This has been an absolute whirlwind of activity. All the ‘free time’ left by the tour planner turned into a struggle to grab a quick nap.
We’re in Naples now and I’ll try to get some pix up which I just downloaded.
First, a couple of observations on the operas – Verdi’s Battle of Legnano and Ponchielli’s La Gioconda. The Battle was interesting, but the orchestra was weak and the plot impenetrable absent a rudimentary grasp of Italian.
Italian in the opera in Rome, La Gioconda, wasn’t necessary. The great orchestra, emotional melodies, good to great singers and wonderful costumes and scenery, topped the previous two works by a mile. Never thought I’d see and opera I’d never heard beat Rigoletto!
Now, skipping over much walking, museums, ruins, lectures on the run and wonderful food, I’ll jump right to Naples first day. Here are a few of my notes:
Sitting outside on the roof-top restaurant of the Hotel Vesuvius, I see all kinds of water-based activitied in the Bay below: swimming, kayaking, sailng, motoorboating, rowing and even a zodiac. At anchor are freighters and cruise ships, little sailboats and yachts. More later. Here are some pix.