Naples in the Rain

By Ruben

ITALY – It rained for most of the two days I was in Naples, which I think is probably quite unusual for July. But that didn’t stop me from going for a very long walk on the first day.

1. Centro direzionale di Napoli, a business district near the central station that was designed by a Japanese architect and completed in 1995, is not at all what I expected to see in Naples
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4. There are a lot of Chinese in Naples. You would probably have believed me if I had told you that this industrial estate was in China instead of Italy
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7. A strange tower with Vesuvius in the background
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9. From the industrial estate on the last pictures, I walked back around the central station and along the edge of the centre. This is where you see exactly what you expect to see in Naples, which is a lot of people in not much space
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11. One of the guys on the right said ‘perché fai foto?’, to which I replied ‘perché non’
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13. A building for ‘the mutilated and invalids of war’
14. A typical street in the Spanish Quarter
15. From the Spanish Quarter, I climbed one of the many stairs up the hill
16. This brought me to the much more upmarket neighbourhood of Vomero, which feels like another town
17. A more modern street in Vomero
18. The hills of Vomero are dotted with impressive villas with views of the sea Corso Vittorio
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20. Corso Vittorio Emanuele
21. Corso Vittorio Emanuele
22. Corso Vittorio Emanuele
23. Corso Vittorio Emanuele
24. Corso Vittorio Emanuele

On the second day, I learned about the complicated ticketing system for public transport in Naples, spent some time waiting at various stations, traveled the very noisy but interesting Circumvesuviana metro, tried to climb Vesuvius by bus (I had to buy tickets from a rip-off artist who spoke 72 languages – his Dutch was almost perfect – because the ticket machine was broken), only to be refunded because the tour was cancelled because of a thunderstorm. It was an enjoyable day nonetheless.

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