Saturday, July 14, 2018

An Italian Blogger I LOVE

Stefania of Cool, Chic Style Fashion recently posted the following,
the post has been copied from her blog, which I read daily.
If she writes about it, I know I will LOVE it.

The Beautiful Things of Positano (Italy) - Daily Inspiration

Kristen O'Neill and Brett Shapiro's Picturesque Wedding in Positano, Italy 
Photo courtesy of Kristen O'Neill and Brett Shapiro  Vogue

Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Amalfi Coast is one of the 54 Italian sites included by UNESCO in the  World Heritage List La Costiera looks like a balcony suspended between the cobalt blue sea and the slopes of the Lattari mountains, in a succession of valleys and promontories between coves, beaches and terraces cultivated with citrus, vines and olive trees. 

A unique environment, protected by UNESCO as a perfect example of Mediterranean landscape with a scenario of great cultural and natural value due to its topographical features and its historical evolution.

The entire area covers 11,231 hectares between the  Gulf of Naples  and the Gulf of Salerno  and includes  16 splendid municipalities  in the province of Salerno: Amalfi, Atrani, Cava de 'Tirreni, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Raito, Ravello, Sant'Egidio of Monte Albino, Scala, Tramonti, Vietri sul Mare. 

{ps more in the Amalfi Coast  and Daily Inspiration blog }

The view from the Villa Treville suite. Positano is in the distance. 
Photo: Courtesy of Kristen O'Neill and Brett Shapiro  Vogue

Italy's idyllic getaway loved by John Steinbeck

Positano hits deeply. It is a place that does not seem true to you as long as you are there, but you feel nostalgic about the whole reality when you left it. His houses climb up a slope so steep as to look like a cliff, if it were not for the stairs that have been cut. The water of the small curved bay, of an incredible blue and green, gently laps a beach of small pebbles. There is only one lane, and it does not reach the beach. Everything else is stairs, some steep like those with pegs. Do not walk if you go to see a friend: you climb or descend. When you happen to discover a beautiful place like Positano, the first impulse is almost always to keep your discovery for you. - John Steinbeck, "Harper's Bazaar", May 1953 ( abebooks)  (the sirenuse )

A 5-minute walk from the center of Positano, Casa e Bottega is welcoming and resplendent in the shades of the sea thanks to its delightful selection of ceramics for the kitchen and the furniture.

Home and Workshop by  Tanina Vanacore
Viale Pasitea, 100, 84017, Positano SA, Italy.

Orange cake with chocolate and pear, Tanina Vanacore's recipe 
from the book Tanina's Kitchen Diary Photo and recipe text from Rose Passion

Ingredients for 8 people:
160 g flour "00"
120 g granulated sugar
100 g peanut oil
100 g dark chocolate with 75% cocoa
1 jar of light yogurt (for me soy vegetable yogurt)
2 eggs
3 pears
2 organic oranges
8 g baking powder

Preheat the oven to 160 ° C.

Wash and peel the pears, cut them into coarse pieces or into slices.
In a non-stick saucepan caramelize the pears with a little sugar and a tablespoon of water, keep aside.
In a bowl, place eggs and sugar for about 10 minutes until a frothy mass is obtained. Add the yogurt, the oil and the grated rind of oranges.
Sift the flour and the yeast and add them to the mixture, continuing to assemble the mass.
Grease and flour a 22 cm diameter mold and pour the mixture into it.
Finally pour the caramelized pears and the chocolate flakes.
Bake at 160 ° C for about 25/30 minutes, always do the toothpick test.
Turn out the orange cake with chocolate and pear when it is lukewarm.
Decorate with icing sugar and serve ... Bon Appétit!

Notes: Tanina's original recipe, present in her book Tanina's Kitchen diary, includes baking in 20 minutes. Check the cooking and adjust according to your oven, the cake is very soft and moist inside.
Turn out the orange cake with chocolate and pear only when it is lukewarm and taste it when it is cold, the dark chocolate and the caramelized pears filling will melt and create a fusion of flavors. I preferred not to decorate the dessert but if you like it add on the surface caramelized pears, orange peel and dark chocolate flakes.


"Sentiero degli Dei" is a spectacular walking path on the Amalfi Coast that ends in Nocelle, above Positano. The route takes about 3 hours, but it is an easy path to follow if you walk from Agerola to Nocelle in this direction, it winds downhill with a magnificent view of the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri.


Positano is the perfect place to rent a boat for a day. The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful coasts in the world and what better way to enjoy it than to spend an afternoon by boat along the coast. There are some caves near Positano, including the green cave, the white cave and the emerald cave and can easily be reached by private boat or group tour.


What to pack
Straw hat 
Sweater for the cool of summer evenings 
Mosquito repellent, if you come in the middle of summer 
Sun cream 
Diva sunglasses 
Some elegant 
garments Rubber shoes for walking on the rocks Comfortable 
shoes suitable for making up and down from the stairs

From Adolfo  restaurant Mozzarella and mussel soup in a local, in a bathhouse, accessible only by sea.

After about ten minutes of travel along the beautiful coast, you will be rapt in a wild simplicity, in a rustic Italian charm and in a sense of Mediterranean evasion of the tiny beach of Laurito. The boat enters a charming little bay with crystal clear waters and you'll see Da Adolfo . by Karoliina Kazi

 Sole, Positano - private room in the villa by Airbnb, Villa Marisole


  1. Love this posting. I am saving it for my future travel to Italy, hopefully 2019. Thanks!

  2. Another great post!
    Thanks, Marsha!

  3. Our Amalfie Coast cruise was pur most memorable trip ever. Wonderful memories and my beautiful "inlaid wood" mirror we purchased there is used every day. franki


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