The death of Diego Armando Maradona, on 25 November, has plunged the Italian city Naples into mourning for the football legend who played seven golden years with Napoli, leading the club to two Serie A victories. The Argentine footballer helped Napoli to win its first Serie A league title in 1987, a remarkable feat that saw the team overcome heavyw...

THE MUSEO STATION OF THE Line 1 of the Naples Metro is one of the line’s many “Art Stations,” but, contrary to the other stops, this one also hosts a special area of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. In this area, called “Stazione Neapolis,” from the ancient name of the city of Naples, there’s a display of the many relics found during t...

Italy's mass testing programme to track cases of coronavirus is stretching the public health system to its limit. Poor organisation and widespread delays have left many people without tests, especially in poor neighbourhoods. Health authorities cannot cope with the long queues of people asking to get tested. But private tests cost €60 to €80 and ma...

Come ogni anno a Napoli c’è una pizzeria che realizza un divertente presepe commestibile, interamente fatto di cornicioni di pizza. Si tratta della Pizzeria 900 in via San Pasquale Scura, in cui i soci Dario e Carlo Ambrosino, aiutati dal pizzaiolo che ha realizzato l’opera, Carmine Mauro, hanno inaugurato questa tradizione tempo fa. Un presepe in...

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. It comes as now surprise, then, that US president-elect Joe Biden is the latest high-profile figure to be honoured by the great Neapolitan tradition, report...

An artist in Italy has remaigined the traditional Christmas nativity scene  for the coronavirus age. At Genny Di Virgilio's workshops in Naples, his nativity figurines gaze at the Baby Jesus from behind  protective masks.  And the charachters are even standing at a safe distance, especially the elderly. Only baby Jesus remains unchanged. Too big a...

RICHARD LUKE CONCANEN WAS A Catholic prelate born in Ireland in 1747. He completed his studies in Italy and served various roles in several churches. Thanks to his friendship with the Archbishop of Baltimore, he was able to secure permission to establish a Dominican province in the newly established United States. In 1808, Pope Pius VII appointed C...

THE PIZZA MARGHERITA IS CONSIDERED to be the classic Neapolitan pizza. While it has come to be a famous dish all over the world, some say its story began in a narrow alley in Naples. According to the popular legend, the pizza Margherita was invented in 1889 by Raffaele Esposito, chef at Pizzeria Brandi. The pizza was allegedly created in honor of I...

The Lacryma Christi  is a wine from the Campania region of Italy produced in the area of Mount Vesuvius. Indeed, it is also known as  Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio.  It holds a DOC denomination, which means only when produced in the Vesuvian areas, it can bear its beautiful name.  Yes, its name. Latin for “Christ’s tears,” it is evocative and mysteri...

You are certainly familiar with it, thecurnicello, or cornetto, that red chili pepper Neapolitans use to attract good luck and be protected by evil forces, or malocchio, as they call it. Found often on market stalls,  it has become a symbol of fortune a bit everywhere in Italy, even if, of course, its Neapolitan roots remain strong.  To be  fair to...