Naples: City of Blood, City of Miracles. City of Contradictions and Secrets, Luck and Superstition, Danger and Incredible Kindness.
Photographer Carla Coulson and writer Lisa Clifford know this dazzling, magical city intimately: in this book they take you on a journey through the Naples most tourists never see. Walk with them down hidden cobblestoned alleyways lit by shrines to the saints and into ancient crypts filled with skulls; taste the myriad sweets and pastries for which the city is famous, and learn the art of arrangiarsi – all fuelled by pizza, the city's signature dish, and coffee, always coffee.
About the Author
Lisa Clifford grew up in Sydney. She moved to Italy when she was sixteen years old and returned to Australia after winning a scholarship to the Australian, Film, Television and Radio School. Following a career in journalism that includes reporting for 2GB, Mix FM and Channel 10 news, Lisa was associate producer of the Channel 10 Late News. Throughout her career, she continued to travel to Italy, corresponding for 2UE, the ABC's Radio National and the Voice of America News Service. Lisa contributes opinion pieces, guides and lifestyle articles on Italy to The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, Gourmet Traveler and a range of other magazines and newspapers. She is the author of Walking Sydney and The Promise - an Italian Romance and Death in the Mountains. Naples – A Way of Love is her first book with Carla Coulson. Lisa lives in Florence with her husband and two children.
Naples is a city where it's never too late. In this raw, authentic southern Italian town you may have to pop twenty cents into a slot to get an elevator to work. You might see a Fiat 500 chained by its bumper bar to a pole with do-it-yourself security ingenuity. Or a baker kneading dough with his hands rather than an industrial mixer. You will see women on their knees praying to the skulls of the unknown and buckets lowered from balconies to save delivery trips up steep flights of stairs.
There is no artifice in Naples; no fake, one-dimensional picture-postcard representation of age-old traditions specially crafted for tourists on the hunt for the real Italy. Naples is the real Italy. From the peeling façades of its dilapidated medieval, Renaissance and baroque architecture to the practised customs of long-gone generations to hand-me-down recipes and old-fashioned family values, Naples is not a tourist trap. Here you can still catch the genuine heart and soul of Italy. In this city, you're still on time.
Naples is the capital of the region of Campania and lies between two volcanic areas: Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields, in the Gulf of Naples on the west coast of Italy. It is home to about one million people and was founded as Parthenope in around the ninth century BC as a Greek colony. Later, its name was changed to Neapolis, which means New City in Greek. It's one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, a world heritage site, and lays claim to having the largest historical centre of any city in Europe. It is close to the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum and fronted by an archipelago of three gorgeous islands: Ischia, Capri and Procida.