Reading a few internet explanations, it is really not clear if the quote refers to the golden age of the city or its problems with cleanness and the inevitably following diseases. My recent visit did not make it unfortunately any clearer.
There were few reasons for the later explanation:
- The appalling state of the airport bus - we were really not sure if we will survive the journey to the port.
- The absolutely crazy behaviour of the motorcyclists in the narrow streets and sometimes even on pedestrian zones...
- Or the sightings of cockroaches in the train station cafe, indicating a very poor state of hygiene.
Here is my attempt to capture the city of contrasts...
When you are lucky, the city offers amazing views... Castel dell'Ovo, view of Capri and Piazza Plebiscito.
The narrow streets where even Smart looks like a LandRover, peeling walls and the luxurious arcades.
If you can brave the small streets slightly away from the beaten track, the market stalls offer great photo opportunities (watch the dog sh*t though!) And yes, it is cheese!!!
Did you know that this was happening as Jesus was born? Well, Naples has amazing tradition of nativity scenes and the local museums offer wide varieties of scenarios.
One entire street sells only nativity scenes "equipment" (not only figures but everything imaginable) and there is also a "doll hospital" - ospedale le bambole!
If you are interested in tourist info about Naples, see my previous blog post.