We have wanted to do it for a long time, since short after we met in 2011, I guess we promised each other to visit Napoli together more than 10 years ago. And we finally made it. It’s been a highlight of life this weekend in Napoli with Matthias.
Day 1. 14.07.23
Arrival at NAP airport arround 1PM of that friday 14.07… this is what me and Matthias did, in a dry chronicles nutshell… My parents picked us up at the airport, we drove through Piazza Carlo Terzo and via Cavour to Naples’ historical center… and to our accomodation for our entire stay : Camera con Vista Napoli / We had Pizza and antipasti fritti del cuoppo @ O’Munaciello in Piazza del Gesù with Ugo Anna and Matthias. / Met Giusy, and (I also met) Zio Salvatore and Zia Clara. Walked via Toledo, Quartieri Spagnoli, Largo Maradona, walked through Galleria Umberto and by Teatro San Carlo. / Had a Caffè and a mini Sfogliatella @ Gran Caffè Gambrinus / walked through Piazza Del Plebiscito and had the first view of the Vesuvio. / We continued our walk on the Naples’ Lungomare Caracciolo via Partenope, Castel dell’Ovo and the Borgo Marinaro. / Sitting in front of Hotel Continental, just talking me and Matthias. / Aperitivo @ Partenope Bar on the Lungomare. Walking back through quartiere Santa Lucia. Dinner in centro storico @ Pulcinella Bistro’ having Parmigiana di melanzane and Pasta alla Genovese Napoletana. / Drinks at Oax and the bars of Vico II Quercia.
Day 2. 15.07.23
Spaccanapoli! Visiting churches helped us cooling ourselves down from the (very) hot temperatures outside… Chiesa del Gesu’ Nuovo / Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara / Spaccanapoli / Piazza San Domenico Maggiore and (Matthias only) Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore / Via San Gregorio Armeno. Eating Pizza a Portafoglio e Frittatina di pasta napoletana by Pizzeria Di Matteo. / We then (slow and easy) walked back home for a siesta, outside it was too hot! / In the afternoon we made some souvenir shopping and had a drink and a Tarallo ‘nzogna e pepe at Oax bar before meeting Dario and Marida in Piazza Bellini and joining Ciro, Silvia and Alessandro at the Vernissage restaurant. / We all walked back through Piazza Dante and had final drinks and staying together at the bars at Vico II Quercia.
Day 3. 16.07.23
In the morning, after a slow breakfast at home, we walked through the PignaSecca Market impressed by the pescherie, took the Funicolare @Montesanto Station and reached Castel Sant’Elmo that we visited and had one of the highest view of the City. The heat was impressive, unbearable. While returning home to cool down and rest we had street food, cuoppo of fried fish @ Pescheria Azzurra. In the evening we took a taxi and joined Salvio’s 50th birthday party in Rione Alto, where I destroyed, playing and singing, 2 songs of Elton John. Back we came late (with a taxi whose driver impressed Matthias like the rest of the peculiar traffic and pedestrial mobility in the city), but we could not resist another last stop at the bars or Vico II Quercia (felt a bit like coming back home anytime we were around there)!
Day 4. 17.07.23
It was about getting ready in the morning to take the planes. We had the time for a coffee with Giusy, before reaching the Airport of Capodichino around 11 AM, where our flights back home where waiting…
…might be continued, enriched with more emotions, impressions and memories. You might want to come back again later…