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Naples - You either love it or hate it

An August 2005 trip to Naples by Jarde

Quote: At first sight, this city seems like a disgusting, dirty, crowded, crime-infested city. But after just a few hours in Naples, you learn to see past its flaws and recognise it for the charming, friendly, and welcoming city that it is.

Naples - You either love it or hate it

Overview

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Naples claims to be the birthplace of the Italian pizza as we know it, and as such, still creates some of the best pizzas in the world. Naples is just a 30-minute train ride from the ancient Roman ruins of Pompei and Herculanium.

Quick Tips:

Keep any money, passports, or valuables securely in a money belt, as pickpockets are rife.

Best Way To Get Around:

Buy a Naples Artecard, offering unlimited local train and bus transport.

Pizzeria Bellini

Restaurant | "Bellini's"

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Situated just off the Piazza Dante, this lovely Ristorante Pizzeria serves some of the best pizza in Italy, and at a very reasonable price. The basic margerita costs 3.50€, and a litre of the house red (fizzy, but not unpleasant) costs 6€. Two pizzas, water, coffee, and wine cost us 25€. Eating out on the quiet street in a screened-off section with several buskers playing while we ate was lovely.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2005

Pizzeria Bellini
Via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, 79/80
Naples, Italy 80138
+39 081459774

National Archaeological Museum of Naples ( Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli)

Attraction | "Archeology with a dash of sexual explicity"

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It is open from 9am to 7:30pm (except Tuesdays). A slightly cheaper way to see the museum if you also want to use local transport and see other sights, such as Pompei and the Herculanium, is the Naples Artecard (8€ to 25€, depending on the type). The museum contains many of the best archeological finds from Pompei and Herculanium, including some impressive mosaics. The Egyptian section is not a must-see, though the open sarcophagi, complete with withered bodies, promise some grizzly viewing. The main attraction here is the Gabinetto Segreto, which is definitely well worth a look. It has hundreds of ancient '"curiosities" collected by Neapolitan collectors over the years. Artifacts range from the h...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 29, 2005

National Archaeological Museum of Naples ( Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli)
Piazza Museo Nazionale, 19
Naples, Italy 80135
+39 081440166