Naples: intimidating. frenetic, chaotic, noisy, grubby, vibrant, alive, fascinating, extraordinary, exciting, charming, ancient … The saying is “See Naples and Die”. Well, I’m dying to see Naples again.
Located at the end one of the liveliest streets in Naples – Via Toledo - the Galleria Umberto I was built in the late 19th century. It has a glass roof and beautiful mosaic floor. My favorite spot here is Sfogliatelle Mary, located in a tiny corner facing Via Toledo. Sfogliatelle, a triangular shaped pastry filled with ricotta is best eaten warm with a nice strong Neapolitan coffee.
Piazza del Plebiscito is the largest square in Naples. It is named after a plebiscite in 1860 which brought the south of Italy into the Kingdom of the House of Savoy. This is the square where the Neapolitans gather to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. It is also the venue for concerts and political manifestations.
A view of the bay of Naples
The funicular to the hill of Vomero. The station is across from the Galleria. Vomero is a beautiful district with elegant boutiques and splendid views of the bay.
A view of the bay and Mount Vesuvius.