March 13 2015 / Places

Scandal in Posillipo

Naples, Campania

Queen Joanna II (1373 – 1435) lived in troubled times. Her series of court favourites and lovers was embroidered in

February 6 2015 / Local Interest


Mount Vesuvius, Campania

From the days when British Ambassador William Hamilton wore through his shoes (and those of his long-suffering servants) upon the

October 31 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Drain Away

Napoli, Campania

Puozza scula’… possibly, at the same time, one of the most colorful and most disturbing Neapolitan insults that one can

May 17 2013 / Art & Archaeology


Naples, Campania

No trip to Naples is complete without a walk along what locals simply call Spaccanapoli (literally, Naples splitter). Actually, it

February 20 2013 / Places

Calabria’s Patron Saint

While strolling through the huge Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples, the Church of San Francesco di Paola with its grand

January 16 2013 / Places

The English Cemetery in Naples

Napoli, Campania

For centuries expats have enthusiastically lived in Italy. When they died, however, they often needed a place of final rest

September 17 2012 / Art & Archaeology

Lost Body Parts

Napoli, Campania

Neapolitans seem to have a thing for uninterred body parts. At the Duomo, for example, the bones of patron saint

May 24 2012 / Local Interest

Sea Naples and Revive

Naples, Campania

A few years ago I wrote about the pleasures of Sunday mornings by the sea in Naples. Traffic was banned

April 16 2012 / Events

The City of Miracles

Naples, Campania

Neapolitan locals will tell you it’s true. In Naples, you can witness two miracles and even ask for a personal

March 19 2012 / Art & Archaeology

Santa Caterina a Formello

Naples, Campania

Not far from the Porta Capuana, one of the ancient gates of Naples, stands a church with Renaissance roots. Originally

December 22 2011 / Local Interest

Street-life Nativity

Napoli, Campania

In a bustling narrow alleyway in downtown Naples, Neapolitan life and Naples’ highest craft traditions merge. I can’t imagine Christmas

November 10 2011 / Places

A View with a City

Napoli, Campania

App or map, you have to orientate yourself in an unfamiliar city. In Naples the view from the Castel Sant’Elmo

June 10 2010 / Local Interest

Bespoke spokes – Talarico Umbrellas

Napoli, Campania

In one of Naples’ dusky alleyways is a little umbrella factory that puts others in the shade. It was 150

October 2 2009 / Local Interest

A View of the Vomero

Naples, Campania

The classic postcard of Naples has four elements – blue sea, bluer sky, the pleasing curve of the bay and

July 7 2009 / Places

Villa Floridiana


If Naples is a feast of sound and colour, the Villa Floridiana is the mint tea to follow, refreshing, green

May 8 2009 / Art & Archaeology

A Puzzle at Pozzuoli


For enthusiasts of construction games and puzzles, the Flavian Amphitheatre at Pozzuoli is intriguing. In the ruins of the third

May 6 2009 / Local Interest

The Man Behind the Mask

Rione Sanita', Napoli

Brunello Leone was an architect who gave up his career in 1978. He did not win the lottery, nor did

April 23 2009 / Local Interest

La Nunziatella


Some people have fairies at the bottom of their garden. We have the oldest military academy in Europe at the

March 27 2009 / Places

Il Castel dell’Ovo


The magnificent Castel dell’Ovo (Egg Castle) dominates the Naples seafront. This sophisticated sandcastle – see where the spade sliced down

February 4 2009 / Places

The Colours of Corricella

Corricella, Procida

On the island of Procida is a village that still uses its fishing boats when so many other little towns