Landing in Naples, we stepped off the plane into warm, sunny weather. Our Tour Director, Valerio, met the group at the airport and brought us downtown to our hotel. We had the afternoon free to relax or start exploring, so I decided to wander around the city.
When I was in college, I studied abroad in Rome and remembered that the little street cafes had the most delicious fresh-squeezed orange juice made from blood oranges—I was delighted to find that Naples has them too! Energized by a croissant and glass of juice, I set out to see the streets of Naples. Our hotel is located right on one of the main streets, so I spent an hour or two just weaving around the little side streets, poking into shops and admiring the surrounding architecture.
This evening we had our welcome dinner with the group. We started with a special drink on our hotel’s rooftop patio, which looks right out to the interesting skyline with the Bay of Naples beyond that. Naples was largely destroyed during WWII because of its importance as a port city, so the cityscape is a mix of ornate ancient buildings and modest post-war buildings, side by side.
After our drink, we walked to a nearby restaurant to enjoy our first tasty Italian meal of the trip: eggplant, roasted vegetables, sausage, broccoli rabe and a simple flatbread pizza.
Katie is making her way around the Amalfi Coast on foot. Follow along as she blogs about her tour!