Guide to Pompeii: The city frozen in time

Pompeii is a Roman city preserved in its entirety as if its inhabitants had just left fifteen minutes ago. (Chateaubriand 1804) The first thing I’ve been said when I was visiting Pompeii with the group of journalists who was with me on board the Norwegian Epic was “I had no …

A local’s guide | One day in Naples

Naples is the third largest city in Italy, as well as the place I call home. My marvelous city is also a very popular stop for cruise ships, since the most important cruise liners dock at Naples’ port. I experienced Naples as a tourist even if I already know it …

The Gustav Line on horseback in Italy

Once upon a time, there was a long, winding road from Ortona to Gaeta, in Italy, that was used during World War II by the English and American armies. General Patton started his march in Italy from Sicily, heading North, and it took him 5 months to get a good …

A taste of Naples: ristorante Capo Blu

  Campania is a land of sun, sea and culture, that since antiquity has always stood out for an extensive and variegated culinary heritage. Us Neapolitans are passionated and opinionated when it comes to our roots and our food. Greeks and Romans used fine olive oil for their dishes and …

The first 3D Planetarium in Italy: Naples and the management issues

Once upon a time there was an abandoned steel mill, closed in 1992. Bagnoli became a quiet area. The sirens weren’t screaming anymore to call the workers back to the plant. Yet the huge metal skeletons scared everyone. One day someone decided to try and do something about it. The …

Italian getaway at Tuscia Viterbese

The Tuscia Viterbese is an area in Italy that includes parts of three regions: Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria. It’s the ancient Etruria, an historical region in the middle of Italy, where the Etruscan civilization endured from before the 700 b.C. until its assimilation into the Roman Republic in the late …

Festive exhibitions at the Royal Palace of Portici

Portici is a beautiful seaside city that lies at the foot of Mount Vesuvius (Campania region, Italy), at about 5 miles from Naples. Its gem is the Royal Palace, home of the city’s Botanic Gardens, operated by the University of Naples Federico II. This beautiful Palace was ordered by Charles …

How to survive the Lucca Comics & Games

Taking part in the Lucca Comics & Games means… waking up early in the morning. Pretty early, in case you aren’t lucky enough to live in Lucca or close by. You are aware of the fact that you will be walking all day long, trying to see everything, as we …

Can you be Happy just wearing a pair of socks?

Can you be happy just wearing a pair of socks? The answer is yes. I recently received a cute package by Happy Socks. As many of you, I had seen their products online and they are definitely cute… but a bit pricey. Why should a pair of socks cost that …

5 days to attend the biggest ComiCon in Europe

I was sure I’d get your attention introducing you this very… erhm… nice fella, brought to life by one of the awesome cosplayers that every year flock to Lucca, a small town in Tuscany (Italy). By the end of October, in fact, Lucca hosts the largest ComiCon in Europe. Not …