Wednesday, July 31, 2013

JULY 2013

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07012013 A kitchen full of co-ordinated cooks is also a joy and a frequent thing on the Amalfi Coast. They are crisp, perfect and special – I love them all. The Great Cooks of the Amalfi Coast! | My Amalfi Coast
07022013 Pleasure yachts from Capri and Positano drop anchor for lunch perched over the Mediterranean. Lo Scoglio da Tommaso, Amalfi Coast, Italy | Travel + Leisure
07032013 Positano is also famous for its appearance in TV and movies, like Nine, Under the Tuscan Sun (although, ironically, it’s in Campania, which is much farther south than Tuscany), and the show Entourage. Positano is pretty much representative of the classic image of southern coastal Italy, and it’s not hard to see why – it’s absolutely gorgeous! Sole e mare in Costiera Amalfitana | Buongiorno, Firenze!
07042013 Ettore suggested an early morning wander through Anacapri and then onto the swanky beach club Il Faro. Directly under the Punta Carena lighthouse, perched on the rocks above what was an unusual crashing sea, We lounged, swam in the saltwater pool, dined, cocktailed and lounged some more. We were Exceptionally well taken care of by Alessando for the entire, luxurious day. The restaurant menu was a mix of traditional local cuisine and contemporary twists. I had a plate of seafood crudo with Gambero Rosso and blackberries, ricciola with wasabi & raspberries and scampi with soy sauce. Pastas were more traditional with spaghetti alle vongole and pacheri con moscardini. Later in the afternoon there were gin and tonics delivered to our chairs while we watched the sun set over the Mediterranean. Celebrating {Capri} | gillian's lists
07052013 Mariah Carey and Miguel head to the sunny island of Capri, Italy for the new video to the Spanglish version of their hit single “‪Beautiful‬” aka “‪Hermosa‬.” Mimi dances through the streets, before she links up with the singer/songwriter and takes a speed boat ride to tour the famed ocean caves. The Pop superstar shows off her wedding ring and toned bikini body in the retro style video, which was shot to look like an old home movie. Video: Mariah Carey feat. Miguel - Hermosa | ThisIsRnB.com
07062013 The beach of Trentova, Agropoli, like most other beaches in the Cilento National Park, is awarded year after year the "Blue Flag" award for clean waters and all around natural setting. The bay is named after the big rock that closes it to the right, called scoglio di Trentova (rock of the thirty eggs) because, according to the legend, in times now forgotten the locals found 30 sea-turtle eggs in the grotto beneath the rock itself. Trentova Beach | Summer In Italy
07072013 Sorgeto hot springs allow you to bathe in rock pools with warm and hot water of different temperatures. The natural phenomenon is caused by Ischia's underground volcanic activity. Natural Springs of Ischia | Ischia Review
07082013 Imagine a light Mediterranean breeze wafting through your veil at Ischia’s Hotel Mezzatorre. In addition to stunning views, this hotel has one of the country’s most respected spas onsite - just in case you want to indulge in some extra pampering to prepare for your big day. Palaces, Castles, Resorts: The 14 Best Wedding Venues in Italy | Made in Italy
07092013 Glamorous, colourful and dramatic, Capri is an innately cinematic location. Le Mépris – made in 1963 by the Nouvelle Vague master Jean Luc Godard and starring Brigitte Bardot. Hot on Brigitte’s heels, Julie Christie did some sunbathing and met a prince on the island in Darling, an unsettling film made with Dirk Bogarde in 1965. Various movies employed Cápri as an backdrop in succeeding decades, the most recent being the heartwarming 2007 German film, Cápri, You Love?. The Cinema Isles | where-to-go-in-italy
07102013 Ettore suggested an early morning wander through Anacapri and then onto the swanky beach club Il Faro. Directly under the Punta Carena lighthouse, perched on the rocks above what was an unusual crashing sea, we lounged, swam in the saltwater pool, dined, cocktailed and lounged some more. We were Exceptionally well taken care of by Alessando for the entire, luxurious day. The restaurant menu was a mix of traditional local cuisine and contemporary twists. I had a plate of seafood crudo with gambero rosso and blackberries, ricciola with wasabi & raspberries and scampi with soy sauce. Pastas were more traditional with spaghetti alle vongole and paccheri con moscardini. Later in the afternoon there were gin and tonics delivered to our chairs while we watched the sun set over the Mediterranean. Celebrating {Capri} | gillian's lists
07112013 Mariah Carey and Miguel head to the sunny island of Capri, Italy for the new video to the Spanglish version of their hit single “#Beautiful” aka “#Hermosa.” Mimi dances through the streets, before she links up with the singer/songwriter and takes a speed boat ride to tour the famed ocean caves. The Pop superstar shows off her wedding ring and toned bikini body in the retro style video, which was shot to look like an old home movie. Video: Mariah Carey feat. Miguel - #Hermosa | ThisIsRnB.com
07122013 In contrast with the lively city of Naples, Palazzo Caracciolo, with over 800 years of history, is a heaven of privacy. The elegant decorations of this charming hotel's 139 rooms perfectly combine historical details and modern comfort. The tea room, which is a historic salon from the Angevin period, provides an intimate, relaxing setting. The "La Cucina" restaurant allows guests to discover local products, used as the basis for traditional recipes. In the "La Cantina" bar, visitors can enjoy real Neapolitan coffee, as well as a wide selection of traditional cakes and pastries. An historical heaven of privacy | MGallery
07132013 I’m in Italy this week on a fabulous family tour around the Bay of Naples with my teen. The eldest told me about a great ice cream shop she went to in Sorrento and I was amazed when she led me through a warren of streets to find it from memory. The Antica Gelateria Sorrentina is definitely worth the trip. It’s been going since 1860, they make all of their ice cream in the shop and even offer ice cream making lessons. The friendly staff claimed they remembered the eldest from last year, but I’m not sure if I believe them. Sorrento and Ravello | Mums do travel: a family travel site
07142013 Since the Roman times, Sorrento has been able to count on the defence granted to the town centre by a solid circle of walls. Yet, only in more recent times the urban walls achieved the aspect partially preserved today. Being exposed to the risk of Saracen incursions which, above all in the course of the Sixteenth century, destroyed a great part of the sea resorts in Southern Italy, the town – during the period of the Spanish Viceroyalty – was interested by an intense activity to grant a massive system of defence of the town centre. Sorrento’s ancient walls | Sorrento Info
07152013 My Dear Friends, I am so happy to announce my “Sorrento with Rossella” Culinary Tours which will be during the weeks of: Sept. 7-14 and Sept. 14-21. See for yourself why Campania was regarded as a place of culture by the Roman emperors.  As we travel  around the Amalfi Coast, you will experience the ruins left behind by the ancient Greeks and Romans. We have designed an incredible week for you to capture all the natural beauties and marvels that the Amalfi Coast has to offer. Sorrento with Rossella Culinary Tour | Cooking with Nonna
07162013 In Naples, I was confronted by an unfamiliar goodie: fried pasta. My first experience with pasta fritta was at Il Presidente. (In Italy, it’s common to start off a meal at a pizzaria with a fried appetizer, followed by each person scarfing down their very own full sized pizza). Pasta Fritta: Frittatine in Napoli | An American in Rome
07172013 The pizzeria Oliva – Concettina ai Tre Santi is an active supporter of the historical and artistic heritage of the Sanità district: consulting our blog you can keep informed about the conventions that our pizzeria has both with the cultural association Celanapoli ant and with the cooperative La Paranza, such as fixed lunches and dinners to enjoy before or after some guided tours. The pizzeria Oliva – Concettina ai Tre Santi is situated in the Sanità district, Naples, since 1951 | Pizzeria Oliva
07182013 Liberty of the Seas will be one of four Royal Caribbean ships to call on Naples this year. In 2014, Naples will be a port of call when Oasis of the Seas arrives for a short European cruise season as well. All of this is "a great opportunity for the city in terms of economic return and tourism development." Royal Caribbean using Naples as Mediterranean home port | Royal Caribbean Blog
07192013 Etica Ethical Pizzeria e Mozzarella Bar in Gilles St has become Adelaide's first Naples-accredited pizzeria and joins just six others from Australia. The accreditation from Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (the Association of True Neapolitan Pizza, AVPN) recognises Etica's dedication to creating pizza in the true tradition from Naples. City pizza bar Etica Ethical Pizzeria e Mozzarella Bar gets accreditation from Naples | The Advertiser
07202013 But in Naples, the pizza isn't just a technical achievement—it's an art form, a sacrament, a birthright. Here is where the fine, protein-rich Caputo "00" flour, the obsession of Italian pizza makers, called pizzaioli (or in the Neapolitan dialect, pizzaiuoli), is made right downtown at a nearly century-old family-owned mill. Here is where tomatoes flourish in volcanic soil beneath the warm Mediterranean sun, developing sweet, concentrated flavor. Here is where the water buffalo that provide the milk for moist, grassy mozzarella di bufala graze on marshy farmland. And here is where those iconic wood-fired ovens, whose blazing heat pulls these ingredients together to create the perfect pizza, are constructed by artisans out of brick and mortar. The Gold of Naples | Saveur
07212013 The cheeky 36-year-old Italian is back on our screens next week hosting ITV daytime cookery show Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel, alongside Melanie Sykes. Gino was born in Naples and grew up on a farm. He was inspired to cook by his grandfather, who was head chef for Costa Cruises. He moved to London in 1995, aged 20, to work as a chef himself. He says: “The idea of Italian food at its best is very simple – there are few ingredients, you make sure they are in season because they’ll be cheaper and you don’t cook them for long.” Gino D’Acampo’s on a mission to reconnect us with our culinary past | Birmingham Mail
07222013 Irpinia, like most of Campania, has been an important wine producer at least since the area was colonized by the ancient Greeks (starting approximately 800 BCE), and maybe before – some historians believe it was the quality of Campania’s wine that attracted the Greeks to it. But like most of the Italian south, Campania’s economy and prestige declined in modern times – most precipitously after Italian unification. Under the leadership of the Mastroberardino family, headed by brothers Antonio (now proprietor of the Mastroberardino name and winery in Atripalda) and Walter (now proprietor of some of the family’s best vineyards and the Terredora winery in Montefusco), ancient varieties were resurrected, prestige rose, and young people with whole new attitudes started returning to the land. One young winemaker, nodding at it, said to me: “That’s the church, the Vatican. Without Mastroberardino, none of us exists.” Irpinia in the Crystal Ball | Tom's Wine Line
07232013 Imagining Italian screen goddess Sophia Loren as a teller of poignant World War II stories seems unlikely at best. Yet she can be just that and more. Six decades later, many of Loren's most compelling memories still reflect the Nazi occupation. "[W]hen I was six," recalls Loren, "war came to Pozzuoli. It seemed that overnight German soldiers were everywhere." The last-ditch German effort to secure Naples suddenly became a part of her everyday life. Now 78, Loren endures not only as a groundbreaking sex symbol and an international style icon but also as the reigning paragon of ageless, European beauty. At the red carpet launch of the exclusive Pirelli calendar in Rio de Janeiro in November, Loren — anointed as the company's calendar girl in 2007 at age 72 — stole the show from twenty-something supermodels. Two women | The American | In Italia
07242013 She's still regarded as Italy's most famous actress after more than six decades in the industry. The 78-year-old screen siren was shooting scenes for Edoardo Ponti's La Voce Umana (The Human Voice) in Naples on Monday, looking chic in a cream suit. Her big return: Sophia Loren shoots scenes for son's new feature film in first big screen leading role for a decade | Daily Mail
07252013 Many famous customers have appreciated Canfora’s creations, among these the unforgettable Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. More than once late at night Amedeo opened the shop just for the first lady, letting her choose her favourite sandals, he made even one exclusively for her called “K”. Canfora – Capri Sandals | q8concierge
07262013 Our first stop was the Garden & Villas Resort in the hills above the town of Lacco Ameno. This rustic gem is mid-range in price — rooms will set you back at least 150 euros a night — but the tranquil gardens, jaw-dropping views and warm sea water pool are so worth it. It is a ten-minute walk into town — downhill — but the stroll is sensational, and a good tip would be to do it at sunset to make the most of those views. Then reward yourself with a glass of wine or a cold beer in the pastel-coloured central square as the sun goes down and the music strikes up at the bandstand. It’s all too del-lsch-ious | The Sun
07272013 Nerano is the most famous for the restaurants situated along all beach with the evocative view on the sea and the culinary specialty based on fresh fish and vegetables of season. Don’t miss the famous and delicious “Spaghetti of Nerano” (with the zucchini-courgettes ), made according to an ancient recipe that is handed on from generations. The Bay of Nerano | Olga's Resort
07282013 The pizzeria Oliva – Concettina ai Tre Santi is an active supporter of the historical and artistic heritage of the Sanità district: consulting our blog you can keep informed about the conventions that our pizzeria has both with the cultural association Celanapoli ant and with the cooperative La Paranza, such as fixed lunches and dinners to enjoy before or after some guided tours. The pizzeria Oliva – Concettina ai Tre Santi is situated in the Sanità district, Naples, since 1951 | Pizzeria Oliva
07292013 Anyways, since moving to Rome, I’ve become much more open to eating fried flowers stuffed with anchioves and whatnot. But in Naples, I was confronted by an unfamiliar goodie: fried pasta. My first experience with pasta fritta was at Il Presidente. (In Italy, it’s common to start off a meal at a pizzaria with a fried appetizer, followed by each person scarfing down their very own full sized pizza). Pasta Fritta: Frittatine in Napoli | An American in Rome
07302013 Between the Fontanelle cemetery and catacombs of San Gaudioso born “Cantina del Gallo” that for nearly two centuries, it keeps alive an authentic interpretation of popular Neapolitan cuisine. The current manager, Rosario Silvestri, assisted by the whole family, offers well-made pizzas for everyone, but also “pizzicotti” (small pizza dough stuffed with eggplant and provola or “friarielli” and sausage, ricotta and cicoli, ham and mozzarella), croquettes of potato, croquettes of rice and some dishes like bean soup, fried cod or “cassuola”, pasta and potatoes with “provola”, penne alla Sorrentina. Trattoria Pizzeria "Cantina del Gallo" | travelitalia
07312013 Naples is theatre of the best kind. It wears its colours with bravado and offers life of every sort on its streets. Happily in Napoli: Exploring Italy's unloved 'anthill of humanity' on a summer weekend | DailyMail