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 [...]

The Nolè Sisters Genealogy Tour in Basilicata, Italy

It is unanimous with my sisters and me; this trip was our best travel experience ever. We don’t always travel together, but have traveled in the US and Europe many times. In considering what made this trip so special, it did not come to me all at once. In reflection, a few things you may [...]

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 [...]

Visiting my Mother’s Village

Everyone has a story: tell us yours! stories@italianside.com I flew into Rome with my cousin Annette and as Sicily came into view we had our first glimpse of the rugged mountainous country that is Calabria… and we both cried. My cousins Annette and Tony’s Grandmothers and my mother were 3 sisters and they also had [...]

Bill de Blasio: A Trip Back to His Italian Roots

On July 18th New York City’s first family will say “Arrivederci, Big Apple” as they head to Italy for a family vacation. Bill de Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray and their two teenage children, Chiara and Dante, will spend ten days visiting Rome, Venice and Naples, as well as Grassano and Sant’Agata, the ancestral villages [...]

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