Volcanic eruptions evoke images of lava, fire, and destruction; however, this is not always the case. The Plinian eruption of Mount Vesuvius around 4,000 years ago – 2,000 years before the one that buried the Roman city of Pompeii— left a remarkably intact glimpse into Early Bronze Age village life in the Campania region of Southern Italy. The vill...

Gomorrah is a book written by Roberto Saviano and published in 2006, which became a major bestseller in Italy. It is an inside and non-fictional story which recounts how the organized crime network known as Camorra - more powerful and violent than the Mafia - operates and rules in the city of Naples with its international influence and illegal busi...

A trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete without at least a glance around you at the  architecture. Look closely (or perhaps not even that closely) and you’ll find an incredibly varied range of architectural styles. In Venice, there’s the byzantine Basilica of Saint Mark with its intricately decorated golden facade. Travel slightly further south to Emi...

Naples is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and a popular destination from all over the world. Thanks to its beauty, its food and its history it is often chosen to seal eternal love. In the Italian tradition, if you think about marriage, the immediate connection is to Naples and its beauties, which will lead you to choose the best places to...

Italy is populated with foreign tourists at any time of the year, but on the occasion of some holidays, even Italians tend to prefer their country as a destination for their holidays, especially during the All Saints' weekend. The bridge this year happens between Tuesday and Wednesday, which means that for those who can, it will be a long weekend f...

“The World’s 50 Best Bars” ranking was recently announced for 2022 and Italy, lauded land of the aperitivo hour, has four spots that made the cut. An annual ranking of the planet’s top pouring establishments, The World’s 50 Best Bars is voted on by a group of 650 well-traveled drink experts and owned by William Reed Ltd, a multimedia company in the...

Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 pm. Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY. Presented by Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka. Register here. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD destroyed the prosperous cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and they remained buried under many feet of volcanic ash, stone and hardened lava for more than 16 centuries. The debri...

Swimming in UNESCO-protected canals. Breaking into historic sites. Driving down the world's most famous staircase. And just when you thought that was as bad as it gets: smashing priceless sculptures in a fit of pique. As travel restrictions dropped this summer and tourists flooded back to Europe, the news of visitors behaving badly in Italy just ke...

Literally, a caffè sospeso is a “pending” or “suspended” coffee … but what does it mean and what’s the story behind this habit popular in Naples and, today, also here and there in other parts of the country? First things first, let’s explain what it is: a caffè sospeso is the charitable habit of paying for coffees in advance, for people who may not...

While looking for a solution to climate change today, recent research has revealed that ancient Naples could have solved the problem. Researchers are looking into how the region's ancient streams might provide refuge from intense heat as the planet warms. Established as Cool City Project, Italian and American design students and architects collabor...