Note: My boyfriend and I went on a weeklong trip together in September of 2014. We’d booked two nights in Naples first, followed by five more days at the coast.
OK, Naples got to me. It’s not as bad as I thought, though the weather could definitely improve! We woke up (after falling asleep to the lullaby that are the many, many horns that can be heard in the square at every hour of the day or night), had a shower (amazing bathroom!) and planned our day during breakfast. I could get used to this very quickly, if I’m honest. We went for a walk through town, as shown to us in the brand-new guide book we bought while waiting for our plane in Brussels. Ah yes, we’re always prepared when we leave on a holiday. Honestly.
Anyway, the walk. Apparently, Naples does have nice neighbourhoods. In fact, I got my holiday feeling tuned just right while walking through small streets filled with shops and great smells. And the churches, my God: after having walked through some obviously poor streets yesterday, gazing at the inside of the many, many churches in Naples feel quite decadent. I’ve seen enough marble to last me a lifetime (or at least a week) and each church, no matter how big or small, is beautifully turned out. I completely fell in love with Santa Chiara, a church with the most amazing windows and an accompanying cloistre next to it, which turned to be a little oasis in the middle of the busy city that is Naples. Unbelievable. Even the diner/gift shop that could be found there was magnificently furnished though still very cosy and amazingly cheap. We both had drinks (he coffee, me a bottle of water), two small pizza pieces and two touristy chocolates (for my godparents) and paid €9. How is that possible? Go there! Now!
As we kept walking (did you know Naples has a Disney store? I do now) and gazed at castles and yet more churches, we also couldn’t help but notice that the sky was turning darker by the second. The thunder that rolled through the air couldn’t be ignored, either. As we’d figured on gorgeous weather, we were both wearing shorts and had no jacket or umbrella with us. More fool us, right? We got just a tiny bit wet, but solved that by seeking shelter in the aquarium at the edge of the city (it seems that no matter where we go, we always end up in the zoo or the aquarium). Let me tell you: that aquarium does not have a lot of money. In fact, I think the aquarium had similar fish tanks to those that can be found in any normal pet store for a very reasonable amount of money. There were turtles though, and several fish. It’s just that, after the aquariums of Boston and Lissabon, we’ve been kind of spoilt. Whoops?
After a walk back, a Coke at a cafe near the Piaza Real and a quick trip to the station (situated more or less twenty metres from our hotel, which is convenient as we’re taking the train tomorrow to Sorrento for the continuation of our trip) we went again for dinner in our hotel and crawled underneath the blankets afterwards. Italian food, it stays great.