PLAN OF TOUR.
are received at their full value by most of the hotel-keepers, as
well as by the money-changers in the principal towns and resorts
of travellers, but not in remote districts. The Circular Notes
issued by the English banks are very convenient for the transport
of large sums, and always realise the full current exchange.
II. Period of Tour. Language.
Season. The season selected must of course depend on the
traveller's convenience, but the best time for Naples, and par¬
ticularly for other parts of S. Italy and Sicily is spring, from the
end of March to the end of May, or autumn, from the middle
of September to the end of November. The rainy winter months
had better be devoted to Rome. The hot season may be spent
at some of the charming summer resorts in the environs of Na¬
ples, such as Sorrento, Castellamare, Ischia, and La Cava, but
is unfavourable for travelling in the South of Italy. The
scenery indeed is then in perfection, and the long days are
hailed with satisfaction by the enterprising traveller; but he will
soon experience the enervating effects of exposure to the fierce
rays of an Italian sun. These effects are produced, not so much by
the intensity, as by the protracted duration of the heat, the sky
being frequently cloudless, and not a drop of rain falling for several
months in succession, until the first showers of autumn again
refresh the parched atmosphere about the end of August.
At p. 31 the traveller will find various plans for excursions
in the environs of Naples, and at p. 214 are others for a tour
in Sicily. The other districts described in the Handbook are
rarely visited by ordinary tourists, but those who desire to ex¬
plore them, whether in search of the picturesque, or for scien¬
tific purposes, will have no difficulty in framing an itinerary.
Language. The time and labour which the traveller has
bestowed on the study of Italian at home will be amply repaid
as he proceeds on his journey, and more particularly in Southern
Italy and Sicily. It is quite possible to travel in the regions
around Naples and Palermo with a knowledge of a little French
only, but in this case the traveller cannot conveniently deviate
from the beaten track, and is moreover constantly exposed to gross
extortion. Those, therefore, who desire to derive instruction
from their tour and to confine their expenditure within moderate
limits will find a slight acquaintance with the languagef of the
t 'Baedeker's Manual of Conversation in four Languages (English,
French, German, and Italian), with Vocabulary, etc.'' (Stereot. Edit.) will
be found serviceable for this purpose. With the addition of a pocket-dic¬
tionary, the traveller may safely encounter the difficulties of the situation.
— In addressing persons of the educated classes 'lei', with the 3rd pers.