Naples Journals

A week in Naples and around

A travel journal to Naples by fizzytom

Quote: A guide to this astonishing city and some of the best-known places that can be easily covered in a series of day trips from the city.

A week in Naples and around

Overview

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The food has to be one of the highlights of a visit to this region - the birthplace of the pizza, you must try one in Naples. Spend a morning wandering the narrow lanes of La Forcella, where a lively street market is held daily. Take a trip by hydrofoil to one of the islands in the Bay of Naples - Capri, Ischia or Procida - all are beautiful, but each has its own special appeal. Quick Tips: We found Naples noisy, dirty and very hot. if you do not like being in the heart of a hectic city, stay outside Naples and make the trip into the city for a day visit instead. Excellent public transport makes this a realistic proposition.Best Way To Get Around: Walking is the best way to apprecia...Read More

Hotel Ideal

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Hotel

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This hotel is next to the city's main train and bus stations, and therefore all rooms are subject to a lot of noise from the 24-hour traffic which circles the piazza. A medium-sized hotel, it has an attractive air-conditioned foyer which only leads to disappointment when you discover that none of the rooms have air-con. Open the windows and all you get is VERY loud traffic. However, the rooms are a decent size, clean and comfortable. There are a few rooms which share bathrooms, but most have en suite facilities. Beware Room 70 - the maid's closet is next to this room and you will be woken when she gets out her cleaning things and bedding - EARLY! Breakfast is poor but typically Itali...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2004

Hotel Ideal
PIAZZA GARIBALDI 99
Naples, Italy 80142
39-081-202-223

La Cueva

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Restaurant

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This great bar and restaurant is tucked away a few minutes’ walk from Piazza Amedeo station. We stumbled on it by chance on an evening when we had already made plans to go to a different place. However, we stayed for a drink and the staff were so friendly we decided to go back the next night to eat. The decor is stylish, the walls a striking shade of burnt orange. You can be tucked away in a corner, but since an Italy soccer game was being shown on TV, we sat near the bar so we could join in with the cheering. Meat eaters are spoiled for choice here; I plumped for a massive steak, which came lovely and bloody. Served with a well-dressed salad and fried plantains. My veggie partner wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2004

La Cueva
Via Martucci, 16
Naples, Italy 80121
+39 081445782

Zorbas

Restaurant

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Tucked away on a side street near Piazza Amedeo, Zorba's is a well kept little secret that many visitor's may be thankful to see. Don't get me wrong, I love Italian food, but I eat lots of it at home and ate even more in Naples, so I was pleased for an alternative. Believe me, alternatives to Italian food aren't sign-posted in Naples!The interior is an attempt to recreate a traditional Greek taverna and the result isn't too bad; a bit whimsical, perhaps, but passable. The place is a bit of a maze with dark passageways linking little dining rooms and the end result is a cosily attractive little joint. You can opt for a full Greek feast, starting with a traditional meze (selection ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 30, 2007

Zorbas
Via Gradini di Amedeo, 5
Naples, Italy
+39 (081) 667-522

La Forcella

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Attraction

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La Forcella is the name given to the back streets of Naples just behind the Piazza Garibaldi, close to the central train station. These atmospheric streets are known for being the home of the Camora - the Neapolitan version of the Mafia, but you'll be completely safe here taking in the sights. The only thing to keep an eye out for is an adventurous squid trying to make an escape! Mornings are the best time to catch the fish market, and there are tons of stalls brimming with all manners of fish and seafood. The stock is contained in shallow metal dishes, sitting on ice and being sprayed by jets of icy water to keep it fresh. One stallholder thanked me profusely (in typical dramatic Italian fashio...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 30, 2004

La Forcella
La Forcella area
Naples, Italy

Eating in Naples

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What is significant about Naples is that many of the dishes we associate with Italian food originated there. Therefore Neapolitans are justly proud of their food heritage - the city is brimming with typical Italian trattorias and restaurants, and it's pretty hard to find places serving other types of cuisine. We stayed in Naples for a week and found that after a couple of days we were yearning for something different. Don't get me wrong, the Italian food is fantastic and you can eat quite cheaply, but we already eat quite a lot of Italian food at home, so we were keen to have a change. Seafood is abundant but tends to be served predominantly in the Italian style, however it is invariably fantast...Read More

Beaches in Sorrento

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The main reason for our day trip to Sorrento was to spend some time on the beach. Naples itself has a couple of beaches but they are neither comfortable nor very pleasant. This area of the Italian coast has very few sandy beaches and the majority of those that are, are privately owned and those that are open to the public demand a hefty admission fee. Armed with this information, we headed for area that we had heard had several small lidos, where, for a modest charge, we could rent a bed and enjoy relative quiet.The town of Sorrento is situated on a high cliff top and so you need to either walk down a long winding path or use the lift to get to the water level at Marina Piccolo. The li...Read More