Positano The Amalfi Coast

Capri Napoli Sorrento

Month: July 2018 (Page 1 of 2)

My Favorite Restaurant in Naples has Perfect Vongole

A Perfect Plate of SPAGHETTI VONGOLE

At my Favvorite Restaurant / Pizzeria in NAPOLI

Da MARINO is Absolutely Awesome !!!!

 

 

Remembering Bar DeMartino Positano

 

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The TERRACE of BAR DeMARTINO
Where I Once Sat
Drinking CAMPARI OJ ESPRESSO

 

Once Upon A Time in Positano on the Amalfi Coast not so long ago there was the Bar Di Martino on the curve of Punta Reginella with one of the most scenic panoramas this village of breathtaking panoramas has to offer. Breakfast-lunch-cocktails and late night gathernigs brought together visitors from around the world and local residents in a perennially festive mood to see and be seen. To discuss and argue and create new friendships and appointments for the day and the weeks ahead.



 

 

The Via Pasitea

Bar De MARTINO

 We knew this a little while ago with a message we did not even believe. E ‘died Ciro De Martino, the owner of the homonymous bar in Via Pasitea (where is now the Cafè Positano) that was considered the “good retreat” of artists, writers, intellectuals. The “world” of culture and the real “aficionados” of the pearl of the Amalfi coast “recognized” in this place where time flowed with the slow rhythms typical of that atmosphere of timeless Mediterranean places. Here you happened to meet the great showman, like the poet Gregory Corso (pictured) or artists like Ibrahim Kodra and beyond. You could stretch out from the nightlife of the big beach, then very busy for the by night, climb to “La Scalinatella” and drinking a gin and tonic the time passed chatting until dawn, between adventures and winking, reflections or discussions, a guitar playing and two laughs, when Ciro churned out the hot croissants and, without ever complaining about a presence beyond the maximum term of common tolerance, you could taste them at sunrise. . I remember when he told me about the Beatles, who still owed him something for drinking a latch, or the many artists and painters Hundertwasser, Corsa, Lieto, Rudi and Vali …… Peter Thomson .. He, like the many operators of the past, with a big heart and hands incalled by the hard and honest work of a life, he always welcomed everyone with kindness and humanity. From his bar passed and met the world .. so many stories, unfortunately, we can not hear them anymore … Now Ciro, who ended his days in his little house in Praiano down the stairs of Gavitella, in the “heart” of the coast of Amalfi, it’s not anymore.
 
 

 

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TERRACE of BAR DeMARTINO

Sadly is No More
It’s Now BAR POSITANO
A Much Differrent Place

 

 

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Cappuccino and Sfogliatelle for Breakfast at Bar Fauno

My CAPPUCCINO and SFOGLIATELLE for Breakfast

BAR FAUNO

SORRENTO

Positano Bites Deep New Book

Via C. Columbo

POSITANO

 

POSITANO BITES DEEP

 

   I first heard of Positano from Alberto Moravia. It was very hot in Rome. He said, “Why don’t you go down to Positano on the Amalfi Coast? It is one of the fine places of Italy”. Later John McKnight of United States Information Service told me the same thing. He had spent a year there working on a book. Half a dozen people echoed this as well. Positano kind of moved in on us and we found ourselves driving down to Naples on our way.” So wrote John Steinbeck for Harper’s Bazaar, May 1953.

   Italy has long been a dream destination for so many. The art, history, endless sights, and incredible food and drink make Italy the favored destination of millions of travelers each and every year.

   If you are headed on a vacation to one of Italy’s most favored seaside owns in Positano, it’s likely you’ll be driving in some form or the other, whether you are driving yourself, maybe down from Rome, or you’ve hired a driver to take you there, or you may be one of many arriving on one of the Blue Cita Local Buses driven by the world’s best nus drivers. If so, you will be starting in Sorrento. Whether in a car or one of those blue buses, once you cross over the Sorrentino peninsula from the Gulf of Naples to the Gulf of Salerno, the jaw-dropping beauty of the Amalfi Drive begins to unfold. The 15- kilometer stretch from Sorrento to Positano includes a dramatic succession of curves, sheer cliffs, rocky twists and the most beautiful panoramic vistas you are likely to see in your entire lifetime. This section of the road, known as via Nastro Azzurro, the “Blue Ribbon” culminates with Positano.

    The coastal drive between Positano and Amalfi delivers 10 miles of picture-perfect vistas that combine brilliant sea views with the dramatic jaggedness of the coastline. The colors of Azure Blue, bright yellows, pinks, greens, and every spectrum of the Rainbow are stunningly brilliant.

   When you arrive in Positano you will be greeted by colorfully white and pastel painted buildings that are filled with vibrant Purple Bougainvillea plants pouring generously over their walls. The town is a former fishing village has been turned into a sort of La Dolce Vita playground. Though the entire coast is absolutely gorgeous, Positano is arguably the most alluring gem of all.

   The romance and beauty of the seaside town of this hamlet on the Amalfi Coast makes for a jewel of vacation and one you shall always cherish. It’s most assured you shall never forget. When traveling to Positano you immediately notice its abundance of natural beauty and drama of rugged cliffs that shoot straight up out the blue sea below. This sights are sure to grab you with each and every turn on this most famous road. You arrive and immediately notice the intoxicating aroma of Jasmine that fills the air of this charming seaside town. It’s quite heady, especially for the eyes.

    “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone,” author John Steinbeck stated in an article of Positano in the May 1953 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

    Steinbeck describes the terror of winding through the Amalfi Coast on a road that “corkscrewed on the edge of nothing”, clutched in his wife’s arms and “weeping hysterically”. The road to Positano is barely wider than a car and the journey has become no less perilous. With the ocean licking at you on one side and the mountains cradling you on the other, you spiral down past hordes of scooters that buzz like angry mosquitoes.

   Although Positano has lost its status as a secret known to a select few (myself since 1985), it still remains a gem of a place, large crowds or not, Positano is still impresses.

 

Excerpt from,

POSITANO CAPRI THE AMALFI COAST

 

Daniel Bellino Zwicke

 

 

 

A New Book on Positano by Best Selling Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke is in the works. Daniel has given us a little sneak preview. The book, Daniel has told us is about a long love of his, the town of Positano that Daniel says he first went to in the Summer of 1985, long before the mass throngs who go there these days, had ever even heard of the place, Daniel was there soaking in the Sun, swimming its waters, and sipping Campari at the once highly popular Bar DeMartino (sadly closed).

Daniel has had a Love Affair with Positano, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast ever since that first time way back in 85. The book will be quite unique, as it will be comprise stories of Daniel’s adventures on Capri and the Coast, and will be part guide book and cookbook of the areas cuisine as well. The book won’t be in a guide book format, but the information one will get, will be in the stories told by Daniel. It all promises to be a wonderful new way to learn of Positano and the surrounding area in a way  that has yet to be done.

  Positano and the Amalfi Coast, along with Capri, Ischia, and a Napoli has become one of the World’s most prized vacation destinations for millions who are sure to eat up Daniel’s forthcoming new book in more ways than one. As for us, we can’t wait.

 

 

POSITANO

The AMALFI COAST

 

 

BEST SELLING ITALIAN COOKBOOKS

by Daniel Belino Zwicke , Available on Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY SAUCE

“When Italian-Americans Cook”

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Get There

POSITANO & THE AMALFI COAST

 

10 Kilometers to POSITANO

9 to AMALFI

NAPOLI 67

Famous Road Sign

On The AMALFI COAST

ITALY

Click for GUIDE How to Get to POSITANP

The AMALFI COAST

 

Me in Positano

Positano

Via C. Columbus

May 2015

 

Lunch with Cousin Tony

Buco di Bacco

POSITANO

2015

Lunch at Da VINCENZO

POSITANO

May 2015

With my Friend Nicoletta

On The Terrazzo at Casa Albertina

POSITANO

1986

 

With Vincenzo Manzo

Vila Maria

Minori

2018

 

At Da LUIGI BEACH CLUB

At The FARAGLIONI ROCKS

CAPRI

2015

 

With Alan S. and Cousin Tony Bellino

I’m in the Middle

After Lunch at La SPAGNOLA RIStORANTE

SALERNO, ITALY

Tony just picked up Alan at the Train Station, then came and got me at the Ferry Stazione

I had just come on the boat from Minori, after spending two lovely days                          at Villa Maria, Minori

 

 

 

Positano

2015

 

 

My Ferry Boat Ticket

Amalfi to Positano

May 2015

 

MANGIA ITALIANO

MEMORIES of POSITANO

NAPOLI

The AMALFI COAST

CAPRI

ITALY

 

Worlds Healthiest Soup Amalfi Coast Recipe

WORLD’S HEALTHIEST VEGETABLE SOUP

AMALFI COAST RECIPE

GET The BENEFITS

CLICK for RECIPE

Capri Positano Beach Guide

Spiaggi Grande

Positano’s Main Beach

Click For Complete BEACH GUIDE of CAPRI and POSITANO

 

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Marina Picolo Capri

Looking to The FARAGLIONI ROCKS

Click for Complete Guide

 

 

 

Where to Swim Beaches of Positano and Capri

Spiaggi Grande Positano

The Main Beach

WHERE to SWIM

The BEACHES of POSITANO and CAPRI 

The AMALFI COAST

Rock Stars andMovie Stars in Positano and The Amalfi Coast Italy

 

Mick Jagger

POSITANO 1966

Mick Wrote “MIDNIGHT RAMBLER”

with KEITH RICHARDS

In The Summer of 1966

 

Humphrey Bogart and Gina Lollobrigida

BEAT THE DEVIL

RAVELLO

 

The JAGGER’S MICK BIANCA and JADE

with ANDY WARHOL and FRIENDS

POSITANO about 1973

 

Sophia Loren

SORRENTO

ITALY

“Scandal in Sorrento”

with VITORIO DiSICA

 

GWYNETH PALTROW

with JUDE LAW

PROCIDA

The Late Great Philip Seymour Hoffman

with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law

The FIlming of The TALENTED Mr. RIPLEY

PROCIDA

 

Jack Lemmon

and Macrcello Mastroianno

MACARONI

Naples

 

 

 

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