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...

If you walked around Sanità 15 years ago with your camera on your shoulder like that it would’ve been stolen,” says local shopkeeper Antonio Vitozzi, pointing at my battered Nikon. More than likely I would’ve been nowhere near this neighbourhood back then. Riven by urban decay and high unemployment, Naples’ poorest district used to be a dangerous p...

With a Saturday lunch crowd packing the open-air courtyard at L’antica Pizzeria da Michele in Los Angeles, a power outage might have spelled disaster. But a recent blackout put a spotlight (albeit a battery-generated one) on what the two-year-old Hollywood restaurant does so well. When the lights and electric ovens suddenly went bust during my visi...

Looking for spooky adventures as Halloween, All Souls’ Day and Day of the Dead approach? Then you may want to head to Naples, city of myths and legends, of mysteries and ghosts. Here are four of the most enigmatic legends and places in the city.  Naples’s most famous legend  One of the most famous Neapolitan legends is the one concerning Parthenope...

Campi Flegrei is the vast area located in the Gulf of Pozzuoli, west of Naples and its gulf. Here history and legend mingle. The influence of the ancient Greeks and Romans is still strongly evident in its landscapes. The sea keeps its traces alive in the waters of Baia, Lucrino and Miseno, where it is possible to admire the seabed of the submerged...

One legend states that Naples’ coffee culture arose thanks to Maria Carolina of Hapsburg, daughter of Maria Theresa of Austria and wife of King Ferdinand IV. The queen arrived in Naples in the 17th century, when Vienna's refined coffee houses were already institutions in and of themselves. It's no surprise that similar establishments began to appea...

Napoli… the great urban amphitheater spreading out across its picturesque bay.  Anchored by the steaming hulk of Vesuvius and pushed up to the heavens from the shimmering Mediterranean Sea, it’s a city so vibrant, so full of history that the quest to tell its story inspired six volumes, eight scholars, 2,322 pages, 758 illustrations, 651 readings,...

The Hand of God is a movie made from memory. Paolo Sorrentino’s Naples-set coming-of-age draws directly from his childhood, from epic family gatherings and sexual awakenings to life-altering losses and the grief that follows. The film follows Fabietto (Filippo Scotti), a young man who grows up with loving parents and is drawn, largely as a result o...

It’s no secret that pizza is the national dish of Italy and Naples is the pizza capital. And when it comes to pizza, the bar just keeps getting higher. It all began with some ambitious pizzaioli who started a pizza revolution, and three of the most esteemed are Enzo Coccia, Ciro Salvo, and Gino Sorbillo. Here are their thoughts on their craft. Enzo...