Best of Naples: 24 hour tour guide


On the 4th day of our Rome adventure, we met a good friend of mine who lives in Italy. We spent amazing time walking around the city getting to know it through the eyes of a local. When we stopped for a drink, she asked if we would like to try the best pizza in the world? Well, I think you know our answer. And this is how the idea of a one day trip to Naples came up. Because when an Italian tells you to go somewhere to try the best pizza, you book an hour trip on, take your backpacks and go! Neapolitan pizza was a great excuse to visit another beautiful destination.
   We took off very early from Rome so we could have more time to explore. Unfortunately, it was raining in Naples but had no umbrellas. You can imagine how silly I looked with my giant sun hat 🙂 Luckily for us, there is nothing easier than buying umbrellas in Naples: they sell them basically everywhere. So, there we were: sleepy but excited, with 2 umbrellas, ultimate “to do” list, a cameraand a GoPro ready to explore.
We did not realize that the rain gave us an advantage: there were not many tourists out.
   When in Naples, you have to visit two castles: Castel dell’Ovo and Castel Nuovo. We also stopped by Galleria Umberto I which was absolutely gorgeous glass and iron covered gallery build in the 19th century full of shops and cafes. It is located just in front of Opera House, next to Coral Museum.
As you walk from one castle to another, you won’t miss beautiful Piazza del Plebiscito. Stop for a moment and look around – how magnificent it is!
After we made our way to the Gulf of Naples, the sky cleared up and there it was – Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano in mainland Europe. It produced some of the continent’s largest volcanic eruptions.
   It was about 2 p.m., so we were really in the mood of that famous Neapolitan pizza! A bus, a metro, a train, another 2 busses, miles by foot in the rain and an hour wait…. for this! We tried thin crust pizza in New York, deep-dish one in Chicago, enjoyed the Detroit style pizza, but this is absolutely the best one we have ever tried. So it was all worth it and we would do it all over again.

LRG_DSC00295LRG_DSC00299IMG_4684IMG_4689   After a good lunch, we were browsing the streets of Naples, making stops here and there to take a look at local produce, try the limoncello and coffee (I do not remember the name but it was the weirdest coffee drink I have ever tried). And we couldn’t leave without famous cannoli.
This one day trip allowed us to see and try Italy from a very different perspective. The atmosphere, lifestyle, and food are very different from what we experienced in Rome. So, if you go to Italy – be spontaneous, visit Naples!

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