Naples is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world.
Bronze Age Greek settlements were established in the Naples area in the second millennium BC.
The city was refounded as Neápolis in the sixth century BC and became a lynchpin of Magna Graecia, playing a key role in the merging of Greek culture into Roman society and eventually becoming a cultural center of the Roman Republic.
Naples remained influential after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, serving as the capital city of the Kingdom of Naples between 1282 and 1816.
Naples became the capital of the Two Sicilies until the unification of Italy in 1861. During the Neapolitan War of 1815, Naples strongly promoted Italian unification.
Naples was the most-bombed Italian city during World War II.
As the train neared Napoli, the sights became more beautiful…
We had booked a room at the Hotel Mecure while we were in route…
….we never expected these views……..
…my goodness a Castle with excavation in progress with much older sites…..and that with just from the bathroom balcony!!!
As the sun began to set we looked down and saw this marvelous restaurant ….
Off we went to find some of the most delightful food…Mussels, Squid, Octopus….
followed by the most marvelous pizza…
In the morning we found breakfast on the hotel roof…..
……we dined looking out at this marvelous view…
Layer upon layer of history…….
It was a short visit to Napoli this time around, but she continued to delight and inspire us.
- A young Naples (ilmezzogiornodotcom.wordpress.com)
- Getting to know the south (ilmezzogiornodotcom.wordpress.com)
Well the Tin Man has been sitting still much too long and it is time to start planning the next trip.
I have decided that it is time to enlist the advice and thoughts of all you wonderful, wonderful, people I have met in the blogging world.
I am going to list our itinerary as it currently stands and ask if you would, please, give me any and all input you have of the cities listed and any wonderful sights that are a MUST SEE
Please include restaurants, as you know that I love to blog about food!
I so appreciate your input!
Nice – Monaco
Villa San Giovanne, Italy
If I have missed any places that you would suggest, please let me know.
The route was planned using the EuroRail routes and therefore is very flexible
The only absolutes are: Portugal, Sicily, Malta………and of course Frankfurt…there is no way I could be in Europe and not set foot in the Father Land!
I so appreciate your input!!!!