Napoli is chaos & I love it! A weird way to start off this blog post, but it honestly is one of the craziest cities I have ever been in. Definitely watch out for those scooters.
I love it because there are plenty of places to explore, a lot of history, a beautiful waterfront, and some damn good pizza. We made two day trips to the city, and I’ll blog the second trip in the weeks to come. We visited just before Christmas, so that explained the mass amounts of traffic on the roads and people in the streets.
Many people want to know if a day trip to Napoli from Rome or the Amalfi is worth it? 100% yes! Get on that boat, train, bus or however you please and hit the city up. Even if it’s only for a pizza, it’s well worth it.
We spent the day walking around as much as we could. From the port, past the Castel Nuovo up to Piazza del Plebiscito and then through the Galeria Umberto Naples. We then headed up Via Toledo (the main shopping street) towards Spaccanapoli, the main street that splits the city in half. We popped into a beautiful old church, took a look at all of the Presepe and Nativity scene shops at Via San Gregoria Armeno and made a stop for a pizza at Le Sorella Bandiera. Having refuelled, we did a tour to check out Napoli Sotterranea, known in English as the “Napoli underground”. This is where the old city was built, forty metres underground and we explored a series of caves and tunnels that had been in existence 2400 years earlier. We finished off the day with a Sfogliatelle (lobster tail looking pastry filled with a mixture of ricotta and candied orange) and a walk through the newly built Toledo Metro station, which is voted one of the most impressive underground metro stations of Europe.
All in all, a successful day of sightseeing & eating around Napoli.