Our journey from Rome to Naples incidentally happened to be our first train journey in Europe. We hopped on TrenItalia. The landscape that passed us ranged from eclectic open grasslands, to clinically linear farms to snow crowned mountains. The exquisite scenery simply vignetted at 300 Kph. The trains are a tourist attraction in themselves, we were quick to realize. Coach was absolutely neat, people astonishingly quiet, and space that was utilized functionally perfectly. There was an adequate occupancy, and was far from being overcrowded. People were busy within themselves and their work. The suspensions were so perfect, that the coffee in our cups, bought from the pantry in the car, didn’t even for a moment suggest of spilling. We had boarded a morning train and thankfully there was brilliant sunshine in both the cities.
The city view from Castle Dell’ovo was fabulous. Steps of light (the city being across hill) garland the littoral water across Bay of Naples and truly, the resilient fort stood guard to the city. Several boats drifted quietly in their dictated domains. The castle currently houses Museum of Prehistory, and at time of our visit, was playing host to a painting exhibition. Across the other side of sea, there is a battery of high budget restaurants. However, there is no point spending money here, as neither the food, nor the price you end up paying for the food is worth it. After spending some really good time, we headed to taste the BEST food ever in our sojourn. It was Pizzeria Sorbillo. The food was a culinary feast and nothing short of divine. The prices are appropriate with a lot of vegetarian choices also available. You can expect a waiting period of around 45-60 minutes in evening though. Without a second thought, Go for it !
We walked our way through to our Hotel and perhaps for the first time in our Italian tour, it was a little unsafe for the time of night. We reached safely and were gleefully smiling like school kids to discover our treasure, Naples!
The next day, we went to visit Sorrento. Can’t wait writing my post !
Naples is one of the cheapest of Italian cities. Some Shopping ideas may include:
- Designer Hats
- Kids wear
The suburban towns around Naples are even cheaper.
Visit Italy during annual season sale that generally takes place in January.
- Best Time to travel is during the sale season.
- It isn’t that cold as northern Italian cities like Rome, Florence etc.
- The public transport passes are quite cheap. There are seperate prices for weekends.
- Food is absolutely deligthful.
- Be careful. One of the most unsafe cities in Italy.
- Historical town can surprise you with its beauty.
- Castles are unique and a must visit.
- Stayed : 1and 1/2 days.
- Stayed at : Hotel Ideal – No, not recommended.
- Travelled with my better half and the journey could be easily divided in three phases.
- Travelled in TrenItalia from Rome in January 2013.