Whether because of its colors...
Whether because of its colors or the luminosity of the landscape or its intriguing byways, Naples certainly will remain in the eyes and hearts of its visitors.
Shopping in Naples is a tourist experience worth discovering, alongside of traditional shopping. It draws visitors through the piazzas, streets and byways of the Parthenopeaen capital in search of something 'real.'
The characteristic Neapolitan craftsman, who possesses an incomparable stock of tradition, has been able to conserve throughout the ages his secrets of hard work and human care, passing them down from father to son.
Goldworkers, decorative metalworkers, typographers, stuccoers, jewelers, silvercrafters, ceramicists, stonecarvers, waxworkers, engravers, glovemakers, coral experts: all still have their workshops in the heart of Naples and are available to those looking for objects possessing a touch of personal creativity.
Some ancient handicrafts, including artistic nativity scenes and silk products, are kept in museums or private collections.
Walking through Sanita
Sanita is one of the poorer districts of Naples and was the place where the dead were buried. Today it is a lively district, where few tourists wander and let´s you see all the sides of Naples life. It is situated between Piazza Cavour and Capodimonte, so you can walk through there when going up to Parco di Capodimonte.
Besides number of catacombs, you might come across hidden palaces converted to appartments, like this one...
The Absolute #1 Best Pizza in the World
I have a confession. I hate Naples. With a passion. Just the thought of going there gives me a headache and makes me feel a little bit nauseous. Why, then, do I always make sure that my train trips from the south of Italian have a stopover in this god-forsaken city? The answer is simple, my friends:
I have never in my life eaten pizza that even remotely compares to the pizzas at this little, old pizzeria. Thin, delicate crust cooked to perfection, with the highest quality buffalo mozzarella, fresh cherry tomatoes and the perfect amount of parmesan cheese (Margarita DOC is the name of this particular pizza). Prices are ridiculously affordable, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and the staff seem to love their jobs. It is a ten-minute walk down Corso Re Umberto from the train station (turn right when you see the store called "Graziano" on the opposite side of the street) and there are two locations, one across from the other. I prefer to eat in the older, more authentic one.
No trip to Naples (or the south of Italy for that matter) is complete without a stop at this pizzeria!
My favorite pizza is the Margarita DOC! On the eighth day, God invented buffalo mozzarella...
Galleria Umberto I
Galleria Umberto I is the second gallery in Naples and the busiest. It was built during urban renewal following a cholera epidemic and the "legge speciale" of 1885. The project was by engineer Emanuele Rocco, and then modified by Ernest Di Mauro and Antonio Curri. In 1890 the Salone Margherita (destined to become the famous singing café) and the Galleria were inaugurated. The architecture joins the new Renaissance façade with beautiful glass and iron roofing.
Palazzo Reale - royal residence built by Bourbons and the gardens designed by Vanvitelli can be found about 20km north of Naples. Easily accessible by bus, train or car from Naples.
A huge palace meant to rivalise with Versailles, nice park with a great perspective - 3km long and filled with pools, artificial waterfall, fountains and statues. Nice escape from the frantic pace of Naples.