Been a little slow on the blog front with starting back teaching, but as promised here is my account of solo travel in Naples.
I’d heard a lot of things about Naples before I arrived with regards to safety and cleanliness. Even after hearing these things I was excited. I quickly found that the contrast from Naples to my previous stay in Sorrento was huge….
Deciding to walk from the train station to my BnB with a backpack in 34 degree heat wasn’t my cleverest moment. I was met by a sudden sense of s**t what have I done?! Noisy, crazy traffic, people begging and asking for money for their bambino’s, graffiti and I couldn’t help but notice the amount of litter. Least to say it felt very grimy.
When I finally arrived at my BnB (in the heart of the historical centre) hot and sweaty and overwhelmed, the balcony view of my room took some getting used to🤔😂:
I went to bed that night unsure of what the following days may hold…
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover
I woke up the next day and after reading my guide book, I was determined to give Naples a chance. However I was taking no chances with security, you know, just in case🙈
Money belt strapped on and tightly clutching my camera, decided to head down to the sea front to visit Castel dell’Ovo.
As I began to walk down to the front down Via Toledo, I began to feel guilty for having such bad first impressions. I also felt a buzz and excitement when I began to realise that Naples may actually be a wonderful place.
The buildings were just beautiful and it became clear that there was plenty to see and do. I walked right up to the top of the castle and I was awarded with an amazing view of Naples and Mt Vesuvius across the sea.
Another plus of being in Naples was how cheap the food and drink was. As it was the end of the trip, I began to feel a bit strapped for cash but I had some of the best food at amazing prices.
Fried arrancini pieces and a beer at Decuamo for €3.50
I had quite a few pizzas in Naples of course! With most of them costing around 4 or 5 euros. And yes, they are the best!
There is so much history in Naples it was impossible to see everything. My highlights were:
The catacombs of San Gennaro