Friday, August 18, 2017

MUSEUM OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET

In the seaside village of Pioppi is a unique museum.
While it's focus is what has become popularized as the Mediterranean Diet, it also is a tribute to the man who made it an internationally famous nutritional style, Ancel Keys. The American physiolgist was an eclectic man who studied political science and economics before turning his focus to biology, oceanography, and human physiology.
Keys and his wife moved to Pioppi to live among a healthy population that enjoyed longevity-and to research what effects nutrition and lifestyle played in their wellness and longevity. Keys himself was an avid practitioner and lived to 101 years old.

Monday, August 14, 2017

SUNRISE IN AMALFI

The launch of the new Piaget High Jewellery collection, Sunlight Journey, provides an opportunity to discover an exceptional ring inspired by a singular gem named Piaget Blue, after the Maison’s favourite colour.
Embodying a free-roaming escapade following the path of the sun amid a decor inspired by the Amalfi Coast, the collection plays on all the nuances and contrasts of the varied materials and evocative hues gracing this vibrant region. In the heart of the day, at high noon, an anthem to blue-tinted harmonies unfolds before our eyes. One particular colour stands out in a unique way: that of a stone whose history is the stuff of legends and is beyond doubt a masterwork within the Sunlight Journey range.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

THE CONSERVATORY LIBRARY

The real treasure of the Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella is the library, which houses an astounding collection of musical scores. Combining the libraries of the various constituent conservatories with important donations of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, it has historical materials of a sort not usually found in music schools. And by a fortunate circumstance, the Bourbon kings of Naples decreed that no opera should be performed in any theater in the city without a copy being deposited in the Conservatory library, a decree that was reiterated through the Napoleonic era and down to the unification of Italy.
The result is that the library contains thousands of scores of operas: not only those composed in Naples, including many autographs, but everything performed there, from Alessandro Scarlatti down to Giuseppe Verdi.
Naples is considered by many to be the place opera really comes from. Yes, it may have been invented in Tuscany; yes, it may have been improved in Venice and Rome; but it is really in Naples that it grew, and it is from the Naples of the seventeenth and eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that most of the composers and singers, trained at the Conservatory, spread the tradition of Neapolitan opera over all of Europe.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

BORGO DEI VERGINI

The Vergini neighbourhood was built on top of a cemetery dating to the 4th Century BC, when Naples was the ancient Greek city of Neapolis. And according to local archaeologist Carlo Leggieri, the site was as significant then as it is now.
“These monuments marked the tombs of the aristocracy of ancient Neapolis – all the influential people of one of the biggest and most important cities on the Mediterranean,” he said.
Its status didn’t last. As the centuries passed, the cemetery disappeared beneath layers of flood and construction debris. Now it is an inadvertent catacomb, entombed 8m to 10m below the city.
The Naples National Archaeological Museum will partner with several associations Рincluding SMMAVE, Celanapoli and VerginiSanità Рthrough its Obvia outreach programme, where museum ticket buyers can get discounted tours of association-maintained sites.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

VEDI NAPOLI

This exhibition proposes to use the languages of contemporaneity to analyze the most stereotyped rhetoric about Naples. The goal is not to disrupt and deconstruct redundant signs and meanings that have become firmly established, in favor of images and ideas that are new, unusual, and perhaps even truer. On the contrary, the intention is to fully engage that code, taking it seriously as a machine for the production of functional forms and as a protective device against dysfunctional disorder. 
Matthias Schaller has looked for and portrayed some of the latest stereotypes of what it means to be Neapolitan: situations, monuments, personalities that are strongly representative of the city. He has always taken photographs, but here he has decided to photograph other photographs. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FIDUCIARY CIRCULATION

The convention ‘The Rise of Modern Banking in Naples’ will be held at the original site of the ancient Banco dei Poveri, which is now the location of the Banco di Napoli Foundation and its imposing Historical Archive: unique in the world, with 300 rooms containing millions of documents, it bears testimony to the daily life of the eight public banks in Naples and the secrets of their administration.
It was in Naples that the first fiduciary circulation was created, thanks to the public banks. These banks, in addition to their orthodox, profit-oriented economic activities, maintained a philanthropic identity for centuries.
The social economic context in which the modern bank was created (The Kingdom of Naples under Spanish rule) and the fusion of the philanthropy of the “monti” and the mercantile aspects of the “banchi”.
The benevolent involvement and power of the viceroys, became the basis for the impetuous development of fiduciary circulation, which from the end of the 1500s connected the use of paper money to the issue of the most modern forms of credit.

Monday, June 12, 2017

LES COLLINES D'ANACAPRI

The Hills of Anacapri is the fifth prelude of Debussy’s first book of preludes.
It was inspired by the town of Anacapri on the island of Capri, off the coast of Italy, which the composer frequently visited.
The prelude is a lively scherzo-like piece, mingled with elements of the tarantella, and interspersed with moments of sublime awe. In the brilliant key of B major, it opens with the clear ringing of isolated tones, like a stunning view on a clear sunlit day, which alternate with lively quasi-tarantella passages.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A NEAPOLITAN BALLAD

“O sole mio” (“My Sunshine”) was composed by Eduardo Di Capua. Its lyric, comparing a lover’s face with the sun, was written by a poet, Giovanni Capurro. In 1916 the celebrated tenor Enrico Caruso recorded it for a 78rpm single on the Victor label, a version that has been repackaged more than 90 times.
Tony Martin, an American crooner and actor, enjoyed a hit single with an English-language version called “There’s No Tomorrow” in 1950.
Elvis Presley loved Martin’s record. He taped his own version in 1959 while stationed in Germany with the US Army, a performance that went unreleased until 1997. Presley also asked his music publisher to create a new song around the melody, who gave the job to composers Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold. It took them two hours to complete the lyrics for “It’s Now or Never”, and Presley’s sensitive and elegant 1960 recording became the second biggest-selling single of his career.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A DAY IN NAPLES

Magic, mystery, a thirst for wonders and for the unknown, and a pagan sun-religion.
An ambiguous nature envelops Naples, however wonderful in color and climate it might be, for thundering within the bowels of the earth is the mysterious fury of the volcano and the earthquakes that in the past have buried entire nations.
The mystery of excellence in Naples is called liquefaction of the blood of San Gennaro: twice a year the blood contained in vials liquefies when it comes into proximity with the head of the martyr which is guarded in the reliquary.
Here we are in the heart of the mystery, the Sansevero Chapel, which is linked to the figure of Prince Raimondo of Sangro, an alchemist, magician and necromancer. Here we find a real miracle of art: Giuseppe Sammartino’s famous veiled Christ, for the marble veil over the deposed Christ is able to simultaneously cover and completely reveal his body.