A powerful, visually striking video homage to Naples, titled Io Sono Napoletano, from the folks at Napoli Da Vivere. In Italian with English subtitles.
OK, Capodimonte won this accolade back in 2015. But I would still encourage you to take a short walk by 4K video through this huge, rambling, atmospheric, overgrown ex-Royal park on a high hill above Naples. It’s a perfect place to jog, picnic, play with your kids, take a weekend stroll, have a furtive assignation, or walk off a large lunch.
Or better still to find a quiet place for inner reflection, away from the hectic city below.
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.
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?’
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.
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.