You either love it or you hate it! There is no 'I kind of like it'! It's crowded - oh so crowded, it’s dirty, it smells and the traffic is hell! Buuuut it's also full of colors, awesome crazy people, beautiful buildings and amazingly good food! Napoli is the place to go if you want to feel alive and if you want to experience the veritable Italian spirit!
'Io non sono italiano, sono Napoletano.' This was the first thing our host, from the most amazing BnB ever, told us! I have to start with saying a few words about our BnB. It's small and cozy, called "Nel Regno di Napoli" and the owner, Gabriele, is magnificent! He has so much energy, good vibes, is willing to help you with anything and he really makes you feel like home! It was our anniversary and Gabriele was beyond kind to organize a party with the guests, he sang for us, he brought us a cake and Prossecco and he really transformed our 8 years anniversary in a lifelong memory! We will be forever grateful for that! And the view from the terrace is the perfect one: Vesuvio and the sea, in the same panorama. Hard to ask for something more! You can find it here and you will get a pretty great discount if you book directly through Gabriele.
So much to say, so little words! Because I lost most of my notes, I’m going to ramble a little bit and let my images to speak in order to get a small sense of the beautiful chaos that you will find there!
Pizza, pasta, gelato, RAGU, you can find them all there!
My Faves are👇
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele (yes, the one from Eat, Pray, Love). Embrace yourself with a lot of patience as you will stand in line!
Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba: supposable the world’s first pizzeria! Now that’s something!
Sorbillo or Di Matteo - you can find both in Centro Storico, just grab one to go, it’s just as delicious and you can walk around while you enjoy it.
Tandem Ragu. OOOH MYYY GOOOOD (in Janice’s voice)! It was that good! Everything, it really doesn’t matter what you’ll have.
For dinner, I highly recommend Osteria Da Carmela: quite, peaceful, excellent selection of wines and delicious food.
As for Ice Cream, I looooved the one from Mennella Gelato (you can find them everywhere)! I didn’t care that much for the one at Casa Infante (a bit too sweet for my taste).
What to do in Napoli, you ask? First of, don’t even think about renting a car! It will be completely useless to you. If you know your way with a motorcycle, you can rent a scooter. Be aware that everyone from Naples has a scooter and they drive like crazy. If you don’t give up in the first hour, you will have a looot of fun!
Go to Pompeii and Vesuvio!
Really, don’t even think about skipping them! Easy to make in one day, best if you have two days as Pompeii is really fascinating and you will walk around a lot in there! The best way to go, if you don’t have a car, is by train. Circumvesuviana Train goes from Napoli to Pompeii and Sorrento. Cheap, fast, but crowded, it’s better to buy the tickets in advance. From Pompeii you can take the bus to Vesuvius. If you want to visit them separately, you can also take the bus from Naples.
Walk around the neighborhoods!
If you have to choose only one thing to do in Napoli, go to Quartieri Spagnoli and get lost around there! For an afternoon walk you can go to Possilipo and enjoy the view there. Centro Storico is another good place to visit.
Go to National Archaeological Museum - You can skip it if you already visited the one from Athens . Unless you are really into archeology, in which case it’s a must for you!
Naples Underground Tour is quite interesting. Here is the official tour page! Go straight there and buy the tickets at the office!
Museo Cappella Sansevero is also a must.
Palace of Capodimonte and Castel Nuovo - if you have enough time.
That’s all I can think about right now, hope you’ll enjoy the images! Thank you for reading so far, cheers to great adventures! ♥️