PROCIDA island

A picturesque outing near Naples Gulf

In the Gulf of Naples, together with the other parthenes of Ischia and Capri, the island of Procida, with a remarkable human density, despite the surface being just 4 square kilometers. The island is of volcanic origin and still retains its ancient partly eroded craters, as evidenced by the creeks of Chiaiolella, Carbonchio and the Old Well. The materials are yellow and gray tufa and lava of basaltic nature, the result of various types of eruptive manifestations that took place between 55,000 and 17,000 years ago, although these types of geological activity were up to the medieval times. The various elements of nature have worked these volcanic materials throughout Procida, which reaches the highest elevation of 91 meters above sea level with the Terra Murata promontory, creating high cliffs but also bays and beaches. Impressive landscapes and mild climate all year round. Among the islands of the Gulf of Naples, Procida was among the first to be inhabited by men. In the period between the 17th and 16th centuries BC Here comes the Greeks of Mycenae to work the metals. Between the VIII and VII centuries BC The place is inhabited by the Cumani, then by the Romans. Procida becomes part of the territory of Naples in the 6th century AD. And is affected by so many miserable visits by various peoples, such as the Visigoths of Alaric and the Genserico Vandals that also affect the coast. In the nineteenth century the first Benedictine monks arrived that 100 years later built the Abbey of St. Michael the Archangel, an important center for the whole island. Thus, it is Norman's time in the 12th century, followed by the Cossa family who bought in 1340 the small Vivara, the islet near Procida, possession in the following century of the Aragonese. After that, in 1529, the Avalos built the city walls and the castle that, with the Bourbons, arrived here in the thirteenth century, becomes in various royal palace and prison times. Although tourism in every season is a full-fledged industry, in Procida, the economy is also based on fisheries and agriculture, as some excellent products such as lemon and vine are produced for the production of Red wine Aglianico and white Falanghina as well as various fruits and vegetables.

PROCIDA island

Civita di BAGNOREGIO

The city that dies ... ancient medieval village at 1 hour from Rome

Bagnoregio is a commune of ancient origins, part of the province of Viterbo, in Lazio. The Commune is situated in the Volsini Mountains, east of Lake Bolsena, between the Lubriano and Rio Torbido dunes, on the border between Lazio and Umbria.   In this area, there are many testimonies that date back to Etruscan times. Bagnoregio was conquered by the Romans in 265 a. C., but to the collapse of the Empire, the settlement was dominated by Visigoths, Goths, Byzantines, Lombards, and Franks, who gave it to the Pope's temporal power. Later he was consecrated to the Monaldeschi Counts of Cervara, who turned out to be unsuitable for the task and forced the city to revolt, which resulted in the establishment of the Free Commune around 1160. Bagnoregio knows Franciscan preaching In the 13th century, and gives the Order its second founder: San Bonaventura. In 1922 a Royal decree changed its name from the dialect Bagnorea to Bagnoregio. The ancient Borgo di Civita is a true jewel of the historic and architectural heritage of the area. It is accessed only by a long bridge overhanging the erosion that leads to medieval Porta Santa Maria.

Civita di BAGNOREGIO

SORRENTO

Three hours from Rome in Cab for a wonderful full day in the Amalfi Coast

Sorrento is an Italian municipality in the metropolitan city of Naples, Campania. It is about fifty kilometers from Naples city and is located to the northwest of the peninsula named after it. The center is spread over a large tuff terrace characterized by lush vegetation and imposing cliffs. The city had the first Etruscan inhabitants, but it is in Roman times that it enters the annales for having joined the insurrection of the Italics in the 90th BC, but cut off from Silla on the birth. The destiny of Sorrento is then confused with that of the other nearby cities: it overcomes the Byzantine rule, fought the Lombards and suffered the fights between the local aristocrats. When in 1137 it passed under the Norman crown, the Duchy of Sorrento lost forever its autonomy. After centuries of anonymity, the town entered a period of cultural and economic revival that reached its peak in the nineteenth century when it was annexed to the so-called Grand Tours circuit: a trip to the most significant places in Italy that every noble European scumbag Of the time he had to complete to complete his work of cultural, historical and literary training. Sorrento was therefore the destination of illustrious guests such as Byron, Keats, Scott, Dickens, Goethe, Wagner, Ibsen and Nietzsche to name only the most well known. The driving industry is certainly tourism, as hotels and other types of accommodation facilities, as well as restaurants and bars, have a lot of tradition and significant numbers. Of a certain interest is the service activity with the presence of many banking, insurance and tourist agencies.

SORRENTO