Thursday, June 28, 2018

Travel Guide: Two days in Rome and Naples

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Vacation style:


I've made it to Italy three times now and every time leave feeling like it was just not enough time, but this time was really different. This time I fell in love. Hopefully, the feeling is mutual. We started off our whirlwind two and a half week European tour in Italy, and I want to share every bit along the way, so I decided to do a travel series on the cities. Today we are starting with Italy. It went something like this -- Rome, Naples, Amalfi, Naples. Rome was the jumping off point, and the cheapest city to fly into because it's a big hub, there are lots of flights, and some even pretty inexpensive.  

We landed in Rome around 8:30pm local time and truth be told I think this is my new favorite time to land internationally. While we were still very much in a daytime frame of mind, arriving later at night forced us to acclimate to the local time and head right to sleep, prepping us for a hectic next day. At the airport, we had three choices to head into the city-- taxi, uber or train. I knew at 9:30pm it was way more convenient to take a direct route like an Uber or taxi, but I really love public transportation-- you get to know a city better, spend way less, and in this case, it was a quick 32 min direct route to Termini, the direction we were headed. So we jumped on the Leonardo Express for 18 euros total and were in the heart of the city in less than an hour. 

Pro tip: Take the Leonardo Express if you land at Fiumicino Airport in Roma, it's cheap and super easy!

The following day we got up early to scope out a tasty breakfast place, and there are too many to be picky, honestly. As long as they have coffee and pastries in the window, you'll be fine. I ordered two cream-filled croissants and cappuccino, a little excessive maybe, but I was on vacation. ;) Since we had limited time in Rome, we spent the next few hours walking the streets with the Spanish steps and the Trevi fountain as the final destination. We've been to Rome before and had a full week, so we've already done these attractions before, but how could we not stop in to see such beautiful and lively places? It was about a 30-minute walk from Termini to the Spanish steps, and even at 11am, it was hot! I was in a black maxi and wished I had put more sunscreen on and worn fewer clothes. ;) We ran out of time to see the Trevi fountain as we had a 2pm train taking us directly to Naples and were cutting it close. If you wake up early enough, it's entirely doable to see the Spanish steps and the Trevi fountain as they are about 20 minutes apart from each other. 

Pro-tip: If you are looking for a coveted Instagram shot of you at the fountain, get there at 6am! I promise it will be you and about 2 other people-- you'll have the fountain all to yourself. 

We walked back to Termini train stain to catch our train ride to Naples. Termini is busy and crowded so try to not have your valuables exposed. A quick hour and ten minutes later we were in Napoli! Naples or Napoli as I affectionately call it is home of the pizza, it's where it was invented, and you KNOW your girl loves herself some pizza. It has also known to be called "real Italy"-- the Italy that doesn't change it's ways for tourists or visitors and has remained the same way for thousands of years. It has a city vibe, gritty, with graffiti on the majority of the walls we saw in the center of town, but it was such a privilege to see this part of the world and experience how Napolitanos live. Oh and the food, or better yet the pizza -- my God-- such a gift to mankind. Best pizza hands down Pizzeria da Michele -- this spot is a little crowded since it's been featured in the movie Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts, but worth the wait for a table. They only serve two types of pizza, traditional (with no cheese), or Margherita, and maybe three drinks (beer, water or soda). It's definitely a no-frills kind of spot, but the dough is what makes the pie, it was the best pizza I've ever had, I even finished the whole thing -- crust and all. 

Pro tip: Visit around 3-4pm when the lunch lines have died down, and the place is a bit more empty. We were seated right away around this time. 

A few of the other things we really enjoyed in Naples:

  • Walking: bring a good pair of walking shoes, good thing clunky white sneakers are trending, and walk everywhere! We downloaded a Rick Steves walking tour of Napoli and finished it in three hours, it was a great way to learn the history and see the city. You can also rent a Vespa!
  • Waterfront: This area along the coastline is far away from the center of town, but still a walkable distance. Along the way, you'll see some pretty beautiful monuments and lots of outdoor markets, and boutiques along the main road.
  • Aperativo: This is a cocktail hour tradition. Pre-dinner it's traditional to have a palette cleaning drink, the Aperol Spritz is the most well known, but on this trip, I saw a Lemoncello spritz on the menu, that also sounds delicious. I love Aperativo because it comes with all the snacks since I'm always hungry. :)


That should hold you over for 48 hours in Rome and Naples! What did you think? Would love to hear what you did if you've visited this area and what you want to see in my next travel series post. Stay tuned for the Amalfi coast. And follow me on Instagram to see all the throwback images I still am posting. 

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