Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PASTICCERIA DE RISO

In 1989 “Sal” De Riso, already an accomplished chef, opened the Pasticceria De Riso on the sea front of Minori, a town on the Amalfi Coast, and his laboratory in Tramonti, seven kilometers inland. Within a few years his pastry shop was one of the most popular in the province of Salerno. Prizes and international recognition arrived soon.
My goal was to introduce new sweets to southern Italy. From the early nineties to this day, I’m considered an innovator in the world of pastries. Even if here in the south we have some delicious traditional sweets, I was the first to introduce mousses, cakes topped with fresh “exotic” fruits, but I always had deep respect for Campania’s local ingredients.
This area of Italy has a rich variety of top-quality ingredients: hazelnuts from Giffoni, ricotta from here in Tramonti, white figs from Cilento, apricots from Mount Vesuvius, amazing wines from Benevento and Avellino to name just a few. I’ve always made use of these marvelous products. Let’s put it this way: my innovations bring out the best in the traditions of my home territory.

Friday, September 29, 2017

THE ARECHI CASTLE

The castle is perched atop Monte Bonadies, dominating the city of Salerno below. Although findings of coins confirm human frequentation of the hill as early as the third to second centuries B.C., the first permanent construction dates to the sixth century A.D., during the Greek-Gothic war, when the Greek general Narsetes ordered the construciton of a castrum, or fort. 
Remains of the Byzantine fortification are visible in some sections of the wall in “opera quadrata,” or “squared-off work,” achieved with large blocks of tufa, and in the original layout of the turris maior, or larger tower. 
The Normans modified this tower, but they raised the height of the adjoining wall network, and realized an enlargement to the south with the construction of a portico, of which there remain a few pylons, embedded in the bulwarks built to hold the cannons during the sixteenth century. 
The Angevins brought more significant modifications, adding cisterns and manufacturing zones; they built several turrets, furnished with arrow-slits (narrow vertical apertures through which defenders could shoot arrows), under which rifle-slits were later installed: these are also still visible. 
With the Aragonese, the castle reached its point of maximum development. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

THE VESUVIUS LETTERS

On the 24th of August, about one in the afternoon, my mother desired him to observe a cloud which appeared of a very unusual size and shape. He had just taken a turn in the sun and, after bathing himself in cold water, and making a light luncheon, gone back to his books: he immediately arose and went out upon a rising ground from whence he might get a better sight of this very uncommon appearance. 
A cloud, from which mountain was uncertain, at this distance (but it was found afterwards to come from Mount Vesuvius), was ascending, the appearance of which I cannot give you a more exact description of than by likening it to that of a pine tree, for it shot up to a great height in the form of a very tall trunk, which spread itself out at the top into a sort of branches; occasioned, I imagine, either by a sudden gust of air that impelled it, the force of which decreased as it advanced upwards, or the cloud itself being pressed back again by its own weight, expanded in the manner I have mentioned; it appeared sometimes bright and sometimes dark and spotted, according as it was either more or less impregnated with earth and cinders. 
This phenomenon seemed to a man of such learning and research as my uncle extraordinary and worth further looking into.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

CINDERELLA THE CAT

This Cinderella is set in the mysterious docks of Naples, in a not too distant future, where the Chief of Police and the King and his henchmen contend for the territory and a very special girl: Cinderella.
Cinderella, oppressed by her family, servant for her stepsisters, lives in a dramatic setting of injustice, illegal trades, ambiguity, greed and rivalry. An intense need of revenge against the king- the one who murdered her father when she was a child- is growing inside her. Until the night of the great ball.
Only through discovering love, she will set her soul free from the dark shadows of revenge and start a new life.

Monday, August 28, 2017

THE LAST BATTLE OF SPARTACUS

Near Contursi Terme, the waters of the river Sele assume sulphureus characteristics, giving the possibility of enjoying regenerating and healing thermal baths present in the town.
 Anyway Sele is a river already known since ancient times as “magical”, whose waters are able to transform all is floating inside in stone (as reported among others, by the famous philosopher Aristotele).
In the Sele Valley also, in 71 Before Christ, there was the last battle of Spartacus, the famous slave reminded in the history because he “dared to challenge the Roman Empire“, which precisely in these mountains met his death with his followers.
Suggestive are the towns that arise in this area, including Oliveto for sure worth of a visit, with its imposing castle (now a museum of history of Lucania and high-average Sele).

Friday, August 18, 2017

MUSEUM OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET

In the seaside village of Pioppi is a unique museum.
While it's focus is what has become popularized as the Mediterranean Diet, it also is a tribute to the man who made it an internationally famous nutritional style, Ancel Keys. The American physiolgist was an eclectic man who studied political science and economics before turning his focus to biology, oceanography, and human physiology.
Keys and his wife moved to Pioppi to live among a healthy population that enjoyed longevity-and to research what effects nutrition and lifestyle played in their wellness and longevity. Keys himself was an avid practitioner and lived to 101 years old.

Monday, August 14, 2017

SUNRISE IN AMALFI

The launch of the new Piaget High Jewellery collection, Sunlight Journey, provides an opportunity to discover an exceptional ring inspired by a singular gem named Piaget Blue, after the Maison’s favourite colour.
Embodying a free-roaming escapade following the path of the sun amid a decor inspired by the Amalfi Coast, the collection plays on all the nuances and contrasts of the varied materials and evocative hues gracing this vibrant region. In the heart of the day, at high noon, an anthem to blue-tinted harmonies unfolds before our eyes. One particular colour stands out in a unique way: that of a stone whose history is the stuff of legends and is beyond doubt a masterwork within the Sunlight Journey range.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

THE CONSERVATORY LIBRARY

The real treasure of the Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella is the library, which houses an astounding collection of musical scores. Combining the libraries of the various constituent conservatories with important donations of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, it has historical materials of a sort not usually found in music schools. And by a fortunate circumstance, the Bourbon kings of Naples decreed that no opera should be performed in any theater in the city without a copy being deposited in the Conservatory library, a decree that was reiterated through the Napoleonic era and down to the unification of Italy.
The result is that the library contains thousands of scores of operas: not only those composed in Naples, including many autographs, but everything performed there, from Alessandro Scarlatti down to Giuseppe Verdi.
Naples is considered by many to be the place opera really comes from. Yes, it may have been invented in Tuscany; yes, it may have been improved in Venice and Rome; but it is really in Naples that it grew, and it is from the Naples of the seventeenth and eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that most of the composers and singers, trained at the Conservatory, spread the tradition of Neapolitan opera over all of Europe.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

BORGO DEI VERGINI

The Vergini neighbourhood was built on top of a cemetery dating to the 4th Century BC, when Naples was the ancient Greek city of Neapolis. And according to local archaeologist Carlo Leggieri, the site was as significant then as it is now.
“These monuments marked the tombs of the aristocracy of ancient Neapolis – all the influential people of one of the biggest and most important cities on the Mediterranean,” he said.
Its status didn’t last. As the centuries passed, the cemetery disappeared beneath layers of flood and construction debris. Now it is an inadvertent catacomb, entombed 8m to 10m below the city.
The Naples National Archaeological Museum will partner with several associations Рincluding SMMAVE, Celanapoli and VerginiSanità Рthrough its Obvia outreach programme, where museum ticket buyers can get discounted tours of association-maintained sites.