Sunday, June 26, 2016


Qui dove il mare luccica e tira forte il vento

su una vecchia terrazza davanti al golfo di Surriento

un uomo abbraccia una ragazza dopo che aveva pianto

poi si schiarisce la voce e ricomincia il canto.

[Here, where the sea sparkles and the wind blows

On an old balcony in front of the gulf of Sorrento

A man hugs a girl, he just cried

He clears his throat and he starts singing]

Te voglio bene assaje

ma tanto tanto bene sai

รจ una catena ormai

che scioglie il sangue dint’e vene sai.

[I love you so much

But very very much, you know

It’s a chain

Which melts the blood inside the veins, you know]

Monday, June 20, 2016


The only thing we can be certain of is that Peter of Eboli (in the Campania region, at the time part of the Kingdom of Naples) was a monk, who, under Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Sicily, reached the status of court poet.
Peter of Eboli possessed a certain medical knowledge, probably acquired in Salerno, home of the prestigious Schola Medica Salernitana, the world’s most noted medical university and, accordingly, Western Europe’s most influential source of medical expertise at that time.
The De Balneis Puteolanis was written before 1197. It describes the thermal baths of the Phlegraean fields, on the Tyrrhenian shore between Naples and Baia. The poem includes 35 epigrams inspired by inscriptions written on ancient stone carvings. Over its six couplets, it celebrates the therapeutic virtues of 35 baths, together with the illnesses they were believed to cure.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


For the first time ever, CT scanning and X-Ray equipment bring new light to the secrets of the victims of the 79 AD eruption. Mary unpacks the human stories behind the tragic figures: gladiators, slaves, businesswomen and children.
She goes behind the scenes of the ‘Great Pompeii Project’ where restoration teams have gradually removed the layers of time and deterioration from the frescoes and mosaics of houses closed to the public for decades. With the help of point-cloud scanning technology, Pompeii is seen and explained like never before.
Mary has unprecedented access to hidden storerooms and archaeological labs packed to the hilt with items from the daily life of Pompeii: plumbing fittings, pottery, paint pots, foodstuff and fishing nets. As she pieces it all together, Mary presents a film that is a celebratory and unique view of life in this extraordinary town.