Hi beautiful readers,
it’s time for me to share one of my favorite cities in Italy. This year in June, I was lucky enough to visit Naples in southern Italy and let me tell you, this place is different than any other places I have ever been to. A thousand words couldn’t describe the beauty, the vibe of that city. The people are like no other. It’s simply breathtaking!
These pictures were taken on the favorite “Balcony of Naples.” In the first picture you can see Mount Vesuvius, one of two of Italy’s active volcanoes. Can you imagine waking up every morning to the scent of salty water and this view? – I know, I can too. “Il balcone di Napoli” is a platform that is frequently visited by tourists from all over the world to get the most positively overwhelming view of the city. This sightseeing spot is also used by locals to take wedding photos, so if you find yourself visiting Naples on a weekend, don’t be alarmed by loud Italian couples and brides that take a ridiculous amount of selfies. Let’s not kid ourselves, we probably would do the same in a white dress and this spectacular view in the background. Obviously, any beachy location has its charm, because let’s face it, there’s nothing better as far as scenery is concerned than taking pictures of the ocean or the sea. In Naples I was more fascinated with the city. The colorful architecture, the narrow roads. The second picture looks like a postcard, but I can promise you this much, it is exactly what you will see before filters, Photoshop and all of the great enhancements photography has to offer these days. If you are planning a trip to Naples at some point, make sure to not miss out on this view.
My first Neapolitan dinner was at Ristorante Ciro Borgo Marinari. Get ready to enjoy a very unique and creative sea food adventure. Since the restaurant is directly on the water, you don’t only taste yummy seafood and the richness in aromas but you also get to breathe real Mediterranean air. Be prepared to wait quite a bit before you get seated and before the food arrives – this location is very busy. However, the cuisine and the service are well worth it. I guarantee that you will not eat this way a lot of times in your life, so take it all in and enjoy it.
It is a very romantic spot for couples but it is also family-friendly as well as a great restaurant to eat at with friends and co-workers. The occasion doesn’t really matter as long as you’re willing to pay a decent amount of money for incredible food. IF you are planning a more amorous trip to Bella Italia, you will definitely like the major location bonus this restaurant has to offer. Located right on the Borgo Marinari, which is a little “island” solely connected to the mainland via an artificial neck, if you are lucky and you get there in time, you will be seated at a table that overlooks the water and the little fishermen boats.
One of the most eventful dinners in Naples can be found in a traditional Neapolitan “trattoria” named “Trattoria Nennella”. This restaurant is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Naples known as “Quartieri Spagnoli”. You might have seen various pictures taken in this neighborhood without knowing the name. If you have seen pictures of narrow streets in Naples with laundry hanging across balconies, this is the neighborhood we are talking about.
Now, if you’re not Italian OR if you don’t understand the Neapolitan dialect, the only thing you will notice at “Nennella” is that Italians, especially Neapolitans are obnoxiously loud and like to dance and sing while eating. Should you have the luxury to understand what they’re actually saying, you will quickly realize that the waiters and the owner of this place will call you names and the dinner is accompanied by insults – ON PURPOSE. “Trattoria Nennella” is known for the friendly, very family-like atmosphere and the objective of your dinner here is to feel just like at home, where you also might catch an insult every once in a while. If you are rather sensitive to random strangers insulting you or dumping a spoon full of Parmiggiano on your lap, I would not recommend this place. If you’re in for a good time though and you want to see some authentic Neapolitan action, pay this spot a visit. It’s worth it.
Last but not least, I want to talk about my favorite residential quarter of Naples: Posillipo. This is where the beautiful and rich of Naples live (is this the reason why I loved it there?) and you can tell once you see the beautiful properties overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Posillipo offers a few smaller hotels that welcome tourists and would like to visit Naples, but don’t want to be sucked up by the hectic lifestyle downtown. Don’t forget, Posillipo is only a 20 minute drive away from the center and still offers everything your little heart may desire and more.
There’s obviously no way for me to summarize everything I saw in Naples. Furthermore, I only saw a fraction of the city and seriously need to go back in order to see more, taste more, and take more pictures. I hope that you enjoyed taking a sneak peek at the most beautiful city in Italy. Have you ever been to Naples? Are you planning on going? What spots or sights would you recommend? Leave a comment/recommendation in the comment section – I can’t wait!