Visit Pompeii (above). The...
Visit Pompeii (above). The most stunning thing about Pompeii may be that it's still mostly buried by volcanic ash. Excavation has really just begun. The piazzas and the architecture. (That's the stadium in Pompeii, below. Imagine lions rushing out of that tunnel at you!).
I've seen tourists drink coffee sitting down outside cafes, but never standing at the bar. The latter not only saves you money (a drink costs more drunk sitting down and even more, sitting in the outside area), it gives you a chance to talk to the locals. Often the barmen/women are friendly and will want to exchange a pleasantry or two.
I thought just about everything was delicious in naples. Except maybe the raw, marinated anchovies I bought from the deli counter at a supermarket. But i had a particularly enjoyable time at a ristorante by the promenade near the coastal Castello d'Uovo (Egg Castle, I think). I am not very sure what I was eating but I had 3 starters, a bruschetta, a mozzarella adn ham and a very nice deep-fried dough-ball (im sorry Ive forgotten the name) antipasti, 2 rugola (im sure the spelling is wrong..), prosciutto and mozarella pizze, a caffe and a complimentary limoncello to top off a wonderful meal. Something about the food - simple cooking, light sauces, more carbs and greens than meat - keeps napolitan food satisfying and yet very very clean and light to eat...we were sure i'd explode near the end of my meal-i'd eaten so much, yet a mere hour later,we were starving again!
Visiting Pompeii - About 10...
Visiting Pompeii - About 10 feet (3 m) of tephra fell on Pompeii, burying everything except the roofs of some buildings. The city was abandoned and its location forgotten. In 1595, excavations discovered artifacts at Pompeii and centuries of pillaging followed. Archeological excavations began in the mid-nineteenth century. Now, much of Pompeii has been excavated and it has revealed much about how people lived during that time (and died during the eruption). There are numerous molds of people in their final moments.
Galleria Umberto I
Near the Piazza del Plebiscito is this grand arcade, which reminded us when we first saw it of those in Milan. But on further exploration it felt very different. Possibly this was partly due to the Sunday atmosphere, with most of the shops closed, but in any case it seemed to exude an air of rather faded grandeur compared with Milan’s very chic confidence. I rather liked it for that, and found it really photogenic. I should also say that part of it was under-going repair and redecoration so later visitors may find its grandeur restored.
Building on the Galleria was begun in 1887, nine years after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, and completed in 1890. It was part of an urban renewal scheme following a cholera epidemic, which involved "cleaning-up" Naples by destroying the of slum areas between Spaccanapoli and the Palazzo Reale. The design, by an engineer, Emanuele Rocco, consists of a cross-shaped arcade, with a pretty mosaic of the zodiac on the floor at the centre. The dome is 184ft tall. For a really good idea of what it’s like, try the website below where there’s a 360 degree “movie” (not really a movie, more a panorama you can move around in!)
In its day this was a real Naples destination for the elite, with ground floor weatherproof shopping and professional studios, fashion ateliers, and newspaper offices on the three upper stories. There was also a legendary nightclub, the Salone Margherita, which was the centre of Naples's turn-of-the-20th-century nightlife. Later it became a popular hangout for American soldiers (and their Neapolitan fans) during the American liberation of Italy in 1943-44. Now its star seems to have waned, but maybe the restoration we saw in progress may change all that. I just hope they don’t fill it with the ubiquitous high-street chain stores that make many European city shopping streets look all too familiar.