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Join Neapolitan art historian Fiorella Squillante for this virtual journey across one of the most fascinating cities in Italy: Naples. From a Greek settlement to a modern metropolis, we'll touch on some of the highlights of the city, as well as discover some of its hidden treasures. From history to food, to architecture, to art, participants will emerge with a well-rounded Neopilitan understanding.

Naples has lived through thousands of years of history and is composed of stratifications from these different ages. From the Greek-Roman period when it played a key role in the spread of Greek culture within Roman society, to right up to today. Naples boasts world-class monuments and a picturesque bay, yet to counteract all that beauty, Naples represents a city of extreme contrasts. One one hand we will learn about magnificence and one-time Royal splendor, yet on the other, we’ll note the decay and misery of the city’s underclass that is so well described in the Elena Ferrante Neapolitan novels.

Within Naples, one finds both elegance and decline, noisy crowds and silent spots, splendor, and darkness. Dilapidated historical buildings house a population famous for its compassion, friendly nature, and profound critical sense. Neapolitans are always self-critical, they depict their hometown as a beautiful Nativity scene with ugly figurines or a paradise inhabited by devils. We will talk about this anarchic charm that makes Naples unique and often incomprehensible, but at the same time so seductive, exotic, and thrilling.

Having long suffered a reputation as a dangerous place, it is only in recent years that Naples has finally been recognized as a world-class city of art. As one of the most ancient cities in Europe, it is celebrated as the cradle of Italian popular culture. We’ll talk about the historical center’s classification as a World Heritage Site and how thousands of years of history have been preserved.

Many of the city’s treasures are below street level and during this virtual ‘passeggiata’ (stroll) we’ll go from the underground city of 2500 years ago to the exciting contemporary art scene of today. In this virtual visit, we’ll be able to turn some graffiti-covered corners and discover stunning works of art, picturesque alleyways, and breathtaking architecture. We’ll also get the chance to see the vibrant street life in action and learn about the importance of food culture in Napoli. Led by an expert on art history, Fiorella Squillante, this interactive seminar will enlighten participants to this fascinating cultural Italian city.

Fiorella Squillante holds a degree in modern languages and art history, a post-grad course in education and didactic, and a master-course in exhibition design. She is a specialist in art history and Neapolitan culture and art. She works with the main museums of Naples as a member of the educational section. She also works closely with Friends of Museums from abroad. Fiorella is the president of the cultural association "Fine Arts", which organizes private viewings and themed routes in Naples and Campania, and visits to stately homes and private collections. She writes about Naples and Campania for a popular guide book and is the author of a guide to Neapolitan art and architecture called "Naples in 3 days"

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Based on 39 reviews
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Naples with Fiorella Squillante

I loved this tour. And I learned a tremendous amount. It was a pleasure and very interesting. Thank you

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An excellent, insightful highlight of Naples, its history, fabulous art, food, & its population.

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Wonderful — I want to go!

This was a terrific virtual tour and overview of the history of Naples from its founding as a Greek city to the modern metropolis. Very informative about the people, culture, food, architecture, with fabulous photos of the antiquities and the breathtaking Bay of Naples. I took a trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum in 2001, but stayed in Sorrento and only traversed Naples on the way to the train station. That didn’t count. A trip will be planned when we and they are all opened up again. Fiorella Squillante did her home town proud! I thank her and look forward to other lectures she gives.

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Intro to Naples

Very good presentation, with in-depth archaeological and historical coverage.

Customer Reviews

Based on 39 reviews
97%
(38)
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3%
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J
J.G.
Naples with Fiorella Squillante

I loved this tour. And I learned a tremendous amount. It was a pleasure and very interesting. Thank you

A
A.

An excellent, insightful highlight of Naples, its history, fabulous art, food, & its population.

B
B.B.
Wonderful — I want to go!

This was a terrific virtual tour and overview of the history of Naples from its founding as a Greek city to the modern metropolis. Very informative about the people, culture, food, architecture, with fabulous photos of the antiquities and the breathtaking Bay of Naples. I took a trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum in 2001, but stayed in Sorrento and only traversed Naples on the way to the train station. That didn’t count. A trip will be planned when we and they are all opened up again. Fiorella Squillante did her home town proud! I thank her and look forward to other lectures she gives.

S
S.T.

Guest did not leave comment

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S.S.
Intro to Naples

Very good presentation, with in-depth archaeological and historical coverage.