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Capri, between social life and authenticity

posted by Home In Italy on July 5th, 2018

Capri, an island very much loved by nobles and style icons, where modern luxury lifestyle and history coexist.

The island of Capri is a myth that endures over time. The merit is of that aura of “delicious quiet”, so dared by Dickens, of his fashionable life and of his illustrious guests. The authenticity of the island has seduced everyone, from Emperor Tiberio to Margherita di Savoia, from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to international stars like Beyoncé.

There is the city of Capri with its elegant shops on the shopping triangle made up of the Piazzetta, from Via Camerelle – where the Falconeri store is at number 35 – and continues on via le Botteghe. The walk then continues to Via Tragara, where there is the luxurious Hotel Punta Tragara with a view of the Faraglioni.

Then there is the wildest Capri, characterized by the path of the forts built during the battles between Napoleon and England for the dominion of Europe at the beginning of 800, on the west coast, from the Via Krupp, which leads to Marina Piccola, to the Gardens of Augustus, close to the Certosa di San Giacomo.

Do not miss the luxurious private residences Villa Lysis, also known as Villa Fersen, in honor of Count Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen, and Villa San Michele: famous for its mysterious sphinx. And of course a boat tour of the island, with a stop at the beautiful Blue Grotto.

And after discovering the scenic wonders of the island, the next step is to taste the local delicacies. Ideal places for refreshment are the Le Grottelle restaurant, made out of some rock caves and with a beautiful terrace on Punta Campanella, and Da Luigi ai Faraglioni, for a feast of fish. To enjoy a breathtaking view there is the restaurant of the historic beach resort La Canzone del Mare, while the Lido del Faro serves excellent aperitifs!

It is forbidden to go home without the iconic souvenirs, like a pair of sandals from the Canfora store, loved by Jackie Kennedy, or a bottle of limoncello, a handcrafted perfume from the monks of the Certosa di San Giacomo and obviously a caprese cake.

MAIORI AND MINORI BEACHES

posted by Home In Italy on March 9th, 2017

Erchie is a tiny fishing village overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches of the Amalfi Coast. The two hundred meter long beach is guarded by two Saracen towers, originally built to warn off pirate attack. The water is always clean and the beach catches the sun until late afternoon. There is a stretch of “free” beach next to the bathing establishments.

How to get to Erchie
By car: On the SS163, three kilometers after Cetara (for those driving from Vietri) you’ll see the turning for Erchie. You can pay to leave your vehicle in one of the town’s car parks, from where a short flight of steps leads down to the beach.
By public transport: Salerno – Amalfi bus line. The bus will leave you at the junction on the main road, from here you will need to walk down to the beach.

Maiori beach is 930 meters long and 40 meters wide and is one of very few sandy beaches on the Amalfi Coast. The beach is almost completely occupied by bathing establishments. There are just two narrow strips of “free” beach at either end of the beach. Refreshments are available from kiosks located in both the bathing establishments and on free areas.

Only 4 minutes away from Maiori beach ia located 2 stunning villas: Argento and Olearia. These enchanting property, strategically situated on a rocky promontory overlooking the Amalfi coastline, are one of the most exclusive, private estates of this idyllic region. The extensive grounds, descending from the coast-road through a landscape of dense Mediterranean vegetation to a spectacular, sheer cliff-edge above a crystal-clear sea, offer a unique setting where tradition meets with innovation and relaxation reigns supreme.
The estate, boasts two outstanding constructions, each with characteristic features and spectacular sea-views. Both are very distinct for architectural style and era: the Argento is a renovated, medieval, Saracen tower surrounded by several independent, stone outbuildings. The Olearia is a contemporary residence designed by an eminent Italian architect in a harmonious fusion of style and local tradition.
These two units may be hired collectively or separately, both are equipped with private pool areas, terraces and luxury amenities.

How to get to the beach of Maiori
Maiori beach is located directly opposite the town with which it shares its name, on the other side of the main road.
By car: Exit the A3 motorway at Vietri sul Mare and head towards Maiori. At the end of the road running parallel to the sea, to the right, you’ll find a large car park. Alternatively, there are parking spaces along the roads in the town (charge applies).
By public transport: Sita coach company Salerno – Amalfi line

Minori beach is a 250 meter long, sandy beach. In the middle of the beach there are 3 bathing establishments, to either side of which the beach is ‘free’. Whilst in Minori, you’ll want to pop in to Salvatore De Riso’s pastry shop to sample some of the mouth watering delicacies created by the Amalfi Coast’s most famous pastry chef!

How to get to Minori beach
By car: traveling on the SS 163, from Vietri, proceed beyond Maiori and after a couple of bends you’ll come to Minori. You can pay to park your vehicle on the blue lines, or in one of the town’s three car parks.
By public transport: Sita coach company Salerno – Amalfi line.

5 HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE AMALFI COAST NOT TO BE MISSED

posted by Home In Italy on February 1st, 2017

The Amalfi Coast is the stretched coastline of Campania, located south of the Sorrento Peninsula, overlooking the Gulf of Salerno; it is bordered to the west from Positano to the east from Vietri sul Mare. It is a stretch of coastline famous worldwide for its natural beauty, home to major tourist sites. Considered a World Heritage by UNESCO named after the town of Amalfi, the central nucleus of the coast, not only geographically but also historically. The Amalfi Coast is known for its diversity: each of the places of the coast has its own character and its traditions. But here are some less known places for tourists, yet very interesting, places connected to the history and tradition of the local people.

Pogerola of Amalfi


This characteristic village renowned for its tranquility, during the Middle Ages was known under the name of Castrum Pigellula. It was a real defensive castle which, together with Castrum Scalelle and a mighty wall, surrounded the town of Amalfi defending from enemy attacks. From the top of the hill you can admire the enchanting scenery of the Gulf of Salerno, from the Amalfi Coast up to the islands of Li Galli and further down, the villages of Lone and Pastena. Worth visiting the sixteenth century church of Madonna delle Grazie, in the main square, the church of San Michele of XII century and the church of Santa Maria Vergine of the twelfth century, with a nice porch covered with vaults.

Valle delle Ferriere


The setting of the reserve is very picturesque, full of waterfalls that create ideal conditions for the proliferation of a very rich flora and fauna. Here can you easily see the Woodwardia radicans, an endemic species of fern, and with a little bit of luck, one can encounter small and rare amphibians such as the newt Apennine. Going down towards Amalfi, the trial runs along some old abandoned paper mills that now prelude to the visit of a paper mill restored in the center. For its abundance of water, this valley has hosted in the past some mills and an ironworks. The metal came from Elba, landed at Amalfi and was transported by mule along the valley to the ironworks, where the work was done. The energy was supplied by the water and the head needed to melt was obtained by burning wood, available in abundance.

Fjord of Furore, Amalfi


Created by the incessant work of a creek that runs down the mountain into the sea, and hosted by a friendly and tiny fishing village, the fjord is also bypassed by the highway with a suspended 30 meters high bridge, from where, every summer, the World Great Heights Diving Championships take place.
A platform mounted at 28 meters heights, in front of the cliff overlooking the sea. It is the diving competition from great heights from the Fjord of Furore. A competition of great tradition and charm in a breathtaking setting in the small village of the Amalfi Coast, where hundreds of people watch the race from the ground but also from the boats anchored away from the shore of the Fjord in order to avoid the athletes to reach during their dive a speed of 100 km/hour.

Cloister of Paradise, Amalfi


The cloister, which is accessed from the left side of the atrium of the Cathedral (the portal with carved doorposts was once the entrance to the church-chapel of the Crucifix), was built in 1266-68 by the archbishop Filippo Augustariccio, used as a cemetery for distinguished citizens, as an peristyle of double columns that support highly acute and intersecting arches. Abandoned at the beginning of the century XVII and restored in 1908, it offers some frescoed chapels built during the period when the site housed the remains of the nobles.

Cathedral of Amalfi


The Cathedral of Amalfi is located at the top of a monumental staircase and dominates the main square of the small villages. The present façade with its porch is the work of the eighteenth century reconstruction. The tower bell dates back from the second half of the twelfth century; between this and the new façade you notice the pediment of the primitive cathedral of Amalfi, known as the Crucifix Chapel, dating from the tenth century. The body of the tower has typical characteristics of many buildings in Campania.
The top instead dates back to 1276 and consists of a central cylindrical core surrounded by four corner turrets. The reason why it seems to have a Calabrian-Byzantine origin is because this was often used in some towers of Campania, such as those of Salerno and Caserta.
The construction of the new cathedral which is parallel to the one of the tenth century started in the mid eleventh century.
In 1208 the Cardinal Capuano brought from Constantinople to Amalfi the remains of St. Andrew, who were placed into the crypt. During the following decades several works of embellishment and enlargement of the church were done, but the church however kept its original structure.
Under the porch you can still find the preserved original portal with its original Byzantine bronze door, there since 1065. The interior is in Baroque style although the original structure of the church is still recognizable. Dating back to the thirteenth century are the mighty Egyptian granite columns that support the triumphal arch. North of the church of the Crucifix, the cloister of Paradise extends, built between 1266 and 1268, as a cemetery for the burial of the famous people of the city.

Villa Vanto | Amalfi Coast | Sorrento

posted by Home In Italy on September 3rd, 2015

Situated between Massa Lubrense and Sorrento, in an exclusive and panoramic location, this luxury, modern and minimalist-style villa offers the maximum comfort and luxury. A private road controlled by security guards leads to Villa Vanto and to other villas immersed in one of the most exclusive and panoramic areas, in the greenery of the hillside, bordering the coastline. Sorrento, just 5 kilometres away from Villa Vanto, is the ideal base for excursions along the Sorrento coastline. From Sorrento it is also possible to take the ferry or hydrofoil to the amazing islands Capri and Ischia, or to take the ‘Circumvesuviana’ train to visit ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum (Ercolano). The nearest sandy beach is 3 kilometres away throughout a pathway or on a 10 minutes drive.

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Facilities:
Swimming pool (4x8mts), A/C, Wi-fi internet connection, SKY TV in the living room, outdoor Jacuzzi, private parking space, washing machine and dryer, BBQ, safe.