Bethanne is writer, author and journalist, is above all a reader, one who has built her career on talking and writing about books. Whether she’s recommending a great book, interviewing a novelist or promoting reading online, Bethanne covers both the creative and digital side of the publishing industry. In 2009, she founded the popular #FridayReads hashtag under the Twitter handle @TheBookMaven. The weekly #FridayReads conversation, which peaks on Fridays but runs 24/7, attracts thousands of readers around the world.
She led a Fall 2016 Ferrante Fever evening for Washington DC's celebrated Politics & Prose bookstore; she's well versed in all of Ferrante's work. Patrick is also the Executive Editor at Dream of Italy and is excited to sample the ragù that Danielle wrote about in the newsletter's February issue.
It has been my goal to make this tour the very best roving book club experience. I don't believe in sightseeing and checking things off from a list or guidebook. I believe in deeply meaningful travel experiences that become your most treasured memories.
These 5 days together will be spent in deep conversation about the Neapolitan Novels and the art and culture of Naples. It is also an exploration of Neapolitan food and wine. We'll have the best ragú in Naples, lunch at the pizzeria that invented pizza margherita and drink Aglianico and Falanghina wine. Bring comfortable shoes and a hearty appetite!
As with our food and wine tours of Southern Italy, we don't tour Italy, we live Italy.
Ferrante Fever Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Welcome to Naples
Meet at noon in the lobby of NH Hotel Ambassador. We'll take a walk to Castel Nuovo, the Palazzo Reale, have a pizza lunch at Antica Pizzeria Brandi where pizza margherita was invented. After we'll walk to Piazza dei Martiri where Lila had her shoe salon for wine and book discussion next to the lions.
Day 2 History of Naples
Explore the historic center of Naples, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre with an art historian. We'll see the Church of Gesu Nuovo, the majolica cloister of Santa Chiara and walk along Spaccanapoli. After a special lunch lunch we'll visit the Naples National Archaeological Museum where we saw the mosaics from Pompeii and the infamous "Secret Cabinet" of Roman erotica.
Day 3 Lila and Lenú
Led by historian and Ferrante expert Francesca Sinascalchi we'll visit Rione Luzzatti where the childhood of Elena and Lila is set. We then drove to San Giovanni a Teduccio, a tough suburb where the Soccavo mortadella factory was set. From there, we went back through Naples to travel to Posillipo where Michele Solara bought an elegant villa, the Via Taddeo Tasso where Professor Galiani hosted her infamous party, the Vomero where Elena lived in a house paid for by Nino's relatives and the "Sea Garden" where Elena took the stationers girls to the beach during the summers.
Day 4 Ischia
We'll take the hydrofoil to Ischia for a magical day led by an Ischia native. Travel by private van through the incredible sites of the volcanic island, learning about its rich history, lunch in Forio and the much discussed Maronti beach.
Day 5 Arrivederci Naples
This last day focuses on the legacy of Naples with a visit to Museo di Capodimonte, a former Bourbon palace and the largest museum in Italy. The tour concludes after lunch.
$2100 per person double occupancy
$2400per person single occupancy
- Hotel accommodations in the historic city center
- All meals and wine with dinner
- All guides and tours
- Museum admissions
- Ground transportation in Naples and ferry to Ischia.
Tour begins and ends in Naples. Airfare not included.
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