Sarah writes: ‘On a recent trip to Naples I was half expecting to be reminded about the cities recent rubbish problem. Thankfully the authorities have cleared the majority of the streets. This vibrant and beautiful city once again has a buzz to it that’s hard to explain. The Napolitani are a real race of their own and live their lives according to a whole set of different rules – especially language wise – that seem only to be valid in their city.
If you think you have mastered the Italian language then think again.
Wandering around the old part of town, with narrow streets full of interesting (and often very cheap) shops, restaurants and bars, I had to admit that the lingua Napolitano spoken amongst the natives was just about incomprehensible. And I’ve lived in Italy for twenty years!
Things to do in Naples
The oldest European theatre still in use, the San Carlo, is a must during any stay. There are thirty minute tours every half hour for the very reasonable price of €5 per person. As you exit, to the right of the main doors, there’s a great little shop that sells local products. Try the melon liqueur. Delicious and perfect as an aperitivo for the short bus ride up the hill that gives you a superb view of the bay. The ruins at Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento and the stunning Amalfi coast, are all within easy reach. With so much to see and do, our local properties are an excellent base from which to see this fascinating part of Italy.’