Monday, June 26, 2017

MY BRILLIANT FRIEND 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 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

CULTURAL LANDSCAPES 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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

THE PINK SMALL BUILDING 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 

Friday, June 23, 2017

100% FIANO WHITE WINE 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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

PHOENICIAN STEPS 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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

IMPENETRABLE HUE “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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ARCHED DOORWAYS AND COLORFUL CERAMICS 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

Monday, June 19, 2017

CAREFREE SPIRIT 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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

LIKE A SAINT 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

Saturday, June 17, 2017

WHEN VISITING CILENTO 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

Friday, June 16, 2017

WINE AND CHEESE CROWD 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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

DIET AND LIFESTYLE 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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

NAPLES' CENTREPIECE BAY 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


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ROYAL CLIPPER 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

Monday, June 12, 2017

TANNIC BITE 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

Sunday, June 11, 2017

THE GREEK GRAPE 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



Saturday, June 10, 2017

FIANO IS A GREAT IDEA! 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

Friday, June 9, 2017

SERIE A FOR THE WITCHES 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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

TOMATO ICE-CREAM 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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ISCHIA'S RESTAURANT 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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

PICTURESQUE FISHING VILLAGE 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 

Monday, June 5, 2017

A CONVIVIAL GROUP 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

Sunday, June 4, 2017

FOOD-BASED COSMETICS 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

Saturday, June 3, 2017

MANOR ON THE SORRENTINE PENINSULA 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

Friday, June 2, 2017

LE FIGLIE DI IORIO 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


Thursday, June 1, 2017

HISTORICAL REGATTA 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

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

Saturday, April 1, 2017

MARCH 2017

TEENAGER'S GUIDE

























03012017 You really can’t go wrong doing anything in this picture postcard town. In Positano we came across many different places such as an amazing lemon granita stand, handmade ceramic shops, custom made sandal shops, the best gelato, cute winding pathways, kayaks for rent, and so much more. A Teenager's Guide to Positano, Italy: 5 Best Things To Do | Foodie Goes Healthy
03022017 My favorite way to explore a new city is to get lost running the first morning I’m there. The soles were cushioned and delivered a smooth and natural ride while running through (dodging tourists!) this cute Italian city on the Amalfi Coast. Runnin' Around: Positano | the risky jackal
03032017 It is our contemporary tradition: we kept the tradition of Neapolitan tailoring but we are adding a lot of contemporary elements: new fabrics, colors, models, technology, and advertising. Also, Isaia is the brand known for its color. The Decadent Neapolitan Style Of Gianluca
03042017 It is a beautiful little town, and the beach is charming. When we went it was basically empty, presumably because all of the others tourists died of an overdose of steps. Positano: Land of a Thousand F*cking Stairs | The Everywhereist
03052017 Here you can see the glories of ancient Rome, which was preserved in ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius centuries ago. It is one of the world’s most absorbing archaeological experiences. A Sensory Italy – the Five Senses | Italian Special Occasions DMC
03062017 The tourist trail of the archeological heritage in Italy's southern Campania region now begins at Naples airport. The exhibition at Capodichino features original artefacts and copies of famous pieces on display in local museums. Archeological tour of Naples begins at airport | AnsaMED
03072017 The city is still filled with ancient graffiti, advertising (among other things) houses of prostitution, using a picture menu. Our guide kept explaining that Pompeii had been a trading port before it was destroyed, as if that alone should explain the local sex trade. Exploring Middle Earth | Sierra Vista Herald
03082017 It’s Italy, so we don’t really need to sell you on the pasta, the seafood, the pizza, or pretty much anything on an Amalfi menu. But when you sit down to eat that authentic Italian pasta, you're going to do so while soaking in some of the world's most spectacular backdrops; whether on a black sand beach at Ristorante Le Arcate in Atrani or at the helm of a galleon that's been carved into a mountainside (at Il Pirata in Praiano). Europe's Most Picturesque Coast (That's Actually Affordable) | Thrillist
03092017 If you’re headed to Amalfi’s main square, track down Cuoppo d’Amalfi to try the local street food. I found it after seeing several Italians walking around with fried seafood cones in hand. After navigating a maze of tiny streets, you’ll find this small eatery on Supportico dei Ferrari. Ignore its dingy appearance - sampling their fresh seafood is a must. A Guide to the Amalfi Coast’s Best Eateries | The Huffington Post
03102017 Many of the dishes on our menu are inspired by Jamie’s visits to Italy and the stories of Gennaro's upbringing on the Amalfi coast. Gennaro’s stories have added substance to what is now the essence of Jamie’s Italian – tradition combined with current, innovative ideas and a Jamie twist! Our Story | Jamie's Italian UK
03112017 Like many towns in southern Italy, Naples is rich with historically significant landmarks. An extraordinary, and lesser known, example of Roman architecture is the archeological and natural reserve of the Pausilypon. As such, the property was enlarged and modified over the years. One of the most interesting aspects of the site is the 770 meter long tunnel that was dug out into the hillside of Posillipo. Pausilypon: Sunset Concert Series in Naples | The Italian Concierge
03122017 The village is known to be a cheerful place, the name Corricella actually comes from the Greek “kora Cale” which means nice neighborhood. The colorful houses of the island offer a breathtaking view, especially when the sun is fully shining on them. The fact that they enjoy so much sunshine makes it possible to have some of the islands delicious cuisine while sitting outside even in the cold months of winter. Procida island in Naples Italy is absolutely breathtaking | Travelwith2ofus
03132017 Carving out a moment of evasion means finding refuge where the masses don’t arrive, and one doesn’t always have to pass endless hours in flight to reach isolated islands and atolls. Li Galli demonstrate this well, thanks to the unique combination of luxury and privacy, the watchwords for the new mega-rich. Li Galli: the Magical Suggestions of a Natural Paradise | All About Italy
03142017 Lemons are an indispensable part of life on the Amalfi Coast, where the fruits grow in abundance in beautiful terraced groves. The lemons in this region are world famous for their low acidic levels, sweetness and delicate flavour. Refreshing Lemon Based Recipes from the Amalfi coast! | Panoram Italia Magazine
03152017 Nestled between the sea and the Lattari Mountains, with altitude that varies from zero to 1200 feet, Praiano offers an ideal terrain for cultivating olive trees, citrus groves, vineyards, citrus vegetable gardens. Our tomatoes, traditionally brought to maturity with an almost total absence of water, can be as sweet as candy. Tomatoes as Sweet as Candy | Amalfi Coasting
03162017 A luxurious seaside oasis bathed in fresh white paint, the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa draws a following from local and international celebrities alike for its signature Capri Beauty Farm. 8 Amazing Wellness Retreats to Recharge for the New Year | Hong Kong Tatler
03172017 What meal or food is unique to the Amalfi coast? Here, each village cooks their own traditional dish. In Minori, they make aubergines with chocolate. It sounds odd but it’s great. Gennaro Contaldo on growing up in Minori on the Amalfi Coast: "The sea was my swimming pool" | Radio Times
03182017 What is the one local food you feel travellers can’t leave the Amalfi Coast without trying? You must try the local seafood dishes and the best buffalo mozzarella and san marzano tomatoes. Amalfi Coast Travel Tips from Gennaro Contaldo, the Grandfather of Italian Cooking | Suk Yi
03192017 In AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabia and Oplontis. For archaeologists, these rare catastrophic burials are an incredible time capsule that transport you back to a very precise moment in time. It’s the closest thing there is to time travel… Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii | An Archaeologist's Diary
03202017 Instead of creating digital dystopian landscapes where you can imagine shooting bad guys, Clarke and company used 3-D technology to show what you would have seen walking through highly decorated atriums and beside swimming pools in the villas of Oplontis, a seaside resort town near the famous Pompeii. High-tech preserves 2,000-year-old Roman villas of Oplontis | Bozeman Daily Chronicle
03212017 Eat a delicious sfogliatella (typical Neapolitan cake made of a shortcrust or layered “shell” filled with ricotta, sugar, semolina and candied citrus) fresh out of the oven. 29 Things You Must Do In Naples | ItalyMagazine
03222017 This time around we decided to make the trip purely about exploring the historic center of Naples. Just a 5 minutes walk, we chose B&B Neapolis Bellini as it was situated in the center, making it easy for us to visit the main sights on foot. Weekend Getaway in Naples, Italy | BrowsingItaly
03232017 The oldest form of the dish is the pizza marinara; with toppings of oregano, garlic and extra virgin oil. It is named marinara as it was the traditional food prepared by "la marinara" (the seaman's wife) for their husbands after a long day of fishing in the Bay of Naples. Outbound Adventures: For proper pizza, go to Napoli | Ahram Online
03242017 Monte di Procida, an exclusive seaside village, on a bolstering hilltop, with 360 degree views of the Bay of Naples and Surrounding Islands. It is a dream destination and this Italian-American couple who met there years ago knew exactly where they wanted to celebrate their nuptials, in the same “Piazza,” towns-square where it all began. A Formal Destination Wedding in Naples, Italy |  jet fete
03252017 The Amalfi Lemon Experience is a must stop on your visit to the Amalfi Coast. And I will tell you why: from April to October, visitors can expect to get the ultimate VIP treatment as Salvatore personally guides you through the historic organic lemon orchards. Travel: A Look Inside the Amalfi Coast’s Best Kept Family Lemon Grove | Press Pass L.A.
03262017 The discovery of a monumental building and priceless ceramics imported from Greece in excavations at Poseidonia shows for the first time how rich its Greek founders were when establishing the city in Italy in the 6th century B.C.E. The quantity of Attic red-figure pottery and other luxuries attest to fabulous wealth the city’s Greek inhabitants made, apparently from pilgrims coming to worship at its temples. Archaeologists Uncover Stunning Town Built by Greeks in Italy 2,500 Years Ago | Haaretz
03272017 Constantinopoli 104 has a pool just big enough for two, and pastel rooms with wrought-iron beds. Where to spend a seductive weekend in Naples | The Times
03282017 In Naples, the neighborhood is everything. The city is made up of villages – villages within villages. The city breaks down into concentric circles that decrease in size until you are left with little hamlets, each with their own grocer, fruit seller, fishmonger, butcher and baker. Naples: State of the Stomach | Culinary Backstreets
03292017 House of the Bear is a private residents that stands on the Via Augustali. This colorful Pompeii residence gets its name from a mosaic of a wounded bear. It was one of the first decorations discovered in the House of the Bear, yet it was not the last. The resident has some of the most splendid mosaics that adore walls and floors. House of the Bear | Ermak Travel Guide
03302017 A fortress on Monte Aureo that overlooks the town of Amalfi and Atrani. Not far from the Tower of Ziro is the Grotto of the Saints. It is a small natural cave that opens onto a terrace with lemon trees. Atrani Travel Guide | Tour Italy Now
03312017 The Koh-I-Noor of the Mediterranean is located between Capri and Positano and is accessible by only boat and helicopter. This magnificent private island of the Amalfi Coast, formally owned by the legendary Russian ballet star Rudolf Nureyev, was purchased, restored and developed over the last 15 years by its current owner. The Koh-I-Noor of the Mediterranean | World Real Estate Immobiliare


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

FEBRUARY 2017

MOZZARELLA HIGHWAY


















02012017 Between towering Ancient Greek temples and the pristine Mediterranean Sea lies the vast Piana del Sele Paestum. Known for millennia as the “plain of the gods,” this region of Campania in southern Italy is also home to the water buffalo that produce some of the world’s most heavenly mozzarella. Mozzarella di bufala paradise in Paestum | Luxeat
02022017 Campania stands 2nd in the ranking of regions with the number of visitors. Archaeological heritage has a lion’s share on the increase. In the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine, the Archaeological Museum of Naples and the archaeological park of Paestum and Pompeii 11 million ticket sales had been registered in the past year. Italian museum registered record number of visitors in 2016 | Tourism-review.com
02032017 The cobra-like steel structure plans o interlink Naples to Rome. London bases architect, Zaha Hadid, leads the design and hopes that it would be more than just a train station. The Napoli-Afragola will also house public spaces, cafes, promenades and more. Five Beautiful Buildings And Museums To Open This 2017 | Travelers Today
02042017 Cash should be reserved for food, drink, day trips and the small ticket price you’ll pay for a sun lounger on a deck in Sorrento. In terms of eating out- while there are certainly many high-end options available throughout the bay - there are plenty of low-key alternatives, serving brilliant Italian food for a good price. Cheap Trips: The Bay of Naples | Redbrick
02052017 Right in the historic center of Naples, in a Palace of the XVII century. A balcony over the roofs and the cupolas that leads to the sea. Just in the street that leads to our house there is one of the most famous fish shop of the city (Pescheria Azzurra). Here we buy the fish for our dinners or lunch, always fresh! Seafood in the historic center of Naples! | BonAppetour
02062017 Among the many friggitorie which sell potato croquettes, fried rice balls, deep-fried zucchini flowers or eggplant slices, found at every turn in Naples, Friggitoria Vomero has a reputation for being the best in town. It also has the added advantage of being located in Vomero, the most hip and fashionable neighborhood in the city. The Top 10 Places To Eat In Napoli | Culture Trip
02072017 Thanks to Vespa expert and friendly driver guide, Naples best places, buildings, breath-taking views, and legends will be at your fingertips in a day. Naples Italy Tour on Vespa | Lookals
02082017 Napoli is a microcosm of everything that Italy has to offer. Its ancient quarter, for example, is older than Rome’s – and it’s the closest Italian city to Mt. Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii. Is also a great spot for beach goers!  An Amazing Itinerary for Three Weeks in Italy | Leave Your Daily Hell
02092017 The trip took them high into the mountains overlooking the Amalfi Coast stopping on the way in Sorrento. Both Podge & Tubbs felt that this town was an absolute delight to discover. Naples | PodgeThePuffer's World
02102017 At first mist obscured the views of the sea but it was still a gorgeous hike past towering limestone mountains, colourful wildflowers, and ancient abandoned stone houses, through forests and meadows of long grasses. Eventually the mist burned away and the deep blue sea revealed itself far below, with views of Positano, its houses clinging to the cliff. Hiking the Path of the Gods (And the Amalfi Coast on a Budget) | Never Ending Voyage
02112017 Napoli are surging. They've gone the last 13 matches undefeated, they recently ravaged Bologna 7-1, and former sub Dries Mertens is playing arguably better than any other striker in Serie A. Surely, if there's a good time to play Champions League juggernauts Real Madrid, then that time is now? Can Napoli get Real? | Football Italia
02122017 It’s a rare chance to view over 150 little known works of art, paintings and sculptures, from the mid-1200s to our days, which belong to foundations, banking institutions and private collections. These are works of great artistic value, steeped in the reality of the very heart of Naples - Spaccanapoli. A treasure chest of formidable artwork in the ancient heart of Naples | ItalyEurope24
02132017 Our room was also wonderful - a nice, big bed, little sitting area and an gorgeous terrace with a day bed overlooking the water, Mount Vesuvius and the castle. The hotel also had an indoor pool and a spa, both of which we did not get a chance to experience, but we were able to check out their rooftop area with a few jet tubs, day beds, etc. Honeymoon Recap: Ischia | Burpees to Bubbly
02142017 We opted for the ‘standard’ tour of the Bourbon Tunnel. First we descended 30m below ground into 17th century water cisterns carved directly into the tuff stone. Mariarosaria showed us the footholds in the rock which the pozzari (maintenance man) for the cisterns would have used to climb in and out through the well shaft. Underground Naples | two year trip
02152017 Many are made with leather and are adorned with beads and stones.  I windowshopped several locations until I found a store that had designs that I liked, the shop of Vincenzo Faiella. Vincenzo's family has been making sandals for generations. I left wearing a pair, and with another pair in a bag! The Best Things to Buy When Shopping in Capri | Tourissimo
02162017 For over two millennia, scrolls from the ancient town of Herculaneum eluded analysis. Left buried under the ashes when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the scrolls were preserved -- but in a charred and illegible state. 2,000 years later, scientists finally know what's in these charred Roman scrolls | CNN
02172017 Among the wines I tasted and drank was the Gragnano 2015 “Otto uve” Penisola Sorrentina from Salvatore Martusciello. It is made from Aglianico, Piedirosso and Sciascinoso. This is a red sparkling wine that is a favorite in the Naples area with pizza. Gragnano OttoUve | Charles Scicolone on Wine
02182017 But one of the most remarkable expressions of volcanic wine-growing is to be found on the Island of Ischia, right in front of Naples, where the vine planted terraces, perched on slopes overlooking the sea, assume a fairytale look. The volcanic effect of Italian wines | FineDiningLovers
02192017 U' fusillu made in Felitto, close to Salerno, is a hollow pasta cilinder, 18 to 22 cm long, handmade with eggs, flour, salt, water, olive oil and a 4 faced iron tool. Famous restaurant in Paestum have to order them straight from the ladies of Felitto to include them in their menus. Fusillo di Felitto | Made in South Italy Today.com
02202017 Holly and Gianluca on their wedding day in Capri. Three stories of finding love in Italy that will restore your faith in romance | The Local
02212017 I had been to Capri with my mother almost 10 years ago, so seeing it now with Tony was a dream come true. All of the memories came flooding back the instant we stepped onto the ferry. It is hands down one of my most favorite places on this earth, and seeing it in the winter without a bunch of tourists running around just made it that much more true. Capri + Anacapri, Italy - Our Italian Honeymoon | Costola Photography
02222017 Escape to Naples, Italy’s third-largest city, where culture is informed by centuries-old artistry and a devotion to quality cuisine. Start by exploring the open-air markets and make a pitstop for wood-fired pizza - it’s where it was invented, after all. A Day in Naples, Italy | Condé Nast Traveler
02232017 After lunch we'll visit the ancient Samnite ruins at Aeclanum (pre-Roman!) and then Quintodecimo for a wine tasting with master winemaker Professor Luigi Moio. Discover Irpinia Food & Wine Tour | Feast on History
02242017 The area is full of beautiful towns, villages and islands to visit, with Sorrento being the biggest of these beyond Naples, which is considered to be the gateway to the Amalfi. However Sorrento is not a sleepy resort town that only comes to life in the summer, as many locals live here and the town is much more sizeable in comparison to its neighbours. A Weekend in Sorrento | World of Wanderlust
02252017 What you find when you arrive is transparent aquamarine water, a narrow beach of white pebbles and a wooden jetty over the water set with chars and umbrellas. On a large terrace above is the restaurant and views over Marina Piccola and the Faraglioni. Next to the kitchen are shallow saltwater fed pools that are filled with live oysters, clams and more varieties of lobster than I knew existed. Torre Saracena - Capri {Best Beach Clubs in Italy} | Gillian's Lists
02262017 This 5-star hotel has 43 rooms and suites, a wellness center with a wide range of treatments and a gourmet restaurant that will delight lovers of Mediterranean cuisine with the chef of assorted recipes. A panoramic lift connects the hotel to the beach, the best to complete the experience of living. Casa Angelina on Amalfi coast - Travel to the dream place | Italian Style in Kuwait
02272017 It was the views of this fortress, with Vesuvius a blur in the distance, that seduced a retired Neapolitan banker who lives in London to purchase a pied-à-terre in his hometown. Studio Peregalli Revives a Romantic Apartment in Italy | Architectural Digest
02282017 We ended our walk in Nocelle from where you can catch a bus down to Positano (our desk-legs couldn’t take much more). After a well-earned coffee and cake in Positano we caught the ferry back at sunset. Italy: Walk of the Gods | Ben and Viv's Travels

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

JANUARY 2017

PROSPERITY AND WEALTH


























01012017 The famous fresco appears: Priapos compeers on the weight between prosperity of family and money – “nude as the roman goods him created”. The fruit basket tells from the abundance of the owners of the home of the Vettii in Pompeii, as well as the two boxes for the money and the families documents. Pompeii/Italy - House of the Vettii – Grand Reopening after decades | Capritravelguide.com
01022017 The following day the group trekked up Mount Vesuvius where they marvelled at the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Amelia added: “Nothing will ever beat standing on top of Vesuvius and seeing all of the Bay of Naples.” Roedean girls get classical in Italy | The Argus
01032017 La Paranza Cooperative is bringing Naples' ancient catacombs back to life. These teen tour guides are united by their desire to help their city and their love of the catacombs, which they reopened to the public. The Greatest Teen Job in the World Might Be Reopening Italian Catacombs | Atlas Obscura
01042017 While visiting the ancient mountaintop stronghold of Ravello we happened to follow a group of local teens around a corner and down a long steep staircase. At the bottom was a stone path, followed by another steep staircase. Amalfi Coast Hiking: Ravello to Minori | Wanderlust Duo
01052017 The best restaurant in Sorrento for its seafood is Caruso, a veritable museum devoted to the maestro and an enchanting and romantic place to dine in any of the small, cozy rooms. Its langoustines are fat and sweet, its pasta with vongole clams superb. The Rugged Beauty of the Amalfi Coast | The Huffington Post
01062017 But the more I read about it and saw photos of the incredible views from 2000 feet above sea level on the Amalfi Coast, I reconsidered and decided to go for it while I was in Positano to write. It would be only one of two excursions I did while spending two weeks relaxing and writing. My Adventure on the Path of the Gods | Margie Miklas/ Author
01072017 Called NaturArte Project, it lines Praiano’s streets with ceramic plaques and sculptures, creating a kind of open-air museum that unfolds along eight different routes. Like many towns along the coast, Praiano has a tradition of ceramic decorations, including a network of centuries-old small religious shrines made of majolica tiles. By the Sea Where the Sirens Called, an Italian Town Beckons Tourists With Art | The New York Times
01082017 Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels are putting the biggest city in southern Italy firmly on the visitor map. Young Neapolitans’ favourite place to unwind with an aperitif is bar-lined Piazza Bellini. Things to do in Naples: where to stay, eat and drink | London Evening Standard
01092017 The capital of Campania, birthplace of pizza and largest city in Southern Italy, Naples is without a doubt one of the most fascinating places in the country. The 10 Best Hotels In Naples, Italy | The Culture Trip
01102017 "The three Greek temples at Paestum, south of Naples, are considered the finest in the Greek world – finer even than those of Greece itself," he says. More places in Italy you never thought to visit (but really should) |The Telegraph
01112017 In Paestum Hera was not only the Goddess of fertility, but also of childbirth.  An elaborate pool was built for Hera where women who were trying to conceive could bathe and sit, but also where women would come to ask Hera for an easy childbirth. Discover The Ancient Greek temples Of Paestum | Corinna B's World
01122017 Jaime’s co-workers arranged a weekend outing to Caserta to visit the Royal Palace of Caserta. Luckily for me, not only did I get to see a beautiful palace, but I also got to cross off another place off of our UNESCO list. The Palace of Caserta | My Napoleon Complex
01132017 Lake Matese, Hell's Valley, and the Quirino Gorges are just a few of the places to see when you take one of the walking trails here. Plenty of activities are on offer for sport enthusiasts, including walking and horse riding, rock climbing, hang gliding, and paragliding. The area around the Matese is dotted with fortified little villages that virtually encircle the mountain chain. Matese - Campania - Italy | Easyvoyage
01142017 It was the vino, Ischia Bianco to be precise, according to Andrea D’Ambra. Andrea is the heir to Ischia’s oldest winery, Casa D’Ambra, and is on a crusade to preserve the winemaking culture in Ischia. As with the Greeks before him, the grapes are hand-picked on the side of the volcanic peak where a teetering monorail train transports both grapes and pickers to safety. Hot springs eternal: Finding love in Nonna’s beloved Ischia | Boston Globe
01152017 Ischia’s most famous and largest beach is the Spiaggia dei Maronti. The 1.5 mile-long beach offers the use of a natural thermal spring at Cava Scura. Compared to the other beaches on Ischia, it is relatively empty. Ischia – Isola Verde | Islandology
01162017 The Mastroberardino winery, dating back to the 1870s, more than any other in Campania is responsible for developing and popularising Taurasi (and the region’s two DOCG whites Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino). Taurasi Wine – Campania’s Crowning Glory |  Italy Chronicles
01172017 Naples has changed her in other ways too. “I've learned to be calmer, to be more patient, to connect more with the people here: the vendors, the baristas, the bus drivers - everyone is so chatty and wants to wish you ‘buongiorno.” How I fell in love with Naples, a city full of contrasts | The Local
01182017 The country’s subterranean tracts could be a new frontier for Italian tourism. Their first stop (BBC One) on the peninsula was Naples, which boasts 200 kilometres of tunnelling under its labyrinthine streets. Italy’s Invisible Cities: a gripping adventure let down by flimflammery | The Telegraph
01192017 Italy's first capsule hotel, Benbo, was inaugurated on Wednesday morning inside the international Capodichino airport in Naples. The hotel has 42 rooms of four and a half meters each to sleep for 25 euros for a night or for a couple of hours before a flight. Tourism: first Italian capsule hotel opens in Naples | ANSAmed
01202017 In Taurasi the volcanic soils and altitude make a wine of extraordinary power, complexity and freshness. The Lonardo family makes one of the best examples of Taurasi I have drunk, cleanly made but complex, intriguing and fine. Contrade di Taurasi | Oliver McCrum Wines
01212017 Suddenly we were engulfed by Mediterranean light, and over the canopies of all the many tall trees we could see the town and harbour of Forio d'Ischia. The water element is omnipresent in the upper garden, this time with a much larger pond and a mass of impressive Nymphaea lotus with their characteristic huge round leaves floating on the water like plates. Annual General Meeting 2015, Ischia: the Main Programme | Mediterranean Garden Society
01222017 When I stayed with my friend Valeria and her family for three days in Naples, they showed me the underfolds of the city and brought me - forced me, really - to love it too. And pretty soon I was seeing Naples in a whole different light. The Essence of Naples and Neapolitan Slang | A Thing For Wor(l)ds
01232017 While I wait for the first signs of spring to arrive, there’s only one place my mind wanders if I let it float off down the Amalfi Coast for awhile. It ends up high above Positano doing yoga with a wonderful group of people in the most breathtaking of places. Get Your Move On in Positano with a Yoga Retreat! | Ciao Amalfi
01242017 Amalfi itself might be my favorite. The town seems more like a real city than a village, with colorful Arab influences in the architecture left over from when the town was a major maritime republic, paper-making center and trading partner with the Middle East. The Amalfi Coast: It's made for walking | Travels with Carol Pucci
01252017 Place it on a terrace that clings to the cliff in Positano on the Amalfi Coast, however, and you have a seagull’s perch from which to gaze over vertiginous rooftops and church domes, cupped between mighty cliffs and gazing out onto a Mediterranean that laps the coast in peacock shades. The perfect 10 hotel pools: Positano, LA, Rio, Rome, Hong Kong | The Australian
01262017 We drive uphill to Anacapri and catch the slightly dodgy chairlift to Mt Solaro. The lookout provides spectacular 360 degrees views of the island and the limoncello, made not too far from here, goes down a treat. Ten days in Italy | Stuff.co.nz
01272016 Oasis Variconi is one of the most important fresh-water stopping places for migratory birds coming from Africa to Europe. Time it right and you’ll be able to see everything from swifts and swallows to owls, many types of ducks and rare sea birds. Oasis Variconi & A Little Serendipity | Hiking Campania
01282017 The hotel’s spa, Le Terme della Regina Isabella, is quite extensive in its offerings and well known for its effectiveness. Here you’ll find mineral-rich mud bath treatments and thermal spring water immersions, circulatory and osteopathic treatments, various massages, cellulite or leg treatments, facials, thermal pools, a fitness room, hair and nail treatments, dermatological treatments. Italy's Enchanting Ischia and L'Albergo della Regina Isabella | Beauty  News NYC
01292017 They're geographic marvels that boast everything from mountains to acres of green land. Ischia is one such island, and it's the perfect summer getaway. We've traveled all over the world, and Ischians are some of the kindest people on the planet. 9 Reasons Ischia Should Be Your Summer Vacation Destination | Allure
01302017 Il Cancelliere grows only Aglianico grapes and produces approximately 20,000 bottles /year of both Irpinia Aglianico and Taurasi wines. The hillside vineyards were very well kept and Claudio explained Il Cancelliere's philosophy of organic grape production and winemaking. None of Il Cancelliere's wines are subjected to filtration or clarification. Il Cancelliere – A Romano Family Winery | Wine Lovers Page
01312017 Ercolino family established Feudi San Gregorio with a vision to create exceptional, modern wines from indigenous Campania grapes. The winery (today owned by Antonio Capaldo) welcomes visitors with a tasting room, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a luxury guest house. Terlato Wines Welcomes Leading Campania Brand Feudi San Gregorio to Luxury Wine Portfolio | PR Newswire

Sunday, January 1, 2017

DECEMBER 2016

PARSIFAL'S MAGIC GARDEN 


























12012016 It was only when Richard Wagner arrived in Ravello, perched above the Amalfi Coast, that he decided that the gardens of the Villa Rufolo here resembled what his imagination told him Klingsor’s garden looked like. In the Footsteps of Wagner: Writing 'Parsifal' in Italy | WQXR
12022016 An Agriturismo is a farm or vineyard in Italy where you stay on the property and have wonderful meals made from the products of the farm .. Villa Maria on the Amalfi Coast is primarily a Lemon Farm, but Vincenzo has Olive Trees (Olive Oil), Fruit Trees (Peaches, Pears, Apples), and Grapevines. My Trip Capri Positano Napoli The Amalfi Coast | Daniel Bellino Zwicke
12032016 Maison Cilento 1780 is known for its “special” ties, which pay tribute to the Neapolitan tradition and history. The company is preparing to launch a new perfume line. “There are five fragrances inspired by some of our products like the seven-fold tie, or important places for us like Passeggio di Chiaia.  Maison Cilento 1780 launching five Naples-inspired artisanal fragrances | ItalyEurope24
12042016 Travellers flying into Naples with EasyJet can visit the archaeological museum in Naples and the archaeological area at Paestum for half the usual ticket price under a joint initiative of the Italian culture ministry and the low-cost carrier. 'Culture flies' to Naples with EasyJet-ministry initiative | ANSAmed
12052016 The planet’s top pie-making school in Naples teaches 300 years of Italian technique. The normal course of study at Coccia’s Pizza Consulting school in Naples lasts for a month. Learning to Make the Best Pizza in the World | Bloomberg
12062016 Pasta con patate e cozze – pasta with potatoes and mussels – is a dish typical of Ischia, a small, volcanic island in the gulf of Naples. This way of cooking pasta is similar to that of risotto – in fact, it is called risottare la pasta. A mouthwatering mussels with potato and pasta recipe from southern Italy | The Guardian
12072016 Q. How would you describe your style of cooking? A. Experimental. I take whatever knowledge I have gained during my travels and applied it to my food. For example, I took inspiration from Asian cuisine and fused it with Neapolitan style and created a Neapolitan sushi! Q&A: Italian Michelin chef Paolo Gramaglia on what inspires him and the food he loves | The National
12082016 Wall paintings at an old brothel in Pompeii have revealed some raunchy secrets. The numerous paintings depict group sex as well as other acts. Pornographic Pompeii wall paints reveal the raunchy services offered in ancient Roman brothels 2,000 years ago | The Sun
12092016 The Monastero Santa Rosa is far less glammed out than most of the Amalfi Coast’s luxury hotels. When A-listers come to stay, they usually request the Citrus Suite - the hotel’s most expensive room, and the only one with a private terrace. The Most Expensive Suite at Monastero Santa Rosa on the Amalfi Coast | Architectural Digest
12102016 Pozzuoli is a beautiful city of Naples located in the Campania region and also the main city of the Phlegrean Peninsula. This fabulous old town was created in 530 BC and was the first harbor of the Roman Empire. Naples Yacht Charter Guide – All You Need to Know | Cruising Sea
12112016 Returning back in the direction of the Solfatara volcano, fishermen work their nets in boats and sell live fish and octopus at the port town of Pozzuoli. Restaurants along the water provide a perfect stop for lunch or dinner. Spaghetti Vongole (pasta with clams) is a classic regional dish on most menus. The Phlegraean Fields: A Family Excursion to the Gates of Hell | GoNOMAD.com Travel
12122016 The day was finished off in style as we were fed a lavish dinner in the evening at Gli Ulivi restaurant. Having explored the Ischia’s mountains, spas and town centre, the final full day of the trip took us out on the Tyrrhenian sea, as we boarded the Gioia boat for a six-hour trip around the island. Ischia – an Italian island steeped in history, luxury and Limoncello | The Jewish News
12132016 The 2014 Terredora di Paolo Irpinia Falanghina is forcefully persistent in sexy aromas and rich, sensuous notes of honeysuckle, ripe pineapple, red apple and peach marmalade, along with a hint of forest pine - but it’s the very bright acidity of young mango and accents of green olive, white pepper and bitter citrus rind on the finish that really gives it a kick and extra thrust. Great Wine: Terredora di Paolo Irpinia Falanghina | The Corkscrewer Report
12142016 A good introduction to Italy’s best white wines is fiano, which hails mostly from southern Italy’s Campania region. Its lemony acidity and medium weight makes it versatile with most dishes, especially pasta creations with nuts or basil, both of which are also signature scents in the wine. 6 Amazing Italian Wines To Drink Right Now | Maxim
12152016 On the way, the ferry to Positano only stops in Amalfi, but we had fun trying to identify the villages along the coast from a distance. The first of course being Vietri Sul Mare that shone white in the morning sun just a short distance from the port of Salerno. My 12 euro cruise along the Amalfi Coast | Italian  Notes
12162016 Most people are aware that Vesuvius’s eruption in 79AD. However, every ash-cloud has a silver lining, and such is the miracle of agriculture that, once molten lava has cooled for a couple of hundred years, volcanic soils provide excellent nourishment for vine roots. So destruction becomes transmuted into a rather nicer liquid. Sipping the wines that grew from molten lava | New Statesman
12172016 Put on your most comfortable footwear and go for a jog by belvedere la Migliera along the Via Migliera footpath. Discover the stunning coastal path that winds past Capri's ancient block houses, amidst vineyards and woodlands with views of the sea peeking through at every turn. An Insider's Guide To Capri | HuffPost Travel
12182016 Spaghetti alle vongole is a light and tasty dish of Neapolitan tradition which has long won the hearts of Italians from north to south. It is not a difficult recipe, but to prepare it properly, as they say in Naples, we must unveil its secret. A recipe from the sea: spaghetti alle vongole | Let It Wine
12192016 It covers an area of ​​134 hectares. It looks like a forest interspersed with extensive meadows, valleys dotted with small streams and areas rich in quarries, a typical feature of the hills in Naples. The area adjacent to the Museo di Capodimonte is characterized by wide meadows with different plant species. Parco di Capoldimonte | ViaggiArt
12202016 Luigi Moio’s Quintodecimo is sort of a balance between the old and the new world. If wine is an expression of the land it comes from, then it is certainly also a reflection of the winemaker. In this regard, Moio’s full line of wines, most notably the Exultet (named after Echezeaux, his favorite wine), is amazing. Irpinia is the new Tuscany | Feast on History
12212016 This tiny drinking den in the old working-class “Spanish Quarter” of Naples is as basic as they come, but it’s always packed, and the overspill of students and arty types fills the narrow street outside. Prices are absurdly low: an Aperol spritz – served in a plastic cup – is €1. Naples: what to see, plus the best restaurants, bars and hotels | The Guardian
12222016 “There are 14 stages in the making of a pair of gloves and everything is done by hand”. In Naples we make our way to one factory, located down a steep alleyway off a street near Capodimonte (also famous for porcelain) where Rosaria, a fourth generation artisan runs the business. Glove affair: The journey of luxury leather goods from Naples to Dublin | Irish Times Life & Style
12232016 Painting for the Fondazione Alfonso Gatto which was one of the most important 20th century Italian poets and born in Salerno. The foundation asked Alice Pasquini to create a work inspired by his poetry.  The Italian artist Greenpino painted the words of his poetry on the steps, while she painted the walls of the staircase. Alice Pasquini paints a new piece in Salerno, Italy | StreetArtNews
12242016 Volcanic soils with the unique indigenous varietals and the peculiar climate conditions (over 200 days of rain per year), make Irpinia a wonderful terroir for both white and red wines.  Campania is probably one of the most interesting regions for white wines. Campania Food & Wine Pairing; Mussels with Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina | Vino Travels
12252016 “The book will explore the broad cultural, political and economic currents that link the stories of the three palace built by King Charles of Bourbon ­at Caserta, Capodimonte and Portici” Robin Thomas, specialized in Baroque architectural history,  explained. Art history professor conducts research at Caserta | Penn State
12262016 Furore is a town and comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy. It’s famous mainly because of the Fjord – a small crack in the rocks, an ancient gorge that was a hidden place for the bandits in the past. Fiordo di Furore | Unusual Places
12272016 Lemons are at the heart of everything on the Amalfi Coast. Lace makers embroider lemon motifs on aprons, artisans mold them into soap, chefs infuse them into antipastos to desserts and the general populace considers them a cure - all for colds, as a well as a natural energy booste. Positano – Lemon Oil (Natural Handcrafted Soap) | Natural Handcrafted Handmade Soap Company
12282016 "Set like an eagle's nest above the dizzying landscape of the coast, Ravello is the most peaceful and charming resort on the Neapolitan Riviera," says Telegraph Travel's Joanna Symons. Escape the tourist hordes: 21 Italian gems you never thought to visit | The Telegraph
12292016 In the 1950s the Attolinis made Neapolitan-style suits for a number of high-profile clients, including such Hollywood celebrities. By that time, word was getting out. For those seeking expertly tailored clothing, Naples was the place to go. An Insider Look at Neapolitan Style - Both Past and Present | Robb Report
12302016 Alongside the giggling teens that head to the main square on Vespas for gelato at sunset are old men with craggy faces adorning the benches, happy to while away the hours watching the evening passeggiata (walk). Welcome to glamorous Sorrento. Step right in and join the throng. Vespas, vistas and villas in Sorrento | Daily Express
12312016 When people think of Italy and romance, most think of the Tuscany region or Rome. But Sorrento and Capri remain for me among the top spots for lovers. Swept off your feet by Sorrento and Capri | Detroit Free Press