"When the silence in the streets may seem deafening, music continues to dictate trends and shape the cultural, social and political fabric of the cities it inhabits and of the people gravitating in this ever-changing world.” This condition of continuous change provides the basis for the Music & The Cities podcast, putting music at the heart of each...

In a first for Europe, a fully artificial heart has been successfully implanted into a patient in Naples, Italy. The bioprosthetic heart, developed by French company Carmat, has already been implanted into patients in clinical trial settings in the US but this operation marks the first commercial sale and use of the product. In December 2020, Carma...

The Church of San Gennaro at the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte has reopened to the public after 50 years, and it promises to be quite the unusual experience.  Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has inserted (a lot of) contemporary into Naples’ Baroque soul - as Italy’s Culture Minister Dario Franceschini put it, “The restoration of the Church...

The botanical garden of Naples is one of the most beautiful and envied structures in the city. It has a large extension and a strong historical presence. It preserves about 9000 plant species and almost 25000 specimens. Let's discover its beauties together. Among its attractions, Naples counts as one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in all o...

Goethe once said once you’ve seen Naples you can die. Whether or not this is true, is of course, debatable. One can’t appreciate the unique characteristics of the city or its people without taking into account that they live in the shadow of Vesuvio. The mighty volcano, Mount Vesuvius, is the destroyer of Pompeii and is still active today. To safeg...

Diretto da Tara Elliott e scritto da Ben Gassman, Botte di Ferro è una fresca storia d’amore, amicizia e sogni ambientata fra gli Stati Uniti e l’Italia. Lui e Lei, i protagonisti dell’opera, sono due giovani new yorkesi che si sono conosciuti da piccoli ad un campo estivo. Gli anni passano, i corpi cambiano e di conseguenza sbocciano nuovi sentime...

My “Italian Adventure” novels are love letters to Italy. There’s no other way to describe the experiences of an American who arrives in Italy on holiday and decides to never leave. Both Cucina Tipica (2018) and Cucina Romana (2021) have characters and plot, conflict and resolution, humor and pathos, but all of these traditional narratives are infor...

Architect Santiago Calatrava’s decorative scheme for the Church of San Gennaro in the Real Bosco di Capodimonte, built in 1745 by architect and stage designer Ferdinando Sanfelice at the behest of Charles of Bourbon, is a tribute to the ‘light of Naples’ and local artisan craftsmanship. This work of art by a contemporary artist in an 18th-century c...

Many Italian-Americans have Neapolitan and Sicilian roots and, among them, a great part has certainly fond memories of their grand parents or parents speaking in the “dialect” of their own native land. Some, I am sure, probably also learned it, a sincere and loving way to bond with family, but also to keep alive the connection with their ancestral...

A new underwater route opened on Wednesday for divers, snorkelers and canoeists in the ancient Portus Julius in the underwater archaeological park in Baia, in the province of Naples. The underwater structures are submerged between two to five metres deep, due to the bradyseism typical of the Phlegraean Fields. In ancient times, the structures made...