Peppeniello and Me

“My existence has always been an oxymoronic symphony, a dance of unresolved contradictions. If I were to pause and gaze with the curiosity of an amused observer, I would discover the manifold facets of my life. I would begin by reflecting on the image of Peppeniello, a son of a wayward family afflicted by poverty. […]

Otium Life style

«O Meliboee, deus nobis haec otia fecit»“O Meliboeus, a god has granted us this leisure.”Virgile, Bucolics There are stories of mathematical models, romantically imprecise, that tell of an observable Universe in which there are roughly two trillion galaxies. Without being too precise, if we perform a simple, but by no means trivial calculation, we arrive […]

Naples Impermanence

In the intricate weave of human understanding, it is common for us to turn to an external viewpoint in order to gain a critical perspective. This, so to speak, allows us to examine ourselves more closely, to scrutinize even from behind, where our gaze alone cannot reach. This approach proves particularly useful in exploring national […]

My Invisibles

No, in the sense that I used to have a job in Naples too, normal work of my own, like everyone, I was working there. No! I left just like that, to travel, to broaden my horizons. Massimo Troisi And so, just as the motion of the sea doesn’t take into consideration the waves it […]

The soul of objects

“Objects have the ability to plant themselves in the soul and then tell the soul what to do” wrote Bruce Chatwin. The writer of The Songlines was inviting us to get rid of objects. Yet, he sought them out, collected them, sold them and then departed, backpack slung over his shoulder, for distant lands. What is the […]

The Panama: Vampires, Cocoa and Roosevelt

The image of a Panama hat is indisputably recognized around the world. It is one of the few things that transcends a style or a trend, which can be seen on runways as well as on farmers, it is a symbol of both class and functionality and ubiquitous in all romantic narratives of travel and exploration. The hat is more than apparel; it tells the story of centuries of adventure, politics, art, elegance and labour.

Bruce Chatwin’s little Wunderkammer

“There is no road”, said Machado, “because the road is made by walking”. Bruce Chatwin seems to have followed this motto. His was a journey in pursuit of beauty, and objects were his driving force.

Nureyev e la sirena

Se Partenope tornasse nelle sue penne dove si recherebbe? E in quale tempo? E chi incontrerebbe? E di cosa parlerebbe? Quel pomeriggio d’estate le mie spoglie semidivine mescolate al tufo di Megaride presero di nuovo vita. Così mi ritrovai nel mio corpo di sirena, mezza donna e mezzo uccello. Spiccai il volo per tornare al […]

Kennedy and Hopper’s Last Painting

John F. Kennedy visited Naples the second of July, 1963. It was a brief visit during which the President was deeply moved by the teeming and ancient energy of the place. And just as the sea does not plan its waves, which fall as they will and that’s all, he had an intuition. Napoli was […]