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...

To reach the Amalfi Coast and the archaeological areas of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the tourists visiting Naples are advised to go to the Garibaldi station, then downstairs (under the high-speed trains platform) and take the Circumvesuviana, the regional network of lines that connect the entire coast, from Naples Nolana to Sorrento. When it’s summer...

Through the first two years of the pandemic, my husband and I saved our pennies and dreamed of a trip to the Amalfi Coast of Italy. I can’t even guess the number of travel videos and articles we viewed, planning our “someday” trip. In May 2022 we landed in Naples to begin our 3-week adventure of several cities in the beautiful Amalfi Coast, Italy....

It’s a summer Saturday on the Amalfi Coast, and it feels like everyone has come to Positano. Only one street leads up from the harbour through the village, and it’s packed — a long snake of people winding their way up, the swell of the crowd moving as one. Initially, it’s hardly appealing, to be honest — the reality of overtourism dampening the bea...

While anxiously waiting to finally resume in-person travel, our virtual journeys embrace the whole of Italy. Our aim is to deeply focus on lesser known, smaller, often ignored territories. This new appointment takes us to Cilento, in the Campania region, precisely to three coastal towns of jaw-dropping beauty. Campania is one of Italy’s most visite...

Many believe that San Marzano tomatoes are the best-canned tomatoes in the world. They even refer to San Marzanos as the crème de la crème – the standard we use to judge other tomatoes. Back then, it was not easy to lay your hands on them; these days, you can find some varieties on most supermarket shelves. Both chefs, home cooks, and culinary enth...

The lovely coastal town of Sorrento, Italy sits 55 meters above the sea on the south side of the Bay of Naples. This holiday destination is the perfect Italian town for those looking to enjoy old-world architecture, cobblestone streets, and fabulous coastal views while being surrounded by lemon trees. Sorrento’s proximity to famous places like Napl...

It was a celebration not only of ties that bind, but of ties that could be created, then reinforced. This past weekend, Irpinia Stories had the chance to go on the road to Boston, MA, to participate in the North End’s Saint Anthony’s Feast, which is the largest of its kind in New England, as I have written in a previous post. The Feast was brought...

Dear Friends of Italian Innovators, I begin the 5th season of the show with a new episode dedicated to the Neapolitan entrepreneur Nicola Romeo, who gave his name and vision to the car company Alfa Romeo and spearheaded the project of bringing car manufacturing to the South of Italy (an idea that would find expression only after his death, in the p...

Anna King Shahab and family find peace and perfect pasta in some of the Amalfi Coast's less touristy areas A 50km stretch of villages wedged between sea and mountain, connected by a perilous zig-zag of roads better designed for Vespas than the burden of buses that prevail today – Italy's Amalfi Coast is a tourist hotspot. The time we spent there wa...