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Napoli – the most beautiful city in the world

A short film about Naples by the Parma-based filmmaker Gianluca D’Elia.

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Naples from the Air

On a grey December morning in Naples, relax and enjoy a sunny flight over the lovely area of Bacoli, Baiae and the ‘lofty promontory‘ of Capo Miseno, on the north west corner of the Bay of Naples.

The Roman poet Horace apparently exclaimed ‘with rapture‘ that: ‘There is nothing in the world to compare to splendid Baiae‘ where the ‘various temptations on offer were as persuasive and seductive as the music of the sirens‘.

It’s a lot quieter today but well worth a visit out from Naples.

More Naples drone footage here.

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‘You want to be American’!

A tongue-in-cheek, Neapolitan language song written by Renato Carosone in the late 1950s, Tu vuò fà l’americano is about a young wannabee who affects a contemporary American life style (sharp clothes, whisky and soda, rock-and-roll, baseball and Camel cigarettes) but who relies on his parents for money.  Seen as a satire on the process of Americanisation in post-war Italy, the lyrics most damningly accuse: ‘How can your girl friend understand you, if you speak to her in half American when you make love under the moon.  Where do you get off saying ‘I love you?’

Sung famously, in English, by Sophia Loren in ‘It Started in Naples‘, and also appearing in the Talented Mr Ripley, lyrics in both Neapolitan and English are below. Continue reading

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The New Napoli Shirt arrives!

Earlier this year, Kappa, the Italian sportswear company, became SSC Napoli’s new kit supplier.  The shirt for the new season, in the famous blue as befitting the colours of the Bay and of the sky overhead, was launched recently.  Kappa marked the occasion with a lovely video (no English subtitles) nicely capturing the importance of the club to the city and the passion for football (or calcio) in general.

Forza Partenopei!

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How they (really) drive in Naples

A girl puts a camera in her grandfather’s car to see what he says as he drives through Naples.  You don’t need to speak Neapolitan to get the gist as he speeds along, sometimes even with a hand on the wheel.  

The video’s payoff is that we spend on average 7 years of our lives stuck in traffic, six of them angry, and we should all go by bike.  Fortunately there is the new Bike Sharing Napoli now to get you out of the car and get around the city in a calmer manner.

As long as you don’t meet Gramps coming the other way.

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Napule è…

Here Pino Daniele, a legendary Neapolitan singer-songwriter and guitarist who died last night, sings his own tribute to his city alongside Eric Clapton. The mayor of Naples said this morning:

‘Pino è Napoli, legame infinito e indistruttibile, come il suono e la voce della sua musica’

Translation of the lyrics via Napoli Unplugged:Napule E..