Naples & Pompeii

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who love Naples and those who don’t.  I am in the later category while Carolyn is in firmly in the “loved Naples” camp.  For me, Naples was crowded, dirty, narrow winding streets packed full of tiny street stores selling junk and absolutely no road rules what-so-ever!  Driving in Naples is truely a life threatening experience, if you can survive driving in Naples you can drive anywhere.

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Goodbye Rome

It’s our last night and day in Rome, the eternal city.  Six days have been more than enough to see and experience most of what a big city has to offer.  No doubt there was more we could have seen, more tours we could have joined and more ancient sites we could have visited, they are everywhere. 

The thing we have enjoyed most is wandering around the city without an agenda or tour schedule.  This way you get to meet local Romans and discover cafes that are visited by locals more than tourists and deli’s selling all sorts of smoked meat and salami, cheese, olives and wine. We made this our dinner on more than one occasion. 

One of our favorite places to eat was a small family run pizza and pasta place call Grano.  Not just because the pizza and pasta were fantastic and all made on site by hand, but because of the owner Domenico and his uncle who were very welcoming and excited to see us every time we visited.

You will find Grano’s down a set of stairs that lead from Via Quattro Novembre to Via Magnanapoli.  Across from Grano’s is a great little Gelato place and on the corner at the top of the stairs you will find authentic Sicily Canoli. 

We learnt the hard way that it’s a good idea to avoid restaurants and cafe’s that have people out the front trying to get you to come inside, especially if they are speaking english. They are expensive and the food isn’t great. 

As we prepare to leave Rome and head to Naples we woke early decided to have one last look at the Trevi Fountain.  If you want to see it without 1000’s of people then early in the morning is the way to go.  It was one last kiss as we said goodbye to Rome! 

 

Colosseum and The Vatican

After more than 24hrs travelling time and some 36hrs since we actually left home, we arrived in Rome!  Carolyn has booked all our accommodation through AirBnB and Fabrizio (the contact for where are staying in Rome) organised a car service to pick us up at the airport.  It was quite exciting to come through customs and immigration to see a rather tall Italian man holding a sign with your name on it.

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