Monthly Archives: January 2015

When Life Gives You Lemons

Since ancient times the mountains just inland from the Amalfi Coast had given the locals a much-needed refuge from invaders.   But very little land. So over the centuries they built terraces up the mountainsides and on them planted the only … Continue reading

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Buffalos and Torn Cheese

Starting to get the itch to visit gardens again.  The closest garden in the area is the Reggia di Caserta on the outskirts of Naples.  It’s a biggie – sometimes described as Italy’s Versailles.  But before leaving the Amalfi Coast, which … Continue reading

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A Piece of the Continent, Part II and the Problem with Capri

Today I’m off to Anacapri, ‘the village above Capri’.  I want to see what Villa San Michele looks like in the fall.  When I’d gone back to Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo in Ravello a few days earlier, the gardens … Continue reading

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A Piece of the Continent – Part I

I had always assumed that Capri was volcanic.  Vesuvius isn’t far off, and Ischia, which is even closer, is part of the Phlegraean archipelago of islands strung out on the western edge of the Bay of Naples.  All volcanic. So I was surprised to … Continue reading

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