Presentation of CIAO, NAPOLI at Bella Italia Mia on November 22, 2015

I have been asked to present Ciao, Napoli at Bella Italia Mia on November 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm.  Bella Italia Mia meets once the third Sunday of each month at Christ the King High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, NY.  Their telephone number is 718 416 1240.

I am excited about my upcoming event and invite any and all who would like to attend.  There is a $7 admission charge, which includes a buffet of Italian delights, wine and dessert and coffee.

Here is an excerpt from Ciao, Napoli :

Visually, Naples is a dark dream. Like a dream it is cluttered with artifacts from the past. Remnants of now dead civilizations poke out from surfaces. Faces of gods or demons greet you as you walk down the streets. Fountains and carvings are everywhere.

Blue Fountain in the Historic Center
Blue Fountain in the Historic Center

The streets are narrow, made of uneven, loose stones. Since Naples claims to have had stone streets when the streets of London and Paris were dirt, the streets of Naples must be paved with the oldest stones in Europe. Bits of grass grow in the cracks of the walls. Vines climb the walls. The streets are littered with discarded wrappers, water bottles, cigarettes.

 

However, if you are lucky, when you peer into the courtyard at Palazzo San Felice,you will see an intriguing face carved into a stone wall.

IMG_0240 Face with Chain

Not only are carvings of gods or demons everywhere, but angels are hiding in alleyways. If you are adventurous and poke your head around a dark and crumbling wall on Vicolo Gigante in the centro storico, you may be startled by the looming presence of this angel waiting to warn passersby, but of what we can only imagine.

 

Blue Angel Painted by an unknown artist on a wall in the Historic Center
Blue Angel
Painted by an unknown artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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