres away. For a relaxing afternoon, I like to go to the seaside resorts of Palinuro or Marina di Camerota, which have some of the best beaches in Italy. Cilento: Italy's untouched gem | The Straits Times
06182017 Diego Maradona fans have another reason to make a pilgrimage to Naples: a new mural of the Argentine legend has gone up to mark 30 years since he led local club Napoli to its first Italian title. Painted by artist Jorit Agoch, the giant, head-and-shoulders depiction of a middle-aged Maradona with grey-flecked hair and beard adorns the side of a building. Maradona mural celebrates Naples 'Saint Diego' | The Sun
06192017 Diners view for tables on the terrace overlooking the port of Procida when the weather is fine. The menu and catch of the day vary, but fortunate travelers will enjoy the excellent octopus salad or the rigatoni sauced with tomato and succulent spiny lobster. Go on a Culinary Island-Hopping Trip in the Bay of Naples | Robb Report
06202017 Vietri sul Mare is the ceramics capital of Campania - even the royal court of Naples was its client. It's still packed with decorative tile shopfronts selling ceramics of all shapes and sizes. Vietri sul Mare: The undiscovered Amalfi Coast | CNN Travel
06212017 “O'gnostro is a local, Neapolitan dialect term for wine, which literally means ‘ink,'” he said. “The central concept behind my ‘Ognostro' is striving to bottle a unique territory - Irpinia - a terroir unlike any other. Natural fermentation, the use of terracotta and polyethylene vats, are essential factors in maintaining Aglianico's varietal characteristics.” Ognostro: Marco Tinessa’s Aglianico varietal and the power of terroir | ItalyEurope24
06222017 We began our southern jaunt on the terraced vineyards of Capri, where only indigenous grape varieties are cultivated. Scala Fenicia, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, is the island's only active vineyard. We tasted Scala Fenicia Capri Bianco DOC 2013 (12%) €18, an elegant white with citrus and thyme aromas. Serve it with a fried fish appetizer or try it with mozzarella di bufala. Campania awakens, I | theamericanmag.com
06232017 The wines of Cilento are also very interesting, even though perhaps less well known than in other parts of Campania. With our mixed seafood salad we tried a bottle of Fiano, more precisely Kratos IGT Paestum Fiano from the local producer Luigi Maffini. The Maffini winery is family owned and started its activity in the 1970s, but they say that it was only with the wine Kratos in the mid-1990s that the winery established itself as a more goal oriented winery. Sun, seafood and wine in Cilento | VinoVagando – chat about wine and food
06242017 The name of the restaurant refers to the fact that this small cove, Marina di Conca, was, until 1956, the site of the only tuna fishery on the Amalfi Coast. Obviously it’s all about the fish here. We started off with antipasti. Although we had several different pastas, the main event – and what most folks order – was Lo Spaghetto di Jacqueline. ristorante la tonnarella {amalfi coast} | Elizabeth Minchilli
06252017 Some would say hiking any summit that towers above the boundless blue of the Mediterranean Sea is a spiritual experience. But many make the trek to the Santuario dell’Avvocata in Maiori, Italy, as a religious pilgrimage. From the convent’s lofty vista, the sea spreads out like an azure sheet. Distant boat wakes look like chalk marks on the blue expanse. Trek to sanctuary offers lofty Amalfi Coast views | Stars and Stripes
06262017 HBO and the Italian state broadcaster RAI caught the Ferrante Fever and are producing an eight-episode mini-series inspired by that first book, introducing international viewers to the complicated relationship of two remarkably gifted girls, Lila (“that terrible, dazzling girl”) and LenĂº (“I liked pleasing everyone”), as they grow up and apart in a violent, vivid Naples neighborhood in the lean postwar years. Ferrante Casting Call in Naples Lets Children Dream, if for a Day | The New York Times
06272017 The most elegant and exclusive 5 Stars Hotel of the island of Ischia with with its beautiful parklike grounds overlooking the sea, a private thermal source, an outdoor pool, a spa, and two restaurants. Mezza Torre has excellent classic Neapolitan cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood from the pristine local waters. The panoramic terrace is ideal for watching the sunset. This is the perfect place to recharge body and soul. Golden Palate Italia Partner: Mezza Torre Resort and Spa (Ischia/Napoli) | Fred Bollaci Enterprises
06282017 These include the quaint little restaurant, Il Pirata, partially-built into the cliffside in the little cove of Marina di Praia, and the shabby-chic Da Adolfo on Laurito Beach. Both of these restaurants serve up fresh fish and authentic Amalfi dishes in relaxed and romantic settings, and are a 10-minute boat ride from Positano. Don't miss: a sunny, post-lunch slumber on a lettino, or sunbed next to Da Adolfo, or a breezy walk around the winding cliff path by Il Pirata, from Praiano to Saracen Tower. Our Honeymoon: Positano's Hidden Gems | Follow Your Sunshine
06292017 Where to start… Our favourite place to eat in Positano, Da Vincenzo truly is a restaurant that dreams are made of. Family run and set at the halfway point on the town’s winding main road, the view is spectacular. The chef serves up fresh, delicious and authentic Italian cuisine from creamy mozzarella to fresh mussels, mixed seafood linguine and chargrilled langoustines — exactly what you would imagine when thinking of the Amalfi Coast. Amalfi Eat | The Adventures of Us
06302017 Whether it's a picture of you standing in an infinity pool, gazing out along the white sandy beach of Tulum, Mexico at sunset, or perched on a balcony in the Amalfi Coast, as the sun kisses your freckled shoulders before you head down the cobbled steps to dine at Ristorante Chez Black in Positano, Italy, you always needs a willing Instagram husband/girlfriend/accomplice to take several shots of you for your carefully curated Instagram holiday album. 6 Of The Most Luxurious Hotels In The World To Drag Your Instagram Husband To | Elle