And I am back to our Europe travels after a bit of a break. On a high of Rome(you would have read about it in my previous posts), we took a super-fast Trenitalia train that got us to Naples (Garibaldi Station) in flat 1 hour.
Perhaps one of the reasons for my procrastination in writing this blog was that I didn’t really like Naples. While planning, I read about Naples and wasn’t very pleased. But A really wanted to see Pompeii and hence thought let’s give Naples a try (#retrospective tip: you can even do Pompeii from Rome as a day trip and do not have to necessarily stay in the city). The city just felt more crowded, less safe and even less tourist friendly (language was a challenge in most restaurants). Our first experience of the city was when we took a cab from the train station – there was no meter in the car! Given the general chaos, we just tumbled inside the car with our huge bags and assumed that the total fare should be approximately 10-15 Euros as suggested by our Airbnb host. But to our horror, he asked for 30 Euros! With cars piling up behind us in the narrow lanes, the cab driver seemingly not conversant with English and our increasing irritation, we just handed over the money – and that was our welcome to Naples.
Having said that, the city redeemed itself with the delicious food that was on offer!
Where to stay (or not): While researching places to stay in Naples, we were thoroughly confused and didn’t get any conclusive recommendation. So we just went ahead and booked an Airbnb that was 5 minutes away from the National Archaeological Museum. The apartment on its own, was really cute and sufficient for both of us – it even had a tiny balcony with flowers. Our host was kind enough to leave a detailed list of instructions and recommendations.