I found this beautiful video profiling the Solimene Ceramics Factory on the Amalfi Coast in the seaside town of Vietri sul Mare. Aside from Solimene producing some of the most beautiful ceramics from Vietri, the building--although tired--is a Mid-Century Modern architectural gem. Read about our visit to this unique ceramics factor, the other nearby ceramics shops and our drive on the Amalfi Coast here.
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If you enjoyed this video... send us some nice Italian cheese! Perhaps a 5 pound piece of aged sheep's milk caciocavallo.
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Very informative video about the King of Cheeses, Parmigiano Reggiano. Though this video is aimed toward retailers on how to cut, store, wrap, display and market their cheese, if you love this magnificent cheese, you'll learn some very useful tips on storage, wrapping and buying.
The famous Venetian writer Giuseppe Berto made Capo Vaticano his home, after traveling throughout Italy. "Capo Vaticano", he wrote, "is called Vatican as a Roman hill: once priests and fortune tellers searched for the future basing their predictions on birds' flights. Two hundred meters over the Cape there is a rock called Mantineo and in ancient Greek it means: to communicate with God. The Cape was a holy place and now it is the same".
Lately I've been thinking that I want to start re-watching films with great scenes in Italy... the next best thing to being there. One of the best films like this from the nineties is was on cable the other day: Only You, a light romantic comedy starring Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr. and Bonnie Hunt (some would call it a chick flick). The plot is straight out of the madcap romantic comedies of the 30s and 40s: The name of the "love of her life" is foretold when Tomei's character is a young girl... a name she searches for unsuccessfully right up until her pending marriage.
Everyone looks this good in Positano on the Amalfi Coast
She answers a phone call from an old friend of her fiance who happens to have that name, and she finds herself in a blinded-by-love chase all the way to Italy to meet him.
With Bonnie Hunt along for the joyride of a lifetime, she meets dreamy Robert Downey Jr's character and starts to fall for him... but pulls away knowing that he's not "the" man foretold as her lifetime love.
You can see where this is going... girl dumps fiance, searches for the perfect boy, meets another boy, dumps that boy, then realizes that she loves the new boy, then the new boy is found out as lying to her, she dumps him again... whew! Trust me, as it's happening, it's really not hard to follow... and neither are the beautiful backdrops of Italy.
The film is cute, funny and well worth a watch, but the scenes in Venice, Florence, San Gimignano and Rome are really worth it. There is even a recreation of the scene at the Bocca della Verita where they mimic the scene from Roman Holiday when Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn tempt fate by putting their hands in his mouth. The strange thing I noticed about this scene is that, unlike in Roman Holiday, it was filmed in front of a plastic prop--not the real Bocca. I can really tell when I look at the details of the Bocca's face, lips and eyes. What a shame. In typical Hollywood fashion, perhaps they shot many of the scenes on a Hollywood stage set... but I assure you, the exterior scenes are shot in the actual Bel Paese.
Have fun with this one. I suggest a bottle or Prosecco, some casual pasta dish that you can eat from bowls while sitting on the couch, your lover by your side and some Baci chocolates for later in the evening...