|Bay of Naples|
|Not so great post war architecture....|
|Time for a passeggiata.|
|Caste dell'Ovo (photo: wikepedia)|
The area around Castel dell’Ovo is a great place to stay. It is a nice, safe part of the city and hotels and bed and breakfasts abound for every budget. You can easily walk to many of the city’s tourist attractions from here. Recently the city has closed this area to car-traffic and it becomes a delightful place to take an evening passeggiata with the locals and on the weekends. Castel dell’Ovo looms in the distance as this neighborhood’s landmark. The pale gold castle, rising from the sea, marks the spot of the original Greek town. The castle is named for an egg- ovo in Napolitan dialect. One legend says that Virgil enclosed an egg in a vase and the vase in a case and had the case suspended inside the castle, where somewhere, inside the thick walls, it is still standing upright.
|Using candles to see underground Naples|
|Santa Maria della Sanità|
|Making sure no-one gets lost in the underground passages|
|WWII left-overs found in the Underground|
|A wine cellar underneath a Convent!|
Everyone tends to by-pass Naples and make a non-stop for the Amalfi coast. Granted, if you are travelling in Italy with limited time, I would do the same.
|Red pepper decorations.|
|A charming street in the Chiaia neighborhood.|
However, there is more to Naples than meets the initial eye (the eye seeing crazy traffic, trash and graffiti). So keep your eye out for more on this vibrant city and the surrounding area in future posts!
And how can I not end a post dedicated to Naples by paying homage to Pino Daniele, the great singer from this area who recently passed away. Napule è - Enjoy.
- Photos by Elizabeth (except for one from Wikipedia)
- Video with Pino Daniele: youtube