Jesus Church in Naples: a jewel case of art and mystery

The magnificent Gesù Nuovo church – one of the most famous 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 related with Egypt. Since the VIII century b.C….

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!

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

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 Flavours

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

And the Oscar goes to…Naples!

  Naples 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 you don’t expect to find a museum…

Naples’ Nativity scene at the White House

Italy is certainly considered the most excellent country of art. 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 ability is needed as much as for the major arts. And Italy is the country…

A Roman house in Pompeii

  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 be able to…

A pearl on a vineyards hill in Irpinia: Montefusco

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! – once more I want to recommend Irpinia. A wonderful hill region, vineyards everywhere full of grapes for the Greco di Tufo, Fiano and Taurasi wines production (all DOCG…

Cooking at Tina’s greengrocer shop

Last Tuesday I was at Tina and Angelo’s greengrocer 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 worldwide…

The 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….