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Of water and clay, the terrecottes signed by the island of the vasai

by Isabella Marino*


We will never know its real name. There has been done, Inos, to defeat oblivion. And the time. That signature, placed at the end of the eighth century BC, is the oldest of a craftsman who has come down to us. It  tell us the story of an object of everyday use found on the hill of Mazzola, in today’s Lacco Ameno. A few tens of meters, as the crow flies, from the most coastal “keramèikos”, the potters’ quarter discovered since the middle of the last century in the archaeological area under the basilica of Santa Restituta, where also Inos modeled and decorated the local clay.

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De Formae: transfigurations and unconscious mutations

Dialogue with Luca D’ambra of the Ravino Gardens

Raffaele Mirelli: Why the name Ravino?
Luca D’Ambra: It refers to the surname or rather to the family stock - by the grandfather - etymologically refers to the “ravina”, a tool similar to a pickaxe that cuts the stone into scales.
R.M .: How does the history of the garden begin?
L. D .: Beginning with my father, a collector of plants and “traveling the seas” by profession. He brought plants from all over the world, from South America in particular.
R.M .: How does this story evolve?
L.D .: My father continued to collect plants even after his maritime period, obtaining them during leisure trips, or through exchanges with other collectors.

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Giulio Grablovitz on Ischia

a scientist suspended between earth and sky

by Graziano Ferrari*

"January 27, 1886 - I take up residence on the Island of Ischia Ischia, provisionally at the Casina Reale".
With these few words, less than three years after the destructive earthquake of Casamicciola, Giulio Grablovitz (1846-1928) recorded in his diary the beginning of his stay in Ischia, starting one of the most extraordinary scientific experiences in the field of Earth sciences from the late 1880’s up to the 1910’s.

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Sant’Anna, an endless charm

The Sant’Anna celabration dates back to a tradition of the last century. On July 26, each year, pregnant women went in procession to worship the Mother of Madonna who was in a chapel in Cartaromana Bay. They were accompanied by a procession of anglers’ boats, which for the occasion adorned the hull with bushes and flower garlands.

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Nose to nose with Marco Varrale


With him, we have the pleasure of exploring the world of artistic perfumery, or niche, a universe that preserves all a qualitative and creative apparatus that cannot be found in traditional perfumery.

Marco Varriale has now become one of the professionals and veterans of the sector in Ischia. His artistic perfumery Essence, over the years has been transformed into a meeting room for communication, exchange, friendship and education “in the art of perfuming”.

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The Enchantment of the Eden Park

There are places where time seems to stop, spaces in which to find the serenity and the peace that in this world seem to be escaping continuously. The “Eden” Park of Ischia is in this sense a harmonious oasis of beauty and relaxation, cleverly conjugated to give moments of deep serenity. The magic beach club atmosphere of the Eden Garden was born from the extraordinary fusion of the renowned key points of Ischia Island: nature, history and sea. At the foot of the Guevara Tower (now a museum and multi-faceted structure) and in the center of the ancient colonial bay of Aenaria (today submerged), a flourishing Roman settlement, which is considered to be a major activity between the 1st century BC. and IV century AD.

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Essential is visible in Bettina Buttgen’s eyes

Listening to Bettina Buttgen, a multifaceted artist of German origins is an unmissable opportunity. Her creations are indispensable. It is a world made of workmanship and textures, frequencies and vibrations that have a material tonality and point to the world of men the source of energy by which it is possible to break the silence of silence and the dullness that surrounds it.

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Corbaro Park, between nature and magic

Two stories that cross, that one of Max and Nino, driven by the same desire to catch their time, their spaces, and their desire to decide their own lives. On the wave of a synchronous inner change, they decide to say good-bye to their old life, made of noise, chaos, and horns that sound like crazy and devote themselves to nature; a therapeutic way to dedicate themselves to autonomy, independence, freedom, without deadlines and without bosses.

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My own Sant'Anna

Every year, on the afternoon of July 26, Aniellantonio Mascolo, along with a couple of guys, arranged the "cuppetielli" on the Sant'Anna rocks. yes, he, perhaps the most important member of our artistic tradition. Even before Christo was packaging monuments and unrolling carpet on the lakes, “our” Aniellantonio with a gesture, which today to make an impression in some quarters semms "performative", transformed the sights: drawing geometries bringing out, in the extraordinary time of the Feast, that set of relationships, symmetries, lines, marks, that History and Nature have partly cleared and that the lazy viewer's eye every day hard to see.

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San Michele in the charm of the village of S. Angelo

Sant'Angelo, a small seaside village on the south of the island, on September 29 and 30, renews the homage to the Patron saint every year.
Don Vincenzo Fiorentino, son of the close village of Panza, has been parish priest of Sant’Angelo for over 50 years, leading one of the smallest parishes of the island, active as such since 1905 after years of “dependence” from the S. Parish Maria del Carmine in Serrara.
Tourists and villagers who do not hesitate to book their stay in the hotels in the area in advance expect these wonderful days annually.

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  • Surface: 46 Kmq
  • Hight: 789 mt
  • Lat.: 40° 44',82 N
  • Long.: 13° 56',58 E
  • Periplus: 18 miglia
  • Coasts: 51.2 Km
  • Cities: 6
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