Bay of Naples with Vesuvius in the background

Last Saturday we decided to take a day trip to Naples.  Naples is only about 45 minutes away yet we hadn’t been there yet.  Why?  Because Naples gets a lot of bad press so we haven’t been eager to go.  All you hear of are the Cammora (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camorra), the garbage problem and petty theft.     We were ready for the short drive to Naples after we removed our watches and jewelry, left my purse at home and took only the small camera.      Throughout history, Naples had many different rulers (Roman, Byzantine, Aragonese, Spanish, Bourbon) resulting in many different types of architecture and some pretty cool castles.    The bay of Naples is stunning with Vesuvius looming in the distance.   

We took a nice walk through the center mostly in the Via Toledo area seeing the restaurant where the famous Pizza Margherita was created.     

via Toledo

Restaurante Brandi

We also stopped at the gigantic Piazza del Plebiscito to give the kids a “break”.  Russell indulged in his favorite city pass time of chasing pigeons.   

Piazza del Plebiscito

Russell & Duilio in Piazza del Plebiscito

Russell chasing pigeons

Russell's camera face

Duilio - what a little man

 

For me, the highlight of the trip was seeing “The Veiled Christ”. (http://www.museosansevero.it/inglese/cappellasansevero/cristovelato.html)  It’s a truly amazing sculpture.

I’m sure we’ll take many more trips to Naples.  There is so much to see.  Of course, we’ll leave our watches at home.

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