Reverie for Italy

“Remember that it’s only by going off the track that you get to know the country…And don’t, let me beg you, go with that awful tourist idea that Italy’s only a museum of antiquities and art. Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvelous than the land.”
E.M. Forster

“All roads lead to Rome,” especially the gateway Civitavecchia.

The 5 minute cruise port bus deposited us at the entrance to the many small shops, eateries, hotels and purveyors of street merchandise such as sun glasses, scarves and wide up puppies yapping to be taken home.

The city is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and an immense sea wall which barely kept the waves contained as they crashed majestically up and over the walls.

We enjoyed the city for what she offered us: a chocolate cone of gelato, salt water spraying in our faces and the African merchants greeting Joel “Ciao boy!” as they hoped to sell a guy wearing sunglasses a pair of sunglasses.

Naples, Italy

You know that close relative, the one that is kind of wild and often unpredictable. The one that is perfectly imperfect.

Brash, beautiful and at times just a little loud and always ready with an opinion.

I imagine that is the relationship Naples has with her neighboring kinfolk.

This city is so large there are 3 different buses dedicated to touring the sections, unfortunately the blue line was out of commission however the 2 tours we did were more than adequate.

First, was the ancient part of Naples existing alongside many tenement homes and less desirable sections of the city, abounding with graffiti, trash, pigeons and the ever present crush of traffic.

Being Sunday few shops were open but this did not deter from families and throngs of tourist out soaking up the sun and atmosphere.

Tour 2 revealed the modern and aristocratic section high in the hills with breath taking vistas of colorful rooftops laid out looking like a travel postcard with the sea sparkling in the distance.

We caught our breath imaging living in one of the bougainvillea covered palazzos drinking Prosecco and dining on Neapolitan pizza.

Just before returning to the ship we did dine on pizza as we were charmingly beguiled to have a seat by the smiling restaurateur promoting his restaurant.

18 euro later we left happy having enjoyed pizza and wine along with aperitifs and tiramisu with espresso. A very well spent day.

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One Response to Reverie for Italy

  1. Joslyn says:

    Your description of Napels, Italy has me longing to visit!!! It is hard to believe we spent time in Italy as kids, only wish my memories were so strong. Sounds like an very enjoyable visit!!!

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