Monday, August 30, 2010

Don't listen to what they say, go see!: Napoli

Most travellers, including me are asked to avoid Naples thanks to the (supposed) dangers of the Camorra. But believe me if you're careful enough and if you belive what Dean Martin says, you'll be fine!
''When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet
You're in love
When you walk down in a dream but you know you're not
Dreaming signore
Scuzza me, but you see, back in old Napoli
That's amore." :)
So yes, in this city right beside the active Mount Vesuvius, you'll meet the Napoletanos who are the nicest and funniest people on earth (generally people get friendlier as you move towards Italy's sunny south) and Napoli is indeed a treat for your senses, the tiny streets are crammed with marvellous chaos, Vespas blare their horns with the same intensity as the locals' voices, you can't miss the laundry that hangs on clotheslines which connects all the grand decadent buildings. Pizza and Spaghetti were born HERE, so your taste buds should be prepared for magic! If you want to feel like royalty, you just visit the Teatro San Carlo and the Royal Palace of Naples (which is strangely always deserted!). I have to admit not everyone enjoys this hectic, grimy and crumbling city. Well that's because it's not made for everyone, only for those people who seek out the unusual, the alluring, the real will feel right at home here. I fell in love with Napoli. Immediately. Intensely.

The interiors of one of many magnificent churches!

In the sketchy quarters of Spaccanapoli, go in search of Gino Sorbillo, he is a magician with pizzas and trust me he can change your life! Above is my Margherita, just before I dovoured it in five minutes.

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