The Amalfi Coast – spectacular, beautiful coast

Enrico Massetti
The Amalfi Coast

A small book about the Amalfi Coast, which is, without a doubt, the most spectacular and beautiful coastline in Italy. Moorish-style villages cling to the dramatic jagged cliffs perched over the rippling waves below.

The air, scented with lemons and wild herbs, and of course, the sea is fresh. The villages that string along the Amalfi Coast have cobblestoned streets lined with bougainvillea-covered villas, Arabic arches, and many corners with million-dollar views.

The magic of the Costa Amalfitana is that while it is a magnet for jet-setters and home to many ultra-luxury five-star hotels, Michelin starred restaurants, and yachts, which characterizes the region is its effortless Mediterranean simplicity.

You can base an unforgettable weekend at a romantic small hotel in Positano.

Food and wine are highlights of the Amalfi Coast and should always be a focus on your tours.

For example, fresh seafood, juicy vegetables drizzled in olive oil, aromatic local wines â this is the materia prima or raw material for which the region is rightly famous.

Local gastronomic includes creamy Mozzarella di Bufala and Limoncello made with ripe Sorrento lemons and San Marzano tomatoes (known worldwide). 

Above all, traditional dishes are delicious and straightforward. They include Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina (with tomato and basil), pepata di cozze (spicy mussels), and the delightful Spaghetti alle vongole con Pomodoro (spaghetti with clams and tomatoes).

Vineyards are through the sun-baked coast and inland in the Sorrento Peninsula and greater Campania. Besides, grapes came to Campania by the Ancient Greeks. Some cult producers make fabulous wines. These include noble grapes as the white Falanghina grape and the black Aglianico (“Hellenica”).

This guide leads you to a car drive on the Amalfi Coast.

It starts from Salerno. The guide then touches Vietri Sul Mare, Cetara, Erchie, Minori, Ravello, Amalfi, the Emerald Grotto, Furore, Positano to arrive in Sorrento.

Indeed, it includes photos and descriptions of the attractions of all the localities touched.

It contains many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants that are at the location described. So you have the necessary information ready. The name, address, and telephone number are included in the guide together with the review.

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ISBN: 978-1-257-83157-9
67 color pages

Ferrara – a beautiful Italian city thanks to the Este family

Enrico Massetti

Although it certainly has a thriving tourism industry, Ferrara is not on the typical foreign tourist’s itinerary, which makes it perfect for those tourists who want to get off the beaten path of Venice-Florence-Rome and soak in some authentic northern Italian culture. The city has twisting medieval cobblestoned streets, a Duomo (cathedral) with a looming Gothic facade, and–best of all–a castle straight out of storybooks, complete with towers, moats, and drawbridges (that you can cross during the day).

Thanks to the d’Este family of astute art patrons, Ferrara contains many beautiful objects de art, but the genuine masterpiece is the city itself. Half medieval, half Renaissance, the dual cityscape was the vision of oligarch Ercole d’Este, who hired architect Biagio Rossetti to meld the newer section to the old seamlessly. This careful planning earned Ferrara the title of Italy’s first “modern city.” Today, its captivating, anachronistic ambiance is best explored on foot or by bicycle.

Ferrara: one of the most beautiful Italian cities, was formerly the capital of the Estensi and has been renewed in modern times from the degrading decadence into which it fell with its inclusion into the Papal States.

This book is a guide to Ferrara with extensive descriptions and photos of the attractions, and it covers in detail the Estense Castle history.

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ISBN 978-1-329-49590-6

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Apulia – A Car Trip – 15 days in the South Italian Booth

Enrico Massetti
Apulia – A Car Trip

This small book describes a fifteen days car trip. It’s an itinerary you can take in Apulia and the neighboring regions. The itinerary starts from the town of Ortona a Mare in Abruzzo.

It goes through several cities of Apulia. It continues then to Matera, a stunning town in Basilicata, vibrant with history, cave hotels, and authentic Italian food. The time to visit Matera is now. The ancient city of Basilicata could be Italy’s next great attraction.

The itinerary then returns to Apulia. It touches several other cities, to arrive in Alberobello. The city is known for its trulli, whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs. The hilltop Rione Monti district has hundreds of them.

The itinerary continues with other towns in Apulia and the Gargano peninsula. It enters the National Park, home to the last remaining part of the oak and beech Forest Umbra. It once covered most of central Europe.

It passes through Termoli to end up again in Ortona al Mare.

Apulia – A Car Trip: optional extension to the Tremiti Islands:
The guide also describes a possible visit to the Tremiti Islands from Termoli and how to get there. Several ferry companies provide transportation services to these islands. The service is available from different ports, with or without the possibility of bringing your car with you. Using Google to find the right solution for your needs is confusing if you don’t understand Italian. It took me, Italian born in Italy, a full day to figure out what is available and when. Also, what websites are the ones you should use? In the guide, I present for you the outcome of my research. Many of the top Google results can be full thanks to advertising, not because they are the most relevant and essential.

Also, the guide includes a chapter on the food and wine of Apulia. A list of local recipes is present; the original recipes’ links are active in the digital editions.

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ISBN 978-1-716-39003-6

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