A special visitor for a guided tour in Salerno

A few days ago I had a guided tour in Salerno. The ʻcustomerʼ was a special one: USA General Consul in Naples! She was in Salerno to meet Mayor and his staff, and to start a new cooperation with this pretty town, laying about 60 Km (35 miles) South from the capital town Naples of…

Not only commonplaces about Naples

What are commonplaces about Naples? That the city is dirty, unsafe, people spend their time in eating pizza and playing mandolin. Well, about rubbish, no international news informed that this problem has long been solved, and now Naples is not dirtier as any big city in the world! About how safe it is…look at this:…

Arabic charm on the Amalfi Coast

Why does the Cathedral in Amalfi look so Arabic, and especially the ʻParadise Cloisterʼ does? Because the Arabic-Norman Romanesque style that characterizes it had a strong oriental influence. Since the XI century the Normans reigned in Sicily: they were French coming from today’s Normandy and first settled down in Sicily, then they conquered the rest…

Jesus Church in Naples: art and mystery

The magnificent New Jesus Church – one of the most important ones in in Naples – is not only a Baroque masterpiece that fascinated travelers and scholars for centuries, and not only a place where the Neapolitans express their most genuine faith. Adding to all this, it is much more a music composition! Its renaissance…

Egyptian cults in ancient Pompeii

The ruins in Pompeii show several witnesses of the special love that its citizens had for the Egyptian culture. An exposition (until November 2/2016) through the ruins displays sculptures loaned by the Egyptian Museum of Turin, and stresses all the paintings, mosaics and of course the temple mostly related with Egypt. Since the VIII century…

On Elena Ferrante’s traces in Naples….

Neapolitan writer Elena Ferrante has become an international literary phenomenon, and I am one of her passionate readers! So I decided to go on the traces of the two friends Lila and Elena through the working-class quarter where they lived as children, a neighbourhood where – although I am a Neapolitan – I had never…

Plaster casts come back home!

          Pompeii’s plaster casts have been a long time away from their usual location. But last week while I was in the ruins, I saw the employees of the Soprintendenza (Archaeological  Office) for Pompeii bringing them back. It was quite surprising – if not funny – the way they did it!…

Archaeology and food tour in the Phlegraean Fields

Yesterday morning I was with some guests in Pozzuoli, for an “Archaeology and food tour” in the Phlegraean Fields (about 13 miles North from Naples). Pozzuoli has a very old fisher harbor, and its fish wholesale market is the biggest in the region, even bigger than the one in Naples. Close to it there’s a…

Naples’ Tastes and Flavors

If Italy is well known for its wonderful cuisine, the fewest know that it strongly changes from region to region. And it is not for an exaggerated local pride if I affirm that Naples has got one of the best ones of Italy. I could start from Pizza, which was invented in Naples, but I…

And the Oscar goes to…Naples underground!

Naples could win oscars for so many reasons. This is a town full of things you don’t expect. You wouldn’t expect the richness of arts that you find when you enter one of its about 300 churches. You don’t expect many of the creative ways of the Neapolitans to present and sell their items. And…