For a long while, I’ve been posting about California travel destinations and will continue to be that way. Today, however, is the start of Flashback Friday. From here on out, I’ll be recalling some of my non-Californian travels and experiences from previous pasts. I decided to go with Naples, the city I resided for 2 years.
There’s plenty of complains and negative feedback about Naples. They have a never-ending issue on garbage disposal. Scams, pick-pockets and thefts, house and car break-ins is a matter of course. Traffic is horrible. Parking is tight. Italians drive like they always have pizza in the oven to attend to. The whole Neapolitan social behavior and attitude and way of living are just not the most pleasant and are distasteful according to some other cities and Italian folks who despise it.
Filthy? Dangerous? Crowded? Loud? Careless? I love Naples! Not that I contribute to the violations.
It didn’t take a long time for me to adjust to the city’s culture. First of all, I was the sojourner to the foreign country. I always embrace any city I visit whatever kind of culture they operate or live with. Secondly I lived in the main capital city of Philippines that I’m already acquainted to crazy driving, pandemonium and bumper-to-bumper traffic. Manila/Makati, Philippines is much like Napoli’s urbanity.
Naples is not just “breath-taking” because of it’s trash situation, narrow roads and people crossing the streets without warning. Napoli has things to boast about as well.
There’s so much to list so I won’t bore you with all the places to go to and see. I keep the focus on Downtown Naples. There’s Piazza Plebiscito (pic#5), Galleria Umberto (pic 6 & 7), Castle Nuovo (above), Teatro di San Carlo (#8), Bay of Naples (slideshow) and Castel dell’Ovo (Egg Castle).
You can also sight in a good view of my beloved Mt. Vesuvius from Downtown Naples.
Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano that led to the destruction to the popular Pompeii and the lesser-known Herculaneum. I’ve went around Mt. Vesuvius from a drive to Sorrento and back to Napoli while listening to its fascinating stories narrated by an Italian co-worker. It’s magnificent, visible view welcomed me every time I drive to work. And, my best encounter is when I hiked the very heart of it.
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Pizza Margherita is the original pizza and is home to Naples. There’s that and Marinara. Sfogliatella, baba and pastiera are some of popular pastry dishes. Neapolitan My favorite Italian kind of bread is amply named panino Neapolitano. Check out my entry on Italian Food.
Movie: A-lister Gomorrha depicts the most sound, feared and powerful mafia. Sofia Loren was born here.
Music: You know that song Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano. It is actually a remix of an old popular song by Renato Carosone. The song talks about when Naples was once flourished because of the American military settlement to the city. Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano translates into “You want to be an American”. It even candidly sings about drinking whisky and soda, watching baseball and buying Camel cigarette with money stolen from grandma’s pocketbook.
Dreading Naples because of this post?
This girl have seen it all! Tali Goes Travelling, a travel addict she truly is. Get to her blog and whoa to the number of places she’s been. I love those random spontaneous images she picks to characterize the hearts of his destinations. Check her entry about discovering Naples and how she turned her irk into wow.
Listen here peeps. Whoever visits another country or enters a certain place of strange culture and complains about how different it is from what they’re used to shouldn’t be there from the first place. The locals shouldn’t be rolling out red carpet for you, it’s the tourists who should be the one adapting to the location. And if you really are a true traveler, you should come prepared to any place you go to
Next Time on Flashback Friday: San Marino, Verona and The Leaning Tower of Pisa