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BEACHES IN THE AMALFI COAST

posted by Home In Italy on February 22nd, 2017

Although a seaside location, the Amalfi Coast is quite poor in terms of beaches. The beaches along the coast are mostly made of pebbles and rocks, with deep sea. Take off from your mind to find long stretches of sand: the coast is very high, meaning cliffs and long paths and steps to climb to reach the sea.
The best is to rent a boat and easily reach the bays which are only accessible by sea, where you can really enjoy quietness and the transparency of the sea.
A recommendation: make an effort and get up quite early in the morning. On almost all the beaches of the Amalfi Coast the sun goes away in the early afternoon.
We do recommend the Arienzo and Laruito beaches in Positano, Furore and Punta Campanella (although they are not equipped beaches), the Baia of Ieranto (reachable only on foot!).

Nerano Beaches


Nerano is a fisherman village close to Sant’Agata sui due Golfi. Here you can find good restaurants on the beach where you can taste the famous spaghetti with courgette.
Marina del Cantone is the main bay of Nerano, a wide beach, with free areas, equipped beach resorts and restaurants. Exposure to the south and mountains protecting the bay from the wind, make it possible to enjoy sunny days from March to late October. The water is always clean and pleasantly cool.
Not to miss: all the beachfront restaurants feature the local specialty spaghetti alla Nerano on their menus, a dish created here based on pasta, courgette, and cheese. The original version is said to have been first served at the Da Mariagrazia restaurant, but it is excellent no matter where you sample it. It may not be lightest of lunches, but it’s worth the sacrifice!
From Marina del Cantone a short 10 minute walk leads to Recommone bay. This gorgeous little bay, perfectly sheltered from the wind, is home to the Conca del Sogno, restaurant and bathing establishment. The bay also has two caves: the Grotta di Recommone and the Grotta dei Pescatori, both of which offer a wonderfully cool refuge in the hottest hours of the day.

How to get to Marina del Cantone:
By car: from Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi take the road to Nerano. There are a number of car parks in the vicinity of the beach. You can expect to pay about 10 euro for a day’s parking.
By public transport: the Sita coach company operates buses from Sorrento to Sant’Agata – Nerano. In the summer, boat connections are available from Sorrento, Positano and Capri.

Ieranto beach is located at the end of the footpath which, from Nerano, heads towards the point where the Amalfi Coast meets the Sorrentine peninsula. Situated on the eastern side of Punta Campanella, the place was considered so sacred by the Ancient Greeks, that they erected a temple here. The Ancient Romans used the temple as a house of worship dedicated to the Goddess Minerva. The footpath, which starts in Nerano, is approx. 2 kilometers long and takes just over an hour to complete. The uphill return journey (not to be undertaken during the hot central hours of the day) takes considerably longer. The beach is situated in a little cove directly opposite the island of Capri’s legendary Faraglioni.

How to get to Ieranto bay:
By car: in Nerano, close to the start of Via Ieranto, you’ll find a small car park, where you can pay to leave your vehicle.
By public transport: the Sita coach company operates a bus service from Sorrento to Nerano. Ieranto bay is situated inside the protected marine park of Punta Campanella. The only boats allowed to sail inside the park’s borders are those belonging to the Sant’Antonino cooperative; these depart from Nerano.

WHY VISITING VIESTE IN APRIL IS BETTER THAN IN AUGUST

posted by Home In Italy on February 9th, 2017

Picking the month of April for a holiday in Puglia is the perfect choice for all those who do not mind sudden storms, mild temperatures or finding the Michelin restaurants closed. Booking your stay in the historic center of Vieste in this time of the year is a conscious and strategic decision.

The main reason why most people prefer to stay at home during the low season is that it is not summer yet, however wandering around the narrow streets of Vieste during this time of the year means avoiding the crowds that often force you to slow down your pace or push you against a wall. You can take your time and marvel at the details of this beautiful old town, you do not have to queue to visit anything, nor to suffer the scorching heat of August. It will be easy to reserve a table at the restaurants and to receive some cuddles from the restaurateurs. In fact it is not easy for them to keep up with the excessive pace of the summer months and you may not receive the same attentions.

Even in areas such as the Gargano, where the beautiful beaches invite visitors during the hottest months, the beach is certainly not the only reason for vacationers. This time of year it is possible to go for beautiful hikes which are definitely less pleasant during the hot summer months.

This relates not only to the Gargano area, but in general to all the coastal locations of Italy.
For example, wandering along the nature trail of the bay of Mergoli is a unique experience, a real treat for the eyes, something one can hardly forget, especially when you reach Vignanotica Beach.

One of the reasons for visiting Vieste in April is that you can do everything you do in a month like August, only you can do it better because you do not constantly clash with the crowd, the temperatures are mild and pleasant, the locals friendly and kinder, not stressed by the hard work of the summer months.
The prices then are much lower.

Rent a bicycle and enjoy beautiful rides while exploring the bays North and South of Vieste, stop by for lunch at the beautiful Baia dei Campi, a favorite among tourists, leave the bike and have lunch while sitting by the sea.
Cycling is one of the many activities that are more pleasant to enjoy during low season when there are not many cars down the Street.

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CARNIVAL OF VENICE 2017

posted by Home In Italy on February 3rd, 2017

That’s the theme of the Venice Carnival 2017, to be held from 11 to 28 February, for the second year balance in the hands of Marco Maccapani, an event that enchants year, thousands of people and will be dedicated to “creatum”, wanted to title by Same Maccapani Why centered on the ancient origins of Venice and very well connected Also the toponymy of the city with a particular sub-title, though, “Vanity AF (fair” Invite a satisfaction that the desire to belong, to overdo, to be someone else, or ten people even together alone for a day.

St. Mark’s Square, the hub site of the festivities, which will house the artisans through the excellence of the fruit of their work will tell the unique story of Venice. The audience will be entertained by the presence of mask makers, instrument makers, glass makers, tailors who will exhibit their wares in the shops of Piazza San Marco and show the beauty of their art. A real dive in the Venice of the ’700 with actors and masks that will emphasize the moments and the most important steps of all crafts. The trades more minutes will be presented through a large screen.

From 11 to February 28, Venice will be, as always, a huge stage set up in all areas, with many beautiful squares and Foundation news, events and changes. First of all the location of that exclusion from the Porta Nuova Tower at the Arsenale, typically “Venetian” for Venetians but not convenient to reach for tourists. There remain, however, in the program – always in the Arsenal – Small nights for young people starting at 23. Not mancanno certainly the Gala dinner to be held at Ca ‘Vendramin Calergi, in rooms where Richard Wagner composed his “Parsifal” .

To all this is added the inevitable feast of Marie on February 18, an important part of the Venetian Carnival. The parade leaves from San Pietro in Castello at 14.30, along Via Garibaldi and Riva degli Schiavoni to arrive in Piazza San Marco at about 16:00. The festival remembers and celebrates the tribute that the Doge of Venice brought every twelve gorgeous Venetian maidens of humble origins. The dowry consisted of jewels with the ducal crest. The festival is a unique opportunity to admire the costumes of the Venetian tradition and runs in several events that culminate each year in the election of Maria del Carnevale.

5 HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE AMALFI COAST NOT TO BE MISSED

posted by Home In Italy on February 1st, 2017

The Amalfi Coast is the stretched coastline of Campania, located south of the Sorrento Peninsula, overlooking the Gulf of Salerno; it is bordered to the west from Positano to the east from Vietri sul Mare. It is a stretch of coastline famous worldwide for its natural beauty, home to major tourist sites. Considered a World Heritage by UNESCO named after the town of Amalfi, the central nucleus of the coast, not only geographically but also historically. The Amalfi Coast is known for its diversity: each of the places of the coast has its own character and its traditions. But here are some less known places for tourists, yet very interesting, places connected to the history and tradition of the local people.

Pogerola of Amalfi


This characteristic village renowned for its tranquility, during the Middle Ages was known under the name of Castrum Pigellula. It was a real defensive castle which, together with Castrum Scalelle and a mighty wall, surrounded the town of Amalfi defending from enemy attacks. From the top of the hill you can admire the enchanting scenery of the Gulf of Salerno, from the Amalfi Coast up to the islands of Li Galli and further down, the villages of Lone and Pastena. Worth visiting the sixteenth century church of Madonna delle Grazie, in the main square, the church of San Michele of XII century and the church of Santa Maria Vergine of the twelfth century, with a nice porch covered with vaults.

Valle delle Ferriere


The setting of the reserve is very picturesque, full of waterfalls that create ideal conditions for the proliferation of a very rich flora and fauna. Here can you easily see the Woodwardia radicans, an endemic species of fern, and with a little bit of luck, one can encounter small and rare amphibians such as the newt Apennine. Going down towards Amalfi, the trial runs along some old abandoned paper mills that now prelude to the visit of a paper mill restored in the center. For its abundance of water, this valley has hosted in the past some mills and an ironworks. The metal came from Elba, landed at Amalfi and was transported by mule along the valley to the ironworks, where the work was done. The energy was supplied by the water and the head needed to melt was obtained by burning wood, available in abundance.

Fjord of Furore, Amalfi


Created by the incessant work of a creek that runs down the mountain into the sea, and hosted by a friendly and tiny fishing village, the fjord is also bypassed by the highway with a suspended 30 meters high bridge, from where, every summer, the World Great Heights Diving Championships take place.
A platform mounted at 28 meters heights, in front of the cliff overlooking the sea. It is the diving competition from great heights from the Fjord of Furore. A competition of great tradition and charm in a breathtaking setting in the small village of the Amalfi Coast, where hundreds of people watch the race from the ground but also from the boats anchored away from the shore of the Fjord in order to avoid the athletes to reach during their dive a speed of 100 km/hour.

Cloister of Paradise, Amalfi


The cloister, which is accessed from the left side of the atrium of the Cathedral (the portal with carved doorposts was once the entrance to the church-chapel of the Crucifix), was built in 1266-68 by the archbishop Filippo Augustariccio, used as a cemetery for distinguished citizens, as an peristyle of double columns that support highly acute and intersecting arches. Abandoned at the beginning of the century XVII and restored in 1908, it offers some frescoed chapels built during the period when the site housed the remains of the nobles.

Cathedral of Amalfi


The Cathedral of Amalfi is located at the top of a monumental staircase and dominates the main square of the small villages. The present façade with its porch is the work of the eighteenth century reconstruction. The tower bell dates back from the second half of the twelfth century; between this and the new façade you notice the pediment of the primitive cathedral of Amalfi, known as the Crucifix Chapel, dating from the tenth century. The body of the tower has typical characteristics of many buildings in Campania.
The top instead dates back to 1276 and consists of a central cylindrical core surrounded by four corner turrets. The reason why it seems to have a Calabrian-Byzantine origin is because this was often used in some towers of Campania, such as those of Salerno and Caserta.
The construction of the new cathedral which is parallel to the one of the tenth century started in the mid eleventh century.
In 1208 the Cardinal Capuano brought from Constantinople to Amalfi the remains of St. Andrew, who were placed into the crypt. During the following decades several works of embellishment and enlargement of the church were done, but the church however kept its original structure.
Under the porch you can still find the preserved original portal with its original Byzantine bronze door, there since 1065. The interior is in Baroque style although the original structure of the church is still recognizable. Dating back to the thirteenth century are the mighty Egyptian granite columns that support the triumphal arch. North of the church of the Crucifix, the cloister of Paradise extends, built between 1266 and 1268, as a cemetery for the burial of the famous people of the city.