Not quite Banksy, but interesting

Scattered around Naples, often in tiny side alleys, street artworks of varied kinds can be found.


What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of this piece of “art”?


There must be a story/legend attached to this one. I hope someone can enlighten us.

This one was intriguing, it is written in the Neapolitan dialect, and seems to be the new 10 commandments for true Neapolitans. Is there anyone in the group who can translate this for us? Number 4 caught my eyes, it seems to be what to eat at Christmas (Natale) and Easter (Pasca).





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48 responses to “Not quite Banksy, but interesting

  1. moliver2645

    Yvonne, I just had a thought. Went will you be going back to Napoles?
    If it’s in the spring we can meet up there.

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  2. Jane

    Yvonne, the character flying in, in the second piece is surely Pulcinello…..apparently represents Naples.

    What do you think? Still doesn’t explain the picture….but gives us a point of departure….

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    • Yes, it’s certainly Pulcinella. My landlady is Napolitano, she had no idea of the story.

      Later: I’ve posted this on a Facebook group, let’s see if they come up with an answer.


  3. moliver2645

    Struffoli – aka honey balls
    2 lbs flour
    2 cups sugar
    1/2 cup butter
    2 teaspoon baking powder
    3 shots of anisette or sambuca
    5 large eggs
    cream together sugar & butter, add anisette and eggs
    gradually add flour and form a ball. Knead in flour until the dough no longer sticks to your hands. Now, cut a chunk of dough, not very big, just enough to make a rope with the thickness of your thumb. About a 1/2″ round and slice it 1/2″ pieces. Then drop into hot oil. I use Canola and fried to a golden brown. I usually test it by cut one open to make sure it’s not doughy inside. Continue until all the dough is fried. In another pot, I pour in the honey and heat it up. Then I drop in the balls.I find by doing this you use less honey and it covers the Struffoli better. If you want to, you can decorate with sprinkle and candy fruit. Let me know if there are any questions. I hope that I’ve written the directions clearly.

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  4. This is very intriguing,Yvonne
    My two ancient Italians xangafriends are on Facebook .so I regret to not be able to get a translation but you got it by the first commenter?
    Love ❀

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  5. 1.The football team of your heart is Napoli
    2 On Sunday you must eat Pasta with meat sauce
    3 Every day you must say something in Neapolitan Dialect
    4 At Christmas time you must eat Struffoli, and at Easter the Pastiera and the Casatiello
    5. You get angry at Naples, but if you leave it you long for it.
    6.You spend all your money,
    7 You’d stay in bed all your life.
    8 You’ll do everything tomorrow.
    9 You don’t do anything, but if you must, let someone else do it.
    10 You are born tired and you want to rest during the day and sleep at night.

    There you go Yvonne. From one of my Australian Italian friends who was born in Tunisia.

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    • Wow, thank you for that, and a big thank you to your friend. I’ll be doing a post with these answers, and Maxine’s recipe for struffoli (honey balls). My readers are amazing, helpful people.

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  6. The genie is pretty awesome. As for the ten commandments…my Italian fails me.

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  7. If it is all about eating honey balls, that sounds fine with me. The first piece is just a little weird but the second looks like there must be a good story attached. I hope you learn more, Yvonne. πŸ™‚

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    • If Maxine doesn’t come back and give us the recipe, I’ll give her a big nudge!

      Right, I’ll put my thinking cap on re: that second one. Maybe my landlady in Naples would know more, and also about those 10 commandments!

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  8. Someone will turn up with some answers, Darlene.


  9. Intriguing. I hope you get a translation.

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  10. Jane

    Well what a collection of interesting questions? I hope someone can turn up some answers!

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  11. moliver2645

    I look at #4 on the list and I can tell you that struffoli are honey balls (pastry) I make it at Christmas every year. So, I’m thinking rule 4 is to eat as much as you want of the pastry. If you want the recipe, let me know.πŸ˜‚


  12. Can’t help with the translation but loved the art work anyway.

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  13. as the retired art teacher—my kids loved the notion of “street art”—something about artistic and rebellious all rolled into one—-but when I first visited Italy, many moons ago, I had only thought American’s had the market covered on graffiti …boy was I wrong….!!! πŸ™‚

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  14. Oh my gosh awesome images.

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  15. You need to get this posted onto an Italian blog, or, even better, a Neapolitan one. [I haven’t a clue how you would go about doing that.]

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  16. Please share the answers you get! I would love to know about the 10 Commandments!
    Art is always interesting. I’ve seen some unusual murals and artwork in some unusual places. I wish I could ask the artists questions about their street art!
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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  17. Are you sure it is not a menu for Pizzas?

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  18. I hope you will post the answers if you get them

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