Ho iniziato il 2020 con un libro che a definire profetico o messianico non esagererei. Si tratta di Naploitation – Napoli, la tradizione e l’innovazione. Autore Marco Demarco, pubblicato da Guida Editore nella collana PrimaPagina creata dallo storico Giuseppe Galasso. Il volume è dedicato a due grandi napoletani, da poco scomparsi, Giuseppe Galasso...

Glitz. Glamour. Bling. No matter the era, the lifestyles of the rich and famous are fascinating to those of us with a voyeuristic streak. During the Renaissance, Italy was rife with opulent homes filled with priceless art collections and owners who wanted to show them off. After the Middle Ages came an economic boom and a new reverence for classica...

Virtual Reality during chemotherapy has been shown to improve breast cancer patients’ quality of life during the most stressful treatments, according to a recent study. Breast cancer is, to date, the most frequent oncological disease worldwide, and has an impact both from a physical and psychological point of view. Receiving a breast cancer diagnos...

Il peperoncino piccante è un ospite molto frequente sulle tavole degli Italiani, e nel corso dei secoli sono stati in tanti a decantarne virtù terapeutiche di vario tipo. Ora una ricerca condotta dal Dipartimento di Epidemiologia e Prevenzione dell’I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed di Pozzilli, in collaborazione con il Dipartimento di Oncologia e Medicina Moleco...

Today, on the occasion of the Neapolitan Pizza International Day, according to a report by Cna Agroalimentare (Italy’s National Confederation of Crafts and SME) the pizza market has reached an annual turnover of 15 billion euros in Italy (and about 30 billion globally). One hundred and thirty thousand companies in the sector are involved, and full-...

The San Martino Charterhouse (Italian: Certosa di San Martino) is perched on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Naples – a strategic location picked by Charles, Duke of Calabria, who wanted the complex built in 1325 near the Castle of Belforte, now replaced by Castel Sant’Elmo. Few traces remain today of the ancient gothic style of the structure create...

On a trip to this thrumming city about 15 years ago, art historian Michael Stoughton hoped to visit a famous Baroque church in the Sanita neighborhood. An Italian friend said no — the area was too dangerous. If you must, the friend added, then take a taxi and make the driver wait for you. Today that same neighborhood attracts thousands of tourists...

The city of Napoli in Southern Italy is very devoted to its patron saint San Gennaro (Saint Januarius). Throughout the city, many small altars dedicated to the saint can be found; however, by far the biggest tribute to San Gennaro is this mural painted by Neapolitan street artist Jorit Agoch in 2015. The mural is located in a very crowded section o...

There is a little bit of Naples in the extraordinary discovery of Nasa, the US space agency, which has identified a new habitable planet, similar to Earth: it is an extrasolar planet whose discovery was made thanks to Tess, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite space telescope. There are also two Neapolitans in the team that led the search for:...

Italians are very serious when they talk about pizza. You may not know that there are two different pizza philosophies in Italy: the romana and the napoletana, one comes from Rome, the other from Naples. ARE YOU ROOTING FOR NAPLES OR ROME? Let’s start with the history. Even though Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans had some “prehistoric” pizzas, the bir...