Napoli: day 2

The weather took a decided turn for the worse yesterday: overcast skies, 40 degrees, and fierce cold winds. This made it a bit harder to enjoy walking around the city – Becky has a hard enough time staying warm when it is in the 60s –  but we still saw a lot of the city and had a great time.

In the metro stop

In the metro stop

James had to work in the morning (and get a noodle extracted from under this thumbnail, but that’s a story I’ll let Becky tell) so we didn’t get out of the house until almost noon. We headed straight for the old part of town to look for some good pizza. Of course there’s really no such thing as heading straight anywhere here, we drove to the metro stop, hopped on the metro, then got distracted at a mini archaeological museum in one of the metro stops, then spent a while wandering around the old part of the city, and only _then_ started looking for a pizza place. We ended up eating at Di Matteo’s, which supposedly has some of the best pizza in town, it was certainly busy enough with locals. We had a great lunch and the girls enjoyed the street musicians who came in with an accordian and tambourine and sang for us. The pizza is great, just a light crust, a dash of sauce, a few sprinkles of  cheese, and a bit of basil. Really tasty.

After lunch we headed underground. There’s a neat exhibit that first shows you an old roman theather and how it has just been built over, and then takes you down into the old underground aquaducts under the city.  I was a bit worried that I’d feel claustrophic, but I didn’t, despite being asked to fit through some pretty small passageways. At one point we went 100 meters in a tunnel too narrow for my shoulders to fit squarely through, and our only light was from candles we carried.

Under the Roman theater

Under the Roman theater

Underground (this is a wide part of the path, the only place I could get my camera out to take a picture)

Underground (this is a wide part of the path, the only place I could get my camera out to take a picture)

After the underground museum we wandered around the old part of town for a while. This is a really amazing place. The streets are narrow and paved with huge stones. There were tons of people on the streets and little shops along the edge, but it is still a fairly poor part of town. The street is barely wide enough for cars and there were lots of people, but that didn’t stop the drivers from trying to make good time. The scooters in particular just went whizzing by, they seem completely fearless and completely unconcerned with how scared _we_ might be.

Streets of the old city

Streets of the old city

More of the streets

More of the streets

We finished our sight-seeing with the Duomo. This is a really spectacular old church. I’ve seen lots of fancy churches in Europe, and this one ranks right up there with the best of them. Amazing frescos and mosaics and tons of carved marble. There’s another neat underground exhibit here where you can see traces of older structures:  old greek roads and roman ruins. Very cool stuff.

Inside the Duomo

Inside the Duomo

Lillie was really done by then (and it was about 7pm) so we headed back to James’ flat. I put Lillie to bed while everyone else went out for dinner. It was another great day.

The view from James' flat

The view from James' flat

  1. Granmolly said on March 21st, 2009 at 8:33 pm:

    Enjoying the trip through your posts is pretty good, but it really makes me want to go back to Italy.

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