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:…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…