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
by Antonella Bianco Like a vanishing point, looking into the gallery on the second floor of the Capodimonte Museum, the work of Michelangelo Merisi, aka Caravaggio, reveals, like a prodigious optical instrument, the intricate themes and ideas of Naples in the 17th century. The Flagellation, commissioned by Tommaso De Franchis for a large sum of money, was at that
I'm reading the recently released Capri: The Island Revisited at the moment. It is the revival of a book originally entitled Capri that was written by an American, one John Clay MacKowen in 1884. It was publisher John Churchill's chance encounter with the book in the library in Capri that brought about its resurrection, which I'll write more about that at later date.
I've been down hard with the flu for the last two weeks and have done very little work. Worse yet, I've spent precious little time outside. It might seem an odd thing to hear from a city dweller but that's actually the beauty of living in a city, and this city in particular. Our apartments are so small they lead to early onset cabin fever forcing us to spend a good deal
Naples treasures are large and small. Tucked away and hidden in plain sight. Original masterpieces, facsimiles thereof, or in this case, it's not what it is, but what it was thought to be. The tomb of Publius Vergilius Maro (70 BC - 19 BC), known to most simply as Virgil. The 1st century BC Roman poet who left the world the Ecologues, the Georgics and the Aenid and
One of Caravaggio's most important works, Sette Opere di Misericordia, The Seven Works of Mercy is one of Naples most prized possessions. A priceless work of art that you won't find in a museum or a gallery. Rather it graces the high altar of a small church just around the corner from Naples Cathedral, the Duomo. The octagonal Pio Monte della Misericordia (Pious