In search of Cava Bubù

Among the many pen stories that Ischia this can tell, one that is closest to my heart is certainly exploring the Bubù Cava or Cava del Tamburo.
It may seem a place invented by the pen of an author (in this case I am referring to Danish Vilhelm Bergsøe) and instead really exsists. In th esumme of 2013 we decided to try to find it.
It all started one morning in August; we were at the table inside the Ischian residence of Simone Merola (President of the Naples section of the Italian AlpineClub), along with Lucilla Monti (geologist of the Campania Region to which the island of Ischia has a great deal) to plan (as a good practice) path monitoring and mapping that shortly thereafter we would have done.

Estate. O bella della seduzione

Summer. Or of seduction - Remembering Gold Age

Tlin, tlin, tt-lin, tt-lin, tlin-tt-lin…ttt-lin…tt.
A treacherous, docile, piercing pounding.
It was the sound of the anchor chain pulled up by the vessel of Santa Rita departing: the ferry to Naples, the line (not so) faster in youthful summers. They were played, punctuated by the sound tests of Lampara, afternoon workshop that broke the first afternoon; a prelude to what would become a phantasmagoric by-night, which was a part of the Riva Destra, a real parlor.
The wait for the night spread, and slipped like pulsing blood in the sleeves of the guests of the Beltramonto Hotel, hidden in the palace at number 28 of Via Porto, with its balconies and green shutters and double doors polished by uncle Tonino with his fingers, the lost sight of the rocky sailor, toward the red ball of the West.

Sehnsucht per Ischia

Sehnsucht for Ischia - The Poseidon Gardens, the island, the shapes, the colors, the charm and the desire of desire closed in a jar

My first encounter with the island dates back more than 30 years ago: with my father to buy the Poseidon Gardens, shortly after the purchase. It was love at first sight, the first impression from the boat was that of a large rock, covered with a soft green cloak. The road that led from the port of Ischia to Forio was a succession of twists and surprises: I was kidnapped and enchanted by the place and returned to me insistently to mind some lines of Goethe:
Know’st thou the land where lemon-trees do bloom,
And oranges like gold in leafy gloom;
A gentle wind from deep blue heaven blow, (...)
The crag leaps down and over it the flood:
Know’st thou it, then?
’Tis there! ’tis there
Our way runs; O my father, wilt thou go?
In this short Mignon song, the girl of Italian origins protagonist of a novel by Goethe, recalls with nostalgia her country and for generations of Germans become the personification of the south desire. In this vision of the landscape and classicist architecture is the Sehnsucht, or the misery, the longing for Southern Italy which lasts from ‘700 to date.

profumeria-scotti

"Perfume of story"

It’s the story of a family, before being that one of a company, that one of Johannes Scotti, his wife Adua and daughters, Alessandra and Donatella estimated for four generations in the activity carried out in their perfume shops.
As Milan has its “Mazzolari”, Rome “Castelli” and Bologna “Limoni”, Ischia also can boast the history of a great little reality like this, that in the 1960s has also launched its own perfume, that someone remembers in a red box with the coat of arms of grandmother.

Un uomo di carattere - Letteralmente

A man of character. Literally

Meeting with a master of lettering design, graphic design and visual communication. Born in Forio, he lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the university in New York, is the creator of “Serif Gothic font”, and is viscerally tied to the land and language of origin, in the spirit of pleasure. And of a contagious and ironic transgression.

festa-san-giovan-giuseppe-ischia

San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce island patron saint

Patron Saint of the whole island but above all an islander, St Giovan Giuseppe of the Cross is the Protector of the island communities, a figure so loved as to have devotees around the whole world, Ischians who for various reasons have had to leave their beloved green island, yet maintain alive their ties with their island of origin.

Il naufragar m'è dolce in questo Mari di guai

Being shipwrecked is sweet to me in this ... Mari di Guai!

I meet Maria Luigia Ungaro, called Marilisa by friends and known as “Mari di Guai”, to the sea. A day with the sun, and while in Naples it rains, we taste coffee in Bagno Ricciulillo. “I dream of waking me up one day and face the satisfaction of having achieved what I wanted”, she says. Independent, determined, she loves being the center of attention because she loves the exchange that comes from the audience, especially when she performs.

Uva-campotese

The Encadde vineyard

His name is Antonio D'Abundo, but everyone knows him as Floruccio. Descendant of a family of Panza census in 1500, after traveling on merchant ships for many years, he returned permanently in his native country, he started a family, opened a stationery shop and dedicated to fulfilling a dream. With painstaking patience has indeed sought and saved from certain "oversight" at least 50 local vineyards, including also those ones of ancient tradition of Ischia. Grapes of that island that was once called Aenaria, ie Land of Wine.

The eye of the drone flying over the island’s beauties

The eye of the drone flying over the island’s beauties

«Ischia, a paradise seen from the sky» welcomes shooting by Gianni Mattera, chef and photographer in love of his land in the sea I had the good fortune to fly over the island for three times. In the beginning of August a long time ago, tied to the rigid safety belt on a heavy institutional helicopter with the legendary photographer of Il Mattino, Antonio Troncone, we had to make a report of the press and tourism and, for a few minutes, we touched lightly crests of hills upside down, because our phantasmagoric pilot wanted to play a little bit with us guests on board, bipeds with roots accustomed to the ground!

Santa-Maria-al-Monte-forio-ischia

Celebrating September, between mountains and sea

September, the month of strong and intense colors, where nature gives its most beautiful fruits after the summer heat, for Ischia is also a month of important religious festivals or not. Two in particular, reveal "pristine" all their beauty and their charm despite the diversity that characterizes them.
On September 12, the Mary’s name day, the Church of Santa Maria al Monte in Forio 400 mt. height above sea level, is "light of life" and welcomes pilgrims from all over the island.

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