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The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman city near modern Naples and a 45-minute drive from Sorrento. Pompeii was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The eruption destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash. Read more about Pompeii here or explore Pompeii with these 20 beautiful pictures.

Limoncello is a sweet lemon liqueur. It was first made at the end of the nineteenth century as an alcoholic beverage by blending lemons, sugar and alcohol. The key to good Limoncello are the natural ingredients that are used such as the famous Sorrento Lemons (IGP). These lemons are a typical citrus variety grown only in the areas around Sorrento. Because of the Mediterranean climate of the Sorrento-Amalfi Coast, the Sorrento Lemons grow a thick and fragrant peel, rich in essential oils which give

Sorrento is a coastal town facing the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and it is also known as the gateway to the Amalfi coast. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping water views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. The historic center is a warren of narrow alleys that's home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister. Sorrento makes a good base for exploring the region’s highlights: Pompeii, good food

Only a couple of centuries ago Naples was the second largest city in Europe. Today Naples is the third-largest city in Italy and certainly one of the most charming cities of Italy. The Naples’ Centro Storico (historic center) is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its archaeological treasures are among the world’s most impressive with beautiful palaces, castles and churches. The Naples region and its surroundings are one of Italy’s epicurean heavyweights serving great pizza, pasta and seafood. So where to go if you

Sometimes you come to places where the only word leaving your mouth is: WOW! The Verdura Resort by Rocco Forte Hotels is one of those places. It is among Europe’s premier contemporary luxury golf and lifestyle resorts. Verdura features 203 rooms and suites, all with sea view, and is a paradise for golfers. It features one of the most memorable finishes anywhere in the world with the final four holes set alongside the Mediterranean. The Verdura resort is set in 230 hectares of stunning landscape

Sicily is the biggest island in the Mediterranean and is known for being one of the most diverse regions in Italy. In Sicily you can go skiing on the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe highest active volcano but also enjoy beautiful sandy beaches under a melting 35 °C during summer. Sicily has been a historical crossroad for many societies and this is still reflected in its diverse architecture, cuisine, ancient ruins and wine culture today. I had 48 hours to visit Sicily and these

Good food and good wine combined with sunshine and mountains? It almost sounds too good to be true. Food & wine lovers, I just scheduled something in your agenda! Every two years, Bolzano organizes its famous South Tyrol Gourmet Festival or Genuss Festival of Südtirol. Write it down on your bucket list, because you don't want to miss this party! During this festival, the medieval city center turns into a world of pleasures: colorful market stands, people dressed in authentic costumes (they even elect an

Cozy settled between impressive dolomites, Bolzano is a wonderful city and enchants every visitor with its medieval city center. We had the opportunity to visit this capital of South Tyrol with a couple of other adventurous and curious bloggers. Travelers: if you decide to explore South Tyrol or even the North of Italy, please promise me you’ll visit Bolzano. Even though the city is in the North of Italy, the micro climate guarantees 300 days of sunshine a year! Or as much as most

PART 3 METODO CLASSICO SPARKLING WINES OF LUGANA DOC After having tasted some lovely wines in parts one and two of this blog, what really impressed me during our trip was the quality of classic method sparkling wines, especially from the below detailed wineries. The style is different from the ‘Champagne style’, as even the longest ageing on lees (60 months for Ca’Maiol) shows hardly any toastiness or yeastiness, but rather amazingly fresh floral and fruity notes, reminiscent of yellow apple, pear and blossom combined with

PART 2 In part 1 we got a short overview of the Lugana region and now we take a look into the suprisingly good ageing potential of some of its best wines. AGEING POTENTIAL Although 90% of the regions’ production is the ’basic Lugana’ style – as Italian consumers tend to drink the wine within one year – the average ageing potential of the best Lugana wines ranges between 10-15 years, based on my tasting experiences. They show their best at this age, although I

PART 1 Even though more than 70% of Lugana DOC wines are exported - mainly to Germany, USA, Belgium, Northern Europe, China, Japan and UK - many people may have never heard of this fine Italian wine region because it is a small appellation in the southern part of Lake Garda in Northern Italy. A gem of a location, divided between the provinces of Veneto and Lombardy. During a 4-day trip organized and fully paid by Consorzio Tutela Lugana and Fermenti Digitali, our group of #winelovers