If you walked around Sanità 15 years ago with your camera on your shoulder like that it would’ve been stolen,” says local shopkeeper Antonio Vitozzi, pointing at my battered Nikon. More than likely I would’ve been nowhere near this neighbourhood back then. Riven by urban decay and high unemployment, Naples’ poorest district used to be a dangerous p...

A perfectly intact room that was lived in by slaves has been discovered in a suburb of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Three wooden beds, a chamber pot and a wooden chest containing metal and fabric items were among the objects found in the cramped living quarters of what was a sprawling villa in Civita Giuliana, about 700 metres north-west of P...

The month of November can be an ideal time of the year for a holiday in Italy. The low season makes every destination lower cost than usual, as well as providing the advantage of being able to better enjoy the artistic and natural beauty of the Peninsula in a quieter and less congested by great tourism. Here are some recommended destinations for an...

With a Saturday lunch crowd packing the open-air courtyard at L’antica Pizzeria da Michele in Los Angeles, a power outage might have spelled disaster. But a recent blackout put a spotlight (albeit a battery-generated one) on what the two-year-old Hollywood restaurant does so well. When the lights and electric ovens suddenly went bust during my visi...

The Municipality of Pietrelcina, hometown of Padre Pio, has a new statue of its patron saint. The breathtaking artwork is remarkable in its own right, but even more so is the dedication it bears. The installation marks the first time an Italian town has dedicated a plaza to “the people of the United States of America.”  The Pio Foundation reports t...

Irpinia is a surprising land waiting to be discovered. Its tourist offer is a frame that overlooks the countryside. Good food, cultural attractions and a warm welcome are its calling card. The verde Irpinia (green Irpinia). This description defines a territory located in the region of Campania that hides places rich in culture and historica...

Next time you stroll from Clairemont Avenue to Grant Street, things won’t look very different. You’ll pass Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, slated to reopen in late November. You’ll see signs for the Club Aquilonese San Vito Martire, a treasured institution for a century. American and Italian flags will wave above you. But look up, and you’ll see t...

Looking for spooky adventures as Halloween, All Souls’ Day and Day of the Dead approach? Then you may want to head to Naples, city of myths and legends, of mysteries and ghosts. Here are four of the most enigmatic legends and places in the city.  Naples’s most famous legend  One of the most famous Neapolitan legends is the one concerning Parthenope...

Campi Flegrei is the vast area located in the Gulf of Pozzuoli, west of Naples and its gulf. Here history and legend mingle. The influence of the ancient Greeks and Romans is still strongly evident in its landscapes. The sea keeps its traces alive in the waters of Baia, Lucrino and Miseno, where it is possible to admire the seabed of the submerged...

When you say Halloween in Italy, there are still those who turn up their noses because we give space to a product and a holiday that does not belong to us. But are we sure of this? We all know that it's an American holiday with an Irish tradition dating back to Celtic times. But there is a good chance that Halloween in Italy existed before the Celt...