It’s a common cliché, both among Neapolitans and tourists, to say that Naples is the realm of the sacred and profane. This is a definition I don’t really like; it’s a bit like rhetorically associating the city exclusively with the sun and the sea, when one should understand that its richness is almost always hidden in the shadows.  My passion for t...

The splendid Isle of Capri rises from the Tyrrhenian Sea and greets the Sorrentine Peninsula. Having become famous with the discovery of its Blue Grotto or Grotta Azzurra in 1826, Capri is a place of legend that continues to be a main destination for travelers, stars and intellectuals.  Among the first to be captivated by it was the Roman Emperor T...

If you are thinking about a holiday in the shadow of Vesuvius but don't know how to find the best digs in town, this article is for you. We've got the lowdown on the best neighbourhoods where to stay in Naples, plus insider tips on hotels, B&Bs, holiday homes and hostels. Check out our complete guide (and our focus on the hottest hotels in 2024), g...

This may come as a surprise, but Neapolitan ice cream wasn't always the classic combination of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry we know today. At one time, Neapolitan-style was the catch-all term for any ice cream sold in the United States by Italian immigrants from Naples, the birthplace of modern ice cream who introduced Americans to their home...

On April 24, 2024, the General Consulate of Italy in Philadelphia will host the opening reception of the exhibit "The Filangieri-Franklin Correspondence: an Enlightening Dialogue Between Italy and the USA." This exhibit, curated by Professor Amedeo Arena of the University of Naples Federico II, delves into the letters exchanged between Neapolitan E...

As if straight out of a fairytale, this elegant and dramatic medieval castle perched upon a small rocky volcanic island, exudes history and intrigue. The Aragonese Castle is one of the best things to see when visiting Ischia. Steeped in history that dates back to the 5th-century BC, the walls of this ancient building have lived through and seen cen...

The elevator that connects Via Santa Lucia and the Chiatamone in 30 seconds with the beautiful Pizzofalcone hill in Naples, where the extraordinary Belvedere has been redeveloped that will allow people to look out from Monte Echia and enjoy a stunning view of the city's gulf, has finally been reopened these days.  The beautiful hill of Monte Echia,...

A banquet room replete with well preserved frescoes depicting characters inspired by the Trojan war has been unearthed among the ruins of Pompeii in what has been described as one of the most striking discoveries ever made at the southern Italy archaeological site. The 15-metre-long, six-metre-wide room was found in a former private residence in Vi...

La dolce vita, or "the sweet life" – popularised by Federico Fellini's eponymous 1960 film – is the single phrase that sold Italy as a rainbow-coloured land where dreams are made. It's an ephemeral term that immediately evokes an unmistakable aesthetic: neon-orange Aperol Spritzes, Vespa scooters, cappuccinos in the piazza, Mediterranean expanses o...

The delights of Italy are universal: clinking Negronis in Rome, spinning a Riva through Venice’s Grand Canal, island-hopping off the shores of Sicily, all interlaced with hefty doses of wine, mozzarella, and art. It’s this limitless allure that has travelers from all over the world descend on the boot with near insatiable fervency, and often all at...