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ED SHEERAN AND HIS LOVE FOR UMBRIA: “I SAW A VINEYARD, I FELL IN LOVE: I WAS THERE DURING THE EARTHQUAKE”

posted by Home In Italy on March 15th, 2017

The British singer-songwriter and his house in Umbria.
During an interview to an Italian newspaper Ed Sheeran declares: “Yes, I was there during the last earthquake in Umbria, and I felt the earth trembling even if I was far from where the disaster happened. My parents spent their honeymoon in Italy and I am very attached to your country, I often came as a child.”

To another newspaper he states that “I saw a vineyard in Umbria, I fell in love with that place and I bought a house. I was there during the last earthquake and I felt the earth tremble.”

To the question of another Italian journalist: “Is it true that you bought a house in Umbria?” Ed Sheeran answers:
“Top secret, I can say it is in the center of Italy and it is not Tuscany because it is too crowded with British people. There is a vineyard, and as soon as I saw it I decided I had to buy that place. My parents came to Italy on their honeymoon, you have history, culture, food. I can not wait to take my kids here, it will be nice to learn Italian together. I’m not a Hollywood villa person. However I certainly am a Umbrian house lover.

By clicking on the link here you will find a great selection of villas in Umbria.

POSITANO AND PRAIANO BEACHES

posted by Home In Italy on March 2nd, 2017

POSITANO BEACHES


Positano’s Laurito beach is a tiny little beach, which can be reached via steps from the small square opposite Hotel San Pietro. Laurito is divided into a free beach and a private beach, the latter belonging to a small hotel, and has two casual beach restaurants.

From the pier at Positano’s Spiaggia Grande beach, small boats depart about every 30 minutes for the Da Adolfo beachfront restaurant…you can recognize them by the red fish flag waving from the mast. Note that reservations are required to either dine or simply relax on a sun lounger here.

The Arienzo beach is often called the 300 steps beach, because of the impressive number of steps visitors need to climb down to reach it. Facing the south west, the beach enjoys the sun longer than any other in Positano. The beach is divided into private and free areas.

How to get to the Arienzo and Laurito Beaches:
By car: once in the center of Positano, you will find the Hotel San Pietro. From here, a series of steps lead down to Laurito. After approx. 800 meters you’ll find the steps to Arienzo. Drivers can park along the stretch of road between the two flights of steps.
By public transport: Sita buses stop both at Laurito and Arienzo. Buses operated by the Flavio Gioia Coach company depart from the center of Positano. A shuttle boat service is available from both Positano and Praiano.

Marina Grande Beach is Positano’s main beach. Along the large, three hundred meter long beach, there is a string of restaurants and bars and a famous clubs.
Its easy to see why the beach has become the focus of the town’s social life, where the locals come to mingle with the world’s celebrities and tourists. The beach has two bathing establishments and a free area, from where excursions along the coast and shuttle boats to the nearby bays depart.

Fornillo beach is the favourite beach among those who are looking for a more peaceful place than Marina Grande. This said, given the vicinity to the center of Positano, during summer weekends even Fornillo can be crowded.

How to get to the Marina Grande and Fornillo beaches:
By car: once in Positano, you can either choose to park along the main road and then make the climb down to the waterfront on foot, or leave your vehicle in one of Positano’s garages, just outside the town center.
By public transport: Sita buses and many boat companies.

PRAIANO BEACHES

The village of Praiano, scattered between the coast and the mountains, offers quite beaches.
Bordering Praiano is the village of Furore, with its famous fjord where every year on the first Sunday of July, a spectacular diving competition is held.
With its privileged panoramic position on the Amalfi Coast, villa Il Faro is an ideal place for discreet and relaxed moments of vacation, offering a quiet and authentic atmosphere. Situated in Praiano, at a walking distance from the sea and all the local facilities, this luxury property is strategically located high above the coastline and offers the most suggestive and romantic view of the Sorrentine coast.

The Furore fiord is one of the most fascinating geological spot on the entire Amalfi Coast. Furore beach is located directly opposite the old fishing village, which has now been transformed into a museum. The 25 meter long beach, was originally used as a landing stage for commercial craft. Furore beach only catches the sun in the early hours of the morning and, as a consequence, never gets too hot, even in high summer.

How to get to Furore beach:
Close to the bridge spanning the fiord (km23 on the state road) a long flight of steps leads all the way down to the beach.
By car: cars cannot access the Furore fiord or beach, and there is no available parking space in the vicinity. Motorcyclists can park their bikes on the edge of the state road.
By public transport : Sita buses, Positano – Amalfi line

Marina di Praia is a pebble beach located at the foot of the cliff on which an ancient Saracen watch tower (the Torre a Mare) takes place. It is from the beach of Marina di Praia that one of the most romantic coastal walks begins, taking visitors all the way around the cliff, beneath the tower. The beach is home to a number of excellent restaurants and the Africana, arguably the most fashionable dance club of the Amalfi Coast. Given its position, the beach catches the sun only during the central hours of the day.

How to get to Marina di Praia:
Marina di Praia is linked to the main SS163 by a by-road, situated just after Praiano town center (if you are traveling from Sorrento).
By car: drivers can park their vehicles along the stretch of road leading to the Marina or, in the summer months, in the private car park.
By public transport: Sita buses ” Positano – Amalfi line”.

One of the most-loved beaches, Gavitella is famous for its spectacular view of Positano, Li Galli and the Island of Capri and its magnificent sunsets. All of which compensates for the steep flight of steps you will need to climb down to get there.
If you don’t feel up to the steps, there is a shuttle boat linking Gavitella beach with both Marina di Praia and Positano Marina Grande. The service is available free of charge for guests dining at Gavitellas restaurant.

How to get to Gavitella beach:
From Piazza San Gennaro, Praiano main square, walk along Via Masa for 50 meters or so, until you come across the flight of steps (there are a total of 413!) leading down to the beach.
By car: leave your vehicle in one of the public car parks in the center of Praiano and walk to the beach, following the signs. Alternatively, you can park near to Marina di Praia beach and, from here, take the shuttle boat to Gavitella.
By public transport: Sita bus Positano – Amalfi line (Praiano center stop).

Travel to Piedmont region to discover “The King’s Pantry”

posted by Home In Italy on June 11th, 2015

Have you ever wondered which was the King’s diet? And who knows how were the royal sumptuous banquets prepared? Which was the gastronomic production inside the court? To answer all these questions and much more, the Piedmont Region and Torino city organize the thematic tours of The King’s Pantry.

The Banquet, Piedmont2015

From June the 1st to October the 31st 2015, the wonderful heritage of villas, castles, palaces and residences of Piedmont region will come alive to offer artistic, historical and gastronomic tours. The set of royal residences, 21 in total, is a gem part of the UNESCO World Heritage and it is now the time to discover it!
Plunge into the ordinary life of that time: a walking itinerary through royal gardens and royal kitchens to discover the food production and to know different aspects of living at the court of the Savoy Family. The King’s Pantry is a wonderful opportunity to discover all the historic and cultural richness of this region, with a special consideration for all that had to do with the food.

UNESCO World Heritage

Let’s see in detail the events of the Pantry:

Castello di RivoliAt table with the King. A Royal Residence, its history and its protagonists
Every Sunday and bank holidays starting from 4:30 pm

Reggia di VenariaTour inside the Royal Kitchen and The Royal Potager
Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm

Palazzina di Caccia di StupinigiFrom Stupinigi to the rest of the world
every second Saturday of the month, 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm

Palazzina di Caccia di StupinigiFamilies at museum
first and third Sunday of July, September and October, 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm

Palazzina di Caccia di StupinigiFocus: The food and the land within the crown of delights
12th July 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm

Palazzo MadamaPalazzo Madama Garden Tour
from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (last entrance at 5:00 pm)

Villa della ReginaVilla della Regina vineyard
9th and 23rd June, 14th and 28th July, 11th and 25th August, 8th and 22nd September, 13th and 27th October at 10:00 am

Castello di RacconigiRacconigi Royal Kitchens tour
Saturday and Sunday 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Castello di AglièDiscovering Savoy Dukes’ kitchens
tour of the kitchen with a tour guide, every Friday at 4:00 pm and Saturday at 10:00 am

Castello de La MandriaFlavored-Rose
20th June 6:30 pm

Castello de La MandriaGood morning Majesty
20th September 10:30 am

Piedmont and Turin to discover the King's Pantry

We are already excited about the program, which seems a dream! We just have to decide which event to take part… and it will be hard to choose!
The Piedmont region created the Royal Card, valid 48 hours, which gives the possibility to enter three royal residences, unlimited use of tourist bus city sightseeing of Torino and other special discounts for the events. The Royal Card is a win-win if you decide to organize a weekend in the beautiful city of Turin.

New villa in the Tuscan coast

posted by Home In Italy on April 16th, 2015

Luxury villa in the Tuscan coast

Situated in the great natural beauty of the Argentario coast, with spectacular sandy beaches, clean sea and yachting clubs, this villa has been recently restored to offer all the best comforts for a relaxing holiday. Particular attention has been put on the outdoor area of the property, with pleasant spaces furnished with wicker sofas and gazebo for outdoor dining while enjoying spectacular sunsets with the Argentario and Giglio Island in the background.

Main features: 15 minutes from the beach, private country setting yet close to town for basic supplies and restaurants, Wi-Fi internet connection, mosquito screens, mosquito nets, Dolby Surround system in the TV room, satellite flat screen TV, i-pod dock station, stereo, CD and DVD player, Home Theatre.

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