Tag Archives: Naples

Built to oppress: fascist architecture in Italy

While wandering about Naples, we took a detour from munching street food and dodging vespas to oggle fascist architecture.  HOB and I groaned and giggled at the aggressively symmetrical fascist post office and then decided to go in–why not?  We really did need stamps.  On entry a machine instructed us to take a number.  We […]

Why you don’t need to be rich to be a cultural tourist, and why it’s probably better not to be (really!)

I remember the exact moment: after a morning of winding our way uphill through the medieval Albayzín neighborhood of Granada in Southern Spain, we reached the San Nicholas Viewpoint. We picnicked while taking in the enchanting view of the Alhambra and surrounding mountains and I mentioned to HOB that, according to our guide book, this […]

See Naples and die

You know how when someone goes to Las Vegas, people nudge each other and say knowingly “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”?  Well in Italy, if you’re going to Naples people say “Vedi Napoli e poi muori!”—See Naples and die!  Well I’m sure this is meant as a compliment, as in “OMG I’ve seen […]

I’ll just have to wait for the arancini

I had a jones for Italian street food on my lunch break.  Normally, I’m pretty disciplined about eating only what I pack from home, but damn, this was what crack addiction must feel like.  I NEEDED ARANCINI.  There’s a place by my job called L’Appetito that I walked past for years but never eaten in […]