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18 THE AMALFI COAST A guide for the ultimate gateway, from hotels to fine dining and unique experiences.
48 12 RAPID-FIRE QUESTIONS WITH ANTONIO & CARLA SERSALE Get to know the owners of one of the most precious hotels in Positano - Le Sirenuse.
60 MARIANO DI VAIO INTERVIEW Italian born fashion icon Mariano talks about fashion, morning routines and his favourite places to visit.
72 CAPRI ISLAND Get to know Capri up and close as we share our top recommendations for a perfect holiday.
100 ANA LINARES’S MINI GUIDE TO AMALFI Still finding it hard to decide where to go and what to do? Ana shares her top tips for a truly unforgettable holiday.
110 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MICHELE MORRONE We dig deep as we speak to Michele about his love and passion for Italy.
120 A LOCAL POINT OF VIEW Looking for places off the beaten track? Roberto Salomone lives and breathes Italy. If you’re looking for something truly unique, this is it!
128 SHOPPING IN CAPRI From bespoke hand-made sandals to creating your own scent.
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s I sit here flicking through the pages of our soon-to-be-released magazine, I can’t help but reminisce about the past year. In the midst of a global pandemic, people rose higher than ever before. From viral TikTok videos, Joe Wicks Lockdown Workouts, to Black Lives Matter, and global political movements. It’s been quite the year, hasn’t it? I think the biggest positive outcome from the pandemic is how everyone connected during a time we all felt disconnected. Speaking to our relatives, making an effort to do more video calls, and generally being more present in conversations. During the first phase of the virus, Italy was one of the most impacted countries in the world and I felt obligated to help in any way possible. So, I decided to shine a light on Italy's wealth of family-run businesses and launch Inside Italy Lifestyle Magazine to uplift the spirit of this beautiful country and help advocate its many offerings to our supportive community - you. I reached out to local businesses – from hotels to restaurants and experiences – to learn more about their history, how they started, and the services they offer. I then booked a ticket to Naples. Immediately, I was struck by the insanely beautiful rugged stretch of coastline winding its way from Salerno to Sorrento. For me, the Amalfi Coast is unique in its own right. With pictur-
esque hilltop towns spilling down to an azure champagne-like sea, authentic colourful villages hemmed by soaring cliffs, intertwined with fragrant lemon groves. I was taken aback by the warm hospitality of every single person I encountered, every shop, every hotel, and every restaurant we visited. Rather than taking the same approach as we did with Inside Ibiza and Inside Las Vegas Magazines, I decided to hand over some of the magazine’s content to the locals and the people who consider Amalfi their home. After all, who knows the town better than its local people? So, instead of having renowned journalists recommending the best places to stay and visit (as we had previously), we got to know the real Amalfi Coast and Capri through the lenses of its people. I was enlightened to speak to Roberto Salomone, a Naples born photojournalist who took us on a journey of his favourite places to capture the essence of Italy from Positano. Ana Linares is a contributor to Inside Italy, she is also a seasoned traveller and photographer who knows the Amalfi like the back of her hand. We also met the Sersale family who welcomed us with open arms into their home - the prestigious Le Sirenuse Hotel. The exclusive interview with Michele Morrone, an actor and overnight Netflix sensation and Mariano di Vaio, the most influential fashion blogger in the country captured Italy’s utterly fascinating way of life. Italy has so much culture, traditions, and family values. The pandemic certainly impacted the economy but not the strong spirit of the Italians and its dolce vita atmosphere. I hope you enjoy our recommendations as much as we enjoyed unravelling the beautiful history of the Amalfi Coast and Capri and I hope you are able to experience the true spirit of Italy now that we are on the other side. Maria Jordan
SAY H ELLO Meet the faces behind Inside Italy Lifestyle Magazine.
ANA LINARES Photographer @AnaNewYork Ana Linares is a photographer who lived in NYC for 15 years and now travels around the globe with a home base between NY and Miami. Ana now focuses on travel photography for magazines and product/lifestyle photography for fashion labels based in LA, London and NYC.
VOSKI STEPANYAN Travel Editor Voski Stepanyan is an explorer at heart. She takes on extraordinary adventures and plans to discover every corner of the world. She is also the girl behind Life is Vanilla, a lifestyle blog on a mission to spice up your life with new routines, hidden gems and fun experiences. Her favourite part of Italy is the people and Lemon Spritz.
SHERILYN PEREIRA Travel Editor Sherilyn Pereira has a natural flair for promoting people, places and events having spent many years in the PR and Publishing industry. She is an expert juggler of work, study and parenthood. Always on the go, she loves traveling and exploring new places. When lockdown is officially over she will be heading somewhere tropical and warm.
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THE AMALFI COAST Deemed an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape by Unesco, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's most special places to visit. The Coast is a stretch of coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea, located in the Gulf of Salerno in Southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast is a popular destination for travellers all around the world. As mountains plunge into the sea in a nail-biting vertical scene, drop-dead gorgeous views at night with a selection of local delicacies to please even the fussiest of travellers, the Amalfi Coast has something for everyone! Now, close your eyes hear the gentle rush of the gin-clear sea against the rocks, the waves rhythmically running in and out along the beach, a sound that instantly relaxes the soul. This part of the magazine will unravel the best of the Amalfi Coast as we take you on a wild trip with off beaten track experiences that will leave you in pure awe and relax those WFHweary shoulders.
LE SIRENUSE A lavish Positano grande dame uncompromising of luxury. By Maria Jordan
We all day dream of a romantic, Italian getaway to escape to and this might be it. If you’re searching for an all five-star service and experience, look no further. Positano is home to many pristine hotels, Le Sirenuse is the leading luxury brand, offering a trip of a lifetime. A beautiful boutique paradise, offering 7 suites and 46 picture-perfect rooms, located in Positano on the Amalfi Coast, 55 km (34 miles) south of Naples. Upon entering the hotel, you’ll notice the careful design, crafted by the same Sersale family who owned it as a private villa before its transformation in 1951. Today, Le Sirenuse is a regular parade of influencers and celebrities paying it a visit. Be sure to look out for well-known faces interspersed around the incredibly decorated rooms before tucking into for an elegant aperitivo on the terrace.
Think star-lit turquoise pool, state of the art décor inspired by local artisans and dusted with a modern twist. Design lovers will appreciate the Neapolitan Baroque art, Suzani rugs from Central Asia and antique furniture - part of the hotel’s characterful aesthetic mix. A tranquil and somewhat magical spa, unparalleled fine dining, mouth-watering cocktails, glamour, romance, style, calmness and care are all part of what makes this hotel so special. Le Sirenuse spoils their guests with two outstanding restaurants, oozing with sophistication and ease. At La Sponda, four hundred candles are lit afresh every evening where guests can enjoy a light, healthy and seasonal Mediterranean menu.
Aldo’s Cocktail Bar & Seafood Grill provides a vertigo-inducing panorama of Positano town. Elements surround you here with a striking contrast between fine dining and a relaxing ambience. Dine under the Positano sunset and tuck into Caviar blinis served with hard boiled eggs, capers, sour cream and chive or the Sea Bass tartare with celery and green apple. For a classic dish opt in for the Zucchini spaghetti, pesto and almonds or Sea Bass with lettuce and lemons from Amalfi. This chic restaurant is just as popular with outside guests as those staying in the hotel.
stop in the ice room or pamper yourself with a full body treatment, mani and pedi. For those looking to keep their body in tip top shape even on holiday, the Fitness center is fully equipped with Technogym machines, weights and mats, and two Megaformer total body workout machines.
Just a few steps away, lovers of ambience will embark on Franco’s Bar, a scenic cocktail bar perched above the Mediterranean sea with the sexiest sunset sessions. Unwind, relax and enjoy the iconic views of Positano with a cold glass of fizz. It's the crème de la crème for a sunset aperitivo or after dinner drinks that promises to “wow” even the most discerning traveller. Franco’s is an unbeatable spot for pitch-perfect cocktails and sunset lovers. During the day, bask under the warm sun by the pool. Enjoy a chilled glass of Aperol Spritz whilst listening to chilled beats and birds chirping away. Or, treat yourself to an afternoon at the heavenly Aveda Spa. Release any tension in the plunge pool or indulge in the steam bath followed by a quick
Le Sirenuse is one of the most popular and renowned hotels in Positano and it’s easy to see why. Every detail has been carefully selected by the Sersale family and placed to ensure a home away from home feeling. The staff are attentive and friendly whilst remaining professional and polite. And although your stay at Le Sirenuse will seem like something out of a James Bond movie or too good to be true, YOU (yes you) deserve a little slice of heaven too!
As the rich and famous come to ‘flock and dock’ their yachts, to soak up the Italian sunshine on the beach, Le Sirenuse offers its guests private boat excursions and sunset cruises with champagne along the coast between June and September.
Pricing will vary depending on your travel dates. Pool terrace view rooms start from €575 per night, Junior Suites from €1,275. For more information visit https://sirenuse.it
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EDEN ROC A stunning gem at the heart of Positano’s beautiful setting. By Sherilyn Pereira
Located at the eastern end of 40 kilometres of incredible majestic sea along the Amalfi Coast, Eden Roc Hotel in Positano is a part of Italy with its own unique character that is even present in the food.
Surrounded by all hues of blue – sapphire, turquoise, blue diamond, tourmaline, aquamarine - the hotel Eden Roc is set in the heart of Positano, the picturesque city on the Amalfi Coast, 55 km (34 miles) south of Naples where the sea meets the city. Perfectly located in the centre of town with its renowned shopping area and a short 10 -minute walk to the beach. Established in 1970, this 50-year old hotel is the realised dream of Domenico Casola who as a young man had a vision of creating a place where visitors could experience exceptional hospitality, in a gorgeous setting, with family traditions at its core. Guests are made to feel as though they are coming home, as part of the family. Nothing is too much and their happiness is everything. The hotel’s welcoming legacy is the reason guests return time
and time again, a feeling that envelopes you as soon as you enter the hotel’s inviting surroundings. The main hotel houses a variety of large, light-filled boutique rooms and suites, each with its own individual touches and unique features making no two the same. But what they do have in common is the spacious layouts, pristine furnishings, a sense of airiness and an incredible ambience that resonates throughout the hotel areas. For guests who would prefer their own independent quarters, La Sponda, Bellavista and Dominck Suites offer that stand-alone accommodation with all of the convenient services still provided by the hotel. And for those who really want to get away from it all, then Villa Eden will provide the perfect private hideaway.
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Whichever space you chose for your vacation, you will wake up in the morning to the most amazing panoramic views of the sea and city of Positano that you could ever imagine, breath in the fresh sea air and absorb the breath-taking surroundings. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, the luxurious rooftop restaurant serves a quality menu of culinary delights, seasoned with herbs from the hotels own garden and infusing authentic flavours of the Mediterranean into the food. A great wine list will ensure you have the perfect accompaniment to your meal. Eden Roc is perfectly located to explore the great history of the Amalfi Coast, including the nearby ancient Roman city of Pompeii, or you could walk the Path of Gods that they say lies halfway between the sky and Bomerano, or perhaps take a boat tour around the beautiful island of Capri. Back ‘at home’, the hotel’s Wellness Centre provides everything you need to take care of your physical and mental self. Revive your body and mind with a massage, re-tune your senses with a calming and fragrant Turkish bath or work your body in the well-equipped gym. And at the end of the day, when you’re ready to wind down, relax with a cool drink from the Sky Bar while taking in the spectacular city view of the sun setting over the pyramid of Positano. An apartment with Sea View starts from €333 per night and a Villa with Sea View is around €950 per night. For more information visit https://edenroc.it Words by Sherilyn Pereira
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II T RID ENTE , HO T E L PO SEI D ON Il Tridente, is one of the most Instagrammable hotspots in Positano. With its idyllic panoramic scene of the Mediterranean sea and breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast. The menu is infused with the Neapolitan culinary tradition as Chef Antonio Sorrentino and his team prepare dishes passed on from generations. Although the views from Il Tridente are breathtaking no matter the time of day, the Cocktail Bar and Restaurant perfectly capture the softly lit twinkly
lights of the Positano cliff at night. At first glance, the newly revamped Cocktail Bar at Hotel Poseidon looks like your standard swanky hotel bar. Drink in your surroundings for just a second, however, and you’ll soon notice the magic of Positano from the comfort of your setting. Perfect for aperit-
ivo and after-dinner drinks, the Cocktail Bar oozes with breathing views of Positano and the deep blue ocean.
cio to mouthwatering buffalo mozzarella and local ricotta seasoned with fresh basil. The Paccheri with lobster, tomato concasse and asparagus powder is simply divine! The
The menu offers a delicious slice of Campania’s history with a modern twist. The vibe is akin to a relaxedrooftop bar, with live music three times a week. The simple bite-size menu at the bar champions two distinct culinary pillars: seasonality and sustainability, with many of the ingredients sourced from local producers. The light bites are perfectly designed to match the great selection of cocktails and limoncellos. For a magical evening, start off with a refreshing aperitivo at the pool terrace followed by dinner served beneath the orange and lemon trees on a romantic garden terrace of the Hotel Poseidon. The menu offers a delicious slice of Campania’s history with a modern twist. Make your way through homesmoked meats and fish carpac-
freshness of the pasta beautifully and exquisitely complements the lobster sauce, as the flavours gently dance around with every bite! For a complete gastronomic experience, the Sommelier will suggest local and international wines to compliment your meal to enhance your taste buds. To finish off, we recommend going all-in with the homemade tiramisu and worry about the calories later! Apart from the fresh fish and meat options, Il Tridente also caters to vegetarians and vegans. After dinner, head over to the bar for more limoncello, it’s open until 1 AM (it would be rude not to). For more information visit www.hotelposeidonpositano.it
Enjoy chilled-out beats, delicious Italian food and refreshing cocktails on the beach.
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BEACH CLUB One of Positano’s best beach and cocktail clubs, Arienzo is returning for the n e w s u m m e r s e a s o n . I f yo u ’ ve searched for beach clubs on social media or surfed the net, you have most probably come across the bright orange sun-loungers that have become so iconic to Arienzo.
should take a short complimentary boat ride to Arienzo Beach Club from the main port. Once you’re there, you will feel nested into one of the most picturesque corners of Positano. Best known for its relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking location in the rocks of the Amalfi Coast.
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle from the main centre, you
If you’re in the mood of spicing things up, the beach-side venue offers special
packages for romantic honeymoon surprises, gin inspired cocktails and fun family-friendly packages. Aside, from the laid back atmosphere, unbeatable ocean views and delicious cocktails, you can expect some of the best Italian cuisine, locally sourced wines and premium service while indulging in the beautiful surroundings. We fell head over hills for the homemade tomato ravioli with lemon zest gently drizzled on top. So much so, we ordered
it three times during one sitting! Using local produce, the menu changes throughout the season to ensure everything remains fresh and delicious! Thanks to its location, Arienzo Beach Club gets the most sunshine of all so you can pretty much swim into the sunset! For more information visit www.arienzobeachclub.com
Your heart will be captured by romanticism. By Voski Stepanyan
Unravelling like a delicate white orchid on the high cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, is Casa Angelina. HOTEL VIBE The elegant white interior against the most dazzling panoramic views of the ocean draws your attention instantly. It’s as if you opened an envelope to find what was waiting for you. The bright pieces of art inject a burst of colour into this modern 42 guest room boutique hotel. It is separated by two wings, one being romantic and the other relaxing, sharing a class lobby lounge and bar, where contrasting design costumes playfulness, thus maintaining the primary element of minimalism. Showcasing art pieces by artists from different nationalities, there is nothing like the colourful Venetian Murano Glass Sculptures. These glass realisations of Cuban Artist Alfredo Sosabravo’s oil paintings and drawings are carefully placed to inject a taste of culture. ROOMS The first thing you will do is sit on the balcony with a glass of wine watching the sunset, that’s the sweet spot. Your heart will be captured by romanticism.
Although the rooms are not big, they can still win you over with the most comfortable beds offering a cloud-like sleep. Glamorous sparkling ‘white on white’ design is displayed throughout the room. VIEWS, POOL & FACILITIES This 5-star hotel features a tuckedaway pool overlooking the deep blue Tyrrhenian ocean. If you admire a ‘floating on top of a cloud’ type of experience, then this is your kind of hotel. Casa Angelina’s fitness centre screams luxury with its thoughtful details of products and changing rooms, where you can book and enjoy daily spa sessions or burn off any extra calories. FINE DINING BREAKFAST One of the most unforgettable experiences at Casa Angelina is their elevated rooftop terrace fine- dining breakfast.
You won’t be able to find a truly magical buffet breakfast like this anywhere. Being presented with professional high-quality service whilst enjoying exquisite mouth-watering home-made pastries is life’s pleasures and just the beginning of a romantic morning at Casa. The chef takes eggs benedict to another level, whilst also perfecting the most delicious fluffy pancakes with berries sauce. The highlight was having an extensive choice, trying everything you desire in the midst of an open space relaxing ambience. ROOFTOP TERRACE Besides finding mesmerising sea views on the top floor, Casa presents ‘Un Piano Nel Cielo’ restaurant (Floor in the Sky) which can be accessed by a glass lift’ where you feel like you’re going into space. Private fine dining and intimate celebrations are held on the charming rooftop terrace where a special live show cooking dining experience by chef Leopoldo Elefante can be booked. SERVICE The service portrays a formal and professional approach, maintaining a feminine and soft welcoming by the front of house staff. Restaurant staff are vividly attentive, where you are greeted in a highly professional manner. The overall service is pleasantly calming and relaxing. They offer Single Sea View rooms from €300. Classic double rooms start from €400 per night. Junior Suite Sea View starts from €2,000 per night
Antonio & Carla
By now, you are familiar with one of the most glorious hotels in Positano. Now, let us introduce you to the owners behind the renowned five-star hotel Le Sirenuse - Antonio and Carla Sersale. Here we asked them 12 rapid-fire questions about what keeps them inspired year after, fashion and guests they’d invite over for dinner!
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We first speak to Antonio Sersale. Le Sirenuse was converted from a family summer home into a hotel in 1951 by Antonio’s father, Franco Sersale, and his three siblings, Paolo, Aldo and Anna. Over the years Le Sirenuse has won the hearts of many thanks to its outstanding services, deco, ambience. What is the best bit about Le Sirenuse to you? The special care of the staff for every single guest. What inspires you to keep evolving? I have always been evolving with Le Sirenuse as I feel the growth of Le Sirenuse is my personal growth! It is as if we are linked together and we both need to move in parallels. What do you want your guests to take away when they leave the hotel and what makes a great experience for them? Joy! Happiness! Respite from the difficulties of life! Love and beauty! The hotel is a work of art in itself. What is your favourite place to view art? I am always moved by my father's photographs in our spa. He seems to cap-
ture the soul of the people he photographs! What’s one thing people might not know about Le Sirenuse? How beautiful and quiet it is in the winter on a sunny day when the hotel is closed. What is your motto and attitude for 2021? Don’t make plans and live each moment of the day to the full. You love hosting your friends and guests at the hotel. So what 3 people living or dead would you like to invite for dinner if you could? Barack Obama, Ingrid Bergman and Sophia Loren. A book that everyone should read? Anna Karenina.
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Carla Sersale is the founder Emporio Sirenuse, Positano. The Milan-born designer, launched the brand inspired by the Le Sirenuse lifestyle with her niece, Viola Parrocchetti. The collections are produced in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Italy. The resort brand pays homage to the artists and writers who've been drawn to the Amalfi Coast since the 19th century. The S/S collection takes a romantic spin on the spirit of Positano & Capri. Fashion continues to evoke and change with the cultural and socioeconomic upheavals wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown so there has been a measurable shift in how people dress. As our lifestyle continues to change, can you tell us how your new collection will respond to the current times? I believe that people cannot live only dressed in sweatpants and baggy Tshirts. That was a reaction to the first, very strict lockdown, last year. We all started living again, since, adapting to the new rules, and sadly, yes, no partying. We make romantic dresses, loose caftans, shorts and easy pants in printed and embroidered cotton, linen and silk. Our collections cater for everyday use and wearing one of our dresses will certainly help to cheer you up – which is what people now desperately need.
We have seen a notable increase in online sales, so fingers crossed it will continue this way. Which fashion icon do you most relate to? Amanda Gorman. I admire her as she is so young, but already knows who she is. She is much more than a fashion icon, and she clearly understands how to express herself with fashion as well as poetry, following her style and exquisite elegance. Favourite piece of clothing you own? Endless pairs of indigo or black stretch flared jeans. Must-have clothing item everyone should have? A white shirt you love. Interviewed by Maria Jordan
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Editor-in-Chief of Inside Italy, Maria Jordan interviews Mariano di Vaio, an international fashion icon, model, entrepreneur and Instagram influencer.
Mariano di Vaio is from a small town Assisi, located in the heart of Italy. After spending a year in London working as a model, he headed to the big apple to study acting. On his return, his modelling career blossomed and he soon become an international fashion icon securing magazine covers and collaborations with well global brands. In 2012, Mariano launched a blog with a laser focus on fashion and lifestyle. He became the most influential male fashion blogger in Italy In 2018 and Forbes named him Italy's leading
make influencer in retail and e-commerce. He also picked up an award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2018 as The Best Fashion Influencer. Today, Mariano is a global fashion icon, model, entrepreneur and Instagram influencer as he continues to build his empire in fashion, accessories and grooming for men. Here, Mariano talks about his love for Positano and Capri, where he likes to hang out when he’s in town and his top recommendations for the most idyllic trip to Italy!
What is your go-to style when you’re on holiday? Style is very important to me. It's the most immediate way to express yourself. Clothes don't make the man, I know, but at the same time style is a form of communication so it needs to be taken seriously. So, I pay attention to my style when I go on holiday. Three clothes every man should have in his luggage are a double-breasted, a linen shirt and a white t-shirt. Take us through your on-vacation hair routine using Hair Bello products. I always bring my Hair Bello products with me. I can’t live without them! But first, my secret is to avoid stressing the scalp with extreme heat from the hairdryer. My hair routine starts under the shower washing my hair with High Bubbles shampoo and conditioner: they are both hemp oil-based products. The shampoo has a nourishing effect while the conditioner repairs and softens my hair. Then, Hyper Clay wax and Thunder hairspray to fix everything, even a bad hair day! Can you name an Italian brand everyone should know about right now? I could not help but answer with Dolce and Gabbana as it’s the Italian brand for definition! We have a lot in common: values, aesthetic, DNA, and a smart and fresh approach to innovation. My brand
was born to share my looks with other guys who are like me. What does your day look like in Positano and Capri? For me, a perfect day in Capri is about enjoying every single moment with my family! We love waking up late, having a long breakfast and taking a morning boat trip around Faraglioni. What’s next? Strolling around the tiny streets of the centre, having Lunch at Villa San Michele in Anacapri and enjoying sweeping views from Monte Solaro. The day always ends at La Piazzetta. In Positano we love to spend our day at Laurito, the best beach to escape the crowds. Once we’re there, the easiest option for lunch is at Da Adolf - it’s a must in Positano. The coast is for relaxing – after having walked all those steps! My idea of a perfect night is having dinner on one of the romantic terraces on the sea. Favourite dining spots in Positano and Capri? In Positano, it has to be La Sponda at Sirenuse Hotel and it’s by far my favourite place. The secret is to arrive early enough for aperitivo at the champagne bar, the best spot to admire the sunset over the sea. I must tell you I always order chestnut ravioli with truffles!
When we’re in Capri I love to have dinner at Mammà because it is in the heart of Capri, a few steps from La Piazzetta. The chef is specialised in Neapolitan cuisine and we enjoy discovering new tastes. My favourite one? Octopus and escarole rolls. Favourite places to stay in Positano and Capri? In Positano, I love to stay at Le Sirenuse. It is a patrician house turned into a family-run hotel. The most incredible part is the beautiful majolicacovered third-floor terrace! In Capri, it’s the Capri Palace Hotel and SPA as it’s one of the most elegant places to stay. I am madly in love with the interior design inspired by Miró, Kandinsky and Mondrian, with the most glorious views of the Bay of Naples. Where do you take the kids when you’re in Positano? In Positano, it’s a very difficult place to go with the kids because all the spots are pretty hard to be reached! I love to take my children on boat rides around the coast to make them enjoy the amazing views. The most suitable beach for families in Positano is Spiaggia Grande.
In Capri, it’s La Fontelina, one of the most famous lidos in the world! We usually reach it by boat because the promenade is quite rocky. If you had to organise a surprise date night for your wife Eleonora in either Positano or Capri what would you do / where would you go? I wouldn’t have any doubt where to spend the night having dinner with Eleonora, it will have to be Terrazza Celè – one of the most romantic locations in Positano. What is your absolute must-do in either Capri or Positano? You can’t go home from Positano without having hiked Il Sentiero degli Dei, one of the most remarkable things you can do! In Capri, it will have to be swimming in the Blue Grotto, one of those sights that lives up to its reputation! What are you currently working on? Right now, I’m working as co-producer of a thriller-psychological movie in Hollywood. Interviewed by Maria Jordan
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CAPRI The sun-soaked region of Capri is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrento Peninsula. It is on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. Thanks to its jaw-dropping natural beauty, attractive rugged landscape, delicious cuisine and world-class shopping, it attracts a very elite crowd ever since Roman times. Capri is home to the lemon groves, rustic villas, rural farming and fishing communities. There's so much to see and do so whether you want to hide on a boat and only make an appearance for fresh seafood, enjoy swishy sundowners at sunset or feast on five-star dishes we have the ultimate guide for you. Buckle up!
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P U N TA T R A G ARA HOTEL Punta Tragara is nestled on top of rocky cliffs with bewitching views of the renowned Faraglioni rocks and the Mediterranean sea, making it an irresistible hotel to experience. By Maria Jordan
SETTING THE SCENE In the early 20s, the private villa at the time was designed by the legendary architect, Le Corbusier. During World War II, it became a headquarters for American Command and welcomed Churchill and Eisenhower during their visits to Capri. Fast forward to today, Punta Tragara is a celestial five star luxury hotel with 38 rooms and six swanky suites with jaw draping cliff top
views. The contemporary art collection, grand antiques and archaeological artefacts throughout the hotel all add to the high-end allure. Throughout the summer season, guests can experience a casually elegant atmosphere with an even greater level of individualised service during their stay. At the end of a day, an in-house spa offers rejuvenation in preparation for another day in beautiful Capri.
FEED YOUR SENSES During the day, the outside space is ideal for sunbathing with two swimming pools and sweeping ocean views. At night, it transforms into a romantic candlelit lounge and bar where you can sip on a refreshing aperitive. Some cocktails are fruity, some are seasonal, and some should appear in an art gallery! The craftsmanship, highly-decorative look of the drinks and meticulous pairing of uncommon ingredients was nothing short of genius! For those who love gin, you will have a slightly harder time selecting through an enormous list of over 100 types of gins. If that’s a little overwhelming, the magician mixologists will create a unique mix that will surely satisfy even the fussiest of tastes. After drinks, you can fully immerse yourself with a Michelin star ‘al fresco’ dining extravaganza at Le Monzù. Locally inspired Campania dining is a core element of the hotel’s hospitality experience, with a focus on produce harvested from surrounding farms, and seafood sourced from the local ports. THE ROOMS The rooms at Punta Tragara have been uniquely modelled with a touch of the local Capri sense and style. Organic architecture, eco-sensitive rooms and
spellbinding natural surroundings will make for a comfortable stay. The rooms and suites are beautifully scattered across three levels with carefully thought out in-room features and amenities to add to the five-star luxury. The imperial marble bathrooms, in a few of the suites, are the real highlight. Whether you’re casually taking a bubble bath with outside temperatures soaring into the 40’s or cooling down in your walk-in shower, it’s hard to escape the breath-taking views of the Faraglioni rocks gracefully peaking in. All rooms and suites come with balconies, terraces or patios, a fronting garden or sea. THE VERDICT The focal point of Punta Tragara is definitely the sprawling natural landscape, breathtaking views, luxurious service and home-away from home service. You will feel rejuvenated, relaxed and in pure bliss! The scenic views of Capri don't get much better than this which devours the staggering scenery of cliffs and the Mediterranean sea melting with a burst of flavours and freshness. Superior double rooms starts from €500 per night. Junior suites with sea view from €800. For more information visit www.hoteltragara.com
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LE MONZU Self-taught, Italian-starred chef, Luigi Lionetti perfectly blends experimentation with the tradition Italian classics to flawlessly execute an exquisite culinary experiences at Le Monzu. With clean flavours, contemporary classics and minimalist presentation you can expect the very best of the Campania tradition. Chef Lionetti’s cooking style honours the merging of modern, pioneering culinary techniques with traditional culinary values. The gastronomic blend of contemporary with Campania tradition, perfectly creates the original mouth watering flavours and philosophy that he’s respected for in Capri. The succulent testing menus infuse delicious and perfectly cooked creations from the cuttlefish sea urchin and green apple to the Cappelletti pasta stuffed with “Parmigiano vacche rosse”, black truffle, lobster medallions and it’s cold consomme. If this doesn’t set your taste buds on fire, we don’t know what will!
Each of the dishes is carefully paired with local wines to compliment each and every bite in perfect harmony. For something sweet, the nest is one of the most picturesque desserts we have seen. Once you have broken into the chocolate egg, you will be pleasantly surprised with mango, passion fruit and fresh cheese cream all gently melting with a burst of flavours and freshness. It’s no surprise, in 2019, the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star and continues to set the bar even high every season. There’s something addictive and thrilling about the idea of enjoying a gastronomically ‘al fresco’ dining experience and spotting mega yachts in the far distance of the Mediterranean sea. The restaurant is perfectly perched above the cliffs overlooking the bay of Marina Piccola.
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Aside from the relaxed ambience, world class service, iconic views and Michelin star menu, you will feel a sense of warm, friendliness and passion oozing through the restaurant! This is definitely one for the bucket list. - Maria Jordan
MICHELIN STARRED RESTAURANT
Nested just a few steps away from the heart of the town centre, you will pleasantly discover Mamma restaurant beautifully perched above the Madre Serafina. The restaurant makes for a dazzling setting for dinner with gently dimmed lighting and lively atmosphere. Your attention is quickly drawn to the spectacular views from the Bay of Naples, complemented with the deep blue tones of the ocean and sky. Also
competing for your attention is the creative and original cuisine which has a hint of local contemporary Mediterranean flavours, with the daily dishes inspired by Chef Salvatore La Ragione imagination. The chef pays tribute to Italy in his cuisine, focusing on traditional, seasonal ingredients picked daily from the market which he transforms into imaginative and home-made style dishes.
The dining space has that feeling of being fresh out of the box with delicately white furnishing and design. The Mediterranean menu heightens the holiday vibes, to kick things off to a great start order the White Fish Carpaccio, followed by the seafood Scialatielli Homemade Pasta and if your dress still fits, then go for the Lobster Catalana. To finish things off, opt for everyone’s favorite My Lemon Tartlet for a re-
freshing end to the meal. One obvious catalyst is that this is a Michelin starred restaurant, meaning that every dish and wine choice has been carefully selected to ensure the ultimate gastronomic experience, a key ingredient in the mix at Mamma restaurant. For more information visit www.ristorantemamma.com
LA MINERVA Here, guests feel truly immersed in the Italian family culture. By Voski Stepanyan
Expressing traditional Italian-style service differentiates this hotel from the rest, typically being unquestionably authentic. THE VIBE Along the cliff, in the midst of narrow streets of Capri Island, sits a boutique gem - La Minerva. In an impressive hideaway spot, this hotel is for someone who wants to lose a sense of time and truly relax. Surrounded by beauty and tranquillity, the facilities are comfortable yet luxurious, whilst offering a rejuvenating escape. THE ROOMS La Minerva features 19 guest rooms situated on 6 terraced levels, ranging from standard occupancy to deluxe rooms and junior suites. Hand-painted colourful majolica tiles compliment the Mediterranean-style white lobby and rooms of this hotel, making it charmingly unique. Contemporary decor combined with vintage pieces of island architecture portrayed throughout elevate this hotel. Depth and history painted on each wall through simple black and white prints of celebrities who visited the island in the sixties. The euphoria of the spacious traditional Italian bathrooms cannot quite be compared. Particularly comfortable
beds make your stay more relaxing, but if that’s not enough, you can enjoy a siesta on the sun lounge on your private balcony. Beautifully arched white windows and glass doors to the balcony call you for pure bliss. THE FACILITIES An elegant garden features a beautifully located swimming pool area shaded by lemon trees. Experience ultimate intimacy by the poolside, effortlessly feeling looked after thanks to the friendly staff who are always nearby ready to make refreshingly delicious drinks. You can enjoy classic cocktails with local ingredients, especially lemons and Capri’s seasonal fruits for that perfect summer day. For breakfast, you can enjoy fresh fruit platters, freshly baked bread and pastries. You have to try their famous home-made chocolate and almond cake ‘torta caprese’, whilst sitting on the rooftop terrace breathing in and admiring the deep blue ocean. There’s always an option to indulge in breakfast, add their special crepes, pancakes, or eggs at no extra cost. The lunch menu not only serves generous
portions of Italian salads and traditional pasta, but they feature the juiciest burgers too. THE LOCATION Remaining just a few minutes from the busy town, you can shop ’til you drop at Capri’s boutiques of ‘Via Camerelle’ or dine in the nearby restaurants. Despite the sensational views from the hotel, a short walk to the Botanical Gardens of Augustus will lead you to the most breathtaking views of the ‘Marina Piccola Bay’ famous for its Faraglioni three rocks where you need to bring your camera and photo taking skills. Beaches overlooking Faraglioni can be found through the beautiful Via Tragara Lane which is a walk with a vibe on its own. THE SERVICE Expressing traditional Italian-style service differentiates this hotel from the rest, typically being unquestionably authentic. La Minerva is a family-run hotel, where almost all staff members are related. The brothers who run the hotel make you feel part of the family, giving you a homely welcome, a detailed overview of the hotel, and choices to fit your needs to make your stay special. This is the kind of hotel where feeling relaxed is important, hence the comfortable service and atmosphere which delivers a ‘private villa’ type of experience feel overall. Superior rooms start from €520 per night, Laura Junior Suite starts from €1,050 per night. For more information visit https://www.laminervacapri.com/
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THE LEMON TREE RESTAURANT.
D A PA OLI NO CAPRI Tucked away on a hill, off a small street near Marina Grande, you will embark on an idyllic dining setting amongst a hidden oasis of lemon trees entwined with twinkling lights and an Italian flare of homemade dishes and superb wines!
Those already familiar with Paolino Capri will feel instantly at home here, where a few of the restaurant signature design elements have remained in place since 1978. The dining setting feels intimate, though not exclusive but rather welcoming and friendly.
Browse a seasonal menu inspired by the Italian culture and traditional dishes created by the Da Paolino family. It will be a crime to leave without biting into the grilled mozzarella between lemon leaves, the lemon chicken and Ravioli Capresi in lemon sauce. A meal at Paolino Capri isn’t complete without a visit to the dessert
room (yes, you read it right). Imagine walking into heaven of homemade desserts and sweet aromas. From Tiramisu to custard fruit tarts, homemade Gelato and whipped cream and strawberries. Finishing things off with a refreshing shot of Limoncello! Aside from the homemade dishes, extensive wine lists
With some guests ordering 15 kg of fresh wild strawberries to go across three layers of cake, only taking four chefs to assemble. To put it into simpler terms, nothing is impossible here! The restaurant is also a hot magnet for celebrities so don’t be surprised if you’re dining next to Sean Combs, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum,
A meal at Paolino Capri isn’t complete without a visit to the dessert room (yes, you read it right). and brimming fragrance of lemon trees, the restaurant also brings music to our ears with regular live performances gracefully surprising guests at their tables. Having hosted some of the most extravagant weddings on the Capri island, Da Paolino also serves as a romantic backdrop to welcome dinners and wedding celebrations. The venue offers a fully bespoke service from decorations, themed menus and giant wedding cakes!
Mariah Carey, Tom Cruise, Elton John and Demi Moore. Visit Da Paolino Capri for the opulent decor, homemade Caprese dishes, live performances and a mouth-watering dessert buffet, they are waiting for you! For more information visit paolinocapri.com
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HOME AWAY FROM HOME
LA C A PANNIN A Head through the historic square of Capri, walk through the cobbled narrow streets of Via Le Botteghe to discover a restaurant that will satisfy any Caprese culinary craving you have! Drum rolls please, introducing - La Capannina!
Since 1931, La Capannina has welcomed the world into its ‘home’ like restaurant. The family business was passed to Antonio (from his father Francesco). The De Angelis Family continues to run the restaurant, adjacent bar and close by wine shop.
An incredibly modest restaurant will for sure leave you surprised with it’s astonishing mix of flavours, enormous selection of wines and family like service. Within just a few hours, we felt an extension to the family. It’s not very often, you can fully immerse in the culture, food, service and feel at home.
The restaurant decor oozes with rustic Hollywood character, think pink tablecloths, hanging copper pots to add a dash of greenery and earthiness while the carved wooden chairs and hanging roses create a cozy and romantic atmosphere. Befitting its Capresean location, La Capannina is a distinctly traditional venue, playing host to a menu of hearty
the restaurant for a mouthwatering selection of beverages whilst the soft background music lets you fully submerge in the Italian spirit. On your way out, don’t forget to stop by Capannina Più, described as the wine shop of Capri to grab a bottle or may be two of the classical Limoncello of Capri. De Angelis Family opened the shop due to the high demand from
Befitting its Capresean location, La Capannina is a distinctly traditional venue, playing host to a menu of hearty Italian flavours, and a wine list which spans the length and breadth of Italy with more than 400 choices. Italian flavours, and a wine list which spans the length and breadth of Italy with more than 400 choices. Menus evolve with the seasons but are characterised by assured flavours and a commitment to sourcing the freshest produce on the island. Despite the seasonal changes, you will always find ravioli caprese, the island's famous pasta dish on the menu along with seafood scialatielli, stuffed calamari and linguine with red fish. If you’re looking for sublime cocktails after dinner, then head straight to the La Capannina Wine Bar in Vico San Tommaso 1. You can access the bar via
their clientele to bring a little of La Capannina back to their home. The shop offers a wide range of wines, spirits and ceramics accessories. If you’re looking for a culinary experience bursting with flavour and a sublime service that is down to Earth, then head over to La Capannina, you will not be left disappointed. For more information visit www.capanninacapri.it
Location La Fontelina, Capri Photo captured by @AnaNewYork
MINI GUIDE AMALFI COAST By Ana Linares
ITALY HAS ITS MOJO BACK! A world-renowned travel photographer and product designer, Ana Linares, takes us on a journey of her favourite places on the Gulf of Naples. Here, Ana who considers Italy as her second home gives us a glimpse into luxury accommodation, fine dining and off the beaten track finds.
WHERE TO STAY Casa Angelina To arrive at Casa Angelina involves a picturesque drive, with cliffs in view, from Napoli to Praiano. Akin to a breath of fresh air, the hotel beckons with its bright, white spaces and vantage point overlooking the Mediterranean. Step out onto a room’s balcony and there’s Positano in the distance. Framed with lemon trees and lined with suntan beds, their pool deck is a little slice of heaven. The hotel’s loca-
tion allows guests to discover the charming town of Praiano by foot, as well as do day trips to Amalfi and Ravello by scheduling a private boat that departs from the beach. Their breakfasts and dinners are simply delicious and made all the more delightful by the views that punctuate every moment here. Le Sirenuse From Praiano, it’s a 25-minute drive to Positano. Roll into town later in the day, and admire how the afternoon
light reflects on the colourful houses. Enjoy an aperitivo at Franco's bar terrace with views to the cathedral and the incredible views of Positano. After check-in, continue that mood at the rooftop pool with delicious burrata, a glass of wine with endless views. Walk into town for a day of wandering, it is just stepping away! Check with Le Sirenuse Concierge for the best tips around town and if you fancy, private boat service to CapriThrough the hotel, request a private boat service to Capri for a tour of the Blue Grottos— it’s magical and so worth it. Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria Next stop: Sorrento. There are two equally lovely ways to get here—by car or ferry. In the heart of the city, the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is a family-owned property dating back to 1834. The Victorian-era building and grand gardens feel like a movie set. The rooms that look out onto the sea and Mount Vesuvius beyond are especially breathtaking. There are more Bay of Naples views at breakfast, and the fresco-filled dining room itself is a thing of beauty. Nested within the garden, their outdoor pool is nothing to scoff at either—enjoy it daily before heading to the markets and shops down the street.
Mezzatorre Resort & Spa Say arrivederci to Sorrento and ferry to Ischia Island. It has that The Talented Mr. Ripley vibe because, true story, the movie was filmed on the island. Tourists flock to Capri, but this is where Italians go for a nearby getaway. Private and secluded with the deep blue Mediterranean out front, Mezzatorre Resort & Spa is like something out of a dream. Spend a day relaxing by the oceanside pool, opting to take a dip there or in the open ocean. Recharging here will give you a second wind to explore Ischia and the small town of Sant’Angelo. EAT & DRINK Fire Beach Club The Fire Beach Club at Casa Angelina is the place for sunset drinks—or day drinks and a swim. Located right on the water, this beautiful bar has a deck with suntan beds and astounding views. You can also catch a boat directly from the beach to Capri, Positano or Amalfi. Bar del Sole Steps from Casa Angelina, Bar del Sole makes a lovely snack and gelato stop while exploring Praiano. Ordering an Aperol Spritz is never a bad idea—especially here.
Location Atrani, Amalfi Coast Photo captured by @AnaNewYork
Location Le Sirenuse, Positano Photo captured by @AnaNewYork
La Fontelina To partake in the delights of La Fontelina in Capri, be sure to make a reservation. For those who do a day on the isle, the restaurant will arrange a private boat pick-up from the main marina to its scenic location beneath the Faraglioni rocks. Order the Clam Linguine and, of course, an Aperol Spritz. Rossellinis Rossellinis is located in Ravello’s beautiful Palazzo Avino, a stunning 12thcentury, pink-hued property perched on a hill surrounded by a lush garden and Amalfi Coastline views. Order yummy Italian smoothies in the morning and cocktails during sunset from its Terrazza Belvedere. La Sponda At Le Sirenuse, La Sponda is another one of those places where you’ll want to book for dinner months in advance. The meals are most memorable, and the sunsets are equally so. Be sure to bring your camera when you come— the property’s pool and Positano views are worth capturing. Bucca di Bacco By the beach overlooking Positano’s marina, Bucca di Bacco dishes out incredible stuffed zucchini flowers, burrata, salmon tartare and risotto. Pair
any or all of those with their amazing house Pinot Grigio. From the tiled terrace floors underfoot to the art pieces adorning the space, this family-owned restaurant delights in every way. Max Another Positano gem, Max is named for its owner, who has stories to tell and an incredible art collection to show off. The restaurant feels like an artful home—a stellar wine selection included. The squid stuffed mozzarella is delicious, and they offer a cooking class for those keen to learn more about their menu. Terraza Bosquet Within the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento, seaside restaurant Terraza Bosquet has an incredible view of Mount Vesuvius and the marina. Fresh seafood pasta and wine plus sunset is the perfect recipe for a wonderful night. Minervetta Drive or, better yet, walk to Minervetta, a hotel filled with furniture pieces by some of the best Italian designers. Their terrace has the most beautiful view of Sorrento, making it a perfect spot for a drink.
Bar Coco After visiting medieval Castello Aragonese in Ischia, swing by Bar Coco. Known for having the best espresso on the island, they’re conveniently located right by the Aragonese bridge as you enter the castle. EXPLORE Positano shops Positano brims with cute little shops to stumble upon. Don’t miss La Bottega Di Brunella. The circa-1965 store is still family-owned and sells the loveliest linen dresses and jumpers. Amalfi With it being so easy to travel the coast by ferry or a boat, make sure to spend a day in the town of Amalfi. Here, have lunch by the 9thcentury Catholic Cathedral—the architecture is amazing. Ravello A 20-minute ride in a local tour bus from Amalfi, Ravello is one of the most scenic locations outside Positano. You’ll also find yummy gelato. Head to Palazzo
Avino for those big views and Belmond Hotel Caruso for an aperitivo. Fiordo di Furore Rent a scooter and venture out to visit Fiordo di Furore. You can also arrange a private boat from Praiano with a stop there and a drop-off at the marina in Amalfi in the morning. Either way, it is a fantastic Amalfi add-on for those looking to explore more than just the main towns and beaches. Capri If you can squeeze in a stay in Capri, do it. Otherwise, just head over for the day. Ferry over from Positano in the morning and take a private tour in the afternoon—at Le Sirenuse, they’ll make the arrangements for you—to see gorgeous grottos. This three-hour excursion includes time to cool off with a swim in the open ocean. Grab some pizza back at the marina before boating back to Positano.
Location Fire Beach Club, Praiano Photo captured by @AnaNewYork
MICHELE MORRONE From his breakthrough role in 365 Days as a member of the Sicilian Mafia family - Don Massimo Torricelli on Netflix to his music career and international campaigns with some of the most renowned fashion brands, Michele has become one of Italy’s biggest stars. Interviewed by Maria Jordan Photos by Raffaele Cerracchio
Michele Morrone is an actor, musician and entrepreneur from Bitonto, Italy. He gained stardom after appearing on 365 Days, the most-watched Netflix movie in 2020 according to Forbes. Since the movie release, Michele has become the face of various worldwide brands. He has also launched a women's beachwear and lingerie clothing brand, AurumRoma. Morrone has become one of Italy’s biggest stars while remaining as down-to-earth as ever. We recently sat down with Michele to talk about his fondest childhood memories while growing up in Italy to the worldwide phenomenal his brand has now become. You have worked with some of the biggest fashion brands in the world. Since then, you have started your brand - AurumRoma which features beachwear and lingerie. You’re also known for being a fashion stylist. How would you dress a woman travelling to Italy for a summer’s holiday? What would be your go-to outfit for a woman? Personally, I think a woman is most beautiful when she dresses simply and doesn’t wear a lot of makeup and uses gadgets. Women are perfect as they are, they don’t need anything. I would say, a T-shirt, jeans and shoes. I would dress her in the simplest and natural way ever without makeup by the way. I like women as simple as they are. You talk a lot about your love for Italian food. What would you say is your favourite Italian dish?
The pasta that my mum makes is the best I have ever eaten in my life. My mum is a great chef and although I am Italian and I am supposed to like pizza, she does cook the best pasta dishes. What is your favourite pasta dish? She makes this amazing pasta with vegetables called Pasta Alla Norma which is like wow, unbelievable! She also makes another dish with rice and octopus which is so delicious. Can you describe one of your most memorable moments on the Amalfi Coast? I was there many years ago before 365 Days with my best friends. We were so young, without any problems and really free. We rented motorcycles and went all over the Amalfi Coast. We got to this point where there was this amazing place when the sun was coming down and it was a truly incredible moment.
Say you have a group of your friends coming to the Amalfi Coast for the first time. Where would you take them? I would take my friends everywhere because every place has its own unique story so I wouldn’t want them to miss any of it, to be honest. Positano especially is so magical and pure. What is your favourite childhood memory? My favourite childhood memory was when my father used to wake me up at 5 am for a walk to the beach. Every time I close my eyes, I remember this memory. I can still smell the salt from the beach and my dad would hold my hand and we'll just stand in the water and watch the sunrise and this is the most beautiful childhood memory. What do you find most special about Italy and its culture? The history - Italy is one of the most whole countries in the world. There’s so much culture, traditions and family values. The Italian culture is all about family, food, music, art and architecture. It's the home of the Roman empire and there's just so much history and that's the most beautiful thing about the Italian culture. What traditions do you have to pass onto your sons?
For me, the biggest thing that I would like to pass on to my children is the love of family, music and art. Italians are so close to their families and no matter what, they always come first. We have a strong bond and during today's life, sometimes we get so busy that we detach from family. For me, family values are extremely important and this is something I want my kids to stay connected to. I am teaching them about our history, couture and I hope this is what they will carry around with them when they grow up. What is the most adventurous thing you've done in Italy when you were a kid? I remember all of my friends were living very close to each other. We would go to the beach, playing football and just live in the moment. When I turned 11, I went to acting school and focused on my passion. I started doing more plays and acting in different things. For me, that was the pivotal moment of my childhood because I was doing something I love. Next up, is a round of 12 rapid-fire questions. Say the first thing that comes to mind. Song you can listen to on repeat? This is a tricky question, I have a lot of songs to repeat but right now at this
moment it’s my new single Beautiful, can’t stop listening to it. If your life were a song, what would the title be? My life is a movie. What are you listening for when you create and produce music? Something catchy, deep and authentic. What kind of sound can we expect to hear from your new album? A more mature version of my old album. I have outgrown my old experiences so you should expect something completely different. How old were you when you wrote your first song and what was it about? Remember the lyrics? 27 years old. I wrote it when I was going through an emotional phase. It’s called “Rain In The Heart”. Out of all of the best places in Italy what would you say is your favourite hidden gem? There is a beautiful beach in the south of Italy, where I grew up that nobody knows how to get to but I know because my father took me there. It’s beautiful and doesn’t have a name because it’s not a tourist destination. It’s in the wild. I’ll draw you a treasure map.
What’s inspiring you in life right now? My kids are my inspiration. What are two words to describe your style? Classic and unpredictable. Favourite pieces from your new Aurumroma collection? The kimono is my favourite piece, it’s flawless, simple yet elegant. A hidden talent of yours people will be surprised to know about? I am not bad a cook. You mentioned working on a unisex perfume, aside from that, what’s your favourite scent for a woman and a man? Yes, I am working on my perfume and it’s taking longer than I expected but if you want to work on a masterpiece it takes time. I love the strong sweet notes in perfume, oud, vanilla and bergamot. Also, strong scents have their own personality and are long-lasting. What's your go-to for having a good laugh? My friends and family because they know me too well.
A LOCAL POINT OF VIEW BY ROBERTO SALOMONE
Born and bred in Naples, Italy - Roberto Salomone is an international photojournalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Xl Semanal, Der Spiegel, Sette, l'Espresso, Donna Moderna among others. He has spent years photographing social issues around the world. Since the pandemic, he has spent the majority of his time on the narrow streets of the Amalfi Coast capturing its raw beauty and nature. We recently caught up with him to get his local insights, secrets and tips on the best off the beaten track places to visit!
As a local, can you break down the difference between Positano and Capri? / What can people expect from both? Positano and Capri are very different. The fact that Capri is an island makes it a world apart (like every other island). In Capri, nevertheless, you can still feel the Neapolitan pulsing heart. It has a very different rhythm compared to Positano. Capri is more like an 80's disco hit while Positano, especially in the offseason is more like a jazz tune. Both Capri and Positano return to their real Southern Italian "slowness" from September to May. This is something that I like. Positano turns back to be a fisherman's town and Capri takes a deep breath after the summer months. They are so different but linked. Mainly because of the colours. Capri is known as l'isola azzurra (the blue island) and Positano has the same tonality of blue in the sky. Sunsets are spectacular but Positano has that unique soft magenta light. Both have beautiful mountains to hike. Watching Positano from the path of the gods or the microscopic town on Nocelle is simply breathtaking. In Capri, the view from Monte Solaro gives you the possibility to see Procida, Ischia, Naples and the entire Amalfi and Sorrento Coast. The food is fantastic in both Positano and Capri but I strongly suggest avoiding what I call "tourist traps''. Look for authentic places. The best way to test a restaurant in Southern Italy is to order spaghetti al po-
modoro. One of the "simplest" but most difficult dishes of all. If the 'ò spaghett' al pomodoro is good it means that the restaurant is worth trying. Positano or Capri for a weekend getaway and why? I would pick Positano. I have a lot of friends in Positown as I have been the resident photographer for one of the most beautiful hotels on the Amalfi Coast: Le Sirenuse, owned by the special and unique Sersale family. I love to jump on my motorcycle and drive to Positano. The road is simply magnificent and driving becomes more like a dance. Once I get to the town I always go to the beach of Fornillo that is just a five minutes walk from the main beach of Positano. For lunch, sometimes, I just grab a sandwich with mozzarella, fresh Sorrento tomatoes, some oil and salt and I eat it on the pier. Positano is so good for your spirit. What is your favourite view spot in Positano and Capri? My favourite view is from a small town called Nocelle. You arrive in Nocelle after climbing more than 900 steps. But it is incredible once you get up. Positano emerges in all its beauty. And on clearer days you can also see the Faraglioni of Capri. In Capri, my favourite view is from Punta Tragara. Here it is where the sky and water complete each other.
Location Positano Town Photo captured by @robertosalomonephotojournalist
Location Amalfi Coast Interviewed by Maria Jordan Photo captured by @robertosalomonephotojournalist
Name a place that most lived up to the hype in either Positano or Capri? In Positano, I would for sure say Franco's Bar. Enjoying a perfect cocktail at the blue hour is simply priceless. In Capri, if you really want to taste the Capri Dolce Vita by night you have to go to Anema e Core. This place is one of a kind. It makes you forget about any problem. Guido Lembo, the owner and great singer will make you dance till the break of dawn. Forgetting the tourist trails, what would you say it's an absolute must for people to see and do whilst they are in Positano and Capri? In Positano, I recommend visiting the Roman Villa. The beauty of the frescos is unbelievable. The colours are so vivid. This is because the site is actually below sea level and the temperature preserved the natural tone of every single colour. In Capri, I would rent a boat and dedicate a day to going around the island. I recommend renting a wooden and not fast boat. You have to enjoy the slowness and the voice of the sea. You will discover some amazing places. What would you say is Postinato's best-kept secret? Positano's best-kept secrets are the people. We are so used to seeing the famous "pyramid" of Positano. Beauty can be overwhelming. But
the people of Positano are treasures. Listening to them is special. So many stories, so many things to learn. You just have to sit down with them with a coffee and they will unveil every single secret of Positano. What is the local dish everyone should try? Well, I will be totally honest by saying that for me it is impossible to pick one dish. The fact is that the produce is so good and so fresh that even having a slice of freshly baked bread with some olive oil on it’s own, is a mind-blowing experience. Fish is so fresh that you will taste the real flavour of the sea. It is actually impossible to pick. After lockdown, where can we find you on a Friday night? Favourite local spots? On a Friday night, you might find me with my camera on the path of the gods taking pictures and afterwards at Franco's Bar drinking a Gin & Tonic. What do you love most about Italy? I love Italy's complexity. I love that we are one of a kind country. I have travelled a lot but there is something special about my country. Italy is like the one and only great love of your life. You can go thousands of miles away but there will always be something that brings you back there. Italy is like this, it makes you feel permanently in love.
GOOD SHOES TAKE YOU TO GO PLACES You can’t possibly leave Capri without visiting one of the most iconic boutique stores on the island Canfora, opened its doors in 1946 by a talented shoemaker called Amedeo. He is known for his shoe craftsmanship and his ability to produce colourful and bespoke sandals. The custom-fit sandals are made in soft leather and embellished with jewels. Over the decades, people from all over the world would travel to Capri to get their bespoke pair handmade by the same family that opened the store in the ’90s. Canfora made headlines and shot to international prominence back in 1962, when Jackie Kennedy, visiting the island as First Lady, made a midnight visit to Canfora. Fast forward to the present, the sandals have been adored by Naomi Campbell, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Caroline of Monaco and many others. The sandals can be ordered from their official website or in-store.
At the store, you will be greeted by either of Amedeo’s daughters, Angela or Rita. The whole experience will take around 20 minutes for your bespoke pair to be designed. First, your feet will be measured and then comes the hard part - selecting the style you want. The good news is, you can mix-and-match colours and any combination with three choices of heels. If you're ordering via the website, you will be promoted to state your size and preferred heel. Prices start at €230 and go up to €850 for the most expensive pair outfitted with Italian custom jewellery. For more information visit the website where you will find sandals for men and women www.canfora.com
I PROFUMI DI CAPRI
C A RTHUS IA Fragrances enchanting with fresh bouquets are still being produced by hand, Carthusia’s home on the Italian island of Capri is rich in natural offerings for their distinctive scents.
Italy oozes with celebrity perfumes, fragrances created by your beloved fashion designers, high street brands, influencers and beauty queens. In the sea of infinite scent choices, we are often flooded by too many fragrances and our own desire to find the next best thing. But what if we told you - you can take the driver's seat for once and create your very own scent? Carthusia Capri offers its customers the unparalleled opportunity to design their own scent with the help of their in-house experts. If that’s too daunting, just sit back and let us take you on a virtual perfume tasting with some of our favourite scents from the Carthusia collection.
Carthusia has a little picturesque perfume house located in Via Federico. The flower-filled home on the island of Capri offers a selective range of the purest natural ingredients and scents. Formed by some of Italy’s most scentrich locales, Carthusia celebrates its country’s aromatic culture in a bottle. Dating back to 1948, the Carthusian Monastery discovered the perfume formula created by a 14th century local monk who had gathered a bouquet of flowers for Queen Giovanna d’Angio, unknowingly creating the first Capri fragrance. Carthusia proudly creates its products by hand craftsmanship every day and continues to wow its consumers with exquisite perfumes in limited quantities.
Best of Carthusia
VIA CAMERELLE PERFUME
This fragrance combines scented woods, aromatic herbs, flowers and fruits, giving it a sensuality of rare intensity.
A memory, an emotion, a walk in the harmony of a ray of sunshine, through blue skies and freshly picked flowers.
FORGET ME NOT The fresh perfume of citrus groves of the Blue Island and the roughness of the wild fig tree are blended with vanilla in this fragrance that make it unforgettable.
GELSOMINI DI CAPRI This perfume evokes the magical feeling of a sun-drenched island sanctuary blooming with jasmine and fragrant bouquets that softly waver in the fresh breeze.