Italy - Naples and Surrounding Areas

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  1. GiorgioXT

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    Yes , and it's true in both case , but not tomorrow or next month.
    Vesuvio is constantly surveilled as the Campi Flegrei
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  2. Learres

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    Whether volcanic caldera or not.... the most important thing to do in this country is to eat a lot of pizza :D ;)
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  3. GiorgioXT

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    Don't limit to pizza , you lose a lot ...

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    Scialatielli ai frutti di mare

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    Polpetielli alla Luciana (small octopus)
    And many more .
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  4. nickguzzi

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    When staying at my neighbours villa in La Marche, we would end the day having a meal in one of the eating places. We would spend many afternoons there. They had a bar, or at least a cabinet, with bierra Nationale, ie local/Italian beer, rather than the imported Heineken junk for the tourists. Also an ice creamcounter and a coffee machine and free wifi.
    The school kids would come in and order a slice on their way home. Lots of banter and shouting and gesticulating - but very well ordered, just noisy.
    As they went off home the workers would arrive - mostly they seemed to know everyone in each group, and again lots of banter and gesticulating. Workers had their slice, and maybe a beer or two - up the mountains wine was not common.
    Eventually, the families would start arriving and the food would get more interesting. The occasional ragu, but mainly grilled meats seemed the choice of the day.
    What was nice, in the evening, the old guys would play cards with the youngsters - usually whooping their arses. Personally I think they just cheated better, sly they were. And no modesty in Victory.
    Anyway, a full day's entertainment. A slice of pizza for lunch. Ice cream. Alternate coffee and beer. Grilled meats and more beer. Enchanted and unintentionally entertained by locals. Italy.
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  5. Learres

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    OMG, this looks so delicious!!! I love Italian cuisine :-)
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  6. nickguzzi

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    Pizza to Italian food is like a sandwich to American.... no wait, a sandwich is English - as apple pie!

    Italian food is incredibly regional you wouldn't believe.
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  7. MichaelJ

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    That being said, I greatly prefer Italian pizza to the US variety.

    With maybe some lemon gelato after.
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  8. Roadrunner

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    I was the only of our party that went to the very top of Vesuvius. It is very dormant right now.

    We did go to Pompei and the Roman Antiquities...more to come in pics!

    Thanks! :thumb
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  9. Roadrunner

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    We had quite a lot of pizza when we first got there. Then we got pizza'd out. It was very good - but not thick like people tend to like in the U.S.

    Then we had quite a few other things. Everything was wonderful. I like how they often serve lemonciellos as an unquestioned part at the end of dinner.:D
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  10. MichaelJ

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    Italians are gaga over lemons. Lemon on/with everything.

    I picked up the habit 40+ years ago when I was stationed there and, thankfully, still have it. :D

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  11. Roadrunner

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    Seared sea bass was probably my favorite meal!

    ...and a restaurant called, "Donna Sofia."

    Our hotel recommended it in Sorrento, the restaurant even sent a free car to pick us up, take us, and bring us back to the restaurant. While he was driving us....he stopped the car to speak to someone on his cell phone in what sounded like Russian. Then he drove us through some VERY narrow, and dark streets at high speeds. We thought we were being kidnapped. :lol3 The restaurant had some of the best variety of Italian foods that we had seen, and though upscale - not ridiculously so.

    When we asked the hotel why the restaurant sends free cars/rides, they said the restaurant knew they were so far out of the way that people wouldn't go there otherwise...but the website below does give directions (I suppose for the locals). The free car rides were likely for hotel guests (we were staying at the Marina Piccola 73) and others on the way back were also staying at hotels, though we couldn't figure out where people would park if the locals do drive there. However, they do seem to offer them for free to others as they state on their website; "Booking in advance at the restaurant you can ask for free shuttle service."

    http://www.ristorantedonnasofia.com/en/
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  12. Roadrunner

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    BTW, we went on some wonderful tours I pre-booked through Viator. Our tours were several in Rome, one from Naples (Pompei) and a boat trip to Capri Island from Praiano - which was on the Amalfi coast and had my favorite hotel. In Sorrento, we were just on our own, and had fun too. Sorrento was the only real place meant for shopping where you wander through the streets (there were tour groups there, too although we were just on our own). We enjoyed that they had craftsmen making some of the products...like leather goods, right inside the shop on their sewing machines.

    I booked all but the Rome hotels through booking.com and 1 through expedia.com.

    We used a lot of trains - I recommend the fast train, but the train from Naples to Sorrento was more like a subway with 31 stops for us, and some very disreputable characters. Coming back we opted for a private car to take us from Sorrento to Naples (100 Euros isn't bad split 4-ways), then we took the fast train back from Naples to Rome for our flight back. Of course, the fast train is more expensive than the more local ones, but great. It went close to 300 kilometers per hour!
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  13. nickguzzi

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    My friend's villa is in Sarnarno in La Marche, a very small town with a rudimentary spa at Hotel Therme, Like much of southern Europe, staying open late is part of the deal, and we would wander in on the walk home and have a digestif, an ice ceam or gelato and a coffee. All served with charm and grace by staff in immaculate outfits.
    If we were feeling more rustic there was a selection of bars. We chose the one with lots of locals playing some sort of card games very loudly. Any age would join in - it wasn't segregated like so many here, but then there was no bloody music to drive one group away. They too had a wide range of gelato and Italian beer rather than the crap imported from northern Europe. And of course late night coffee or hot chocolate.
    If we walked up the hill to Guido's hut - perched on the edge of the mountain - the food was delicious rustic and cheap. We would go there on clear days to look across the valleys, spend the afternoon drinking beers and eating the plates full of the little snacks many bars give to their customers. Salamis or dried ham. Miniature bruschetta or olives and bread. Their menu was heavily biased towards game, venison and wild boar seemingly very popular. The ragu's and similar sauce based dishes were also mostly game based.
    The wine was from the nearest local DOC, fairly heavy, tannic and a real mouth filler.
    There was another "Tourist" hotel on the far side of town. Rather expensive, and seemingly more visitors than locals. Nice food though. Especially the grilled meats.
    The walk from there back to the villa was probably about an hour, and the two points really marked the total length of the town - with lots of plain walking either side. The old town, the fortress on the hill, was much smaller, although wandering around always took much longer than you expected, and left you realising that there was still some to see.

    It is a great place place to visit. And far more to see and do than you can shake a VERY large stick at.
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  14. Niterunnr

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    Unless I missed it, I find it odd that whilst discussing wads of cash no one has mentioned pickpockets yet. I read multiple forums warning that this theft is highly prevalent on public transport, most notably the train to Sorrento as it's an upscale getaway spot. As it happens while we were picking up our rental car in Napoli we met a nice couple who had just lost a couple thousand and their documents on this very train, sad. I own a couple small bags with wire mesh security lining and locking straps for just this reason. While we didn't have issues on the train ourselves there was one guy who stood an inch from me despite the fact the train was not full at all and there were plenty of other places to stand. He moved after I not quietly said something to my partner about pickpockets.
    I would bring an ATM card that waives ATM fees, (I have two actually), and a couple credit cards with no foreign transactions fees, pay in local currency as your card will give better rate. We had the opposite experience this summer; most restaurants took my VISA and we used cash mostly for small shops.
    We had a huge trip planned down the coast but ended up staying a week in Amalfi and just beyond as it's incredible.

    Driving in Napoli is bumpers cars, so watch out as all the local rides were dinged up pretty bad.
    Amalfi coast is about driving skill and can be a lot of fun if you're up for it.
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