You may find yourself passing by Napoli to reach other famous destinations in the terra amalfitana. Napoli itself though is a very unique and mysterious place. For an afternoon, or just one “notte a Napoli” one can taste its great history, and make a promise to come back for more. (Even if he‘d never do at the end).
First of all, don’t try to drive in Napoli. Grab a taxi and experience the craziness of the “traffico” through someone else’s steering wheel. Let the air breeze through the windows and bounce up and down on the worn out car seats as the driver weaves through Spaccanapoli and the pebbled streets of the “centro storico”. Don’t even think to make a move before you indulge yourself with an original pizza napolitana at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. Wash it down with a Peroni or two and pay the bill equivalent to chewing gums.
Stroll and get lost in the old historical streets, mingle with the locals and don’t try to find the best gelato or the most interesting museum. Napoli is all about its people and “la luna e mare”. Head up Vomero hill for the sunset over Vesuvius. Again, don’t search for the best apperitivo in town. A bottle of prosecco from the off-license is the better way.
Take a seat on the castle wall, and let the notes float away on the breeze. “Ho icontrato un angelo”…and take the angel with you for an evening walk in Chiaia. Don’t rush to call it a night. After hours drinks go on until the early hours in the leafy piazza Bellini where loud hipster voices get mixed with announcements for departures at the port to the cosmopolitan islands of Capri and Ischia.
- Get a cab, or rent a vespa to experience the real traffico italiano. Drive responsibly.
- Travel to Vomero hill by the funicular. Views over the city and Castel dell’ Ovo.
- L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, the best pizza ever
- Sorbillo Gino, another best pizza ever
- Gay Odin for gelato
- Caffè Gambrinus for the house coffee on the spot in the morning or for Spritz Aperol in the afternoon overlooking la Piazza Plebiscito
- Peronis and negronis one after the other at the outside tables in piazza Bellini