Naples: A perfect harmony of controlled chaos. You’ve heard the name before, usually before words like “pizza” or “coffee” or “pastries”, but ultimately, Naples is so multidimensional and lively that it cannot be summed up in a few key words. A stroll up one of the numerous hillside streets will reveal the animated spirit of this Southern Italian c...

Giant portraits of famous and ordinary people are invading Naples thanks to the unparalleled talent of the Neapolitan street artist known as Jorit. Symbols of struggle and social resistance, Jorit's characters are real warriors who bear the marks of 'battle': two red stripes painted on their faces. These signs are reminiscent of scarification, a te...

As foreign outrage mounted over evidence of possible executions and other atrocities by Russian forces in Ukraine, world-renowned ballet dancers from the two countries at war danced together in a performance in Naples to appeal for peace. A Ukrainian ballerina who fled the war in her homeland and a Russian ballerina who quit the Bolshoi Ballet over...

To most of us, Mount Vesuvius is at once a beautiful postcard and a deadly killer. We can’t forget the magic of a Neapolitan landscape, with the city gently laying on the waters of its gulf and Mount Vesuvius, sometimes pictured with a thin pinnacle of smoke flowing out of its main crater, embracing everything like a burly, but loving father. And t...

The L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele folks are staying busy, with planned outposts coming to Long Beach, California and New York City. The group isn’t planning on slowing down, either, because they’re soon to jump north with a new location in the Central Coast city of Santa Barbara. The incoming arrival of L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele — the famous 150-...

Around 700 noted Italian buildings and historic sites open their doors to the public on the weekend of 26-27 March as part of the annual Spring Days initiative organised by the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI). The sites include rarely-opened palaces, castles, abbeys, libraries, parks, nature trails and gardens in 400 towns and cities across Italy, in...

There’s no doubt that the Royal Palace of Caserta is impressive. In a country with so much world-renowned architecture, the moniker “Versailles of Italy” has to be earned. Extending over an area of 47,000 meters and including five floors, the palace boasts its own chapel, library and theater. Yet it’s something outside that will keep you coming bac...

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...

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...