After visiting Teatro San Carlo, Stendhal wrote in his 1817 travel journal, “Rome, Naples and Florence”, “There is nothing in all of Europe comparable to this theatre, that gives the slightest idea of what it is like. It dazzles the eyes, enraptures the soul”. The theater is, indeed, an overwhelming triumph of beauty. Built in 1737 by King Charles...

Certainly not lacking for cultural excellence, Italy is not only the cradle of Roman, Renaissance and Baroque art, but it also plays a rather important role in the international modern and contemporary art scenes. Museums, galleries, cultural institutions and the artists themselves are organized into collectives: art in Italy follows the flux of ev...

From the 15th century until today Neapolitan music has positively evolved, been preserved and also mixed into modern styles. In the 50s, with the American influence of jazz and boogie music, new styles were formed and embraced by the artists of the time. One of the first artists to bring Neapolitan music to the larger Italian public was Renato Caro...

Saturday December 8, 2:00 pm. Garibaldi Meucci Museum. 420 Tompkins Avenue, Staten Island, NY. Admission: $10; open to the public. Contact: Carol Berardi 718-442-1608. A lecture and DVD presentation by Anita Sanseverino and Lou Barrella featuring the unveiling of a newly created Presepe Napoletano by Brooklyn Artist John Miniero. A Neapoltan Presep...

The Umberto I Gallery in Naples was built between 1887 and 1890, and now represents one of the most famous outcomes of the so-called Risanamento – the great urban planning operation that radically changed the city at the end of the 19th century, with new squares, streets and buildings replacing pre-existing ones. The new plan was officially motivat...

When: November 17 - January 6, 2019 - Where: The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Gallery 203 After its widely popular debut in 2013, our spectacular 18th-century Neapolitan crèche returns once again this holiday season. One of the very few and finest examples of such a work outside of Naples, the crèche is an intricate Nativity scene...

Non sempre la diplomazia e’ un mestiere facile, specialmente se l’interlocutore e’ un popolo che ha subito una guerra fratricida, ma quando uno ti tende la mano per risalire dal fosso profondo ove si e’ precipitati, non si deve guardare in faccia il Salvatore perché sia degno di noi. Aiutare il prossimo certe volte odora di bruciato e i primi ad av...

Scampia, Secondigliano, San Giovanni a Teduccio. L’istituto tecnico Fermi, il carcere e la Federico II. Cosa hanno in comune? La multinazionale Cisco. Che ormai da tempo ha deciso di investire su Napoli, anzi sul capitale umano napoletano. «Perché qui abbiamo trovato bellezza ma soprattutto competenze. Il nostro ceo, Chuck Robbins, è rimasto affasc...

The Met will continue a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of both New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. The magnificently lit, twenty-foot blue spruce will loom over a vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene, enshrined in an abundant array of lifelike figures with silk-robed...

Between the end of the 1700s and the beginning of the 1800s, cafés were a place for intellectuals, middle class, aristocrats and the penniless to mingle. Regardless of their status, everyone came in looking for something to eat or drink, a shelter from the cold, or – in the case of artists and writers – a place where ideas could be exchanged and in...