San Carlo All'Arena

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  • Day23

    Day 23 - Kayaking Naples

    October 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Well...the slightly sore throat that I've had for a couple of days turned into a full blown cold overnight. But I decided to push through and make it to our 11:00 kayaking tour that we had scheduled. And I'm so glad I did! We were the only people on the tour. We basically paid less than it costs to rent a kayak for an hour in a tourist beach town for a 3 hour kayak tour around the cliffs and caves of Naples with a private guide. We were the only people in the water and had an amazing view of the entire Bay of Naples. It was awesome and beautiful - definitely one of the highlights of the trip so far. But by the time it was over, I had no energy left for the underground tunnel tour we wanted to do so we went back to the Airbnb for a much needed rest day. We napped, ate pizza, and watched Netflix all day and night. It's been great. Hopefully I feel better tomorrow as we set off to Capri!!Read more

  • Day20


    July 1, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Abgesehen von Supermarkt, Parkhaus und Touristeninfo haben wir von Sorrent bislang wenig gesehen.
    Bei unserer Ankunft mit der Fähre zeigt sich die Stadt von ihrer hübschesten Seite. Oben vom senkrecht abfallenden Felsen ragen die Hotels und Villen stolz un die Höhe. Der Nachteil der Ankunft von der Meerseite ist, dass wir nach oben in die Stadt müssen. Zum Glück gibt's einen Bus!
    In der Altstadt herrscht schon ordentliches Gedränge, die Touristen strömen in die Lokale. In den Gassen ist es stickig, hier wollen wir nicht bleiben. Es zieht uns wieder hinunter ans Meer in die “Marina Grande“, in eine alteingesessene Trattoria. Hier, in der Trattoria Emilia, wurde in den 1950er Jahren eine Szene des Filmklassikers “Pane, Amore e ... “ mit Sophia Loren gedreht. Wir haben Glück, wir ergattern einen Tisch direkt am Wasser. Da schmecken die Meeresfrüchte besonders gut.
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  • Day21


    July 2, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Heute steht ein Ausflug nach Neapel, die drittgrößte Stadt Italiens, auf dem Programm. Vor den Verkehrsstaus dorthin vorgewarnt nehmen wir die Bahn, die Circumvesuviana. Bahnfahren in Italien ist ein besonderes Erlebnis. Unser Zug fährt halbwegs pünktlich ab. Bald merken wir aber, dass der Fahrplan höchstens eine Empfehlung darstellt, Klimaanlage gibt's im uralten Waggon sowieso nicht. Gut, dass wir alle einen Sitzplatz ergattert haben. Vorbei geht es an Zitronenplantagen, mit schwer mit den gelben Früchten behangen Bäumen, an Pompej und ganz nahe am Vesuv.
    In der Stadt ist es bereits am Vormittag unwahrscheinlich heißt, wir entscheiden uns gegen eine “Kirchenrally“, sondern schlendern gemütlich umher, nehmen in einem Café Platz, besuchen die eine oder andere Boutique auf der Suche nach etwas, das uns braucht, um schließlich im Ristorante Pizzeria Bellini (auf der Piazza Bellini im Künstlerviertel) bei Linguine, Pizza und Wein zu verweilen.
    Eine der Standseilbahnen, die hier als öffentliche Verkehrsmittel fungieren, bringt uns ins Viertel Vomero, in dem das Castel Sant Elmo liegt. Von hier aus haben wir eine wunderbare Aussicht auf die Stadt und den nahen Vesuv.
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  • Day116


    September 24, 2020 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Der erste Eindruck von Neapel: Laut, dreckig und auch etwas gefährlich. Die erste Station meiner Reise auf der man abends nicht unbedingt im Dunkeln raus gehen möchte. Doch zusätzlich : Happy Birthday To Me. Geburtstag in Neapel. ist schon richtig geil. So viele Menschen haben an mich gedacht. Mir geschrieben. Angerufen. Es war sehr schön obwohl ich nicht zuhause war. Überrascht hat mich eine Nachricht von Yvonne die anders war. ;)Read more

  • Day3

    Neapel so schön und leider so vermüllt

    June 17, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Anreise mit der Bahn, Sichtachsen, Balkone, Wäsche an der Leine, Cornicello, Kirchen, Schädel, kleine leckere Kuchen, Espresso, alte Häuser, Müll in den Straßen, Lärm, Vesuv, Menschenmengen, Licht, Schatten, Verfall, Armut, Gassen, Street-ArtRead more

  • Day53


    May 30, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    "Vedi Napoli e poi muori"

    Rough translation "See Naples and die". There is nothing else worth seeing after a visit to Naples according to this old Italian proverb..

    It is dirty, smelly and noisy. Not necessarily a criticism from me as I love cities and this is definitely a buzzing city. I really enjoyed the maze of narrow alleys and then when you reach the bay with its beautiful waters and the view of Vesuvius, it really is quite something.

    We got the train from Pompeii to Naples as Maria's son had advised us that all the cars in Naples were round ;)

    We massively underestimated the size of Naples and ended up walking 12 miles throughout the day. A lot of it in search of Piazza Plebiscito and the Pizza Fritta (fried pizza) that had been recommended to us. It didn't disappoint. They made it fresh in front of us. It had tomato, salami, buffalo ricotta and something else I can't remember, then fried in about 2 minutes. Piping hot and delicious, my mouth is watering at the thought!

    After we found this treasure, we wandered to the bay and sat by the water, taking in the view and the Italian street style which appears to be popular in Naples.. very gansgta.

    Luckily for my back which is suffering at the moment, Stuarts new found love of espressos means that we can stop often for a seat in one of the many cafes down the side streets. However, having seen on the news that 2 days previously 6 people were shot in a 24 hour period, it was a bit disconcerting hearing a loud bang to which a lady next to said "I don't like this at all" and quickly moved on. Convincing myself it was a balloon we stayed to finish our drinks and evidently lived to tell the tale.. Maybe we should take the proverb a little more literally!
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  • Day24

    A Long Journey – part 3

    September 12, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Our public transport issues certainly went downhill after we arrived at Naples (Napoli Centrale). Getting off our lovely train we went to find the notorious Circumvesuviana Train which runs from Naples to Sorrento. Notorious because it has massive issues with pickpockets – there are signs everywhere and constant announcements to take care!!! The train took a bit of finding (out on the station via a corridor to the left end, out of the door, hard right, down a “mechanical staircase” (escalator – but that’s how the helpful lady at the tourist office described it). We were encouraged to take a car instead by several men outside the station but we pressed on, bought our tickets (3,90 euro each) and joined the throng of travellers on that station. The trains were the most clapped out, graffiti covered, noisy rattly things I have seen in a long time – when one finally arrived everyone packed on board and I was lucky to snag a seat where I could hunker down and keep a firm grip on my luggage (because of course we were hauling our big backpacks too!). The trip to Sorrento takes between 1 and 1 ½ hours – we were lucky – we were on the “fast” train. Naples really is a horrible looking place – we spent at least 40 minutes traveling through some really rundown suburbs, some of which looked almost like a refugee camp! A group of gypsys got on the train, the children (gaunt and sad looking) played music and begged while a couple of older men cased the train looking to see what they could pickpocket or otherwise hustle. Finally, having circled around the Bay of Naples and climbed up into the hills, we entered a long long tunnel.. emerging from the other side it was almost like a whole new world. ……Read more

  • Day12


    May 17, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Wandered through crazy honk honk crowded Napoli where people live in the same crowded conditions that you see in the old immigrant area of NYC. Everyone hangs their laundry out. Clothes and shopping seems a very good deal - perhaps if we come back will arrive without clothes and buy things (maybe not; sounds exhausting!). But if one is in the mood and has space and has a need, this is a good place as long as you don't mind crowds!Read more

  • Day26

    Naples, Sorrento and Pompei, Italy

    June 24, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

    This morning we docked at Naples, joined our tour group and headed to the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. Stunning scenery!!! Our bus driver certainly showed off his driving skills. Narrow coastline roads full of bends and blind corners. Definitely a best on ground performance. Lunch was a margherita pizza at Sorrento.

    A small piece of trivia for you. The margherita pizza was invented in Naples in 1984 according to our guide.

    The area is famous for its lemons and I can see why. Some of them were the size of a cantaloupe. Massive!

    From there we headed to Pompei. It was nothing like I was expecting. A walled city with hundreds of buildings, rustic roads and footpaths all in the middle of modern day suburbia. Not in the middle of nowhere as I had envisaged.

    It was sea port in its time and the sea was on the city's edge. The sea is now a few miles away as a result of the land claiming the sea from the volcanic eruptions over the milleniums.

    All of the artefacts are under lock and key but still viewable by tourists. Statutes, pottery, column pieces and twisted bodies of people and animals caught by the lava flow from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Many would have been killed by the toxic gases initially as opposed to being burnt alive by the lava. 

    35 yesterday in Rome, 33 today in Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Life is tough sometimes...............
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