Fun Loving Couples take a trip to Naples Italy which is known for the birthplace of pizza, Naples is one of the largest city in southern Italy. The city comes in third-largest next to Milan and Italy’s capital city, Rome. Naples may not be well-known like its sister cities, Venice and Florence, but it’s still full of rich culture Other than the invention of pizza, the city is full of historical sites like Pompeii-the famous city that was destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius. According to Tripadvisor, the city is often called an “open-air museum” because it has some of the world’s best operas, theater houses, and historical monuments and statues around the city.
The city gained a bad reputation of being dangerous and unsafe for travelers. Although it is a port for cruise ships and you will see people walking the streets all hours of the day and evening.
Some say that crime is another issue for tourists. But Naples’ bad reputation didn’t stop Linda and Charles from traveling. And when they were there they didn’t experience any of the hype that the media talks about.
Linda and Charles along with her father and his wife went to Naples in October 2018. Linda wanted to surprise her father for his 70th birthday with the trip because his family was originally from Naples.
After traveling 6,453 miles from Los Angeles, they arrived in Naples. The couples stayed at the Renaissance Naples Hotel Mediterraneo. The hotel consists of 7-8 selections of high tech rooms. Guests have a choice from the high floor suite to the family deluxe rooms. The dining services consist of The O’Break restaurant that offers traditional Italian cuisine. There’s a roof garden and terrace at the top of the hotel where guests can eat at the breakfast buffet and enjoy the views of the Gulf of Naples. After a long day of traveling around the city, couples can relax and have a cup of Italian coffee or a drink at the O’Koffi Lounge Bar, which had the best bartender, Marco!
The hotel is located in the heart of the Napoli historical district, so it’s a 5-10 minute walking distance to local attractions and the business district. Via Toledo is one the oldest streets in Naples and the main shopping district where tourists can shop for high end designer clothes. It’s also a great place take photos and just people watch. Behind Via Toledo is the Quartieri Spagnoli or the Spanish Quarter where they have a few restaurants, bars and cafes.
If guests would rather explore the city instead of dining at the hotel, they could walk to a nearby by restaurant. Naples is has plenty of restaurants that are walking distance from the hotel. Linda’s dad’s favorite pizza was the Pizzeria Da Attilio. The restaurant was featured on Ugly Delicious with Chef David Chang.
Linda and Charles two favorite restaurants were the Trattoria Medina and Trattoria del Golfo.
Medina Trattoria is located in the heart of Naples. The restaurant offers a traditional Italian cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients. Some of the menu items include delicious fried foods, buffalo mozzarella, fish and meat dishes, and a wide selection of pizzas. Linda and Charles loved the eggplant pizza!
Trattoria del Golfo offers traditional Neapolitan cuisines. Some the menu items include octopus, mussels, gnocchi and fried anchovies.
Other shopping and dining at restaurants, there are other things couples can to do in Naples. They can visit and explore the ruins of Pompeii. They can also check out Herculaneum-another city that was destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius. If tourists want to learn more Pompeii, visit the Archaeological museum in Naples. What many people don’t know about Naples is that they have a secret underground world. The catacombs of San Gennaro is an ancient burial site that lies beneath present day-Naples. One of the most famous historical sites and landmarks in Naples is the Castel Nuovo.
The Castel Nuovo is a medieval castle located in central Naples. The castle is main feature of the panoramic Naples skyline and it is one of the first views that visitors see when they travel to the city by cruise ships. The building of the castle began in 1279. The purpose of the castle was to be the new residence for the royal family and later a fortress during the time of war. During the 15th century, the Spanish took over the castle and it went under reconstruction. Today, the castle became a historical site now houses the municipal museum. The Napoli people have used this place for weddings and other cultural events.
When couples are done exploring Naples, they can take day trips to nearby cities. The couples went to Rome for a day trip and went to the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.
Then they took a high speed ferry to Sorrento and Positano. There, they went to the Marina Grande beach or the main beach. They dined at the Hotel Marincanto which is known the romantic hotel in Positano. For Instagram lovers, both cities are known for its picturesque views with the Tyrrhenian sea below them.
People from all over the world visit Italy to try the Italian cuisine, but it wouldn’t be complete with tasting the wine. The couples went on a private wine tour at the Cantina del Vesuvio– a vineyard near the Mt. Vesuvius. At the vineyard, couples can taste wine and pair with local italian dishes. They also offer cooking classes and tours around the vineyard.
Naples is still great destination for travelers-especially couples. It has the authentic Italian culture that you’re looking for from traditional foods to old Napoli history whether it’s above or below the ground. Like any foreign country, you have to travel with caution; just watch your surroundings and everything should be just fine.
Remember the old saying: “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.”
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