Well, they can't all be amazing...
Trip Start Dec 16, 2012
14Trip End Mar 18, 2013
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Where to even begin….let's just say that each big trip will be plagued with a city that is the least favorite. In our case, this was Naples. We arrived on a sunny day in mid-afternoon, so we decided to spend what we had left of the day by walking around and seeing the few things there are to see in the city. While walking around, we found that the streets were not pedestrian friendly, filled with noisy scooters and honking cars, and there was trash and graffiti everywhere. We were a bit thrown off by this because it just seemed drastically different from the rest of Italy. After walking for about 2 hours, we realized that we weren’t getting anywhere, and that there was really only one thing to see in the city, Castel dell’ Ovo (Castle of the Egg), and there was no easy way to get there. We gave up, and because the metro stations were few and far between, we hailed a taxi for the first time on this trip
The next morning we set out for a long day in Pompeii. This is the main reason we went to Naples at all, so that we could see the famous Pompeii ruins. The town itself is only 45 minutes outside of Naples on the train, and it was well worth it
Because we took so long to explore the ruins in Pompeii, we didn’t have time to go to the top of Mount Vesuvius on the same day, so we spent our 3rd day back in Pompeii, where we got driven to the top of Mount Vesuvius. We are very glad we did, even though the crazy Italian driver made me a bit car sick. I can’t complain though, because it was well worth it to see the smoking volcanic crater while looking over the city ruins. We also finally made it to Castel dell’Ova, and we were glad we did because it was a beautiful sunny day and we actually enjoyed the walk this time around. Of course we ended this day with another pizza and wine, and went to bed feeling like we made the best out of a city we didn’t really care for. Although we didn’t love the city, I am glad to say that we still managed to have an excellent time.
The next morning we had to wake up early to catch our train to Bari, where we caught a 16 hour ferry to Greece! We’ll be back soon with details on our last leg of the Europe adventure, Greece!