Naples was noisy! Sirens wailing, police cars whizzing by 3, 4, 5, or 6 in a row like Daytona 500 race cars. It was also chaotic, and gritty. I’m glad we went to Naples!
On the online travel forums Naples Archeological Museum was called the best little known museum in Italy. It has some amazing sculpture, antiquities and is known for it’s Secret Room of erotic art from Pompeii. We visited the museum but the Secret Room was closed the day we were there!
One of the highlights of Naples was the Cappello Sansevero which I learned about on Rick Steves’ TV show. The marble sculptures of the Veiled Christ, and Disallusion with its fishing net carved out of one piece of marble are fantastic! No photos were allowed. Please check it out online at: http://www.museosansevero.it/inglese/photogallery.html
We were headed for the famous San Michele Pizzeria featured on Samantha Brown’s show and in Rick Steves’guidebooks but because there was such a crowd outside and we were starving we continued to Pizzeria Trianon, just around the corner and also mentioned in Rick Steves’ guidebook, where we ate the best pizza EVER! Yum! I would go to Naples in a heartbeat just to eat this pizza.
The Campania Artecard was worth every euro. We purchased it in the Naples Train Station. It covered all our transportation in Naples and Sorrento, on the Circumvesuviana train, the Amalfi Coast bus, train to and from Paestum and entrances to The Archeological Museum and Pompei.
We returned to the train station to catch the Circumvesuviana train for Sorrento which was crowded with tourists and luggage clogging the aisles the entire trip. That evening we did laundry and instead of waiting at the laundry mat we hopped on a bus thinking we could just ride through Sorrento to get the lay of the land but had quite the adventure when the bus headed out of town in the dark of night down the coast. We got off the bus hoping another one would come soon from the opposite direction heading back to town. We waited at a bus stop, walked to the next bus stop and waited, and walked and wondered if we would have to walk all the way back to Sorrento along a very narrow winding road. We were saved when a bus finally arrived rescueing us. We returned to pick up our laundry about the same time that the manager arrived to lock up for the night!