Marit, fashion magazine executive in Denmark, and her husband Andre, first violinist, chose the end of October to tour Naples with their two boys in their 20s and their faithful secretary Inge.
Their requests were very precise and the planning needed to be detailed, scrupulously calculated.
Their first impression of the city was fantastic!
They immediately appreciated the beautiful and almost summery weather: get rid of coats and sweaters!
The first day they were accompanied to San Leucio in Caserta where Ferdinand IV in 1789 founded a silk factory exclusively for the Bourbon sovereigns , the Neapolitan bourgeois and noble families. Still today this area keeps this precious tradition alive creating among the most fascinating textiles in the world.
Marit was entranced! The next day we couldn't go wrong! Andres wanted to show his boys the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella where antique musical instruments are safeguarded, many belonging to the prestigious secular Neapolital school of making stringed instruments, famous worldwide.
Through the centuries Naples has been famous for its stringed instrument tradition. Even Paganini used to order the strings for his violins to right from here.
Our new friends wanted to go to Capri but has Marit did not feel like sailing due to her seasickness, we organized a helicopter that could fly over the crater of the Vesuvius, one of the most watched volcanoes of the world , elected World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1997. Since we were at it we flew over the archeological sites of Pompei and Ercolano. What an incredible view!
To many Capri is “glamour” and “elite” but there is a location where nature dominates: after the line of luxurious boutiques, Via Camerelle becomes a small uphill alley towards Tragara. This is one of the most striking promenades where our Danish friends met the true naturalistic essence of the island.
They had been warned: wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera for this “ADHOC” tour!