The Ravello Festival

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The Ravello Festival in its current configuration is derived from a series of previous initiatives that make it one of the oldest Italian festivals. Girolamo Bottiglieri and Paolo Caruso came up with the concept for this cultural event that, more than any other, has contributed to Ravello’s identity as a “City of Music.” The first edition, held over two evenings with music performed by the Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo di Napoli under the direction of Hermann Scherchen and William Steinberg, took place, incidentally, on the 70th anniversary of Wagner’s death. Since 2003, the Ravello Festival has been organized by the Fondazione Ravello. The concept of a leitmotiv, or a central theme on which all of the events of the festival are based, was introduced in the same year. Over […]

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The Myth of the Sirens

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Legend has it that the Sirenuse archipelago, three solitary, rocky islets off the coast of Positano that are today known as the Gallos, was the home of the Sirens. The Sirens are mythological creatures that lured sailors with their songs, causing them to wreck their ships. It is possible that the myth served as a warning: the islands were a point of reference for the sailors, but if they got too close, they would end up on the rocks. In 1924, the Russian dancer and choreographer Léonide Massine built a villa on the islet of Gallo Lungo. The villa was renovated by Le Corbusier in 1927 and later bought by Rudolf Nureyev. Every year, an award is given (the Premio Internazionale per l’Arte della Danza) in memory of these artists.

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The Ceramics of Vietri sul Mare

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The strategic location of the town, the ample water supply, and the richly wooded hills are all elements that favored the development of the factories over the course of the years. Yellow and blue, the colors of nature and of the sea, of lemons and of bunches of grapes, are found in the vivacious decorations of the Vietri ceramics, which are small masterpieces. It is fun to travel through town and look in the various stores, enter the factories, and allow your imagination to wander in the whirlwind of ideas and colors. There is a near infinite array of choices and all the shops have different styles and choice of decorations. The Provincial Museum of Ceramics is located inside the Villa Guariglia complex. Inaugurated in 1981, it is made up […]

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The Amalfi Cathedral

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The most emblematic religious building in the Amalfi Coast, the Amalfi Cathedral is the most significant monumental complex in the region. Its scenic position at the top of a steep stairway that begins in a small piazza surrounded by a collection of houses gives particular flavor to Amalfi’s historic center. The church’s imposing multicolored facade, embellished with enamels, mosaics and a gold tympanum, is striking. Traces of the Middle Ages can be found in the elegant Cloister of Paradise with its arabesque lines. From the Cloister, you can enter the chapel of the Crucifix, in which the Diocesan Museum has been opened. The entrance to the crypt, dating back to the 1200’s, is also located in the chapel. The architectural complex is one of the foremost examples of Romanesque architecture […]

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Amalfi’s Sfusato Lemon

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The Amalfi Coast’s most genuine testimonial is the sfusato lemon. Beneath a thick, pale yellow rind beats a tender pulp: the sweet and succulent heart of a territory ready to be peeled. Its intense and sparkling aroma evokes the excitement, the enchantment, and the colors of the land where it from. A fantastic fruit that is appreciated around the world, the sfusato lemon is the most famous inhabitant of the Amalfi Coast. It is a citrus of international renown, the certified ambassador of a territory considered by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site due to its art and history, and a fruit with a positive character that is sunny just like its people. The sfusato lemon is the most original and evocative postcard of the Amalfi Coast. Distinguishing features: […]

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The Wines of Furore

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The Denominazione di Origine Controllata “Costa d’Amalfi” label can have an indication of the name of the one of the following subzones: Ravello, Tramonti, or Furore. Furore revived its wine-making tradition in the wind-swept gorges thanks to the efforts of the Marisa Cuomo company, which relaunched old designations and, most importantly, the custom of cultivating the vines between the rocks by planting them in the macera, or the stone retaining wall on which the terrace above rests. Generally, each terrace is between four and five meters wide and has four rows, usually all originating from the same plant. It is very common to observe these ungrafted root systems here, even though they are rare in Europe. The quantity of wine produced here is rather low, both because of the yield per hectare […]

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