Amalfi Coast Report 2022

 

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“Positano is never likely to attract the organdie-and-white linen tourist,” John Steinbeck predicted in Harper’s Bazaar in 1953. “It would be impossible to dress as a languid tourist-lady-crisp, cool white dress, sandals as white and light as little clouds, picture hat of arrogant nonsense, and one red rose held in a listless white-gloved pinky. I dare any dame to dress like this and climb the Positano stairs for a cocktail.” 

Steinbeck was spectacularly wrong. A decade after his article, the Rolling Stones wrote music in Positano and Jackie Kennedy vacationed in nearby Ravello. The Amalfi Coast comprises 34 miles and 13 towns on the Italy’s southern coast. Designated as a World Heritage Site in 1997, it quickly became a port of call for the subsection of rich people whose careers mainly entail broadcasting absurd luxury. For the sake of this article, I attempted to make an exhaustive list of celebrities who have vacationed in Amalfi, but it quickly became clear that even if I did this work until I died and left the task to my descendants, it could never be completed.

During the last two years, Google searches for “Positano” have spiked as dramatically as the cliffs into which the town is set. #AmalfiCoast has more than 330 million views on TikTok. “Everyone is on the Amalfi Coast right now,” comedian Kate Berlant reflected in her podcast Poog. “There it is—the poison of Instagram!” her cohost, comedian Jacqueline Novak, responded. “You’re walking around with this idea that everyone is on the Amalfi Coast right now?” And yet—this is how it feels.

A local Amalfi news site notes that this summer, tourism on the coast looks likely to break previous records—this despite the fact that the area usually enjoys high tourism numbers from Russia, whose citizens won’t be traveling this summer. The article credits social media for the boost. U.S. News and World Report ranked Amalfi number one in “Best Beaches in Italy,” number two in “Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe,” and number 3 in “Best Places to Visit in Italy.” Brides magazine put it first in a list of romantic places to honeymoon. In March, Rebecca Serle released the book One Summer in Italy, set in Positano. It sailed onto the best-seller list like a catamaran on a breezy day.

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Popularity has a price. All roads lead to Rome, but only one road leads to the Amalfi Coast. This means that travel during high tourist season is less “laughing merrily in your convertible” and more “hours-long gridlock nightmare as you scrounge in your tote bag for loose cashews.” A rule imposed this summer by the Italian government dictates that all throughout August and every weekend from June 15 to September 30, visitors to the area may only travel on the roads on odd- or even-numbered days, depending on the last digit on their license plate, CNN reports. The Italian economy suffered from the lack of tourism in 2020, during the height of the pre-vaccine pandemic. The influx of visitors since the country reopened to tourists is a mixed blessing. 

The average price of a hotel room in Positano has increased more than 20% since 2019, Bloomberg reports (it’s now a sweet, sweet $618.38.) Airline prices are at historic highs. So how, exactly, is everyone on my timeline affording this vacation? 

Positano

View from The IL San PIETRO HOTEL


Many visitors are likely funding their spectacular vacations not through largesse, but debt. A 2019 survey from Credit Karma found that about a third of all travelers and half of all millennial and Gen Z respondents said they had gone into debt for summer travel (the majority reported that they would be “willing to do it again.”) A survey from Allianz found that this year Americans plan to spend $2,122, on average, for vacation, a 50% increase from 2019. Despite the reports that air travel this summer has been and will continue to be “hell,” the last Sunday in June saw more travelers than any day since February 2020, a TSA spokesperson reported. At a dinner party recently, a woman mentioned in a world-weary way that she has visited Positano three times. She sounded exhausted, as if instead of the Italian coastline, friends and bachelorette parties had dragged her to Trenton, New Jersey.

For so many years I did not think about the Amalfi Coast—I thought about Paris and London and Bora Bora, and when I thought about Italy, I thought of Rome and Venice and Milan and Tuscany. Sometimes I thought about Pisa, Pompei, Florence, and Siena. Later I thought about whatever area Call Me By Your Name was shot. I cannot believe there is another part of Italy I am supposed to be thinking about. And yet. “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone,” wrote Steinbeck. Or in the words of a Glamour staffer who visited once for six hours: “I follow every account and look at the webcam of Positano every night before I go to bed because it calms me.”

Through a proliferation of images the novelist could never have imagined, the Amalfi Coast has amassed real estate in hundreds of millions of minds. If everyone on the Amalfi Coast jumped off a cliff—into sparkling sapphire waters—would you? Yes, of course. As long as someone was taking a picture.




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Insalta Caprese – How to Make Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe of Capri – The Amalfi Coast Italy

INSALATA CAPRESE
 
 
 
Salad of Mozzarella
Tomatoes & Basil



 
 
As the name might imply, this salad (antipasto) comes from the beautiful Island of Capri in the Bay of Naples. Well yes, this salad made of fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Basil (Baz-ZEE-na-gOl) is eaten all over this lovely island by both natives and the many tourist who go to Capri to delight in its natural beauty, make a pilgrimage to the famed Grotta Azzura, swim its pristine deep blue waters, and of course eat some tasty local food of which the Insalata Caprese is the most famous of all.
 
This salad is the easiest thing in the world to make, with the hardest part being to find perfect rip tomatoes to complement the fresh mozzarella and basil. Once you find good fresh rip tomatoes, and you’ve got your mozzarella and basil, all you have to do is slice the tomatoes and mozzarella and dress all with a little salt & pepper, the basil, and good quality Italian Olive Oil and you’re all set. Put on some nice Italian Music, get a nice bottle of white or red wine that comes from the region and you’re all set. Pretend you’re on Capri and you’re in Heaven.




Insalta Caprese
 
 
HOW to MAKE IT

 INGREDIENTS :

1 pound Fresh Mozzarella
3-4 ripe Salad Tomatoes (washed)
8 fresh Basil Leaves (washed & dried)
3 tablespoons Italian Olive Oil
Sea Salt & Black Pepper
 
1.  Slice the Mozzarella into 8 equal slices.
2. Place the Basil leave one-on-top-of-the other. Roll them up. Slice the roll of basil leaves to get thin slices of Basil.
 
3. Put half the olive oil onto a plate. Slice the tomatoes into 12 equal slices. Place the tomato slices down on the plate of olive to coat each tomato slice with olive oil. Turn each slice over.

Sprinkle a little salt and black pepper over each slice of tomato. Evenly the Basil over all 12 slices of tomato.
 
4. Get 4 clean plates that you will be serving the Caprese Salad on.

5. Place one slice of tomato down on the plate. Then lay one slice of mozzarella halfway over the tomato slice. Add another slice of tomato to go halfway over the 1st slice of mozzarella, then place another slice of mozzarella halfway over the 2nd slice of tomato.
 
Place a 3rd and final slice of tomato over the 2nd slice of mozzarella. Repeat this process until you have four plates of Caprese Salad of equal portions. Serve to your guests and enjoy.



 
 
INSALATA CAPRESE
 
A UNIQUE WAY TO SERVE
 
CAPRESE SALAD
 
FRESH MOZZARELLA TOMATO & BASIL
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday Sauce
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Humprhrey Bogart in Capri
 
During Filming of BEAT The DEVIL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Procida

 

Procida



Procida is one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy. The island is between Cape Miseno and the island of Ischia. With its tiny satellite island of Vivara, it is a comune of the Metropolitan City of Naples, in the region of Campania.

If you’re a veteran of the Amalfi Coast and the nearby Islands and you’ve never been to Procida, you just may want to give it a shot someday? 

Procida, a tiny spot of land in the Bay of Naples, might be best known as the island between  Ischia and Capri. But in late January, it was named Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2022, beating nine other candidates—a mix of cities and small towns—and becoming the first island to ever be granted the title.

Under two square miles in total, the island has mostly flown under the tourist radar (except in July and August, when many Neapolitans come here for their summer vacations), overshadowed by its better-known siblings. This is all despite its big-screen moments—Procida has served as the set of The Talented Mr. Ripley and Il Postino—and the fact that it features the same pastel houses, cafes-lined marinas, and narrow streets as its bigger counterparts, but also historic sites, wild nature, and near-empty beaches.



PROCIDA

The PORT



HOW to GET THERE


Procida lies 14 miles off the coast of Naples. There are daily ferries and hydrofoils leaving from two of the city’s piers, Molo Beverello and Porta di Massa, as well as from Pozzuoli, just north of Naples. Depending on the ride—the faster hydrofoil or the slower ferry—you’ll get to the island in 40 minutes to 1 hour. You can also travel from Ischia—that’s a 15- to 25-minute journey.





WHAT to SEE


Arriving at Marina Grande, Procida’s main tourist port, you’ll see a cluster of traditional houses along the waterfront, each one painted in vivid shades of pink, yellow, orange, red, and blue—traditionally a way for fishermen to identify them from their boats.

Via Roma, Procida’s main street, is right around the corner from the port, and a good spot for lunch—especially at La Medusa, which has been around since 1954. Before you move on, stop for an espresso at Bar Roma and make sure to order lingua di suocera (‘mother-in-law’s tongue’), Procida’s traditional puff pastry filled with lemon custard. Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pietà, an 18th-century church with an iconic baroque belfry, and the lemon-yellow church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, built in 1679, are also nearby and worth a visit.




From here, it’s a 15-minute walk uphill (then downhill) to Marina Corricella, Procida’s oldest fishing village. Only reachable on foot or by boat, the area is one of the best places to stay for a taste of slow island living, and is full of restaurants—CaracaleLa Lampara, Il Pescatore, to name a few—gelato shops like Chiaro di Luna, and bars.

At the opposite end of the island, Marina Chiaiolella is another fishing village with great eateries (try Da Mariano and Lido Vivara), craft boutiques, and old-school bakeries—not to mention access to one of the island’s most popular beaches, spiaggia della Chiaiolella, known for its sunsets.

Terra Murata, the fortified medieval stronghold at the highest and northernmost tip of the island, is another highlight. A tumble of skinny lanes and crumbling houses, this is Procida’s most historical center, home to Abbazia San Michele Arcangelo, which honors Procida’s patron saint, and Palazzo D’Avalos, a 16th-century palace that was the former residence of the island’s governing family. In 1830 the building was converted into a prison that eventually closed in 1988. Two viewpoints here offer the island’s most panoramic vistas: Corricella in all its candy-colored glory to the west; and the Gulf of Naples, with Capri in the distance, to the east.

Village of Corrocella

On the opposite coast from Marina Grande, in the southern part of the island, there here is a place that no guide on “what to see in Procida” will ever forget.

The seaside village of Corricella is simply suggestive and lively at the same time. It is the classic fishermen village animated by bars, restaurants and small craft shops where you can buy the most typical souvenirs, which anyone who comes to Procida cannot avoid to love and photograph.

Here you can stroll among the fishermen’s nets, admiring the very old colourful houses and deeply breathing the sea in the air.

The BEACHES

Among Procida’s most scenic beaches are Pozzo Vecchio, whose black sands were made famous in Il Postinospiaggia Chiaia, to the east, which overlooks Ischia and features clear, shallow waters and a backdrop of rocky cliffs (plus the excellent seafood restaurant La Conchiglia); and Ciraccio, the longest and most secluded. Further down, the spiaggia della Chiaiolella is another gem, though slightly more frequented, especially in the late afternoon, when its stabilimenti (beach clubs with rows of sunbeds and umbrellas) start rolling out aperitivo.


Chiaiolella Beach
Procida
Procida Lemons
WHAT to EAT

Spaghetti alla Pescatora Povera – Recipe

This “poor” version of seafood spaghetti contains just anchovies, cherry tomatoes, and a dusting of Pecorino Cheese.

Luveri al sale

The waters of Procida abound with Pagello fish, which locals call luvero. The most popular way to cook this sea bream is in a salt crust (al sale) with some herbs.

Coniglio alla Procidana

In addition to the sea, locals have also sourced food from the island’s terroir. Procida, like Ischia, has a signature rabbit dish, usually prepared with cherry tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, olive oil, and white wine.

Calamari Ripieni

Recipes vary, but the Procidani usually slip anchovies into their filling for stuffed squid.

Pizza di Procida

As Procida is just a 40-minute ferry ride from Naples, it should come as no surprise that the island’s pizzaioli emulate the wood-fired style of the world’s pizza capital.

Tortano con i carciofi

Especially popular around Easter, this savory bread is stuffed with artichokes and, at times, sausage.

Spaghetti ai ricci di mare

Creamy and briny, sea urchin has a particular taste, one that fuses nicely with spaghetti when sautéed with olive oil, garlic, parsley, and a hint of lemon.

Lingue di Procida

Procida is famous for its lemons, which are larger and sweeter than other varieties. The Procidani prepare them in dozens of sweet and savory recipes, and a signature dolce is the Lingue di Procida, or tongues of Procida, lemon-flavored, cream-filled pastries.

L’insalata di limone

Speaking of lemons, the lemon salad with mint, garlic, crushed red chili pepper, garlic and olive oil makes for an airy, refreshing start to any meal.

A Typical Procida Lunch
Fried Anchovies & a Glass of Local Wine

WHERE to STAY

The San Michele in Corricella, has 12 tastefully decorated rooms done in earthy tones and minimalist design. A similar aesthetic is found in its slightly bigger sister property La Suite, a stylish accommodation near Ciraccio that comes with a pool, a garden, and striking views.

In Chiaiolella, the three-star Hotel Ristorante Crescenzo is a popular choice not just for its simple, brightly colored rooms but its pizzeria, one of the most famous in Procida. La Vigna in a beautifully restored farmstead within a vineyard that overlooks the Bay of Naples, delivers charm and tranquility.

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Hanging on CAPRI – Bar Tiberio – The BEACH Grotto Azzurro

Bar Tiberio
 
Piazza Umberto
 
CAPRI
 
 
Author Daniel Bellino
 
BAR TIBERIO
 
CAPRI
 
 
I first started going to Bar Tiberio in the Summer of 1986, my second trip to Italy. The year before I went to Europe for the 1st time, visiting : Rome, Florence, San Gigmanano, Barcelon, The Costa Brava, Venice, and Naples, and Positano, but not Capri, which I’d go to the next year, along with Rome and Positano.
 
So my first trip to Capri. It was quite something. The Summer of 86. I stayed at Villa Tosca, at the time a nice , modest pensione that I found in my Frommer’s Guide, Europe on $40 a Day. I took the train from Rome down to Napoli Centrale Train Station. From there I took a bus to the port to catch a ferry to Capri. Back then they had cool old steamer boats that ferried you across to Capri. The boats were slower than the ones now, but better looking than the much faster ugly boats they have these days. The boats make it from Naples to Capri in about 35 minutes, while the old boats took an hour and 15 minutes. That first time, I sat outside on the upper deck of the boat and the ride was absolutely wonderful. I soaked in the Sun, and all that lay before me.
 
I arrive in Marina Grande Capri a little over an hour after we left the dock in Napoli. Again, it was a most beautiful boat ride. I made my way to a phone and called up Tosca. Yes they had a room. They told me to take the Funicular up to Capritown. When I got off the Funicular I was to walk straight through the Piazza and down to the Quisisana Hotel, where I would straddle the right hand side of the hotel in the alleyway next to it, that led down to the Via Augustus, were I would see a sign going into a pathway that would bring me to Villa Tosca.
 
Villa Tosca, is still owned by the same family, but the son has turned it from a modest pensione, to a cool little boutique hotel that is now called La Tosca. The vantage point of the hotel is primo, sitting in-between the Carthusian Monastary, The Qusisisana Hotel, and The Piazza Umberto, a 5 minute walk away. Very convenient, and in one of the most beautiful spots in the whole Isle of Capri, with a gorgeous view of The Monastary and The Farglioni Rocks in the near distance, “Absolutely Gorgeous. I made a great find.” Back then it cost me $40 a day to stay, which was about double the price of the pensione’s I was staying in at the time, in: Rome, but both Venice and Positano were more expensive as well. I was happy. I knew Capri was a bit more expensive than other places, but I was happy. Speaking of expensive, my last to times on this gorgeous island, the place has gotten insanely expensive. More on that later.
 
That first time, I was mystified at the beauty of the Faraglioni off in the distance. I had a great view from my little private terrazzo. Looking at them, as they sprouted from the sea, they seemed to be beckoning me, and they were. I had to go there. I took a show, put on my shorts and I was on my way. I asked directions, and walked over. I didn’t know at the time, but I was walking the length of the Via Tragara, where that pedestrian street ended, and then I would take the pathway down to the Rock, Da Luigi Beach Club, and La Fontelina.
 
Wow, talk about gorgeous? The views on my way down were spectacular. I let me not forget. There’s a cute little old Lemonade Stand there at the end of Via Tragara. I stopped and got my second Lemonade of the day. My 1st being at the piazzetta after I got off the Funicular.  Both lemonade (Granita) stands are still there, as well as the one on Via Augustus by La Tosca.  Anyway, I walked down, taking pictures along the way. I reached the bottom and walked over to the free beach near by. I did my first swimming on Capri. I would come back and swim around Capri many times. I Love it. I’m not a beach person, but when I go to Capri, and Positano, I do love swimming there.
 
I couldn’t beleive how many people from New York taht I met in Capri on that my first trip. I was swimming at Marina Piccolo and this girl started talking to me, and was excited when I told her I was from New York. She was there with her mother and grandma who lived in Naples. Her mother went to visit her mom, and they’d go to Capri every year. The girl Maria wanted me to meet them. She took me over to them and introduced us. It so happened that her mother and father owned 
Benito II Restaurant on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, New York. We became friends and I’d often go down to eat at Benito. I’m glad I went into the Hotel Palma this one night. They have a beautiful garden in front of the hotel, and there are large French Doors at the beautiful lobby hotel. The doors stay open, and I could here live music from the bar inside. I went in. A girl was playing piano and singing lovely music. I sat down at the bar. I got my Negroni, and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this guy Tony, who owned a little clothing store in New York where I had bought a couple things from him. We were both happy to see each other, we chit chatted and hung out. A girl came up to the bar that Tony knew. Her name was Alessandra, and she had a villa on Capri. She was from Naples origianally but now lived in New York, and she was a customer at the restaurant Caio Bella that I worked at, but I’d never seen her, as I was a cook there, and though I saw some of the customers, I didn’t see all of them as I was busy cooking in the kitchen. We became friends, and I hung out with her for the rest of the trip, going to her villa with others later in the night. 
 
It was Alessandra who got me to go to Bar Tiberio the first time. The first two times I went to Capri, I had a routine, wereby I’d go down to the beach somewhere around 10 or 10:30 in the morning. Hand-out, swim, and then around lunch time have lunch at a bar or trattoria down at Marina Piccolo. Go back to the beach, and then around 3;30, hop on a bus by the little chapel that would bring me up to Capritown, just a 200 foot walk to the Piazza where I went with Alessandra and a few others to Bar Tiberio for afternoon cocktails (Aperitivo). I usually had a Campari & Orange Jucie or a Negroni, and the waiter would bring us Potato Chips and Olives to nibble on with are cocktails. I did I love that, hanging out there at the bar in the Piazza, sipping Italian Cocktails, hanging with the beautiful people (as they say, and they were), relaxing, taking it all in, and loving every minute of it. “I felt like a King.” And I was.
 
 
 
 
The Famed FARAGLIONI I Was Talking About
 
 
 
Having an APEROL SPRITZ
 
BAR TIBERIO
 
CAPRI
 
 
 
 
Yes, I do Love the Bar Tiberio. It’s a great place to hang and have a good time. You’re in Capri, you have to feel good. I must say for those who might be on a limited budget, yes it’s not cheap. Not cheap, but well worth a splurge. To some, money is no object, so that don’t even think about it. Though I remember the price of my hotel (Tosca was $40 a day), I can’t remember the price of the drinks, probably about $4 or $5 for a Negroni or Campari back then. My APerol Spritz in 2022 cost 

14 Euros, but it does come with a good amount of snacks which Cosantino my favorite waiter brought me. Cosantino took great care of me, the 6 times I went to Bar Tiberio on this particular trip. I was also drinking glasses of Falanghina (11 Euro), and I met a couple who were staying at the same hotel that I was, we wnt out for dinner at Risitorante Isadoro, then went to Tiberio afterwards and we got a bottle of Falanghina Fenicia that cost $45 a bottle. I had a Lasagan Bolognese (14 E) there one night. It was quite tasty.

 
So, if you’re into people watching and hanging out, sitting outside at a wonderful caffe on the beautiful Isle of Capri, Bar Tiberio is the way to go. Normally you go there just for drinks, anytime in the afternoon or evening. You can get breakfast in the morning, a Cappuccino and Italian Pastries if you like, and time of day. You can have Gelato, a Panino (Sandwich) Pizza, or Pasta or whatever you lie, they’ve got it all, but most of all it’s the physicality and ambiance, the cocktails, people watching, and waiters (who take great care of you) who matter the most.
 
On my last night there in 2022, after I had gone to the bathroom, I saw a guy sitting at a table inside. I wanted to get a picture at the Bar. I asked if he wouldn’t mind. He took a great picture of me (above). We were chatting, and I found out that his name was Francesco and his family owned the bar. I told him that I had started going to Bar Tiberio in the Smmmer of 1986, “probably before you were born,” I told Francesco. He told be that his parents bought the Bar in 1982, the year Francesco was born. “Oh” I said, “you were 4 years old when I started coming here” Francesco chuckled. We had a nice little chat. It was great meeting and talking with Francesco. I hope to see him again.
 
 
 
 
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
May 22, 2022
 
NYC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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CAPRI
 
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Looking down to The Faraglioni and Sorrento in the Distance
 
 
 
A CAPRI TAXI
 
MARINA PICCOLO 2022
 
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Another Aperol Spritz
 
 
BAR TIBERIO
 
CAPRITOWN
 
CAPRI, ITALY
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PIAZZA UMERTO
 
CAPRI
 
 
VINO & SNACKS
 
BAR TIBERIO
 
 
DELICIOUS in CAPRI
 
SALUMERIA / GROCERIA
MARINA GRANDE
 
RAVIOLI CAPRESE
 
A GLASS of BIANCOLELLA
 
RISTORANTE ISADORO
 
 
 
 
Hanging at BAR TIBERIO
 
CAPRI

2022
 
ANOTHER APEROL SPRITZ  
 
 
 
CHURCH of San MICHELE ARCANGELO
 
ANACAPRI
 
CAPRI
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At My Hotel
 
CASA RAIOLO
 
 
 
 
LOOKING DOWN to MARINA GRANDE
 
From ANACAPRI

 

 
 
 
EDUARDO
 
BARBER at CARTHUSIAN BARBER SHOP
 
CAPRI

 

 
PINO with MY PANINO
 
DELICIOUS in CAPRI SALUMERIA
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Rock Stars & Movie Stars on The Amalfi Coast

ROCK STARS WRITERS & MOVIE STARS

On CAPRI and The AMALFI COAST

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Humphrey Bogart and Gina Lollobrigida
 
BEAT The DEVIL
 
Ravello
 
 
 
 
Clark Gable & Sophia Loren
 
IT STARTED in NAPLES
 
 
Yes, Movie Stars, Rock Stars, and writers, they all go to the Amalfi Coast, Ravello (Gore Vidal),
and the beautiful Isle of Capri, like: Neruda, Valentino, Jackie Kennedy, and Italian film directors 
Federico Fellini and Dino De Laurentiis. In the 50s and 60s Capri and the Amalfi Coast saw the likes of Sophia Loren, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Jack Lemmon,Vittorio De Sica, and Gina Lollobrigida all make movies in the area, to name but a few. We saw Jack Lemmon make another film in the area in the 1970s when he made Macaroni with the great Italian actor, the great
Marcello Mastroianni in the vibrant southern Italian capital city of Naples. It’s a marvelous movie, and if you’ve never seen it, we suggest you do.
 
The 1990s saw the likes of Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and the late great
Phillip Seymour Hoffman shooting The Talented Mr. Ripley on the local islands of Procida and 
Ischia. Parts of the film were also shot in Rome, Venice, and San Remo.
 
The 90s also saw Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Fischer Stevens, and Billy Zane in a cute
Romantic Comedy that starts in Pittsburgh, moves on to Venice, a drive through Tuscan, and on to Rome before the finale in Positano on The Amalfi Coast. The characters stayed in the luxurious
Le Sirenuse Hotel. It’s a cut little film, and all the Italian locals are just gorgeous.
 
We don’t see another major American movie set on The Amalfi Coast until a small part of the film
Under The Tuscan Sun, starring Diane Lane is shot there in 2003.
 
Nowadays we are seeing lots of major celebrities vacationing on Capri, Positano and The Amalfi Coast. This past Summer of 2021 saw “Bennifer” Jennifer Lopez and beau Ben Affleck celebrating Jennifer’s 52nd Birthday on a Luxury Yacht moored off of Capri, Positano, and the namesake town of Amalfi. Rapper / actor LL Cool J was spotted hanging out with former NBA great Irvin Magic Johnson on the Isle of Capri, where Magic celebrated his 59th Birthday at a restaurant on Capri with his wife, friends, and family. Denzel Washington loves Positano as well, and has been spotted at 
Chez Black and Music on The Rocks, both in Positano, and Best Selling Italian Cookbook writer Daniel Bellino Zwicke has been vacationing in Positano and Capri since the Summer of 1985. His latest book, is Positano The Amalfi Coast Cookbook & Travel Guide.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Sophia Loren in “Scandal in Sorrento”
 
SORRENTO 1955
 
 
 
 
Sophia Loren and Clark Gable
 
On CAPRI
 
“IT STARTED in NAPLES”
 
1960
 
 
 
 
 
Jen & Ben
 
aka “BENNIFER”
 
CAPRI
 
2021
 
 
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The YACHT
 
Chartered by JEN & BEN
 
BENNIFER
 
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNIFER” !!!
 
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JLO & BEN
 
A KISS FOr The BIRTHDAY GIRL
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LOOKING For a ROOM
 
POSITANO CAPRI The AMALFI COAST
 
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POSITANO The AMALFI COAST
COOKBOOK & TRAVEL GUIDE
PACK IT in YOUR BAG
 
 
 
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SOPHIA LOREN
 
 

 

Positano The Amalfi Coast Travel Cookbook / Travel Guide

“IT’S FINALLY HERE” !!!

POSITANO The AMALFI COAST COOKBOOK

TRAVEL GUIDE

Is LIVE and AVAILABLE at AMAZON.com

Hello folks, boys and girls, Ladies & Gentlemen, “it’s here!” What? POSITANO is Here !!! The AMALFI COAST COOKBOOK / TRAVEL GUide by me, Daniel Bellino Zwicke has been published and is live and for sale on Amazon on this day and on into the future for many years, Positano The AMalfi Coast Cookbook / Travel Guide is live and ready to go to all of you waiting and planning that special trip to Capri, Positano, Ravello or anywhere that your heart desires of the beautiful Amalfi Coast of Southern Italy. “How bout that?” It’s a very happy day for me, I’ve been working on this book for almost two years, and now here it is on February 8th of the year 2021, after the horrible year we had last year (2020), a better and happier year and day and many happy days ahead in 2021 and-on-and-on. You can now get yourself a copy POSITANO , this the first book on Positano & The Amalfi Coast that is a Cookbook, Guide Book, and book of essays and stories on Positano, Capri, and the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. “Yee-haa!”

So, if you’re planning that special Positano / Amalfi Coast vacation, honeymoon, wedding or whatever, and you need a little help planning, and seek some inspiration and ideas for your special vacation, why not start here and grab a copy? The book is filled with information, recipes, and delightful stories that are sure to get those travel juices flowing. Just read the stories and get all pumped up by the future prospects of your dream vacation on the Amalfi Coast, a wedding in Ravello, or Romantic Honeymoon on Capri, or Positano. You will start as you read through the pages of this book and maybe making a plate of Mussels Marinara or Spaghetti Vongole, just two of the many wonderful recipes in this book. This is part of Daniel’s plan and how he envisioned this book to inspire through the stories and cooking some of the wonderful dishes that are favorites in Naples, on Capri, Positano, and all over the Amalfi Coast. Make these dishes to get psyched for your trip, as well as reliving memories of the favorite things you ate in Positano once you are home. This book will help you achieve these things.

Thanks so Much,

Daniel

“POSITANO it’s HERE” !!!!

AMAZON.com

Italian Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino Z Goes Back to Naples Capri The Amalfi Coast Italy

 

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Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke
BACK on CAPRI
NAPLES and The AMALFI COAST
 
 
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My ESPRESSO
 
BAR DUE GULFI
 
CAPRI
 
 
 

Stopped in here for an Espresso, so I could use the bathroom and change into my swim trunks to go swimming at Marina Picolo. If you want to go swimming at Marina Picolo, the best way to get there is to take a little town bus to Due Gulfi (Two Gulfs). Get off the bus, and ask one of the locals where the pathway is to Marina Picolo. It’s a great little walk (10 minutes), with nice sights to see as you stroll down to the beach. You have options of paying  for a chaise-lounge at a private beach club, or better yet, there is a free beach that’s awesome. I never pay when swimming at Marina Picolo and always opt for the free beach, which is wonderful.

I reserve saving my money for when I go swimming at Da Luigi Beach Club at the Faraglioni Rocks. It’s gorgeous!



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IschiaFISHERMEN.png
 
 
Catch of The Day
 
 
I was lucky to catch these two Fishermen bringing in their fresh Catch of The Day, as locals were at the dock to buy the freshest fish humanly possible, directly from these two fine gentlemen, who had a scale on board to weight the fish. This was quite awesome to witness, and was one of the highlights of my trip.
These fishermen had quite a good variety of several different kinds of local fish, and their were about 6 local men there to buy fish from them. It was quite an animated scene as thee fishermen quoted prices of the various fish, and the buyers argued with them over the price, and the two sides bickered back and forth before a final sale was mad.. It was all in good fun, and I totally enjoyed the show.
 
 
 
IschiaSpaghettiPOMODORO.png
 
 
A PERFECT PLATE of SPAGHETTI POMODORO
A TRATTORIA in ISCHIA
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My Hotel in Ischia
Hotel Villa Melodie
 
 
IschiaHotelMelodiePOOL.png
 
 
The POOL at The HOTEL VILLA MELODIE … ISCHIA
If You’re Looking for a Nice affordable Hotel that has a Great POOL
The HOTEL VILLA MELODIE in FORIO , ISCHIA is a Great Choice
“I Just Loved It”
 
 
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Orange  Juice Guy
Sant Angelo , Ischia
This Guy makes the Best Dam Fresh Squeezed OJ Ever !!!
Awesome LEMONADE Too !!
 
 
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Procida
View From The Top
Looking to Monte Procida and Sorrento
ProcidaALICIatLaPIAZZETTA.png
Lunch at La Piazzetta Trattoria / Pizzeria
PROCIDA
ALICI FRITTI & a Glass of BIANCOLELLA
This was one of my Favorite Dishes of The Trip,
“Absolutely Delicious” 
111111111111CookItalianGREATESThits
COOKING ITALIAN
GREATEST HITS COOKBOOK
RECIPES of NAPLES & The AMALFI COAST ITALY
BUYnoww 

RECIPE SPAGHETTI TOMATO SAUCE




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Looking Down to Marian rand Capri
From Top of The Phoenician Stairs in Anacapri
Photo Copyright Daniel B. Zwicke
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Capri Montage
Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke in CAPRI
Espresso, Da Luigi Beacch Club at The Faraglioni Rocks (Daniel’s Favorite Beach)
Shuttle Boat at Da Luigi to Marina Picolo, Marina Picolo, Chapel at Marina Picolo
At Marina Picolo looking to the famed FARAGLIONO ROCKS of CAPRI

 

GaetanoHotelPlazaSALERNO
 
 
Gaetano making me a Perfect ESPRESSO
 
HOTEL PLAZA
 
SALERNO
 
 
The Hotel Plaza in Salerno s a wonderful hotel. The location is great, being across the from the Train Station and just 3 blocks from the marine terminal where you can catch Ferry Boats to Capri, Sorrento, Ischia, Positano, Amalfi, Cetara, and all points on the Amalfi Coast. You can catch trains to Naples and be there in just 30 minutes.
 
Gaetano whose family owns and runs the hotel is an absolute Gem. Love that guy. He is so very kind and hospitable and wil make you feel like family, and if you get to know him, you will might be lucky to have him make you a perfect Espresso personally on his prized Espresso machine that he loves dearly. I was so lucky for this, but most of all, I was so fortunate to have a few lovely conversation with Gaetano, he is as I have said a gem, and I will cherish and always remember spending a little time with him and having those nice conversations. “Thank you Gaetano, you made my stay at your family’s hotel in Salerno so very special.
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAETANO Makes Me ESPRESSO
 
WATCH The VIDEO !

 

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EATING WATERMELON in NAPLES , ITALY
 
NAPOLI
 
 
These Guys Invited Me into Their Little Party at their FRUIT STAND in NAPOLI
 
We ate WATERMELON and Drank LYCRIMA CHRIST WINE
 
 
“I Had a Great Time
 
One of the HIGHLIGHTS of my TRIP






My PIZZA
 
Di MATTEO
 
NAPOLI






PIZZERIA Di MATTEONAPLES

 

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BACK in POSITANO


August 2019

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Positano


Walking up the Via Pasitea

 

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Mario & Esperanza

 

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Me & Mario
Hanging at The Pool of The Hotel Poseidon
POSITANO , ITALY
August 9, 2019
Swimming and Drinking Aperol Spritz ‘s
All Afternoon
Me Mario and his Wife Esperanza had a great Day
Probably the # 1 Highlight of my entire Trip

 

MePOSITANOitaly2019
Holding Up The Hill
POSITANO
2019

#SpaghettiTomatoSauceRECIPE

#AperolSprtiz #Aperol #Campari #Negroni

 

MeaaaaCAPRI.png
 
Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke
BACK on CAPRI
NAPLES and The AMALFI COAST
 
 
CapriESPRESSO.png
 
My ESPRESSO
 
BAR DUE GULFI
 
CAPRI
 
 
 

Stopped in here for an Espresso, so I could use the bathroom and change into my swim trunks to go swimming at Marina Picolo. If you want to go swimming at Marina Picolo, the best way to get there is to take a little town bus to Due Gulfi (Two Gulfs). Get off the bus, and ask one of the locals where the pathway is to Marina Picolo. It’s a great little walk (10 minutes), with nice sights to see as you stroll down to the beach. You have options of paying  for a chaise-lounge at a private beach club, or better yet, there is a free beach that’s awesome. I never pay when swimming at Marina Picolo and always opt for the free beach, which is wonderful.

I reserve saving my money for when I go swimming at Da Luigi Beach Club at the Faraglioni Rocks. It’s gorgeous!


.

IschiaFISHERMEN.png
 
 
Catch of The Day
 
 
I was lucky to catch these two Fishermen bringing in their fresh Catch of The Day, as locals were at the dock to buy the freshest fish humanly possible, directly from these two fine gentlemen, who had a scale on board to weight the fish. This was quite awesome to witness, and was one of the highlights of my trip.
These fishermen had quite a good variety of several different kinds of local fish, and their were about 6 local men there to buy fish from them. It was quite an animated scene as thee fishermen quoted prices of the various fish, and the buyers argued with them over the price, and the two sides bickered back and forth before a final sale was mad.. It was all in good fun, and I totally enjoyed the show.
 
 
 
IschiaSpaghettiPOMODORO.png
 
 
A PERFECT PLATE of SPAGHETTI POMODORO
A TRATTORIA in ISCHIA
IschiaHotelMELODIE.png
 
My Hotel in Ischia
Hotel Villa Melodie
 
 
IschiaHotelMelodiePOOL.png
 
 
The POOL at The HOTEL VILLA MELODIE … ISCHIA
If You’re Looking for a Nice affordable Hotel that has a Great POOL
The HOTEL VILLA MELODIE in FORIO , ISCHIA is a Great Choice
“I Just Loved It”
 
 
LemonORANGEguyISCHIA.png
Orange  Juice Guy
Sant Angelo , Ischia
This Guy makes the Best Dam Fresh Squeezed OJ Ever !!!
Awesome LEMONADE Too !!
 
 
ProcidaViewTOP.png
Procida
View From The Top
Looking to Monte Procida and Sorrento
ProcidaALICIatLaPIAZZETTA.png
Lunch at La Piazzetta Trattoria / Pizzeria
PROCIDA
ALICI FRITTI & a Glass of BIANCOLELLA
This was one of my Favorite Dishes of The Trip, “Absolutely Delicious” 
111111111111CookItalianGREATESThits
COOKING ITALIAN
GREATEST HITS COOKBOOK
RECIPES of NAPLES & The AMALFI COAST ITALY
BUYnoww 

RECIPE SPAGHETTI TOMATO SAUCE




CAPRImeeeeee.png 

Looking Down to Marian rand Capri
From Top of The Phoenician Stairs in Anacapri
Photo Copyright Daniel B. Zwicke
CapriDePALMA
My Old Stomping Grounds in Capri
A Wonderful Hotel with Reasonable Prices
And a Great Location in Capri
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Virgin Mary
ISCHIA
 
 
 
 
 
GAETANO Makes Me ESPRESSO
 
WATCH The VIDEO !

 

NapoliWATERMELONguys2019.png
EATING WATERMELON in NAPLES , ITALY
 
NAPOLI
 
 
These Guys Invited Me into Their Little Party at their FRUIT STAND in NAPOLI
 
We ate WATERMELON and Drank LYCRIMA CHRIST WINE
 
 
“I Had a Great Time
 
One of the HIGHLIGHTS of my TRIP






My PIZZA
 
Di MATTEO
 
NAPOLI






PIZZERIA Di MATTEONAPLES

 

MePositanoAUG2019.png


BACK in POSITANO


August 2019

.

.
mePOSITANOaug2019me.png


Positano


Walking up the Via Pasitea

 

MARIOpositano2019.png
Mario & Esperanza

 

MeMARIOpositano2019August.png
Me & Mario
Hanging at The Pool of The Hotel Poseidon
POSITANO , ITALY
August 9, 2019
Swimming and Drinking Aperol Spritz ‘s
All Afternoon
Me Mario and his Wife Esperanza had a great Day
Probably the # 1 Highlight of my entire Trip

 

MePOSITANOitaly2019
Holding Up The Hill
POSITANO
2019

#SpaghettiTomatoSauceRECIPE

#AperolSprtiz #Aperol #Campari #Negroni