That Italian City Not to Miss, Part II – January 15th, 2022
As I once wrote, “Yes, Naples has its woes. All the world knows about them. Naples has its treasures – and not all are known.”
In my second Naples presentation, experience with me the napoletano pride in their artistic heritage, knowing well that “Culture is salvation.” This saying is painted in one of the colorful murals of the Naples quartiere popolare (working-class district) where beloved Naples actors, musicians, and film directors overlook teeming narrow streets from wall murals.
Naples is a regal city with a splendid 14th-century church housing many stunning medieval tombs of Naples royalty. The tomb of a young World War II hero is there, too, meriting the honor of the kings and queens in nearby tombs for the napoletani.
After our visit to this locus of Naples nobility, we’ll stop at a famous Naples trattoria in the working-class quartiere. The jovial staff here serve up specialità napoletane with a dash of music added: often, clients pause while enjoying the goodness for a dance or song with the waiters. And here we’ll stop at il panaro before continuing our wanders.
You’ll find out about il panaro and its use nowadays in my talk.