Capri is a stunning, rocky island in the Bay of Naples surrounded by the sparkling blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.  It sits just off the Sorrentine Peninsula, easily reached by ferry from both Sorrento and Naples. Taking a day trip to Capri is the perfect idea if you’re looking to soak in amazing views, discover unique sights, and maybe even do...

In the heart of downtown Naples, visitors trickled in early Monday morning on the streets of Via Duomo to experience the annual legendary blood miracle of patron Saint Januarius. Within a few hours, hundreds of locals and tourists gathered at the Naples cathedral of Chiesa Cattedrale di Napoli also known as the Duomo di Napoli to witness the miracl...

ARIES – The first sign of the zodiac, these rams love to be number one and aren’t afraid to dive into challenging situations, no matter how hard they may be. The same is true of MATERA, a city dug into a rocky outcrop in Basilicata whose challenges are (quite literally) as hard as stone. Annoyed by excessive details and needless nuances, Aries woul...

Just 5 miles outside the city of Salerno, on its southern boundary, is a town of roughly 30,000 residents that is of little interest to tourists except as a superb jumping-off point to visit the glorious sites of the Amalfi Coast and of the magnificent Greek ruins of Paestum. The town is Pontecagnano-Faiano. Yet Pontecagnano has made a major contri...

Naples is the capital city of Campania in South West Italy, on the Gulf of Naples and at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. It is also the gateway city to the famous Amalfi Coast. Naples is often overlooked by visitors to Italy in favour of the grandeur and romance of cities like Rome, Venice, and Florence. But once you experience your first taste of Napl...

In the heart of Naples' beloved Quartieri Spagnoli (Spanish Quarter), near Piazza Trieste and Trento, a Baroque gem has reopened its doors. After an extended closure, the Church of Carminiello in Toledo, with its intricate green and blue majolica tile floors, is welcoming worshipers and drawing in new visitors with an exhibition from Italian-Americ...

San Gennaro was Bishop of Benevento, Italy, and died a martyr in 305 AD during a religious persecution spearheaded by Emperor Diocletian. He signed his death warrant when he visited the deacons, Sosso and Proculo, and the laymen, Eutichete and Acuzio, in jail. The Proconsul, Timothy, had Gennaro arrested. He was tortured without wavering in his res...

Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and defined as one of the most beautiful works of hydraulic engineering in the world, the Carolino Aqueduct was the work that, together with the Royal Palace of Caserta, sanctioned the great success of the architect Luigi Vanvitelli. He, with his ambitious project for the aqueduct, denied all the expert...

If you’re planning a trip through Europe, don’t forget to consider these Italian villages. “To visit them is to participate in Italy’s beauty while helping keep these enchanting places alive,” says Fiorello Primi, president of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” association (I Borghi più belli d’Italia). While you know Rome, Florence, or Milan,...

Naples pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth: a nativity figurine appears in San Gregorio Armeno in her honor, a tribute by the master craftsmen of the Neapolitan nativity scene for her death. "Addio Regina" (Goodbye Queen) reads a card placed at the foot of the terracotta figurine depicting the Sovereign. The workshop is that of Genny Di Virgilio, an ar...