Bay of Naples
For me, the bay of Naples is a magical place. The deep blue of the sea, the islands of Ischia, Procida and Capri (of course...), all this set against the backdrop of Vesuve is unforgettable and makes the charm of Naples and surroundings. No wonder ancient Romans built villas and residences mainly in the bay of Naples.
One of the first to go there on vacation was Scipio Africanus (the one who vanquished Hannibal, so you could say the reward was well earned). Dictator Sulla came to this region in 79 BC to retire. And of course Julius Caesar, his rival Pompei (sorry, nothing to do with the town) and Ciceron.
And Vergilius, the poet. All roman emperors, Tiberius even ruled the known world from his villa on Capri. Nero appeared the first time as a musician on stage in Napoli. And it is also in this region that the roman culture got the most influenced by the greek one from former colonies. Watching the sun setting behind Ischia or Capri, from Naples or Sorrento peninsula is a sight that was here during the Romans and will remain, but is an unforgettable moment...
The Archo Felich (probably...
The Archo Felich (probably spelled wrong) is just outside of town. It' an old arch that goes over the road that has been left cobblestone. It's said that Jesus road his burro through there. Also there are the Cuma Caves right on the coast line. These caves were filled with heavy artillary during WWI or II. You can still see the tracks in the caves for moving the big guns into place and all the bullet holes still in the walls overlooking the sea. After climbing around the caves for awhile take a swim in the blue crysal clear sea.
One of the most popular pizzerias in the city that invented pizza. Many Italian stars are reputed to come here. It is located via Pietro Colletta 46, walking south-west from Stazione Centrale. The food there is simply delicious, straight to the point, and the service is also no-nonsense. Neapolitans meet there in groups, or have a nice and quiet lunch - it feels like a nice family-run place.
Much of the artwork, like this fresco, were preserved in mud. Elsewhere in the city you will see a painting that, if I remember right, was the first evidence of Christianity's spread outside the middle east.
The Royal Palace of Naples is one of four palaces that the Bourbon Kings of Naples used during their rule of the Kingdom of Naples (1730-1860). One is in Caserta, another on the Capodimonte hill overlooking Naples, and the third (now the site of the agricultural department of the University of Naples) is in Portici on the slopes of Vesuvius.
The Royal Palace is on the site of an earlier building meant to host King Philip III of Spain, who however never made the trip. The architect chosen for that palace was Domenico Fontana. The building was put up on the site of an even older Spanish viceroyal residence from the early 16th century. The royal residence was moved to Caserta in the 18th century, as that inland town was more defensible from naval assault than Naples.
The 17th century palace visible today is, however, the result of numerous additions and changes, including some by Luigi Vanvitelli in the mid-18th century and then by Gaetano Genovese in 1838 after a fire had damaged much of the palace. Additionally, restoration was done after World War II to repair bomb damage. The western façade side of the building (fronting on Piazza del Plebiscito) displays a series of statues of the rulers of dynasties to rule Naples since the foundation of the Kingdom of Naples in the twelfth century. They are: Roger II, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Charles of Anjou, Alfonse of Aragon, Emperor Charles V, Charles III of Bourbon, Joachim Murat, and Victor Emanuel II of Savoy, the first king of united Italy.
True to form when I was here a scooter came zipping by me in the hallway (see photo)