Thursday, October 19, 2017

LEMON LIQUEUR The popularity of small-batch spirits is well documented but there’s room on the shelf for a well-made liqueur with a sunny story to tell. Staibano’s tale starts on the hillside lemon groves between Positano and Vietri sul Mare in the southern reaches of Sorrentine Peninsula in Campania, Italy. Staibano: Simply the zest | Monocle

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#FORZANAPOLISEMPRE S.S.C. Napoli S.p.A., simply known as Napoli, has always been one of the most-beloved soccer teams in Italy. In this exclusive interview Lorenzo Insigne talks about his first goal, his idol and the beginning of his career. "My firsts" with Lorenzo Insigne - SSC Napoli | Dugout

Monday, October 16, 2017

CHEESE AND SALUMI SHOP You can buy stuff to take away, but I love sitting in the shop and ordering a plate of assorted cheeses and cured meats. There are plenty of bottles from all over Italy and if you want to stay local, there’s plenty to choose from from the nearby Phlegrean Fields and interior Campania. Now go plan your next trip to Napoli! Caseari Cautero Wine, Cheese, and Salumi Shop in Naples | Katie Parla


Sunday, October 15, 2017

CLIMATE POLICY In Italy, Salerno has turned circular economy into concrete action. The city recycles 70% of its municipal waste, and a new composting plant has allowed it to reduce its CO2 emissions by 24,000 tons per year. Closing the loopholes in the EU’s centerpiece climate law | EURACTIV

Saturday, October 14, 2017

GARDENS OF VILLA CIMBRONE An extensive park decorated with statues, various antiques, fountains, caves and culminating in a viewpoint showing, especially from the famous Terrace of Infinity, absolutely stunning scenery of the Gulf of Salerno and the neighbouring coastal towns. It is located in Ravello and is the setting for a villa of Roman origins which is now a luxury hotel. Amalfi Coast The typical Mediterranean countryside that reawakens your senses. | Marinanow

Friday, October 13, 2017

THINGS TO DO For freshly made cakes and pastries there is plenty of choice: Pantaleone pastry shop in Salerno, De Riso pastry shop in Minori, Pansa pastry shop in Amalfi, and taste the ‘Sfogliatella’, ‘Babà’, ‘Delizia al limone’, ‘Torta Caprese’ plus so many more local delicacies waiting to be discovered. Marina D'Arechi, luxury marina berths in Italy | Camper & Nicholsons Marinas

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A GROUP OF CLASSICISTS  Meeting me in Campania, in a small town called Cumae, were other professionals. By day, we explored the places like the subterranean world of the Roman cistern Piscina Mirabilis. We climbed Mount Vesuvius in the hot Mediterranean sun, applying sunscreen liberally. In the evenings, we enjoyed the best of meals. Our food was prepared by the villa owners—fresh bread, hand rolled pasta shells, and local table wine. An Unexpected Hen Do Among Ancient Ruins | Pink Pangea

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

AMALFI COAST GATEWAY Perfectly located for the cruising paradise of the Amalfi Coast in the sweet spot of Salerno, Marina d'Arechi is now complete and in 2017 enters the international nautical market as one of the world's most significant marinas. The all-year-round Marina destination the Med has been waiting for | Maritime Directory

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ANCESTRAL HOMETOWN My dream of Italy started here… We spent four long but absolutely magical days filming in Castelvetere this summer. Everything, and I mean, everything, about my discovery of Castelvetere 22 years ago and the birth of this episode – which is my love letter to Italy – is a Miracle. Dreams & Miracles in Castelvetere: Dream of Italy Episode | Dream of Italy TV Show & Travel Magazine

Monday, October 9, 2017

A NARRATIVE DAY Looking for the best way to see the Amalfi Coast from the Cruise port of Naples. Once you have met your Driver/guide the next step is to drive directly to Ravello and free time to explore and then onto Amalfi and Positano this what is called the Amalfi Drive. Best of Italy deal for a Full Day Amalfi Coast tour | Italy Car service

Sunday, October 8, 2017

THE ROAD  THROUGH We followed her recommendation and booked the apartment with a large terrace at Residence Alcione, Positano. It was incredible! I knew it was supposed to be a “large terrace” but it defied every expectation. It was the kind of panorama I thought only existed in movies… Travelogue: Positano & the Amalfi Coast, Italy | Hither & Thither

Saturday, October 7, 2017

WISH YOU WERE HERE In September, Concord residents Tony and Maura de Grassi visited the Amalfi Coast and, Tony says, stayed in “the charming little hillside town of Conca dei Marini between Positano and Amalfi.” Wish You Were Here: Peru, Italy and more | The Mercury News

Friday, October 6, 2017

WWF OASIS The secrets of Caciocavallo Irpino and cold cuts will be unveiled during the discovery of Calitri’s city centre and cave. The final day will be dedicated to the discovery of cattle farming. A special lunch will also be served in the picnic area of the Bioparco. Insolita Italia Blogtour: On the road to Green Irpinia | Insolita Italia

Thursday, October 5, 2017

HAND-PICKED GRAPES When Michele Perillo started producing the white wine in the range, Coda di Volpe, he did it, by his own admission, “almost by chance.” The varietal’s approximately 1,500 bottles per annum hail from old vines, scattered around the same vineyards that yield Perillo’s Aglianico fruit. That’s really all it takes, the grower tells us, since his vineyards are located in a few of the finest winemaking sites in Irpinia. Michele Perillo’s Coda di Volpe: brilliant child of Irpinia and serendipity | ItalyEurope24

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

UNDERSTANDING THE LAND Despite millennia of grape growing, Irpinia receives little recognition compared to other Italian wine regions. Irpinia’s climate is tempered by its elevation in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains. The climate and indigenous grapes allow for naturally late harvests in October and November, a source of pride for growers. Irpinia: The Heart of Campania | GuildSomm


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

WINE REGION Your Irpinia Wine Tour from Naples or Salerno begins when your friendly, English-speaking chauffeur greets you at your accommodations to drive you inland.  After a leisurely drive through some lovely panoramas, you'll stop at an exclusive winery highly rated by several influential European and American wine publications. Irpinia Wine Tour from Naples | Le Baccanti

Monday, October 2, 2017

INDIGENOUS GRAPES Casa d’Ambra is one of the great estates of Italy and represents a gem of viticulture found on the tiny island of Ischia off the coast of Naples. Vineyards are located on the volcanic cliffs of the island that rise up to a dramatic 600 meters above sea level. The scenery is absolutely stunning with trellised vines overlooking an azure seascape. A Taste of Campania #ItalianFWT | Enofylz Wine Blog

Sunday, October 1, 2017

BETWEEN SKY AND SEA The resort makes the most of Ischia's challenging landscape, with 45 rooms and 12 suites artfully nestled into the hillside. Spread between the watchtower and up through the expanse of stunning forest, a taxing choice awaits discerning guests: to wake up to stunning views over the Bay of San Montano, or the equally entrancing views onto The Gulf of Naples? Mezzatore Resort & Spa, Ischia | Harper's Bazaar UK

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09012017 The town of Avellino is not overflowing with tourist sites, but it is a good start for a tour of the Irpinia area, and also offers several opportunities for good evening meals. When I arrived in Avellino, my friend took me around the town and we had a coffee and delicious Sfogliatella Frolla pastry in the cafe Dulcis in Furno. In the evening we ate at Da Ciccio all’Agora, where you can try amazing pizzas and croquettes, and then we had a lovely glass of local Fiano di Avellino wine in the trendy Dejavu Winery. A day out in the province of Avellino | Italian Gems
09022017 A forest of blue and yellow majolica columns and benches adorns Santa Chiara Cloister. Enjoy the fine art and fabulous fare of Naples! Neapolitan treats | The Australian
09032017 I asked Eugenio Gargiulo, an owner of a small family-run lemon grove in Sorrento called La Masseria, to explain why he didn’t use pesticides in his crops. Eugenio uses a solution made of copper and lime, which is sprayed by hand on all of the products at his farm. Eating like an Italian: Making moments out of mealtime | HuffPost
09042017 A Day trip to Capri is a must. Prepare to walk up hill to the town, but the effort and journey are worth it. You “can see forever”, from this tiny island. It is so quaint and laid back, you just cannot help but to drop your pace into the local rhythm. The only way on and off is the wonderful Hydrofoils that transport you from Sorrento or Naples. So You Think To Know Italy Part 4 | The Weekly Post
09052107 With some stroke of serendipity, these two boys and I found ourselves on the same boat, out of all of the hundreds of boats, heading for the same place. Straight away the guys ask me what are we going to see and do in Capri. I get out my Frommer’s and tell them there’s a Blue Grotto we have to see, plus somewhere there’s a chairlift ride that takes you to the top of Monte Solaro. Do Talk To Strangers: On a Hydrofoil to Capri | Expat of the World
09062107 Naples in Southern Italy is famously located near Mount Vesuvius. The city's also the home of centuries of important art and architecture. October getaways: flights for under £100 - Naples, Copenhagen, Mallorca and more
09072017 Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary, right, kisses Armando Brunini, CEO of Gesac, Naples' airport managing company, as they hold up a poster publicizing nine new routes for Ryanair, at Capodichino airport, Italy. Ryanair to bid for parts of ailing Alitalia by Oct 2 | AccessNorthGa.com
09082017 Emilia's video begins with her walking the streets of Naples. Someone gives her a bouquet of flowers, there's dancing, she eats a huge bowl of pasta. It feels a little bit like an idealized dream vacation. But, nope! Filmmaker Matteo Garrone shot the videos with city locals, so this is real-deal, genuine cultural warmth. Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington Frolic in the Streets of Italy for Dolce & Gabbana's New Campaign | Glamour
09092017 In Campania, this simplest of tomato sauces is called lo scarpariello, which means, "of the shoemaker" in Neapolitan dialect. The idea is that this is something you can make fast as though you are a busy shoemaker on his lunch break. Veloce, veloce (fast, fast) or scuie scuie as they say in dialect. It's just a can of tomatoes and a little grated cheese. Scarpariello, The Shoemaker's Sauce | Feast on History
09102017 "I worked my first full harvest in Cilento in 2007, and I've been back every year since. I've been waiting for the right opportunity to make wine here, and to bring together resources within the restaurant industry." Four London Restaurateurs Have Entered the Wine Trade | Eater London
09112017 The centrality of the location will reveal to the guests traditions, cultural and congress events, and Naples' historical and artistic treasures. The hotel in the beginning of Spaccanapoli and Decumani, has an inscription that the family of Edgar  Degas (1834-1917) lived here. A dive into the art of Naples | All About Italy
09122017 When we finally crossed over into the historic center, the buildings still showed their wear, but it was dirty in the romantic sort of way an ancient city is. We passed ornate baroque churches and busy pizzerias, and all of the pastry cases filled with baba, graffa and sfogliatelle facing the street were enough to cheer any sugar-loving person up. This is the Naples we had come for, and we weren’t disappointed. Why You Can’t Visit Italy and Skip Over Naples | No Man Before
09132017 Go to discover the Sunken City of Baia — a former hedonism haunt for Rome’s rich and famous, including Nero, Cicero and Caesar, lasting until the eighth century A.D. Now the remains lie within the Underwater Archaeological Park of Baia in the Bay of Naples. Divers guide themselves to the highlights, including the nymphaeum and a collection of statues. The World's Best Scuba Diving Sites with Man-Made Structures | Sport Diver magazine
09142017 The Cilento Peninsula is a fairy-tale series of quiet coves and thrilling grottos, where you can swim in the phosphorescent glow and practice your skills at making echoes. Points of unusual interest include the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto), Grotta d'Argento (Silver Grotto), Cala della Lanterna (Lantern Cove), and Grotta del Sangue (Blood Grotto), so-named for the streaks of red minerals on its walls. Great Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Italy | In Italy Online
09152017 Guided tours among ancient wine cellars and lush vineyards for the tenth edition of the event organized by Pro Loco Panza. A thin red line will reveal Ischia’s ancestral bond with wine. Tastings (including the “piennolo” tomato, fig jam, olive oil, digestive liquors with wild herb extracts), themed dinners and evening routs will enrich the daily gastronomic tours. Going About Wine Cellars: Ischia Tells Us About Its Relationship With Wine | Where Naples Coast&Islands
09162017 The golden bracelet, one of the Pompeii exhibit's highlights, was found on the wrist of a woman fleeing the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The piece of jewelry, which weighs 610 grams, is characterized by two snakes' heads holding in their mouths a disk with the bust of Selene, the goddess of the moon. The goddess is wearing a half moon-shaped tiara surrounded by seven stars, her arms raised to hold a veil.  House of the Golden Bracelet treasures on show in Pompeii | ANSAmed
09172017 A burnt Roman boat, possibly part of the rescue fleet, found on the coast near Herculaneum, one the towns destroyed in the Vesuvius eruption. Pompeii Hero Pliny the Elder May Have Been Found 2,000 Years Later | Haaretz.com
09182017 Researchers say a skull in an Italian museum may have belonged to historian and naval commander Pliny the Elder, who died during the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 after leading evacuation efforts. Is this the skull of Pliny the Elder? Researchers say ancient remains may be the 'hero of Pompeii' who died leading rescue efforts during Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago | DailyMail
09192017 With piazzas around every corner, there’s always outdoor seating where you can enjoy an Aperol Spritz (or several) and people-watch for hours. Naples is located on the water, and walking along the pedestrian-friendly Lungomare, the two-mile seafront promenade teeming with restaurants and attractions, is an activity that many locals enjoy during both balmy summer evenings and crisp winter mornings. 5 Reasons to Visit Naples, Italy | The Points Guy
09202017 There are some wonderful sidewalk cafes on the Island of Capri when you can rest your legs and enjoy the pleasant and colorful surroundings. Sidewalk Cafes in Capri | Capri Italy Travel Guide
09212017 This is one of those islands to fall helplessly in love with and, even if you leave and never come back, your heart will always be in Procida. 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
09222017 Today guests of the Miramare e Castello at Ischia indulge in its stunning hotel with sea views and healing thermal spas. The hotel encourages “bathrobe culture” as you’ll be in and out of the thermal pool and sea all day.  5 Secret Vacation Spots in Italy You Probably Never Heard of, But Will Totally Love | EcoSalon
09232017 Situated 1.3 kilometers from Sorrento and Marina Grande, the contemporary rooms are artistic and nautical so you’re fully submersed in the oceanic atmosphere. The views are spectacular with floor to ceiling windows that give the best views of the sea. 8 Luxury Boutique Hotels In Sorrento, Italy Worth Checking Into | Jetset Times
09242017 Just an hour south of wild and crazy Naples, calm and genteel Sorrento makes an ideal home base for day-tripping around the region (Pompeii, Positano and Capri are well within reach). And every night, you can return "home" to Sorrento, to enjoy its elegant vibe while sorting through its fine restaurant options. Amalfi Coast playground of the rich for a reason | Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette09252017
09252017 In Herculaneum, we saw frescoes’ s that still adorned the walls of homes and because it was buried by ash fall, most of their homes and buildings remained intact. But the most dramatic sight were the skeletons in their pier area, where citizens of Herculaneum fleeing the volcanic eruption died from the poison gases of Mt. Vesuvius. A visit to Pompeii and Herculaneum | The Philippine Star
09262017 The Mesali subtitle is Gastronomic Transhumance in Irpinia, evoking the tradition of the shepherds' transfer of sheep from mountains to valleys. With the Mesali guidebook in hand, travelers can easily arrange an itinerary in the area (without the sheep), going from restaurant to restaurant with a guaranteed warm welcome and good meal at each stop. Local Food, Italian Style | The Atlantic
09272017 The vineyards are in Montefalcione, a tiny village perched on a hill a short distance from Avellino. The vineyards are at 380 meters and the soil is clay. This is a complex full bodied wine with aromas and flavors of citrus fruit and hints of pear and green apple. A Visit to Sertura Vini d’Irpinia Thanks to a FB Friend and a Landslide | Charles Scicolone on Wine
09282017 I went with a bottle of 2012 Vadiaperti Greco di Tufo, a DOCG in Campania. I got lemon on the nose. Taste had a touch of green apple and good minerality. The wine is quite dry. I’d describe it as a subtle wine, with refined elegance. It was a subtle partner for the food–definitely a wine that was more in the background, supporting cast for the meal. Grilled Swordfish Pasta Margherita | Cooking Chat
09292017 Why, you ask? Well, if you’ve been, you know. You know the smell of lemon and mandarin in the air. The taste of the mediterranean sea. The feel of the sun beating down on your skin and the soft, warm breeze. Each one, embodied perfectly in Tom Ford’s Sole di Positano – encompassing every element of the astounding scenery that is the Italian Riviera. Tom Ford's Sole di Positano in Italy New Scent | Margo & Me
09302017 He is keen on several estates in Campania, none more so than Mastroberardino (“an example of the most authentic winemaking tradition not only in Campania but all of Italy,” he notes in his guidebook); Montevetrano (“Silvia Imparato is the princess of Campania wine, a cultured and charming woman who was once a successful photographer ... ”); and Pietracupa (“Sabino Loffredo’s wines are simply exceptional and do honor to him and all of Irpinia and sell like hot cakes worldwide”). How to explain the enduring popularity of Italian wine in the U.S.? ‘It’s made for food.’ | The Sacramento Bee

Friday, September 1, 2017

AUGUST 2017

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08012017 The menu at Cantina del Marchese was perhaps based on an even older local gastronomic tradition. Just off the main square of Marina di Camerota, this was a feast of salumi, cheeses, cavatelli pasta, porcini mushrooms and sott'olio. But also rare dishes even for us: lagana, 'ciaurella' (bean soup) and the rediscovered 'maraccucciata' or dark polenta. A Grand Amalfi Coast and Cilento Blog Tour | Delicious Italy
08022017 I choose to continue my walk following the eastern street which leads to the agora space of Poseidonia, a meeting place devoted to commercial and political activities. After five more minutes I pass the remains of a particular circular building to my left, made of concentric steps completely carved out by the natural limestone, which housed the meetings of the ekklesia (assembly) of all adult male citizens entitled to participate in political life. Paestum: Where nature, ancient history and art come together | Campania Coast to Coast
08032017 Plus, if you book a Fireworks Cruise with Exclusive Cruises, we’ll get you an unforgettable front row seat to enjoy the fireworks shows on the Amalfi Coast. Here’s a look at the best summer festivals and how to experience them like a local! The Best Amalfi Coast Summer Festivals | Exclusive Cruises
08042017 The Amalfi Coast - a place you have to see to believe, and even then it still seems unreal - is prized for its beautiful beaches and relaxed ambiance, as well as its proximity to the island of Capri, and there’s an air of poshness that comes with the hazy, sunny days. Women saunter around in delicate, flowy dresses while men sport their finest linen and loafers—it’s an attractive place in every sense. Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre: Which Italian Coast Should You Visit? | Vogue
08052017 Sitting proudly on the coastline of the Sorrentine Peninsula, overlooking the most irresistible shades of blue skies that melt into the Mediterranean Sea, the Amalfi Coast has a kind of elegance about it that never goes out of style. From the colorful homes carved into the dizzying cliffs of Positano to the natural beauty of Ravello, it’s easy to see why its postcard-perfect backdrop is one of Italy’s most beloved little gems. Spur your wanderlust on the Amalfi Coast | Travelspective
08062017 In Campania, expect wines made of Aglianico, a red grape introduced to the region millennia ago by the Greeks; Fiano, a white grape planted in the region for hundreds of years and first mentioned by name in the 13th century; the white Greco di Tufo, a light-shaded grape introduced by the Greeks to southern Italy 2,500 years ago; Coda di Volpe, also grown in the Campania region since ancient times; and other “new” grapes. Campania’s Ancient Grape Varieties | Global Traveler
08072017 Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano just east of Naples, and the organically farmed vineyards of Villa Dora are on the lower slopes of the volcano, inside the national park that surrounds it. The soil, ground-up pumice really, looks like black Grape-Nuts, and the wines are strikingly flavorful and distinctive. There is no known scientific reason why certain minerals in the soil would affect the flavors of the wines grown in that soil, but I have to think there's a connection. Villa Dora | Oliver McCrumWines
08082017 Our trip to the Amalfi Coast provided the perfect blend of eating, cooking, wine, and culture in settings that were off the beaten path. Thanks to Carol's exquisite taste, we experienced the best of the Amalfi Coast from the picturesque villa where we stayed, to the cooking and eating experiences, to the tours of coastal towns, to family-run vineyards, lemon orchards, and restaurants. Culinary Trip to the Amalfi Coast of Italy | Delectable Destinations
08092017 The Royal Palace of Caserta is considered the last great expression of Italian Baroque. Along the park's central alleyway, which is three kilometers long, visitors can take in a series of magnificent fountains with mythological inspirations. Its "English Gardens" one of the largest and oldest picturesque gardens created in Europe. Royal Gardens of Europe: Fountains And Waterfalls at The Royal Palace of Caserta | News18
08102017 The palazzo is closed to public, but the nearby beach offers daily rentals of lounge chairs and umbrellas. With the Palazzo Donn’Anna (Via Posillipo, Naples) to one side and Mt. Vesuvius to the other, its hard to imagine a stretch of sand with a more interesting backdrop. Palazzo Donn’Anna in Naples | An American In Rome
08112017 Forget the Vespa. You’re taking a boat to lunch. Da Adolfo, a casual awning-covered seafood shack that opened in 1966 (and hasn’t changed much in the decades since), sits right on Laurito Beach, and is a five-minute ride from the Positano pier (the boat with the red fish sign on its mast acts as a free shuttle). “I love the sea urchin, and the view is so beautiful,” says Bidermann. A Guide to Positano’s Quiet Side | Condé Nast Traveler
08122017 Legend has it that mermaids sunned themselves on the rocks of Sorrento, and lured sailors to their deaths with their siren songs. Many centuries later, the famous song Come Back to Sorrento was written in 1902 and performed by everyone from Luciano Pavarotti to Frank Sinatra. Take Me Away: Sorrento, Italy’s paradise by the sea | USA TODAY
08132017 A fresh new mural in Airola. At the location of the wall a lot of people of all ages come and relax in the afternoon (mostly elderly), so I wanted to depict something very common to everyone… Preparation of a dinner. In Airola, onion is one of the most popular ingredients in cooking (as it is in Greece). “Preparing dinner” by Dimitris Taxis in Airola, Italy | StreetArtNews
08142017 Here you can live as a local, staying in an organic farmhouse and tasting amazing local products accompanied by a glass of Aglianico, the local wine. Perhaps what is most incredible of the Regional Park Taburno Camposauro is the village of Sant’Agata de’ Goti, an ancient city perched on the plateau of a tuff hill. Getting here is exciting and its streets, its roofs, the monuments will leave you breathless. And from here an interesting itinerary begins, to discover the beautiful landscapes of Benevento region. Taburno Camposauro Regional Park: the less known Campania | Ecobnb
08152017 For our stay we checked in to the a deluxe superior sea view room, which really is just a fancy name for a beautifully white and bright interior, ample space, and an unrivalled view of Positano and the sea. Absolutely no attention to detail is overlooked, with a lush corner plant, colourful mosaic tiles, art work throughout the room and a beautiful terrace lined with flowers and overlooking the sea. Checking In: Le Sirenuse Positano | World of Wanderlust
08162017 We revel in the amore with our stay at Casa Angelina. It's in Praiano, Positano twinkles in the distance at night. We sit by the pool on the terrace under the shade of lemon trees and drink cocktails brought by attentive staff. Fellow guests loll in the sun. Everybody seems to be in love. Romance is easy in Positano, an apprehensive honeymooner finds | FinancialReview
08172017  “Southern Italy is a great reference for us thanks to its colours, perfumes and atmospheres,” says Domenico Dolce of Dolce & Gabbana. The designers are constantly inspired by the fabrics, prints and colours of the coastline. “Napoli, Capri, Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento are all places that represent the Italian spirit at its best.” Positano chic: why fashion fell for the Amalfi coast | Financial Times
08182017 Although the fitting process for a pair of Ambrosi Napoli trousers is said to take just 30 seconds, the result is a pair of trousers so well-fitted that men have flown Ambrosi - all expenses included - around the globe in order to acquire made-to-measure pairs. Ambrosi Napoli Makes the Most Exclusive Trousers in the World | Robb Report
08192017 A highlight of her time abroad was the trip her program took to Cilento. They traveled to this region in southern Italy in order to investigate whether the Mediterranean diet was still alive. A Closer Look at Food | DePauw University
08202017 Casalbuono beans are the latest product in Cilento to be safeguarded. Originally an alluvial plain, the small village’s terrain is lapped by the crystal waters of the Calore River. The terrain has, in fact, always been a great site for cultivating this extraordinary product. Today it is known as the place for bean production. Cilento: Home to the Mediterranean Diet | i-Italy
08212017 This time on the island of Ischia, I’ve chosen a humble one-star, the Pensione di Lustro. Why? This balcony connects to a room where Truman Capote, one of my favorite writers, stayed for three months, in 1949, after his first book, Other Voices, Other Rooms was published. “You will sleep where Truman slept,” Maria Teresa, a kind and weary looking signora, softly announced, rolling the “r” in Truman. "Following Truman Capote on the Island of Ischia, Italy," by Susan Van Allen |  Southern Literary Review
08222017 While hundreds of applicants hoped to be selected to participate in the Sirenland Writers Conference, only a handful of them were chosen to attend the week-long event in Positano, Italy. The conference limited its selection to 10 writers for each of three workshops in mixed-genre, fiction and memoir writing. James Winter Participated in Prestigious Sirenland Writers Conference | Kent State University
08232017 Even today there are visible signs of the illustrious past of Salerno, in the old city, which it’s called “medieval jewel” for its richness of churches and palaces of the Lombard and Normand period. The City of Salerno – City of Princes, City of Medicine | SalernoTour.it
08242017 Punta Campanella, at the far end of the Sorrento Peninsula, is a protected natural area straddling the provinces of Salerno and Naples. Architecture historian Cesare De Seta has noted it is the shape of a “sharp wedge”, “rocky, bare and scorched by the sun on its outermost tip, eroded by the salty air. The tallest part of the promontory is almost golden when the sun reaches the zenith, and pink at sunset. Punta Campanella: geology, myths and beauty | Italian Ways
08252017 Rightly considered one of the nicest places of the Mediterranean, it is rich in cliffs, coves and beaches. Picturesque caves can be found both underwater and above the sea level, the most famous of which, The Alabaster Cave, has wonderful stalactites, stalagmites and formations of alabaster. A Realm of Astounding Beauty | Why in Italy
08262017 The “cauraro” is a soup of anchovies and vegetables, prepared with zucchini, onions, garlic, chicory, wild fennel and fava beans. The vegetables used were in fact wild ones that could be easily found in the countryside. Today you can enjoy both versions of cauraro, with anchovies and sardines, and enjoy these typical Pisciotta seafood specialties. Anchovies and vegetables in the typical dishes of Cilento | Charminly
08272017 Here the wonderful sea alternates with the luxuriant Mediterranean scrub made of olive trees and vineyards, the cliffs and the medieval towers that contribute to create a breathless landscape of uncontested environmental value. The point of main tourist attraction of the entire area is Porto Infreschi with its little beach, often mentioned as the most beautiful beach of Italy. The Coast of the Infreschi and of the Masseta and the Cave of the Lovers | Insolita Italia
08282017 Today we are going to Acciaroli, between the National Park of Cilento and the Diano Valley that is only half an hour far from Salerno. The first thing that welcomes us is its large beach of thin and gold sand, which has had a blue flag for ages, and that protects the white lily, a particular class of lily flower. Acciaroli, the pearl of Cilento | Antonio Amato
08292017 Inside the monastery of Teatini, once the temple of Castor, was born the pizzeria La Sorelle Bandiera, where leavening is constantly monitored by observing environmental parameters that have been identified to make our pizza unique. The only one where the mixture has a natural leavening process approximately 24 hours in an environment made of tuff using products exclusively made in Italy. The secret, then, is geothermal energy, which is built into the tuff of Naples. The Best Pizza in Italy? | Timothy Lutts
08302017 Arrive somewhere as explosively chaotic as Naples and you wonder how you’re going to find a way in; it’s so clamorous and energetic, with its Vespas and vendors, kissing couples and cobalt sea, that you feel an outsider. But if you know where to find a good sfogliatella (Neapolitan clam-shaped pastry filled with orange-scented ricotta and candied fruit), you’re getting there. Later on, head to a good pizzeria and, after that, a hole in the wall for gelato. The secret to eating like a local this summer | The Telegraph
08312017 Valeria came to Campania because of her husband’s job. What changed her initial view was the reception she received first from locals in the Posillipo district, and then from the city as a whole: “I didn’t know anyone, I had neither friends nor relatives. But after three days the mother of a child who was at nursery school with my daughter added me to a WhatsApp group with other mums and organized a small party. We’ve become great friends. How Naples dispelled Valeria’s prejudices | Corriere della Sera

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

JULY 2017

WHAT IS THEMYSCIRA?


















07012017In the new film "Wonder Woman" the dark and moody setting of World War I Europe is mercifully contrasted with the gorgeous and lush island nation of Themyscira. After considering more than 47 locations around the world, the production team settled on Italy's famed Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site that stretches some 25 miles along the Mediterranean. "Italy had beautiful weather, a beautiful blue-green sea, not too much tide, not too much wave," Bonetto added. "Our effects team added some cliffs in post, and it was the perfect way to go." The 'Wonder Woman' scenery that took your breath away? That's Italy's Amalfi Coast | Mother Nature Network
07022017 Housed in a former 13th-century convent, this 43-room hotel at Amalfi is dripping with historic charm from head to toe. The open-air courtyard, which sets the mood with lovely potted plants and flowers, cushioned chairs and tables for drinks, makes it an even more relaxing retreat. Relax in these charming hotel courtyards | Usa Today
07032017 In to the village of Ravello another five-star property of the Vuilleumier family called Hotel Palumbo. Palumbo is a hodge-podge of Moorish buildings that somehow blend into one of the most incredible mixture of nooks and crannies that lead to majestic views beyond imagination. Ravello: Italy’s mountainside treasure has a view for every occasion | Communities Digital News
07042017 Not a shopaholic? Make an exception for the local tradition of handcrafted leather sandals… customised while you wait. 10 minutes and you walk out in a pair with straps and diamantes of your choice. Craving coffee, sandwiches and tiramisu with the most picturesque views of Positano? Spend an hour at Cafe La Zagara… its the place you’re looking for. Sweet dreams are made of picturesque Positano | 100cobbledroads
07052017 It’s the colours that attract lovers from around the world to tie the know on the Amalfi Coast. And the textures. At Ravello the uneven grey stone of cliffs and buildings is the incarnation of history, but the vivid bursts of pink Bouganvilla creeping up pergolas are life and love. The natural beauty of the area has inspired both religious and artistic minds and the two come together in the local churches. Half a day in Ravello, Italy | Euronews
07062017 Depending on elevation and soil composition it can have a range of textures, tannins, and intensity of aroma. Like Falanghina, it is best when young and fresh. Coda di Volpe is another historic variety, its name referring to the grape cluster’s resemblance to a foxtail. It is adaptable to different natural conditions but only does well in Campania. In the interior hills of Benevento and Avellino, small amounts are allowed in the two DOCG wines mentioned. Campania whites from southern Italy reach full fruition | Italian-American News Herald
07072017 We had a 10:30 appointment at the Mastroberardino Winery in the small town of Atripalda, to met Virgina in hospitality and Daniela in winemaking.  They were both ultimate professionals, providing us with a tour of the winemaking facilities, the ancient cellar with a treasure trove of old Taurasi wines, a video overview, and then a sit down tasting. The King of Aglianico – Piero at Mastroberardino Winery | Wine Travel Stories
07082017 There are places you go to get away from it all. And then there’s Sant’Angelo. Is almost entirely dominated by a mix of local and “regulars"–Italian and German tourists who develop a relationship with the town and return, year after year. Fishing boats in the harbor of Sant'Angelo supply the village's charming restaurants with sublime seafood. The Incredible Italian Island You've Never Heard Of | National Geographic Travel
07092017 The archeological site of Pompeii will be opened to visitors also at night time every Tuesday and Thursday from July 8 until Sept. 2, 2017. Italy Pompeii | Gazette.com
07102017 If you bypass Naples enroute to the comparatively flashy Amalfi Coast, be warned you are missing one of the most intriguing historic centres and cultural hubs in Italy. Stroll Spaccanapoli – the narrow, cobbled street that splits the old city – and take in artisan shops, museums and churches as you eat a folded street pizza that costs 3 euro. Stop in a bar for a caffe corretto (with a dash of liquor) and baba (rum-soaked cake) or sfogliatella (a ricotta-filled pastry). Naples, Italy: Wildly fun in every way | Newcastle Herald
07112017 There are a few stabilimenti balneari con bar – ristorante which are also open to breakfast. Like the one operated by Fratelli Grassi, the family offering the white boat bringing in people from Positano… When you arrive here in the morning, the water is too good not to take a swim. So breakfast consists of cappuccino and latte di mandorla (almond milk, with a few ice-cubes)… How to start a day on the Beach in Positano | Costiera Lookbook
07122017 Pepella grapes are very peculiar: near the biggest grapes you can find some very small ones, like pepper grains (that’s why the grapevine is called “Pepella”: pepe means pepper in Italian). This grapevine is endemic and mainly unknown also to the most passionate experts. It is a complementary grapevine that is part of guaranteed origin “Costa D’Amalfi” (subzones Tramonti and Ravello) but the production’s level is very low because there are only a few available plants. The best wines of Amalfi Coast | Lloyd's Baia Hotel
07132017 Falanghina is one of the oldest cultivated grape varieties in Italy. It thrives in the Irpinian Hills of Campania in southern Italy and produces vibrant, easy drinking wines with distinctive apple, orange peel and vanilla characteristics that compliment a wide variety of dishes. Terredora Di Paolo Falanghina Irpinia 2012 | cara rutherford
07142017 The summer tableau of Italy’s sublime island of Capri pulsates in a kaleidoscope of high fashion, high style and astronomical wealth. Where else does the town square nightly become the vortex of social interaction? The cognoscenti understand that table reservations in the square are a must, particularly at the terribly chic Gran Caffè. Inside the Rich, Young and Wild Scene of Capri | Paper City
07152017 Artecard is the name of the passes to visit Napoli. You can chose the general one for 21 euros that lasts 3 days, or thematic cards like the one dedicate to the holy places of the city’s Patron Saint. Save money visiting an art city: buy a museum pass! | The Italian Blog
07162017 The next day, Wilkinson was off to the beautiful Amalfi Coast on a road trip from Naples. Driving in Italy can be a shock to the system for anyone, but the route to the Amalfi Coast is particularly hair-raising with narrow, winding streets and mountain roads with little to no visibility. Lisa Wilkinson continues stunning holiday on the Amalfi Coast | Starts at 60
07172017 The performance lasts for two hours, then the population of the village above the Certosa is invited on a procession lit by fire torches to enter the Certosa. At the entrance, villagers are given a white long cloth to wear and occupy the main courtyard of the Certosa. Padula Charterhouse, is a large Carthusian monastery, located in the town of Padula, in the Cilento National Park. Vanessa Beecroft VB82, Venerdi 14 luglio 2017 | MondoRaro Foundation
07182017 The winds blow northerly as we head straight into them on our way to the isle of Capri after sailing around Ischia and Procida in the Bay of Naples. I feel like we’ve been on a sea-fari. Our captain reads the weather like a book, knowing when and where to go. It’s like being in the hands of a magician. Reading the Invisible | Peggy Markel's Culinary Adventures
07192017 Right before you hit the main square in Capri there is a cute little lemon granita kiosk. The granita is absolutely delicious. The Insider’s Epicurean Guide to Capri and the Amalfi Coast | Vogue
07202017 Ischia is totally worth going to if you catch the boat from Naples or Capri. You have to check out their desserts. Some of the best that I have eaten on this coast. Ischia | ninafood.com
07212017 Ischia (Porto & Ponte) is the busiest of the communes, a popular tourist spot where most private yachts and ferries dock. It is filled with tiny shops, original artists producing one-of-a-kind pieces, delicious Neapolitan foods, spices, and the typical Ischitan liqueurs: Rucolino (a liqueur based on Arugula) and Limoncello. Ischia: Island of natural beauty | Panoram Italia Magazine
07222017 Naples hosts about 7 million international tourists' overnight stays* with an increase of 9% over last year. We want to highlight that the overall appeal of the city, coming from the analysis of online tourists' reviews, is over 80%, ranking Naples as the second Italian city for online reputation. If you do not have a specific destination you can lose yourself in the alleys of the old town, that includes 27 centuries of history and it is the most extended old town of Europe and a Unesco heritage. Naples is not a stereotype | Aeroporto Internazionale di Napoli
07232017 One of the highlights of my trip to Naples was visiting the Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte museum, which houses a gallery of 19th century art, porcelain, ceramics, an armory and historical apartments. I took pictures mostly of the royal apartments, which included the stunning Ballroom. The crystal chandeliers, the Neoclassical divans and the marble floor featuring geometric designs all enthralled me. Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte Diary | Tracy's Travels
07242017 A trip to Sorrento isn't complete without a stroll down the narrow character-filled lane known as Via San Cesareo. It is the heart of the old town, a street filled with artisan shops, restaurants and limoncello makers. Stop in and taste the fresh-made liqueur in its hometown. There are local-made leather crafts, ceramics and wood inlay, along with food stores, wine bars and vegetable stands. Via San Cesareo | Summer In Italy
07252017 First stop was the thermal spring of Sorgeto, a cove where the water is warmed to a near boiling temperature by volcanic activity. The nearest bus stop to this natural wonder is in Panza, within the commune of Forio d'Ischia, a small town a 20 minute walk away. To get to Sorgeto you descend the steepest hill I have ever seen paved with road, and on my walk I tried to forget that what goes down must go up. Desperately Lost on the Island of Ischia | Something In Her Ramblings
07262017 The Negombo Thermal Gardens provide a more lavish way to experience Ischia’s heated water. The hydrothermal park is good for couples and families, and a visit there can easily take an entire day. More than dozen pools and showers are scattered throughout extensive gardens; there’s also a hammam, which is similar to a Turkish bath; beauty treatment rooms and a small hotel. A long, shallow beach means adults and kids can wade far out into the ocean. Ischia, the setting for 'My Brilliant Friend,' is also a brilliant choice for a respite | Los Angeles Times Travel
07272017 The Picariello family, whose cantina lies high up among the Irpinian hills at Summonte, close to Avellino. Ciro is an architect by training who turned winemaker once he met his wife Rita (Guerriero), owner of the land! Together with their daughter Emma (a biotecnico with green fingers) and son Bruno, a viticultural school graduate, they make approximately 50,000 bottles/year from 7hectares, principally of Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo. Introducing Ciro Picariello, producer of fine Campanian whites… | Berry Bros. & Rudd
07282017 The winemaking philosophy at Lonardo in Taurasi is one of "enlightened traditionalism". So, macerations are long, and aging is done in 600 liter tonneaux, with only a small percentage of new as to not "mark" the aromas of the wines. The resulting wines are pure expressions of Aglianico, in the old and soulful sense. They are big, deep, powerful and tannic, and unabashedly so. Perhaps not for everyone, but then again you could always lay them down for 40 years... Lonardo | Polaner
07292017 I had done my typical research prior to visiting Positano and I knew about La Tagliata, but I wrote it off because it is slightly a trek from the center of town so when we walked past it after 3 hours of hiking, I was thrilled, to say the least. We were hungry, but this meal was truly the best meal of our trip, quite possibly one of the best meals we’ve had in Italy! It is a family-operated restaurant and the menu depends on what’s available in the garden. The Bite-Sized Baker's Adventures : Positano, Italy | thebitesizedbaker
07302017 This is a color story.  ...which is basically how I experienced the Amalfi Coast. It's a land of blues and greens, providing the perfect backdrop for the citrus groves that dot its hillsides. Triple lemon baba cake and the Amalfi Coast | Desserts for Breakfast
07312017 I am not exaggerating when I say that there is no silence in Naples. The streets of the crumbling Quartieri Spagnoli are so narrow that from any balcony, you can see into ten different homes on five different floors. Because of the heat, windows remain open, so not only do you watch other people’s business, you hear and smell it, too. It usually smells like garlic and charred pizza crust. Why You Should Love Naples: An Ode to a Frenetic City | Food & Wine

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 Lenú (“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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

MAY 2017

BURIED HERCULANEUM


















05012017 For our final day in Naples we visited another ruinous site called Herculaneum. In some ways, it was even more fascinating than Pompeii. It was also a lot quieter. It has been better preserved due to the different composition of fallout from the volcano. There are complex structures and detailed murals everywhere, and even organic material like wood has been preserved. What’s amazing is you can smell the scorched wood to this day, nearly 2000 years after the eruption. Naples, the City of Pompeii and Herculaneum | Peter Buncombe Photography
05022017 Surprisingly, despite the volcano’s tremendous power and the passage of nearly 2,000 years, some bone and teeth do survive as part of the casts. Ongoing studies have demonstrated that the ancient Pompeians had a diet low in sugar and had excellent teeth. Family History | Archaeology
05032017 Back in Naples, we walk the ragged length of La Pignasecca, the city's oldest street market. Lining the street are old-style vendors - tripe sellers, specialist grocers and pastry shops - so we have a chance to assess the region's best produce in a single location. Everywhere are tomatoes: golden explosions of spunzillo, clusters of dark red piennolo from Nocera, and knobbly oxhearts streaked with green and red often used for Caprese salad. In search of Naples' perfect tomatoes | Gourmet Traveller
05042017 The unmistakable outline of Totò, stylised and impressed in a sculpture entitled Monolite by sculptor Giuseppe Desiato in Largo Vita, is the new gateway to the Rione Sanità district in Naples and the great urban reclamation project carried out by its inhabitants. Naples, Rione Sanità: two piazzas restored to Beauty | Floornature.com
05052017 As you’ll easily see from these 10 photos that will make you want to travel to Capri, during the summer the scenery is simply amazing. The blue water is impressive, and you have many places you can admire it from different angles. 10 photos that will make you want to travel to Capri, Italy | Earth's Attractions
05062017 Italy's Amalfi Coast is a magical destination in itself, but there's even more reason to make the trip. A dolphin-shaped island called Li Galli is a small, private archipelago made up of three atolls between Capri and Positano. This Gorgeous Island Off the Amalfi Coast Looks Like a Dolphin — and You Can Visit! | PopSugar Celebrity
05072017 Ten miles from Alife, she traveled to a new pizzeria, Pepe In Grani, where she met the pizzaiolo, whom she knew preferred local ingredients. Franco Pepe was overjoyed when he heard about the resurgence of the Alife onions. Ever since, the two have been partners in crime with Franco using Antonietta’s signature onion cream as a spread on several of his creations. Discovering the World’s Best Pizza (and Onions) in Caiazzo, Italy | The Daily Meal
05082017 Gaetano Petrillo is an excellent driver, which is fortunate, because his small business, the Wine Bus, offers the sort of access to Campania’s wineries and restaurants which no authority seems bothered to provide. Sipping the wines that grew from molten lava | New Statesman
05092017 Another beach town near us and just south of Marina Casal Velino is Ascea. Ascea has beautiful beaches as well. There are rocks by the water but they are beautiful. They have a dark grey color with white stripes running through them. The clubs offer umbrellas, lounge chairs and a table for your admission. The food you can order is wonderful. Ascea, Italy | Travel in Italy Blog
05102017 I always considered Ravello’s Palazzo Avino to be one of the finest hotels I’ve ever stayed at, and the service is some of the best I’ve experienced – let’s just say a crisis that involved a full camera disc and at least three more days of photo-shooting was sorted out beautifully. Then there’s the Michelin-starred restaurant Rossellini’s, with its fabulous wine cellar. Ravello | Jan Fuscoe
05112017 Earthy, volcanic and sensual, characteristics bought out by the generous time in the bottle. Not an intellectual wine but a visceral wine of the rugged hills of Campania washed by the Mediterranean sun. 10 Great White Wines Under $20 To Drink Tonight | Forbes
05122017 Ravellian scenes are sketched out in a short story by Forster, the famous author of Room with a View. In Ravello David Herbert Lawrence wrote numerous chapters of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and, Andre’ Gide set a part of his novel The Immoralist. Naples and the Amalfi Coast | Enrico Massetti
05132017 Of all the stunning places along the Amalfi Coast, Ravello arguably claims the most panoramic vistas for photos or just watching the day go by. Ravello: Italy’s mountainside treasure has a view for every occasion | Communities Digital News
05142017 Consider the Monastero Santa Rosa: formerly a 17th-century convent, built as if defying the laws of gravity, perched on the edge of the dramatic promontory of Conca dei Marini. Bianca Sharma bought the property, then spent a decade renovating the building and its terraced gardens, finally opening the Monastero as a small hotel and spa in 2012. Amalfi coast guide | Harper's Bazaar UK
05152017 The landscape is now under threat, with competition from cheaper, less aromatic lemons from abroad driving prices down and forcing Amalfi’s farmers to abandon terraces that their families have cultivated for generations. 'Flying' lemon farmers face land erosion on Italy's Amalfi Coast | The Telegraph
05162017 Kara likes to cook. Her food genre of choice? Italian, which might have something to do with the fact she was born in Naples, Italy. Kara McCullough: Everything You Need To Know About Miss USA 2017 | Hollywood Life
05172017 On why they chose that particular venue for their wedding, the bride said: "Jonathan and his family have been going to the same place in southern Italy since he was six months old. When we started going out 15 years ago, he took me there and I loved it instantly. We have a lot of friends in Maiori and we don't have huge families so we thought it made sense to do it there, in a place we love." Check out photos from this romantic Italian wedding | Pulse.ng
05182017 I realised there are no absolutes in the world of wine; that context is everything. Sure, pinot noir may well be a great, classic grape in Burgundy, but in the warmer, volcanic soils of Campania it is an ordinary grape in comparison to the clearly majestic aglianico. Journey begins with first bottle | The Australian
05192017 Stabia Main Port is situated in the city centre with a pier of 270 metres long and a draft of 7 metres, featuring water and power banks customised for superyachts, free wi-fi network and tennis court, gym and all services facilitating a modern city center. New dock for superyachts between Pompeii and Sorrento | SuperYachtTimes.com
05202017 Coins are laid on top of the skulls by those looking for a change in fortune. Inside Naples’ terrifying Fontanelle cemetery where locals ask human Skulls known as ‘little wretches’ to grant miracles | The Sun
05212017 From the glorious 13th century cathedral in Amalfi to the historic little town of Atrani, you will be able to soak up as much Italian culture as possible during your trip. The Amalfi Coast is also a great place to explore other parts of Italy from. Pompeii is just a bus journey away and Naples is very accessible on public transport. 6 reasons the Amalfi Coast should be at the top of your bucket list | Her.ie
05222017 Sorrento’s main appeal is the independence it offers travellers. There’s an easy to navigate rail service to Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as boats to neighbouring islands (over which the uber glamorous Capri reigns supreme). And you can be back in time for a wonderful dinner at one of the many fantastic restaurants. Review: Sorrento, Italy | Northern Soul
05232017 The water in the sea cave was a glowing, brilliant azure. Beautiful. As he rowed, he explained that sunlight passes through an underwater cavity and creates the blue reflection. He gave us some history, going back to Roman times, with another rower sang a chorus of “O Sole Mio,” rowed us one more time around the cavern, ordered us flat again and rowed us out. Blue Grotto or Bust | The Republican Journal
05242017 Take Don Alfonso 1890 in the Italian town of Sant’Agata, overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Started over a century ago by two young couples, the family run business has grown into a culinary favorite thanks to the Iaccarino family’s philosophy. This is where the two Michelin star restaurant’s signature sweet San Marzano tomatoes - a staple in its pasta sauces - are grown. Jet Set Bohemian: Foodie-Focused Hotels | Paste
05252017 The sky was immensely blue, the waters impossibly turquoise and the heat unbearable when we reached the island of Capri, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, and off the Sorrentine peninsula of Italy. As a school girl, Capri had often occupied my imagination. Crystal blue persuasion | The Indian Express
05262017 In the remote but charming village of Vallesaccarda rewards the detour with superb dishes from the hills of Irpinia, an aptly named oasis of antique flavours. There are delicious and original specialities conjured with home-produced olive oil, soups, pasta and bread, such as an amazing ravioli with burnt garlic and walnut filling, with seasonal variations bringing truffles, mushrooms, baccalà (battered salt cod) and locally sourced meats including rabbit and boar, rich cheeses and expertly chosen wines. 10 of the best restaurants in Italy: readers’ tips | The Guardian
05272017 As the plane cruised into Naples at 09:30, we were greeted by the majestic sight of Mount Vesuvius. It was almost humbling to sense the fragility and resilience of the human race in the face of the unpredictable power of Nature. Who would imagine that seemingly benign mountain can wipe out entire cities … Naples – Capri – Positano – Everywhere in between: First Jot | The Meanderer Jots
05282017 I have too many memories of the little sights and sounds of Capri to be able to capture them in prose and to Capri I will return. Not once but every year. World Traveller: Why Capri Is A Pilgrimage | NDTV
05292017 The artist himself, acquired a lifelong culinary experience thanks to his family restaurant in Sorrento,  An expert fisherman and specialized in seafood cuisine, Salvatore often produces his own ingredients to cook his guests gourmet meals. Prawns, olive oil, fleshy tomatoes, and super smelling lemons will mix together to entertain the palate of even the most demanding. MasterChef expert. Yacht Charter Insight: Creating a Taste for Adventure | KK Superyachts
05302017 When traveling to chic Capri, join the glitterati jet-set in my boho Aime is reversible 8-way Zoe Dress in Fleur / Bold Blue to match the Azure sea! And don our reversible Audrey Turban a la Audrey Hepburn and soak in the sun. Below I’ve shared my picks of how to go from day to night in the reversible Zoe. Wear it with the deep-V in the front over your favorite bikini with jeweled flats (or get a pair of Capri sandals custom-made by one of the local artisans). Capri: A Reputation of Beauty | TheHuffingtonPost.com
05312017 Italy is an obvious choice for couples, but cities such as Rome and Florence are typical options when it comes to romantic getaways. So we recomended somewhere a little less known for foreigners: the Amalfi Coast. Unconventional honeymoon getaways for summer | ArabianBusiness

Monday, May 1, 2017

APRIL 2017

SIGHTSEEING AROUND SALERNO

























04012017 We hiked up to Giardino della Minerva, a multi-level outdoor garden that grows plants with medicinal properties. The centuries old property boasts beautiful panoramic views of Salerno, and also serves a refreshing lemon granita and sweet ginger cookies at the cafe on site. We later walked down to the beachside promenade and shady park. Amalfi Coast: Tasting The Sweet Life | Peace, Love and Adventures in Italy
04022017 Virtuoso notes that an exhilarating way to explore Amalfi’s iconic cliff-hugging coastline is by car. Advisors can map out custom adventures that might include flying into Naples, heading for Amalfi and Ravello, then fitting in Salerno before departing. What Are Your Top Ten Travel Dreams? | Travel Pulse
04032017 Excellent Neapolitan cuisine focuses on simplicity, on substance and not form. An exemplar of this is Mangia e Bevi (the aptly named “Eat and Drink”), our ideal place for eating out in Naples. No frills, all substance. Mangia e Bevi | Culinary Backstreets
04042017 Let’s try to live like locals, so we booked a room at the top-rated B&B Villa Monica, atop a hill in Sorrento. As our host opens the balcony door for us, a vast stretch of the Campania region unfolds its quiet beauty. The gulf of Naples lies below, Napoli marking its presence from far away with a string of lights. We can spend endless hours sitting here. Sun-kissed tales from the Amalfi coast | Hindustan Times
04052017 Located at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the new Marina d'Arechi in Salerno boasts 340,000 square metres of water basin dedicated to yachts with a scenic backdrop and an eco-friendly design. 9 New Superyacht Marinas To Discover Around The World | Boat International
04062017 Afterward, pause at Pasticceria Pansa, a classic cafe in the shadow of the cathedral that is popular among Amalfitani as much for the prime people-watching as for the delizie al limone, a domed, lemon-scented confection. 36 Hours on the Amalfi Coast | The New York Times
04072017 The palazzo - mostly an 18th century construction but dating in some parts back to the 12th - is not the only one to house a high-end hotel on this stretch of coast, but it must rank as one of the finest and most spectacularly set. Is the Amalfi Coast the perfect honeymoon destination? Stay at Palazzo Avino and it won't be far off (just don't get married in July) | DailyMail
04082017 If you are planning on checking out its museums, further savings can be made with the Campania Artecard Napoli, which costs €21 for three days and covers admission to more than 40 different sites, including Naples’ Castel Nuovo, a medieval fortress overlooking the ocean. Italy and France: Naples | Travel Weekly UK
04092017 La Brace is a big, jolly pizzeria with a friendly, laid-back feel, with wooden tables and red-and-white checked tablecloths. They do pretty much every wood-fired pizza under the sun. Cheap restaurants on the Amalfi Coast | Italy (Condé Nast Traveller)
04102017 Salvatore Molettieri, the talented owner of the estate, comes from an old farming family and manages his estate together with his son Giovanni, a trained oenologist. Salvatore Molettieri produces Taurasi of a grandeur to rival the greatest wines of Piedmont and Tuscany. Irpinia Aglianico | Marc de Grazia Selections
04112017 We spent the rest of our time walking around the city, visiting the small shops, enjoying the views, and drinking more wine of course. We left a little piece of our hearts in Positano and can’t wait to return someday! 3 Days in Positano | Aloha & Arrivederci
04122017 Calling it Italy’s chardonnay might be oversimplifying things, but there are many similarities between these grapes. Both make table wines that are textured, mineral and nuanced, and they produce fantastic sparkling. Fiano makes very good wine throughout Campania, but it’s in the sand, stone and clay around Avellino that it reaches the next level. Bill Zacharkiw: Campania white wine one of Italy's best-kept secrets | Montreal Gazette
04132017 Some of the cuisine of Campania includes shellfish and seafood. Combine mussels with the white wine within the pot. Bring to a boil and cover until mussels open. We enjoyed these mussels as an appetizer, but you can combine them with pasta. Campania Food & Wine Pairing; Mussels with Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina | Vino Travels
04142017 Coppery body and white and pink striated soul, the Onion of Montoro is beautiful at the sight, perfumed, sweet, tasty, delicately aromatic and persistent, raw or cooked is one of the special products of Irpinia, not to be missed, with the great white wines of the Province. The irresistible Ramata of Montoro | Insolita Italia
04152017 There were several interesting guests at this party. One of them was Alfonso Cuomo, sales director of Pasta Cuomo, a pasta-making company founded in 1840 in Gragnano, the worldwide capital of pasta-making. (Gragnano is to pasta as San Marzano sul Sarno is to tomatoes.) Pasta Cuomo | Pensieri Meridionali
04162017 I always look forward to coming here though as the region, known as Irpinia, is very famous for its viticulture, in part due to the temperature changes made possible by its mountainous location. According to my research, this old school place is the best restaurant in town. I came for a blowout Sunday lunch and really enjoyed it. Having a good time in Avellino | The Gannet
04172017 Irpinia is best discovered gradually, on a journey through the wilderness that whispers of ancient times, when this land was inhabited by Samnites, Romans and Longobards. Ancient villages are nestled in the green of the valleys that begin at the feet of the Partenio and Terminio Mountains. covered by beech, fir, oak and chestnut. Province of Avellino | Made in South Italy
04182017 Situated on the border of Basilicata and Campania, 'Tenuta Le Cascine' is an agriturismo in the true sense of the word. Pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks and geese are bred for meat and cheese. Vegetables and fruit are grown and all the food is made on site for the large, rustic restaurant where fresh, local dishes are served. Tenuta Le Cascine | Understanding Italy
04192017 La Campania had ricotta di bufala Campana DOP on the pizza dough, topped with marinated heirloom tomatoes and zucchini flowers. It was finished with grated caciocavallo Silano, a stretched-curd cheese made from sheep or cows milk produced in the province of Avellino. Le Pizze Regionali at Don Antonio by Starita | Charles Scicolone on Wine
04202017 Grown on the volcanic soils around Mt. Vesuvius, this wine is made from 100% Pallagrello Bianco grapes. The grape is native to Campania and was an important grape prior to the phylloxera epidemic, then it declined and was thought to be extinct only to be rediscovered in a vineyard in 1990. Neapolitan Pork Chops & Autochthonous Grapes of Campania | foodwineclick
04212017 Naples is not for the faint of heart. At first, the relentless disorder is overwhelming. But, by my fourth day, the vibrant, gritty city began to grow on me. From archeological ruins and ancient catacombs to the planet’s best pizza and world-class art, Naples has something for even the most discerning traveller. Naples showing signs of shaking bad reputation | The Globe and Mail
04222017 This lovely wine poured a beautiful golden yellow into the glass and met the nose with an array of aromas from stone and orchard fruit, with white floral notes and minerality. On the palate this crisp wine crafted of 100% Greco Bianco grapes offered flavors of apples, pear, fresh herbs, minerality and a touch of spice notes and honey. Exploring Campania with #ItalianFWT | Rockin Red Blog
04232017 I suggest a stay on Vomero Hill, an upscale part of Naples where you’ll not only have plenty to see and do (and shop for), but you’ll also be looking down on all creation. Do you know what is very interesting about staying on Vomero Hill? Nearly every hotel or B&B is rated very highly by visitors. It seems to be a non dud zone. Naples Vomero Hill: Looking Down on Creation | Wandering Italy
04242017 All my dishes represent a different area of Italy, but especially the Campania region, which is where I’m from. I am now based in a territory – The Amalfi Coast – where the mountains blend into the sea, so I feel it’s important to have dishes that represent these ‘two souls’, too. Interview: Chef Raffaele of Belmond Hotel Caruso | Elite Traveler
04252017 Rachel had booked a two-bedroom apartment for us near the main town Ischia Porto, where our ferry from Naples had docked. It was hidden off a winding sidewalk draped with bougainvillea and a short distance from Spiaggia degli Inglesi, a small beach at the base of a craggy set of stairs. Ischia, the setting for 'My Brilliant Friend,' is also a brilliant choice for a respite | Los Angeles Times
04262017 The entire underwater park offers the wonder of wandering through submerged roads decorated with columns and mosaics crystallised by the water. Tourists can explore the underwater park through tours with some local diving centres, including the Centro Sub Flegreo. 'Underwater Pompeii' of Baia featured in documentary | AnsaMED
04272017 Rumor has it that Poppaea, wife of the infamous Roman emperor Nero, spent her days in extravagant luxury in the Villa Oplontis, a Unesco World Heritage site located on the shores of the Bay of Naples. Excavations that continue to this day have unearthed a Roman estate that boasted an Olympic-sized swimming pool, lavish  baths, and more than 100 rooms filled with sumptuous frescoes. 10Best Finds Romance Along Italy's Bay of Naples | Usa Today
04282017 And so to Sorrento, the good man and I, and the thrill of finally revisiting our own honeymoon destination. Little had changed in the intervening years: the pastel-washed houses still clung like limpets to their teetering cliffs; bus and taxi drivers still zoomed like maniacs around vertiginous mountain bends; and the air was still thick with lemons the size of turnips. Sorrento's such a gorgeous setting for a family wedding | The Irish Times
04292017 If visiting Naples, be sure to visit Sorrento even if its for a day of shopping and dining.  The foods of the region are fresh vegetables, wines, seafood, lemon/orange citrus, limoncello liquers, pastas, Margherita pizza, mozzarella, tomatoes and of course the olive oil. Seeing Serene Sorrento | Ciaotraveler
04302017 Katie and Ian were married at Villa Fondi, a quiet secluded garden, surrounded by their closest family. Their intimate service followed through in to the late afternoon zipping around the coastline in a vintage Volkswagen beetle. They eventually finished the day at The Foreigners Club for a yummy 5 course meal and of course a meal in Sorrento wouldn’t be complete without Limoncello. Intimate Italian Wedding Villa Fondi Sorrento | Sarah Beth Photo