Posted June 17, 2010 by BookingBuddy
Naples is famous for its gobsmacking cuisine, but there’s more to this coastal town than the food. A search for the perfect pizza will take you through Naples’ piazzas, and you’re likely to chance upon towering cathedrals and fairytale castles. History plans can take a day trip out to the legendary town of Pompeii, buried in ash and lava after Mount Vesuvius erupted centuries ago. The Capodimonte Royal Woods are a great spot for a picnic, and you can pop in to the Palace of Capodimonte for some gorgeous artworks and porcelain pieces.
Pizzeria Di Matteo – Hidden among all the other pizzerias on the Via di Tribunali is this gem of a pizza place. There are only four or five ovens in this tiny restaurant, with the rest of the space filled by roaring ovens and a counter filled with fresh rounds of pizzas. The line snaking out the door and down the street attests to the popularity of this place. Join the line, and get your Margherita as a takeaway.
Decumani Hotel de Charme – Located in the centre of Naples, the Decumani Hotel feels like a home away from home – if your home happens to look like a grand 18th century mansion. The hotel’s friendly staff provide a memorably warm welcome. The rooms are elegant and spacious, maintaining a touch of old-fashioned luxury while managing to feel up to date. Room rates start from £100.
Pompeii – A trip to the ancient city of Pompeii is both a fascinating and eerie experience. The town is completely deserted, while many of the original buildings and paved streets are still preserved in near-perfect condition. The cone of Mount Vesuvius towers over the ruined town as a reminder of what happened to the once thriving city. Pompeii can be reached by the Circumvesuviana train, which stops at the site, or by bus or taxi from the present day town of Pompei.
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