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…

Naples’ Nativity scene at the White House

A big Nativity scene from Naples is displayed every year at the White House. Italy is certainly considered the most excellent country of art. But we often forget that there are not only the “major” art forms (painting, sculpture, architecture), but also “minor” ones: thousand kinds of manufactured small objects, for which a big artistic…

A Roman house in Pompeii

[facebook url=”https://www.facebook.com/www.didatticarte.it/videos/876211595759067/” /]   If you ever wondered about how a house looked like in ancient Roman time, give a look at this video: I admired the 3D reconstruction. Since some paintings on the walls, I recognized the Villa Arianna from a little village that was close to Pompeii at Roman time, Stabiae. You will…

A pearl on a vineyards hill in Irpinia

If you are thinking about driving in a picturesque wine region in Italy off the beaten paths – and of course having a good wine tasting – I would suggest Irpinia. It’s a wonderful hill region, vineyards everywhere full of grapes for the Greco di Tufo, Fiano and Taurasi wines production (all DOCG quality). If…