Day 1: Rome to Naples
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Brian: "I feel like that Pour Some Sugar on Me song."
Candy: "Because you're so hot and sticky sweet, from your head to your feet?"
Brian: (Pause) "Yes."
And it was hot when we arrived in Rome this morning, sticky sweet hot. Plus it had been more than 24 hours since our last shower and there was the whole drama of transatlantic flying. But we had arrived and our adventure was underway. From the airport, we needed to get to Naples. This required us getting on not one, but two different trains. And that required us patiently sitting in train stations for a bit(while listening to Sara Barelleille's Love Song play on repeat in the terminal--the humanity!).
Once we finally boarded the train to Naples, we connected with another American couple sitting in our car. They were older, from Michigan and had been in Italy for a while. They were eager to supply us with helpful traveling advice ("The Egg McMuffins in Rome taste just like the Egg McMuffins in Detroit." "Be careful when buying Murano glass in Venice. It's easy to get carried away." "Always carry toilet paper in your purse. The bathrooms here rarely carry it.").
We parted ways with these friendly folks at the Naples station and proceeded to walk the 200 meters and "just steps from the train station (Expedia's words, not mine)" to our hotel. What Expedia failed to mention is that this city is a zoo with streets coming and going in all directions.
Three hours later and with the city somewhat cooled off, we woke up and were ready to explore Naples. Using Rick Steves' Italy 2006 book as our guide, we walked for 15 minutes until we reached the Archaeology Museum (as must-see according to Rick). This museum houses most of the treasures of the Pompei excavation including the largest statue from antiquity.
After our visit to the museum was completed, we did Rick Steves' Slice of Neopolitan Life--miles of self-guided walking through the heart of the city. Steves loves Naples (the birthplace of pizza and Sophia Loren) and we saw its charm, but also noticed its overcrowded, garbage-filled streets (trash hasn't been picked up in months--that's another story). We finished our walk with dinner at a recommended pizzeria. For 8.50 Euros, we split a margarhita pizza, had two drinks and left a tip. The pizza was delicious too--warm, soft and oozing with flavor. It was a great way to end a long and busy day.