Naples is big; it is old; it contains stark extremes. How old? The New Castle was built in the 13th century; yes, that one is the new one. Coming from Sorrento one first sees the ship yards, huge apartment complexes where the less fortunate dwell, industrial areas.
Some said they thought it looked dingy. I laughed to myself. These buildings are old and near the sea. Will anything built in the US last this long?
Then we drove up higher and higher into another part of Naples. You can see Mt. Vesuvius in the background.
The island to the right in the distance is Capri. More on Capri in a later post. In this part of Naples it is obvious that some people live very well there.
Then we went lower again driving along the seafront and parked where we could walk to the oldest part of Naples.
A very old cathedral in the background to the left. We wanted to go in but it was closed until later in the day. To the right of this photo, a large group of protestors were shouting slogans, etc. through loud speakers. Military were evident in the square.
A city government building. The statues are of various famous people in the history of Naples.
Looking across the square from the church steps.
The oldest opera house is in Naples. Operas are still performed here.
We walked to another area and went inside this building which is filled with restaurants and shops, many with very high end clothing.
As we left, I noticed the bay was filled with tiny sailboats. It was very windy and I thought they were very brave. Later, I learned that these tiny boats are training boats, the ones you use when you are first learning to sail. It looks daunting to me. I have only sailed on boats much bigger.
Why do so many people still live so near a non-dormant volcano? Someone asked this question. The response was: Why do people live in Florida, Houston where there are hurricanes rather often. Why do people live where there are tornadoes, earthquakes, mudslides? At least Vesuvius provides a beautiful backdrop.