Monday, 8 October 2018

3 Nights In Naples

When I told people I was visiting Naples the first recommendation I got was to secure accommodation with a balcony, as “the view is stunning”.

After a few hours of hunting on Air BnB I finally found the perfect apartment, located on Via Toledo, an ancient street created in 1536.

The location is ideal. It’s right in the centre, with bars, restaurants and gelato shops on every corner and in between, plus great public transport links.

Also, the view from the balcony, well, they weren’t lying. It was delightful to lounge on the balcony, drinking wine and watching the sun set.

Another thing people said to me before I went was “be careful, it can be a bit dodgy”, so I was a little apprehensive to go. But truth be told I did not see this side of Naples, it just felt like any other lively and bustling city. Maybe I was just lucky.

Day One

Anyway, when you’re in Naples what is the first thing you do?

Go for bloody pizza of course!!!!

We walked on over to L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, the so-called inventor of the Margherita. This is one of my favourite types of pizza, I don’t care if you think that’s boring. I’m a Margherita lover and I am not ashamed of it!

I don’t know for sure whether they were the inventor of the Margherita, all I know is they make one of the best I have ever ate, and it’s so cheap!

Afterwards we went for drinks at Piazza Bellini, which is where all the cool kids go (aka students). It’s an extremely lively square full of bar with outdoor seating and twinkling fairy lights.

Or if you want to do it cheap a lot of people buy a drink from a nearby shop and sit out in the square, casually sitting next to some ancient runes.

Day Two

Naples is a stones throw away from the Amalfi coast, so if you’re staying in Naples long enough you should try to take a day trip there.

We went to Sorrento, which is technically not on the Amalfi coast, but close enough. It’s easy to get to, just a quick ferry or train ride.

Sorrento is unbelievably beautiful. In fact, it is one of the most beautiful places I have been to on this planet, I would go back there in a heart beat. 

We wandered through the markets, ate yet more pizza (shocker) and even made it to Bagni della Regina Giovanna, a sort of hidden lagoon that opens out into the sea……sorry, I got distracted nostalgically thinking of the relaxing afternoon we spent there, sigh.

Once we got back to Naples we picked up some pizza from a local takeaway (if takeaway pizza tasted like that good and was that cheap in Manchester I would never stop ordering it) and set up shop on our balcony to watch the sunset. 

Day Three

Another day trip out of Naples. 

This time we jumped on the train and went to Pompeii, which is located between Naples and Sorrento. I guess you could do both in one day but I really wanted to waste a few hours in Bagni della Regina Giovanna.

We happened to go to Pompeii on the first Sunday of the month, which is free entry day, amazing! But obviously this means crowds, so we made sure we got there early in the morning to avoid the people.

Pompeii is one of the most outstanding places I have been to. If you don’t know the history Pompeii is an ancient city that was buried under volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

The city was forgotten about until it properly rediscovered 17 centuries later! I’ll let that fact sink in a minute, because it just blew my mind.

As it was left untouched for so long the city is amazingly well preserved. I have a lot to say about Pompeii so I will be writing a separate post on it. For now what i’ll say is that it is truly incredible place, it was like I’d gone in a time machine, I could almost see the inhabitants walking around. 

One we got back to Naples we explored our local area a bit more, and found a lovely restaurant filled with locals hidden down one of the sloped cobbled streets.

And just like that our time in Naples was up. If you’ve read my previous post you’ll know that Naples was the last stop of three on my mini tour of Italy. We went to Venice and Rome, before finally ending here.

It was the place we ate the most pizza and did the most relaxing, the perfect ending.

Have you been to Naples? Or anywhere else in Italy?

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