Layers of construction barriers hid the main entrance from view, so we veered off towards the seaside in hopes of spotting another point of access. Aside from enjoying the sights and sounds of Neapolitan fishermen in a local harbor, no luck. Circumnavigating the consulate and slipping into the pedestrian way immediately before the construction seem...

Located south of Naples, Cilento is a region that has it all: sea (the Tyrrhenian), mountains (the Apennines), the second largest national park in Italy, and, perhaps most importantly, excellent food. Not only has Slow Food recognized eight products from the region that are worth protecting, but the area is also inextricably linked with the Mediter...

The monumental complex at Caserta was built by the architect Luigi Vanvitelli for the Bourbon king Charles III in the mid-18th century to rival Versailles and the Royal Palace in Madrid.  The site, inscribed by Unesco in its World Heritage list in 1997, comprises a magnificent palace with its park and gardens, natural woodland, hunting lodges, as w...

In 1955 Parks refused to give up her seat on a racially segregated bus in Alabama - a key moment in the US civil rights moment. She received death threats and moved north to Detroit, where she briefly lived in the white clapboard house with relatives. After a legal dispute in the US the house is now on display in Italy. The US Congress has referred...

Tuesday September 1 at pm Pacific via Zoom. Register Here. Zoom link will be provided to attendees on Sunday. We have the rare privilege to host Anita Sanseverino from the East Coast this month to share the fascinating history of Naples. For Anita's full background, click here: Anita Sanseverino's Bio. Her presentation will focus on the illustrious...

Temitayo Ogunbiyi has clear memories of the neon fillings of the apology chocolates a 7-year-old girl gave to her after calling her a nigger on the school bus. She has clear memories of another girl who refused to touch her because she was afraid it would turn her black. She was raised in suburban Philadelphia. When she was asked to design a tempor...

“My funeral will be really beautiful because there will be words, more words, praise, people will recognize me as a great actor, because Italy’s a very beautiful country, but here you get to be appreciated only when you’re dead.” This was the great Antonio Griffo Focas Flavio Angelo Ducas Comneno Porfirigenito Gagliardi De Curtis of Bisanzio, bette...

Overlooking sparkling sea and overshadowed by Mount Vesuvius, the Italian city of Naples is a popular and evocative setting in popular culture. HBO’s acclaimed TV adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s best-selling Neapolitan novels returned to UK screens for its second series this summer. Its popularity follows that of Sky Atlantic’s Gomorrah. This series...

The best way to see Naples is on foot, and there’s a lot you can discover in a day, as many of the city’s attractions are located close to one another.  Here’s a walking tour of Naples in a day. Start at the city’s central railway station, Piazza Garibaldi, which is where you arrive if, for example, you’re getting to Naples from Rome for the day. F...

Paolo Sorrentino, the Oscar-winning Italian director, is to make a movie for Netflix in his hometown of Naples, reports Variety.Titled The Hand of God, the film will be written and directed by Sorrentino however, for now, little else is known about the project. The title of the movie is believed to be a reference to Argentinian footballer and forme...