Sir: It does not need to be cold for the men and women of Naples to bring out their winter overcoats (Rome Diary, 15 November). When I lived there some years ago I was amazed at the extraordinary change that takes place on 1 September.
Winter officially begins on this date and all swimming pools and beaches are closed until May. It is also the date when Neapolitans don their winter garb, whatever the actual temperature.
It certainly made a bizarre sight. While holidaymakers and non-Italian residents were in summer clothes the locals were dressed as if expecting the next Ice Age to begin.
Michael P. Fariss