Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Travel Tuesday no.31 // Naples
I figured now is better than never to do another Travel Tuesday post! I want to finish this Italy series before I blog a bit about the places I visited in Asia this past summer, especially since these travels were months ago.
Naples was just a short train ride away from Rome and the next destination of our journey. We spent about a day here, wandering around a place that was new to all of us, exploring local sights and just taking in the grittiness and fascinating history of the city.
The cobblestone streets were narrow and winding, with vendors and tiny shops on both sides and people flowing in all directions. We stopped a lot to admire the local food and snap photos here and there.
Near our hotel was the Naples Cathedral (Duomo di Napoli), which was completed in the early 14th century. I feel like we've gone to so many Roman Catholic churches during our travels in Europe, but they never fail to impress me with their details and grandeur.
This photo amuses me so much. He was like an Italian Cesar Millan!
We also visited the Royal Palace down by the bay. Although the outside of the palace was being renovated and was covered with scaffolding, they still opened the inside to the public and I'm glad we decided to stop in for a look. It was a quiet place and while not as grand as other palaces we've been to, it was interesting to see what was once used as a residence for the Bourbon kings.
One thing I noticed while wandering around Naples was the colors of the buildings in the city. Shades of yellows and pinks among ordinary colors...it was pretty darn lovely.
We didn't do much research on restaurants but instead relied on recommendations from our hotel. Thankfully, we loved both places we went to. Of course, since Naples is the birthplace of pizza, we had to have true Napoli pizza. We chose Pizzeria Di Matteo and went early to avoid the line-up...so good and cheap too. Simple pastas that were decently priced and good service made for another enjoyable meal, this time at Antica Trattoria da Carmine.
Just a couple photos of Mount Vesuvius to end off this post. It was pretty amazing to see this volcano for the first time, especially since I had learned about the history of Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in high school. More on this next post ;)