Subject: Re: Naples, Italy in March 2003
Frances: How much you walk will depend on the weather. We did Capri on the last full day, and it was overcast with some drizzle. Yes, there were some great views, but after Positano and the coast, we weren't overimpressed. Some friends recommended Ischia over Capri, but we ignored their advice and didn't have time for both. Capri is very expensive for any kind of refreshments. You might follow a similar strategy to ours. Leave it for towards the end, then make a decision based on weather. Other tourists we spoke to on the island were mostly disappointed too. We found the Fodor's 'Spaccanapoli' walking tour particularly good, and didn't have time to finish it - we'd have willingly dropped Capri for that. The Artecard seems like a good deal - depending on how many buildings you want to see. We got a bit 'museumed out' after a while. But we did take in an opera by Verdi (cheapest seats, almost on the roof, but a spectacular opera house). For the first time ever (I'm not sure Catherine is proud of this), we bought absolutely nothing to bring back. By Canadian standards, the prices are high, and the quality of 'handicrafts' wasn't great. Style was a little behind Milan. So you probably won't spend much time shopping. The included tour is OK for the price! Not really worth cancelling anything else for, but not bad for getting one's bearings. We took it the day after we arrived (no choice) and even then they turned up earlier than they'd said! The hotel will have a fax with the details. And we were able to talk to people who took a hotel upgrade - we win!!!

I know you'll have a great trip. Alan