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The Angel Flight

Have you ever heard of the “Angel Flight“? It isn’t a story or an allegorical image, but it’s a unique and tangible experience. A real round trip flight: safely tied by a special harness , hooked to a 1.5 km-long steel cable that connects two towns , Castelmezzano and  Pietrapertosa ,  in Basilicata.

The passage between the two flight stations, located on the Lucanian Dolomites, one of the most beautiful natural landscapes of Italy, takes place in about 80 seconds, reaching a speed of 120 km per hour at a height of 300 meters. Each flight takes You across the open space between these two municipalities, giving you a unique emotion and one unforgettable show.

You can experience this emotion alone with a single flight, or share it with another person for a unique experience in Italy and for the wild nature of the landscape, in the world.

“Now Angel Flight is known throughout Italy and among the starting platforms there are people of any age and of many different nationalities. From 12 years up it is possible to fly accompanied by parents, while from 16 even alone. We had many 80-year-olds who decided to do it, they were enthusiastic. Most visitors come from Puglia, Campania and Lazio, but also from Lombardy and Tuscany. Before the COVID-19 emergency, the percentage of international arrivals instead stood at 10/12%. In this case, most of visitors came from the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland “ said Flight Administrator Caivano in an interview with Repubblica.

“There is also a tourist offer that is not limited to those 80 seconds of flight, what it pays for our unique structure is the possibility of visiting two villages in the same day, moving one common to the others thanks to the Flight which, thanks to two lines, allows round trips “.

An incredible activity, perfect for spring and easily accessible from the Amalfi Coast: pure adrenaline to your holiday relaxation!!!

La Pastiera Napoletana (ricetta)

INGREDIENTI:

600 g Farina 00 -300 g Strutto
400 g Zucchero semolato – 8 Uova
500 g Latte – 600 g Ricotta di pecora
250 g Grano cotto – 100 g cedro e arancia canditi, a dadini
Mezza busta di vanillina – Mezzo baccello di vaniglia
Acqua di fiori d’arancio – Limone
Cannella in polvere – Sale
Arancia – Burro

PROCEDIMENTO:

Per preparare la pastiera napoletana secondo la ricetta classica, seguite tutti i nostri step passo dopo passo.
Lessate il grano in acqua bollente per 2 ore, poi scolatelo e cuocetelo nel latte con un tocchetto di cannella, un po’ di scorza di arancia e 1 baccello di vaniglia, finché non avrà assorbito tutto il latte (ci vorranno circa 15 minuti). In alternativa potete usate 500 g di grano cotto già pronto, scaldandolo in 250 g di latte, utilizzando gli stessi aromi (cannella, arancia e vaniglia), per circa 10-15 minuti. Fate raffreddare il composto.

Impastate in una grande ciotola la farina, lo strutto, 150 g di zucchero e un pizzico di sale, fino ad ottenere un composto sbriciolato, poi unitevi 2 uova e proseguite lavorando prima con la punta delle dita e poi con le palme delle mani, ricavando un panetto di pasta frolla. Ponete l’impasto in frigo in una ciotola sigillata con la pellicola da cucina per 30 minuti.

Lavorate la ricotta con il resto dello zucchero, aggiungendolo un poco alla volta. Separate 2 uova, tenendo da parte gli albumi e incorporando solo i tuorli nel composto di ricotta; poi unitevi le altre 4 uova intere, uno alla volta, e mescolate bene con la frusta; aggiungete un po’ di scorza grattugiata di limone e d’arancia, i canditi e 2 cucchiai di acqua di fiori d’arancio.

Eliminate gli aromi dal grano cotto. Montate gli albumi e amalgamate al composto insieme con il grano cotto, ottenendo così il ripieno della pastiera. Per ottenere un ripieno più cremoso, potete frullare una parte di grano prima di aggiungerlo al resto del composto.

Imburrate e infarinate una tortiera (ø 25 cm, h 6 cm), meglio se con la cerniera apribile. Stendete la pasta frolla su un piano infarinato fino ad ottenere uno spessore di 5 mm: ricavate due fasce alte come il bordo della tortiera e abbastanza lunghe da coprire interamente il perimetro, poi fate un disco dello stesso diametro del fondo. Posizionate prima le fasce sul bordo, poi il disco sul fondo e premete bene per sigillare. Stendete la pasta in eccesso e tagliatela in 7 nastri larghi 2 cm.

Riempite la frolla con il ripieno, posizionatevi sopra 5 nastri di pasta, in modo che siano equidistanti fra loro, e gli altri 5 sopra i precedenti, ma in obliquo. Infornate a 170 °C per 1 ora e 30 minuti. Sfornate e fate raffreddare la pastiera per almeno 8 ore in un luogo asciutto. Se lo gradite, potete spolverare la pastiera con dello zucchero a velo, ma soltanto una volta raffreddata, prima di servirla

Herculaneum: a must to visit starting from Amalfi Coast

Are you enjoying the first days of spring on an Amalfi Coast getaway, but do you need to make a change of scenery? The archaeological site of Herculaneum is a valid alternative, a real pleasant excursion dedicated to culture.

To reach Herculaneum from Amalfi Coast by public transport, You must reach Sorrento (with a SITA bus) and from there, You will arrive at the station of the local Circumvesuviana railway, where approximately every half hour train leaves for Naples which stops at the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

The lost City of Herculaneum

The history of Herculaneum is extremely fascinating: in 79 AD, the violent eruption of Vesuvius destroyed

irremediably everything that was in the vicinity of the volcano, covering the Roman cities on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius.

The history of Herculaneum, however, is different from that of nearby Pompeii: Herculanum was devastated nearly twelve hours later than in Pompeii and covered by a layer of lava over 18 meters high.

Following the destruction, Herculanum was quickly rebuilt around the ruins and the city Roman was forgotten for centuries. Only in the eighteenth century, during the works for the creation of a well, were found objects from the Roman period. Thus began the excavation works that brought to light the wonders of the ancient city and which still continue today, slowly revealing the secrets of the incredible lost city.

Among the wonders found in Herculaneum there are frescoes and mosaics, statues, shopping centers and villas. In particular, several buildings have, in an excellent state of conservation, also the second floor, which is what it does not happen in Pompeii.

In addition to the archaeological area, it is possible to visit the pavilion of the boat of Herculaneum, the only one found under the lava in the ancient city port. According to the historical reconstruction this ship was the only one on the coast not set sail on that day of panic, probably due to a leak. All the others sailed to safety.

Although the period is not the best, the director of the archaeological park of Ercolano, Francesco Sirano, in an interview with the Touring Club reveals that:

“The availability of physical spaces for everyone is accompanied by another project: the Digital Museum of the Ancient World Herculaneum, usable through an Open Data platform developed with the Packard Humanities Institute. It will allow scholars to remotely visit the buildings of the ancient city with their equipment decorative and in association with the rich heritage of its inhabitants: furnitures, utensils of the everyday life, luxury goods … ”.

Before returning to the Amalfi Coast You can also visit the Vesuvius Crater, easily reachable with

“Vesuvio Express” shuttle with departure every 40 minutes.

CiùCiù Chef’s recipe for Masavillas: Italian Carnival Fritters

Carnival, you know, is a period of jokes and crazy parties but, given the historical difficult period, we need to perspective on themselves  and live this holiday carefully!

So, What We could do? Well Carnival is also a time of great meals! For this reason, We decided to ask CiuCiù Chef for his personal recipe to prepare the typical dessert of this party: Italian fritters.

Known by different names in the various Italian regions, lies, rags, frappe, galani or cròstoli, their history starts from far-away; in fact, the origins date back to when the Saturnalia were celebrated in ancient Rome, a festival very similar to today’s Carnival.

During these popular festivals, in which all social standards were overturned, one of the symbols of excess were the frictilia, sweets fried in pork fat, distributed to the crowd in the streets of the city.

Are You ready? Here are the ingredients for a gorgeous recipe:

Flour 300 gr
1 cup of seed oil
2 eggs
A pinch of salt
50 gr sugar
1 glass of dry white wine
Grated lemon
Seed oil for frying
Powdered sugar for garnish

Procedure:

Place the flour on a pastry board and put all the ingredients in the middle;

Work the dough well and wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest for about an hour. Once the hour has passed, resume the dough, cut it into about 3 parts and roll out some sheets;

Cut the sheets similar to lasagna into shape and repeat the process with each part of the dough;

Prepare a saucepan with high sides with plenty of seed oil, the oil will be ready at about 175 °, once this temperature has been reached, immerse your fritters a few at a time;

As soon as golden,remove from the pan with a skimming ladle. Put them on absorbent kitchen paper to reduce the fat in excess;

Serve your fritters by sprinkling with vanilla icing sugar!

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Naturarte: il museo a cielo aperto di Praiano

Sai che Praiano ha un elemento artistico in comune con Barcellona?

Hai mai sentito parlare di Park Güell nella città catalana?

Designed by the genius of Antoni Gaudi at the beginning of the last century, it is a city-garden where ceramics and architecture blend into the surrounding landscape.

Starting from this inspiration, AgendaPraiano gave life to the Praiano NaturArte Project which consists of a series of itineraries scattered around the town that allow you to admire ceramic works created by the best artists of the coast.

The particular feature of this itinerary is the possibility of using the “Votive Aedicules” in an artistic way.

Now you are wondering what are Votive Aedicules? Votive Aedicules are small miniature chapels made on majolica tiles or painted on plaster “to protect” the houses and the inhabitants. Tehy are located along the main roads of Praiano in a direction parallel to the sea, flanked by high dry stone walls, called ‘macere’, by terraces and whitewashed houses.

AgendaPraiano contacted some of the best ceramic artists in the area and asked them to revive and reinforce the concept of “widespread art” (main characteristic of votive Adicules) by drawing inspiration from local places, traditions, values or mythology. In addition, installations have been created that can enhance the Praiano landscape and dialogue with the environment, enriching and enhancing it, just as professed by Gaudi in his utopian project.

Various installations were therefore introduced without altering nature or beauty, but rather enriching them in a harmonious way.

The most interesting thing is that these works were sold to the citizens who made the wall structures available and committed to their maintenance incorporating them into the project.

And last but not least, these works can be admired along the historic Via masa, the most important street of Praiano that leads to the beautiful villas of Masavillas portoflio!

You can find all the useful info on:

NATURARTE SITE
AMALFI COAST SITE – NATURARTE
ROBERTO PONTECORVO CO-FOUNDER OF NATURARTE

Amalfi Coast Wine Tour: a full immersion in Amalfi Coast

Today We want to dedicate our article to a very interesting project that allows us from cuisine to wine, through trekking and excursions: Wine Tour Amalfi Coast.

From an idea of Daniele Di Palma born in England to parents originally from the Amalfi Coast, considered one of the best Sommeliers in Italy and from important gastronomic guides, such as Espresso, Gambero Rosso and Michelin, Wine Tour Amalfi Coast offers a wide selection of experiences. Here are the most important ones:

Wine Tour

We can define it as the house specialty, ideal for getting to know the native vines and winemakers of the Amalfi Coast. The cellars of the tour are located in incredible and evocative places such as the Agricultural Company Reale in the village of Gete, a hamlet of Tramonti; the Marisa Cuomo cellars in Furore, with its pergolas suspended almost by magic between sky and sea and the Borgo Giulia di Corbara farm, a vineyard of one hectare and a half, pampered by a mild climate and grafted into a fertile and ancient land,

Lemon Tour

When We think about Amalfi Coast, in addition to the sun and the sea, We can only think of lemon, the most characteristic fruit of this land. You can experience a pleasant walk in the enchanting Valle dei Mulini with a visit guided in the terraces planted with lemons and to a processing company of lemon grove products. You cannot miss a free tasting of these products and a lunch with a menu based on yellow gold of the coast.

Cooking Class

Excellent cuisine with a breathtaking view, what else?

Well, learn how to replicate these amazing dishes for example.

A unique experience to be spent in a corner of Paradise Furore; where you can interact with the chef in the preparation of typical dishes of the Divine Coast, where you can savor them between one different tastes. From appetizers prepared with vegetables from the organic garden to handmade pasta, from the catch of the day to desserts.

Pizza class, pastry class ‘sfogliatella’ and ‘tiramisù’….This and much more…

For further details, don’t hesitate to write us!

To all of you, a good read.

4 Reasons to choose Amalfi Coast in Winter

The bathing establishments close, the swimsuit is replaced by the coat, but that doesn’t mean Amalfi Coast has less charm in winter than in summer.

If you are a lover of wild nature, breathtaking landscapes and the melancholy of the sea in winter, You have to consider Amalfi Coast as a destination also for your winter holidays. Here are 4 reasons to choose the Divina Costiera even in winter.

1- The beauty of wild nature

You will enjoy breathtaking landscapes, the mountains and the greenery that joins the blue of the sea, framed by a clear and leaden sky. For the more adventurous, You could try your various trekking trails! See 5 must-see excursions on the Amalfi Coast mentioned in our article and be inspired by strength of wild nature!

2- No queues, traffic or crowds problems

Unlike the summer season, You can experience Amalfi Coast in total relaxation, without having to worry about queues, traffic and crowds. Traveling by car along all the towns of the Coast will be incredibly easy and pleasant, allowing you to enjoy the classic road itinerary between mountains and overhanging sea.

3- Live a well-rounded experience

You can focus not only on the beaches and the nightlife, but get into the spirit of the inhabitants of the village. A mix of culture and history such as the Cathedral of Amalfi, the churches of San Luca and San Gennaro with the relative belvedere in Praiano, the historic center of Positano and Vietri. You can also decide to move up nearby Salerno without running the risk of getting stuck in traffic and enjoying the beauty of the place.

4- Enjoy a romantic stay in Masavillas

A romantic getaway immersed in the fantastic panorama of the coast and luxury await You at Masavillas.

For example, in our portfolio there is Charming Villa Experience, ideal for a couple to disconnect from the city and be pampered from all the extra services offered.

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Night Life: Africana Famous Club, the history of nightlife in Campania

The topic of this article, considering the period in which we find ourselves, is perhaps not the best, but when it ends we will have a great need to have fun!

One of the most dreamed imitated and characteristic places of Amalfi Coast, close to our Villas, in the splendid Praiano: What are we talking about? Africana Disco Club, of course.

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Since 1962, this spaecial Disco Club has involved all visitors and inhabitants of the Amalfi Coast: 800 square meters of natural caves,10 meters above sea level and a large terrace with seaview. A monument of the Italian nightlife that in this complicated summer has decided to be closed.

In an interview with Positanonews, Nello Fiorentino, DJ for fifteen years said:

“The decision was painful but we cannot complain about our choice, because it is the right one and we know it.
We just have to adapt to the consequences of this situation, we can’t open a nightclub.
It is impossible to think that social distancing can be respected in a place like a night club”
.

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And to the question about the possible reopening:

“If the virus is gone, we will open in 2021.
But we are ready to delay the reopening if the problem is not extinguished.
Whoever comes here comes to dance, if he can’t do it, we can’t open it ”
.

A courageous decision , we can’t wait to get back on track with the splendid Amalfi Coast as our background.

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Handmade Caprese Sandals, style of Amalfi Coast

The sandal is perhaps the oldest shoe ever, but how did it become the typical garment of the Amalfi Coast over time, so that it was called Sandal Caprese or Sandal Positano?

Worn for the first time by the ancient Egyptians, “inventors” of the first flip-flop, they are then universally associated with ancient Rome, where everyone, from common people to emperors, wore this comfortable and durable model.

From Rome, even from ancient Egypt, why are they now associated with our Divine?

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The Roman emperor Tiberius, who we can define as one of the first “influencer” in history, used to run off to Capri and once he retired from political life he settled there.

Those particular flat sandals, fastened at the ankles, became a must for all islanders, until they spread over the entire coast: this is why “Caprese sandals” or “Positano sandals” are produced.

The tradition continues today, where in the streets of the various villages there are a lot of artisans who work closely with tourists, becoming themselves a local attraction conquering various figures of the star system, from Bridgette Bardot to Sophia Lauren.

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The most famous Capri shop is Amedeo Canfora, born in 1946 in Via Camerelle, where “model K” sandal was created, dedicated to a little renowned person: Jackie Kennedy.

We also suggest Cuccurullo Capri Sandals boutique which produces sandals for men, women and children since 1950.

From a simple leather sandal with laces, Capri sandals have been embellished with increasingly precious materials and applications, up to the modern birth of Jewel Sandals to give a fashion touch to summer outfits.