The final leg of our trip... Naples!

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View of Naples with Vesuvius in the background

And so, after a week driving around Italy, we finally arrived at our end destination... Naples. I know I mentioned in my earlier blog on Pisa that we were pleasantly surprised the Italian motorists weren't quite as crazy as we had been lead to believe... but this was all to be but a distant memory as soon as we reached Naples. Here every second in the car was a life and death situation as locals zipped in and out on Vespers (no need for helmets), not uncommonly with several passengers on board (kids included), driving absolutely anywhere and any way they felt like. Milton and I just about needed a tranquiliser after navigating our way into the city centre (I was driving at the time), looking for a place to stay the night. Absolutely frightening.

And Naples itself reflected this carefree, crazy attitude of living life to the full.

View of Naples
Everyone seemed to be out in the streets or meeting friends, walking, driving, eating, talking... a very vibrant place to be, certainly. When we sat down for dinner it was once more a case of mamma knows best, as our restaurant owner brushed aside any acknowledgement that we ourselves might know what we wanted to eat, instead bringing out plate after plate of whatever freshly prepared local cuisine she deemed appropriate (again, the only stipulation being that it was vegetarian). The hilariousness of the event was further compounded by her utter lack of English and our total inability to communicate in Italian. We finally met halfway in broken Spanish, which I can get by in, but really this was only to put across the basics... wine, water, bread, the bill, etc. We left there full of good food and wandered the city in an attempt to encourage digestion in time for some late night gelati (surely there's always room for gelati).
We stayed in a former convent (naturally) and (naturally) these bells started peeling early in the morning

Our last day in Italy had come around way too quickly and we spent it lazily exploring the areas around the (you guessed it) converted convent we were staying in. Getting to the airport to drop off the car was another exercise in navigational skill, and one that Milton met with flying colours, while I tried to keep us alive on the road. And then we were off... back to the UK for two days before heading on our next adventure down the Nile...

My overall impressions of Italy were ones I had formed on previous trips to Rome and Sicily... I adore the country! The food is the best of anywhere in the world, hands down, the people are good looking, friendly and caring, the scenery is lovely, each city has its own unique flavour, lets not forget the wine (!), and there is a sense of old world drama about the place (romance, tragedy, triumph). All this made even better because it is a country where a couple of people can successfully make their way around without a clue or a plan and speaking no Italian. Perfect in my book :)

jbo says:
Why thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the blog :)
Posted on: Oct 28, 2008
GSTAgnt says:
Excellent article! Naples must be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I found another article hear with some great ideas for visiting the city:
http://blogs.lib.ncsu.edu/page/springbreak?entry=13_naples_beachfront_condos
Posted on: Oct 27, 2008
jbo says:
Thanks so much! Kind of you to say so indeed... we shall have to form an I Heart Italy club :D
Posted on: Jun 25, 2007
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We stayed in a former convent (nat…
We stayed in a former convent (na…
View of Naples
View of Naples
View of Naples
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View of Naples with Vesuvius in th…
View of Naples with Vesuvius in t…
View of Naples with Vesuvius in th…
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