Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bella Napoli

"What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago."
Erica Jong

If you enjoyed yesterday's post about the island of Procida, keep on reading about my hubby's home town Napoli. This southern Italian city has a pretty unfavourable reputation: corruption and crime are just the tip of the iceberg.

Napoli is also known internationally for its rich history, art, culture, architecture, music, and gastronomy, and has played an important political and cultural role on the Italian peninsula throughout its 2800-year existence.

HOWEVER, the heart of the city is its people. You can say many things about Neapolitains but they are always friendly and very welcoming! Mostly their intensions are good and you can spend hours in the company of these charming Italians. Beware, you might lose your heart to one them....just like I did! ;)

Napoli is a city where, in spite of all, people keep on singing: indeed, where singing is the only truthful form of expression.

Driving through Napoli....a singular experience! 

Looking onto the bay of Napoli

Castel dell'Ovo (in Italian, Egg Castle) is a castle located on the former island of Megaride, now a peninsula, on the gulf of Naples (Southern Italy). The castle's name comes from a medieval legend which tells that the Roman poet Virgil, who developed a medieval reputation as a great sorcerer as well, put a magical egg in the foundations to support them.

An extraordinary contemporary parking garage 
in the center of Napoli

You want to use the lift AT HOME?
You pay 5 cents!

Napoli is home of the Pizza

Where's all the washing gone?

Fresh fish where ever you look! 

Not only is it prohibited to hang posters on this support,
what used to be a vase full of plants is now are garbage bin!?!

Napoli living up to its reputation.....unfortunately!

Nothing beat Napoli by night!

Below is a video that I came across in YouTube which will give you a good idea of Neapolitan life. While I am writing this post my husband is singing to the song in the video and I can't help but smile!

P.S. All the blue and white flags are Napoli's soccer team colours!

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