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Kristin Melia

Recent stories by Kristin Melia

July 4, 2023

Building Blocks: Something in the Water in Naples

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By Kristin Melia
Naples -- The city of Naples sits nonchalantly in the shadow of Vesuvius, which has remained quiet – yet active – since the famous eruption in 79 A.D. that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum. Despite its prominence, Vesuvius is not even the most powerful volcano in Napoli. That distinction belongs to the Phlegraean Fields, an underground caldera that forms the Bay of Naples. Read more
April 12, 2021

Building Blocks: In Naples, There’s Something in the Air

Naples |
By Kristin Melia
Naples -- In the early 18th century, before there was the Spinning Jenny, the Cotton Gin and the steam engine, a new machine was making waves in Gragnano, the grain capital of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies. It was the torchio, the pasta extruder. And it would radically and permanently change the diet of Italy. Read more
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