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…