Our closest metro station, Leopold station.
After that we (by we, I mean my mum, Harri and I, as my dad has a conference during the day) took the metro to the main station in Naples, where we all bought an 'arte card', which gives you three days of transport and three attractions for free. This has been definitely been super handy!
We walked to the old town, after walking aimlessly through rubbish-strewn streets where a lovely sales attendant gave us directions to somewhere more worthy for tourists ;)
|Old town street.|
In the lovely old town streets we saw countless,
amazing pictures of Italian sceneries
We were starving by this point, (2 p.m.) as we could not find any pizzerias along the way. Luckily we just rounded on a pizzeria, where apparently there was "the best pizza", but really they all say that, and the most important thing ... air-conditioning :)
|Positano Pizza, with ricotta (the bits looking like squiggles), ham and mushrooms. It was amazing!!|
When we first arrived, it was very quiet. A few minutes later a bunch of older Italians came in, and it was all loud talk and laughter. It was fully packed!! Lunch in Italy must be at 2 p.m. :D
We then left the pizzeria and continued down the old street.
|This was a lovely little vase that I thought I would try to make when I get back home.|
More old town streets.
We then stumbled upon a private tour of the underground, which we decided
to do. Harri had planned what he wanted to do in Naples, and this was one of the things to do on his list, so we blindly agreed to whatever lay underground. I told Harri that I didn't want to do it if it was scary, but he said it wasn't. I still wasn't sure though ...
To begin with they led us down 121 giant steps (the early Greeks must have had giant legs when they built this because the steps are two-step steps). No, I didn't make a mistake, the Greeks did build these stairs. This underground was originally built by the Greeks in 470 B.C. !!!!!
When we arrived at the bottom of the 121 steps, which is the correct amount because my mum counted and can confirm, we were taken into this large room where we were told the history of the underground, which is under the whole city of Naples. Apparently, it was originally an aqueduct, carrying materials all across Naples on water, from higher points to lower points. It was then used as a rubbish dump, some time after that the rubbish was squished down and new walls were created on top of the rubbish, and then water-proofed and used as a bomb-shelter during world war II.
To continue the tour, we were given some candles to hold, in order to see our way through dark tunnels. We were taken through some extremely narrow walkways, which were originally used as "cunicoli" waterways. We were led to some wells which were lifted up to the surface through large holes in the roof of the underground), one smaller private one, and one larger public one. The water was crystal clear, and would have been amazingly cool in the hot Italian summer heat!!
Walk through the narrow "cunicoli" waterways. As you can see in the image, to the right of the candle, there are footholds. These were used by the "well men" who cleaned the wells and waterways.
After this tour, we were shown some ruins of an old Roman stage in the old town. It was built upon, because there was a law at that time saying that buildings had to be made within the city walls. I was wondering why there would be this law, and my dad suggested it helps the Neapolitans to defend themselves easily. hmm ... Well, that tour was very interesting!!
|These were the types of nativity scenes that the Neapolitan had in the olden days. These scenes either depicted everyday life, or religious scenes.|
Another nativity scene.
So, we saw Dolce & Gabbana ;) Well, I only saw one of them. ha :D
|The crowds around Dolce & Gabbana. There was this lovely shop selling paper flowers nearby. I was so amazed to discover that they were made from paper!!|
|'Chiesa del Gesu Nuovo' church. I wanted to capture the way that the light was shining.|
|Toledo Metro Station.|
|A lovely shopping centre we happened to walk past.|
Now you are uptodate,