Who wants to go to Naples and Solofra in 2017?
The name “Carapellucci” won’t get me far in Naples. It’s Abruzzese and, being 50 miles away and having a different dialect, Neapolitans think Abruzzo is a different country. I need some relatives whose passports say “Troisi” with me! (And anyone else who wants to come. Doesn’t matter what your name is, that’s a joke.)
I’m thinking of going in October of 2017, after the summer season (hence less costly), probably for two weeks. I will research family haunts in Naples and Solofra (churches, art academies, galleries, museums, places our ancestors lived), plus other must-see history and art that isn’t necessarily family related, such as Pompeii, archeological museums, “creche street” where Neapolitan Christmas decorations are made, etc.
Personally, I don’t travel to shop or go to beaches or clubs, but don’t let that put you off. We don’t have to all hang together 24/7 like a Japanese bus tour. All preferences can be accommodated! (Note to certain cousins who are musically inclined. Naples has a very active “world music” scene.)
Naples is a world-class city, 4,000 years old, founded by Greeks, and, until the 1800s, a major trading center of the Mediterranean (along with Athens, Cairo, etc.) and the largest, most international and, arguably, most sophisticated city in Italy. Over the centuries, the city has been ruled by Romans, the French (Normans, Angevins—source of name “Troisi,” and Bonaparte), the Spanish (Aragonese and Bourbons), and now, Italians. In a country whose only stable government since the 1848 unification has been the 20 years of Mussolini’s Fascist rule (so, not exactly a bragging point), how anything actually “runs” is a bit of a mystery. If you’re a “city collector,” as I am, all this history adds up to “must see.”
There’s something for everyone. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ll bore you with history lessons, but you can always shut me up with, “Here, Janice, have some pizza.”
As far as I can tell, by the way, there are no direct flights to Naples from the U.S., so it is easy to add a few days in Rome to an itinerary, if that sweetens the deal.
See downloadable PDF flyer here for more details about my ideas. The timing—including even the year—is totally flexible at this point, so let me know if you’re interested in principle, and let’s see what we can work out.