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Published: August 10th 2014
Naples redeemed itself for me on this trip. (We had had a bad experience at the train station many years ago, were taken by a swindler who boarded all our bags (9 of us) onto a cart, then wouldn't release them until we paid him 50 euros, which then was almost $90. ) So I took the walking tour of Naples shore excursion from NCL, great to get out into the sunshine and see the beautiful architecture and find out the history of this great city core. Then the fun began. We went down, down, down into caverns dug out as cisterns for the city. As we walked along I was surprised to hear so much history of these caverns and tunnels under the city, from Kings needing to get between castles, through World War II and the residents who'd had their homes destroyed by bombings hiding here until the overthrow of Mussolini. It was fascinating and included old cars left there over the years, statues made from old parts left behind, and remnants of people's lives left when they had to leave in a hurry. It's sort of a modern day Pompeii for those who have seen those ruins.
We came out of the tunnel near the coastline. We admired the beautiful bay and it's fancy hotels & restaurants, and headed to a place that made authentic Pizza Napoli. I sat with a three generation family from Manitoba, Canada, celebrating Grandad's 75th birthday. They were so much fun to talk with, each had a different opinion of the ship and they told me lots of things to do and try, and I exchanged my information with them. We were each given a 10" pizza Margerita and a drink of our choice (wine, beer or soft drink), and could have had coffee or tea after but I had more photos to take of this lovely place. I walked back to the ship, about a mile, alone, something I don't think I would do at night. But I felt very safe during the day, passing parks with squealing children, boat harbors with teenagers making out on little skiffs, and rock breakwaters with sunbathing tourists. I know they were not locals because our guide told us the locals would NEVER swim in that bay.
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