Arriving in Naples makes me giddy
Sorrento. I do not want to retire there but I get inexplicably happy, even giddy, when the plane I am on touches down at Naples airport.
And Roman emperors such as Nero, Caesar Augustus, et al, holidayed here, so it was a hot holiday destination for more than 2,000 years before I discovered it. humour, the kindness and hospitality of innovative people who have to get by on very little.
And there is the food: better than France, often with more noise but always with less pomp and histrionics.
I try to visit Italy at least once every year: occasionally to Rome for a city break but I am always drawn back to the south and explained that she has never had any trouble in Naples ‘but my purse was stolen on a recent visit to London’, she said. ‘I told a policeman on my return to Naples. He said, “It was probably stolen by a Neapolitan thief in London for his holidays.”’
I love Italy for many of the same reasons as Lindsey – the self-deprecating LINDSEY Noble, the Topflight rep for the dozen or more years I have been coming back to Sorrento, explained to me last week why she loves Italy so much. And when she says Italy, she means Naples and southern Italy, where all the most grisly Mafia scare stories begin.
Lindsey, who has made her home there for 38 years,
vista: Naples and Mount Vesuvius at dawn