Naples A Way Of Love - Carla Coulson
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Naples A Way Of Love

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Twelve years ago I rolled up in Naples for the first time, stood on the streets with life whirring around me at a thousand miles an hour, murmuring like a madwoman  ‘it’s not too late, it’s not too late I have finally arrived in a photographers paradise ahead of time”.

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I was torn, should I pack up my life in Florence, leave my photography studies and move to Naples to devote my life to photographing this place that is so rich, so poor, so tough, so kind, so generous and so me?

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I felt like my blood had little bubbles inside like someone had mixed it with champagne. I started looking at apartments, checking out neighbourhoods and shooting myself stupid along the way. Florence won over and a little bit of regret has stayed in my heart  all these years.

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I continued to visit, to shoot, to love profoundly this place that has such a tough reputation. In Italy you either love Naples  or hate it and there is no in between. But the ones like me that give Naples a go, fall in love like smitten fools and will defend her to the last slice of pizza!

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One of those smitten fools is gorgeous writer Lisa Clifford and this book idea was born in a Florentine bar over a very large Aperol and prosecco (which had just been kindly offered to both of us by a very handsome waiter to celebrate my wedding).

Charged with Aperol and champagne I told Lisa of this burning desire I had to shoot Naples but I wanted a fab writer to tell the stories of the people of Naples and the things that make Naples throb. She said ‘I’ll do it”

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And that was how the idea was born to shoot this book on Naples! To tell and show the stories of the Neapolitans and their Naples.

Naples is the home of pizza and we tracked down Naples most fabulous pizzaioli to tell their stories, their secrets and their relationship with Naples.

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When most people think of Naples they never think of elegance but Naples is the home to Italy’s great sartoria, the equivalent of Saville Row. Pictured above is the heavenly Gennaro Solito who was born in the Quartiere Spagnoli and rose to become one of the greatest tailors in the world. His story brings tears to my eyes.

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Naples is the home of tabernacles and beautiful girls flying on scooters. We left no rock unturned. We shot in the markets, the streets, the artisan’s workshops, the pizzeria’s, the cafes, the churches, the cemetaries, talking, walking, shooting and gathering their stories.

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Evi O the fabulous graphic designer of Naples A Way Of Love continued the story of the photos and words with her beautiful design that has brought magic, warmth and love.  What a treat to work with her! Opera clap for Evi O..

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This is a book that I want to stand on the rooftops and scream with happiness and joy that I had the opportunity to shoot, to live and to dream about. This was a rare project that started with joy and wonder and finished with wonder and joy. I love this book with all my heart.

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” Giuseppe Verdi

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98 Comments
  • Why do I love Italy?? For the Sicilian beaches, the napoletana pizzas, the granita & brioche breakfasts, for the passeggiata & gelato, the churches filled with devout Catholics that give you a sense of belonging, for the piazzas and duomi and above all because that’s where the first people I loved (my mum and dad) are from.

    October 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  • Sarah

    I love the simplicity of their lives, the cooking, the lifestyle and the love.

    October 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm
  • Michelle

    I just love your books, we are planning a trip to Europe which includes Italy. So I’m look forward to your book for inspiration and ideas.

    October 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm
  • Nereda Hand

    Why do I love Italy. The Aperol and Prosseco sipped by the waterfront in Venice, so amazing. For me it seemed like Paris would always hold my heart- but it is firmly planted in Italy. The warmth of the people, the style, the language, the food. Exploring Florence for the first time, the place to which I hope to return again and again. The brilliance of Rome, and the first time we saw the Trevi Fountain. Throwing in a coin to guarantee our return. The dreaming and planning every day for our next trip to that stunning country.

    October 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm
  • Tracie

    I have been fascinated with Italy since I was young and have always been drawn to the culture, the food, the language. My husband proposed to me in Rome. We have been back since. I love it and I will return, hopefully next time with my daughter. She is six and is very proud of the fact that she can count to ten in Italian!

    October 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm
  • Looks amazing. Def I need to get my hands on one of the copies.
    Why I love Italy? If I don’t need to mention the breathtaking views, the delicious food and the way of living, it is where I got my best shots of Laundry, especially in Naples. 🙂
    Congrats Carla. You are so inspiring

    October 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm
  • Ben

    I love Italy because of its beauty and passion.

    October 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm
  • Rosie

    Why do I love Italy? I don’t know yet, I haven’t been!!! Would love a copy of the book for inspiration for future travels!!

    October 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm
  • Steph

    Hey Carla, this is fantastic. I will get my copy and ask you to sign it, after all, you’ve signed all my/your other books I treasure!
    Who wouldn’t love Italy? A place for every person and emotion. Sxox

    October 24, 2013 at 1:15 pm
  • I don’t just love Italy, I’m so obsessed that I cried when leaving there in case I never get to return. The beautiful hill top towns, the food, the people, history, architecture……………….and more.
    Your books are a feast for the eyes, if I don’t win a copy I will have to buy one!

    October 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm
  • Kat

    I love the beauty to be Lund in the smallest or simplest of places, from food to a bike on the street, to artisans and definitely through to its people. Italy for me next year, with the cherry on top to be our final destination of Naples.

    October 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm
  • Liz Cherry

    Italy is my dream – I love the history,the beauty and the lifestyle in every form. Carla, you and Lisa are living my dream – my passion is travel and photography! Your photographs and Lisa’s words bring Italy to life for my until I can return there.

    October 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm
  • Oh don’t tell me I’m first lol xx
    It could be a good omen as I was lucky enough to win ‘Chasing the Dream’ some time ago.

    I have just created a big dream for myself and I hope that winning Naples a Way of Love will be a huge thrill.

    When I won ‘Chasing the Dream’ I kept it for days waiting for just the right moment to open it, savoring the moment.

    Good luck all, and yes of course I’d love to win xxx
    ciao ciao Lisa x

    October 24, 2013 at 1:25 pm
  • Melissa

    I have just returned from my first trip to Italy. In the two weeks I was there I visited many well known places including Naples. I saw the crazy driving, the divine Gondolas, churches that took my breathe away and ate feasts in Tuscany while my eyes and soul dined on the art and beauty at every turn. I think the trick to Italy is not take it at face value but scratch beneath the surface. Can you believe the first review I read on Bari (our first full day in Italy) was ‘there isn’t much there’, yet I wandered past the modern rows of shops to the wide piazzas and found the magic hidden away…my kids drank from those amazing fountains that are centuries old! It was hard to leave Italy because I felt like every story and every photo was ‘my little secret’! Thanks for sharing yours 🙂

    October 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm
  • Italy changed my life. I met my husband there. We lived there for over 7 years. There are so many things that I love about Italy, it is hard to know where to start 🙂

    October 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm
  • I love Naples too! I first went there more than 40 years ago. We sat at a seaside restaurant and a short, chubby Italian man played Volare on his violin, while I ate spaghetti vongole for the first time.
    I have been back since and I loved it just as much, even without the violin.

    October 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm
  • Oh my goodness Carla what an amazing collaboration between the 2 of you. I lost my heart to Italy last year, when I visited a lovely blogger friend in Lago di Garda, and got welcomed to their homes, lives and including their family. We were treated like royalty and it was humbling to say the least. On top of that the insanely beautiful scenery – the cities (Venice – a dream come true for me) – so yes please I’d adore winning this lovely book, and learn a bit more of Italy and their people/places. Much love Axx

    October 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm
  • Carolyn

    Carla, Congratulations on yet another literary and photographic masterpiece. My two copies await me at Beaumaris Books – where I will await you on 10 December!! Can’t wait to see you again. C xx

    October 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm
  • Oh Carla, I am so thrilled for you and all who were involved because the book is BEAUTIFUL and the love that was put into it shines through!!! I know that it will be a giant success. How could it not? :à

    Why do I love Italy? Well, this answer is going to sound odd–because of the “joie de vivre”!! Now, I know I shouldn’t use a French phrase to describe Italy but I find a joy there that I don’t find here! (shhhh 😉 The country, like the language just sings…

    Félicitations!!!!!

    October 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm
  • Ketakii

    I love Italy in my dreams. I have not yet been but have dreamed of it for years. I have Italian blood way back from my great great great great grandmother. I love Italy in my dreams. Something I cannot express in words as it is not a tangible thing. As deep and likewise fleeting as pure emotion.

    October 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm
  • Hi Carla, I think I followed your blog first. I mean, I don’t think I was following any other blogs when I followed you. Love your work and Italy of course!
    #naplesawayoflove ♡♡♡ I love how you’ve captured Naples. It is a unique city.

    October 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm
  • Naples is where my husband was born and all his family still live there. I love this city for its theatre and colour !

    October 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm
  • oops forgot to say, “why do I love Italy?” Well, what’s not to like? Beautiful country, scenery, monuments, people, language, food, wine, climate, light, color. Most of all, I love who I am when I am in Italy, more alive.

    October 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm
  • cindy

    i am an art history major and there is NO BETTER place on earth for me -than ITALY – im a HUGE fan of Bernini and YOU !!! – pick me !!!

    October 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm
  • Karin Pihl

    At 33, I feel like a bit of a late bloomer to finally have found the courage to start photography as a career but now that i have found it, i never want to let it go! My camera and travel mean everything to me! I have never been to Italy but hope to someday soon. I want to immerse myself in the beauty, culture, drama, food, traditions of Italy and the ability to ENJOY life and its sweet moments. Italians seem so good at that. I want to wrap the Italian way of life around myself like a warm blanket! For now though, I rely on Pinterest, Instagram, google images and books like yours to transport me to places in Italy that for now, i can only dream of! Thank god for technology! Congratulations on the release of your book Carla. Your journey is one of inspiration! X

    October 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    • Carolyn

      Beautifully expressed!

      October 25, 2013 at 1:03 am
  • Geoff Ryan

    Why do I love Italy?
    We have holidayed there six times and apart from the obvious sights – Trevi, Vaticano, forum, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Napoli, Taormina etc etc etc.
    I have to say that my love for Italy is the Italians love, belief and total devotion to the 5 ‘F’s’ – Family, Food, Football, Fashion & Ferrari. Wherever you are and whatever they are doing they are passionate about at least one of these ‘F’s’
    That Carla is why I love Italy.
    GR

    October 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm
  • Brad

    Hi Carla,
    I can’t wait to get hold of a copy of this! I’ll check online now to see how I can get one sent to me in the Middle East!
    I have all of your books and have re-bought a few of them for gifts too. Can’t wait to see your newest addition.
    I’ve shared online your links from above to spread the word about the place.
    Hope all is great in your world!
    Brad xx

    October 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm
  • Lorelle Wood

    Carla, I entering this way because I have already subscribed to everything else.
    I love Italia because every time I leave, it is harder and harder to go, the tears and the knot in my stomach is stronger and my heart is more ‘in pezzi’.
    I knew from when I was a little girl it was where I wanted to go, and as crazy and full of red tape as it is, I have never felt more at ‘home’. It just feels like HOME. The language comes to me so naturally. It is the hardest thing to describe, but I think you understand.
    Everything from the colors, the aroma of fresh sgabei, the feeling of a local market, the crazy politics, the people who open their hearts and invite you to have your legs under their tables a mangiare, the elegant dressers, the way the kids there are more ‘awake’ and not stuck down a screen. The sense of family. Can you tell I’m only month back?
    If I win this, it will go to a dear friend for a much loved present.

    October 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm
  • Pam / Parisdise

    What is there not to love about Italy ! Beaches, food, history, men (ha!), the weather ohhh and Limincello

    October 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm
  • Joanne C

    Hi Carla, your photos are so inspiring ! I’m glad your dream came true and you finally have your book published ! Complimenti ! I have been in Napoli in 2001, around the same time you were there. My husband drove right in the center of Napoli. We parked the car near the train station. We were to meet some Napolitans I have met through the Internet while I was Learning the Italian language. They were so nice. Really this old city is full of sun, calore and sapore ! Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera and I have just a photo souvenir from those friends. I hope to win your book !!!! Thank you

    October 24, 2013 at 3:36 pm
  • Joanne C

    Just to add to my above comment… Italy is the “Paese dove suona il sì !” I love Italy because of the sound of the Italian language. When they speak it is like a song. Also, and the first reason because I love Italy is because my husband has some Italian blood !

    October 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm
  • Liz Bongiovanni Piccione-Volger

    I LOVE italy. It feeds my soul and when I am there I am home and amoung my people. Even though I was born and raised in Southern California I truly feel I am where I belong when I am in Italy. Could those genes be so deep rooted that even after generations of living out of Italy the desire and need to return remains?

    October 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm
  • I love Italy because, well, it’s ITALY! It has style and years of history and culture and food that resonate with me! I love the people in the little towns, who are so generous and nice and happy to see me when I come for a visit.

    October 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm
  • hmm why do I adore Italy? Food, people, place! use to rep 6 Italian lines so know florence well. Congratulations on the book. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

    October 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm
  • Loretta Joyce

    It’s all been said so eloquently by everyone. Carla, you bring out the passion burning inside each and everyone of us. What I brought back was not only the food, architecture and all that is Italy, but a “respect for the workers”.

    October 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm
  • Grace

    Who wouldn’t love Italy? Florence has my heart,
    Rome’s historical view from the heights is breathtaking, Genoa & Arenzano is home to many friends

    October 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm
  • I love Italy because it feels like my heart was born there.

    October 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm
  • Hi Carla,
    I found the book yesterday in Queenscliff Victoria AU..I strolled into this gorgeous independent book shop & the book was in front of me.. I opened it, looked at 2 pages & well I have it now..close to me !! I posted it on my blog from the beach last night !
    I just love that style the descriptive words of Italy & the photographs ,,just wonderful
    Barbx

    October 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm
  • After visiting Italy 3 times I still cannot get enough of the chaos, the contrasts, the attitudes, the colours, the ruins, the street style, the beauty, the grubbiness. It is a small country compared to Australia but so much variety is crammed into it. It keeps drawing me back. To sit and look through your books Carla, brings it all to me until I can go the next time….xx

    October 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm
  • Debbie

    I love Italy’s diversity – from the beauty of Tuscany to the down-to-earth reality of Naples… and not to be forgotten, my love affair with Venice.

    October 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm
  • Absolutely wonderful. 🙂 I feel teary and emotional just looking at the few images and words that you’ve shared thus far.

    October 24, 2013 at 11:08 pm
  • Sarah Parker

    Hi Carla, I definitely cannot wait until Thursday to get this amazing looking book. I will be straight to the bookshop in the morning to buy it and have an inspiring weekend of reading and of course admiring your beautiful photography. Have a wonderful weekend and best of luck with the launch of your latest project. With love from Sarah.

    October 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm
  • Annabel

    Hi Carla, Congratulations on another inspiational book – it looks devine! Francesco must be beaming with pride. I’m thinking about attending Lisa’s writing course in Florence next June and your photos have really got me excited at the thought of seeing Italy again…might have to pop down to Naples to experience your images for myself. Looking forward to your Get Published seminar in Sydney…the last time we met up was 2010 in Paris.
    With love, Annabelxx

    October 25, 2013 at 12:01 am
  • I fell in love with Naples on my first trip to Italy in 1978 when I was just 18 – a Sydney girl a long way from home – Australia. I had my first ever plate of Spaghetti Vongole and it remains my favourite meal ever!
    Victoria x

    October 25, 2013 at 12:56 am
  • I”ve LOVED you for years so I can’t LIKE you anymore. If I win, will you sign my copy in Noveber? 🙂
    V

    October 25, 2013 at 1:07 am
  • Elise De Nittis

    Dear Carla,

    All your books are stunning the photography is amazing! I especially love your work in My Amalfi Coast. So I would love to win your latest to add to my collection of yours.

    Why do I LOVE Italy? My background is Italian and so my husbands parents are Italian. We recently traveled there together for our honeymoon as I have always wanted to go. Everything is amazing about Italy. The architecture, the gorgeous kids running around laughing and speaking there native language is just gorgeous. The fashion of both men and women and just their general appreciation for life! They are very proud people and among the hustle and bustle always helpful! I did not stop consuming Gelati, the Siciliana olives, their seafood, and every morning with my husband al bar we had an espresso he has a marmalata cornetto and I an espresso with a nutella cornetto. Take me back to Italy by allowing me to discover Naples through your eyes! (Does Procida get a mention)

    Thanks Again, all the best on your great works and the many more to come!!!

    Warm Regards,
    Elise De Nittis

    October 25, 2013 at 1:31 am
  • Luanna Wells

    Just got back from spending 6 days in Rome, and I had forgotten how much I do love Italy! What is it…it’s everything..the people, the clothes, the architecture, the art, the food, the wine, their style, the history, and the countryside and coastline. Also love your books!!

    October 25, 2013 at 1:58 am
  • Lesley Hughes

    Italy is attitude. Just look at David’s face, the gardens, the architure, the food all wonderfully expressed by the people. Who else but an Italian can wear a linen suit. As I can see from the comments already above, we all love your blog. Best wishes.

    October 25, 2013 at 2:21 am
  • il cafe!

    October 25, 2013 at 2:43 am
  • jan

    Passiona (only an Aussie will know this)
    Passionata – that’s you to a T Carla!
    Well done yet again
    The ride (on or off a Vespa) with you is passionate!

    October 25, 2013 at 4:12 am
  • Jacqui

    of all the places I have travelled, Italy is the place where I most feel like me

    October 25, 2013 at 5:19 am
  • Jacqui

    Caffe Florian, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Prada, Acqua di Parma, Greve in Chianti, toscana, the Palio, steak a la florentine, sulami, cefalu beach, sicilia, the biggest bumble bees in the world, JK place, Firenza Galleria dell’academia, lago di como, Gucci, Navigli Milano, campo di fiori roma, cafe macchiato, pizza margherita, gelato ( stracciatella) beautiful duomo’s everywhere, beautiful friendly people, the mediterranean, osso buco, spaghetti, milano, via del corso…Carla there are honestly too many fabulous places and things about Italy that I love and I haven’t even been to Naples!

    October 25, 2013 at 5:44 am
  • Kate Gumbley

    It’s a joy to read all your books Carla but this one is especially exciting. Looking forward to reading, looking and dreaming of Italy that you will so successfully transport us to with this one. X

    October 25, 2013 at 7:47 am
  • Jennifer shelton

    I have not yet been to Italy but I love the dream of it. I have read so much about the country from top to bottom and so far there has not been a place I could even think of leaving off an itinerary.
    I will visit one day soon but until then I must continue to live vicariously through the beautiful work of photographers such as you. I have devoured your books before and undoubtedly will again this time.
    Thank you.

    October 25, 2013 at 9:16 am
  • We have only 8 months to go till we arrive in Naples !!I need your book

    October 25, 2013 at 10:23 am
  • Mary Nemarich

    Italy has captured my soul and heart. I want to go back again and again <3

    October 25, 2013 at 10:39 am
  • Mumbai

    Carla, you deserve the biggest admiration. I can feel all the passion and love you put into this book and stories and can see not least your perfect eye for the right motive. Congratulation

    October 25, 2013 at 11:53 am
  • Elizabeth Giammona

    My heart breaks when I think about Italy…my parents are from Sicilia and I feel that half of me is there too. Last time i went there in 2010 I arrived in Roma at 7.30 in the morning, got off the plane and kissed the ground..I felt connected and like one whole being again. I soaked in every single sight, sound and smell. I took inspiration from your books and took pictures of simple things like a door knob to a street sign. I listened to the locals and watch how they enjoyed their time by just simply being Italian. Being a stay home mum at that point and feeling totally disconnected from the real me was a dark and lonely tunnel, but Italy saved me!!! It saved me from that scary place and made me feel alive again. I came back to Sydney a better wife and a better mother and I have that beautiful country to thank for it!!! So everytime I look at your books those wonderful memories flood my body with an excitement that is just electric and positive so I thank you from the bottom of my heart!! xx

    October 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm
  • Carla Equizi

    I love Italy,my parents come from L’aquila where they had a massive earthquake in 2011 and it destroyed my parents hometown, but I went back the last two years and absolutely love it there, like going home, just meant to be. All of Italy is spectacular, can’t wait to go back.

    October 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm
  • I love Italy! The art, the fountains, the architecture, the shops, the atmosphere of being surrounded by so much momentous history. Of course I would love this!! Bravo!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Designer Series

    October 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm
  • Patrina Bosso

    My father spent the first eleven years of his life in Naples. Times were tough and the land was a mess with the destructions of war, but the people were strong and willing to survive. Unfortunately, this was not enough at the time and his family had to move to Australia to make a living. 40 years later he returned, with all of his children in tow, to see the place that he remembered. I recall seeing the tears in his eyes as he tried to place together where he lived as a child. In turn, this ignited my determination to explore and understand this incredible place, to learn the history and the passion behind the people that make it what it is, to understand that willingness to survive, even though hard times have fallen on this beautiful city.

    October 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm
  • Gail McGrath

    Naples, the Amalfi Coast and Rome! The most evocative memories I relive every day as I remember my wonderful travels last year. Walking the coast, poking about in Naples, the piazzas of Rome and sailing the Tyrennhian sea. Back next year to Sicily. Can’t wait.

    October 26, 2013 at 4:22 am
  • My now husband asked me this very question after I’d gushed about the Italy I’d never been too, one too many times. My response was “my heart is Italian”. There wasn’t any bigger way to describe how I feel about Italy.
    He’s stolen that line now and this week we’ll celebrate our fourth wedding anniversry – we were married in an Tuscan olive grove. You still can’t wipe the smile of my face when I think about it. x

    October 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm
  • Fiona Gabriel

    I have just returned from spending 6 weeks in Italy…. I am in love with this place… The food, vino, the people, the photo opportunities , I could return tomorrow and live there….. I would have to say its the most amazing places have ever seen and hope to get back there ASAP.

    October 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm
  • Janne Sani

    When started our honeymoon in August 1996 I was very aviophobic. Here in Finland we have an aphorism ‘To see Naples and die!” that gives a permission to perish for a person who has seen this hasty city. What a wonderful target of the very first flight for an aviophobist! If only the plane could get over the Alps I propably will see the town from the plane’s window (even if it crashes at the landing)…

    The flight ended happily and what a city did we found there, beside of Vesuvio volcano! It’s everyday streetlife, chaotic traffic, buildings and alleys full of marks of their history, wonderful views of Bay of Naples, unforgettable sunsets… There’s no words enough to put all it inspires in me on the paper. Even if the people of Mezzogiorno, the southern part of Italy, are quite poor they are happy when they have three things in their life: sole, pane e amore (sunshine, bread and love). Naples offers all that in stupendous ambience and turned me tightly around it’s soul. Your photos and words above makes me feel more of this incredible city than I can express in english. Love your work and can’t wait for finding your book about the city of my soul somewhere!

    October 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm
  • Juliana Longiotti

    Brava, Carla! Naples looks enchanting through your eyes.

    October 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm
  • Ludmila Harrison

    Why I love Italy?
    On the top of all that Italy has to offer – architecture ,history, Florence, Venice, Leonardo, Verdi,Fellini, Puccini , Bernini , Michelangelo ,art, music, food -the most I love about Italy – people of Italy! They are close to my spirit and soul ! Even though I am not Italian and don’t have Italian family, I feel that people of Italy – my family!!! They are kind,passionate about life, love,food, family, art, music, shoes…anything they do! That’s what I love!

    October 27, 2013 at 4:05 am
  • The reasons why I love Italy?
    The smell of the fig trees in Tuscany, the painting “Primavera” by Botticelli, the sunset in Sicily, the spaghetti al pomodoro e basilico, the beautiful language, the stylish people, looking up in the Panthenon in Rome, sitting in a gondola in Venice, my first romantic holiday with my husband-to-be in Trieste and the list goes on and on. Oh and how could I forget? The COFFEE!
    Can’t wait to hold your book in my hands and meet you in person… xxx

    October 27, 2013 at 9:13 am
  • Moira Leech

    Reading about Italy in books does not stimulate the senses or open your eyes to its captivating charm, as looking out of the plane window and seeing the Canopy Trees and the ancient ruins and thinking to yourself, It’s Real!!! Walking through cities such as Rome, Venice, Siena, Pisa, Assisi, Milan, Florence, Verona, Positano and Naples ignites waves of emotion that brings tears to your eyes and a smile to your face. The flavour of strawberries and tomatoes from Campo de Fiori is like nothing else I have ever experienced. the streets where the locals live and love have their cobblestones and doorways to Italians living the great life. There is wonderful writers like Carla and Lisa who have graced my bookshelves, who daily bring back a flood of memories that I will treasure and cherish every time I open their books. Italy you are magnifico!!!

    October 27, 2013 at 9:52 am
  • Malgorzata Podgorska

    Italy – the country of true dolce vita the art of life, simple but not simplistic, elegant, stylishi, simple, caring, warm, beauty and meaning. love Italy

    October 27, 2013 at 10:09 am
  • Maria Angus

    At the age of 19 my mother sailed away from the Bay of Naples bound for a new life in Australia. Naples – Italy – tugs at my heart too. I would absolutely love to share this book with my gorgeous Napolitana-born mother, Clelia.

    October 27, 2013 at 10:43 am
  • I’ve seen the book and it’s well worth having (already booked for my Mum’s Xmas prez). Good luck to both of you with sales and promotion – you have worked so hard to realise your dream and should be proud as it’s spectacular work.

    After this second stretch in Italy, where I unexpectedly ended up raising my kids for the end of their childhood, it struck me that what I love most are the seasons, and almost every element involved in being swept along by the great changes involved. Changes in light, in the landscapes, change in the piazzas and the way people walk, what you drink and prepare to eat at home. I love the connection with the land through treasured recipes and meals enjoyed together.

    I love my cherry trees the most – how they progress spindly through winter, throw out blossoms in a generous gift, and produce the richest warmest fruit imaginable. And don’t get me talking about the walnuts!

    October 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm
  • Buongiorno Carla!
    I’m Léia, mammy of the kitty Luna Snowshoe. We follow you at facebook, and we are your fans!
    I love Italy because it’s in my soul.
    Born in Brazil from an Italian family, I’m very happy because just two months ago I received my Italian citizenship! 🙂
    You are a talented artist and I really wish that I can be the lucky one to win your book.
    Grazie!
    Léia

    October 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm
  • Claron Driscoll

    Italy to me means love which I was lucky enough to share with my family in 2011 when I turned 50. What more can I say, I love LOVE!

    October 28, 2013 at 12:54 am
  • Tracey

    I love Italy! I just love everything about it. I cannot think of anything better then getting lost in one of it’s cities for the day. Okay maybe eating ice-cream sitting in San Gimignano.

    October 28, 2013 at 3:57 am
  • Bianca

    I went to Italy when I was ten years old to a town called Vasto, on Abruzzo’s southern coast. I stayed with famiglia there and loved it so much that by the end of the holiday I didn’t want to leave. I still remember things about that trip some 21 years later. So I love Italy for the wonderful memories it’s given me and hopefully, some day, the wonderful memories it will give again 🙂 x

    October 28, 2013 at 4:46 am
  • Silvia

    I love Italy because she makes me feel more alive in every sense! The smell of coffee and freshly baked cornetti as I walk past a bar early in the morning. The delicious taste of homemade pasta and sauce. The touch and warmth of people when we greet and a kiss on each cheek. The sight of the amazing architecture, design & culture, and the interesting interactions of people conversing with their hand movements standing at a bar drinking coffee. Hearing the spoken Italian word that is so poetic and brings me back to my Italian heritage and upbringing speaking Italian to my grandparents. Italy=Love.

    October 28, 2013 at 7:56 am
    • Athleyne Walters

      Ah, Italia. Come anelo a voi esplorare! With your fetching beauty, you’ve beguiled me. As with a new lover, I am intrigued by your mysterious ways.

      October 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm
  • Bravo to you Carla and to Lisa. I’d be shouting from the rooftops too. I love a good story about how people make their dreams come true. Perhaps I need to start drinking Aperol and Prosecco? I’m excited to read your book; you see life in such an exciting way. Italy to me represents beauty, amazing history and architecture. It speaks passion; passion for life, love, and food. What is more important in life?!

    Congratulazioni e desiderando il tuo libro un grande successo!!

    October 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm
  • There is something so pure and relaxed about the Italians. The culture of Italy through your words and eyes is so different to what we have here in Australia. Half my family is Australian-Italian and while the food appreciation continues, there is a little something tender that has been lost along the way. I have read sections of your first book to my husband to show that there can still be beauty and love from the people his family came from.

    October 29, 2013 at 10:19 am
  • Lilian

    Sweet scents of Italy make us feel full of life and inspiration, reminding us that life is beautiful and not to give up on our dreams.

    October 29, 2013 at 11:08 am
  • Denise

    I visited Naples 5 years ago after being on Salina for a few days. From the time the taxi whizzed us from the port to our hotel, I was captivated. It can be confronting but the sheer beauty and energy that this city exudes, leaves a desire to return. Hopefully not too far away.
    My 2 standout memories would have to be the friggitoria and perfectly cooked zucchini flowers, and the spellbinding “Veiled Christ” in the Cappella Sansavero.
    I look forward to immersing myself in your Naples.

    October 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm
  • Mel

    I have fallen deeply in love in Italy many times! In love with the history, art, architecture, food, people, terrain, light and shadows. I traveled extensively by myself one year; I was gifted and gave throughout the journey. I have no one favorite place, I have many and visit regularly through my memory. Each memory always lights my heart; Italy is firmly positioned in my soul. Xx

    October 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm
  • DRTVrMoi

    What’s not to love about Italy? The noise, the chaos, the smells…It’s people living as one should; closer to family, land and God. My family is from Genoa but my true love is the south. I love driving the autostrada from Naples to Sicily. A little less refined, a lot more to love.

    October 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm
  • Susan Goudge

    A sea of orange tile rooftops was my first image of Italy as our plane came in for a landing–had to pinch myself that I was finally there! Italy has continued to fascinate me through the years–it has a richness of spirit and life that permeates all who spend any length of time there!

    Congratulations on the publication of your new book–looking forward to it!

    October 29, 2013 at 3:11 pm
  • dru

    Sun, wine, food, art, history, art, food, wine, cobblestone streets.

    October 30, 2013 at 3:44 am
  • Love Italy, because it lives and we love to live, right?!

    October 30, 2013 at 11:22 am
  • Fran

    I have often thought that I must have Italian in my blood (along with Irish because I love potatoes!) as I am smitten with all things Italian. Perhaps it is because I grew up in Fremantle, Western Australia and went to school with many children from Italian migrant families. I well remember the lunches they brought to school and the smell from the kitchen when I visited their homes. I love the people, the country, the food, the language and of course their fashion wotrld……. It is such a beautiful, fascinating place to visit.

    October 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm
  • Holly

    Ah, Italia… the sights, the sounds, the smells, the food, the people, the history, the architecture, the pace, the connection, the fashion, the community, the language… I love EVERYTHING about Italy 🙂 I can’t wait to read this new book!

    October 31, 2013 at 9:58 am
  • Linda

    In every town in Italy, big or small, the passagietta continues it’s long tradition. To me, this is such a clear example of the HEART of Italian people. And, it is this HEART that pushes through so much of what we see and do in Italy that injects into OUR hearts, that creates some lingering FEELING long after we are no longer physically present. Coming from another cultural upbringing, there is no question that Italy has some “challenges”. Sometimes they are amusing; occasionally, infuriating. For some of us, those moments only add to this mysterious yet palpable “something” that runs deep in the the Italian people. When they give that GIFT of sharing their passion or their food (often one and the same), it is unique in its warmth and depth. Receiving that leaves an indelible mark on our own hearts. Grazie, grazie, grazie.

    October 31, 2013 at 9:07 pm
  • Liz

    Oh no, I came across your entire blog, let alone this post, far too late to enter. I wonder when Naples will be on sale on Amazon.co.uk? Longing for it. As I live in the deep southern Mediterranean, a good hour or more southerly than Naples, nearer to Africa, I see parts of my adopted country, Malta, and my first love Sicily, echoed in La bella Napoli of your photos. Rome, Naples, Malta, Sicily – the Caravaggio trail – and the only place I’ve not visited on that list is Naples! For what it’s worth, after the horse has bolted from the giveaway, I love Italy because its language I studied at university, and it’s where I spent 2 pre-marriage years shuttling every other weekend (to Rome) to visit my hubby to be. Now, some 20 years on, Italy is our nearest and dearest neighbour, and full of special pre-kid, early love memories. Am aiming to live there, in retirement now! Never say never, nor that it’s too late to embrace Italia!

    November 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm
  • Priscilla

    ooooh; your beautiful cover and NAPLES; A WAY OF LOVE grabbed my gaze from a shop window yesterday as i drove down smith st with two toddlers wailing for their supper in the backseat of my car. i broke out in goosebumps and picked up my mobile and snapped the image to zoom in on and google when i got a moment later. youve nailed it. im a Melbourne girl who spent a lot of time in Naples between 12 and 15 years ago learning the Naples way of love ;-). it didnt last but those times in Naples and that city are writ large across my heart..in my DNA…they tuirned me inside out. I loved and hated it both! Life moved on…new love then two of the littlest BIG loves ever…i have seen books written about Naples over the years and glanced as i walked by..feeling like if i was going to open the pages on those past experiences i wanted it to be worth it…i wanted the qulaity of the visuals and the words to really represent the full Naples experience. and yesterday when i saw your book i knew that moment had arrived and that you’d done it. the pictures youve posted above get under my skin the way Naples did..its a sensual bomb of a place..relaxing enticing seductive dangerous ALIVE..Congratulations on manifesting your passion so amazingly and for making such beautiful art. im going to let you take me back for the first time in a long long time and marinate in all the delights and contradictions Naples (and Italy) has to offer 🙂

    December 4, 2013 at 12:03 am
  • becky

    The book looks great, but is it only available in Australia? I am in UK and haven’t been able to find it on any of our sites.

    December 11, 2013 at 10:28 am
  • Amelia Gracia

    I don’t love Italy. I love Napoli. And it will haunt me the rest of my life.

    December 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm
  • gaetano

    Hi, I am Neapolitan and I love my city, the way she teaches you not to judge others from a supposed moral vantage point, the way she forces you not to take anything for granted, so that you have to rebuild yourself over and over again… Naples is an experience of continual Otherness even for someone who lives in the city, but it feels like home none the less – once you’ve learnt to be as open as she is. I guess that living in Naples is a practical way to truly understand how at the core of any of us there is something which is not really ours, something that exceeds ourselves, a vertiginous experience that you can attain only through mutual confront and recognitizion with other people. At least, that’s how I see it. Then of course there are the churches, the pastries, the sea, the music, the light of the sun at 8pm in August rinsing out Piazza del Plebiscito, and so on. There are the colours and the shrieks, the soccer games in the narrow alleys and the unexpected breath-taking vistas, there is a whole language, neapolitan, immensely expressive, multi-layered and musical, but more than anything, there is this feeling of a necessair personal involvement – in the streets, in the markets – and also that of a necessair personal committment – in discovering the sternest sense of justice you’ll ever find, even if (or precisely because) there is not so much law and almost no order. Oh yes, I love my city. Her beauty can scare you, or even scar you. Once her sun has burnt you, you’ll bring the mark forever. I’ve kept mine far away from home. Anyway, I just wanted to express my admiration for you work. It’s really, really beautiful. It moved me. I hope you’ll appreciate the compliment, since it comes from a local. ^^ I think you really grasped the soul of this city, which is to say a lot speaking of a foreigner – especially one of anglo-saxon culture. I am so damn pissed I won’t be able to buy your book here in Italy. Can I hope in an international release?

    P.S. I am sorry for possible spelling mistakes and poor grammar!

    Gaetano

    December 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm
  • Carole-Anna Quinto

    Well Carla…I am clearly too late for a chance of winning!!! When I saw this I got so excited until I reached the bit about the date!! Ah well..I would love to get hold of a copy of your book…is that possible? I’m in UK and I don’t seem to be able to…as for my personal statement…I love Naples as that is where my father was born and where half of my family lives and where I used to once live…it is definitely always in my heart and so I thank you for dedicating your book to me together with all the others 🙂
    Grazie mille e spero un giorno di possedere un tuo libro sulla mia amata città xxx

    March 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm
  • Simona Mignola

    Hej Carla,
    i´m a Neapolitan girl living in Sweden.Sometimes it´s hard to express how much complex is my city and how much the paradoxal beauty of it makes it one of the most magic city in the world. Thanks to your work i m able to show all this! thanks xxx

    July 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm