Friday, April 30, 2021

ISCHIA PRONTA PER SPRINT VACCINI Residents of the small Italian island of Ischia are eagerly awaiting a boatload of vaccines, promised by a decree signed late last week, that will create herd-immunity among the island’s 70,000 inhabitants. Once everyone has had the shot, they can declare the island a Covid-free zone. “It shouldn’t be a battle of who wins out and who doesn’t,” said Luca D'Ambra, chairman of the Ischia and Procida hoteliers association. A Small Italian Island Is Set to Win Big From Europe’s Tourism Revival | Bloomberg



Thursday, April 29, 2021

THE FIRST REGION TO START WORKING  ON ENHANCED COVID-19 MEASURE ON TOURIST ISLANDS WAS NAPLES' CAMPANIA The program plans to arrive by Saturday 1st May to the administration of the first dose of vaccine against Covid-19 to the entire population of Procida (more or less ten thousand inhabitants) aged 18 and over. A good news for a beautiful reality in our country that will soon have the honor and pleasure of being the Italian Capital of Culture. Travel to Procida, the splendid Covid-free island of Italy | Italy24 News English



Wednesday, April 28, 2021

HUMOUR WITH EPIC SCENES AT POMPEII Happily, the ad goes about it in humorous fashion, showing a dad navigating devastating destruction in ancient Italy as he tries to find out facts for his daughter’s project on Pompeii using the Alexa. New Amazon Alexa ad takes viewers back to Pompeii | Creative Review



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

 AN AMALFI DREAM With an Italian father, Roberto Pagliarulo paints the coastline of Amalfi as a means of exploring his cultural heritage. An exceptional colourist, he pictures Italy as a romantic dream-place, populated by classical statues, mythical messengers and pink trees. 6 contemporary landscape artists pushing past tradition | Rise Art



Monday, April 26, 2021

CAPRI MAKES YOU FORGET EVERYTHING Capri's wilder, more remote side can be explored through its network of footpaths, but to get a sense of the place, you need to get down to the sea. A gentle chug around the island reveals secret coves and sea caves, tiny scraps of beach you can't get to by land, villas hidden among folds of the cliffs, and towering rock formations looming over inky-blue depths. An insider guide to Capri, Italy's big-hitting island - Conde Nast Traveller




Sunday, April 25, 2021

 IL CAFFÈ NAPOLETANO “If you imagine Naples as a body, coffee is the blood flowing through it,” said Marino Niola, an anthropologist. The city put forward an application for recognition of the Neapolitan coffee culture. In Naples, what was at play with the Unesco candidacy touched on some deeply rooted identity issues. Coffee Clash: Honors for Espresso Divide Italians | The Wall Street Journal



Saturday, April 24, 2021

 SUMMER HOLIDAY IDEA 2021 Where the Condé Nast Traveller editors are going on holiday this summer. Our editors reveal the summer hot spots they're holidaying in this year – from sleepy seaside towns in Cornwall to watching the world go by in Naples. Sarah James, assistant digital editor: "heading for Italy’s Amalfi Coast, one of my bucket-list road-trip destinations." Summer holiday ideas 2021 from the editors of Condé Nast Traveller | CN Traveller



Friday, April 23, 2021

 THE GIARDINO DI CAPRI, A SEA VIEW GARDEN PROPERTY Launching in 2021, Holly & Gianluca -  from ristorante Michel'angelo - will continue to share their love of the island, its mouth-watering local produce and traditions through cooking classes, tasting sessions, aperitivo evenings, olive harvests, private events, art and cultural workshops, relaxation activities and much more on their farm adjacent to the Grotta Azzurra. Episode #042: Come away to Capri! | Untold Italy



Thursday, April 22, 2021

 A YOUNG WOMAN, CAUGHT IN THE ROMANCE OF CAPRI The book opens with Lucie Churchill arriving on the island of Capri with her cousin Charlotte. But this isn’t your average wedding – not even by Capri standards. This is a lavish affair set in the island’s most captivating and historic spots, all beautifully described in luscious detail by Kwan (author of Crazy Rich Asians). Things get a little, well, steamy like a summer night on Capri can be. Book Review | Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan | Ciao Amalfi


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

VIEW WITH A TYRRHENIAN ROOM I proposed to my wife at Le Sirenuse, the impossibly beautiful hotel cut into the cliffs of Positano, so I’m a bit partial to the place. I popped the question on our balcony, at sunset, overlooking the Amalfi Coast, and after we telephoned family back in the States with the news, we floated downstairs to the bar and proceeded to celebrate. Positano, Please! | Air Mail




Tuesday, April 20, 2021

 "LEMON JUICE IS FLOWING IN HIS VEINS!" Before Amalfi became a ritzy tourist destination, it was the first maritime republic of what is now Italy. Trade was vital, and about a thousand or so years ago lemons were imported. They thrived on this mountainous terrain, and became a key ingredient in the culinary landscape – used in dishes, and even painted onto them. A sweet life: Growing lemons on the Amalfi Coast | CBS News


Monday, April 19, 2021

THE MANIFESTI PER NAPOLI PROJECT Located inside the Castel Sant’Elmo, the Napoli NinetyNine Foundation uses art to promote the city of Naples. Tourism posters from 24 of the world’s most notable graphic designers. It is especially interesting to see how artists from across the world view Naples at the intersection of ancient history and modernity, by employing Neapolitan folkloric tropes. Five Virtual Tours of Naples on Google Arts & Culture | Sauced & Found



Sunday, April 18, 2021

ACTRESS NATALIE PORTMAN TO LEAD FERRANTE'S NOVEL The Days of Abandonment, about a wife who abandons her own dreams to raise a family and is shocked when her husband suddenly leaves her, was published in 2002 and preceded Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet novels, which became international bestsellers. Natalie Portman to star in HBO adaptation of an Elena Ferrante novel | Jerusalem Post



Saturday, April 17, 2021

TARALLI, A FAVORITE SNACK IN NAPLES Naples, “Napoli” in Italian, is among one of the oldest continuously inhabited urban regions. If you have only one day (or part of one) to tour Naples, an excellent choice would be a stroll along the famous seafront Lungomare Caracciolo promenade, a favorite among locals and heralded as one of the most beautiful walks in the world. Get a virtual taste of the history and cuisine of Naples, Italy | Usa Today




Friday, April 16, 2021

 THE TRIUMPH OF THE ITALIAN BAROQUE About forty kilometers north of Naples, inland, the Palace of Charles of Bourbon is a majestic wonder, recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Due to the size and elegance of the building, and especially due to the fantastic park with fountains, ponds, meadows and woods, you cannot miss it. Discover Caserta and its Royal Palace near Naples | Alitalia



Thursday, April 15, 2021

THE WORLD'S LARGEST PALACE BY VOLUME With its five floors, the Royal Palace of Caserta in southern Italy is the world's largest palace if measured by volume with over 71 million cubic feet. Completed in 1845, the Royal Palace contains 1,200 rooms and a 450-seat theater. The biggest royal palaces, ranked | Insider



Wednesday, April 14, 2021

 TIGHT-LIPPED ABOUT HIS PLANS FOR POMPEII The German-born archaeologist tells us about his fascination with the ancient world and the need to involve Pompeii visitors in the discovery process. Zuchtriegel has spent the past five years running the archaeological park of Paestum, his leadership has brought digital communications and a rebranding, as well as new excavations and the exponential growth of partnerships and visitor numbers. Pompeii's new director Gabriel Zuchtriegel: how archaeology moves beyond the 'elitist male gaze' of history | The Art Newspaper



Tuesday, April 13, 2021

PEOPLE LOVE ITALY AND THEY WANT TO COME HERE "Put a compass to paper and trace a circle. Then tell me which other country has such a concentration of places like Amalfi, Naples, Ischia, Procida, Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii, and Capri," Diego della Valle says, without waiting for an answer. Captain Italia | Town & Country Magazine



Monday, April 12, 2021

 THE 'HEADSCARF & SUNGLASSES' ROAD-TRIP AROUND ITALY My perfect route begins in Sorrento for some sightseeing and views from Mount Vesuvius. From there, we’ll drive through Positano, taking in the stacked hills and chic cafés, before heading to Amalfi to admire the Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea. The ultimate travel bucket list for Europe | Conde Nast Traveller



Sunday, April 11, 2021

 THE BEATIFUL AND VERDANT ISLAND OF ISCHIA We travel with a group of distinguished musicians who play in a series of private concerts exclusively for our guests in the music room at La Mortella. Today La Mortella (one of the world’s most famous gardens) is a foundation, expertly managed by Alessandra Vinciguerra and her devoted team who ensure that the Walton’s legacy thrives today. The Kirker Ischia Music Festival | Kirker Holidays




Saturday, April 10, 2021

EFFETTO TROPICALE This pond is in the tropical greenhouse of an extensive set of landscaped gardens called Giardini La Mortella, located on the island of Ischia. The gardens were established in 1950 by the British composer William Walton and his wife Susana. The design was by landscape architect Russell Page. The water feature ('Bocca') is by the British sculptor Simon Verity. Water lily pond and sculpture | Science Photo Library



Friday, April 9, 2021

 THE MEDITERRANEAN DOTTED WITH BOATS At Hotel Le Agavi, you can find the “sea and the sky in a close embrace.” But the natural surroundings aren’t all that’s available within the property. Check out the dinner options at La Serra or the Remmesse Beach House, which offers the chance to enjoy your own private beach in the heart of Positano. The Seven Most Luxurious Hotels in Positano | Forbes



Thursday, April 8, 2021

ITALIAN ACTRESS FROM NAPOLI AGAIN MAKES A BIG BREAK Naples, Italy native Cristiana Dell’Anna has landed the lead role of U.S. Catholic nun Frances Xavier Cabrini in Alejandro Monteverde’s true story feature retelling Cabrini. Production starts June 28 in Buffalo, NY and NYC. HBO Max ‘Gomorrah’ Star Cristiana Dell’Anna To Play U.S. Catholic Saint Mother Cabrini In New Indie Feature | Deadline Hollywood




Wednesday, April 7, 2021

LUXURY FOOD & WINE AND TOURISM Vincenzo Notaro founded Officina Mirabilis an ethical and communication advertising agency that operates in the Vesuvian area, and for which he works as creative director. Together with Valeria Nazzaro, content curator for Officina Mirabilis, Vincenzo follows the beautiful things from the territory by offering a series of services ranging from the creation of the logo to advertising strategies, consultancy and press office for events. The Good From 'Sud' | Napulitanamente



Tuesday, April 6, 2021

 TRIBUTE TO THE ARGENTINE COLORS Kappa and S.S.C. Napoli‘s collaborative jersey that paid tribute to the late Diego Maradona is finally set to launch in the U.S.. Switching their traditional block color to light blue striping as a nod to the kit worn by Maradona and his Argentinian team in the 1986 World Cup, each jersey is crafted using stretch fabric with Hydro-Way Protection technology. Kappa and Napoli's Diego Maradona Tribute Jersey Set for U.S. Launch | HYPEBEAST



Monday, April 5, 2021

AN INTREPID DANCE FLOOR SELECTOR Hailing from Naples by way of Russia, Anfisa Letyago is quickly becoming one of techno’s most talked about new talents. “It’s a city of art with an infinite and immense musical culture that has produced so many artists who’ve had such impact on the underground scene worldwide,” Anfisa says. “Moving to Naples, I was able to find and experience acts like Marco Carola and Gaetano Parisio, along with other visiting DJs from the US. Introducing: Anfisa Letyago | Beatportal



Sunday, April 4, 2021

ANOTHER SELECTION OF HEADY DANCEFLOOR CUTS Metamorfosi Remixes Vol. 1 , sees seven artists revisiting tracks. The first of four volumes and a compilation of remixes, where legendary fellow Neapolitan Gaetano Parisio turns in an electro-flecked remix of ‘Anything Is Possible’, bringing a dose of vocoders and crisp, punchy drums. Joseph Capriati presents ‘Metamorfosi Remixes Vol. 1’ on Redimension | The Groove Cartel



Saturday, April 3, 2021

ON THE IRPINIAN HILLS THE MEDIEVAL-LOOKING CELLARS The three original Aglianico bottlings remain the core of the estate: Taurasi Vigna Macchia Dei Goti (barrel aged for 18 months and released after three years) and a pair of Irpinia appellation reds, barrel aged four and eight months, respectively. “The beauty of Aglianico is that, after a few years, it is good,” Caggiano says. “But then the more it ages, the better it gets.” Taurasi’s Renaissance Man | Wine Spectator



Friday, April 2, 2021

"ONLY IF WE STAY UNITED WILL WIN!" A show on gladiators featuring the most famous collection of gladiatorial weapons and accoutrements in the world opened virtually at Naples' National Archaeological Museum (MANN). Of the over 160 pieces on show, more than 50 are the arms held by MANN, which have been accompanied by precious loans. Museum director Paolo Giulierini said "the show aims to tell not only the myth but also the human dimension of the gladiator. Gladiator show opens in Naples | ANSA



Thursday, April 1, 2021

CRAZY RICH ANCIENT ROMANS A glimpse into the lives of the era’s rich and famous. When you get off the Circumvesuviana train, at the city of Torre Annunziata, the map says you’re in a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here in Oplontis, you’re rewarded with one of the most divine feelings travel can deliver—the flutter of discovering a hidden treasure. Buried by Vesuvius, this ancient villa is an overlooked alternative to Pompeii | National Geographic



MARCH 2021

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03012021 Nestled among the Lattari Mountains, which form the backbone of the Sorrentine Peninsula, Agerola sits at about 1,970 feet (600 meters) above the sea. Situated in this scenic mountain setting, the town is divided into hamlets dotted with church bell towers. Agerola: exploring the Land of the Gods | Authentic Amalfi Coast
03022021 A poignant reminder of death stands in Naples, where the old Roman road meets the main college street. The spire of San Domenico — a stone obelisk topped with a statue of the saint — is one of Europe’s “plague columns.” Such monuments were erected after devastating epidemics to memorialize the religious figures believed to have interceded to stop the spread of disease. Naples memorialized its 17th century plague with a festival for healing | The Conversation UK
03032021 The romantic Amalfi Coast is known for its picturesque cliffside towns and the giant lemons that riddle the land. Pastry chef Sal De Riso reimagined the tart fruit into one of the country's most sought-after desserts: the lemon delight. The treat features a cake that is filled and topped with a variety of creams. Stanley Tucci's Searching for Italy: Guide to Best Dishes | PEOPLE.com
03042021 When you enter a Caffè Mexico – there are three in Naples – an extraordinary smell envelops you. The main source of this smell is coffee (the Passalacqua brand, named after the café’s founder), both from the grinder, operated by a dedicated member of staff, and also the retail counter, where coffee beans are constantly being scooped and weighed and packaged, releasing their aroma throughout the room. Caffè Mexico: a Coffee Dynasty in Napoli | Culinary Backstreets
03052021 Tapping into this rich artisan heritage, Romeo Hotel, situated within walking distance of the upscale shopping districts of Via Chiaia and Via Toledo, has started offering guests personalised tours of some of the tailoring greats, including the ateliers of Attolini, Rubinacci, Kiton, Marinella and Isaia. In this age of online shopping, these tours offer a fascinating chance to connect with how and where our clothing is made. A Sartorial Guide  to Naples | Italia! magazine
03062021 Here in the laid-back, agricultural interior of Campania, is where Luigi Moio has worked his craft for the past 16 years, producing silky-smooth, single-variety Aglianico reds. Quintodecimo’s two single-vineyard riservas from the Taurasi DOCG, along with an Aglianico from the larger Irpinia DOC, have consistently scored 90 points or higher in WineSpectator blind tastings. Southern Italy’s Wine Professor | Wine Spectator
03072021 A spirited debate over which variety of onion is best for Genovese. The sweet "cipolla ramata di Montoro," grown in an area south of Naples between Avellino and Salerno, is generally considered to be the allium of choice for this sauce. Pasta alla Genovese (Pasta With Neapolitan Beef and Onion Ragù) recipe | Serious Eats
03082021 This small island of Ischia is every natural spa lover’s dream. Located in the Bay of Naples, the place boasts over 100 hot springs in the middle of a lovely garden. The Negombo spa has over twelve different types of hydrotherapy that people love to enjoy. With gorgeous views accompanying the relaxing experience. Relaxation And Rejuvenation In Natural Spas of The World | CEOWORLD magazine
03092021 Whether the dish is perfectly cooked pasta topped with a delicious sauce, a pizza bursting with the flavors, or a creamy soup, the tomatoes make all of the difference in quality and taste. Tomato farmers growing, harvesting, and selling San Marzano DOP tomatoes follow multiple, specific guidelines, including only using seeds dating back to San Marzano DOP tomato’s original strain with no genetic modification. Any Italian Tomato is Not a San Marzano DOP Tomato | Food & Beverage Magazine
03102021 Veronica Etro: "A favourite is Hotel Excelsior, on the tip of coast beside the port of Santa Lucia – the ocean views are magical. It’s one of the city’s original grand hotels, with belle époque ballrooms and marble everything. For relaxation, the best hotel is Mezzatorre on the nearby island of Ischia. It has more of that riviera charm, with striped parasols and swimming pools built into the rock." Postcard from Naples | Condé Nast Traveller
03112021 The eight-strong range taken on by Jascots Wine Merchants includes Radici Taurasi 2016 and Radici Taurasi Riserva 2014 as well as a selection of the estates’ white wines from Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina del Sannio and Greco di Tufo. “Mastroberardino’s wines are without doubt the finest wines I’ve tasted from the region,”  said the head of purchasing. Jascots adds Campania producer Mastroberardino | Harpers Wine & Spirits
03122021 On the lower slopes of Monte Avvocata, is a terraced natural amphitheatre, planted with pergola-trained vines, olives and lemon trees that seem to float above the blue-green sea. Raffaele Palma makes four wines here, among them a lovely floral white called Puntacroce, a blend of native varieties Falanghina, Biancolella and Ginestra. Le Sirenuse Guide: Amalfi Coast Wines | Le Sirenuse Journal
03132021 Its best known villages are the beautiful Santa Maria di Castellabate, Acciaroli, Velia, Palinuro, Marina di Camerota, Scario, Policastro Bussentino. Equally fascinating are the cities and the small inland villages such Vallo della Lucania, Roscigno, Morigerati, Laurino that offer travel experiences to rediscover nature and traditional country. Cilento National Park: a destination not to be missed | Unesconet
03142021 “Diversity is what makes Italy beautiful, we need Milan as much as we need Bisaccia, my village,” he points out, underlining how important both communities are to Italian life. Franco Arminio, poet and ‘paesologist’: “Small villages are a great opportunity for Italy” | The Adecco Group
03152021 The most iconic of the Italian islands is the honor of a new book by Jean-Pascal Hesse, with a preface by Brigitte Bardot. A small and welcome escape to Italy, before the arrival of the summer holidays. Capri, l'éternelle: The new book that makes us dream of Italy | Vogue
03162021 Go to a bar in Naples three days in a row and the barista knows what you want without asking. Even if you’re reserved, it’s natural to chat with the person also buying wine or artichokes. Ask the waiter where she’s from. Ask to meet the chef. Visit the mozzarella maker, the focaccia baker. Take a few language lessons even if you’re in town only a few days. Join a cooking class with a local. Get a haircut. Travel - Frances Mayes on the enduring allure of Italy | BBC
03172021 Naples-born photographer, musician and lawyer Augusto De Luca (born 1955) photographs in black and white, with an attention to composition and the minimal elements required to tell a story, be the subject a person or a city. Sometimes realist, sometimes metaphysical, from De Luca we can learn how to approach an Italian city through a personal lens. Augusto De Luca: Photographing Italian Cities | ArtTrav
03182021 Da Paolino, we take pictures of the intimate dinner in a romantic American wedding. Under a wonderful lemon-scented, in the restaurant’s most popular and famous in Capri, a dinner shines among peonies and fresh flowers. Candles in Capri | Women In Wedding
03192021 Rome, Venice or Florence, trips to the beautiful Tuscan countryside or exploring its many gastronomic highlights via pizza in Naples or limoncello on the Amalfi coast — all of which are wonderful, but when it’s time to return, there’s a myriad of experiences you may not have considered — and our panel have lots of ideas to help you rediscover Italy. Travel Geeks online: cities, culture and cuisine of Italy — 27 April 2021 | National Geographic
03202021 High and low cultures stands at the center of the Neapolitan creative impulse. Music’s hold over Naples, Italy, has remained omnipresent throughout its history. It is, in a sense, a city founded on song. How Naples became Europe's great musical machine | The Wilson Quarterly
03212021 Staged at the Teatro Mercadante of Naples a concert of the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini conducted by Riccardo Muti who will inaugurate the 14th edition of the Campania Teatro Festival, directed by Ruggero Cappuccio. The concert will be also available in free streaming. Muti and Cherubini to open Campania Teatro Festival Friday | ANSA
03222021 One of the first things you may notice on your visit to the Amalfi Coast is the scent of lemons in the air. The original version of the fruit was said to have been pretty much inedible, but farmers crossbred them with bitter oranges. The hybrid became the great-great-grandparents of the Amalfi lemons we know and love today. Everything you need to know about the Amalfi lemon | ItaliaRail.com
03232021 Today, where in many countries "tomatoes" just means "tomatoes," go to Italy and you'll be assailed by a choice of myriad varieties. Some are best in salads, and some best used in cooking. That's where the San Marzano variety comes in -- that long, easy-peeling plum tomato, hailing from the sunny Naples and Salerno area of Campania, that top pizzerias shout from the rooftops. How this fruit became the star of Italian cooking | CNN
03242021 According to this  Tik Tok video, Styles was apparently spotted driving a vintage Alfa Romeo car in Maiori. He drives right pass the Casa Vacanze, so on your trip, take the same route. Go for a scenic drive along the same Amalfi Drive road in some matching white driving gloves. 5 Harry Styles’ “Golden” Music Video Filming Locations That'll Make You Swoon | Elite Daily
03252021 Naples became the city of coffee starting from the early 1800s when the Cuccumella, known as the “Neapolitan” coffee maker (because invented in Naples by the French Morize in 1819), it is fundamental for the birth of the “modern coffee” since the filter contained inside the coffee maker no longer releases the coffee powder inside the cup. For our coffee we need the Neapolitan blend (Arabica and Robusta), darker roasting and coarse grinding. Turkish Coffee Versus Neapolitan Coffee | Michele Sergio
03262021 Evo V8 was designed like a Russian matryoshka doll, hiding many surprises inside. With a design penned by Valerio Rivellini, Evo V8 springs from the desire to find the point of intersection between suggestions from the two worlds of sailing and motor yachts, with the aim of taking the best of both and revolutionising the cruising experience. Evo Yachts Unveils the First Renderings of Its Flagship Evo V8 | Yacht Harbour
03272021 The regenerating thermal water, the nature trails, and trekking paths, the underwater wonders, and the historical riches make the island truly unique. The island of Ischia enjoys a warm and temperate climate, typical of the southern Tyrrhenian Sea. Ischia All you can Stay | Romantica Resort & Spa Ischia
03282021 Since when the Greeks arrived on Ischia, the Island has been highly prized for her volcanic waters. The Romans created thermal baths in grottos. Today, the island’s famous thermal baths feature fresh and saltwater pools as well as water and mud treatments of every type imaginable. Top Five Thermal Spas of Ischia | Sauced and Found
03292021 One particularly striking colour combination is a copper green (verde ramino) with a lemon yellow, suggestive of the lemon groves found on the surrounding hillside. Some of the most famous ceramic producers in Vietri sul Mare now have signature designs which are recognised across the world. The Signature Ceramic Tiles of the Amalfi Coast | La Brutta Figura
03302021 If you’re in search of such a beach where you’ll find incredible scenery, head to the town of Furore, located in the Campania region of Italy, where a gigantic fjord opens up to create its very own hidden beach. This Hidden Beach Tucked Behind a Fjord Is Italy’s Best-kept Secret | Travel + Leisure Co.
03312021 Toast your marriage in the Champagne bar then dine at the fabulous restaurant, lit each night by hundreds of candles. Throw in a trip on the hotel's private boat, an oyster bar and celebrity clientele and you have the makings of an unforgettable weddingmoon. Weddings abroad: The best destinations for tying the knot | Cosmopolitan