Naples does the New Year right. The only day to be in Naples if you must be in Naples is the New Years. The fireworks started to consistently go off around 9pm, but were crazy from about 11:45pm to 1am.
We were planning on going off base to a friend’s place, but Justin was on call and we were not able to find a ride to return in time. So we packed a backpack with mimosa mixings and booze and headed for the highest point on base with a view-the roof patio of the TLA (hotel). There was surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, no one there. We had a whole huge area to ourselves, which was nice.
Our best New Year in Naples was our first one when we were in the middle of it all on our balcony at our Gricignano house. Our second New Year’s here we were on the top of a parking garage at the airport, and this last New Year’s on a hotel roof deck. The good parts about the last two spots were that we had a view as far as the eye could see of thousands of fireworks (and we did not eventually choke on smoke forcing us back indoors). But it does not compare to being surrounded by fireworks only feet away, still the view as far as the eye can see, and having to scream at each other because it is so loud.
I apologize the video is long and not too interesting, but it’s just in case you’re interested.
So New Years this year was a little different than last. Justin and I went up to the airport and watched the fireworks on the top of a parking garage with a view of Mt. Vesuvius in the background…of course it is too dark to see Mt. Vesuvius in the video, so you’ll just have to believe me. Again, fireworks were everywhere and incredibly loud. We had a bit of distance this year between us and the closest fireworks, so it was more of a view of thousands of fireworks versus being in the middle of it. Not as good as last year, but Naples is still the place to be on New Years. The video is not very good quality, but hopefully you can see all the little lights everywhere are different explosions of fireworks way off in the distance.
Off and on all day we could hear the bang of a random firework. By 11pm there were about 10 different areas shooting off fireworks, that we could see from our balcony. Once midnight hit Naples went crazy! This video starts a few minutes after midnight and ends about 20 minutes before it calmed down. There were over 50 different areas where fireworks were being shot off…I couldn’t count them all. You can’t even see many of them in the video, but it gives you a good idea of what New Years is like here. I’d say it’s the best holiday to be in Naples for. After 30 minutes of it the smoke is so heavy you can’t see or breath well, plus we were going deaf, so it ended there for us. Anyways, Happy New Years, 2012!
URL in case video ever doesn’t work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPBjuZybEMg&list=UUl0i_XrfA7DDKD2gkoJS7jg&index=1&feature=plcp