Best things to do in Metropolitan City Of Naples and sightseeing in Metropolitan City Of Naples
Pompei - Metropolitan City Of Naples
"And the walls kept tumbling down on the city that we love Grey clouds roll over the hills bringing darkness from above But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?" -Pompeii, Bastille These words by the British band 'Bastille' accurately describe what must have gone through the minds of those dying while buried under several layers of lapilli as Mount Vesuvius erupted on the 24th of August, AD 79, leaving a ghost town of what once used to be a thriving settlement. The ruins of the city, replete with its temples, forums, public baths, markets, theatres and even brothels for that matter are captivating. Taking a guided tour from the station itself is a great idea because the audio guides that are available at the ticketing counter for around 7 Euros aren't of much help owing to the fact that the numbers on the map do not correspond with the numbers on the ruins. Avoiding this ambiguity is imperative because there is a lot of walking involved anyway. Keep yourself hydrated. Getting there: Pompeii and Vesuvius share the same train station with Pompeii being right across. Circumvesuviana trains run from the Naples Central Station to Pompei Scavi-Villa Dei Misteri and the ride is around 40 minutes. You might not get a seat in the train so beware of pickpockets. You have to shell out around 6 Euros for a two way journey and it is a good idea to start a little early in the afternoon. Tickets for Pompeii are available at the entrance 'Porta Marina' which is next to the station and come for 11 Euros for an adult. If you are visiting during the summer, the closing time is 7:30pm and 5:00pm for winters. It is advisable to see Vesuvius and Pompeii together by spending the first half of the day exploring Vesuvius and devoting the second half to Pompeii.
Mount Vesuvius - Metropolitan City Of Naples
The only active and severely destructive volcano in Europe, Mount Vesuvius stands tall at 1281 metres. Having erupted several times and destroying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum on one occasion, Vesuvius could well pour its wrath yet again on the thousands of people living around its crater. Walking 900 metres up to the apex could be long and strenuous and the winds could aggravate your troubles, so do go prepared with jackets, bottles of water and walking shoes. Additionally, go only if you are really interested in looking at the crater as there is nothing exceptionally special about the destination, the prices are a little too high and the guides meet you for a minute and give you lesser information than brochures available at tourist offices. You can however expect great views of the bay of Naples from the top. If that wasn't enough of a redeeming factor, I still have fragments of Mount Vesuvius inside my shoes. Getting there: Circumvesuviana trains run from the Naples Central Station to Pompei Scavi-Villa Dei Misteri and the ride is around 40 minutes. You might not get a seat in the train so beware of pickpockets. You have to shell out around 6 Euros for a two way journey and it is a good idea to start a little early in the afternoon. Tickets for Vesuvius are available at the Pompei Scavi train station itself and come for around 20 Euros, inclusive of everything. Buses run every 40 minutes right outside the station and take you to the entrance of the Vesuvius National park where you are transferred into a 4WD style bus which drops you 900 metres below the crater and you are given 90 minutes to complete the trek. Expect a super bumpy but thrilling ride. The last ride is at 4 pm for most of the year, so do keep track of your time.
Naples - Metropolitan City Of Naples
Naples is like a maze- a maze of cobbled streets peppered here and there with churches, restaurants, wine bars and tiny supermarkets. From never ending piazzas to the narrowest of alleyways coupled with art, history and a thriving food scene, this city has so much character to it that it could easily give Paris a run for its money. The locals are young, beautiful and full of energy and the pride they take in their cuisine is unparalleled, and rightly so. This probably could account for the numerous Pizza Marinaras and Pizza Margheritas one could easily gulp down without any sense of guilt whatsoever. Their Centro Storico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is extremely difficult to keep track of the museums one can see because there are so many. Yet, you never get tired and neither do the pickpockets circling most of the city, so watch out! Getting there: You could take an InterCity/Regionale train from Rome and the ride is a little over an hour. Booking in advance on the Trenitalia website is a good idea. InterCity trains are faster and (Around 25 Euros one way) will give you reserved seats unlike their Regionale counterparts (11 Euros one way). For Regionale trains, make sure to validate your ticket on the several validation machines at the station just before you board the train. Must See: Make sure you see Giuseppe Sanmartino's Veiled Christ (Cristo Velato) at the Cappella Sansevero near Dante. The marble veil over Christ is so intricate, so realistic that you almost want to lift it and fold it like an actual cloth. The wonderfully preserved human arterial systems on the lower floor are also worth seeing, although a little too macabre. Entry to the Chapel is 7 Euros per person and photography is absolutely prohibited.