Italia: Napoli, Capri, & Pompeii

Here is the last of my posts on my trip through Italy. Hope you enjoy!


 

Our trip through Italy took us from the North all the way to the South. As big as Italy is, it only took three hours to drive to each city.

 

After all of our adventures in the first three cities, we were excited to visit Naples. Whenever I think of Naples I think of some pretty classic Italian city ;but on the coast. And since every city had been sunny and warm. We were anticipating a beach town. When you google “Naples, Italy” in Images, these are the pictures that come up.

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THIS IS NOT NAPLES

At least it’s not the Naples I was in. This is the Naples I was in.

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Now, I know this doesn’t look terrible. But please compare the pictures. They’re very different. I was not where I thought I would be. It may have been the part of Naples we were in but Naples really is just a dirty port town. Of all the the cities we had visited, from being homeless in Venice and Florence(for a bit), Naples was the city we felt the least safe in.

Although Naples was NOT what we anticipated, it is very close to several very pretty places. In the first set of photos, most of those pictures look like they’re in Amalfi and Sorrento (I realized this after the fact, of course). Naples is a cheaper place to stay if you wish to visit beautiful islands or beach cities.

So, we spent no real time in Naples. We took a ferry to the Island of Capri early Tuesday morning which took about 45 minutes, not bad at all. And we spent the entire day in Capri! It was off-season so there was no one on the island. I’m pretty sure we were the only tourists. It was beautiful!


 

The next day we spent in the ancient city of Pompeii. We took a 45 minute train ride to get there; also easy. Around 79 AD, Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. The city and everyone in it was covered by 15-20 feet of volcanic ash. What is so incredible is that the entire city was preserved by the volcanic ash. We basically have access to a 2000 year old city that is extremely well intact.

Italy is an incredible country. Although I had some crazy experiences while in Italy, I would visit most any city any time. I love Italy. From the food and coffee to the people and beautiful cities, Italy is a place I would visit over and over!

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