Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Napoli: Messy, Chaotic, but so Beautiful!



During our trip to Europe, we had the chance to visit Napoli: a real messy, exhilarating, but beautiful city!

Napoli is the third largest city of Italy and also one of the poorest places in Europe. It is not a very clean city, and possibly not very safe for tourists. Regardless of these issues, I place Napoli at the top of my list of all the European cities that we visited during our European family adventure. 

I am not certain where to start when describing Napoli because there is so much to say about it. If you are interested in history, the center of the city of Napoli is a UNESCO World Heritage site with numerous churches, ancient monuments, and historical places to visit. One other thing, Napoli has a whole city underground with incredible ancient Greek aqueducts and Christian catacombs. 


There is no question that the best Italian pizza comes from Napoli. This explains why Margherita and Marinara Pizzas were just amazing in Napoli. I should say that this is also true for gluten-free pizzas. My stepson has celiac disease, so we often ate in pizzerias that offered both gluten and gluten-free pizzas. According to my stepson, the gluten-free pizzas in Napoli were outstanding, simply delicious.
Napoli is also a city that never goes sleep. When walking on the streets of Napoli, I had the impression that I was part of one of those old Italian movies where chaos dominates each one of the scenes. The roads were filled with motorcycles or scooters carrying 2-3 people....even worse, most people were not wearing helmets!! You don't really see this in Canada...chaotic, unsafe, crazy!

Yes, traffic is completely crazy in Napoli. I am not certain why the have traffic lights since basically everybody appears to ignore them. You really have to be awake when crossing the streets in Napoli.  In Napoli, you need to be completely present...as we often say, to be in the moment! Interestingly, however, we never saw any accident during the time that we stayed in Napoli. Perhaps, we were lucky...or perhaps, it is possible that a certain order can come out of the chaos that characterizes Napoli?

It is true that Napoli is loud, messy and chaotic...but, it is also a city that has a lot to offer for everybody. Whether you like history, culture, arts or good food, you would find something to please you in Napoli. You just have to be open-minded and remember that each place is different. 
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