The Sporting Club – Ischia

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The perfect seaside foodie setting on the perfect island with great food makes for the perfect restaurant on Ischia.  “Where’s that,” you ask?  It’s the largest of the Phlegrean Islands off the Amalfi Coast and the perfect getaway. The Sporting Club restaurant at L’Albergo Regina Isabella offers spectacular views and even better food. Lunch always […]

Capri’s Villa Jovis

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Fixer upper: Expansive Italian villa with breathtaking, panoramic views, 1.7 acres, its own cistern and outdoor baths and plenty of wild goats to keep you company. As one who sets out to see every Roman archaeological site possible, I climb where ancient Romans tread…I climb…and climb…and climb some more, to the top of Capri’s Mount […]

Family in Catacombs San Gennaro

The Buried Secrets of Ancient Naples

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So much of the dark wondrous history of Naples lies steps below the modern metropolis, back in time, down to the Catacombs of San Gennaro, (Via Capodimonte 13, Naples) off the beaten path.  The paleo-Christian site lies a good 20-30 minute bus ride north of the city center, leading toward Capodimonte and bordering the hilltop […]

2017 Carnival in Venice

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Ice skating and Nordic walking in Venice?  In February?  Yes, this year Carnevale is all about winter! Brrrrr!  The theme is Creatum (vanity affair).  Carnival 2017 will see thousands of visitors traverse Venice and its many lagoons to experience the magic and fun that only this event can provide. Two weeks of festivities leading up […]

Wedded Bliss for Christmas

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It’s funny how Italian-Americans and Italians have so much in common and yet seem so far apart.  There’s a soup we here in America know as Italian Wedding Soup.  Yet, ask anyone south of Rome about it and they’ll look at you like you are pazzo.  You see, the traditional la minestra maritata has nothing […]