If you told me at the end of 2011 what was in store for 2012 I would have never believed you. And yet at the same time, it wasn’t until I sat down to write this post that I realised how busy a year it was and just how much the city has changed and grown.
Though it still has its detractors, perhaps one of the city’s most noteworthy accomplishments this year was Lungomare Liberato, the liberation of Naples Seafront.
The administration fought to keep the temporary measures that were put in place for America’s Cup 2012 and as of this posting, Lungomare is still car free, and this prime piece of real estate has not gone to waste.
It played host to all manner of sporting events including the Italy-Chili match of the Davis Cup, Beach Volleyball, 3 on 3 Basketball, the NBA 3 on 3 Summer Tour, Napoli Bike Festival, and it served as the backdrop for Festa della Liberazione, Napoli Pizza Village, and of course another great New Years Eve celebration and Fireworks at Castel dell’Ovo.
Keeping on with the theme of sustainable cities and sustainable mobility, the city hosted the the 6th Edition of the World Urban Forum, European Mobility Week, reduced taxi fares with the Taxi Per Tutti program, and there was the long awaited opening of the Toledo Metro Station and the Inauguration of Naples Bike Path.
Beyond Lungomare, the city played host to a variety of cultural events including Italy’s Week of Culture, Settimana della Cultura in April, another great edition of Maggio dei Monumenti, May of the Monuments, Naples Weeklong Celebration of Wine – Wine in the City and Vitigno Italia, European Heritage Days, and Natale a Napoli 2012, a fantastic Christmas celebration which included White Night – Notte d’Arte.
And here at Napoli Unplugged, though we fell way, way short of our goals, we did our best to keep up with everything that was going on and brought some new and intersting content from a variety of perspectives to the Napoli Unplugged pages.
In April we welcomed resident resident geologist Ann Pizzorusso, who is exploring the geological forces at play around this beautiful city with her recurring EarthScape Naples series.
Meanwhile, Giuseppe kept busy in the kitchen cooking up more great Neapolitan dishes like his Lasagana Napoletana for Carnivale, Easter’s Capretto alla Napoletana and Pastiera, and the summer’s favourite Neapolitan Fritti, with plenty of great dishes in between.
We also welcomed guest posts from the author of The Silver Hearted: A Novel, David McConnell with his Letter from Naples, author of The Espresso Break: Tours and Nooks of Naples, Italy and Beyond Barbara Zaragoza with her Giotto in Naples, and writer and artist extradionare Penny Ewles-Bergeron with her Finding Mimmo Paladino in Naples.
As for myself, I journeyed to the past at the Hellenistic Necropolis of Neapolis, the Bourbon Tunnel and Virgil’s Tomb, and had a peek at the future at the Salvator Rosa Metro Art Station and Parcheggio Morelli.
I strolled along Salita della Pedimentina and Don Bosco Hill. And I sat down with the director of San Carlo’s Children’s Choir Stefania Rinaldi, local artist Luigi Mazzella, American artists Rebecca Harp and Todd Williamson, and American Writer Bill Morgan.
Yes, 2012 was a busy year here in Napoli Town, but 2013 is shaping up to be even more so.
Find out what’s in store next week when we take a look at the year ahead.