Quickly catching up – Italy at a glance

Verdi’s beautiful place – he called himself a farmer. He owned and actively managed 2500 acres.

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.

Small opera house, seating 300, in Verdi’s home town of Busseto. Rarely used for operas.

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!

Huge sculpture in fountain in Rome.

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.

Bay of Naples!

Another view of the Bay of Naples from the roof top restaurant, sipping Campari Soda and eating Gorgonzola with Toast.


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