The majority of tourists visit Pompeii on a day trip from Rome. We decided to spend a few days in Naples instead of rushing the day away. After a delightfully cheap (compared to the other options) 11 euro train ride, we arrived in Naples. We spent the afternoon walking through the city to find a trattoria I’d heard about, but not before stopping to have the most delicious pastry treat, a sfogliatelle. We got ours from “Antico Forno delle Sfogliatelle Calde Fratelli Attanasio”…how’s that for a name! It’s basically a flaky pastry filled with orange ricotta, served warm from the oven and covered in icing sugar. So good.
As a city, Naples has a fairly bad reputation. It’s very easy to see how that’s happened if most tourists only visit the train station region on their way to Pompeii. That area is filled with a plethora of drug-dealers, iPad sellers, and the like. Move away from that area, and you’ll find beautiful alleys full of interesting shops, some divinely cheap vintage stores, incredible food (cheap compared to Rome) and of course, local wine. I was actually really surprised at how much I liked Naples.
But on to Pompeii! We rose early(ish) and after a quick train ride we were there! I’ve wanted to visit Pompeii for years. If you’re going, I urge you to get the audio-guide. We didn’t get one, and it was a bad choice. There’s not that much signage away from the via dell’abbondanza and the villa die myserti, and if the boys didn’t have me there to point things out, we would have been even more lost than we already were. Aside from that, we had a fantastic time just exploring the site and making up our own stories about who lived there, who worked there, and so on.
We arrived back in Naples feeling pretty tired, but excited for our next leg: meeting up with Leyla in Venice! We had a huge day ahead of us the following day, so an early night was needed for all.