Saturday, 13 August 2016

Naples Photo Diary

My dad wanted to go to Naples for our family holiday this year but before we booked, he asked if I would be tired of Italy after visiting Sicily so recently. I can't imagine ever getting tired of Italy, which is what I said, so we went to Naples! Naples doesn't have the best reputation - the internet is full of stories of litter, graffiti, and crime. However, if you look past all of that, it's a wonderful city to visit. It's the home of pizza after all.

This is the Duomo which dates back to the 4th century. The outside is surprisingly plain compared to the splendour of its interior. 
Ta-da! This isn't even the main chapel. At the time we visited, the main entrance wasn't open but we could still access a part of the cathedral through the museum. When we got to this part, I just sat there in awe for a pretty long time.
You can see a lot of domed churches in the historic centre of Naples. I'm not sure which one this is but the pattern is awesome.
Sant'Eligio Maggiore, a small church we stumbled upon.
Castel Nuovo is another impressive site to visit. This huge castle was built in 1279 and the white marble arch was built in 1470.
The Archeological Museum is usually listed as a must-see across guidebooks and the internet, and with good reason. It houses a huge collection of art, statues, mosaics, etc from several different periods and has some objects discovered in Pompeii.
Apollo and his lyre.
Royal Naples and Chiaia certainly seemed to be the fancier parts of the city. There are tonnes of boats around the bay here.
The wide roads are a huge contrast to some of the narrow alleys you see in Naples (of which I failed to get pictures of! Silly me). 
Mount Vesuvius.
San Francesco di Paola, a stunning church in the Piazza del Plebiscito.
A huge reason to go to Naples is that it makes a great base for travelling to other parts of Italy. Visitors are ferried out to islands everyday and Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii are quite a short distance from the city. We also made use of Naples' location and visited Pompeii and Procida, so stay tuned for more photo diaries!

Tips
  • Eat pizza. I had a whole pizza for 3 euros and it was one of the best pizzas I've ever had.
  • The internet might have you thinking Naples is one of the most dangerous places on the planet but as a tourist all you really have to look out for is petty theft and getting ripped off. Pickpockets did target my dad twice but they weren't very good so they didn't get away with anything. All you can really do is stay aware of your surroundings and try not to keep anything too valuable on you - particularly not in backpacks or back pockets.
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