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- Let's go to Naples!

Said and done, together with our friends Birgitta and Ido, Vivan and Göran we decided to visit Naples in Italy in 2006. We had been there back in 1978, but that was a while ago and we thought it would be a good idea to go there agin. We booked the flight from Copenhagen to Munich, and then to Naples. We got fly with one of the now notorious Dash 8 planes. During 2007 quite a few of these have had accidents, resulting in at least one airline has removed them from service permanently!

Map of Naples
The red arrow points to Naples, Italy

Dash 8 without crash
Even though nothing had happen to the planes when we flew with them (at least not to our knowledge) we were a bit sceptic. The plane looked like a giraffe with its high landing gear. It took a while for everyone to get settled. There isn't a lot of luggage space in the cabin, and some passangers had overlooked the sign with max size for hand luggage... Eventually we got on our way.

Word of caution
Once at the airport in Naples we had to find two taxis, given that we were six people with a lot of luggage. Whe we arrived to the hotel, the taxi driver warned us; "This is the worst part of Naples, watch out and don't go out at night!". Well, that was what we intended, since all of us are keen opera enthusiasts. But there were no performances that we were interested in that week. But we spent the week walking, and going by bus, tram and even train (when going to Pompei). And all this without any incidents.

Capri
We went to visit Capri and the house, Villa San Michele, where Axel Munthes used to live. Munthe was appointed as physician to Queen Victoria of Sweden. He's also the author of The Story of San Michele (published in 1929), which was well received, having been translated into at least forty-five languages and said to be one of the best-selling books of the 20th century. Axel Munthe willed Villa San Michele to the Swedish nation, and it is maintained by a Swedish foundation. The complex functions as a cultural center, hosting concerts, visiting Swedish scholars, and the local Swedish consulate.

 


On the boat to Capri.


Cruise liners in the harbour of Naples.


Narrow alley in the old town.


National Archaeological Museum, with finds from Pompei and Herculaneum.


Mosaic with fishes and other creatures.


Later that day there where to be a wedding at place.

 


What a view! Gerd admires the view from Axel Munthes house at Capri.

From the balcony you can see the harbour below.

Pompei and Herculaneum

These two cities are a must for tourists in Naples. Of course there are a lot of souvenirs etc for sale there. But it's still well worth a visit if one haven't been there. The story behind the cities are quite amazing, with everything being frozen in time due to the devastating volcanic eruption almost 2.000 years ago. Interesting enough, this tradgedy has given us a unique glimpse of how people lived. At the museum there are even plaster figures made out of the holes in the ash of what used to be human beings. Pompei was rediscovered in 1748, and has been excavations since then. The city is now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


A rather grotesque mosaic at the National Archaeological Museum.

Classic pose!

At the Forum in Pompei.

An fountain in Pompei, very well preserved given that it's almost 2.000 years old!!
   
Rubbish everywhere

There has even been articles in the Swedish news papers about the refuse collection (or lack thereof) in Naples. Outside our hotel there were huge piles of rubbish, growing bigger and bigger over the week. This seems to be typical for southern Italy. We've not seen anything like it in Verona. You sometimes think that you are in two different countries, going to the south or north of Italy.

Latest update
2008-02-10

 
Another side of Naples, rubbish everywhere. This you wouldn't happen in Verona!

If one look above the piles of litter, there are some really nice buildings in Naples as well...