Since we used a common proverb for the title of our SU, which reflect our lifestyle, what is our philosophy about life, we’re going to start the description with an aphorism:
“The Neapolitan is not a lazy person, he is a philosopher. He knows that life is fleeting, the future is fallacious, the work is a punishment.”
In this event you’re going to live very intense moments. You are going to make friends for life, party a lot, discover new cultures, new languages, new places; a whole new world is waiting for you!!
This year the main topic of our SU is the Neapolitan popular culture.
We’re going to discover the most typical Neapolitan things, starting from food, songs and dances, histories and legends, the language and so on and so on.
Normally we shouldn’t be here giving you reasons about why coming to Napoli, it’s Napoli we are talking about, you just can’t miss it!
Anyway, if you really want to get spoilers about what you’ll taste,feel, smell and touch, keep reading!
Let’s talk about food: well, everybody knows that Napoli is the city where pizza was born. Have you ever had the desire to try the best pizza ever?
Have you ever wondered how to prepare it? Do you know what is the relationship between a pizza and a wallet?
But do you think that Napoli is just pizza?
Ma n'atu sole
cchiu' bello, oi ne'.
'O sole mio
sta 'nfronte a te!
This is the lyrics of “O sole mio”: one of the most famous Neapolitan songs all over the world. USA, Japan, South Korea, Canada. These are only some of the countries where you can find a Neapolitan music concert. Musics and dances are really important in our culture. There is a vocation for music that lives in the soul of Naples.
Do you know some neapolitan songs or tipical dances? Do you want to discover much more?
The city of Naples has a millenary history full of legends and esoteric tales. We’ll try to get you know as much as we can.
For example, there is a legend that says that we can’t tell you any legend about Napoli until you come to visit it.
And last but not least the language: we could write pages and pages about the musicality of our language.
Of course everybody knows that italian people talk using the body (especially the hands). The sign language is used here as anywhere else in Italy. Its meaning is impenetrable to any foreigner. Ears, nose, eyes , chest, shoulders, are expressive media, which are correlated by the fingers.
Do you want to learn to speak and act like a real neapolitan?
Do you still have doubts after reading this? Don’t waste your time to look around. Here you will feel our life style deeply inside, till discovering the most pleasant side of the city and its surroundings.
There are many surprises waiting for our participants!!!
Neapolitan Popular Culture
NapoliNapoli, is the capital of the Campania region. It was founded between the 7th and 6th centuries BC by the Greeks and was named Neapolis, which means new city. The historic centre of Napoli has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site denomination. It has one of the biggest historical city centres in the world, and its pride are the 448 historical and monumental churches, the highest number in the World for a single city. Its territory, particularly the iconic sight of the gulf of Napoli is arguably one of the most powerful symbolic images of Italy.
Amalfi CoastThe Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the Sorrentine Peninsulain in Southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as well, attracting thousands of tourists annually .A mixture of history and nature, with a lot to discover: the Cathedral of Amalfi, the villas in Ravello and the many churches built during the period of the republic of Amalfi.
PompeiDive with us in the history visiting Pompeii, an ancient Roman town near modern Napoli that was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Today it has UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors every year.
Caserta and FrancoliseThe Royal Palace of Caserta is a former royal residence in Caserta, constructed for the Bourbon kings of Napoli. In 1997, the Palace was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site...do you think that it's enough?
Francolise is the place where we will be our European Night! An awesome manor-house with swimming pool, table tennis and a very large garden.
CapodimonteThe Royal Palace of Capodimonte (Italian Reggia di Capodimonte) is a grand Bourbon palazzo in Napoli, Italy, formerly the summer residence and hunting lodge of the kings of the Two Sicilies, and was one of the two Royal Palaces in Napoli. It today houses the National Museum of Capodimonte and art gallery of the city. "Capodimonte" means "top of the hill", and the palace was originally just outside the city, which has now expanded to surround it, and somewhat cooler than the city in summer.