Friday, April 1, 2016

MARCH 2016


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