I just came inside at 12:40 AM and the fireworks are still going in the Bay of Naples. People had been shooting off fireworks everywhere we went today, but starting at midnight, there was a sudden swell of noise; for a moment I thought that I was in a war zone. We were walking home from a wonderful dinner in the center of Sorrento when the festivities started. We rushed back to our bed and breakfast where there was a hill overlooking the bay. From there we had a 360-degree view of the most amazing fireworks display I have ever seen. In Italy, anyone can buy fireworks, and so everyone does. Our own bed and breakfast proprietor climbed up onto our rooftop and set off some impressive fireworks. I didn’t even have time to take pictures because I was too busy watching the spectacle. The city of Naples looked like it was under attack. The sheer number of fireworks being shot from rooftops there was incredible. The city was alight with brilliant splashes of color. It didn’t take long for the air to become thick with smoke and the smell of gunpowder. For ten, twenty, thirty minutes we stood outside in the cold, stunned by what was before us. Even now, as I write this blog, there are still fireworks being set off. We had seen fireworks before on New Year Eve, but none like this. It was a New Years celebration that will be hard to beat—and impossible to forget.