It’s that time of year where summer is over and you are already dreaming of your next vacation. Believe me, I’m already thinking of trips I want to take in 2019! Today and Monday I am sharing a two-part post on the perfect fall trip that will remind you of summer. Your destination: The region of Campania, Italy. I mean, are we surprised I said that? We all know my love for Italy.
This summer I was able to explore cities in the Campania region with Claudio that I had never been to. The first and most obvious one was the city of Naples. To be perfectly honest, I had never had much of a desire to go to Naples because sadly it has a bad reputation. Being that Claudio is from Naples, I obviously wanted to see the city he loves so much and now I cannot wait to go back to see more of it.
Below is a guide of places we went to that are musts as well as several other spots that we did not have the time to get to because we only went for one day. However, we are already planning on going back when I return over the holidays as well as in February and April. I apologize in advance for the length of this post. There are some great places to visit and beautiful views of the city.
After our tour ended we walked along Via di San Gregorio Armeno. This road is famous for its handmade nativity scenes and the detail on these pieces is absolutely incredible. They have all sorts of carved figurines to put into your nativity scene (a bakery, a butcher, animals, etc.) and so many of the pieces move! I was floored by the detail and how many shops there were. Claudio said his dad has quite the collection and I cannot wait to see it all set up when I go over the holidays. Travelers beware – do not going during Christmas or Easter! The streets are filled with people.
After walking around Spacca Napoli, Claudio and I were hot and hungry! We went for a traditional Neapolitan pizza at the trendy 50 kaló in Mergellina, a neighborhood by the bay. We were originally going to go to the famous pizzeria Sorbillo, where the Margherita was invented to honor the Queen, but it was closed…guess the pizzaiolo also deserve a vacation. Sorbillo has been visited by presidents and many famous people who want to try the real thing…la pizza napoletana. The pizza at 50 kaló was delicious and we got there just in time! When we walked out of the restaurant, there was a line forming halfway down the sidewalk of the restaurant.
We ate so much that we needed to take a short “digestive stroll” as Claudio likes to say. 🙂 We walked by people sitting on the rocks on the edge of the bay, jumping into the water; I was so jealous! I can only imagine doing this stroll in the fall when the temperatures are slightly cooler. The walk would have been much more enjoyable.
Here are some places that Claudio and I wanted to see but we just did not have the time. We plan on visiting these places (hopefully all of them) the next time we go. Claudio wrote these descriptions because, naturally, it’s his city. 🙂
- The Monastery of San Martino in the neighborhood of Vomero.
- Virgiliano Park on the Posillipo Hill (also the neighborhood). This has the most breathtaking views and sunsets on both ends of the gulf. You can see the islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida, as well as all the way up the coastline. Vesuvius looks pretty impressive in the background. This is a must see!
- Napoli Sotterranea – This is the other underground city that can be visited on a raft on an underground river! I mean, come on, that’s a no brainer to go visit! 🙂
- Marechiaro neighborhood, which means clear sea. Here you will hear the famous finestrella, heartbreaking Neapolitan love songs. You will eat the best seafood along the shore line with the waves crashing below you, the gulf of Naples before you, and Vesuvius in the background.
There are many preconceptions about the city of Naples. I can assure you, Naples needs to be added to your list of cities to see. You will miss out on an amazing city, great food, and a gateway to other amazing places that I will talk about in Part 2. If you are flying in to Rome all you need to do is travel south from Rome just two hours by car or about an hour with the bullet train that goes about 180 mph!
I hope you add this beautiful city to your trip list. I would not steer you wrong. 🙂 Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend!