Aaaand we are back (better late than never as all those cliché quotes say), this time our travel time is shifting us to another continent, traveling all the way from the Caribbean, to Europe and more specifically to South Europe..and more specifically to Italy..and even more specifically to Napoli! (or “Naples” as the English-speaking colonies decided to name it…)
Small city, very close to Rome, awesome weekend getaway, 2-3 days enough? Well, nothing is ever enough with traveling (especially money..ugh) but from a technical point of view, yes, it is enough to see the basics and maybe a bit more than just the basics in this beautiful and picturesque city.
The city is so small but there are so many beautiful off-the-tourist-guide things to do/see, I don’t even know where to start from. Guess I’ll start from food because let’s be real..who does not appreciate food?
During my 3 days stay in Napoli, I was lucky enough to reconnect with a very old friend I met at a summer camp in 2008 when we were just 14 years old. Francesco, was an amazing host and spent the entire weekend showing me and my friend around, along with his super nice girl, Silvia. Besides having a great time with two awesome people, we also had the advantage to see Napoli with locals and learn things we wouldn’t,have we not had them with us.
So as I promised, food first. One word for that: “Nanninella”. Traditional Napolitan food, the best and funniest environment and guess what? No tourists, super local place because Napolitans know how to eat. You pay something like 10 euros and you eat..you EAT. For dessert there is fruit..and a great show comes along with it..the waiters have a thing for bananas apparently, and very unique way of peeling them off for you, infront of your face or even sitting on your lap..haha not kidding! Check the pictures! If you’re a diet freak, fear not my child and enjoy your carbs. You will laugh so much while there, that you will lose every calorie from the food!
Now something weird. Usually, when you visit Napoli for a weekend, or even for a day, you are not going to use the metro since the city is so small you can reach almost everything within walking distance. And frankly, I am always against using public transportation without view while traveling because I believe that you miss out on a lot, and it is always best to walk walk walk till your feet are burning and you want to cut them off..
BUT, this time, I want to tell you to TAKE THE METRO YOU MUST! Or at least go see the stations underground that are actual pieces of art. Line 1 of the Napolitan metro, has been renamed to “The Art Metro”. Stations like the “Toledo” station (which was my favorite), have been awarded in European competitions and are considered the most beautiful in Europe. When me and my friend walked out of the metro we literally had our mouths drop from the beauty around us. The stations in line 1 have both permanent and temporary exhibits, therefore it is always cool to visit them and it is basically like a free art museum walk. (Check the pictures from the Toledo station!)
Finally, I will return to everyone’s favorite, food. Because hey, it’s Napoli, and did you know? Pizza Margherita was born here! And while in the very center of the city, you can actually see the restaurant that made the first Margherita.
But let’s add something interesting to that, how did pizza Margherita start? Well, it’s all about a woman (like every story basically, men..you know what I mean),specifically, all about the Queen Margherita of Savoy. A pizza-maker in Napoli (Raffaele Esposito, just in case you want to seem smart to your friends) decided to make a unique pizza, in order to honor the queen, thus he decided to put tomato, mozzarella and basil in order to represent the 3 colors of the Italian flag and name it after the queen. And that’s how the most famous kind of pizza currently currently eaten as hangover food left from last night, was born in around 1889. Impressive. (Don’t you dare visit Napoli and not have pizza there, on the land where pizza was born. It will probably be one of the biggest mistakes of your life. No pressure.)
That’s all folks! Don’t forget to take a taxi and ask them to take you to one of the view spots. From there you have an amazing view of the entire city and Mount Vesuvius, and it is a mandatory selfie spot! (or better ask some stranger to take your picture, like the good old days..)
Thanks for sticking around once again, hope you enjoyed!
Until next time..
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