Presentation of “Ciao, Napoli” in April and May

I have been invited to present Ciao, Napoli at following venues:

the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

420 Tompkins Avenue | Staten Island, NY 10305

on Saturday, April 23, 2016

at 2:00 pm

For additional information, please contact the Museum

p: 718-442-1608 |


the American Italian Cultural Roundtable, Inc.

on Thursday, May 26, 2016

at 6:30 pm


Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo

24 West 12th Street | New York, NY 10011

This event is free to members of AICR and $15 for non-members

Light refreshments are included

For additional information please contact

Commendatore Aldo Mancusi




About Ciao, Napoli

IMG_0699 Body of Naples Statue
The Body of Naples statue in Via Nilo

A few years ago, my husband Jim and I decided to spend an extended period of time in Italy and learn Italian.  After doing some research, we chose to go to Naples.  Our friends thought we were either mad or daring to that about living there for a year, but we wanted to avoid the romanticized landscapes of recent popular destination literature.

Naples was not what we had expected.  We found a city both familiar and strange.  Known for its art, ancient ruins, suspect characters, and ubiquitous piles of garbage, the Naples of conventional travel guides was immediately present when we arrived.  As we roamed the city, seeking out the notable sites, we found much more.  Works of art could be seen in any corner; traditions continued to be a part of local street life; people were welcoming, helpful and curious about us.  Visually the streets of Naples were as strange and evocative as those of Venice.  History constantly poked out from beneath surfaces.

Our friends back home wanted to know what Naples was like — in pictures and in words.  We responded by sending monthly newsletters trying to portray our experiences.  When we returned, I continued to study Italian with Mariella Bonavita at the Garibaldi Museum.  Mariella read some of our newsletters and encouraged me to use them to  create a personal journal.  The result is Ciao, Napoli  A Scrapbook of Wandering in Naples.