Naples is my favorite place to be in Italy. It’s difficult to choose; I mean which part in Italy is not nice to pay a visit? I haven’t seen all just the larger cities and would love to go to the Amalfi Coast. Long time on my wish list now. But back to Bella Napoli: when visiting, I work in the Chiaia area where I spend most of the time. What you see below is the stunning Galleria Umberto, a shopping mall you shouldn’t miss (the shops are no big deal but the architecture is breathtaking). I don’t know how many pictures I have taken already, that glass dome never fails to surprise my again.
It’s been a 4 days working trip but the strolls at the evenings, dinners and very early morning walks in the neighborhood made it a really nice stay. I got the habit two years ago of leaving the hotel early, having a coffee and going to see the area before my work day starts. I makes me feel like stealing a little bit of extra time and getting to see more of the place where the business trip has led me to. It’s the perfect formula.
Strolling through the narrow alleys is one of my greatest pleasures early in the mornings and it allows me to do a quick research of the shops I want to visit if my schedule allows me to:-)
I love these marble artisan shops, they still work in there and seem to be quite busy. Where else do you find that in Europe nowadays?
This time we have discovered the area around the port being pedestrian now. We went there every night once we had dinner for the first time. The trattoria, “Zia” (Aunt) Teresa was created in 1916 (the pic above gives you the view from the terrace) and it was the name of the energetic woman who daily prepared tasty meals for the fishermen and workers of the place. It’s been lovely food, just make sure you order from the menu. If the owner recommends directly, you might have a slight surprise when receiving the bill.
The sunsets were all equally beautiful and after a long working day a true gift. See those pink clouds over the Vesuvius volcano? Naples is just utterly romantic during summer.
What fascinates me about the city is the authentic feeling you still have in so many parts of this huge town (second biggest in the country), it’s not too crowded with tourists, food is extremely nice, globalization is there but not that present as in other parts such as Milan, Rome or Florence. It’s a paradise for photographers in the search for a certain decadent look. I know, precisely that ‘decadent impression’ has nothing romantic for the locals yet it makes it so special for us foreigners. However, I always try to contribute within my very own little world as much as I can and will hopefully go many times still (already thinking of planning a trip in December).
What is your favorite place in Italy to visit and why?