I say this about almost every Italien city, but Napoli is one of my favourites. It is so crowded and dirty and beautiful and artsy, it works so well as a whole. Of course the city does have issues with Mafia and co, but as a tourist you do not notice that. So, this is kind of a rose-coloured glasses version, even though I did walk along streets that were not really tourist-streets, too. I had to seperate days there, one with my family, basically walking through most of the city and one on my own, going to the Archaeological Museum.
I do not really like dirty, messy cities – I love them clean and beautiful with old buildings, spick and span. Naples really is the exception – though do not get me wrong. Streets are not stuffed with trash, not at all, it’s more the way a lot of buildings look like they might break any second, how cables connect everything, the building are squeezed next to each other and you might get lost by just doing a wrong turn. I love this.
The first picture was taken inside San Domenico Maggiore, which looks like an old fortress from the outside and is very impressive. Most of the photos however are taken at St. Chiara, a monastery you can visit with a lot of archaeological pieces and lovely tiles, it is so calming and worth visiting. Of course, as a tourist you almost have to get up to St. Elmo to look down on the city and it is very impressive, too.
Maybe one of the things Naples is most famous for is the alleged blood miracle at Duomo di San Gennaro – you might or might not believe in it, but the church is worth having a look. If you are more into history and science, the Archaeological Museum is the place to visit and it was great. There is so much stuff from Pompeii and Herculaneum, but not only, there are more Roman statues and pieces. Though of course I was most excited to see the effigy of a Sappho (actually a pompeiian girl made to like Sappho), and it’s so beautiful! Also, I had some good ice cream at the train station both days.