A Season With Verona: Travels Around Italy in Search of by Tim Parks

By Tim Parks

Is Italy a united nation, or a unfastened association of warring states? Is Italian soccer a recreation, or an ill-disguised protraction of old enmities?

Tim Parks is going at the highway to keep on with the fortunes of Hellas Verona soccer membership, to pay a distinct form of stopover at to a couple of the world's most pretty towns. it is a hugely own account of 1 man's courting with a rustic, its humans and its nationwide activity. A booklet that mixes the pleasures of commute writing with a profound research of 1 country's mad, mad means of preserving itself entertained.

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Teatrino di Corte The court theatre was built in 1768 for Maria Carolina of Hapsburg’s wedding to Ferdinand IV, and decorated with papier-mâché sculpture. MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL APARTMENTS The 30 rooms in the first-floor Museum of the Royal Apartments (Museo dell’ Appartamento Reale) are arranged around a central courtyard. In the west wing are the Court Theatre and the public chambers; in the south are the private chambers. The east wing houses the Cappella Palatina and the Sala di Ercole. The sumptuous decoration, objets d’art and interior furnishing are of the highest quality.

While the Area by Area section (pp44–129) describes the various places of interest in detail, the following ten pages will provide some background and cultural context. Each corner of Naples has something different to offer, but below is a selection of attractions that no visitor to the city should miss. NAPLES’ TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS Castel Nuovo See pp54–5 Santa Chiara See pp66–7 Museo di Capodimonte See pp98–101 Certosa di San Martino See pp108–11 Mergellina See p119 Castel dell’Ovo See p116 Museo Archeologico Nazionale See pp86–9 The seafront with its historic hotels, Castel dell’Ovo and the Borgo Marinaro Posillipo See pp124–9 32 I N T R O D U C I N G N A P L E S Naples and the Bay Formed by an immense crater, the Bay of Naples is both sheltered and exposed; sheltered by the curve of hills to the east which create a natural semi-circular amphitheatre, The Faraglioni but open to the sea.

Palazzo Reale . San Francesco di Paola . Castel Nuovo . indd 49 N 50 Palazzo Reale N A P L E S A R E A B Y A R E A 1 The layout and size of the Palazzo Reale befit its role as one of the most important royal courts in the Mediterranean. Designed by Domenico Fontana at the request of the viceroy Fernández Ruiz de Castro, construction began in 1600. Building continued for centuries and the palace was only finished in 1843 by Gaetano Genovese. The Ala delle Feste wing, used in the 19th century for entertaining, now houses the Biblioteca Nazionale, the library named after King Vittorio Emanuele III, who donated the wing.

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