02 Nov From Naples with love, South Italy
by Diana-M Stan from United Kingdom
Italy, one of the most beautiful European countries, is luxuriant with stunning natural landscape, exuberant fashion trends, delicious cuisine, fine wines and flamboyant art and culture. I think Italy should be on everyone’s travel list, at least once in life.
I have seen countless places and cities in Italy, from Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome to Sicily island. However, south of Italy has truly touched my heart and made me fall in love within seconds. Amalfi Coast or Costiera Amalfitana in Italian and Capri island are the Mediterranean pearls located near Naples city and the most desirable coastal destination for tourists in Italy.
View of Naples and Vesuvio by Diana-M Stan
Naples city, the 3rd largest Italian city with a population of 1 million people, offers numerous architectural and artistic masterpieces, historical sites, cathedrals and castles, splendid landscapes and amazing cuisine. I had the chance to explore the city by foot discovering many attractions. Here is a top of highlights I loved about my trip to Naples:
Naples, Piazza del Plebiscito by Diana-M Stan
Piazza del Plebiscito
Piazza del Plebiscito, a central square near the port of Naples, showing the church of San Francesco di Paola. Royal Palace/Palazzo Reale di Napoli can also be found in this square, on the opposite side.
View of Naples from Castle Sant’Elmo by Diana-M Stan
Castel San’Elmo on the Hill
View of Naples city from Castel Sant’Elmo, a medieval fortress situated on a tophill, which dates from the 13th century.
Naples, Baba by Diana-M Stan
Babà, traditional Napoletan sweets
Babà, the Neapolitan most popular dessert is a small cake saturated in rum syrup with different fillings including vanilla and Nutella and can be found in any pasticceria in Naples.
Naples, pizzeria Sorbillo by Diana-M Stan
The best pizza in Italy
This pizzeria is considered Naples’s best and most famous Neopolitan pizza place. Pizza napoletana is made with traditional San Marzano tomatoes grown on the southern plains of Vesuvius volcano and buffalo mozzarella called Mozzarella di Bufala Campana.
Naples, Teatro Grande in Pompeii by Diana-M Stan
I was truly fascinated by Pompeii, the ancient Roman city, one of the most significant proofs of the Roman civilzation. Today, the city of Pompeii is visited by many tourists from all around the world for its famous ruins which are well preserved from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, which destroyed and buried the city and its inhabitants under 5-6m of volcanic ash.
Naples, Sorrento view by Diana-M Stan
Costiera Amalfitana and Sorrento, the land of lemons and underground castles
Moving away from Naples, I have discovered the true pearls of the Mediterranean: Capri island and Sorrento town on the Sorrentine Peninsula. This area’s beauty and its spectacular old buildings situated on steep cliffs on the coast are recognized by UNESCO including Amalfi Coast on the World Heritage list.
I fell in love with Sorrento town, a perfect romantic honeymoon destination with its narrow streets and old buildings that sit on ruins of old castles, ideal for evening walks and having a superb dinner at a local restaurant with a view at the bay of Naples and Vesuvio volcano while drinking a glass of homemade Limoncello.
Naples, breathtaking view of Capri by Diana-M Stan
Capri, the place that makes you forget about everything and everyone
Capri is one of the most amazing places I have ever seen, a precious island in the Mediterranean Sea, a magnet to tourists of all ages, a magical place to get married and a top destination for celebrities such as Pablo Neruda, Valdimir Lenin, Mariah Carey, Richard Gere and Beyoncé.
Naples, Marina Grande beach in Capri by Diana-M Stan
The boat from Naples port took approximately 45 mins to reach Marina Grande in Capri, the main port which is connected to the town by a funicular up the hill to Umberto I plaza where I enjoyed a delicious Italian gelato while watching rich people weddings. The island is worth exploring by foot so you can enjoy the breathtaking views from each corner of the island while walking countless trails passing private exotic gardens with lemon and orange trees. It is also worth visiting the famous Lysis villa with its majestic garden and fountains, which was built by a French poet in 1905 as well as the ruins of the Roman Jovis Palace, built by Emperor Tiberius in AD 27.