Four women united by a common passion have created an extraordinary tribute to the city they love.
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.
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
Artist, Writer, Editor
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 where she runs her graphic design business PortaBlu Design.
2015, 376pp,216 x 140 mm, Illustrated, Smyth Sewn Paperback
U.S. $22.95, UK £14.95, €EU 18.95
Ebook – EPUB ISBN 978-0-9908051-1-3
Ebook – Kindle ISBN 978-0-9908051-2-0
From the parallel city hidden below Naples’ bustling streets to the summit of Vesuvius, the authors explore the city – one of the oldest in the Western world, the bay – surely the most stunning, and a little further afield in Campania. Rambles Through the City explores Naples by the neighbourhood – its historic and municipal centres as well as its hill districts and is enhanced by creative cartography to orient the reader; Outings in the Outskirts dives into the Bay of Naples and a bit beyond – the Vesuvius Excavations, the Phlegraean Fields and the glories of the Amalfi Coast; Ventures in a Different Veinfeeds the mind and delights the senses with a section dedicated entirely to Naples’ history, and finally, the authors outline an immersion course in the city’s music, theatre and food and wine cultures. Each section is equipped with practical advice on transport, opening hours, essential numbers – and the book is topped off with a thematic index offering the reader other pathways of discovery into the city. Visit Naples, discover Napoli!
2015 USA Best Book Awards
Travel: Guides & Essays
2015 International Book Awards
Travel: Guides & Essays