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posted By Home In Italy on March 3rd, 2015

a work of literature on PompeiiMarch 2015 is the launch of Eric Moormann’s new work of literature, Pompeii’s Ashes. Although many novels have been written on Pompeii and Herculaneum, none of them can be compared to Moormann’s study.

In this book, the author encompasses the entire spectrum of material related to the reception of Pompeii in popular imagination. Pompeii’s Ashes studies an extensive variety of documents, from travelogues between 1740 and 2010 to fictions, stage works, music a and films.

The work focuses on the many ways Pompeii and Herculaneum feature in fiction, drama, music, and cinema and shows how interest in the oldest running archaeological projects in the world continue until now. It begins with in-depth analysis of the excavation history and an overview of the reflections of travelers.

The novel continues with discussions of travelers’ reports and their depiction in historical novels, contemporary and time traveling adventures, and works dedicated to Vesuvius.
“Pompeii’s Ashes” demonstrates how the eternal fascination with the oldest still-running archaeological projects in the world began, developed, and will continue forever.

Contents

Introduction
I From Treasure Hunting to Archaeological Dig. History of the Excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii
II Travelers to the Vesuvian Cities
III Pagan Pompeii in Fiction
IV Jews and Christians in Pompeii Novels
V Modern and Contemporary Visits to Pompeii in Fiction: A Perilous Affair
VI Time Traveling to Ancient Pompeii
VII Real and Fictional Manuscripts from Pompeii and Herculaneum
VIII Pompeii on Stage and Screen
IX Herculaneum Under Vesuvius
X Intimations of Pompeii: By Way of Envoy

Wonder of Italy: Pompeii

posted By Home In Italy on February 27th, 2015

cocktail champagne for unforgettable moments

1/10 Grand Marnier
1/10 Cognac
8/10 Champagne
Sugar Cube soaked in Angostura
Serve with


Oriental Marinated Tuna with Pizzaiola Sauce and Goji Berries
Gratinated potato millefeuille
Tuna marinated in oriental sauce
Oriental sauce: sesame paste, soy sauce, fresh ginger, honey, mustard
Chives
Pizzaiola sauce: tomato sauce, capers, oregano, garlic, anchovies
Potato chips flavored with sage
Goji berries

aperitif perfect with the cocktail Champagne

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.

posted By Home In Italy on February 2nd, 2015

Life is a Carnival!The Carnival of Venice: “the gluttonous festival” to celebrate Expo 2015. The Carnival of Venice pays tribute to Expo 2015 with a program dedicated to food.
From January 31 until February 17 2015, Venice will be animated by festivals, performances, shows and events related to wine and food. Food and Carnival are linked in an obvious way, Carnival being the celebration of the recklessness and the pleasure of food – said the artistic director of the Venetian Carnival, Mr. Rampello – food is joy and abundance”. During this edition, we will emphasize the essence of this festival – he concluded – and of man’s relationship with food.
The San Marco square will be embellished with triumphs of food and garlands of vegetables; theatrical productions and revivals will give attention to the relationship of Venice with food; markets, large banquets. Special openings, exhibitions, iconographic itineraries focused on the food in the holy places; theatrical plays and comedies.
The relationship with food will become a real show: the competition of who wares “the most beautiful mask” has the theme of food, so we will see many masks inspired by a fruit, a plate, a recipe.
Saturday, January 31 is the opening of the festival, with a nouveau cirque company celebrating water and rivers. The following day will be all about the historical parade of boats; the public will have the possibility to taste traditional Venetian food along the River Rio di Cannaregio.
Saturday, February 7th opens the Gran Teatro of San Marco Square, the setting of all the Carnival events: the Festa delle Marie, a historical parade with twelve ladies in beautiful costumes of the Renaissance age.
Sunday, February 8th the famous “Volo dell’Angelo”, with a lady flying in a spectacular way from the San Marco tower to the center of the square. Shows will follow by night, with fireworks and water fountains.
From Thursday 12th to Tuesday 17th February, an explosion of events, parties, fashion shows, making the Carnival of Venice, once again, the event of the month in Italy.