Saturday, June 16, 2018

Experience Naples its Hidden Architectural and Historical Treasures

Discover the lesser known and the many unknown architectural and historical treasures of this nearly three thousand year old city. Experience breathtaking views while kayaking around Naples Bay. Refresh yourself in a hilltop urban vineyard. Inspired by “Napoli insolita e segreta” by Valerio Ceva Grimaldi, texts by Maria Franchini and photos by Fernando Pisacane.

Architectural Treasures the Naples Chamber of Commerce and Stock Exchange dates from 1899. The neo-renaissance style building features maritime and other commerce motifs.
The Lands Register Hall in the State Archives building dates back to 1845. It was built in the 16th century over the remains of the 10th century Benedectine monastery. Documents include volumes dealing with a one of the first effort at managing fiscal reform in Europe.
A Hotel du Charme in the city’s most elegant quarter is now the home of what once was a house of ill repute which became illegal in Italy in 1958. The tariff schedule for services is still on display along with other aspects of the building’s interiors that were restored with the color schemes of the previous occupant and the names of the ladies that worked here on the rooms’ doors.

A Pagoda by the Sea can be visited on the premises of neo Palladian Villa Doria in the Posillipo quarter of Naples. This is where Wagner completed his Parsifal. The wood and masonry pagoda was utilized as a tea room for the noble owners and their guests. Located in the English garden of the villa, it still features the three bronze bells which ring with the wind.

Underground Wonder in 1853 the Bourbon king Ferdinand II commissioned an underground viaduct that was dug entirely with manual labor, hammers and wedges. The tuff network connected the royal palace with the port area and the city center. During World War II, the 431 meter tunnel was utilized as a bomb shelter for nearly 10 thousand people.

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Libraries Museums and Archives the Bank of Naples has largest archive in the world, 336 rooms in two palazzi, that hold valuable historic and bank records dating back to the 16th century.

The University of Naples was founded in 1224 by King Frederic II and is the oldest secular and public institution in the world. It features two cloisters, one by Vanvitelli, and the Royal Museum of Mineralogy, founded in 1801, with over 25 thousand finds hosted in the Jesuit Library chambers.
The Pharmacy of the Incurables dates back to the 16th century. Its two halls are richly decorated and feature all the health and wellness cures and remedies in vogue in that period. Particularly noteworthy is the ceiling that presents a scene of the Trojan War with the warrior and medical expert of the day Macaone tending to Achilles’ wounds.

A Musical Archive in 1888, Count Lucchesi Palli donated an archive to the Italian State comprising 30 thousand volumes, including operas, dramas, comedies and newspapers. The collections has since expanded to include letters and other documents by Giuseppe Verdi, Salvatore di Giacomo, Raffaele Viviani and a collection of no less than 25 thousand Neapolitan songs.

Kayaking in Naples Bay a leisurely row along a coastline dotted with neoclassical villas, roman archeological ruins and small landings immersed in the Mediterranean maquis with the Vesuvius as backdrop for this fairytale setting. And nearby,
The Borgo of Marechiaro home of the famous finestrella, features a small port, the
Gaiola protected area and two small islands connected by a small bridge.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Artisanal Gelato in Naples

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The Gelateria della Scimmia is a Neapolitan Tradition dating from the 1930s. Named for the proprietor’s monkey who was rather fond of ice cream, the establishment has been at the same location in Piazza Carita’ from the very beginning.

A Gelato Artigianale whose processes and standards have remained unchanged over nearly ninety years except for the introduction of new machines over time. The result is a perfect equilibrium among milk, eggs, sugar and cream; the paste is also made in house.

We have developed anchor locations from which you can best base your travel movements, mindful that you are likely to visit three to four places in a compressed period of time, typically 7 to 10 days, and experience multiple interests that range from cultural to culinary, wellness and the environment. 

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Coffee Flavored Gelato and Semifreddo are made with the highest quality coffee; fruit ice cream is prepared only with in season fruits.

Traditional Recipes are the norm; however, as a concession to dietary preferences and evolving tastes, the sugar content has been reduced by nearly 20 percent; sugar free gelato has also been developed for celiac and diabetic customers.

 The Family Business continues In the 21st century with grandsons Marco and Luca in Piazza Carita’ e Piazzetta del Nilo across the street from the Sant’Angelo in Nilo Chapel. 

Photos and Original Italian Text courtesy of Ciro La Rosa

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Riding the Empire Builder Train from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest

La Crosse Red Wing St Paul Portland and Seattle
The Empire Builder travels daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail with views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota plains, the Big Sky country in Montana and Glacier National Park. Seattle is reached via Spokane; alternatively, the train follows the Columbia River Gorge toward Portland.

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The Train Service runs in both directions and travel time is 45 hours at an average speed of 50 mph - 80 km/h. Inaugurated in 1929, the Empire Builder was named in honor of James J Hill and is the most popular long-distance train in the Amtrak system with 65% of operating costs covered by fare revenue. Ridership is nearly 500 thousand passengers/year.
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La Crosse is located at the intersection of the Black, La Crosse and Mississippi rivers in Western Wisconsin in a broad plain between the river bank and the tall bluffs typical of the Driftless area. It was named from the game with sticks - lacrosse in French - played by local Native Americans. It was further settled during the middle of the 19th century with completion of the La Crosse & Milwaukee Railroad.
The River Towns of southeast Minnesota are located 60 miles from the Twin Cities. Winona is an arts and cultural center with three major galleries that hold works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet that depict lakes, oceans and rivers. The Garvin Heights overlook features panoramic views of the town and Mississippi River Valley. Follow the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway to New Ulm and experience Old World German heritage through unique architecture, restaurants and shops selling German imports, from chocolates to cuckoo clocks. A traditional Glockenspiel features figures from the town’s history.
Red Wing is in the Mississippi River Valley flanked by rolling bluffs. The town is a leading manufacturer of leather, pottery and Red Wing Shoes and is named for the Native American Chief who first met a US Army Officer in 1805. Tucked between bluffs and the river, Red Wing has many historic Victorian properties and farmhouses, including the St James hotel that dates to the 1880s. It overlooks the Mississippi River near the 1904 Amtrak Depot, home to an art gallery and a visitor center.

Minnesota means clear blue water from the Dakota language. Nearly 60 percent of the population lives in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the center of transportation, business, industry, education, government and an internationally renowned arts community. The remainder of the Land of 10,000 Lakes consists of western prairies, forests in the southeast and mining, forestry, and recreation.

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Portland is located between the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean at the northern end of the Willamette Valley and river which flows through the city and links with the Columbia River. The citizens and their local government are notable for: land-use planning, local transport, environment conscious policies, high walkability, a large number bicyclists and ten thousand acres of public parks Read More

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Seattle’s first major industry was logging; by the late 19th century the city also became a commercial and shipbuilding center as a gateway to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. In the 1940s, Boeing established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing and, beginning in the 1980s, the area developed as a technology center with companies like Microsoft and Amazon.