Napoli Unplugged Guide to Naples

Napoli Unplugged Guide to Naples

Written for the intrepid traveller seeking an immersive Neapolitan experience, the Napoli Unplugged Guide to Naples features in-depth coverage of historic and cultural landmarks and over 100 beautifully composed photographs, plein air paintings and hand painted cartography.

Written by Bonnie Alberts, Barbara Zaragoza, Penny Ewles-Bergeron
Designed by Erin Romano
Illustrations by Kelly Medford, Lorenzo Dotti, and Simonetta Capecchi
Photography by Bonnie Alberts

ISBN 978-0-9908051-0-6
2015, 376pp,216 x 140 mm, Illustrated, Smyth Sewn Paperback
U.S. $22.95, UK £14.95, €EU 18.95
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About the NU Guide

The Napoli Unplugged Guide to Naples is not your typical guidebook. Written for the intrepid traveller seeking a more profound experience, the NU Guide delves deep – deep enough to catch the cultural heartbeat of the city. It’s a must-have for anyone with more than just a passing interest in Naples and you’ll want to revisit the book again and again, long after your return home. There’s also plenty here to satisfy the wanderlust of armchair travellers. Written by four women united by a common passion – Napoli – who love to wax lyrical about their adoptive city, it makes you feel you’re seeing Naples through the eyes of your best friends. Their own enthusiasms are multiple: art, archaeology and architecture; history and mythology; music, dance and theatre; food and wine, the islands and the beach – even shopping – and each subject has its narrative moment in the spotlight. The prose is embellished by many beautiful photographs, urban sketches and plein-air paintings by artists who couldn’t resist the siren call of Parthenope.

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 IPPY Gold Award
Travel: Guide Book


2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Best Overall Design Non-Fiction


2015 USA Best Book Awards
Travel: Guides & Essays


2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards


2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards
The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Nonfiction)


2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Travel/Travel Guide


2015 International Book Awards
Travel: Guides & Essays


2015 Foreword Reviews
INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award

From Our Readers

Take Napoli Unplugged with you! You’ll have the best guidebook to this complex city. The writers are insiders with in-depth knowledge of the distinct neighborhoods, history, and unique pleasures of this most beguiling of cities.
Frances Mayes

Author, Under the Tuscan Sun

This looks like all you need to know to get the most out of a visit to Naples… one of my favourite cities.
Professor Mary Beard

English Classical Scholar, University of Cambridge

A wonderful, comprehensive guide to the jewel of southern Italy – filled with charming images, candid descriptions, interesting & quirky facts, it’s an essential on any Italophile’s bookshelf.
Gennaro Contaldo

Masterchef, presenter, with Antonio Carluccio, of BBC’s Two Greedy Italians, Gennaro Contaldo

Informative, up to the minute and as lively and fun to read as the incredible city it covers.
Ben Hatch

Bestselling author of Are We Nearly There Yet? and The Road to Rouen and, co-authored with Dinah Hatch, Frommer's Guides England With Your Family and Scotland With Your Family., The P45 Diaries

Napoli Unplugged is perfect. A friendly, assured, unintimidated companion for the great city of extremes.
David McConnell

Author, The Silver Hearted and occasional Neapolitan, The Silver Hearted

I missed dinner because I was so engrossed in the book. It includes history, stories, detailed info on art, architecture, neighborhoods, markets, and more. What I love most are the stories on notable  Neapolitans & those they call “spirited SHE-apolitans. So much more than a travel guide, it’s a guide to understanding and loving Napoli, just as these ladies do.
Kathy Ayer

Chef & Culinary Vacations, Food Lover’s Odyssey

What a fabulous book! So much info. This will be a Godsend on our annual hols. And very fast delivery – I only paid for it on Thursday! Thank you all, one very happy customer!
Debbie Sewter

Penny, my copy of Napoli Unplugged arrived today, and it is magnificent! The engaging writing style captivates the reader, and the book provides a wealth of useful information. I can hardly put it down! A million thanks to you and your team for creating such an incredible resource. I am going to order a copy for my friend who will be traveling with me to Naples this fall.
Melissa Nabbe Matusevich

Totally agree (with Gennaro Contaldo). I haven’t read a Naples Guidebook in a long time because they just don’t get what the city is about, they don’t understand the stories and what they mean to the heart of the city, they don’t capture the present day humans of Naples – but this book does. Kudos to you Bonnie and your team. Terrific book.
Melissa Ussery

Napoli Unplugged is more than just a guidebook. It’s an intimate look at the fascinating city of Naples through the eyes of those who know it well. Beautiful artwork, maps, detail, this fabulous resource offers something for every traveler. I found myself absorbed in the descriptions and passion for this ancient city and can’t wait to have this in hand on my next trip to Naples.
Jennifer Criswell

Novelist , Jennifer Criswell

I usually go for another well crafted travel series of books for reading a great travel guide when about to go on vacation, but this one is such a fabulous encyclopedic guide to majestic Naples, Italy and the wonderful surrounding area, I would choose this book instead to carry with me , or to research ahead of my visit. Napoli Unplugged is pure treasure! Read the entire review on Goodreads.
Susan on Goodreads

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