One of the theories proposed to explain the strange symbolism found on the back of the American one-dollar bill is that the pyramid, all-seeing eye, and even the eagle clutching arrows are all products of Freemasonry, a secret society shrouded…Read more
Naples Travel – Context Travel Blog
Looking for the latest news, updates, and opinions about Naples travel? Check here for reviews, previews, and thoughts on making the most of Naples, from our favorite bars to contemporary art galleries. Frequent travelers should also check back for insider city guides and tips for making the most of your Naples travel, put together by local journalists, chefs, and artists, and historians, as well as Context staff. From suggestions on how to make the most of the city’s attractions to our favorite spots off the beaten path, we provide an intellectually curious take on Naples travel.
The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. In other words, to travel deeper. Deep travel helps build cultural bridges that foster tolerance and understanding. But it doesn’t just change travelers. It changes places, too. Deep Travel connects locals with smart, curious outsiders, making the world a little smaller and a little more connected.
The second installment of â€œThe Four Seasons of Pompeiiâ€ begins this month with a series of itineraries designed by the Research Lab of Pompeii. As the first installment, this past fall, illustrated, although frozen in timeâ€”specifically, on a certain day…Read more
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A German medievalist in Naples? Sounds like the premise for an absurdist comedy. Instead, itâ€™s Iris Mueller, the newest addition to our Context Naples docent roster. Iris finished her Ph.D. coursework at Yale last spring and is now busy writing…Read more
From sauces made from fermented fish entrails and quiche-like pastry shells filled with bay leaves and ricotta cheese to peaches with aromatic cumin and honey for dessert, the current exhibition Cibi e Sapori nell’Italia Antica (Food and Taste in Ancient…Read more
In the 1880s the composer Richard Wagner took a vacation from his job as court musician to “mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria and headed south to work on an operatic staging of the medieval poem Parsifal. In the poem,…Read more
Qui se ipsum amat, in hunc locum venit This is what you’ll find written at the entrance of the Terme di Nerone Spa, in the Campi Flegrei east of Naples. The Latin inscription, which translates as “those who love themselves…Read more
Set in the historic center, not too far from the Naples Archaeological Museum, in the heart of an up-and-coming artsy, bohemian quarter, Bellini is first call on the local fishmongerâ€™s role. Neighborhood denizens come here weekly for their fish fix,…Read more
Food in Naples means tradition. Food in Naples stands for simple, fresh products combined in an almost alchemical way. From thick-crust pizza to timballo (Naplesâ€™ version of lasagna), from sfogliatelle (Naplesâ€™ version of baklava) to insalalta di rinforzo (pickled salad),…Read more
Opening October 24, the Capodimonte Museum will host an exhibition entirely dedicated to Caravaggio and the last four years of his life, entitled Caravaggio: The Last Years. For the first time in Italy, this event will bring together some twenty-five…Read more
In 1997, when the transportation authority in Naples announced a tremendous new project to build nine lines of subterranean train tracks that would wind through downtown and connect all the sprawling suburbs of this…Read more
Re-Turning Neapolitan: At Home with Maria Laura Chiacchio Neapolitan born art historian Maria Laura Chiacchio left her city years ago when she won a scholarship to study art history and museum studies at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. After…Read more