The blood of Naples' patron saint Gennaro liquefied at the city's cathedral on Thursday evening, leading to relief among some superstitious Neapolitans who see it as a good omen. The 'miracle' traditionally occurs on three dates: 19 September (the saint's feast day), 16 December and the first Saturday in May. On each occasion the faithful gather in...

Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, with Mount Vesuvius towering in the distance, Italy's third-largest city is home to an incredible wealth of art and architecture. Ancient Greek wall fortifications, a Roman-era theater and a Norman castle testify to its long, rich history. And around every corner in the city’s UNESCO-designated hist...

Among the most famous Christmas desserts, born in Campania but now appreciated and enjoyed throughout the country, struffoli have their roots in ancient times, even if their origins are uncertain. According to many, struffoli derive from the Greek strongoulos – hence the name – meaning “rounded,” while others believe that Neapolitan pastry chefs we...

The tradition of the ‘presepe’ in Italy began with none other than Saint Francis of Assisi’. Profoundly moved after seeing the sacred representations on the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, Francis returned to Italy and created history’s first nativity scene in 1223 in a cave just outside Greccio (Lazio). Thus, the tradition of arranging nativity scene...

Pieces of fabric of various vibrant shades fill the Naples studio where Paboy Bojang and his team of four are working around the clock to stitch together 250 cushions for their next customer, The Conran Shop. They are not long from dispatching their first orders to Selfridges and Paul Smith, and with requests for the distinctive cotton cushions wit...

In an earlier period, Western medieval literary texts were anonymous. Stories and tales were not meant to have an author; they would circulate anonymously. Even centuries later, several writers had their books published under a pen name or still anonymously. For instance, the founder of the historical novel genre, Sir Walter Scott, wrote Waverley (...

The photographer Flavia Loreto was raised and born in Rome, after spending 20 years in Germany, she now lives in the USA. Photography is her passion and her way of relating to the people and to the world, of expressing emotions and feelings. She took these photographs of Naples one day in February 2016, following her curiosity and emotions through...

Oscar winning director Paolo Sorrentino said at the Naples premiere of his autobiographical Neapolitan coming of age film E Stata la Mano di Dio (It Was The Hand Of God) that it was a homage to the cinema of late Neapolitan actor and director Massimo Troisi. "There is only one protective deity over this film and that is Massimo Troisi. There is no...

Pizza has a very long, complex and uncertain history. It is true that pizza as we know it today originated in Naples, Italy, but flatbreads with toppings were already consumed by the ancient Romans. At the time though, these flatbreads were not made with durum wheat flour, did not require any leavening and were cooked directly on the fire or on hot...

Naples is renowned for its Christmas crib tradition and each year people look forward to seeing who the "new entries" will be - often figures from the world of politics, sport or entertainment. This year it is the turn of Damiano David, frontman of Italy's Eurovision-winning rock band Måneksin, to be honoured by the great Neapolitan tradition, repo...