Since the original room was ready for Sam and me to move into by the second day, we had to say goodbye to the lovely double and switch to the quad we had paid for. Luckily it was a nice room and no one else had needed it so we still had it to ourselves and didn’t have to worry about sharing. Upon arriving at the hostel, we had been given a map of Naples and advice on what to see and do while we were visiting. Since the city isn’t necessarily known as one of the more touristy areas of Italy, there really wasn’t very much to see or do in the way of attractions. We walked through a castle that was about a block away from the hostel, Castel Nuovo, but it wasn’t very big and there really wasn’t much to see of it. On top of that, most everything in Napoli is in Italian so we couldn’t understand any of the signs either. We continued walking in hopes of finding a more impressive monument along the way.
We took a decent walk along the seaside and came upon a park that had a small carnival in it, Litoranea Park. This carnival was quite dodgey (sketchy) and had very few, small rides and attractions. We scurried through and continued our walk along the very choppy waters. We encountered a nice American/French man named Sheppard who immediately noted our American accents and approached us. I normally don’t talk to random strangers on the street when I travel because they’re usually trying to sell something, but seeing as this was the first real English-speaking person we had encountered, we chatted a while. It was really refreshing to be able to have a conversation with someone who spoke our language fluently. After having a nice little talk, we continued along the water for a bit and sat down to admire the views. Before long, we got hungry and decided to return to Solopizza for another Italian lunch (when it’s only 7 euros for a massive pizza, it’s hard to turn down the deal).
Once we had finished yet another pizza meal, we ventured to Castel Dell’Ovo, another castle in the area. Unfortunately, it had already closed for the day and we could only get a view of the outside of it. Since there really wasn’t too much else to see and it was starting to rain, we decided to cut our losses and retire to our room for the day. Before we turned in, however, we got some Italian snacks: chips, cookies, and wine (a totally balanced meal). Since we couldn’t read any of the Italian words, we were kind of just picking the cheap snacks that looked good. I ended up with ginger flavored chips (I thought that the picture on the front was of a potato, not a ginger plant) and Sam ended up with lime chips which weren’t quite as different. Don’t get me wrong, all the snacks were good, they just weren’t what we were used to.
We got some gelato on the way back to the room at a place called Gelateria Pastecceria. I got Nutella, Kinder Bueno, and Cookie flavors and the gelato man topped the creation with a little face using candies, syrup, and waffle cone bits. It was the most adorable gelato I have ever eaten (never thought I’d use that sentence). We were back at the hostel before too late and decided to enjoy our wine and snacks on the terrace. The weather, although it had been rainy and overcast all day, was still rather warm and nice and the evening was very relaxing and pleasant.
All in all, the food was amazing throughout the trip but I can’t really say many positive things for the rest of the city. Although Napoli turned out to be a bust, it was still nice to be able to take some time to relax in a nice hostel and take things slow before being thrown into our holiday full throttle. Our next stop is Rome, and judging by the green, rolling hills and vineyards of the countryside on the train ride there, I can already tell that it’s going to be a huge upgrade.