Four women united by a common passion have created an extraordinary tribute to the city they love.
Barbara Zaragoza moved to Naples for her husband’s work and for three years she set off, kids in tow, to explore Naples and beyond, recording her adventures in her blog, The Espresso Break. Soon after returning to the U.S., those blog pages became the guidebook, The Espresso Break: Tours and Nooks of Naples, Italy and Beyond. Barbara enlisted Penny Ewles-Bergeron, a writer and artist living in the heart of Naples at the time to edit The Espresso Break.
Around the same time, Bonnie Alberts was busy creating Napoli Unplugged, a website that has become the English language voice of Naples and a true labour of love as, day by day, she presents her adoptive city to the world. She and Penny met through the website and became fast friends, bonding over their shared fascination with the city and serial plates of pasta genovese (research). The trio’s current venture brings together content from Barbara’s book and blog and Bonnie’s website along with a substantial quantity of new material written by Bonnie and Penny, who also served as editor-in-chief.
Erin Romano, a graphics designer who lives in Positano, completes this quartet of women who share a passion for Naples. The layout and design of the book is owed entirely to Erin’s creative vision.
The book is illustrated by a blend of Bonnie’s photographs enlivened with ink and watercolour paintings by urban sketchers Lorenzo Dotti and Simonetta Capecchi. Rome-based plein airpainter Kelly Medford was commissioned to paint four new views of Naples in oil and these feature in the book, one of them providing the beautiful cover illustration and she is the brush behind the maps in Rambles Through Naples.
Rome blogger, tweeter, beach girl and author of the Amalfi Coast Travel Essentials iPhone app, Gillian Longworth McGuire added her expertise to the Seaside Delights: The Bay of Naples & The Amalfi Coast. Finally, Holly Willmott, an English teacher living in Naples and whose mastery of the Italian language rivals that of her native tongue, was relentless in tracking down every last detail in the “Plan Your Visit“ sections and navigating the various Italian bureaucracies in hot pursuit of photo permissions. And as the Napoli Unplugged News and Events Co-ordinator, Holly kept the website humming while Bonnie was otherwise consumed with the book.
Founder & CEO
Veteran traveler, travel writer, photographer, indie publisher and webmaster, Bonnie Alberts is an entrepreneur with an affinity for artistry and the creative and an unabashed Napoliphile. Bonnie splits her time between running Partenope Press, developing new titles, editing Napoli Unplugged (the website), writing Bindu Itineraries and contributing travel articles to websites, books and magazines.
Artist, Writer, Editor
Writer and artist Penny Ewles-Bergeron is the English half of an Anglo-American couple who met through an advert in satirical magazine Private Eye. Their love affair with Italy began with a honeymoon in San Gimignano. For seven joyful years they enjoyed a wildly different part of the country, living in the very heart of Naples. Though they now reside in England, Penny’s passion for the city continues to find daily expression on social media, as her numerous Twitter followers can attest. She was delighted when Barbara Zaragoza invited her to edit The Espresso Break and returns to her favourite subject as editor and contributor to the Napoli Unplugged Guide to Naples.
Barbara Zaragoza is a freelance writer whose prose embraces history, local cuisine, myth, archaeology, politics and more. While living in Naples she penned The Espresso Break blog and went on to write The Espresso Break: Tours and Nooks of Naples, Italy and Beyond. Since moving back to California, Barbara has continued to be a freelance writer of many books, articles and websites.
Growing up in a number of foreign countries, Erin Romano had wanderlust from an early age. Travelling and exploring were like food and water, and thanks to her career as a graphic designer, she was able to continue working as she roamed. She eventually found herself in Florence, Italy studying Italian and immersing herself in the culture. A couple of years later, she met her now-husband while traveling in the South. They currently live on the Amalfi Coast with their son.