sole mio’, one of the most famous Italian songs, effectively celebrates the joyful spirit of Naples and of its people. A spirit strongly present also in the food of this city: let’s get familiar with it, appreciating its history and its exquisite ingredients. Let’s be carried away by a whirlwind of colors and flavors overwhelming all the senses.
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he ‘vicoli’ are one of the most typical and interesting places in the city of Naples. Walking through these narrow alleys is like entering a different, strange world: an experience involving all the senses, including taste. Let’s buy a delicious ‘crocchè’ and savor it while strolling around. (continue)
any say that ‘Margherita’, the queen of pizzas, derives its name from that of a real one: Margherita of Savoy. Is it true? Well, it’s certainly enough to arouse curiosity and start a little investigation, deepening the knowledge of what is probably the most famous Neapolitan specialty. (continue)
ven if something similar to a fried pizza can be tasted in many places around the world, the type made in Naples is special. That’s probably why the famous Italian director Vittorio De Sica gave it an important role in the movie ‘The Gold of Naples’: a tribute to his beloved city. (continue)
trolling around in Naples is an experience full of beautiful surprises. The bright sun of this city lights up breathtaking views, enhancing their colors and instilling unique feelings in the visitor.
Babbà, the King’s dessert.
ven if the ‘babbà’ (or ‘babà’) is widely considered one of the most typical examples of Neapolitan pastry, its origins are from elsewhere: Northern Europe. Some historians stress the fact that it was the favourite dessert of a Polish king, Stanislao Leszczinski.
Neapolitan taralli in Mergellina.
he promenade of Naples is located in ‘Mergellina’: a beatiful area, separating the blue waters of the Gulf from the rest of the city. Strolling through it, it’s quite easy to buy one of the most typical local specialties, the ‘taralli’: very tasty, salty biscuits.
t’s impossible to talk about Naples and its spirit without dedicating a few words to one of its most representative symbols: the mask of Pulcinella. A mask that effectively represents not only the joy, but also the ingenuity and, last but not least, the sadness of city very complex and full of contradictions.
Contradictions punctually metabolized by the Neapolitan people, able to overcome any difficulty thanks to its endless creativity and joy of life.
ome images can be useful to get a rough idea about the quantity of artistic beauties that can be admired in Naples. These works are the result of the cultural influence of the many civilizations that, over the millennia, have contributed to the development of this city, transforming it into a treasure chest, full of priceless jewels.
Naples, a cultural melting pot
he origins of Naples belong to a distant past. Founded in the VIII Century BC, Neapolis (‘new city’), soon became one of the most important centers of Magna Graecia, the southern part of the Italic peninsula colonized by the Ancient Greeks. From then on, the history of this city was strongly influences by the succession of a large number of rulers, many of whom foreigners: each of them contributed to every aspect of its evolution. A unique stratification of cultures making this place unique in the world … ideal to savor some of the best delights of the Mediterranean cuisine.
The castle and the egg
he enchanting panorama of the Gulf of Naples is enhanced by the solid walls of the ‘Castel dell’Ovo’ (Egg Castle). A name quite odd, no doubt about it, linked to a fascinating legend. According to this legend, the fortunes of the fortress (and of the city itself), could depend on the integrity of … an egg. Given its importance, it is said that this egg was hidden by the poet Virgil in a secret room inside the building.
NAPLES AND MUSIC
Typical songs to better appreciate the spirit of Naples.
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