Flying to Italy during Covid
Villa Di Martino
by Monica Di Martino
2y ago
Lockdown is over and you are thinking of flying to Italy post Covid? If travelling from the UK we have all the need to know details. Am I allowed to fly to Italy for a holiday? Since 4th July, Italy has been exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This means entry to Italy from the UK is permitted and you no longer have to justify your reason for travelling, plus there is no need to self isolate upon arrival. There is a self-declaration form that can be downloaded from the FCO website which is worth completing and having on you as border police are doing spot ..read more
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Flying to Italy post Covid
Villa Di Martino
by Monica Di Martino
2y ago
Lockdown is over and you are thinking of flying to Italy post Covid? If travelling from the UK we have all the need to know details. Am I allowed to fly to Italy for a holiday? Since 4th July, Italy has been exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This means entry to Italy from the UK is permitted and you no longer have to justify your reason for travelling, plus there is no need to self isolate upon arrival. There is a self-declaration form that can be downloaded from the FCO website which is worth completing and having on you as border police are doing spot ..read more
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Made in ‘Villa Di Martino’ – Limoncello
Villa Di Martino
by Monica Di Martino
2y ago
Limoncello is probably one of the most famous alcoholic drinks you can buy in Campania. You can find it in almost all the local souvenirs shops or at the airport in all different bottle shapes and sizes. It’s the perfect gift to buy for yourself or friends and family if you are visiting Campania and you can’t miss out on sampling it as a post-lunch or dinner treat while visiting the region. Homemade limoncello is just as popular and every household has its own take on it, as do we. A few of the lemon trees in our Villa Di Martino’s garden produce the exact type of lemon used to make limoncello ..read more
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Two Must-See Villas in Ravello
Villa Di Martino
by Monica Di Martino
2y ago
Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone are the two must-see villas of Ravello. Together with the stunning views from the village, they are what make Ravello world-famous today. History Villa Rufolo The Villa was built in the 13th century for the Rufolo family. Since then it’s also been the home of several popes including King Robert of Anjou and it was bought and restored in the 19th century by a Scottish botanist, Sir Francis Neville Reid. Over the years, it has inspired many artists from Boccaccio, who wrote about the Villa in his masterpiece the Decameron, and the musician Wagner to who one of the ..read more
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Visiting the Ruins of Pompeii
Villa Di Martino
by Monica Di Martino
2y ago
Visiting the Ruins of Pompeii, the city destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, is an incredible opportunity to see one of the most compelling and intact archaeological sites in Europe. History Pompeii (Pompei, not the single ‘i’ in Italian!) is a preserved ancient Roman city in Campania. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata, were collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Pompeii and the surrounding areas were buried under almost 20ft of volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. As it sat under the ash for almost 2,000 years the Roman city rem ..read more
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Top 5 Amalfi Coast Instagram accounts to follow this week
Villa Di Martino
by Monica Di Martino
2y ago
It’s week 10 of lockdown here in the UK and we are back to remind ourselves of the Amalfi Coast that awaits us once we come out of lockdown. We’re all on our phones scrolling more than ever, but we all know our feed is only as good as who we follow. So, what better time to share with you our top 5 Amalfi Coast Instagram accounts from the past seven days. Here are our latest picks and why do not give them a follow and bring some beauty to your feed? Don’t forget to check out our Top 5 Amalfi Coast Instagram accounts from last week, if you missed it out! Top 5 Amalfi Coast instagram accounts to ..read more
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Afternoon trip to Certosa di Padula
Villa Di Martino
by Monica Di Martino
2y ago
Certosa di San Lorenzo, also known as Certosa di Padula, is considered one of the most beautiful religious places to visit in the province of Salerno. Recognised in 1998 by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. Location We decided to take a family trip to the Certosa di Padula in an early June afternoon. We got to the monastery by car which took around an hour drive from our Villa. Unfortunately, located at Viale Certosa, Padula, 84034, Salerno, car is the only means to visit. Inside the Certosa The monastery is home to around 350 rooms. It covers an area of 51,500 m², of which the cloisters make u ..read more
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Reggia di Caserta – The Royal Palace
Villa Di Martino
by Monica Di Martino
2y ago
The Reggia di Caserta, often referred to as the Italian Versailles, is an 18th century Baroque Royal Palace. The palace was listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1997. History The Royal Palace was the King of Naples, Charles of Bourbon’s, personal wish. He wanted the palace to compete with the already established Versailles. Charles also wanted it to act as a magnificent symbol of his new kingdom. The Royal Palace and the gardens were designed by architect Luigi Vanvitelli and works began in 1752 on the king’s 36th birthday. Works stalled following the death of Luigi but his son Carlo ..read more
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Day trip to Mount Vesuvius
Villa Di Martino
by Monica Di Martino
2y ago
A day trip to Mount Vesuvius is a must as it remains one of the most iconic landmarks of Campania. From when you land in Naples International Airport and for the entire time you are in the surrounding areas, you won’t be able to miss the symbol of the city. Vesuvius is the only active volcano in Europe and is also one of the world’s most dangerous. At the very beginning, Vesuvius was known only for its excellent wines and thick vegetation. But it suddenly became even more famous with the eruption of 79 AD, in which entire cities, including Pompeii and Herculaneum, were destroyed. The last erup ..read more
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Cantina del Vesuvio Winery
Villa Di Martino
by Jeff Hutton
2y ago
Monica mentioned the Cantina del Vesuvio Winery in her recent post and I thought I had to share a quick review of our trip there as it is such a picturesque spot. I even have the photo above as my desktop background on my MacBook! Location As you can tell from the image at the top of this post, the Winery sits in a stunning setting in the volcanic soil on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. In fact, it actually sits within the Vesuvius National Park. If you plan to stay with us, you’re in luck as its just a 20-minute drive from Villa Di Martino. Unfortunately, visitors cannot fully reach the winery ..read more
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