Ciao tutti!  I hope you’re all well and surviving the constantly changing weather! (Do I talk about the weather a lot?  Must be because I’m British!)

Don’t forget that Maggio dei Monumenti – May of the Monuments 2015 is now in full swing.

For the whole month of May, Naples is taking part in the ‘European Cycling Challenge‘, a team competition between urban cyclists.  If you cycle in any way in the city, whether it be to get to work, or to go and meet friends, you can help the team!

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Tonight, Thursday 21st May, ‘Mad Max Fury Road‘ is being shown in English, with Italian subtitles, at the Cinema Modernissimo, as part of their weekly series of movies in original language.

Also tonight, there’s a comedy show, ‘DM55… Because You Can’t Get Blood From A Stone‘, in English, by Marsha De Salvatore, a Cincinnati native with Calabrese roots, at the Chiesa del Real Monte Manso di Scala.

On Saturday 23rd, there’s a special event at the National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa, ‘A Train to the Stars‘.  The museum will be open extraordinarily until 23.00 and there will be guided tours and observations of the stars.

On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th, GAN (Gruppo Archeologico Napoletano) are giving guided tours of the Terme di Agnano, for ‘The Colours of GAN: Yellow’, as part of ‘Maggio dei Monumenti – May of the Monuments’.

May is ‘The Month of the Documentary‘, with appointments with documentary cinema, organised by Arci Movie, Parallelo 41, COINOR and Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II at the Cinema Astra.

Every Sunday, enjoy ‘Sundays at the Solfatara‘, a walk around a natural oasis, at the Solfatara.

As part ofIn the footsteps of the Grand Tour, there are the following events: Every Sunday in May, June, July, September and October, for  ‘The Campania of Wines‘, there are guided tours with dedicated transport to villages, castles, archaeological remains and museums combined with winery tours and wine tastings between art, history and traditions;  Every Saturday from May to October, for ‘The Campania of Flavours‘, there are guided tours with dedicated transport in art places, villages and monuments combined with visits to producers to observe the production process, flavor workshops and tastings of typical products in order to discover and appreciate the Slow Food Presidia and products of excellence in Campania; Every Sunday in May, October and November, for ‘The Campania of Music‘, there are a series of events with guided tours to the notes of melodies that have enchanted and captivated the world, breaking down the barriers between classical and folk music. In melody, everything…


Tonight, Thursday 21st, there is a concert at the Teatro Sancarluccio, ‘“L’Amore si veste di Musica” – L’Amore Cantato, Declamato e Danzato (Love Sung, Declared and Danced)’.

On Friday 22nd, as part of the Pietà de’ Turchini Foundation series of concerts, there is Gaetano Panariello’s Stabat Mater at the Church of Santa Caterina da Siena.

Every Friday night, at the Casa d’Arte, there is a date with Teatro nel Piatto, an exciting blend of cabaret, singing and theatre of the absurd, seasoned with touches of Mediterranean cuisine, orchestrated by Pasquale Della Monaco, to raise money to help restore and re-open the Villa Ebe and its gardens to the public.

From Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th, Renzo Arbore and the Orchestra Italiana will be performing at the Teatro Augusteo.

On Saturday 23rd, 99 posse are in concert at Arenile Reload.

As part of ‘Suggestioni all’imbrunire‘ series, there are two concerts at the Pausilypon Archaeological Site: ‘The magic of the vibrating strings‘ on Saturday 23rd; ‘I want it all‘ on Sunday 24th.

Something for Italian speaking little ones, on Sunday 24th and Monday 25th, at the Teatro dei Piccoli at the Mostra d’Oltremare, there is ‘Il Jazz Raccontato ai Ragazzi‘.

On Monday 25th, at the San Carlo Theatre you can see Hansjörg Albrecht.


There are many festivals this weekend:

  • 22nd – 24th is the Napoli Strit Food Festival returns to the Lungomare.  The organisers seek to modernise and help spread the Neapolitan street food Culture, who’s history is deeply rooted in the city, its piazzas, pizzerias, shops and streets.
  • Also from 22nd – 24th is the Tattoo Expo at the Mostra d’Oltremare.  Besides being able to see the tattoo artists at work, you can listen to music, participate in organized games and watch the performance of body art.
  • There is also a book festival, ‘Un (Lungo)mare di Libri‘, on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th at the Villa Comunale.  Your chance to participate in the second event, dedicated to travel, with publishers, booksellers, writers, readers in the name of the love for books and reading.
  • Finally, from 24th – 26th, at Castel dell’Ovo, there is ‘Vitignoitalia‘ – the only wine show in Italy dedicated entirely to wines made from indigenous Italian varietals. Now in its 11th year, it is the largest wine event in Southern Italy, the primary focus is on southern wines and wines from the Campania region, but there will be exhibitors from other regions as well including Veneto, Tuscany and Piemonte. You will also have the opportunity to sample some of the best food of the Campania Region.

On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th there is the Campagna Amica Coldiretti Market at various locations in Naples and the surrounding area.

Every Sunday in the pedestrian area of Via Diaz, there is the Mercato del Contadino – a wonderful market of all the best local produce.

Every Sunday at the Hippodrome Park of Agnano, there is an antique, craft and flea market.

Every Sunday at the Fiera di Nocera Inferiore, there is the Salone Dell’Usato, a large, covered market, selling crafts, antiques, collectibles and modern antiques/art.


There’s a very special exhibition starting on Tuesday 26th, ‘Pompeii and Europe.  Nature and History (1748 – 1943)‘.  The exhibition will be held in the amphitheatre at the ruins of Pompeii and aims to analyse, through different focuses, the fascination the site of Pompeii has held for artists, from the start of the excavations of 1748, to the dramatic bombing in 1943.

Don’t forget, every Sunday at 10.30 there is a mass in English at the Christ Church in Naples.

Of course there are more events currently on around Naples, details of which you can find on our events pages.

Enjoy whatever you get up to, and I’ll be back next week with more fun! 🙂