On the streets in Napoli now. Walked Piazza Carita, Via Toledo and Via Chiaia. Took me 3,5 hours. Had to have some food when I reached Sta Catarina, dropped in a nice pizzeria at Piazza Rodino. Ordered margarita with cooked ham and can of coke. As I am lousy speaker of that English, I got a Margarita, ok, but it was topped by smoked prosciuto. And a liter of agua natural.
That was much better than I ever could imagine that wooden fired stone owen pizza could be. Delicious inded.
Then I walked to Sta Maria in Portico via Amadeo metro. Took me only 1 hour. Afterwards I headed to the beach, the man made one just in front of Via Francesco. Only locals, they nursed their tan standing upright. Very strange!!
So homewards Via C. Poerio. And here I finally cracked that Is Napoli safe question, once for all; if you are a tourist, from say Us - and spend your time in Napoli in Centro Storico ONLY, you will indeed experience a dirty, run down city with grafitti on every building and church. This might not be a safe place after dark at least.
On my walk about today, lets say in the area of Via Crispi, this is NOt what the real Napoli looks like. Not by far, this densely populated part with people everywhere, shops, restaurants etc. was utterly clean, no waste or rubbish in the streets, just a nice, welcoming working class neighbourhood - so very nice to be in. I wonder why all smiled at me, the might not have had any visitors from abroad.
But I had been a fool, booking a hotel in the oldest and dirtyest part of Centro Storico. It hurted me so much that 3 hour walk back from the Crispi area, I had to have a cappucino just by the Incoronata church. That went well, the man behind the bar, spoke fluent kind of London english.
My final hour of todays walk was to find my way home from Sta Maria La Nova. Now it was after eight, it was closed. That maze of narrow, dirty, graffity, back alleys was not easy to find a way through. I just packed away my map, and trusted my mountaineer senses, that worked, soon I was home in Via Chiara. I tryed to buy a couple of bananas, but I got three oranges. What did I say wrong. They had some bananas inside the shop, so I eventually got the fruits I wanted.
Viva Napoli! 2-1 vz Bor. Dortmund. First match champ lega this night. I have never imagined a city could produce so much loudness when their own boys goaled. I almost forgot to eat my taglietelle bolognese with a petit birra spina I was on my way to join the victory dance ;)Edited: 5:41 pm, September 18, 2013