Red and Yellow
The elective affinities between Naples and Spain begin with the colours: the Spanish flag was designed by Carlos III to commemorate his previous years as head of the Reign of Naples. Maybe driven by three centuries of common history or by the Mediterranean Sea we share, a group of tourists from Barcelona asked us to create a sightseeing itinerary tracing the steps of the antique Spanish realm. Their first request: no hotels, but accommodation in a private residence, so we arranged for a beautiful flat in Pizzofalcone in the heart of Naples. The first two days were dedicated to the Royal Bourbon residences, starting from the Royal Palace of Naples, wanted by Carlo of Bourbon in 1734 near piazza Plebiscito, and proceeding to the Royal Palace of Caserta designed by Vanvitelli. Louis, the group coordinator, wanted to dedicate a full day to this Royal Palace that may be defined as one of the most beautiful royal palaces of the world with its 60.000 square meters, nicknamed the "Italian Versailles". The last two palaces they visited were the Reggia of Portici and the Reggia of Capodimonte with its famous art museum. For the following day Piero, our skipper, put together a sailboat tour of the Gulf of Naples all the way to the Aragonese Castle of Baia to please the two youngest tourists, Pilar and Maite, amateur sailors. Lourdes had given us a heads-up on Louis’ passion for Neapolitan food, so on their return home a professional chef had prepared a special dinner where tapas and Neapolitan ragù sauce were brought together.
A true success!!