A Balcony in Naples

February 15, 2011 / Local Interest
Naples, Campania

January always feels like the turning of a page. Resolutions, new beginnings, out with the old. We review the past, we plan the future, we vow to make sure the new year is full of good experiences. Which is where my friend Françoise’s balcony comes in…

Françoise has a balcony with one of those views of Naples that provides interest throughout the day. Perched over the city she can scan the horizon to Capri, watch the boats depart from Mergellina to the islands, listen to the city in all its moods. To the right there’s a glimpse through the trees of one of Lamont Young’s (1851-1929) splendid Victorian-style castles.

It’s also a great place to have lunch.

So if I think of the year ahead, and of the pleasures of a simple lunch in good company enhanced with an unparalleled view, my resolution is to spend more time on my friend’s balcony…

Penny Ewles-Bergeron

by Penny Ewles-Bergeron

Author, artist… celebrating the many good things in Naples.

45 Responses to “A Balcony in Naples”

  1. Oh, can I come with you to sit on your friends balony…..LOL..How lucky can you get..beautiful. Thanks for sharing

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  2. What a delightful glimpse into everyday Italian splendor. Enjoyed the note, loved the view. Grazie!

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  3. I know I’m VERY lucky, all the more when I read Penny’s note… Naples is such a beautiful place seen from a high spot.

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  4. Marilyn Kerstjens

    Yes, you are very lucky. I will be there myself in Sept and only Wish that I had a balcony friend like that!

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  5. Once again this (sadly) ex Neapolitan’s heart strings have been tugged by your beautiful evocations and pictures of once familiar views.

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  6. giuseppe spano (jojo)
    giuseppe spano (jojo)

    A balcony is a splendid place to get an overview, but you must leave and go into the city, that is where the people are and the people are the heart of Naples.

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  7. I too can appreciate a beautiful balcony in Naples as I have one as well. One can only enjoy first hand as the photos as good as they are just don’t match the real thing. I love Naples!

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  8. I also want to come visit you and your friend on the balcony. This is one of the first “positive” things I’ve read/heard about Naples. Thank you for pointing out something so wonderfully positive.

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  9. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    There is so much that is beautiful and positive about this city in all its guises and most of its districts. (-: Every large city faces challenges, Naples more than most, but I defy you to find a people more expansive and generous and, as you see, we are buoyed up in our daily lives by moments and friends such as these.

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  10. Christine

    Dear Penny,

    What a wounderful note! You are so lucky to still be enjoying Naples! I can hear the sounds of Naples, the smells and feel the warm wind when I look at the pictures. I totally left my heart in Naples and I hope to be back very soon!
    Baci bella!

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  11. what a beautiful note — makes me long to be there also — maybe someday — it is my dream —

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  12. Penny: The pictures and the view are breathtaking! You have made my day thinking of that view. As always, Italia is wonderful!! thank you

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  13. Oh well, count me for lunch today. I’m having lunch with you on your friend’s balcony even if it is just in my dreams.
    The view is spectacular and it is just the way I remember when I was there many years ago. You made my day….Thank you.

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  14. Stunning. How I would love to spend a day there. Looking at this picture I can almost imagine being there. At the very least, I want that beautiful table in my little backyard!

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  15. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    Thanks everyone. A very sunny response to the view, Naples and F’s hospitality. Also being Tweeted as http://bit.ly/hxNcVj by AbrushwithItaly and quite a few more…

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  16. Nov.30,2010 Marie

    I would love to spend the rest of my life sitting on that balcony enjoying la doce vita. The view is like a dream come true

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  17. Bellissimo! Francoise, you are truly blessed. For a few wonderful seconds, I could sense being on the balcony. thank you!

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  18. graceann beamish

    This beautiful place to me is like a piece of heaven. your friend is truly blessed to open her eye’s everyday and see all this beauty.

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  19. Gian Banchero

    Here in California we have balconies galore which are seemingly used only for storage, maybe a gas grill for the occasional barbecue, all the opposite of what I experienced in Napoli and southern Italy where the balcony is viewed as another room to be used as a vantage point to enjoy the weather, or better yet people watching. Also a balcony can be used if possible for growing a tomato plant or two and several plants of basilico (wonderful perfumes!). In no other city in Italy does one find the colorful vibrant street life such as Napoli affords, one just needs to seat themselves at an outdoor cafe, coffee in hand, and watch the wonderful colorful street theater that the city’s inhabitants afford. Ahhh, and the scents of bakeries, roasting coffee beans, the pizza houses, the whiffs coming out of the restaurants, ahhh. Pity he who has never experienced la bella Napoli, truly “a piece of heaven”! Thank you Penny.

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  20. giuseppe spano (jojo)
    giuseppe spano (jojo)

    Gian Banchero, you seem to be a people person, bravo! to enjoy life you must be a part of it, not only a keen observer ….the size of the balcony is indicative of the place in life.

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  21. I would also love to be on that balcony! I’ve traveled all over Italy but nothing is quite like the magic of Naples. I so look forward to the first coffee of Naples on my yearly visits, it is a taste of heaven. I think you’ve also inspired me to write my own note about my favorite island close to Naples, Procida.

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  22. aaaah! iam imagining myself sittng there with anice glass of wine!thank s for such beautiful pics! awesome!

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  23. Keisha Monique

    It is so peaceful, I would rather be there than here in the cold anyday.

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  24. David A. Denisch

    Just as the beauty of “The Balcony” is so moving to our spirit, so are all the alive, vital, loving people who leave a reply. It helps us all to know there are so many are out there that love life.Dave

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  25. Anna Dee Ripepi

    The charm and beauty of Naples remains out of reach because
    Cammora remains intact. Avanti? Quando?

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  26. Naples is queen, having everything a Sixth Fleet carrier sailor could possibly want. Having just visited the city for the first time in 50 years, the only thing missing was the smell of leaded gasoline fumes which blended in so beautifully with all the smells that made Naples Naples. And the old fleet watering hole, the Lowenbrau restaurant,is also gone, alas. But I still love the place.

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  27. Gian Banchero

    Dr. Abuso; I too have your sometime lament, my family in Piemonte and Sicilia still have the old vineyards, the ancient family homes plus their city residences… And the families still gather together on Sundays, civic and church holidays… And every summer if I’m not in Italy I realize that I’m missing the biggest and most exciting celebration of life under the sun, this can make the heart a little heavy. Here in the States it seems everyone is in a hurry, in a hurry to a place they seem to never arrive at.

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  28. What a Beutiful way to start the day!! My grandparents came from Naples and I hope to visit Naples within the next two years.
    Thank you, Penny for sending this wonderful article and pictures of my father’s heritage.
    Ciao,
    Claudia

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  29. rie paola

    magnificent!!
    what a great way to start or end any day,wish I could enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine there.

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  30. Great view of Piazza Amedeo, Chiaja and the neapolitan gulf. A lot of neapolitan balconies are a good point of view for wonderful tipical “panorama di Napoli”… i think that some people live really in a postcard of Naples

    Regards from Naples

    Fabrizio

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