Postcards from Italy

The Art of the South: The Top Museums and Collections in Naples

With the eyes of the world fixed on Covid-19, now is the time for us to do what’s best for our communities and avoid unnecessary travel. That said, there’s nothing that gets us through hard times like dreaming of our next jaunt to Italy! We’ll continue posting travel ideas for the Bel Paese and Switzerland for future trips, and we all hope to be wheels up as soon as possible....

Rome and Florence may be considered the capitals of Italy’s art world, but the teeming city of Naples ( is home to a surprising number of world-class museums, collections, and other cultural treasures. Known more for the atmospheric, shop-lined streets of the Centro Storico and grandiose monuments like the Castel d’Ovo and Piazza del Plebescito, “Bella Napoli” was the seat of the House of Bourbon during their rule of the Kingdom of Naples and Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in the 18th and 19th centuries, and a number of royal collections scattered across the city are testimony to the wealth and power of their reign.

Naples Panorama. Nikon D3100. DSC_0109-0115.(Photo by Robert Pittman via Flickr)

Before heading further south to the blockbuster destinations of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, linger awhile in this vibrant port city to take in the masterpieces hidden in its museums, palaces, and churches.


A Note from Maria Gabriella and Brian

We have been astounded by the number of caring messages and well-wishes from past clients, conveying their thoughts and concern for us, the guides, local hosts, drivers and other members of our team that they have encountered during their travels with us over the past 17 years. We also continue to be inspired by the generous spirit, understanding and support of our future travelers during this challenging period. Most of our clients with travel dates affected by the COVID-19 restrictions are postponing their visits to Italy and Switzerland rather than cancelling. Perhaps that is because so many have traveled with us before. This commitment to travel is a welcome show of solidarity for us and for the broader travel industry, a sector of the economy particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. We are happy to say that our team members in the United States, Italy and Switzerland are well, and look forward to delivering the outstanding authentic experiences to which our travelers have become accustomed when this crisis abates.

At the moment, we fully expect travel to Italy and Switzerland to return to normal by 2021 and are proceeding with itineraries accordingly. We are, of course, monitoring the situation very closely and will notify affected travelers of any recommended or necessary changes. We will continue to offer our clients the opportunity to reschedule any fully paid itinerary with full credit toward a future trip with no time restrictions, penalties or deductions. We are reaching out to our travelers with updates as their travel dates approach. Please understand that in the short term, our immediate attention must be devoted to those with travel dates within 60 days.

There is a lot of uncertainty now as the pandemic makes its way around the world, but as we are already seeing with news of developing vaccines and new therapies, this too shall pass. The world certainly will emerge changed. At CIU, we will be even stronger and as passionately focused as ever on fulfilling your lifelong travel dreams.

With our very best wishes for your health and happiness,

Brian and Maria Gabriella


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