A Cowboy Band in Italy???
You bet. This band Nevada plays at La Bavarase regularly, and I saw them a couple times. They are fantastic, and a lot of fun. check out their website. It includes some samples of music too and a documentary video in Italian as well.
Pozzuoli - It is the...
Pozzuoli - It is the birthplace of Sophia Loren and very much a part of the Naples greater city. I would definitely recommend a visit to this small port town when visitiing Naples. There are some great seafood restaurants here, as well as bars and great views of Naples. Some ancients ruins are here as well as the Sulfaterra, which has the distinct Sulfuric smell we all know and don't appreciate.
We spent our wedding night in a small Pozzuoli hotel, and it allowed splendid views of the area.
If you can't live without out McD's
If you can't live without McDonald's, you are in luck. Napoli has several, even SILVER edition ones which are supposedly more posh than just the regular red and yellow ones, complete with live music. I can't say for sure though. The salads and grissini are okay... I guess if you are starving the "French fries" are okay too... But if you feel like you have a brick in your stomach after, don't blame me. You've been warned
A Tour of Teatro San Carlo
If you cannot see a performance here a guided tour of the building can be arranged, just call and ask.
One of the oldest theatres in existence it dates from 1737. You will be shown the auditorium and go into one of the any boxes from where people watching was as popular as the performances.
We were lucky as a 'White Voice', that is juvenile, choir was practicing as we toured accompanied by our young language student guide.
It was created 4000 years ago by a violent eruption, following which, waters exhaled carbonic acid and hydrogen that didn't allow the life of the birds: from here the name Avernus, from the greek Aornon, place without birds.
In Roman age, under Agrippa, the lake was turned into one of the harbors of Cuma (portus Julius) connected, through a navigable channel, with the lake of Lucrino and the sea. Owing to the bradyseism good part of the portus Julius is submerged.
Contemporarily to the creation of the new port, other two galleries were dug: the "cave of Cocceio" that connected the harbour Julius with the low city of Cuma and the "pseudo-cave" of the Sibilla, dug in the hill that separates Averno lake from Lucrino lake.
This place evokes Omero, Virgilio and the cult of the afterlife, because the entry was held by the Hades;
Indeed, the knowledge of these myths provokes to the visitor a feeling of restlessness accented by the dark color of the waters and by the awareness of beeing inside a crater. This feeling is mitigated, however, by the presence of samples of coots and ducks that populate the lake.
A trees skirted road leads to the lake and a path, along the oriental bank, allows to reach the ruins of the "Temple of Apollo."
[Egicom 05 - by Amaltea]