After saying goodbye to Montepulciano, it was time for a quick stop in Naples. I had one full day to explore Naples and get a real taste for the city. I arrived at the train station (in the pouring rain), and was relieved to not wait in the taxi line outside. The hotel where I was invited to stay had arranged for my pickup, which made things so easy.
After a quick taxi, I arrived at Weekend a Napoli just as the clouds cleared, and checked in to my warmly appointed loft, where I had been invited to stay for the next few nights.
sitting area & balcony
handmade creche by owner Paolo
the most comfortable bed
After getting settled, the owners, Paolo and Patrizia, invited me out to the sitting area for a drink and to help me plan out my time. Since I only had one day, they wanted to make sure that I was able to make the most of my time. (Paolo even offered to help me tour around.)
After a goods night rest, I felt ready to conquer Naples.
beautiful breakfast spread
Fueled up by a delicious breakfast spread, I was ready for my first stop of the day, Herculaneum. Herculaneum is a city that was hit by the eruption of Vesuvius – a lot of people say that it is like a “tiny” Pompeii. And since I didn’t have a lot time, it was the perfect option for me.
burned pieces of wood still intact
as I was leaving the clouds parted enough to display Mt. Vesuvius
After a great visit to Herculaneam, I caught a train back to Naples to start touring the main city. My plan? Aimlessly wander. Okay, not really, but my goal was to basically walk as much as I possibly could, and cover as much of Naples as time (and my feet) would allow me. Starting point? A spot of lunch of course!
i enjoyed the most amazing fried pastas and pizza – a specialty in Naples
post lunch – the famous hazelnut coffee
After a few hours of walking (Naples is huge!) I just happened to stumble upon a long line (here), and so I thought I should investigate.
hands down the best fried pizza I had in Naples
Feeling like I had a little more pep in my step, I kept walking until I made my way to the waterfront. And that is when it hit me, my feet were pretty darn tired. Luckily I caught sight of a little bike rental shop, and so I decided to bike the waterfront.
After a long day of touring, I wandered my way to my final destination. Many years ago while reading Eat, Pray, Love, I had made a mental note to someday make it to Gilbert’s favorite pizza place in Naples. Well, that day had arrived.
yes, the wait can be horrendous, but it will be worth it, I promise!
Okay, okay…I know that I have shared a lot of “best evers” with you, but this is the real deal. This place is legit. They serve 2 kinds of pizza (cheese or sauce only) and coke, water or beer. That’s it. The crust, the sauce, the creamy cheese – it is without a doubt the best pizza that I have ever had. I am still dreaming of that magical pie…just one more bite.
Although Weekend a Napoli had invited me for a complimentary stay, no financial compensation was received. All opinions expressed and shared here are my own, and were written by me.