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…

Cooking at Tina’s greengrocer shop

Last Tuesday I was at Tina and Angelo’s greengrocer shop in the so called Spanish Quarter in Naples. It was fantastic! Oh no, don’t think that I particularly enjoy buying salad or tomatoes! I went there because – like every Tuesday afternoon – Tina held a cooking class. Imagine: in one of the metropolis’ quarters…

Hidden Naples in the Oscar film “The Great Beauty”

La Grande Bellezza…of course is that of Rome. The film – premiered in Cannes, and winning four European Awards, a Golden Globe and latest an Oscar as best foreign language film – reminds in a  modern version Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. A disenchanted look on the incredible state of decadence of the Roman…the Italian society….

Magnificent Roman mosaics in Herculaneum

Neptune and Amphitrite mosaic surprises every day hundreds of visitors of the excavations in Herculaneum. Most of the houses and villas in this town are quite big, because belonging to rich and powerful men from Rome, who came here to have a holiday, a rest, a peaceful time to recharge themselves with new energies and…

Caruso: a tenor from Naples

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5a/La_Donna_E_Mobile_Rigoletto.ogg Can you guess who is singing in this Mp3 file? More than 800 representations at the Metropolitan Theatre in New York, and then Paris, Motecarlo, Vienna made of the singer Enrico Caruso (born in Naples, Italy) the greatest one in the world! “La donna è mobile qual piuma al vento” is the beginning of…

Precious handiwork of coral and cameo…

Cameo and jewels of corals are a typical manufacture from the region around Naples, and a very precious one. For a long time it was out of date, but now they are the smartest fashion again. A cameo is produced from a piece of shell, engraved by skilful hands. First the rough outside is scraped…

The wonders of Taurasi wine

A full bodied wine called Taurasi is produced in the region around Avellino, Irpinia. Here are produced the best wines from Campania. It has been traditionally a region of very good wines, since ancient Greeks brought their grapes to their south Italian colonies. Since the 1950ies Irpinia has gained recognitions for the quality of its…

Steve Jobs in Naples’ Nativity

If you walk through this incredible lane in Napoli in these days you will certainly find plenty o f funny things. It is incredible the realism in the reproduction of the people and of any kind of food or animals. So see e.g. this chicken seller realized by Ferrigno’s handicrafts in the old style of…