What a marathon! We managed to visit all these places in almost 2.5 days! Our base was Napoli and this story here was part of our experience to both Rome and Napoli.
Napoli is a very special place, famous for many things among which.. the famous Pizza Napolitana and their Gelato! Please allow us to be kind of positively prejudiced with Pizza da Napoli, as we have also tasted the Roman pizza’s too. The pizza base/crust in Italy is thin, while in many countries around the world -including Greece- pizza is made with a thick crust and each slice is almost 50% topping and 50% crust. However a thin crust lets you enjoy the topping without that full-of-bread thing, and thus you can eat a whole pizza by yourself and feel OK. Additionally, a special cheese made from buffalo milk is quite famous for pizza topping and even if you order a pizza in Rome they mention that a very special pizza is the pizza da Napoli with buffalo milk cheese for topping.
You can enjoy the magnificent view of the city from its hills, which are approachable with the funiculars.
Due to our time limitations, Napoli -this time- served as a base to visit other destinations around the city. However here are different aspects of the city of Napoli.
The cosmopolitan island of Capri
Well, this is one famous island, indeed. You can reach it by ferry from Napoli. The last ferry from Capri to Napoli leaves close to late afternoon and there is no other way to return to Napoli but the next day. Capri is very nice to walk through and it is a very calm and picturesque island at winter time but more crowdy during summer time.
Capri is very green and quite traditional, with its own funicular to get to the top. Various villas of stunning beauty were scattered here and there transmitting a serene feeling and having “that” old glamor. The island has some expensive shops where one can buy fancy Italian jewelry and clothes, but the most exciting thing was… the lemons! Capri is famous for its lemons and all products that are made with lemons. Like caramels, biscuits, and many other sweets that are actually a bitter/sweet combination. We have to say that we ate lots of them.
The -amazingly well preserved- ruins of Pompeii & the volcano of Vesuvius
We left Capri and the next day it was time to visit Vesuvius and Pompeii. We were thrilled with our visit since Vesuvius is an active volcano surrounded by all those legends and facts on how it destroyed Pompeii, with people buried in ashes and boiling lava. We were not expecting to see a so well preserved ancient city there with all these details, buildings, mosaics and roman architecture. We spend many hours walking in Pompeii admiring everything.
To reach the top of Vesuvius first you get a regular bus which gets you to point A and then another one that looks quite like a military one with huge tires which gets you to point B. From there its another 30 minutes walking to the crater. The view is great and there is a small gift shop where you can get souvenirs made from black cold lava though we think they were a bit overpriced.
Leaving Vesuvius we went to Pompeii. The day was very hot and as you see the place is naked from trees, so from time to time we had to go into the ruins to get some shade and cool down.
Beautiful Sorrento by the sea
We think that Sorrento is great to visit even just for its sunset from its top balcony over the marina. Plus for their pizza too (yes, we ate lots of pizza everywhere in Italy). The marina itself is like diving into another era of around 30-40 years ago of bella Italia. The cabanas and beach umbrellas make you feel like perhaps a young Sophia Loren or Marcello Mastroianni may pop up from some corner. Sorrento is also another place you can use to visit Capri.
The city is famous for the production of limoncello. This is a very strong digestif drink with a pretty good amount of alcohol and lemon flavor. It is best to be consumed cold and not warm. Don’t forget to taste their gellato’s too. Yummy!
So, after Sorrento it was time to take the train back to Napoli. The next day we would leave in order to stay in Rome. Our experience in Rome – the eternal city- is a separate article, coming soon. Should you visit these Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii and Vesuvius don’t forget to share your experience with us. Ciao!