The Naples Years
A Few of My Favorite Places, Faces and Stories from Bella Napoli
John Turturro said it best in his 2010 documentary Passione (#ad).
“There are places that you go to, and once is enough. And then there is Napoli.”
John Turturro’s quote perfectly encapsulates my enduring sentiments for Napoli. I fell deep and hard for this extraordinary city and had the privilege to call Napoli my home for 12 years. My time here was not nearly long enough, a lifetime wouldn’t have been enough, nevertheless, Napoli left an indelible mark on my heart.
My love for the city and the Neapolitan culture led me to found Napoli Unplugged, a highly successful website that demystified the city for English language visitors and ran from 2010 through 2018. Armed with my camera and a boundless curiosity, I explored the city, the Province of Naples, the Campania Region and beyond and recorded my discoveries on Napoli Unplugged. I didn’t create all of the content myself. A diverse group of contributors also shared their unique perspectives on the NU pages.
Today, I am back in the US, but my heart is never far from Napoli. The posts and series below are just a small sampling from my time in Naples, a glimpse at a few of my favorite Napoli things.
Bonnie’s Napoli is a bit of a potpourri of posts I wrote over the years in Naples. I found inspiration and stories in the city’s art, architecture and archeology; it’s history and cultural heritage; the music, food and wine scene; and the many warm, loving and talented Neapolitans I met along the way.
I started the Saturday Stroll series to share the discoveries I was making exploring Napoli, its many neighborhoods, alleys, stairways and hidden corners, not to mention its vast array of cultural sites. While I didn’t quite manage to keep up with the series, I never stopped strolling or exploring Napoli.
For one of my favorite series on Napoli Unplugged, I teamed up with my hairdresser Giuseppe, who was as passionate about cooking as he was about styling hair. One of the owners of Noi Salon, Naples & Rome, his day job kept him pretty busy, but every few weeks we’d meet up in my tiny apartment to whip up one of his favorite Neapolitan recipes. Like Napoli, itself, these recipes never go out of style.
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