“Love is in the air, everywhere I look around” ūüôā To tell you the truth, I don’t like Valentine’s Day, but it’s happening whether I like it or not!!!

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Also this weekend/Monday/Tuesday, it’s Carnevale (carnival), so today I have TONS of fantastic events for you to choose from.

GENERAL EVENTS

Tonight, Thursday 12th February, ‘Unbroken‘ is being shown in ENGLISH at the Cinema Modernissimo, as part of their weekly series of movies in original language.

Something special for children who like singing is ‘Liberi di cantare‘, an open audition¬†for the formation of a children‚Äôs choir at the Church of San Rocco a Chiaia. ¬†The auditions take place on Friday 13th February.

If you speak Italian, then on Friday 13th February, as¬†part of the ‚ÄėFestival Internazionale di Musica Antica‚Äô, there is the presentation of¬†the book ‚ÄėDevozione e Passione: Alessandro Scarlatti nella Napoli e Roma barocca‚Äė, at Castel Nuovo.

On Saturday 14th February, Largo Berlinguer on Via Diaz, there will be ‘One Billion Rising’ flash mob, against violence against women.

Also on Saturday 14th February there is the February meeting of the AIWC (American International Women’s Club). ¬†They¬†invite all English-speaking¬†women¬†to join them for a morning coffee in¬†Christ Church¬†hall.

If you’re looking for something sporty this weekend, there are two events on Sunday 15th. ¬†The first is the Naples Marathon. ¬†The full marathon covers 42.195km and the half-marathon 21.097km, passing archaeological sites and providing some spectacular views. ¬†There is also a 10km “fun run”. ¬†The second event is a basketball match of Givova Napoli vs Assigeco Casalpusterlengo at the PalaBarbuto.

In conjunction with the Marathon on Sunday 15th, Sunday will be one of the ‘Ecological Sundays‘, where no cars are allowed to drive in the city centre,¬†unless they have special permission, from 9.30 – 13.00.

Every weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), until 29th March, there are evening guided tours of the Catacombs of San Gennaro. ¬†‘The Lights Inside‘ is a hugely successful¬†guided tour, a journey of lights, sounds and images that rewrites the Catacombs of San Gennaro, seen not only as a burial place, but as a real womb where life takes shape. ¬†There will also be¬†the virtual figure of Andrea De Jorio, archaeologist and ethnographer from Procida (born 1769), author of an important guide to the catacombs, who will host the visitors as an ironic and elegant ‚Äúpresence‚ÄĚ.

VALENTINE’S EVENTS

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, on Saturday 14th February the San Carlo Theatre are hosting 3 special events – after the morning performance of ‘Othello’ there will be a guided tour of the MeMus; you can watch the ensemble rehearsal of ‘Tristan and Isolde’; there will be special guided tours of the San Carlo.

At the Reggia di Caserta, a pair of swans have arrived, Ferdinando and Carolina, and to celebrate their “love”, on Saturday 14th February there is a guided tour of the romantic “Giardini Secreti” of Castelluccia, the little castle nestled in the ‘Bosco Vecchio’ of the park.

The Citt√† della Scienza is also getting in on the Valentine’s Day action on Saturday 14th, with ‘Make(rs) Love‘. ¬†A¬†fantastic evening of love and science. ¬†Find out how seahorses court, what the laws of attraction are and prove your love with a fantastic cookery game, with prizes. ¬†The evening will conclude with a spectacular launch of Chinese lanterns.

Alongside the Naples Marathon, taking place on Sunday, on Saturday 14th there will be a Valentine’s Day Relay!

The biggest Valentine’s event for Saturday 14th is ‘Notte degli innamorati – Night of lovers‘. ¬†There will be a whole host of events taking place around the city.

CARNEVALE (Carnival) EVENTS

This Sunday, 15th February, as part of ‘Sunday at the Hippodrome of Agnano‘, there will be a Big Carnival Party. ¬†There will be loads of children’s entertainment, such as clowns, jugglers and ponies, along with a Latin-American Carnival and a big parade on the racecourse, all in costumes/masks.

Also on Sunday 15th February, at the San Carlo Theatre, there is ‘Carnival in masks….. for families‘. ¬†The Fracassoni Brass ensemble and choral ensemble of the San Carlo Theatre will perform and there will be make-up and hairstyling workspaces for children‚Äôs carnival costumes.

Another event for children on Sunday 15th is ‘Big Carnival Party for Children‘, at the Citt√† della Scienza. ¬†Spectacular shows interpreting typical Neapolitan carnival masks, fancy dress parades, face painting, stick insects, nature mimicry,¬†archery¬†and¬†fencing.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

On Friday 13th February, there’s your chance to¬†attend a meeting with the conductor Zubin Mehta, at the San Carlo Theatre. ¬†An afternoon with Maestro Zubin Mehta¬†to explore through his words¬†the world ¬†‚Äúbehind the scenes‚Ä̬†of¬†¬†the two masterpieces he will conduct at the San Carlo in the next few weeks:¬†Tristan and Isolde¬†and Symphony no.3¬†¬†in D¬†minor by Gustav Mahler.

Also on Friday 13th, Luche is in concert at Casa della Musica.

As part of¬†the ‚ÄėFestival Internazionale di Musica Antica‚Äô, there is a screening of ‘Tutte le mattine del mondo‘, at the church of San Rocco a Chiaia, on Saturday 14th February.

Another event on Saturday 14th as part of the¬†‚ÄėFestival Internazionale di Musica Antica‚Äô is a concert, ‘Un virtuoso alla moda: Nicola Grimaldi detto Nicolini’,¬†at Palazzo Zevallos. ¬†After the concert there will be ‘Waiting for ‘wine&thecity’‘, a chance to share a glass of wine and say goodbye.

Also on Saturday 14th, there is a meeting, in Italian, with Alessandro Baricco and Michele Dall’Ongaro at the Chiesa di Santa Caterina da Siena.

On Monday 16th, Afterhours will be in concert at the Teatro Augusteo.

Until Tuesday 17th February, you can see the San Carlo Theatre’s ‘Othello‘ at the Teatro di Corte of the Palazzo Reale.

FAIRS/MARKETS

From Friday 13th to Tuesday 17th February Vomero Chocoland 2015 will be taking over Vomero.  There will be stalls around Vomero, offering courses, tastings, chocolate entertainment for children and evening entertainment for adults in Piazza Vanvitelli.

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.

FINISHING THIS WEEKEND

Finishing today, Thursday 12th February, is the photography exhibition ‘La Napoli di Bellavista‘, of photos by Luciano De Crescendo, at the Nilo Museum Shop.

Ending on Saturday 14th February is ‘Stelle‘, the exhibition of work by Lino Fiorito, at¬†the¬†Al Blu di Prussia¬†gallery.

The ‘Mediterranei‘ exhibition at the National Archaeological Museum ends on Monday 16th February.

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.

Wow! So much to do, I don’t know how you’ll choose! Whatever you decide, enjoy the weekend and the holiday days on Monday and Tuesday, if you have them! ūüôā