The vibrant southern Italian city of Naples seems to run on espresso. Marcello Uzzi, who offers high-end tours of his city, says the city's excitement is due in part to its love of coffee. A regular stop on his tour is Caffè Gambrinus, which was established before Italy was, back when Naples was a kingdom. "It's like a temple," Uzzi said. And coffe...

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan is always striving to develop new programs to inspire, educate and engage the community. Please join us on December 17, 2019 at The Village Players of Birmingham for the performance of “The Nativity Scene” (Natale in Casa Cupiello) by Eduardo De Filippo. The cast is formed by a wonderful group of volunteers c...

Italy has often been described as a cultural superpower and for good reason—it has more Unesco World Heritage Sites than any other country, and is home to the Uffizi Galleries and Vatican Museums, repositories of some of the world’s most spectacular art. But it has many lesser-known, exceptional museums, where you can can take in a broad range of m...

La Fiat 500 più bella del mondo dedicata alla città più bella del mondo. Da Washington a Napoli, grazie all’omaggio di amore e arte fortemente voluto da Giuseppe “Joe” Farruggio. Titolare della storica pizzeria napoletana “Il Canale”, centro nevralgico della gastronomia del quartiere chic di Georgetown e dell’intera capitale statunitense, ha commis...

Vedi Napoli e poi mori, once you’ve seen Naples, you are free to die. It may sound unsettling at first, but whoever visited the city can testify it is so special, so unique and so precious it could well represent the climax of one’s life, at least when it comes to beauty.  Naples, with its noise that becomes music, its crumbling buildings and majes...

Less than three centuries ago, Naples was the capital of a kingdom, the center of Europe, and in competition with Paris as the chicest capital on the continent. Before the long period of decline that followed Italy’s unification, visitors—especially the British—headed to Naples for decadent souvenirs such as paintings, porcelain, and mandolins. Tod...

Of all things you may imagine to find in Naples , a dolls’ hospital – or an ospedale delle bambole, to say it in Italian – is probably one  of the strangest.  But let me introduce you to it with a little anecdote. A few  years ago, I was in Chicago with one of my best friends. Sometime before, she had introduced me to the American Girl dolls: she h...

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

The harmony and the refined nature of the ceramics of the Capodimonte Museum alongside San Carlo theatre costumes, art inspired by Vesuvius and music will form the core of an exhibition showcasing history. The exhibition, entitled 'Napoli Napoli. Di Lava, Porcellana e Musica' ('Naples Naples: Of Lava, Porcelain and Music') will open on September 21...

The center of Naples is marked with many narrow pedestrian roads, but Via San Gregorio Armeno, also known as Via dei Presepi (Presepi Street), stands out. The street is completely full of shops dedicated to the traditional Neapolitan presepio, the Christian nativity scene. Almost every figure and decoration found here is handmade by local nativity...