Maybe that’s why the people of Naples are so alive and fiercely proud of their city, a city that’s a survivor. Every Neapolitan we encountered was quick to point out the treasures of their place.
The Chapel of San Severo with Giuseppe Sanmartino’s gossamer sculpture of the Veiled Christ.
The Archeological Museum laden with decorative treasures from Pompeii.
The pizza at L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele.
The incomparable bay and lungomare.
Caravaggio’s The Seven Works of Mercy in Pio Monte della Misericordia.
Seafood seafood seafood!
The presepe (intricate nativity scenes) artisans on the street of San Gregorio Armeno.
Flaky sfolliatelle pastries filled with sweetened ricotta.
The incomparable vista from Castel Sant’Elmo Castle, and easy walk from the Montesanto Funicular stop.
Coral and cameo artisans. I succumbed at Cameo Factory De Paola on Via A. Caccavello.
Spaccanapoli, the long wide street that from an aerial view “splits” the city in two parts.
During two August visits, one at the beginning of the month and the other one at the end of the month, to the city by the bay, we experienced these places and tastes. We stayed first at the excellent Palazzo Decumani hotel in the historic center. The property is top notch and the staff wonderful. For the second visit, we booked Soffitta dell’Artista in Mezzanine, through airbandb.com, a guest house and art gallery combined on thriving Via Tribunali. It was fun breakfasting with fellow guests: a family of six from France and a couple from Austria.
Of course, there are gems we didn’t have time for but you need a reason to return to the life of Naples. Click here for more experiences.