Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Gem Of Naples

Any good clotheshorse will invariably become interested in, or at least curious about, Naples. The more severely afflicted, will one day find will one day find themselves there.

The city’s charms are few but potent - savory fresh mozzarella with tart tomatoes on a smoky crust; the most vibrant tailoring culture in the known world; a regional style which is soft, handsewn and classic but relaxed.

The most alluring offering is, however, a few miles south in a decidedly nondescript town where hardly anyone speaks the tourist languages.

In 79 AD, Herculaneum was covered in a mudslide when Mt Visuvius erupted. I tried, with these photos, to capture the eerie beauty of this perfectly preserved shard of such a remarkable and odd culture.