South Italy travel articles

Dreaming Sorrento Guest House

05 April 2011 Published in Campania Accommodation

Dreaming Sorrento Guest House is made up of 4 chic apartments just a pebble's throw from the beach and small harbour of Meta along the Sorrento coast. It offers a cozy holiday base for anyone seeking a vacation in this beautiful part of Italy, as well as to explore such locations as Naples, Pompei, Capri and the rest of the Amalfi Coast. In fact, the four apartments are named:

Last modified on 20 February 2017

Aglianico del Vulture Wine

03 September 2010 Published in Basilicata Food

By all accounts Aglianico del Vulture is a fairly decent wine. It is produced in the zone of Monte Vulture on the slopes of a very extinct volcano. This gives it a particular personality. The area comprises 5000 hectares and 15 comuni from Venosa, Atella and Banzi to Genzano di Lucania, Melfi and Rionero in Vulture.

The Aglianico vine was introduced into the region by the Greeks around the VI century BC. Its name is a corruption of Ellenico and was used by the Romans to enhance one of their own favorite wines, the Falerno. Little did we know that 40% of the Aglianico production is sold outside of the region and is used to improve many different wines, including Chianti. 

Last modified on 17 February 2017

Hotel Pasitea, Positano

08 June 2016 Published in Campania Accommodation

Positano Art Hotel Pasitea has been run by the Talamo family for 20 years and offers a colorfully warm and stylish welcome to this most Mediterranean of destinations in Italy. The architecture of the hotel and attention to detail is what strikes you first, not least the characteristic terraced structure of the building which means each room has a spectacular view of the coast from a private balcony.

Last modified on 16 February 2017

Masserie of Puglia

30 August 2010 Published in Puglia Itineraries

Along with the conical white trulli, another of Puglia's characteristic country buildings is the 'masserie'. They are a type of communal housing which allowed the rural community to live and work in autonomous groups.

Last modified on 15 February 2017

Acciugata salted anchovies dish

02 September 2010 Published in Campania Recipes

This could be the simplest dish in the world, but if you have ever bought just sardines under oil from in Italy you now they taste amazing.

A meal in themselves.

Anchovy fans might also like to consult this page which offers further hints for eating the slippery pesce azzuro.

Last modified on 10 February 2017

Bay of Naples Boat Connections

01 September 2010 Published in Campania Itineraries

If you want to set off for such places as Sorrento, Amalfi and Capri via the Bay of Naples, all have connections by boat or hydrofoil form the capital of Campania. Interestingly, also the ancient Roman sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii (via Castellammare Stabia) can be approached by sea . This makes day trips from these resorts extremely easy and compelling. To find out more you need to contact the operators who work the routes. They are: Snav, Alilauro, Caremar, Linea Jet, Linee Lauro, and Tirrenia. 

Last modified on 10 February 2017

Le Case del Principe, Taormina

17 December 2010 Published in Sicily Accommodation

Le Case del Principe translates as 'Princely Residences' and they are six villas located on the estate of Pietraperciata belonging to Prince Gabriele Alliata di Villafranca. This ancient farmstead is a luxurious setting for country lovers seeking a relaxing stay in Sicily and is just 2km from the sea and beaches of Mazzarò and Giardini Naxos and within easy reach of the market and shops of central Taormina.

Last modified on 09 February 2017

Laqua Charme & Boutique, Sorrento

21 July 2015 Published in Campania Accommodation

Lcated in a panoramic position in Meta di Sorrento, Laqua Charme & Boutique is a six room boutique hotel where wellness and luxury combine in impeccable style. It is an original concept in hospitality created by Antonino Cannavacciuolo and his wife Cinzia who also own Hotel Villa Crespi beside Lake Orta in Piemonte.

Chef Antonino was brought up in nearby Vico Equense and Laqua is a place which offers all the benefits and warmth of a stay in one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, but with a privacy and unique sense of wellbeing and relaxation. 

Last modified on 09 February 2017

Easter in Sardinia

13 February 2013 Published in Sardinia Itineraries

Dan Hostetler highlights Holy Week in three locations in Sardinia.

Easter in Alghero

In homage to the origins of the city, plays depicting the life and death of Christ in Catalan (the original dialectic language) take place. The historical center of the city is draped in red which filters the light to cast an eerie and heavy spiritual feeling on the crumbling walls. Parades featuring a weary Christ and a Madonna clad in black are the highlights of the weeklong series of events. 

Last modified on 09 February 2017