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San Martino Charterhouse and Museum – Gothic basement open to the public

By at February 10, 2015 | 11:52 am | 0 Comment


Starting from Saturday 24th January 2015 - every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30, with obligatory booking - the gothic basement of the San Martino Charterhouse and Museum will be open to the public. The basement makes up the beautiful and impressive spaces of the foundations of the fourteenth-century Carthusian monastery, a building that began in May 1325 at the behest of

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Unfired Clay Pots Found at Pompeii

By at November 7, 2014 | 12:13 pm | 0 Comment

The Special Superintendent for Archaeological Heritage of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae reported on 28 October 2014 that dozens of unfired clay pots have been found at Pompeii in the furnaces of the workshop of a potter in the area of the Necropolis of Porta Ercolano. They were discovered during  the course of recent research studies conducted by the Superintendency

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Villa of Poppea – Confirmation of the Villa Overlooking the Sea

By at October 30, 2014 | 10:42 am | 0 Comment

Porticato Villa di Poppea

The Special Superintendent for Archaeological Heritage of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae reported on 29 October 2014 that studies have confirmed that the Villa of Poppea in Oplontis did in fact, overlook the sea. According to a SSBA press release: It has long been presumed that the Villa of Poppea in Oplontis had spectacular views of the sea, with panoramic

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Changes in entry to state run museums and monuments

By at June 26, 2014 | 11:18 am | 0 Comment


The 19th June, the Minister for 'beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo', Dario Franceschini, announced that as of 1st July 2014, the ticket system for state run museums and monuments in Italy will change.  The changes will be as below: ALL over 25s will have to pay for entry to state run museums and monuments, INCLUDING over 65 year olds. The first

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Unite the Two Bays: Landmark Agreements to be signed between Napoli and San Francisco During Mayor de Magistris Visit to the Bay Area

By at October 25, 2013 | 8:25 am | 0 Comment


Unite the Two Bays, an innovative project, fostering cultural, technological, and economic exchanges announces:   Naples (Italy) and San Francisco step up cooperation on human rights, technology and science. Agreements to be signed at the Italian Consulate on Oct. 25, 11:00, in the presence of Naples’ Mayor de Magistris, Senator Leno, Assemblyman Ammiano and

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The Four Days of Naples – September 27- 30, 1943 (Le Quattro Giornate di Napoli)

By at September 27, 2013 | 8:38 am | 5 Comments

Quattro Giornate

By Ann Pizzorusso By September 1, 1943,  Napoli had suffered 105 bombings resulting in over 25,000 dead, tens of thousands wounded and 100,000 apartments destroyed--further, Vesuvius had erupted and incomparable cultural and artistic patrimony had been obliterated. What was left of the city was decimated—smoldering ruins, no water, no food and a populace

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Saint Restituta

By at September 26, 2013 | 2:28 pm | 0 Comment

Santa Restituta

Il Duomo is one of the primary destinations for any Naples visitor. The patron saint of the city, San Gennaro, is buried here and his blood is kept in an ampoule in a side niche. But, if you are in search of an odious woman, Il Duomo also pays tribute to Saint Restituta. Not much is known about her life, except that she was born in North Africa near Carthage and was

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A Journey Through Virgil’s Phlegraean Fields

By at June 20, 2013 | 10:15 pm | 2 Comments

NOTE: BARBARA HAD NO IMAGES FOR THIS POST The Sibyl uttered her trance-induced predictions, Charon ferried souls across the swampy Styx, and Romans bathed in hydrothermal spas, all within an eight square mile area west of Naples, Italy known as the Phlegraean Fields.  Publius Vergilius Maro, better known as Virgil, wrote about these ‘fields of fire’ in his epic work

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The Bourbon Dynasty

By at May 2, 2013 | 12:19 pm | 1 Comments


The opulent Bourbon dynasty ruled Naples from 1734 to 1861, not only bringing political stability and the civic ideals of the Enlightenment, but turning what had become a dilapidated city after two centuries of Spanish rule into a modernized metropolis. In 1734, King Charles III of Spain from the house of Bourbon took over rule from the Austrians and was crowned King

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San Giovanni a Carbonara: An Ancient Beauty

By at March 5, 2013 | 11:31 am | 0 Comment


by Antonella Bianco A little known wonder. The name of this church refers to the fact that in this place, Via Carbonara, until the end of the Middle Ages, they burned the garbage of Naples, letting the water from the hills to the north (Sanità-Capodimonte) drag the sediments to the sea. The Church of San Giovanni a Carbonara was built on land donated by the noble

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