I already have reservations from Bangor to Rome in August, but would like to spend some of the time doing research and getting to know Naples. I have only been there on a tour bus that never stopped (the guide said 'for safety reasons') until we got to Pompeii. But even if I spend some of my Rome time in Naples, will it be too, too hot? Has the trash situation been rectified?
I really want to go to Sicily too, but the few times a year I could go everyone on Tripadvisor says either MUCH TOO HOT (July and August) or NOTHING OPEN (Dec-Jan).
Any ideas? Right now I've got about a week at the Rome Central Park Courtyard for all of 85 euros a night (long-term stay rates apply), so I might be foolish to give that up.
This all assumes I look like a human being again in 3 weeks .
Everyone says that the Tuscans flee in August and head for the coast, but Naples is pretty much on the coast. I remember being in Naples 7 years ago in June. It was quite warm, I'd say low 80's. July and August are warmer, and this summer seems to be a warm one. I just checked Naples temps. It's past midnight and the temp is 80 (feels like 82) and humidity is 74%. Ten day forecast shows all low 90's. Monthly averages show the high around 85 (remember this is an average) and lows around 64. The monthly average for August is the highest monthly average of the year. So that may give you an idea, however there's no accounting for weather (which is why I always travel with an umbrella in Europe). I thought Venice and Rome even in June this year were too hot for my comfort, but that's me. You could always go with a contingency plan. Book rooms in both Naples and Sorrento and if the Naples forecast looks to be too hot on a 10 day forecast just prior to your trip, you could cancel your Naples ressie and switch to plan B and head a little farther south to Sorrento, Amalfi and/or Capri. If you need a Sorrento recommendation, I can provide one. Don't know how much is there that would be of historical interest to you there, but it's a super wonderful place to go to relax and just enjoy life. Good luck.
Thanks so much! I too thought Venice was unbearably hot this year. My flight is to Rome, but I could take the train to Naples. There is some stuff there I want to research for my next book, which is on the papacy and plague in Avignon in the 14th C. Believe it or not Queen Joanna of Naples figured prominently, and sold the city (of Avignon) to the papacy, many said in order to be absolved of any involvement in the gruesome death of her husband.
But I can also do some research in Rome, obviously, as well. I can cancel my Central Park Courtyard reservation till one day before so if it seems that Naples is going through a cool spell I may do that. Besides, I wouldn't mind going back to Pompeii and Herculaneum.
I just checked and it's only a little over an hour by train from FCO to Naples Center, so I went ahead and made a reservation for all five nights in Naples (but still kept the Central Park Reservation till I'm sure), especially since there's even very early morning trains.
I adore Rome, but (and Tef will understand this) but I lost my beloved 18-1/2 year old cat a week after a 12-day stay at the Central Park in 2009. She was ailing, for a long time with arthritis (like her mother), but every time I make a reservation to Rome I cancel it. This time I think I'll just head south, weather whatever... After all, I was in Pompeii (after everything else was on strike in Rome) on a tour bus in 100+ degree weather).
Did you stay at the Mediterraneo?
PS -- And yes, Queen Joanna was quite a piece of work. She came right at the height of the plague, surrounded by a huge retinue, and wowed Pope Clement VI.
Thanks so much, ProfChiara
Losing a beloved pet is difficult in any situation.
Check out my pick pocket in Naples story. I wasn't going to publish it, but thought I would go ahead, just for you!
The hotel we stayed at in Sorrento was Hotel Savoia. http://www.savoia-hotel.com/en/
Totally charming, family owned. Kids darling, grandparents darling, the Donna was a gem. She spoke good English, was helpful and hospitable. The rooms were clean and nice (not luxury), and the breakfast room and breakfast was lovely. We really enjoyed it there.
To me losing my beloved cat in any situation have been the hardest moments of my life, in some cases leading to serious depression. I honestly think, since I do believe in God, that all the time I was spending abroad that year was intended to help me get through it. I got five more years than I expected with her thanks to a great vet and good meds. But it doesn't help the guilt.
I did want to mention something that made Napoli the ultimate choice (I still won't cancel Central Park till the few days before since if it gets to 110 in Naples, I can't handled it). There is a church of Santa Chiara (Clare of Assisi, Francis's first follower) from the 1300s there. I took my pseudonym from Chiara d'Assisi, so isn't that a sign?
yes, very presumptuous of me to use Chiara (sounding Kee-AR-ah):
Everyone knows about Francis, and most everyone I know loves him because who could not like the patron saint of peace, animals and the environment. Assisi is one of my favorite places in Italy, because you can immediately tell how it formed him and Chiara [Clare]. In front of the basilica, where he was canonized in an amazingly short time, PAX is carved into the grounds. The church of Santa Chiara is en route to the basilica but she and her nuns lived as Poor Clares in San Damiano, which is what first inspired St. Francis. Francis died much earlier than Clare but she spent the remaining decades of her life in the 13th C. fighting cardinals and popes who said the idea of poverty could not apply to female religious. She won, then died.
But interestingly, she is the patron saint of television (she had serious migraines and supposedly saw visions on her ceiling when she wasn't fighting the hierarchy). Likewise, St. Jerome is patron saint of the internet, because he was the first to translate the Greek and Hebrew/Aramaic Bible into Latin.
PS -- You might be right that Naples could be cooler. Rome is always ridiculously hot any time in summer. And yes, of course, Tef referenced this. I have my Leelee, now 3+ years old and almost 3 years with me (right before I leave for Naples). I named her because of my book on Joan of Arc and my favorite actress who played her, Leelee Sobieski. Since Kitikat was my beloved for 18-1/2 years it seemed even more appropriate since I can shorten to KK and LL. I love her like crazy. And her 'spiritual' mother's photos are all over my walls too.
Have fun in one of my favorite US cities, Lori!
I know all about the 'get back on the horse' analogy, but I truly lived, loved and experienced Rome during a period of about 15 years after that first unpleasant event. As I mentioned in a long earlier email, I even ended up joining the "Worker's Socialist Cultural Club" in Trastevere because me and my Roman friend could not find any place open for drinks late on a Saturday night. He was already a member and it is basically a jazz club, but you have to be a card-carrying member (so now I am) to get in in order to drink past Rome's bizarre liquor law hours, even on weekends. Still, it was pretty funny. I had so much fun (that was the time before the last trip) that I arrived back at the Grand Flora around 5am on the day I had to catch a flight back to the US at 10:30am.
Those were the days, my friend... (But those days, I think, have passed per me.) Napoli calls.
I really love the Chiara (kee-are-a) story. This is quite a revelation! I always wondered about your 'name,' and now we know - 'The Rest of the Story.' Very cool. And that's right; of course it's pronounced 'kee' (chi). Wonderful stuff. And I named myself after a beloved screen dog. Guess it shows my deep sense of 'culture!' Ha! What is it they say? You can take the girl out of the country...
I can barely follow all of the political intrigue (and treachery) of that time in the region. Politics was clearly life. And death! And marriage figured most prominately in it all. Glad I wasn't born a woman in that time. Interesting that Joanna's murdered body was tossed into a deep well on the grounds of Santa Chiara Church.