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See Naples and then… live!
Hello to every one,
I’m from Santander in Spain and last summer I had a wonderful idea…to visit Naples.
When I decided to come to Naples I knew about all the problems of this city, all the world spoke about garbage, mafia, corrupt politicians but I knew also that Napoli is not only this.
On the first day, I decided to visit the historical center, because my hotel was close to it and I discovered a new world: many narrow streets intersect like a spider web. Each one of these seemed on the point of swallowing you, but it was not a negative thing rather a positive one. In fact, you were about to be swallowed by the Neapolitan spirit made of colors, voices, gestures, and charm.
Although I’m from Spain and all of you know that Spain is very similar to Italy in many things, what I saw was new for me.
I continued to walk along these narrow streets when finally I found the street of the cribs… oh my God, nothing of what I’ve seen in my life was as wonderful as this! On both sides of the street were many stalls with lucky charms, small statues of famous people, cribs with lakes, rivers, fountains, woods, and trees on.
When I arrived at the end of this street, oh how careless of me, I forgot to tell you the name, Saint Gregorio Armeno street, I was in Tribunali street, the street of pizzas. Now I had many choices but in the end, I decided to go to the best pizzeria…Sorbillo. Here I had the best pizza in the world: large, completely covered with tomato, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese.
I could tell you much more about Naples and my trip, but I thought to start just with the wonderful experience of the first day. Very soon I will also tell you about the rest of my trip and I’m sure you will decide to come to Naples one day!
Then, very well, one more thing.
Do you know the Italian idiom ” see Naples and then die”?
For me, it’s the opposite…see Naples and then live!
Napoli… what else?
This was my first time in Naples, my first trip to Naples and I want to tell you about this!!
On the first day, we were guided through the narrow streets and the many churches and cathedrals found the center of Naples. The tours were held by our fellow guide who explained a few of the legends were passed on from the past. We also went to see Saint Gregorio Armeno street and to visit a lot of shops about the manufacture and sale of the Neapolitan crib. It was too funny!
On the second and third day, amongst the activities, we had a day trip to Caserta to visit the Royal Palace and also visits many beautiful beaches such as Gaiola. We also visited the Grotta di Seiano and the archaeological remains of the Pausilypon which consisted of breathtaking views. We also visited Castell dell’Ovo which is situated on the famous lungomare (i.e. seafront) of Napoli.
On another day we had an esoteric tour where we visited the Cimiterio delle Fontanelle were thousands of skulls are found. Once again, the tour guide explained a few stories and legends which were to this location. On the same day, we had a visit to Capo Di Monte, a grand, beautiful forest.
One day, I decided to go to Capri instead of a friend of mine. Capri is beyond beautiful, white painted houses, narrow streets filled with luxury shops and hotels which then lead to the most breathtaking views ever!
The last two days of our trip were spent in Salerno, where we met another group of our friends! During these days we resided at Vietri Sul Mare and we visited Amalfi and its Coast. We also had an exclusive private boat trip around the coast and were also allowed to swim around this gorgeous scenery.
Last but not least – the food!!! I lost count of how many pizzas I ate in a span of 14 days. We visited the most famous pizzerias in Naples, such as Sorbillo and Pizzeria Oliva – da Concettina ai Tre Santi. We were also lucky enough to have a booked place at the world-known Pizzeria – Da Michele, which was featured in the book ‘Eat, Pray and Love’. This pizzeria always has a queue of people waiting outside, and we were lucky enough to not wait a lot.
I want to conclude by saying that it was amazing trip … for the food, the people who I met, for the group and of course also for the city!!!
I would like to come to Napoli to fight against the stereotypes and discover the true Napoli! The Art, Culture, History of our city, wonderful ancient monuments, breathtaking landscapes, and tasty Italian food.
You’ll live easy their lifestyle (and food style as well, with our specialties), discovering the most pleasant side of the city and its surroundings.
Naples is not like the other cities that I saw, Naples is magic!!!
Michela from Malta
Returning to Napoli
In the paths of the memory, I can look at the sites of my past: Suor Orsola Benincasa University with its cloister, its garden, its reeds. Via Luca Giordano, San Francesco steps, Gay-Odin chocolate shop, Vanvitelli square. Via Sanfelice and via Parco Margherita with their beautiful liberty buildings.
The memorial stone of the writer Edoardo Scarpetta with his witty remark “Here is where I laugh”. Mergellina, via Caracciolo, Parco Virgiliano: the first drives and then via Tribunali, Spaccanapoli and San Gregorio Armeno, the street of the holy cribs. I can recognize the familiar voices, sounds and smells wafted through the air. I perceive the imperceptible, light and deep emotions. I belong to this city, I’m part of Naples, revealed and mysterious like a Kandinsky painting, noble and dignified like its soul that dawns every day shining in the words, in the eyes, in the smiles of the people.
I don’t know what makes this city so beautiful and incredible: the views, the art heritage, the colors, the flavors. I only know that Naples, like a jealous bride, conceals and discloses all that can determine the pleasure of enjoying a city.