The Mediterranean region is being ravaged by catastrophic wildfires and Turkey is also ravaged by controversy over the country’s once excellent firefighting aircraft fleet.

Much has been said about the decline of THK and its reasons, but on the press and on social media there seems to be enormous confusion…


Akdeniz bölgesi feci orman yangınları tarafından harap olurken, Türkiye de bir zamanlar mükemmel bir yangın söndürme uçağı filosuna sahip olan bir ülkenin nasıl bu duruma düştüğü hakkındaki tartışmalarla kazan gibi kaynıyor.

THK’nın çöküşü ve nedenleri hakkında çok şey söylendi, ancak basında ve sosyal medyada bu tür son derece belli bir…


An insensitive remark by @diehimbeertonis triggered some old Bayram memory:

https://twitter.com/diehimbeertonis/status/1289080002722631683

When i was living in Urla, near Izmir, Turkey, I happened to ride behind a truck loaded with goats and a happy family, returning from the temporary livestock market set up for the bayram.

It was a pitiful sight…


The story of pizzeria Di Matteo in the tale of its owner, from humble origins to UNESCO tribute to Neapolitan pizzaioli.

The “Antica Pizzeria e Friggitoria Di Matteo” is unimpressive from the outside. It looks like a typical workshop opening on a typical alley in Naples historical center, and it’s hard to believe that such a small place had given a huge contribution to the history of Neapolitan pizza.

The owner…


Mütevazı köklerinden, UNESCO’nun övgüleriyle, Napoliten Pizzacılarının anısına, Di Matteo’nun pizzacısının hikayesi.

“Antica Pizzeria e Friggitoria Di Matteo” (Tarihi Di Matteo Pizzacısı ve Tavacısı) dışarıdan sıradan bir dükkan gibi görünüyor önce. …


La storia della pizzeria Di Matteo ai Tribunali nel racconto del titolare, dalle origini al riconoscimento UNESCO ai pizzaioli napoletani.

La “Antica Pizzeria e Friggitoria Di Matteo” vista dall’esterno non impressiona. Sembra una bottega che si affaccia su un classico vicolo del centro storico di Napoli, ed è difficile credere che un posto così piccolo abbia contribuito alla storia della pizza napoletana.

Il titolare, Salvatore di Matteo, sorride quando glielo…


In the crater of an extinct volcano, believed by the Romans to be the gate of the Underworld, ancient grapevines are producing unique wines.

“The Mediterranean is a strange sea, inspiring sailors to turn into farmers and vice versa” says the sailing boat skipper turned winemaker Emilio Mirabella, and indeed…


Yesterday while returning from errands I crossed a nice mum with two kids, all wearing surgical masks, and I moved aside to give them some room. Just walking past, my eyes caught a glimpse of kid hands holding toys, and one of those toys was a tiny, nickel plated revolver…


On this day, in 1789, a revolution happened. It was (almost) bloodless in the beginning, but like any revolution it sowed discord, resentment, tragedy and eventually the birth a new state.

Like in a revolution textbook, it began with a tyrant, a disgruntled people, a reluctant hero and sacrifices imposed…


Ho sempre seguito distrattamente e vagamente annoiato l’annuale diatriba causata da alcuni sindaci o sedicenti politici fascisti contro #BellaCiao ma quest’anno ho deciso di pensarci.

La maggior parte di chi “condanna” o persino vieta la canzone sostiene di non essere fascista o nostalgica, accusando #BellaCiao di essere “comunista” e…

Piero Castellano

Photojournalist and writer, previously based in Turkey, Ankara lover, formerly from Sorrento, now based in Genoa, Italy.

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