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Trip to Italy 2017 – The Neopolitan Experience

Trip to Italy 2017- The Neopolitan Experience

You may remember a previous post where we introduced you to our longtime family friend Carol D’Anca and her website Food Not Meds and books she has written on living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Carol also takes people on trips to Italy and she has a trip coming up in May 2017! Of course we wanted to share this with you because Italy is all about the food and culture. Carol’s family origins are in Naples and this trip will take you through Naples and the Amalfi Coast. You will get to experience Italy from a local perspective and enjoy all of the fresh foods and wine. Can’t forget the wine!

The trip is 4 nights in Naples and 4 nights on the Amalfi Coast staying at 4-star hotels. You will get to see all the sights as well as meet local people. A highlight of the trip is the cooking class with the trained Neopolitan chefs at your hotel. There will be plenty of time for shopping as well!

For more information on the trip to Italy you can take a look at the flyers below or contact Carol at carol.carolina.danca@gmail.com

Italy 2017 Trip Poster

Italy 2017 Trip Detail

Even if you are unable to go on this trip, be sure to check out Carol’s books on how eating healthy can prevent and even reverse some illnesses. She also has some fabulous recipes that you can try!

Amalfi Coast - Italy

We are not receiving any type of payment or commission from this. We just really support and believe in what Carol is doing and want to share it with you! Thank you!

The Traveling Gals

Book Reviews: North of Naples, South of Rome and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria

Book Reviews: North of Naples, South of Rome and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria

Book Reviews: North of Naples, South of Rome by Paolo Tullio and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria by Mark Rotella

I have switched gears a bit lately and my reading has been devoted to Italy.  The following are two books I enjoyed reading and made me long to spend time in Italy!

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North of Naples, South of Rome

North of Naples is a recommendation from the Crystal  Cruises website.  The author was born in Gallinaro in the Comino Valley, but was educated and resides in the UK.  He returns to his family home in Gallinaro for summers.  It was written in the early 1990’s so it is interesting to have an older time period and the point of view of a non-American.  Paolo’s take on Italy’s economy was a time of Italian prosperity with an influx of foreign investors.  The politics were scattered and based heavily on the favor system, so not much has changed!

The stories told are typical Italian, but very interesting.  They offer an insight not often covered by many of the romance laden travel journals.  I found myself laughing and at the same time getting a deeper understanding of the passionate Italian people.  Paolo’s take on Naples for example goes beyond the typical, scary depiction of theft and non-safety.  It endeavors to make you think of Naples as a place for the ultimate hustlers, therefore only scary to the naïve.  Apparently, this book inspired a PBS mini-series in the 1990’s and I would love to see it!

Traveling Gals Tip:  When looking for interesting travel journals to read, I check upscale and river cruise websites for their recommended reading suggestions.

Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria

Stolen Figs has been on my reading list for some time.   I was happily entertained by Mark Rotella’s recounting of discovering the hometown of his family, Gimigliano.  I have never visited this part of Italy located in the toe of the boot.  It is much less traveled by tourists, which makes it very interesting to me.  Although life seems less prosperous and perhaps more difficult, it is easy to be drawn into the welcoming and charming family of the author.  Life in Calabria seems to be relatively unchanged over time for better or worse.

After arriving unannounced in Gimigliano, Mark and his father are welcomed with open arms by extended family and residents.  Particularly Giuseppe, an informal guide and postcard salesman, introduces Mark to the real Calabria.  Their adventures and fun and make me want to hop on a plane to visit immediately.  This is always the sign of a good book!  Apparently, figs right off the tree are the best in Calabria.  I never think about eating them, but I am now inspired to try a recipe with fresh figs!

Interested in reading one of these books?

North of Naples, South of Rome *

Stolen Figs: And Other Adventures in Calabria *

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Or check out your local library!

Let us know your favorite travel books in the comments!