The Simple Life in Venice, Italy

The Mediterranean is always the ocean horizon, and the Bay of Naples is as far in the distance as you can get in northwestern Italy. Across the delta of the Corrientes River, in neighborhoods…

The Simple Life in Venice, Italy

The Mediterranean is always the ocean horizon, and the Bay of Naples is as far in the distance as you can get in northwestern Italy.

Across the delta of the Corrientes River, in neighborhoods such as Vesuvio and Lampedusa, the sunsets are as epic as they come: reds, pinks, blues, lots of colors.

If you drive into neighboring towns, the juxtaposition of bright colors against the deep blue water is striking. The water’s so dark, a large fume cloud hangs near the surface, another in a sequence of scenes that highlights the brilliant color of the water.

People flock to the water in Italy. But that’s not a reason to attend parties at the water. The experience should be something that’s beyond the surface of the water.

Sandals create an image — whether that’s of comfort, a lifestyle choice, or floating feet. Locals, and tourists, wear sneakers, T-shirts and jeans.

People swim, but I doubt you would find a large number in long, romantic gowns or headdresses. Locals wear shorts.

Oddly, people wear clothes in the wet, hot weather, but perhaps a breeze or a storm hits and those clothes go with them.

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