Neapolitan haute couture is more than a tradition, it is an excellence of made in Italy fashion which, from the hands of Neapolitan artisans, has come to dress gentlemen from all over the world, including artists, heads of state and Hollywood celebrities.
Naples boasts a very prestigious tailoring or sartorial tradition , which has its roots back many centuries and which we could even trace all the way to the year 1351 , the year in which the Confraternity of the Sartori was founded. At that time, during the glories of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Naples was a sumptuous capital, the nerve center of fashions and customs from all over Europe together with London and Paris.
It was in the fifteenth century that the first wool and silk factories flourished in Naples , which favored the development of a real Neapolitan tailoring school, so much so that around the seventeenth century, the Neapolitan tailors recognized by the Confraternity of Sartori were more than 600. After a short period of decline, due to the difference between European fashions, clean and linear, which clashed with the sumptuous Neapolitan tastes, Neapolitan tailoring was able to reinvent itself, through its great dexterity and refinement of fabrics, to become an institution which, nowadays, is recognized all over the world.
Sartoria Tofani was founded by Aristide Tofani in the hearth of the historical neighborhood of Naples, in 1954. The young Aristide started apprendicing at Vincenzo Attolini’s, whose name is a guarantee and who represented a crucial figure in Aristide’s path. Thanks to his inclination to perfection he suddenly became a known and respected name. Aristide’s main accomplishment was transmitting his passion to his sons and nephew: Davide, Enea and the young Aristide. Today, their excellence resides in their perfect cutting manuality, their ability to choose the best tissues and to grip the needle with maniacal precision in order not to leave any imperfection. More
Campania is a wine growing region since at least 12th century BC. Lovers of food and wine have identified Campania and especially the wider region of Naples as their shangri-la since the Roman times. Wine was mostly exported both then and now. Many of the best vineyards in Italy can be found around Naples. What’s especially alluring in the case of Campanian wines is that a great part of them is produced by indigenous varieties that are mostly famous among connoisseurs but are unknown to lay people. Aglianico, Piedirosso, Pallagrello Nero and Casavecchia for reds and Coda di Volpe, Greco di Tufo and Falanghina for whites. No? No bells? Well when in Naples you can make it your task to find the ones that will stick with you well after the journey back home. To conquer the knowledge of the terroir, the distinctive taste of this place because that is what an indigenous grape variety is in reality. The taste of a place. So how do you succeed? You could have a wine tour with a local guide who will escort you and your entourage in your journey or you can venture a tour on your own. However you decide to delve into the world of Campanian wines the tour can only be complete if you combine the tasting with a visit to a local winery. Two if you want to play like a pro. Which two then? If you follow our lead then Sorrentino Vini would be the first. This winery located in Boscotrecase has its roots in the nineteenth century that produces quality Vesuvian wines awarded and appreciated on European and world wide markets. Authentic and invigorating the winery is nestled inside the Vesuvius National Park, surrounded by vineyards, olives trees and fruit- trees. The surrounding Sorrento Peninsula is ideal for an escape from the hustle and bustle of Napoli. More
On the other hand there’s Le Vigne di Raito, located in the town of Raito, in Vietri sul Mare, next door to Salerno. The vineyard, which has been certified biologic/biodynamic, is immersed in the typical Mediterranean vegetation, characterized by the presence of lemons, ancient olive trees, strawberry trees, viburnum, oaks, myrtles, laurel, pomegranates, and more. It is rich in local microfauna. The grapevines are cultivated on terraces, a planting method typical to the Amalfi Coast, which are bordered by “macere” – a term used to refer to the vertical retaining walls, built to allow the full use of the underlying ground. These strips of land, torn from the rock in the course of time, are difficult to access and require manual work processes only. On the property there are some old rural buildings which are being renovated. The vineyard belongs to the “Costa d’Amalfi” DOC region and is cultivated using the Guyot method. The grapes are from Aglianico and Piedirosso variety with a density of approximately 3500 plants per hectare. More
The Phlegraean fields or the Campi Flegrei (“burning fields”) is a large volcanic area, a 13-km-wide nested caldera, situated to the west of Naples, Italy.It contains many volcanic centers (cinder cones, tuff rings, calderas) that have been active during the past 30-40,000 years. The volcanic field has been the site of some extremely violent eruptions in the past. It was declared a regional park in 2003. Today you can pay a visit to Solfatara in Pozzuoli, a perfect example of Volcanism of the area. The crater provides an exhibition of volcanic columns of smoke and boiling mud with a strong smell of sulphur. Then you can go on to Flavio’s Amphitheatre, the most important record of Puteoli during the Imperial Rome. The attraction of the arena is represented by the extraordinary organisation of the underground network of tunnels. After that, you can have a brief stop at Serapi, a temple located in the centre of Pozzuoli and then pass through Arco felice, the majestic entrance to the ancient city. Drive to the Acropolis of Cumae with Sibyl’s cave and its temples. Finally you can have a brief stop at d’Averno lake viewpoint for pictures. More
Learn how to make a real Italian pizza at a famous pizzeria in Naples. Get tips on how to make the dough and prepare a perfect topping for a pizza baked in an authentic wooden oven. Then, enjoy the fruits of your work over lunch or dinner. Become a pizzaiolo (pizza chef) for a day in Naples. Meet your local chef in the heart of the city where the legendary dish was first created. Then, get hands-on help on how to mix, knead and stretch the dough and create a topping using the finest local ingredients. Learn the culinary secrets and philosophy of keep it simple and use only the finest local produce, such as ripe tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil and Denominazione di Origine Protetta (DOP) olive oils. Then, sit down and enjoy a beer and different types of pizza made by the class. More
If you don’t want to face the fury of the gods, if sacrilege is not in your intentions, if you understand the importance of food in your life…we could keep this up but you get the meaning already. Food tour is something you need to do in Naples. First off Naples is among the main culinary capitals of the world. Not Italy, not the Mediterranean, not Europe. Of the world. Will you have enough time to sample the things you need to in order to say to yourself you have the whole picture? Will you do your research before looking for the Neapolitan restaurant that can cover the traditional flavors of this culinary heaven? Do you know what to order and when? Well we do have that in this website as well in the Must taste section BUT…it’s another thing to try to find everything by yourself and a different story to follow the lead of the conoisseurs who live and breathe Naples every day of their lives. You will get to journey through the streets of Naples among the locals and enjoy several tastings of local food and drinks, while you learn the stories of each dish and place by a fun and informative guide, you’ll meet new people and spot places you may want to return to. You will also meet the people who prepare the food, you will ask them questions and in general you will have a blast. More
The islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida complete the glorious mosaic of the Amalfi coast. All three of them deserve a visit. Capri is the most famous and glamorous of the three but that doesn’t mean Ischia and Procida lack in beauty. Capri is the summer residence coveted since ancient times and land of poets, writers and legendary characters. Everything is alluring in Capri: from the spectacular gardens of Augustus, to the Certosa di San Giacomo, to the wonderful flowery villas, including Villa Jovis, the famous residence of Emperor Tiberius, which dominates the entire Gulf of Naples, the Amalfi Coast and the port of Marina Grande.
Ischia is the largest island in Campania, it is only half an hour from Procida. Ischia welcomes over 6 million visitors a year, attracted by a vast and morphologically varied territory. Ischia Ponte is the charming old town characterized by alleys and ancient shops, while Ischia Porto is a small fishing village. The Aragonese castle, in Ischia Ponte, the most visited monument of the entire island, was built by the tyrant Gerone of Syracuse in 474 BC. Procida is the smallest island of the Campania archipelago, it was chosen by great directors as the ideal backdrop for cinematic masterpieces. The Talented Mr. Rirpley is mainly set in Ischia and Procida for the fictional port-town of Mongibello.
The coast and little town of Sorrento, the glamorous coast of Amalfi and the world famous Positano all lie a few minutes south of the city of Naples. In fact the capital of Campania shares the gulf with Sorrento which lies on the south side of the Bay of Naples, right before the tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula. From Sorrento’s Marina Piccola, the tourist boats come and go to Capri (20 minutes), Naples (30 minutes), the Amalfi coast, and the islands of Ischia and Procida. Dozens of beaches, stunning scenery and unmatched Italian charm have made this small part of the world that starts with Sorrento and extends to Positano, Praino, Amalfi, Atrani and reaches all the way to Salerno, into one of the most cherished coasts of the Mediterranean.
This Hollywood-blockbuster region has been glorified and very rightfully so by Italian and American directors and movie stars, with the romantic backdrop playing a major role in their films. Just think of The Talented Mr. Ripley, Il Postino, Under the Tuscan Sun, or the classic Beat the Devil, with Humphrey Bogart and Gina Lollobrigida. So where do you start from? Well it depends on your time and finances. If you you want to squeeze everything in one go then you cannot include the islands. There’s simply too much to see and do to fit in one day and night. If you do leave the islands out then you can do the whole coast in one day and maybe take the boat from Sorrento to Amalfi so that you see the coast from the sea. Or not. You could even rent a vespa if you know how to ride a scooter, which is equally glamorous in this heavenly place. We will not get into a detailed description of all the places and towns of the coast. We would need a separate section dedicated to the coast in order to cover everything. Just take your camera with you. It’s ok to cry when you head back. Just tell yourself you’ll be back soon. It will be hard not to.
As opposed to Pompeii, it’s possible to visit all of Herculaneum in just a few hours. The archaeological park is ideal stop for those who have limited time but want to experience the thrill of walking in the footsteps of the ancient Romans! Herculaneum has been preserved like no other site in the world, not even nearby Pompeii. The city was buried beneath 16 meters of ash and mud during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, and this layer of detritus saved two-story domus homes with the internal architecture and décor intact, including features in wood and marble, decorations, jewelry, and even organic remains like food, providing a unique view into the daily lives of the ancient population of Herculaneum.
Herculaneum is named for the mythical Greek god, Hercules, who, according the legend told by Dionysius of Halicarnassus, founded the city in 1243 BC. Historic analysis, however, suggests that the city was founded by the Oscans or the Etruscans in the 7th century BC , conquered by the Samnites in the 5th century BC. In 90 BC the city was dominated by Rome and transformed into a municipium. In the final years of the Roman Republic, Herculaneum reached the height of its splendor thanks to its coastal location, clean air, and mild climate, making it a popular resort town for many of Rome’s patrician families. The city was vibrant and densely populated when the earthquake struck in 62 AD, causing serious damage; work to rebuild the city was still going on when the tragic eruption of Mount Vesuvius happened in 79 AD.
The cloud of toxic gases from the eruption wiped out the inhabitants, while the entire city was literally sealed under a flow of ash and volcanic rock 16 meters deep that solidifiedi, preserving almost perfectly intact organic remains like fabric, food, vegetation, and wooden structures. More
Mount Vesuvius is one of only two active volcanos in Continental Europe and stands about 1281 meters tall, with a symmetrical central cone and steep wooden slopes. The whole of the Mount Vesuvius National Park is both beautiful and productive, dotted with small farms and wineries planted with heirloom varietals boasting a unique terroir. Visiting the crater is a must, and tourists from across the globe climb the path each year to peer into its depths. The curious have been climbing the slopes of Mount Vesuvius since the 1600s, as the crater was considered one of the more “exotic” stops on the Grand Tour, attracting tourists from northern Europe who had never seen a volcano.
Between the 18th and 19th centuries, the ruins of Pompeii stop along the were discovered by chance, and a trip to Pompeii-Vesuvius became a cultural attraction, as well. Many travellers who were drawn to the unearthed city also wanted to see the volcano that had destroyed it, and excursions up the mountainside were a huge draw. From the 18th century to today, hiking up Mount Vesuvius is one of the most popular activities in the area; the Volcanological Observatory, founded in 1841, and the official Mountain Guide Association, founded in 1855, have expert guides able to accompany tourists up the final stretch of the mountain trail.
Still today, the most popular route among visitors is the trail up the highest reaches of the cone to the rim of the crater, a stretch that is not particularly difficult, can be undertaken by anyone, and does not require hiking experience. The trail is about 4 km up and back, with a change in altitude of about 140 meters and an average slope of 14%; the trail reaches 1,170 meters above sea level. There are buses and shuttles that climb the lower slope of Mount Vesuvius, stopping at the ticket office at 1,050 meters above sea level. The trail begins here, offering views of the Vesuvius park overlooking the Tirone Reserve, the Bay of Naples, and the Campanian Plain. About halfway up the trail you can begin to see Punta Nasone and, on the opposite side, Cognoli di Ottaviano towering over the Valle dell’Inferno. Continue along the broom-lined route to the short climb under maritime pines and birch trees to the Forest Service Post. Pass this to the crater rim with its breathtaking view over the entire Bay of Naples, Pompeii ruins, and Apennine mountains of Molise and Abruzzo. More
The archaeological ruins of Pompeii cover around 440,000 square meters, a vast area that would take at least three full days to explore completely. Remember that Pompeii is an entire buried city with squares, temples, baths, public buildings, private villas, and shops…just a visit to the city’s forum takes about an hour. That said, you can easily follow a shorter itinerary that includes some of the buried city’s most famous sites, giving you an idea of what daily life was like in this Roman city. Pompeii was probably founded by the Oscans around the 8th century BC. This ancient Italic people settled on the southern slopes of Mount Vesuvius along the banks of the Sarno River, which was navigable at the time. Pompeii became an important commercial center early on, catching the interest of the invading Greeks and Etruscans. The Etruscans were conquered on the waters off Cuma, and the city came under domination by the Samnites in the 5th century BC.
As a Samnite city, Pompeii entered into the Nucerine League and the tufo stone city walls were both expanded and fortified, allowing the city itself to grow. Pompeii became known as an important exporter of olive oil and wine, benefiting from the Mediterranean free market under Roman protection.
After the end of the Samnite Wars in 80 BC, the city came under Roman dominance and in 89 BC Publius Cornelius Silla took up residency there along with a group of veterans, renaming the city Colonia Venerea Pompeianorum Sillana. During its Roman period, the city reached its architectural and economic peak, transforming into one of the most popular recreational and resort towns of the Roman aristocracy. During the Imperial Age, many wealthy Roman families moved to Pompeii, and buildings like the Temple of Fortuna Augusta and the Building of Eumachia are testimony to this influx. Under the Emperor Nero, the city was seriously damaged due to a strong earthquake in 62 AD, and rebuilding immediately began. Work was interrupted on 24 August of 79 AD by the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
There are ten major sites that stand out in Pompeii according to visitpompeiivesuvius.com :
The Large Theater and Odeon. The Teatro Grande, an open-air amphitheater where Greek-Roman plays were performed and the smaller Odeon, used for poetry and musical performances. The Garden of the Fugitives, an old quarter of the city where the bodies of 13 victims of the eruption in 79 AD who succumbed to the ashes and stone were discovered. The Ancient Amphitheater built around 70 BC, one of the best preserved in the world. The patrician villa of Praedia di Giulia Felice, a large complex dating from the 1st century BC and one of the first homes unearthed during excavations. The lupanare (lupanar), the city’s brothel, one of the most memorable sites within the ruins of Pompeii. The Casa del Fauno (House of the Faun), one of the most spectacular and largest houses in Pompeii, covering around 3,000 square meters. The Villa of the Mysteries one of the most captivating and mysterious in the entire ruins, that belonged to one of the most powerful families in Pompeii during the reign of Augustus. The Foro (Forum), one of the most striking spots in the ancient city: a large square with triumphal arches, public buildings, the basilica, the market and temples. The Basilica, the most important public building in the city, used as a type of courtroom. And finally The Sanctuary of Venus. More