Christmas in Naples is something unique and astonishing, a perfect fusion between the sacred and the profane, the tradition and the innovation: the bustling streets of the historical city centre filled with decorations, the traditional melodies of the zampognari (bagpipes players), the smell of roasted chestnuts and hazelnuts coated in caramel melting together with the unique aroma of the Neapolitan espresso coffee, and, above all, the famous presepe (nativity scene), surely the most representative example of the Neapolitan Christmas. How many of you have walked along the narrow streets of San Gregorio Armeno and have been enchanted by the countless
Another extraordinary female image re-emerges in Pompeii during the new excavations of the Regio V. The myth of Leda and the swan depicted in a unique fresco has been indeed discovered during the stabilization and re-profiling of the excavation fronts, in a cubicle (bedroom) of a house along Via del Vesuvio. The painting, a triumph of sensuality, represents the junction between Zeus, transformed into a swan, and Leda, daughter of Thestios, the King of Pleuron and wife of Tyndareus king of Sparta. According to the Greek myth, Zeus, in love with Leda, turned into a swan to mate with her
A recent discovery in Pompeii seems to change without any doubt the date of the catastrophic eruption of Mt Vesuvius that destroyed the ancient Roman cities in the I century AD. In a letter to the historian Tacitus written 25 years after the tragic event, Pliny the Younger recalls the last days of his uncle and the violent eruption of Mt Vesuvius  dating it back to “nonum kal Septembres”, which is nine days before the beginning of September or the 24th of August 79 AD. A day that has always been taken for granted to calendar this natural disaster. Until
If you are planning to visit the MANN (Archaeological Museum of Naples) in these days, you should be aware of Le quattro giornate di Napoli, the four days of Naples, a fundamental event in the Neapolitan and Italian history. Le quattro giornate di Napoli took place between 27th – 30th September 1943 and refer to those days when Neapolitan people gathered and fought to send the Nazi army away, by counting only on their forces and will of freedom. An important event indeed since Naples was the first city in Europe to free itself from the German army’s oppression and
Cumae, Discovered An Ancient Tomb Featuring A Naked Servant Cumae,  the oldest Ancient Greek settlement in the western world, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and intriguing places for archaeologists. Founded in the second half of the 8th century BC by Greeks from Euboea, later sacked by the Oscans and then incorporated into the Roman Empire, this ancient city and its precious and amazing findings have indeed casted a light on crucial aspects of the Greek culture and on the ancient civilization of Ancient Campania. In recent years archaeologists have focused the excavations on an area where a Greek
Rome 2018 Aperol Spritz Festival: A Unique Event To Taste The Famous Italian Cocktail Have you ever heard about Spritz? Would you like to taste this amazing Italian long drink? Well, if the answer is “yes” you cannot miss the event Rome 2018 Aperol Spritz Festival hosted by Roma.Eat, that will take place in the Italian city on Sunday 23 September 2018 at Palazzo Brancaccio. For one day the halls of this marvellous historical palace will be transformed in Aperol Spritz bars opened from 6pm to 2am: 5 stands in total, where famous Italian bartenders will prepare their best cocktails for a
Florence Jazz Fringe Festival 2018 Have you ever heard about the Florence Jazz Fringe Festival (FJFF)? It is one of the most successful and lively festivals in Italy, born from an idea of Furio Di Castri, an Italian musician, who during the first edition was able to register 25,000 admissions, a considerable achievement undoubtedly. FJFF will be back for the Florentine Summer 2018 from 5 to 9 September: 5 days for 70 hours of music, 150 artists who will perform in 12 places for over 50 performances, with a program that will celebrate and enhance the originality of music. FJFF
The Rome Of Kings: A Journey In The Ancient Rome How was life in the Rome of kings, when neither the Senate nor the Empire existed? The answer may lie in the new exhibition that is taking place in Rome at the Capitoline Museums within the rooms of Palazzo Cafarelli and in the area of the Temple of Jupiter until the 27th of January 2019. “The Rome of the kings. The story of Archaeology” it will be indeed the first of a series of temporary exhibits whose aim is to allow visitors to learn about the most ancient phase in
“In Search Of Stabiae”, A New Exhibition Casts Light On The Ancient City Of Stabiae And Its Inhabitants “In Search of Stabiae” is the title of a new exhibition that has been inaugurated at the Antiquarium of Pompeii on the 31st July 2018, and will be on display until the 31st January 2019. The exhibit will focus on the Ancient town of Stabiae that,  together with the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, is without a doubt an area of great interest in the reconstruction of territory settlement dynamics in Campania during the Roman Empire and before it. Thanks to
FERRAGOSTO IN ITALY: regular openings for museums and archaeological sites   Ferragosto is a special day for Italian people, celebrated every year from North to South on the 15th of August. Nowadays it is a catholic feast day in honour of the Virgin Mary, but its roots date back to the Roman Empire. The name Ferragosto comes from the Latin “Feriae Augusti”, which means “August’s rest”, and indicated the days set to celebrate the emperor Octavian Augustus, the first Roman emperor, from which the month of August takes its name. In ancient times, as a pagan feast, it was celebrated
NIGHT WALK IN POMPEII, OPLONTIS AND STABIAE A night with history or better say in the light of history. This could be the motto of the event promoted by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities that will take place from Friday 27th until 28th September along the routes of the Vesuvian archaeological sites: Pompeii, the Villa of Poppaea at Oplontis, the Antiquarium of Boscoreale and, for the first time, the Villa S. Marco at Stabiae will be illuminated on Friday and Saturday evenings for an evocative night walk. In Pompeii the night walk will begin from Porta Marina and
The Ravello Festival – 66th Edition of the great music event From 30th June to 23rd August 2018 the suggestive village of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast will host the 66th edition of the Ravello Festival, one of the oldest and most renowned music festivals in Italy. A summer event well known all over the world that In over half a century, with its stage overlooking the sea, has hosted excellent international symphony orchestras, opera singers, composers, dancers, choreographers, actors and directors. The kermesse this year will be enriched by 26 appointments where tradition melts with innovation and the classical
"Drink and Run" the famous sporty aperitif of Florence Among the many events, fairs and festivals every summer Florence offers to its visitors, there is a very unusual one called Drink and Run where the participants will be asked to literally…drink and run! A funny 8 Km carefree race among the most suggestive paths of Florence at sunset enhanced with rivers of iced beer to restore the strength: these are the three magic ingredients of this very amusing event that will take place on Tuesday 3 July in the Tuscan city. The meeting point will be at 7 pm at
Concerti al Tramonto: Art, Music and Theatre Festival on Capri Island Imagine yourself sitting on a beautiful terrace in Capri island, drinking a glass of wine and listening to your favourite songs while the sun sets behind your back. It definitely sounds like a beautiful, gentle dream and the good news for you is that it isn’t just a dream but reality! “Concerti al tramonto” is indeed the name of a musical festival that will take place in the breath-taking location of Villa San Michele, which was once the residence of Axel Munthe, the famous Swedish doctor and writer, who
Vinòforum wine festival in Rome Excellent food and wine go on stage at Vinòforum - The Space of Taste, the kermesse dedicated to wine and quality food that will animate Rome with tastings, exclusive dinners, cooking shows, workshops, didactic lessons from 15th to 24th June. The festival will be hosted at Lungotevere Maresciallo Diaz (Farnesina) in Rome and this year, to celebrate its 15th year anniversary, it will inaugurate four brand new areas: the Wine & Gourmet Arena, the Alchemiq Bar, an Oil Shop and an amazing Lounge Bar Distillery. Vinòforum will include hundreds of wineries - some of the best on
Poison Naples - “The Power Of Poison” The Great International Exhibition For The First Time In Italy For the first time in Italy in the heart of the city of Naples, the great international exhibit Poison Naples - The power of Poison dedicated to one of the most fascinating and feared topic in nature: the Poison! Extremely powerful and sometimes an incredible instrument for attack or self- defence, the poison can have different origins and shapes within the animal and plant kingdoms. Some species like the yellow scorpion of Palestine, the golden poisonous frog or even the ivy and the

IO DALÍ: an amazing exhibit in Naples to unveil the imagery of Salvador Dalí From March 1st to June 10th 2018, the PAN | Palazzo delle Arti of Naples will be hosting the incredible exhibition “IO DALÍ” that investigates and reveals the secret life and eccentric personality of Salvador Dalí. From the construction of the myth to his immortality, the exhibit aims to unveil the truth behind the Catalan artist, his genius and his one and only artistic talent.   The exhibition, curated by Laura Bartolomé, Lucia Moni and Francesca Villanti in collaboration with the Fundació Gala Salvador Dalí, focuses on

Van Gogh in Naples – The Immersive Experience The amazing exhibit “Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience” housed in the suggestive location of the Basilica of San Giovanni Maggiore in Naples has been extended until May 13th 2018.   Thanks to a synergy between art and technology and an innovative 3D mapping system all visitors can completely immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the Dutch painter, one of the most famous artists of all time. The exhibition, created and distributed by Exhibition Hub and Next Exhibition, has entirely transformed the interior of the Basilica of San Giovanni Maggiore in Naples with

The Lombards: People who changed history The Archaeological Museum of Naples is housing from 21st December until 25th March 2018 the exhibit The Lombards: people who changed history that illustrate Langobards’ past and the challenges they faced that caused the political and historical fragmentation of the Italian Peninsula. The Lombards (also known as Langobards literally meaning “people with long beards”) were a tribe of Germanic warriors who crossed the Alps and began invading Northern Italy starting from 568 A.D. Some regions remained under the control of the East Roman Empire, others started a brand new phase. Italy had changed forever: it turned into

THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY MUSEUM IN ROME The educational entertainment freely inspired by the world of chocolate, finally arrives in Italy. Between 18th November 2017 and 18th February 2018, Fiera Roma has opened a CHOCOLATE FACTORY-MUSEUM, an amazing theme park specifically designed to entertain and educate and finally reveal all the secrets of chocolate. Thanks to a partnership with Helexpo, a trade fair organizer that has already held this incredible event in Greece, visitors have been able to learn all the tricks about chocolate, its processing techniques, tasting and preparation courses. The Chocolate Factory Museum is a family-friendly unique theme event that offers an

“The Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China” for the first time in Italy The exhibition  “The Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China” has been  inaugurated for the first time in Italy on October 24th 2017 and will be open to the public until January 28th 2018.  The exhibit features an extraordinary amount of objects related  to China’s First Emperor Qin Shihuangdi and his astounding terracotta army and is housed within the 16th century Basilica dello Spirito Santo (Basilica of the Holy Spirit) in Naples which has been temporarily adapted for this purpose to fully capture the

“Genesis”: the latest great exhibit by Sebastião Salgado From the 18th October 2017 to the 28th January 2018 the PAN (Palazzo delle Arti) in Naples will host the extraordinary exhibition “Genesis” by the Brazilian documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado. The project is an enchanting journey within the rare beauty of our planet, a valuable resource and heritage to contemplate and preserve: with more than 200 B/W photos, the artist emphasizes the need to change our behaviours in order to adopt a new and more respectful attitude towards our world to protect it and save it. The exhibition is the result of

Five unique exhibitions at Guido Reni District in Rome From September 30th 2017 five unique exhibitions have been opened to the public within Guido Reni District in Rome. The aim of the ambitious project, designed by Ninetynine Agency, has been to renovate the former barracks of Guido Reni and convert the space of 52,000 square meters into a suitable location for major events, temporary exhibitions, conventions, festivals, presentations, shows and performances. Here the series of events hosted in Rome for the next months, some of which are in absolute preview in Italy after the great success in several European capitals:

Great new openings in Pompeii: the House of the Sailor and the Complex of Championnet The exclusive panoramic terraces on the south-western edge of the Roman town of Pompeii have recently been opened to the public for the first time after major architectural and restoration works: the preservation project, part of the Great Pompeii Project, has involved the Regio VII with the Championnet Complex, consisting of several elegant residential buildings with more than 60 rooms and the House of the Sailor, a double-story building with a private spa.   The interventions have focused both on the restoration of the decorative

The Cinquecento in Florence – from Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna From September 2017 to January 2018, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence hosts the extraordinary exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna”, dedicated to some of the most important 16th-century Florentine artists. This venue celebrates indeed a unique period in art history characterized by the extraordinary personality of Francesco I de’ Medici, considered as one of the most brilliant European patrons of arts and the era of Counter-Reformation with an outstanding cultural and intellectual activity. With over 70 paintings and sculptures by 41 artists on display,  the exhibition

The Chiostro del Bramante in Rome presents the exhibition “ENJOY: Art meets Amusement” After last year great success of Love. Art meets Love, the Chiostro del Bramante in Rome, proposes again a noteworthy exhibit of unique contemporary artworks. From the 23rd of September 2017 to the 25th of the February 2018 the art exhibition Enjoy: Art meets Amusement will present inedited art works of some of the most important and provocative contemporary artists. The Chiostro del Bramante keeps following its task by proposing “out of the box” exhibitions, in which the basic idea of all projects is always “originality” in order to expand rules boundaries and offer

Pompeii New Exhibit: Treasures Under The Lapilli  – Furnishings, frescoes and jewels from Pompeii’s Insula Occidentalis Between September 11th and May 31st a new amazing exhibit will be held at the Antiquarium in Pompeii: “Treasures under the lapilli – Furnishings, frescoes and jewels from Pompeii’s Insula Occidentalis” will unveil new treasures from some of the most beautiful urban villas of Pompeii. The exhibit will indeed feature rich furnishings, coloured mosaics, frescoes with extraordinary trompe-l’oeil images of lush gardens and precious objects mostly belonging to the House of the Golden Bracelet, one of the most sumptuous villas from the western district

From 2nd to 19th of September, in the Phlegraean Fields do not miss the XII edition of “MALAZE’” a food and archaeological event that takes place every September, in the towns of Pozzuoli, Bacoli, Monte di Procida, Quarto, Procida and Naples, to promote the hidden archaeological and environmental heritage of Campania. Over the years Malazè has indeed combined the protection and the promotion of the cultural heritage, with food, tradition, history, new technologies, design and local business: through the organization of cultural events and the sponsorship of cultural products, the project aims to unveil ancient local traditions and practices. Music,

From March 8th until January 2018, within the ambulacrum of the second order, all visitors to the Colosseum  will be able to discover the hidden history of the Flavian Amphitheatre with the exhibit “The Colosseum. An Icon”. A great event that reveals to the public the monument long and intense life over the centuries after the fall of Rome. The Colosseum is mostly associated with the bloody gladiators and wild beasts’ fights during the Roman era, but most of the people ignore it continued to be inhabited long after the collapse of the Empire. As Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani, one of the curators of

The Forte di Belvedere together with other important museums in Florence such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Opera di Santa Croce and the Marino Marini Museum are holding the great contemporary art exhibit  “Ytalia. Energy Thought Beauty”: over one hundred artworks of some of the major artists of our times will  be on display until October 2017. The exhibition project – promoted by the Comune di Firenze  in cooperation with Mus.e – strengthens the image of Florence as a city of contemporary art by creating a bridge between its historical and artistic heritage and the present-day society with its contemporary

From June 7th to October 31st  do not miss “ Klimt Experience “ the extraordinary exhibit dedicated to the founding father of the Vienna Art Nouveau movement Gustav Klimt. In the prestigious location of Caserta Royal Palace, one of the biggest and the most extraordinary of the European palaces designed by Luigi Vanvitelli, this interactive and immersive exhibition introduce the public to the virtual reality of Austrian Symbolist painter’s art.  Klimt Experience offers a full immersion in Klimt’s world through music, video installations, sound effects, 3D reconstructions and Dolby surround system that recreate both the early 20th century Vienna and some of the

Botero in Rome: grotesque human figures from old masters to the circus The Complesso del Vittoriano in Rome, is housing until the 27th August 2017 an exhibit dedicated to Fernando Botero, the 85-year-old Colombian artist famous all over the world for his paintings of corpulent and grotesque human figures. His style based on the use of so-called dilation of forms that gives the figures an unreal, abstract and comical dimension, embodies the whimsical tragedy of life with its sensuality, beauty, terror, pain and sorrow. This stylistic representation of figures as large and exaggerated in volume, has become the quintessence of  his

From 1st July 2017 the striking town of Ravello, on a hilltop overlooking the Amalfi Coast, will be the setting for the 65th Edition of one of the most renowned music festivals in Italy. The Ravello Festival, that in over half a century has hosted excellent symphony orchestras, performers and ensembles from all over the world, will be running from July through August, and it definitely worth a visit for all music, art, sculpture, dance and photography lovers. Held in different venues around the town, including the amazing Villa Cimbrone, the breath-taking Villa Rufolo and the Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium, the

ArcheoTrain: from June 25th  2017 a historic train will easily connect Naples with the two archaeological sites of Pompeii and Paestum. Tourist and visitors will now be able to comfortably reach both the splendidly preserved Greek temples of Paestum and the amazing ruins of the town buried by Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD with a single train ride. The archaeological site of Paestum, the Greek town of Poseidonia, founded at the end of 7th century BC, is extremely important and has been listed in 1998 by UNESCO as part of the World Cultural Heritage (along with the National Park of

From May 13th to October 8th 2017 the deconsecrated church of Santo Stefano al Ponte in Florence, hosts the unique multimedia exhibit “Da Vinci Experience” dedicated to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, his science and his eclectic life. The exhibition project, based on the concept of edutainment (or rather educational entertainment),  provides the visitor with a unique and unforgettable experience, through huge screens and hundreds of scanned images in high-definition, full HD video, sound effects and Dolby surround soundtracks. The exhibition is a multimedia journey, a vibrant symphony of light, colour and sound to the discovery of the Italian

Considered one of the most interesting cultural events of 2017 in Italy and in the wider Mediterranean region, the amazing exhibit “Pompeii & the Greeks”, inaugurated on April 12 in the Palestra Grande of Pompeii,  illustrates the magnificence of Ancient Greece and its relationship with the Mediterranean Sea. Starting from Pompeii and examining its frequent contacts with the Greek Mediterranean, the exhibition sheds light on the many different souls of this ancient city, and its temporary and yet multiple identity. With more than 600 findings on display, including ornaments, ceramics, architectural elements, weapons, sculptures, inscriptions and silverware from Pompeii, Cumae,

One of Michelangelo‘s most important early works, the 53-inch wooden Crucifix has now returned to its rightful place, the Basilica of Santo Spirito in Florence. After a one-year absence and a tour between Naples and Turin, the Crucifix will be finally on display above the old Sacristy, by the west aisle of the church. Michelangelo sculpted the nude Jesus at 18, when he was living in the Basilica of Santo Spirito with the Augustine monks. After the death of Lorenzo de Medici, the monks hosted him and let Michelangelo acquire familiarity with human anatomy by studying the corpses from the

After the extraordinary success of the Colosseum openings at nights, every tourist can finally experience the Roman Forum and Rome under the moonlight! Every Friday and Saturday from the 5th of May until the end of October it is possible to explore with a night walking tour both the Roman Capitol and the Imperial Forum. Thanks to a new lighting installation developed by the Acea Group in accordance with the surrounding monuments, will be possible to discover these amazing ruins and the centre of the Ancient Rome under the moonlight in a magical atmosphere. The itinerary follows the “Via Sacra”, the

From April to June 2017, the Archaeological Museum of Naples (Mann)  presents the exhibit “KOKOCINSKI. Life and Mask: from Pulcinella to Clown” of the Italian contemporary artist – with Polish-Russian origin – Alessandro Kokocinski. The exhibition includes more than 70 artworks created by Kokocinsky with different innovative techniques such as installations, paintings, videos, sculptures, high-relief sculptures, drawings, poems, sketches – all inspired by the metamorphosis of the “Mask” and the circus. In the nearly ʽ60s in Buenos Aires, Kokocinski joined indeed the amazing world of the circus, as acrobat and began to travel to Latin America meeting many great circus

The “Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II” presents the V edition of “Planta – not just garden”, a show-market held in Naples’ Botanical Garden dedicated to spontaneous and cultivated plants, botanical rarity, exotic flora and food products of plant origin.  The event is free and will be opened to the public on 5th, 6th & 7th May 2017 all along the tree-lined avenues of the Botanical Garden. Planta V Edition represents a great showcase for all Italian plant and flora nurseries and an important reference event for all garden lovers who will be able to find among the stalls

The exhibit “From Caravaggio to Bernini” has been recently inaugurated at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome and will be open to the public until July 30th 2017.  This remarkable selection of paintings and sculptures of Italian masterpieces from the Spanish Royal Collection have been selected on the basis of their outstanding artistic and historical value and reveals the history of political and cultural relationships between the Spanish Court and the Italian States during the 17th century. From the mid-16th century onwards the art collection of the Spanish Hapsburgs was indeed enriched with several remarkable diplomatic gifts kindly offered by

The Musée Picasso in Paris has set up 40 exhibitions in Italy, Morocco, Greece, Spain, France and Cyprus to celebrate Picasso’s 1917 journey to Italy and his lifelong relationship with the Mediterranean basin. The global exhibit “Picasso- Méditerranée” will take place from Spring 2017 until Spring 2019 with more than 60 institutions from 8 different counties involved in developing exhibition projects on the extraordinary works of Pablo Picasso. On the occasion of this global initiative the Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Campania Region will promote the exhibit “Picasso and Naples: Parade” , inaugurated in Capodimonte Museum and

Pietrarsa Railway Museum is now connected to Naples Piazza Garibaldi Tube Station and to Naples Central Station! Tourist and visitors can comfortably reach the Museum with the Pietrarsa Express, an historic train ride, and learn all about 170 years of Italian railway history! Pietrarsa is indeed one of the most important train museum in Europe and it has been recently involved in important restoration works to renovate the ancient structures and locomotives and improve its accessibility to the public. Pietrarsa Railway Museum, divided into pavilions, hosts the largest exhibit of historical trains in Italy with more than 50 historic railroad

On January 2017 the Museum of St. Elmo Castle inaugurated the art installation Follow the Shape by the artist Paolo Puddu. This young Neapolitan artist created a tactile experience different from the visual one by using the braille writing system to “describe” Naples landscape and reveal the unseen to blind people. The star-shaped medieval fortification of St. Elmo Castle, built in 1349 by Robert of Anjou with its breath-taking view of Naples from above, has become a place for a unique sensory experience through the installation of a metal handrail all around the panoramic terrace to turn the raised dots of

The project “Pompeii for all. Accessibility paths overcoming architectural barriers” can be considered Italy’s longest barrier-free path and it represents another step forward in the rebirth of Pompeii Archaeological Site. It makes finally possible to all visitors with disabilities to access the archaeological area in order to appreciate this unique World Heritage Site. From the main entrance of Piazza Anfiteatro to Porta Marina exit disabled persons, partially-sighted people, family with strollers or pushchairs and wheelchair users will be able to explore through a specific path some of the most important areas of town with its outstanding buildings. The itinerary, part

With the recent “Widespread Museum Project” the display of archaeological findings from the Excavations on site continues. In the Palestra Grande of Pompeii some organics finds and treasures belonging to the site of Moregine will be shown to the public in a permanent exhibit. Campaigns of excavation The first fortuitous discovery in Moregine took place in 1959 during the construction of the Naples-Salerno Motorway. The site is placed 600 m south of Pompeii Ruins, where once was the delta of River Sarno, an area that was vital to the economy of the Ancient town of Pompeii. They revealed a villa