Live from Italy! Southern Secrets, Day 4: O, bella Napoli! She is truly fabulous and will amaze you with her endless energy and romantic beauty. Co-hosted by Danielle Oteri of Feast on History and Allison Scola of Experience Sicily
Pizza In Napoli And So Much More
Join me, Allison Scola of Experience Sicily, and Danielle Oteri of Feast on History for 10 days of beyond-the-ordinary Italy that includes savoring authentic Neopolitan pizza in Napoli! During Southern Secrets: Campania and Sicily’s Hidden Corners, we’ll spend five days south of Naples in Campania and five days in Sicily sparking your senses and immersing…
Spaghetti with Colatura di Cetara in Napoli
As our adventure in Napoli comes to an end, I was thrilled to see spaghetti with colatura di Cetara on the menu at the trattoria we ate at last night. Back in 2013, I wrote this article for the Inquisitive Eater about exactly this! Although I’ve made this dish at home, it was magnificent to…
Being Part of the Local Action
Last night proved me right! I love working local festivals into our Experience Sicily itineraries, because as a traveler, you gain a real sense of community from witnessing townspeople come together to celebrate. Here in Ischia, where I am on vacation with my husband, last night we experienced the Festa di Sant’Anna. I loved watching…
Ischia’s Castle of Aragon: A Fortified Village
We registered a lot of steps and flights yesterday when we visited the striking Aragon Castle of Ischia! Really a fortified village on an island, the castle was built over centuries and has been occupied by civilizations since before Greek times. At the end of the 16th century, nearly 2000 people lived within its walls….
The Kingdom’s Gelato
When I saw this gelato flavor tonight in Ischia, I had to try it! Kingdom of Two Sicilies flavor… What!? It is pistachio with fresh almonds and flakey pastry dough mixed in (the same dough used to make sfogliatella pastry, pasta sfoglia). Oh, yes! Grazie.
Justice for The Kingdom
Yesterday, we visited the Royal Palace in Caserta, where the seat of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies (at least in summer) was during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Here, Justice is flanked by Hercules and a woman personifying the Kingdom of Two Sicilies. Note the Trinacria on the disk she holds, on the right….
Modern Wonder in Napoli
In anticipation of next year’s Southern Secrets: Hidden Corners of Campania and Sicily (June 2019) with our partner Feast on History, I’m in Napoli! This is the brand new breathtaking train station in Afragola, a true architectural wonder of our modern era, designed by Zaha Hadid (who happens to be a woman!).
Southern Secret #8: Naples Is Glorious
After visiting Naples, Italy for the first time, I was amazed at its beauty. Yes, that’s right, Naples is a beautiful, proud, and elegant city. We always hear negative comments about it, and just as with any big, populated city, yes, there are dark aspects of it; however, on Day 4 of Southern Secrets: Campania…
Connect Through Travel
Connect through the emotions of Campania and Sicily next summer! Join me, Allison Scola of Experience Sicily, and Danielle Oteri of Feast on History for a multigenerational tour exploring art, myth, culture, and food, June 29-July 8, 2018. Ladies from Pompeii (pictured left) will intrigue you and your granddaughter, while kings from Arab-Norman Palermo (pictured…