This past weekend Jehiel and I took a train trip to Napoli (Naples) with a group of friends. It was my first time traveling in Europe, so I was pretty excited.
We woke up around 7, packed our bags and hopped on the metro to Termini. Termini is the main train station in Roma–and let me tell you–it is HUGE. Just getting to it feels like you traveled 500 feet under ground. It has a bunch of neat shops and small cafe style restaurant that are great for picking up anything you might have
The train ride itself took about 2 1/2 hours. It was an awesome experience traveling through the countryside. Italia is a truly beautiful country. Rugged mountains sprung from the ground on one side on the train, while on the other side, there were seemingly endless fields of olive and grape crops. I wish I could have taken a photograph that would have done the scenic views justice.
Although we were further south, it was a bit colder than the weather we had been experiencing in Roma. However, it was just warm enough to enjoy walking around the city all day. Napoli is a little dirtier than Roma, but it is still quite a beautiful city–especially once you reach the coast. The city is filled with inexpensive shopping, fresh meat and produce stands, and beautiful castles.
After searching for and finding Duomo di San Gennaro (we’ll post photos in a seperate post), we unanimously decided to go get some pizza. After all, it is what Naples is known for.
The pizza was DELICIOUS. I can’t say it was the best pizza I have had in Italia, but it was definitely first class. I just had a margherita pizza, but as you can see from the photos (hopefully), some of the others in our group ordered more elaborate dishes. Almost needless to say, everyone enjoyed their meal immensely.
From left to right, our friends are: Matt, Andy, (John) Luckey, me, Jehiel, Irene, Lea, Jen, and Anna Maria (in back).
After lunch, we walked around and checked out the sights. The first notable place we went was called the Sanserveo Chapel and it was magnificent. I was disappointed when I learned that I couldn’t take any photos, but it was still definitely worth the 5 euro entry fee. You have to check out the Wiki article on it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cappella_Sansevero) and look up pictures of the inside of the chapel, and specifically, the Veiled Christ statue. So beautiful.
We then decided to check out the coastline and several castles. Unfortunately, we ran out of time so we weren’t able to check out the last castle which overlooks Napoli.
Enough talk. Peep deez photoz