Today I have invited Dany to help us get to know more about her amazing city, Napoli! It’s on my list for a very long time, but I didn’t get the chance to visit it yet, I hope I’ll do it soon. And I will be lucky to have all these advice Dany gave us abot Napoli. So let’s get started:
1. Let’s get to know you better: where are you from and what are you doing now in Napoli/Naples?
I live in the South of Italy, near Napoli. My day job is translating texts from English to Italian. I sometimes also work as interpreter for delegations who come here mostly for business purposes. Yet my biggest passion is travel and thus whenever I’m home and not working, you’ll find me writing my blog or with my camera.
2. What do you like the most about Napoli/Naples?
Napoli is a city that has been badly criticized in the past by the press and still is, more often than not, judged unfairly. In the last ten years, tho, our city has transformed into a little gem. We have a beautiful sea, monuments, history and culture, as well as science: it’s about to open the new “Città della Scienza” in Bagnoli, where there will be one of the biggest 3D telescopes in Europe and the biggest in Italy. Our food is deeply rooted into the territory: recipes always use local produce, fresh fish and local meat, which is why our pizza is the best in the whole world!
3. Let’s suppose a very good friend of yours will come visit Napoli/Naples. Could you please make a 3 days program to include all the must see places?
I don’t think 3 days are enough to see Naples! It is a big city with a lot to offer, so with only 3 days we’d have to skip the Amalfi Coast and the Vesuvius and that would be such a pity!
So let’s say that with 3 days we’d have time for a cultural stop in the center. A visit to the Royal Palace, right next to the Theater San Carlo. A few pictures to the castle Maschio Angioino which is at a five minutes walk from there, and then an espresso with a babà or a sfogliatella (two of our most famous pastries) in the Galleria Umberto I. Here in this area we’d also be able to visit the world famous Piazza del Plebiscito with its Church and statues, or have a walk in Via Toledo, the most ancient shopping street in Napoli. You absolutely can’t miss a stop at the most famous coffee shop in Napoli: the beautiful Gambrinus! So many famous faces have stepped through its door!
For the second day I’d definitely bring my friend to Mergellina, near the sea. There’s a beautiful park and just crossing the road, we could walk along the coast. At about about 10-15 minutes from here, you’d find a delicious gelato shop, Gigi Gelo, which is very well known from the locals. In this area there’s also another castle, the “Castel dell’Ovo”, which is very romantic at night: the street lamps near the sea on the tiny stone bridge turn on at night and you can walk from the luxury hotels area to the tiny island where there’s the castle, to eat some delicious fish in the restaurants near the fishermen boats.
Our third day in Napoli would be devoted to museums. The very first stop would be Cappella Sansevero with a statue that will take your breath away: the Cristo Velato. Then the National Museum in Capodimonte with its beautiful Caravaggio paintings, and Napoli Sotterranea, a tour of the tunnels underneath the city, it’s so beautiful!
Wait, are you sure we only have 3 days? There’s so much more!
4. What touristic attractions in Napoli/Naples you think are a bit overrated?
I think the Aquarium in Napoli, in the park near the sea, is a bit overrated. It’s very small and to be honest having just a few days in the city, I’d spend my time somewhere else!
5. You are one of the locals. Could you give us some advice to be able to know more about their preferences ?
In Naples we’re very welcoming. Even if not everyone knows English, we always, always find a way to communicate. We smile a lot and tend to make friends everywhere. Should you get lost or need some information, ask around. We’re always glad to help and love our city, so we’d probably give you a few tips too!
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