New year, new beginnings and a new picture too!!!
Now will someone please remind me why I hate the weather this time of year in Napoli!
2015 was a fantastic year here in Napoli town, although it did have its fair share of ups and downs. The year started on a very sad note with the loss of Pino Daniele, but Naples rallied, as it always does, and the year ended on a high note as a record number of visitors descended on the city during the Christmas holidays. We said goodbye to 2015 in true Neapolitan fashion, with a bang, crackle and pop… fireworks on the Lungomare. And unlike in years past, we got ourselves a room overlooking the fray instead of diving into it.
The release of the NU Guide kept me otherwise engaged and on the road for much of the year. It was all very exciting, but in the end, I felt like I lost touch with two old friends: my bella Napoli and Napoli Unplugged. Thankfully, Napoli welcomed me back like a faithful puppy and Holly was here to keep the home fires burning on Napoli Unplugged.
Holly has been with me for nearly two years. Quick with a laugh, smile and a hug, hence her Holly Jolly monicker, Holly has helped me weather a number of storms and she has been an indispensable part of NU. And while I was off conquering the world, Holly kept the website humming. She kept us up to date on the latest news and events, got our new Naples Weekender weekly newsletter up and running and answered a myriad of questions about Naples from our readers, not just in English, but in Italian, French and Spanish too! I couldn’t have managed without her.
As fate would have it, it’s now Holly’s turn to go out and conquer the world. She has returned to the UK, taken on a new and (much more) exciting job and is off to bigger and better things. Thank you for everything Holly. Life won’t be the same here without you!!!
Naples In the News
- Naples mourns Pino Daniele one year on – Remembering a local hero
- Ancient city of Pompeii unveils restored homes – A spectacular unveiling at Pompeii during the Christmas Season
- Naples: what to see, plus the best restaurants, bars and hotels – Another nod to Naples from The Guardian.
Naples on the Blogs
- Georgie Knaggs and the year ahead – Naples, Italy: on its way to 2016
- If these walls could talk – Red Wedding in the New Castle, Naples
- Italy’s ancient ruins – four of the seven sites on this list are in Campania – How To “Ruin” Your Italian Vacation
Naples in Video
The Month Ahead
With Holly off to new adventures, I honestly have no idea what’s in store for January, I’m still working on that, but I can tell you this, it’s one of the best times of the year to explore the area. There are virtually no crowds at Pompeii this time of year (and six new openings) and a boat ride to Sorrento on a clear day will reward you with stunning views of Vesuvius. Head to one of Naples many museums or galleries on the rainy days and there is still time to catch Salerno’s Festival of Lights – Luci d’Artista’ 2015.
For the Napoli Expat – the Naples Naples International Happy Hour is Wednesday the 13th (vice the 6th) of January, 19-22 at Barril in Chiaia and the AIWC Meeting is Saturday, 9 January. There is also Cinema in Original Language at the Cinema Academy Astra (presented by CLA – Centro Linguistico di Ateneo) and at Multicinema Modernissimo. And as usual, there are English language services at Christ Church Naples every Sunday. Find all of Naples English Speaking events.
In other news… Though I’m a poor replacement for Holly, I will try to keep up with the events and sending out the weekly News & Events Newsletter. If you aren’t already getting it, please sign up here!!!
And don’t forget – our NU Guide to Naples is available in paperback and EPUB3 eBook for iPad (and most other devices). We are (still) working on the conversion to Kindle and hope to have that available soon.
To those of you who have already purchased a copy and to those of you who have left reviews on Amazon and Good Reads we are eternally grateful. Your purchases help us to support the work we do here at Napoli Unplugged.
The book is now on sale at several outlets – take 20% off through January 31st at:
- Partenope Press – enter coupon code napleswinter at checkout
- Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Italy, Amazon France and Amazon Spain – buy from seller Partenope Press and enter coupon code UOTFWPCY at checkout
The book is regular price on Amazon US but for our APO/FPO customers, shipping is cheaper than on Partenope Press.
You can also find the guide at Foyles Bookshop and Daunt Books in London and the eBook is available at:
Have a great start to 2016!!!