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...

A quietly idyllic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Ischia offers a heartwarming dose of Italian beauty, spirit and hospitality, with a generous splash of nostalgia for the Italy of yesteryear. Here, five-star hotels and luxurious thermal springs are juxtaposed with scenes of Italian grandmothers hanging out laundry, religious street parades, and kids...

Italy has always been the cradle of art and culture: over the years have been built several historical theaters famous all over the world, which have hosted great musicians, dancers, singers and artists of all kinds. There are several Italian architects who have designed and built some of the most beautiful historical theatres, so let’s find out to...

Crowded and colorful, bustling, energetic, and animated, gritty, and crumbling. No display of words can truly describe Naples’ Quartieri Spagnoli.  The street network of the Spanish District was developed in the 17th century during the Spanish rule of the Kingdom of Naples. The troops were quartered in this area bordered by one of the main streets...

The region of Campania in southwestern Italy is well known for several attractions, such as Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and of course the marvelous city of Napoli, which for many locals and tourists, is all about its pizzerie. But the wines of Campania, while becoming more recognized these days, are still under appeciated in the world of Italian wine...

Pasta di Gragnano PGI, whose supply chain can boast over 300 million in consumer value, continues its growth by exceeding 92 thousand tons of certified production, increasing +84% in the last three years (2018-2020). It is the ninth Italian Protected Geographical Indication product by value and the second in the South of Italy. Pasta di Gragnano PG...

Along the heights of the Amalfi Coast in Italy, every inch is terraced, connected by steep stony staircases that tempt visitors with twinkling — but treacherous — Mediterranean views. Climbing through terraced orchards of lemon trees, I'm hot and thirsty, fantasizing about fresh-squeezed lemonade. And then, just like a fairy tale, I come upon the d...

Italian excellence is historically synonymous with quality and innovation. From the creations in the Renaissance to the internationalization of Italian cuisine, local luxury brands are also expanding through Asia. Last September, Bvlgari released the statement necklace Mangalsutra in India, giving their modern touches to this traditional jewelry th...