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Today I bring you to the excavations of Pompeii near Naples. Pompeii’s civilization existed over 2000 years ago, whose life has stopped in 79 AD, and so evolved as to have been a precursor of many inventions and habits in modern life. Arrived early in the morning and with the sun at the peak, here I am walking through the districts and squares. I love to explore historical places where history is engraved on stones, painted walls, architraves, mosaics and everything that belongs to another era. Thanks to the opportunity to visit some museums, I began my exploration of Pompeii, whose excavations are located in Campania. A new world has opened up for me, rich in heterogeneity, beauty and very modern in many ways.

 

 

More than 870 little shops

Would you believe there were more shops than houses? Not everyone knows that there were more shops, shops than houses. The public businesses was very important there were 870 little shops in the same time were been around 800 houses.  The Pompeians had have been an intense public life, including shopping at the market an assignment which was only attended by the husband accompanied by servants.

 

Ash lapilli beds, pyroclastic deposits and lava flows

The burial of 6 meters of lapilli and ash was able to preserve its integrity. many houses and objects of common use were sealed and stopped by time and wear. Cementing around the bodies invested, they have retained the impression that you can see the attitudes assumed as a result of short but atrocious agonies.
Initially Pompeii was inhabited only in the area where the hole is currently located, and subsequently extended assuming the plant to rectangular blocks (insulae) still visible. Surrounded by a portico and dominated by the temple of Jupiter, it forms the heart of the city, its political, administrative and commercial center.

 

Pedestrian Crossing

As you can see, the city streets had very high sidewalks and to cross them there were big boulders placed, at regular intervals, in the middle they could pass the wheels of the wagons. The distance from one wheel to another determined the width of the rails of the first circumvesuviana in Naples. In the evening, the servants had the task of opening the aqueduct and running water through the streets, so that they could be washed with excrement that accumulated during the day. Among the pebbles of the road stood out small white stones that lit up faintly in the moonlight to allow the cleaning work.

 

City Terms

The step and a platform are visible where they sat around and spent time chatting. There were male and female baths. Public baths: those of the “Forum” and those “Stabiane”, which can be visited only in the male section and characterized by the alternation of environments with gradually increasing temperature (frigidarium, tepidarium and calidarium).

 

Today in Italy is celebrate Saint Joseph (San Giuseppe) and also “Festa del Papà” the italian Father’s day.

March has always been one of my favourite months. Winter is almost over, days are slowly growing longer, and there is no pressure of any kind for presents (be it Christmas or Valentine’s Day, omitting the fact that it was born in March). But there’s also another reason to love March: the zeppole di San Giuseppe. On the 19th of March, the first day of Spring equinox, every family in Italy celebrates catholic the day of Saint Joseph or Father’s Day, la Festa del Papà.

This potato version is typical of Campania region, but of course, there are many other variations. In Florence for example they fill them with custard or Siena with rice. But in Naples there are which  calls them zeppole, they are made of a special soft dough rather than rice and filled with custard or a butter-and-honey mixture.
My mother has never missed a single year making ‘zeppole’. And as you need to make the potato mixture the night before, when I was a little girl I loved sneaking into the kitchen after dinner and peek her.

They are really easy to make so start getting the ingredients ready – I think you’ll find the effort well worth it and make your Dad, whatever age, really happy!

 

Ingredients:
  • 460 gr of manitoba flour
  • 250 gr boiled potatoes puree (about 300 grams of raw potatoes to boil
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 50 grams of soft butter
  • 50 gr of sugar
  • 8 gr of dry beer yeast or 10 gr of fresh beer yeast
  • 100 gr of water
  • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla essence or the seeds of a vanilla bean (alternatively 1 tablespoon of dark aged rum)
  • grated peel of 1 orange
  • grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 8 grams of salt
  • fry oil

To season:

250 grams of caster sugar

 

Shoulder seasons travelers − There are many benefits to this kind of traveler – smaller crowds, lower prices, and usually decent weather.

Today we can give a definition of the shoulder seasons tough to pack for − shoulder seasons are, transition periods from one weather extreme to another. So you often end up with a smattering of both ends of the weather spectrum. In Italy, the shoulder seasons are spring and fall – and while they’re slightly different weather-wise, figuring out what to pack for Italy travel in spring or fall is pretty much the same question.

While it’s not possible to create one master packing list that will work for every Italy traveler, we can give you some ideas for things you may not have thought of bringing with you. These weeks of early spring Early spring is going to be more like winter, while late spring is going to be more like summer – so plan accordingly.

Shoulder seasons travelers you should yoi know:

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Chances are, unless you’re visiting higher altitudes in early spring time you’ll need a jacket to deal with rain more than cold. Bring with you a lightweight, waxed jacket and packable. That’s at least water-resistant, knowing you’ll rely on your clothing underneath your jacket for warmth if needed.

Scarf/Shawl

Don’t forget to having a scarf is good idea if it might get cold, and if it’s warm and you’re wearing a tank top you can wear a shawl-sized scarf over your shoulders to get into churches (more on “church appropriate” clothing below). You can choose big pashmina-style scarves, because they serve so many purposes. Usually you bring mine on the plane to keep warm you, use it to covering my shoulders before going into a church, and if it’s chilly in the evenings it’s a scarf around my neck

Hat

If you can find a hat that performing as double duty, shielding you from potential rain and potential sun. You’re doing well, usually err on the side of sun protection, bringing a packable sun hat, if its rainy use the hood of my jacket or my umbrella.

 

Church “Appropriate” Clothing

In Rome there are so many historic churchs to visit. This doesn’t mean wearing your “Sunday best” for mass, it means being appropriately-attired to go into the churches in Italy. In Rome there are so many historic churchs to visit. This doesn’t mean wearing your “Sunday best” for mass, it means being appropriately-attired to go into the churches in Italy.May you shold do the same if you will visit Turkey. Many have strict rules for how you have to be dressed to go in – and that means your shoulders, knees, midriffs, and (ladies) cleavage must be covered.

Carnival in Naples – When we talking about a good city to spend the Carnival season in, Rome or Naples certainly does not comes to your mind this city as Carnival symbol. We usally thinking to Carnival as Venice and Brazilian Carnival. But though Rome should put on its party mask with the same fervour as Venice.


Spirit of Carnevale

Carnival festival usually is not only for children, in the past the carnival period meas like rebirth where it is necessary to vent the strict from control of the family community exercised during the year. The pagan transgression is therefore all in the creation of an exaggerated dish, able to make hunger forget, to exorcise the pains. They ate very abundant dish as to be able to say enough, so rich as to remain alive. In short, primary needs was met on the physical level but not yet in the collective unconscious. Coming to the primary physical needs refer to the most famous culinary traditions in southern Italy during the carnival days, we would you tell you the napolitan traditional dishes for Carnival season.

What to Eat in Naples during Carnevale 

An important part of the Carnival in Naples and to rest of Italy yet, are the fried desserts, of course. Usually these start to hit the fryers of the bakeries by the end of January. The most popular in Naples are chiacchiere and castagnole. The Chiacchiere (chatter bla bla) are sweet and crunchy dishes, often covered with powdered sugar. The the castagnole are shortcrust pastry fritters the size of a chestnut covered in sugar. But sometimes you can find inside a yellow cream. Usually they goes chiacchiere with a chocolate cream called Sanguinaccio (black pudding). These sweetes are tipical for all Carnevale period with last rich dinner previusly of 40 days of Lent. Catholics people wish to observe Lent, they are encouraged to skip meat. Last fat eaten on the evening of Mardi Gras consist of Lasagna a rich dishes pasta with meatballs and tomato sauce.

 

Needless to say that Rome is one of the most romantic cities in the world. With “La Festa Degli Innamorati,” -as Valentines Day is called in Italy. Our propose of Lovers To-Do list to spend  some special days in Rome, surprising your amore. You should chose to many romantic Valentines day in Rome events lined up, you are spoilt for choice. You start the surprise with booking a room at ancient centre of Rome and from there on you plan the rest of your day. You will celebrate your love story and you could be feel as the two lovers players of the famous movie “Vacanze Romane”. Here you will find some suggestions about our five ways to spend Valentines day in Rome.

 

Bike addicted – If the weather permits you will rent a bike or a rickshaw and get on, buy some goodies to take with you. Head for one of the romantic spots in the city to celebrate Valentines day in Rome, like Villa Borghese, the Trevi Fountain, Giardino degli Aranci, the Janiculum hill or the Monte Mario Observatory to see the eye catching landscape.

Art lovers – Another option for photographers and photo lovers is to go visit an charming exibition.
The Great Masters. 100 Years of Leica photography: exhibition in Rome to celebrate 100 Years of Leica photography at the Vittoriano Complex – Ala Brasini that pays homage to the first camera with 35 mm film, to vintage photography and all the artists who have interpreted the history of twenties to the days of today, celebrating their images.There are over 350 works by major and most prestigious authors you will find Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gianni Berengo Gardin, William Klein, Robert Frank, Robert Capa Elliott Erwitt and many others with dozens of original documents, and vintage equipment.

Music fans – For couples who love music there is an exhibition not to be missed: “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains”. After the huge success of the debut a few months ago at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which saw the participation of more than 400,000 people, the exhibition moves to Rome for the first international stage. The exhibition opened at MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome in via Nizza on January 19th.

Turistic way – You could start a scenic tour of the couple city, with a panoramic bus. To living a romantic experience and to breathe this atmosphere of the city of Rome. The most loved places for couples they are waiting for you. And also you will reach the same destinations described on first point of the this list.

Taste and love – Once you wold have finished your day’s tour, and you totally lose yourself in the romantic atmosphere of Rome, there is nothing better, in the evening than ending up with a romantic dinner. There is something for every budget on varying from traditional roman cuisine to a sophisticated and starry cuisine. Rome can offer to you all of this. Those are actually are loves fishfood. A red prawn tartare from Mazara del Vallo, with kiwi and mango ratatouille, and bass ravioli, “secondi” flavored with lemon and bottarga to finish the cheesecake with raspberry and mint coulis.

The art’s exhibitions can be a good reason to organize a trip through city discovery tours. It will be a synonymous with beauty and knowledge.  And right now Italy is hosting a nice slice to discover art. From the shots of Kertész in Genoa to those of McCurry in Pavia, through the paintings of Picasso and De Chirico in Brescia and the drawings of Correggio and Guercino in Modena, up to the collective imagination of the 2000s on show in Catanzaro. Your journey to discovery city with art can start from here.

BRESCIA – From futurism to metaphysics, from “Return to order” to informal art in a path of surprising beauty: this is the exhibition “Picasso, De Chirico, Morandi, 100 masterpieces of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from the private collections of Brescia, set up at Palazzo Martinengo from 20 January to 10 June, which presents a selection of works of the most beautiful and important residences of Brescia and its province.The review, curated by Davide Dotti, is an opportunity to admire the likes of Balla, Boccioni , Depero, De Chirico, Savinius, Severini, Morandi, Carrà, De Pisis, Sironi, Burri, Manzoni, Vedova and Fontana Among the works, also the fomous “Still Life with the Head of a Bull”, an oil on canvas exhibited for the first vault, painted by Picasso in 1942.

GENOVA – A seaside town, between historical events, exhibitions to discover art walks in the Ligurian capital, without forgetting a visit to the Aquarium, We need to get from the sea to understand Genoa, because it is from the water that the Ligurian capital has built its way to being and his fortune. It is set in Genoa at the Palazzo Ducale foundation from 24 February to 16 June.A ‘visual diary’ with intimate and poetic tones that reveals the expressive power of small things is what emerges in the great retrospective dedicated to André Kertész. It is curated by Denis Curti.

PAVIA – If you went in Pavia you would live symbolic journey of emotions and experiences conducted between India, Afghanistan, Burma, Japan, Cuba and Brazil that proposed by the exhibition Steve McCurry. Among the works is the portrait, now become an icon, by Sharbat Gula, the Afghan girl that McCurry has photographed in the refugee camp of Peshawar.

MODENA – The Gallery Estense in Modena hosts from February 17 to May 13 a selection of drawings by authors such as Correggio, Nicolò dell’Abate and Lelio Orsi, Ludovico, Annibale and Agostino Carracci, the Scarsellino, Guido Reni and Guercino in the large exhibition entitled ‘ From Correggio to Guercino. Masterpieces on paper from the Este dukes’ collection. The works on display, from free studies of invention to real preparatory drawings, come from the great heritage of the collections kept in the Gallery’s store.

CATANZARO – The collective exhibition curated by Luca Beatrice, set up from January 13 to March 20 at the Marca Museo delle Arti in Catanzaro, is titled ‘The Millennium is Age’, which offers a focus on the 2000s and its protagonists. Starting from obsolete objects and people, such as telephone cards, cassettes, floppy disks, Lira, but also the Twin Towers, Oasis and Gianfranco Fini, and coming to those who have now replaced them, from the smartphone to Facebook and Spotify, from the Euro to Netflix, to Justin Bieber, the Movimento 5 Stelle and Matteo Renzi, the exhibition itinerary tells the first 18 years of the new millennium through the gaze of 10 artists who were completing their studies in 2000, or moving the first steps.

We made a travel wish list for 2018 and although most of the destinations are in the worldwide you need to travel. You will see that my list is pretty long and realistically speaking I don’t know if you will be able to travel to all these places, especially since I am sure that other unplanned destinations will appear along the year. The purpose of this list is to have a wish list at hand and to try to check as many places on it as I can. At the end of the year, it will be nice to look back at this list and see how much of it will be checked. There are the hottest and coldest destinations we’re recommending for your New Year.

 

Turkey – Cappadocia 
If ever you’ve wanted to go hot air ballooning travel to Cappadocia is the place to do it. With its lunar-like landscape of soft rock formations, caves, towering boulders and mesas, you’ll definitely want to see this historic Turkish city from up above in the new year.

 

 

 

 Finland
Every two nights from September to March there is a Northern Lights. In southern Finland there are instead 10 to 20 northern lights. If you travel to Finland look at the stars, when the sky is clear, there are more chances to observe the aurorae. You are outdoors: the aurora are formed suddenly, at any time from sunset to dawn; it is therefore much more likely to observe them while standing outdoors.

 

Iceland – Blue Lagoon

It is a mandatory destination for those visiting Reykjavik. Bláa Lónið in Icelandic is a unique spectacle in the world that takes its name from the color of its waters. The cold outside makes itself felt, but the water temperature is around 38 degrees, with higher peaks near the steam sources. In addition, geothermal water is a cure-all for the skin and is curative. Hot blue springs are also present in other parts of Iceland, such as in Myvatn.

 

 

 


Costiera Amalfitana – Sentiero degli dei
From Bomerano travel to Agerola its fraction and starts the path overlooking the sea marked by white and red signs with the word 02. To reach Nocelle there are two possible paths to follow. The High Path is the most difficult one. The trek starts at 633 meters of Bomerano and climbs up to 659 meters of Santa Maria del Castello and at 1079 meters of Capo Muro. The Sentiero Basso instead is mostly downhill and certainly suitable even for those who are not trained. It is easy to follow and definitely more suggestive, along the way you will meet enchanting and suggestive places such as the Grotta del Biscotto and Colle Serra.

Portugal – Cabo da Roca
It is a rugged and wild promontory that marks the westernmost point of the European continent. The threatening waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash at the base of the imposing jagged cliffs, while challenging paths follow the coastal paths. There the isolated atmosphere is strengthened by the very limited development in the area; there is a lighthouse, a café and a gift shop, but there is not much else. This windswept landscape is a real attraction and is what most visitors view it as the western border of Europe or end of the world.

The days between Christmas, New Year and Epiphany’s are also an excellent opportunity to take a break from the copious food of the festive days, nice chance to indulge in the visit of art exhibitions. Well, here are our tips, region by region of Italy.

 

LOMBARDIA
The Milan program is very rich: at Palazzo Reale the three major exhibitions are under way on Caravaggio, Toulouse-Lautrec and James Nachtwey, award-winning American photographer, universally considered the heir to Robert Capa; at the Gallerie d’Italia, in Piazza Scala, the protagonists are the authors of the “After Caravaggio”, and next to Palazzo Marino, up to 8 January we can bow before the Sacred Conversation by Titian coming from Ancona (until January 14). Less fanfare had the masterpiece of Perugino presented at the Diocesan Museum: an Adoration of the shepherds that lends itself to be visited in the days around Christmas. If you are modern art lovers, Leon Golub and Artists from Chicago at the Prada foundation.

 

 

VENETO
Until April 8th at the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza is set up the large and crowded exhibition on Van Gogh (until April); if you are in town, do not miss the restored frescoes by Tiepolo, now on display at the Palladio Museum (until 18 February). The exhibitions “Illustri persuasioni, between the two wars”, which the National Museum Collezione Salce, also in Treviso, dedicates to the art of advertising between the first and second world war (until January 14th). In Castelfranco Veneto (TV) continues until March 4 “The plots of Giorgione”, an interesting route dedicated to the artist who was born in Castelfranco (details on our event sheet). And finally, in Padua, in Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, interesting “Galileo revolution. Art meets science “(until March 18th).

 

 

EMILIA ROMAGNA & TOSCANA
If you are in Bologna, “Revolutija” has just been inaugurated: 72 paintings arrived from the Russian State Museum in Saint Petersburg (including some masterpieces like Chagall’s Walk, Malevich’s Black Square, Kandinsky’s White), 40 original photos, two sculptures, three videos displayed at MAMbo until May 13th. At Palazzo Albergati, until 11 February, “The Twentieth Century Revolutionaries”, with 200 works from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

In Reggio Emilia, instead, focus on “Kandinsky Cage – Music and Spiritual in Art” at Palazzo Magnani until 25 February (more info in our dedicated news); while in Modena the exhibition “Seismic Sequence” at Mata continues until February 4 (seven forographers recount the earthquake that struck our country between 2009 and 2016). At the abbey of Valserena (Pr) here is the exhibition “Ettore Sottsass, Beyond Design”, curated by the Center for Studies and Communication Archive of the University of Parma: in 1979 the designer donated almost 14,000 design materials including sketches, sketches, drawings and sculptures precisely at CSAC, which, in the centenary of the author’s birth, decided to devise this important exhibition and publishing project (until April 8). We also remember Carlo Bononi until 7 January in Ferrara (Palazzo dei Diamanti).

In Florence, the exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi “Il Cinquecento a Firenze – Between Michelangelo, Pontormo and Giambologna” (until January 21st); if you are visiting the city, do not miss the Antinori lunette by Giovanni della Robbia, returned to Italy after 120 years (until April 3 at the Bargello Museum). In Pistoia, Marino Marini is celebrated with “Passioni visive”, the first retrospective that aims to situate the Maestro organically in the history of sculpture: the exhibition, at Palazzo Fabroni until 7 January, is one of the highlights of the Pistoia Celebrations Italian Capital of Culture 2017. At the Palazzo Pretorio in Pontedera (Fi), until April 22nd, here is “La Trottola e il Robot.

 

MARCHE & UMBRIA
Among the exhibitions scheduled in the Marches, in Loreto (An) until April “The art that saves. Images of preaching between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. Crivelli, Lotto, Guercino “, aimed at the enhancement and protection of the artistic and cultural heritage of the places affected by the earthquake and the relaunching of the tourist and economic point of view: the exhibition aims to deepen the knowledge of artistic production connected to a phenomenon that has characterized in depth the culture not only European, the preaching.

“Capriccio and Nature: Art in the Marche of the second half of the sixteenth century” is an exhibition that takes the occasion of the temporary transfer of the paintings of the Church of Santa Maria delle Vergini in Macerata to the Civic Museums of Palazzo Buonaccorsi for a complete rethinking of that shipyard and its role in the art of the Marche at the end of the 16th century. Until May 13th.

For the Christmas period in Spoleto (Pg) contemporary art is on display: the exhibition “Black Light Art” (until 25 February) at the Rocca Albornoziana concerns a series of suggestive luminescent works inside and outside the structure; another exhibition is “The game of painting. The collection of painted cards by Paola Masino “, which aims to consider playing cards as a work of art, until April 2 at the Mag MetaMorfosi Art Gallery in Piazza Duomo.

 

LAZIO
In Rome there is still time until 11 February to admire Monet’s masterpieces from the Musée Marmottan in Paris on display at the Vittoriano complex, as well as, in another wing, the images of “100 years of Leica photography” . Instead at the Ara Pacis here is “Hokusai, in the footsteps of the Master”: an exhibition that sheds light on the artist by comparing his production with that of his heirs (until January 14). We also mention “Picasso between cubism and classicism” at the Scuderie del Quirinale (until January 21st) and “Konrad Mägi” at the National Gallery, on a large and little known Estonian artist (until January 28th).
At Palazzo Barberini there is a space dedicated to the Arcimboldo, an exhibition dedicated to the artist who has preceded Dadaism and Surrealism (until 11 February).

 

CAMPANIA & PUGLIA
Until the 28th of January, the Pan di Napoli continues to visit the photographic exhibition of the master Sebastiano Salgado, “Genesis”, a project begun in 2003 and lasted 10 years, a song of love for the earth and a warning for men: 245 images on our planet that compose a photographic itinerary in a black and white of great charm. Then you can rediscover the Museum of Capodimonte taking the opportunity to admire the staging around “The Parable of the Blind” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (in the context of “The Work is told”, cycle of exhibitions-focus that puts highlights paintings, sculptures and art objects selected among the 47 thousand works of the collections, told in a new key and in dialogue with other works). Also in Naples, until the end of January “Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China”, the most complete exhibition ever created on the necropolis, on the life of the First Emperor and on the Terracotta Army, set up in the sixteenth century Basilica of the Spirit Holy.

In Italy the Nativity scene is very important, people feel this period with the same accuracy as the American people assemble Christmas village.

In Italy  the Christmas village is the traditional Christmas Crib. In Naples, south of Italy  there is a street as called Via San Gregorio Armeno (St. Gregory of Armenia) drift from a church and a monastery in Naples. It is one of the most important Baroque complexes in Naples. The church is located on  just south of Via dei Tribunali and a few blocks south of the church of San Paolo Maggiore. This street that is popularly called San Liguoro, turns out to be one of the stenopoi typical of Greek urban architecture that characterizes the entire ancient center of Naples.  As a stenopos (pivotal in Roman urbanism), the street served as a link between the two plateia i (decumani): the greater plateia (current via dei Tribunali) and the lower plate (today Spaccanapoli).