Despite the fact that Naples served essentially as an airport and ferry terminal for our trip, I felt the need to include a quick post about this interesting city. Our overnight trek from Austin to Naples traversed a lot of ground, and a seven hour time difference, landing us on Italian soil in the afternoon. I decided to give us two nights in Naples to help overcome jet lag, and also to afford us the ability to spend a whole day on the island of Procida (which I'll share with you next time) before heading to Positano.
Information about Naples is often conflicting, wavering between mostly negative reviews of the dirty, dangerous streets and charming anecdotes of a city beloved by the Italians. I enter into all travels with an open mind, so I expected Naples to be dangerous and unappealing to tourists in the way that Baltimore is often considered. Let me just start off by saying, this city is largely a dump, with garbage and graffiti as far as the eye can see. That being said, we were only there briefly and still had a great time.
Our hotel was fantastic, with cool two-story suites, a beautiful internal outdoor courtyard, and a nice restaurant; it served as a perfect location to drink some one euro bottles of wine (yes, one euro, and still delicious). We ate at two amazing pizza places, and genuinely enjoyed our brief stay despite less than ideal surroundings. From here, the breathtakingly amazing parts of the trip unfolded, and I can't wait to share the rest.