Looking back on Napoli 2012, I couldn’t believe what a great year it was, how many great events the city hosted, and how much Napoli changed and grew. But now that I’ve had a peak at what’s ahead for 2013, I just might have to say, it’s shaping up to be even better.

Be it art, history, culture, music, dance, theatre, or sport, the city’s calendar is chock full of events this year. Opera, ballet, symphony, plays and great museum exhibits for the cold, rainy, winter months. Outdoor events like the return of America’s Cup and cultural events like Italy’s Week of Culture and May of the Monuments in the spring. For the summer, Estate a Napoli returns with outdoor concerts, music festivals, open air movies, and, the third annual Napoli Pizza Village on Lungomare. And there will be more great classical concert series, film festivals, and the return of Natale a Napoli in the fall.

And here at Napoli Unplugged, we will be taking you to some of the city’s best museums and archaeological sites, seeking out its hidden treasures, and bringing you stories about the people, the customs and the artisan crafts that make this city, la città più bella del mondo.

Meanwhile, Giuseppe, will be busy in the kitchen whipping up more tantalising Neapolitan delights and we have a few surprise field trips in store. And Ann, who is busy putting the finishing touches on her new book Tweeting Da Vinci, will be back in April to continue her EarthScape Naples series.

As for me, I’m finally back to work on a project that’s been sitting on my desk for almost two years now, the Napoli Unplugged iPhone App for Naples. And if the creek don’t rise, expect to see its debut by the end of April.

In the meantime, here’s a look at just some of what’s in store for 2013!

Winter: January – March

Music, Theater and Dance


  • Days of the Dinosaur at Albergo dei Poveri through January 31st
  • Rock! 3 at PAN Palazzo delle Arti, January 12th – February 24th
  • Marzo Donna and Festa della Donnna, International Women’s Day, March 9th with events throughout the month
  • Heartbeat at MADRE through March 24th
  • Sol Lewitt at MADRE through April 1st


Spring: April – June

Music, Theater and Dance

  • Primavera Musicale by the Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti at Chiesa di Donnaregina
  • Piano City Napoli, April 20th -21st, Citywide
  • Bruce Springstein in Piazza del Plebiscito, May 23rd
  • Napoli Teatro Festival, June 6th – 23rd
  • European Festival of Music 16th Edition, June 21st
  • West Side Story at Teatro San Carlo, June 22nd – 28th
  • Festa del Carmine e Notte della Tammorra, June 23rd – 28th


  • NADW – Napoli Design Week, April 1st – 8th, Citywide
  • Borsa Mediterranea del Turismo – Mediterranean Tourism Exchange at Mostra d’Oltremare, April 9th – 14th
  • EnergyMed – Exhibition and conference on renewable energy sources at Mostra d’Oltremare April 11th – 13th
  • 34th Edition of Fiera del Baratto e dell’Usato, Naples Flea Market and Swap Meet at Mostra D’Oltremare, April 14th – 15th
  • Settimana della Culturala, Italy’s Week of Culture,15th Edition, April 2013
  • Napoli Comicon 15th Edition, April 25th – 28th
  • Disco Days 11th Edition April 27th – 28th
  • Maggio dei Monumenti, May of the Monuments, throughout the month of May
  • Napoli Tattoo Festival at Mostra d’Oltremare, May 24th – 26th
  • Wine & The City 6th Edition May 29th – June 1st
  • Vitigno Italia 9th Edition, June 2nd – 4th


  • America’s Cup Returns April 16th – 21st
  • Giro d’Italia 96th Edition 2013, May 4th – 26th
  • 59th Regata of the Three Gulfs, May 17th
  • Settimana dei Tre Golfi, May 23rd – 26th
  • Le Vele d’Epoca a Napoli June 26th – 30th

Summer: July – September

  • Estate a Napoli and Lungomare Liberato, Music, Theater, Dance, Cinema, Events, and Exhibits through September 2013
    • Ethnos Festival, International Festival of Ethnic Music, 18th Edition
    • International Blues Festival 13th Edition
    • Suo.NA Festival of Independent Music
    • Ghetto Nobile, 4th Edition, Multicultural Music
    • Bulbart Festival of Independent Music
    • Retronuevo, 6th Edition
    • Napoli Folk Style, Festival of Folk Music
    • Annual Tribute to Mario Musella 2013
    • Altofest, International Festival of Performing Arts 3rd Edition, July 5th – 7th
    • Accordi & Disaccordi, Festival of Open Air Cineman, 14th Edition, June through September
    • Ridere, Festival of Comic Theatre and Cabaret, 23rd Edition at Castel Nuovo, August
  • Ischia Film Festival, June 29th – 6 July
  • Classic 12′ Dinghy 12th Edition on Lungomare, July 11th – 14th
  • Pino Daniele at Piazza del Plebiscito, July 12th
  • Tanotango Festival 11th Edition 4 – 8 September
  • Festa di Piedigrotta, September
  • Napoli Pizza Village 3rd Edition, September
  • Napoli Bike Festival, September
  • European Day of Jewish Culture, September

Fall: October – December

  • Napoli Film Festival, 15th Edition
  • ArteCinema, International Contemporary Art Film Festival, 18th Edition
  • Venezia a Napoli, Film Screenings from the Venice Film Festival
  • Festival of Cinema and Human Rights
  • 35th Edition of Fiera del Baratto e dell’Usato, Naples Flea Market and Swap Meet at Mostra D’Oltremare
  • Natale a Napoli 2013

And Don’t Forget…


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