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Travel poster for the island of Ischia, Italy
For those lucky enough to stay on the Blue Isle beyond the crush of the day trip swarm, Capri becomes its best by evening. Free of the tourist groups the island can finally be enjoyed for it’s sophistication and fashionable self. The islanders come out at night to take their walks and catch up. Drinks at the piazzetta, and out for a bit of cultured gathering then on to dinner. Here are some tasty choices:
La Campannina has been around for ages and its frequented by locals and visitors alike. A polished neighbourhood trattoria, serving traditional Italian fare in a light and comfortable decor. Delicious pasta and local seafood, alongside friendly amenable service make it perfect for any situation whether dinning on one’s own or with family. Their home cooked pasta with mushrooms is excellent, and the fact that locals frequent the establishment makes it a sure bet. (Via Listrieri, 32 – 80073 Capri (NA) ITALY)
Da Paolino Where else but in Capri can you have a restaurant in a lemon grove! This excellent restaurant is magical with tables under lemon trees and soft candles so that you feel transported to some secret garden. The food is absolutely delicious, serving many local favourites such as pasta in a creamy lemon sauce, and fried zucchini blossoms. Leave room for their dessert buffet! (Via Palazzo a Mare, 11 80073 Capri (Napoli) ITALY)
I Faraglioni Perfectly located along the main pedestrian shopping street the Via Camerelle, this inviting restaurant makes a great option day or night. The place is divided in two: Cozy covered outdoor tables al fresco with views over the water, or a seashore themed inside. Both serve up great food and a light atmosphere. Menu is reliably classic local dishes and great seafood, with their marinated anchovies and Ravioli Caprese being especially good. Don’t forget the glass of limoncello. (Via Camerelle, 75 80073 Capri (Napoli) ITALY)
Aurora For those who find island dinning predictable, this one is for you. Stylish, a bit trendy, but not off puttingly so, with an outstanding wine list and an exciting menu. Hearty pasta dishes and innovative seafood add a twist to traditional Italian favourites that is a welcome break from the usual menus found around the centre of town. A great place for wine enthusiasts with probably one of the best wine selections on the island. (Via Fuorlovado, 18-22, 80073 Capri Napoli, Italy)
Il Riccio is truly magnificent. A beach restaurant near the Blue Grotto is relaxed and laid back with blue wooden chairs and sea breeze ocean view yet serving exciting food you would expect from the fanciest of restaurants. It is so good it has a Michelin star yet there is nothing pretentious in this welcoming restaurant, expect pleasant service and outstanding food. Everything from start to finish was perfection, beginning with their Capri blue ‘Riccio Spritz’ aperitivo cocktail to the excellent and innovative menu. Three-fish tuna tartare selection was a sensual delight, from the visual presentation to every last mouthful. And if there wasn’t enough to tempt you, absolutely leave stomach space for the ‘room of dessert!’ An elegant buffet selection offering among many temptations the booziest Rhum Baba. An absolutely outstanding dinning experience, complete with glowing sunset! (by the Blue Grotto, Anacapri).
Just like fashion, travel has trends. And while Paris may always be a good idea and New York never sleeps, some places are more popular then others in given moments. There is buzz about certain destinations and suddenly a particular city is seen or discussed in virtually every magazine.
A couple of years ago Sicily was all the rage, and before that Umbria was the new Tuscany, and Puglia was the ‘undiscovered’ Italy. So what is on trend right now and what will be the place to be if you want to be cutting edge and get ahead of the game? Here are some picks:
What’s HOT now:
Naples: Those in the know, know about Naples. Not exactly a diamond in the rough but more a baroque pearl in its scraggly shell: sharp and rough on the outside but with huge treasure you have to work at to get to on the inside. Indeed Naples takes over the senses and can be overwhelming but can also be very exhilarating. This is no longer just a stop on the way to the Amalfi Coast and…
Capri: Once the most fashionable place to spend the summer, it’s appeal is once again, well, back in style. To truly enjoy Capri it is best done by staying on the island and not as a day tripper. In the late afternoon when the boat loads of tourists go back to the mainland and the island empties out, one can relax on the piazzetta to people watch over an aperitivo and take in the sea air.
Making a Comeback:
Venice and the Amalfi Coast have been visited, photographed, and talked about ad nauseum, but that was a while ago and now it feels fresh again. The point is to go off the beaten track a bit. In Venice go far beyond St. Mark’s Square and when visiting the Amalfi Coast push farther beyond Positano for a less generic experience.
The Next BIG Thing
Matera: Located in Basilicata, in Southern Italy, this small hill town was once considered the poorest part of Italy and has changed so dramatically in 20 years it is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. And understandably so as it is one of a kind. People’s homes are in caves and it is has its own magical appeal. Truly unique.
Ischia: That other island off the Bay of Naples, is quieter, quainter, and at the moment not overly touristy.