Sunday, July 24, 2016


French poet André Gide marveled that Ravello is "nearer to the sky than to the shore," a fact that is stunningly demonstrated at theBelvedere of Infinity terrace at Villa Cimbrone. 
The former home of British Lord Grimthorpe, the villa is surrounded by maze-like gardens shaded by lush trees and wisteria-laden pergolas; explore on foot or by bike. 
The annual Ravello Festival continues the town's history of drawing artists, writers and musicians; a beloved tradition is the Concerto all’Alba (“dawn concert”), which starts at 5 a.m.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


The “Colline Salernitane” extra virgin olive oil has very ancient roots. It comes from local varieties of olives which have always been present in the Salernitan area. The oil gets its typical characteristics from the climatic, historical and economic peculiarities of this territory. The oil is extracted from the local varieties “Rotondella”, “il Frantoio”, “la Carpellese” or “Nostrale” by at least 65% and the remaining 35% is “Ogliarola” and “Leccino”. The methods of cultivation are also entirely traditional. 
The olives must be picked before the 31st of December of every year. They are picked by hand and with the help of shaking machines and picking any olive that has fallen to the ground is forbidden. 
The production and elaboration area of this oil includes 87 municipalities, one of which is Eboli. The milling process has to happen within the area in which the olives are picked and within registered oil mills. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Legend has it that in 1380, the father prior of the Carthusian Monastery of St. James, picked a bouquet of the best and most beautiful flowers on the island to celebrate the surprise arrival of the Queen Giovanni D’Angiò in Capri.
When they died, three days later, the prior noticed that the water they’d been kept in had taken on a mysterious fragrance he didn’t recognise.
Intrigued, he took the water to the friar, who used his knowledge of alchemy to trace the origin of the scent to the “Garofilium Silvestre Caprese.” This scent was the first perfume of Capri.