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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.

Traveling with a glass of wine – San Remo: the Pearl of the Riviera of the flowers

posted by Home In Italy on September 10th, 2015

Sanremo is a beautiful city located on the Mediterranean coast of western Liguria in north-western Italy, known mostly for the annual “Sanremo Music” festival. The city was founded in Roman times and it is known as “The Pearl of the Riviera of the flowers” . Indeed, Sanremo is famous all around the world for the production of flowers, cultivated on the amazing hills around. The perfume of nature and the beauty of the landscape make the city a little peace of paradise in Italy. Sanremo is a sun-dappled Mediterranean resort characterized by a series of marvelous Riviera-style villas.

Gewurztraminer Nussbaumer Tramin

One of the oldest farms in Tramin, the Nussbaumer has a long tradition of over 700 years in the cultivation of the vineyard. The selection Nussbaumer personifies all the characteristics of Sanermo: an intense, bright yellow color which recalls the shining sun and the fragrant notes that smells of rose petals and other varieties of flowers and fruits. Pleasant aromas and notes decidedly spicy, this vine is excellent as an aperitif. It is ideal with shellfish (surprising with spicy Asian cuisine) but also extraordinary alone, as a meditation wine, to accompany an unforgettable convivial moment.

TYPE: White vine

REGION: Alto Adige

AROMA: Floreal, spized

MATCH: Cold cuts, Fish and Crustacean

PROOF: 14% vol

YEAR: 2013

SERVICE’S TEMPERATURE: 12C°

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.

Dreaming about sun… Sicily here we come!

posted by Home In Italy on February 16th, 2015

With Christmas as a vague memory, days are now slowly beginning to lengthen and although summer is still far away, our desire to travel is champing at a bit! So let’s start daydreaming and, why not, thinking about your summer holiday… because, you know, to book a holiday is never too early!

Our fist selection is the southern coast of Sicily, from Agrigento to Catania. Here, in spring time, you can already reach the shore (timidly!) and enjoy the first warm rays of the sun. Sicily is the ideal place for outdoor dining with its rich cuisine and its enchanting atmosphere between baroque and exotic.

Lying on the hills of the Etna Vulcan, Mascalucia is an excellent base for exploring the East cost and getting lost in its pistachios plantations. If you like trekking, our suggestion is to organize a daytour in the Natural Reserve “La Timpa” in Acireale: here you will see many natural phenomena summarizing the history of Etna. The natural park is the overlapping of many eruptive eras; from light grey ancient lava to the dark grey one, with special crystals of augite, typical of the more recent eruptions.

Take advantage of the proximity of Catania and spend at least one afternoon in this lovely city. Not to be missed the historic pastry laboratory of Nonna Vincenza in San Placido square, where you can taste and buy delicious pastries with almonds and pistachios, cream horns with ricotta cheese and chocolate and, of course, the famous cannoli.

Just outside Catania, you will get lost among lemon trees and gardens of historic interest. Take note of the Garden Biviere Lenitni (Siracusa), which is a spectacular Mediterranean garden created in the late Sixties. As legend would have it, in this place Hercules, son of Zeus, brought the skin of the defeated lion Nemean as a gift to Ceres, goddess of the harvest. He created a lake that was named after him: Lacus Erculeus (during centuries, the lake changed its name and Arabs called it Beveré, which means waterhole for sheep and fish). Here you can admire lush palm trees, blue Jacaranda, old roses, Yucca specimen and unusual Xanthorrea trees.

The hottest and more exotic sea of Sicily is located just south of Syracuse. Forget beach resorts and imagine yourself lying in the uncontaminated nature: the Cala di Terrauzza, the protected area of Plemmirio and the Marchesa di Cassibile beach.

And now, tell us, don’t you feel a sudden desire of Sicily? We can already perceive the smell of citrus, cannoli and chocolate while the wind is brushing the palm trees.