Ancestry Tour in Calabritto tracks the Mattia family roots.

While planning a trip to Sorrento with my wife, I knew that I would be only about a 1.5 hour drive from the town of my ancestors, Calabritto. This small town in the mountains, inland from Salerno and Naples, is where my great grandfather and grandmother were born and got married before they emigrated to […]

Light and Shadow: Art Tourism in Naples (Part II)

by Mark RussellPart I is here Crossing the long Piazza del Municipio and heading up via Medina and via Monteoliveto we are soon drawn into the narrow, dimly-lit, congested streets of the historic center. This is the heart of the Spanish city cut through by the Spaccanapoli (the street that “splits” Naples) and its dilapidated […]

Light and Shadow: Art Tourism in Naples (Part I)

by Mark RussellThe city of Naples famously sits in the shadow of Vesuvius, continental Europe’s only active volcano. But many other shadows have cast themselves over its long and complicated history: the shadows of war, cholera, poverty, and organized crime among them. For many decades following Italian Unification, the shadow of diaspora also hung over […]

Walking on the Edge of the Sky…

“And suddenly you realize that you’ve been walking like on the edge of paradise”. Apparently enough, this is what many hikers and travelers must have thought when looking at the stunning views beneath them, delighted of the once-in-a-lifetime experience they were having on this unexpected side of the Amalfi Coast, along the world famed “Sentiero […]

“Forza Bill!”

When Bill de Blasio was declared mayor-elect of New York City on Tuesday, there were celebrations in southern Italy. Both Sant’Agata di Goti in Campania and Grassano in Basilicata had been closely following the recent election, for them de Blasio is one of their own. In the town of Sant’Agata di Goti near Naples, where […]

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