A Taste of Naples: Pizza, Pastries & LimoncelloMonday, January 02, 2017
Benvenuti al sud d'Italia! Welcome to the south of Italy, to Naples: famous for chaos, crime & being the birthplace of the world-famous, delicious food we call pizza. During my time in Italy I had travelled around quite a bit, however my trips were mostly restricted to the North and I knew that, as a pizza lover, I just had to visit Naples before I left. When Tamara and I made our way to Napoli for the weekend we didn't have much planned except for eating, a lot. And that is exactly what we did, as well as explore the historic centre of course (for food scroll down).
It's something which is often debated about, but I think that it's a combination of the brain drain phenomenon (when the most intelligent people move away in search of better jobs), organised crime, lack of investment from the central Italian government and high levels of corruption as well as a huge underground economy.
|The boys with Julia Roberts when they were filming|
We came across this shop as it was next to Naploli Sotterranea (Naples Underground), one of our historical stops on our trip. Naples interestingly has a whole network of underground rooms, tunnels and aqueducts that are 40 metres below the lively streets of Naples. It has been used for centuries, from the foundation of the city to the Second World War, from the ancient Greeks through to modern times. It's so interesting, you can see air raid shelters as well as modern projects which include growing plants underground, we would both definitely recommend it! But definitely don't do it if the thought of being 40 metres underground scares you... because it's a long tour and some parts are done only with candlelight.
The city does have high levels of corruption and crime and I was told by multiple Italians (from Florence and even Sicily) to be careful in Naples because of the pickpockets, one of my friends, an Italian, even said that she constantly feels scared when she's in the city but it's probably because they are more aware of the issues compared to your average tourist. All I can say is this: have your wits about you and you will be absolutely fine.
Besides, Naples is the perfect starting point for some of the more popular places such as the absolutely beautiful Almafi coast, which I will go to one day, and the historical ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum.