Four Fantastic Reasons to Visit Catania Sicily

As Sicily’s second-largest city, Catania is full of old-world charm. This vibrant city captivates your attention with its historic buildings, rich history, and local food specialties.  Catania is located on the east coast of the island, overlooking the Ionian Sea and residing underneath the towering giant known as Mount Etna.  After a devastating earthquake in … Read more

Christ the Redeemer Statue of Maratea, Italy

The Christ the Redeemer statue of Maratea in Basilicata is made out of Carrara marble and stands an incredible 70 feet high (21 m), and has an enormous arm span of 63 feet equaling (19 m). The statue is located high up on a mountain and situated in front of the Santuario di San Biagio, … Read more

The Facinating History of Taormina, Sicily

Did you know Taormina, Sicily, was one of the most popular towns to visit in Italy way back in the 18th century? Famous writers and intellects like D.H Lawrence, Oscar Wilde, and Truman Capote resided here while working on several of their masterpieces. Like many Italian towns, the history of Taormina is drenched in conflict … Read more

Homemade Limoncello | Sfumato d’Amalfi

Amalfi Coast lemons (Sfumato d’Amalfi) are an iconic symbol of the lure and special nature of this beautiful region of Italy.  The locals will tell you how their sun-kissed land, rich soil, and closeness to the sea are what allows for their prized lemon to thrive and grow to perfection. Many people may not know … Read more

The Riace Bronzes- Physical Perfection!

Riace Bronze (Statue A) THE RIACE BRONZES One of the highlights of an exciting road trip through southern Italy was a visit to Reggio Calabria (the toe of the boot) to see the Riace Bronzes at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria. They are truly a magnificent example of physical perfection! These bronze masterpieces laid at … Read more

Best Culinary & Cultural Tour Specialist Mid-Atlantic USA

All of us at Tavola Tours are extremely excited to announce that we won a travel award from the prestigious Luxlife Magazine.  The award was given for Best Italian Culinary & Cultural Specialist Mid-Atlantic, USA.  Luxlife Magazine’s Travel & Tourism Awards cover all markets from travel agencies, tour operators, food & beverage services, hotels, transportation, … Read more

Magna Graecia: Greeks in Southern Italy

The Fascinating Tale of Magna Graecia: Greeks in Southern Italy Have you ever heard about the ancient Greek colonization of Southern Italy? Centuries ago, a significant portion of Italy’s south belonged to the Greeks. The residents of this region (present-day Calabria) were called Italiotai by the Greeks which eventually lead to the entire peninsula being … Read more

The Beautiful Blue Grotto of Palinuro, Italy!

Chef Franco Lania

This is a very special blog post. Tavola Tours had a wonderful culinary and cultural adventure to the region of Campania, Italy. One of the main reasons for traveling with Tavola Tours is to learn about and explore areas that are off the beaten path. A visit to the lush Cilento coastline just south of the Amalfi Coast offered a great opportunity to do just that. Some call this area one of the best-kept secrets in Italy. Another great secret of this area is the Blue Grotto of Palinuro. This symbolic grotto is absolutely stunning. However, Palinuro’s Grotta Azzura differs from the more well-known Grotta Azzura of Capri. Do you know how and why?

Blue Grotto of Paulinuro, Italy
 Blue Grotto of Palinuro, Italy

Join chef Franco and Captian Gino as they show you the magnificent Blue Grotto of Palinuro. You will also learn the big difference between the two sister blue caves of Palinuro and Capri.

Here is a hint. The difference can be found in the way each grotto obtains its world-renowned blue color. I say no more! Watch the video to find out the details.

What is the difference between The Blue Grottos of Palinuro and Capri?

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