SUMMER IN SALERNO: 9 hours in Naples!

7/17

It’s Saturday y’all! Which means another full day excursion, and this time we got to spend the day in Naples! I’ll tell you that 23,000 steps later I. AM. POOPED. Naples is the capital of the Campania region, famous for having the largest historic city center in the entirety of Europe. This city definitely has a different atmosphere than any other place I’ve visited along the southern coast of Italy thus far. With a population of just over 3 million, it’s hustle and bustle is reminiscent of a typical American city, where time seemingly runs at a steady pace of go, go, go! From the second I hopped off the train I could feel that Naples was ALIVE and I wanted to be a part of it!

With over 2,000 churches spanning the entirety of the city each with their own beauty and charm, we would need several days to explore them all. Although pictures don’t do them justice, this post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t at least TRY to convey the striking beauty of these churches. The only advice I can give is to come visit them yourself in person to fully experience their majesty (and to not forget a shoulder covering like I did!).

Ok I’m sure at this point everyone is tired of me talking about food, but how could we not stop for authentic Neapolitan pizza where it was founded, am I right??? I know this is a bold statement, but this pizza has got to be my favorite one that I’ve had during my entire time here (sadly I can’t remember the name of the restaurant!!!). Called “diavola” for its topping of spicy salami, this pizza absolutely hit the spot. You can best bet that I scarfed down the entire thing and enjoyed every last slice!

Diavola pizza

If you were to ask me what my favorite part about today was I would have to give you 2 answers. The first being an area called the Galleria Umberto I, which is now a well-known shopping area. The beautiful architecture absolutely took my breath away and my only regret is not being able to spend more time here! My other favorite thing I saw today was this street art by the name of Mission Possible. This mural depicts San Gennaro and the famous painter Caravaggio, standing next to each other while reading newspapers and kicking a soccer ball. Something about this art captivated me and felt as if it perfectly encompassed the apparent contrasts between the old and new eras of Naples.

That’s all for this post! I absolutely cannot believe that I’ve already been here in Italy for 2 whole weeks. I’m trying my hardest to soak up every moment I can to truly experience what the Italians call “dolce vita”!

Ciao a tutti!

Kasey

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