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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.

An extraordinary archeological museum has been inaugurated; the Villa of the Mosaics of Spello is an exceptional treasure in the heart of Umbria.

posted by Home In Italy on April 17th, 2018

Spello, a small village famous for its narrow streets and for a wonderful chapel frescoed by Pinturicchio is the main character of a beautiful story with an happy ending. In 2005, while doing the excavations for a parking lot, some mosaics in perfect conditions came out. It turned to be a well preserved villa of the second century with incredible artistic mosaics.
500 square meters, 20 rooms brought to light, 10 mosaic floors of great beauty, with geometric and figurative motifs. The mosaics – in red, white, black, gray – are in the rooms around the courtyard that surrounded the inner garden: there are birds, stylized amphorae, a radiant sun, crescent-shaped shields. The central theme is the one of the harvesting and wine: did the villa belong to a winemaker? This is absolutely possible, given the ancient tradition of the area. Today, the Sagrantino, which enriches the landscape around Spello, is one of the most celebrated wines of Umbria and of Italy as a whole.

INFORMATION
Villa of the mosaics of Spello
Variable openings depending on the months of the year: from April to September, Tue-Sun and holidays 10.30am-1pm and 2.30pm-5pm.
Admission 6 euros, reduced to 4 and 2 euros.
Info: www.villadeimosaicidispello.it

5 delicatessen to try this summer in Sardinia

posted by Home In Italy on April 11th, 2018

You still haven’t booked our holiday in Sardinia? after reading this post, you will probably change your mind. If you already have, you have made the perfect decision.
Here below the top five dishes you should try while being in one of our luxury villas in Sardinia.
If you are a food lover you will be happy to know that Sardinia presents a large opportunities to taste so many types choice: from classic Italian recipes to traditional farming recipes, ready to adorn your dinner plate during your trip.

Each city, town and village will have their own take over on some the island’s traditional dishes, but with a specialties that will make them originals and different from the one of another cities and always present a truly memorable and rewarding flavor of Sardinia.
In order to help you choose which dishes to try first, we’ve prepared small selection of dishes to try this summer during your holiday in Sardinia.

1. Culurgiones


They are the classic ravioli of Sardinia, also known as angiulottus, ie agnolotti. The filling is usually a combination of potatoes, pecorino cheese, onions and mint. typical culinary specialty of the Ogliastra barbaricina area, while in the rest of the island there are different recipes, like that of Gallura, which aromatizes the product with lemon or orange peel.
Since 2015 the “Culurgionis d’Ogliastra” have been recognized as an IGP product.

2. Caprese Salad


There’s no tastier or more refreshing lunchtime bite than a fresh and aromatic tomato and mozzarella salad. The combination of the sweet and juicy Sardinian tomatoes with the creamy buffalo mozzarella is an unbeatable hit, while a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and some basil leaves, add another kick to the overall flavour.

3. Pecorino Sardo with honey


Nothing represents the Sardinian agri-food culture better than Pecorino, the sheep’s cheese that is the symbol of Sardinia in the world. Moreover, the region has been indissolubly associated with sheep breeding since ancient times. This cheese is a very versatile product that can be enjoyed in many different courses: one of the best ways to enjoy the unique flavour of this sheep’s milk cheese is to drizzle it in honey, with the sharp and sweet flavour contrasting to prove a delicious afternoon snack.

4. Su Porcheddu


Porchetta or porcetto, in Sardinian procheddu or porcheddu, the suckling pig of about 4 – 5 kg or twenty days, cooked slowly on a spit, on grills and flavored after cooking with myrtle or rosemary. This roast is a classic of Sardinian pastoral cuisine.
The result is a crispy yet succulent piece of meat that goes beautifully with a plate of fresh vegetables.

5. Spezzatino di Vitello con Piselli

This dish is another of Sardinia’s meaty treats and a prominent fixture on the Sardinian countryside menu. The main components of this dish are wonderfully tender veal and sweet peas served in a hearty stew. Though the dish may appear simple, the complexity and strength of its flavour is unmatched by any other dish on the island.

Tempted by these irresistible flavours of Sardinia? Make your Sardinia holiday extra special by adding a dose of luxury to your trip.

The most spectacular cycle path will be in Italy

posted by Home In Italy on March 27th, 2018

It will be the most spectacular track in Europe. The Garda cycle ring, a unique worldwide work of over 140 kilometers, integrated and connected with other important cycle paths. It is the Garda cycle path that will connect Capo Reamol to Limone sul Garda bordering the Trentino Alto Adige region.

The most spectacular cycle path in Europe
A single itinerary of 140 km dedicated to cycle tourism along the shores of Lake Garda

The new section – under construction – will stretch for almost 2 kilometers, with breathtaking passages overhanging Lake Garda and a veritable walkway overlooking the lake. The cycle path will be 2.5 meters wide and will also be pedestrian. It will be ready by May 2018.

There will be some beautiful panoramic points, such as Capo Reamol and the border between the province of Brescia and Trento, with headlands from where you can admire the whole lake. The end of the cycle path will coincide with the war memorial of the First World War.

In addition to giving a breathtaking view, the new cycle-pedestrian track will also be beautiful to see: the flooring will be made of wood-like material and along the entire stretch will run a thin protective steel barrier that will have less visual impact on the landscape.

The most spectacular cycling path

Cost of the work: 7 million euros
At the end of the cycle path it is planned a boat service that can bring cyclists back to Limone.
The entire route should be completed by 2021.

Lake Garda is one of the paradises of cyclists in Europe, who every year enjoy the mild climate and the many services dedicated to those who like riding.

This tourist area will become the European capital of cycling tourism and slow tourism, but above all it will be a starting point to seasonally adjust tourism even in the low season.