I lived to tell the tale...

Naples Travel Blog

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I'm not sure if anyone else has heard the rumours, but I'd heard plenty of interesting stories about Naples.. most of them not so great. However, I did hear from some reputable sources (random people I met) that it was still worth a visit. So, with great trepidation, I set out from Rome to Naples....

I ended up staying at one of the best hostels i've stayed in - Giovanni's home, aptly named as it's run by a local man, Giovanni. As soon as I arrived, he whipped me up a traditional Italian pasta for lunch and all of a sudden, I had a good feeling about Naples! Giovanni also sat me down (as he does each guest) and used his coloured highlighters to point out the sights to see, and most importantly, the places not to go in Naples. He made a point of mentioning that poor Naples has an undeserved reputation, as a vast majority of the murders that occur there are Mafia related. Therefore, us tourists really had nothing to worry about! Everyone at the hostel got a lovely home-cooked dinner that night including nutella filled cannelloni for dessert. We learnt to sing some Italian songs together and Giovanni taught us that "there are only 4 important things in Italy - pizza, pasta, nutella and pinnochio."

The next four days were some of the busiest I had. I spent the first day wandering around Naples with a friend. It's a crazy, dirty, busy and loud city, but it's filled with character and the people are super friendly. It's also a lot cheaper than the north of Italy and there were some really interesting sights to see. Besides, this is the supposed birthplace of the pizza.. what more could you ask for?!!

The next day, I took a ferry out to the Isle of Capri. There were some gorgeous walks around the island and there's a great cable car ride to a fantastic viewing area... stunning. That night, we were once again (for the third night running) provided with a fabulous dinner at the hostel. We all stayed out on the terrace drinking wine and chatting... aah, this is the life.

On the third day I rose again early to make the trek to Pompeii. I spent 4 or so hours wandering around the ruins, which were super interesting. It seemed appropriate that i should then make my way to Vesuvius. So, after a hair-raising ride and a short walk, i was on the treacherous mountain! It even had sulfur gas pouring out of it... atmospheric indeed! That evening, I ventured out on the streets of Naples for the first time at night.. and lived to tell the tale!

On my final day in Italy I made my way to the Amalfi Coast. After a few mishaps with cancelled trains, I arrived in Sorrento and took a bus on the twisting and turning roads to Amalfi. Although I was feeling a little ill after the ride, I absolutely had to try some seafood. So, off I went to a local restaurant for a fantastic seafood pasta.. yum! The next stop was amazing Postitano with its cliff top houses and lovely beach. After heading back to Naples, it was time to celebrate my last night in Italy with a dinner outside of the hostel! A group of us went to a pizza restaurant for dinner and then on a mission to find some gelati. It was some of the best gelati I'd had in Italy! I was very sad to be leaving this amazing country....

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view from my hostel window
view from my hostel window
976 km (606 miles) traveled
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