For travelers in search of the opportunity to relax by the sea - yet still partake in an active cultural and social scene - a trip to the lovely islands of the Bay of Naples is definitely one for the bucket list: we’re talking about Procida, Ischia and Capri. A long weekend is ideal for enjoying the beauties on display on these three islands and fo...

Mount Vesuvius in Italy is as deadly as it is beautiful. It is the volcano responsible for destroying (and preserving) Pompeii and Herculaneum (as well as Oplontis and Stabiae). Famously Mount Vesuvius erupted in its fire and fury in AD 79 in an eruption that ejected clouds of stones, ashes, volcanic gases to a height of 33 kilometers or 21 miles i...

It may seem unbelievable to think, but pizza was not always Italy’s most iconic dish, in fact, in its earliest iterations, it was born in the streets, reserved for only the humblest of people. Pizza is arguably the world’s favorite fast food and today, it can be eaten anywhere, anytime. At home, on the street corner, or at a restaurant. Throughout...

I came to Neapolis for the zeppole. I stayed for everything else. That includes the company of chef/proprietor Pasquale Illiano, whose roots in Naples, Italy, show in all he does. They are also evident on all the shelves and display cases. At this Italian food emporium, most of the packaged products are imported, organic or artisan. He relishes tel...

There are so many city in Italy that have food name. Gragnano, Parma, Colonnata, Gorgonzola, are only a bunch of them. Actually, there are some more, from the north to the south of Italy. To give food name to the city it is not an Italian linguistic affectation but something much more important.  When a city has food name we can easily recognized t...

Cilento, in the Campania region, is the birthplace of biodiversity. There is a rare, ancient legume in this unique area, different from all the others, which can only be found here: the maracuoccio di Lentiscosa. Since 2016, the Lentiscosa maracuoccio is included as Presidio Slow Food.  In the houses of Cilento, in fact, maracuoccio has always been...

The drive to adopt ultra-high-tech infrastructure, not just for vehicles, but for the roadways themselves, has long been fueling innovation in multiple countries. From biodegradable materials, to 5G-enabled roadways, it’s looking like the roads of the future are going to be more than just asphalt and concrete with lines painted on them. In Europe,...

On a recent morning at the necropolis of Porta Sarno, just outside Pompeii’s eastern edge, Mattia Buondonno gingerly raised a protective tarp covering a tomb discovered last year. According to the inscription on the tomb’s pediment, its occupant was a freed slave named Marcus Venerius Secundio, who became rich and “organized performances in Greek a...

TUCKED AWAY IN A TINY street near the center of Rione Sanita lies a peculiar secret garden. Hidden away from roving eyes, accessible only by appointment, this beautiful 10,000 square foot yard hides a wealth of history and mystery. Flushed with mandarin, lemon, even banana plants, fountains, a stage for outdoor theater and music performances, and a...

La Costiera Amalfitana. To borrow a few lines from a wonderful old song – “Say it loud and there’s music playing; say it soft and it’s almost like praying” – is befitting. Just the sound of the words hints at the magic and allure found along Italy’s Amalfi Coastline. Encompassing 25 miles of magnificent coast stretching from Sorrento to Salerno, th...