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ALBEROBELLO

posted by on March 7th, 2017

The view gets lost in colored glimpses of lands and grass, little hills that go down to the valley, continuing the breathless landscape. This is the Itria Valley, in the southend part of the Murgia area. Here stand up Alberobello, with its Trulli.

Somewhere you have to visit it at least once. The old town is almost entirely trulli and quite spectacular, a trip into fairyland. Don’t miss the 2 storey Trullo Savrano. Plenty of restaurants and wonderful little shops full of handicrafts at very reasonable prices. Free wine tasting in many of the shops. Many of the shopkeepers invite you in to view their goods but don’t be put off by this. They won’t be offended if you don’t buy – they are just so proud of their products and want to share them with you. Great hand made woollen and linen goods at exceptional prices.

Sunsets, dawns, star-spangled nights and snowfalls give to the Trulli always a new guises. These are shows that renew the magic also for the local citizens!

The “Trulli’s Valley” also known as Valle d’Itria, is placed in the heart of the tableland of Murgia which is called “Murgia of the Trulli”, represents an environmental and cultural Unicom that has always aroused in tourists hyperbolic descriptions. It is a town spread in extent of the valley with more then twenty thousand home settlings homogeneous in the essential structure (Trullo), but variously elaborated and utilized according to the specific and individual requirements.

There is not a tourist that, visiting Puglia, doesn’t stop in Alberobello, bewitched by the beauty of a land that seems so far from the rest of the world.

Learn more about Trullis in Puglia.

WHERE TO BOOK A LUXURY VILLA ON THE AMALFI COAST?

posted by on November 8th, 2016

When choosing the Amalfi Coast as a destination for a trip, the first question that arises is “where to stay”?
The first thing to do definitely to understand which kind of holiday you would like to have; if you want to move and do many tours, the suggestions would be the towns Positano and Amalfi, from where it is easier to get around. But if you really prefer a relaxing stay, you could opt for Praiano, Ravello or small resorts such as Conca dei Marini.

Ravello


This is the right place for you if:
You are looking for a quiet place with beautiful landscape
You love music: every summer in Ravello an important music festival is held
Not to recommend if:
You love the beach life: it is the only place of the Amalfi Coast situated away from the sea (it is located in the hills)

Amalfi and Atrani


Are perfect for:
Those who love history and architecture
Those who want to be in the center of the Amalfi Coast
Not ideal for:
Those looking for a quiet and withdrawn place: especially during high season the Amalfi Coast can be chaotic

Praiano and Conca dei Marini


The ideal place for:
Couples on their honeymoon; it is a place filled with romance
Lovers of beach life; it is one of the towns on the Amalfi Coast where the sun sets later in the evening
Trekkers; from these places you can take the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’
Choose carefully:
If you want do to excursions to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Naples and Paestum. It is located quite a distance from the main connecting points.

Positano


Is the best choice for:
Young romantic couples
Lovers of glamour and nightlife
Can be unwieldy if:
Travelling with children in strollers; it is a vertical city and the permanent presence of stairs would make it difficult to move

Sant’ Agata and Nerano


Are perfect to:
Make a gastronomic tour enjoying the flavors of the coast
Enjoy long days on the beach
Better elsewhere if:
You want to travel far and long distances: it is located closer to the Sorrento coastline than the Amalfi Coast

Minori and Maiori

Is the best choice if:
You travel with children; the beach of Maiori is the most comfortable one on the Amalfi coast and has a great promenade
Better elsewhere if:
You are a couple looking for a glamorous and fashionable place

Cetara and Vietri sul Mare

To be selected if:
For you being on holidays means mainly to eat well
You seek a true glimpse of the Amalfi Coast
You will find better elsewhere if:
You are looking for glamour and worldwide experience

INDULGE IN THE AMALFI COAST’S BEAUTY AND CLIFF-SIDE VIEWS

posted by on November 3rd, 2016
Here a list of spots you can not miss during your next holiday in the Amalfi Coast.
Capri Anacapri:
This wonderful island has a remarkable natural landscape and has been the haunt of the rich and famous for years. Its distinctive maze-like streets and alleys are lined with exciting designer boutiques, shops, bars and restaurants.
Pompei Vesuvio:
Vesuvius is a volcano located in Italy. Dominating the Gulf of Naples with the Campi Flegrei places in the north-west of the city, it is currently the only active volcano of this type throughout continental Europe and is among the most dangerous volcanoes in the world and studied; this is due to the fact that on its slopes and in the vicinity is home to about three million people, and the consequences of an eruption would be extremely devastating.
Pompei Ercolano:
Herculaneum  was a residential coastal town which has been superbly preserved due to the fact that it was covered in Volcanic mud during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
The buildings have been so well preserved that you can walk down the streets pretty much exactly as the Romans would have done over 2000 years ago!  There are still original timbers showing in the buildings and clay pots stored as they would have been at the time of the eruption.
It was believed that many of the inhabitants of the town managed to successfully flee unlike those not so fortunate in Pompeii.
The terrible eruption of Vesuvius that buried Pompeii on August 24, AD 79. it has left to posterity the opportunity to enjoy and visit the city as it appeared to the ancient inhabitants just before the catastrophe. The Pompeians did not know that the “Mount Vesuvius” was a volcano.
Ischia Mortella garden:

Ischia is known as the Green Isle because of its lush vegetation. It is also the only location to boast true sandy beaches. It is a volcanic island dominated by Mount Epomeo, enjoy the view as you travel across the Bay of Naples by hydrofoil and discover the enchantment of Ischia.
For a small island, it has many faces and all of them beautiful. This little bit of paradise is sure to enchant. Ischia is also an important spa town famous for its water.
The Aragonese Castle, easily considered Ischia’s most famous historical monument, stands on a volcanic rock connected to the island by a bridge
first built in 1438, an impressive site and a not to be missed photo opportunity. The La Mortella Gardens were created by the English composer, William Walton and his Argentinean wife.
A popular aspect today are the frequent talks by Lady Walton whilst enjoying an English cup of tea on the pretty terrace.
Ischia & Thermal Spa:

Enjoy the Tropical Thermal Park located in Sant’ Angelo, with fantastic views over one of Ischias most quaint fishing villages. The tropical thermal park has 9 different temperature pools, roman grotto’s, spa, saltwater pool, indoor thermal pool and a beauty farm. Where guest can pamper themselves or just relax. The thermal mineral waters have had healing properties over the centuries, started by the Greeks on the island. They heal all kind of ailments, rheumatism, arthritis, skin conditions like eczema, cellulite and it also said to heal fertility problems.
The beauty farm also offers a great range of treatments, from facials to full body massages.

QUALITIES AND VIRTUES OF THE SO CALLED OLIO NOVO

posted by on October 27th, 2016

Since ancient olives and oil they have always occupied a leading position in power, and this especially for the explosion of the olive trees, originating in Palestine and Asia Minor, along with the screws, in the flora of the so-called ” Mediterranean area “.


But, to be fair, we must say that the use of oil in the gastronomic field was certainly limited compared to what it was used for the houses and street lighting, or as a fuel, especially to power the “sacred fires” dedicated to the gods, but especially in Minerva, of which the oil is said to be the favorite fruit. Last but not least it was also used to anoint the whole body before any wrestling match or fast running, offering less grip opponent since it was allowed interfere with each other. They were finally those of branches of wild olive crowns (later then made laurel) that the winners of the Olympic Games received as a reward of their ability.

Olive oil has come down to us, while preserving its characteristics and its preparatory process, while over the centuries have increased visibly the “surrogates” extracts from other plants: some forty are in fact the varieties from which they derive the vegetable oils known today, such as for example almond oil, walnut, coconut, cinnamon, clove, rosemary, flax, cotton even if only a dozen are the most important ones.

For we must not forget that olive oil plays an important preventive action against atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases, as well as being – as opposed to the much-vaunted “light” of various seed oils – digestible and essential (especially in ‘children’s growth) for the ease with which it is assimilated by the body. It is in fact similar in composition to that of human fat, and contains vitamin A (only present in olive oils) and oleic and linoleic acid in the same proportion that we find in human milk.