Books and Napoli are old friends
Step in amongst the books in this ancient city and it’s hard to avoid the big names on almost every corner. My search for just one novel was busy enough.
Start on the
Lungomare and there’s the castle known, thanks to Virgil, as the Castel dell’Ovo (Castle of the Egg).
Italy, Naples, Other discoveries in Naples |
Tagged Enzo Striano, Herculaneum, Il Resto di Niente, Napoli, papyri, Petrarch, Piazza Bellini, Piazza dei Martiri, Piazza del Plebiscito, Port'Alba, Robert the Wise, Vesuvius, Virgil |
Ducks on Lago d’Averno – supping at the threshold of the underworld
Some names stick, along with all the muck that goes with them; other names, that make the bones shiver, don’t budge and it makes no sense at all.
The ‘gates of hell’ near today’s
Cuma is an ancient mythical name given to a lake that today is about as rattlesnake as Homer Simpson.
It was the dog that took us there first. Someone had said
Lago d’Averno would be perfect …
Campania, Italy, Lago d'Averno |
Tagged Actium, Aeneas, Agrippa, Baia, Capo Miseno, Cumae, Julius Caesar, Lago d'Averno, the Aeneid, the sibyl, Virgil |
The light at Capo Miseno, Bacoli. The lighthouse was bombed in WWII and rebuilt in 1954
A couple of weeks ago, like moths to a flame, we set off by car to find the lighthouse at Capo Miseno, on the north-westerly tip of the Bay of Naples. The dog in the back was beyond excitement.
Within a few miles he could smell the sea to our left and the fresh trees and orchards around the lakes, and down the hillsides to our right.
Bay of Naples, Capo Miseno, Italy |
Tagged Aeneid, Agrippa, Augustus, Baia, Bácoli, Capo Miseno, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, lighthouse, Mark Antony, Misenus, Naples, Octavian, Pliny, Vesuvius, Virgil |
The blue of the view from Cuma
There is an overgrown, everyday hill north of Naples known today as Cuma. It’s legendary in every sense.
We went in search of it on an early morning in late February my mind as empty as a brand new bucket.