Traveling Through Rome and Naples: Highlights

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It’s been a busy September!  Ashley and I have just recently come back from a trip to Italy where we had a great time eating nearly everything in sight.  Late September seems to be a good time to visit Italy because it’s the latter half of tourist season which means you still get an adventurous vibe but since it begins winding down, hotels tend to have better deals as they start thinking about filling their available rooms.

The days leading up to the trip were a bit scary because I had a pretty bad cold coming on. I can never tell if it’s a cold or hay fever but luckily it subsided precisely the day we set foot in Italy.

We had an amazing time staying at the Rome Cavalieri hotel (read review here).  We took the shuttle into central Rome every day and wore ourselves out by early evening we were relaxing at the spa of the hotel.  Will definitely be back if we come back to Rome soon!

I know Italians will say that the Pizza in Rome is not that amazing and mainly for the tourists but you know what, I don’t really care we are in Italy we must eat pizza!

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I had Buratta for the first time as well. Ashley has been talking about this forever so it was good to finally have it.  I researched the best place to have Buratta in Rome and we found Roscioli’s.  This cheesy explosion on a plate was a great way to start a meal, which I had to follow up with Cacio e Pepe!  I’d never actually had that before either so it was a meal full of firsts.

Buratta

Buratta

 

Cacio e Pepe

We did the obvious tourist things as well, visiting Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, and Pantheon.  It’s difficult not to do these things even when we’ve already seen them because they’re just so impressive in person!

Trevi Fountain

 

Naples: A completely different Italian experience

After spending time in Rome we took a regional train to Naples for the evening.  We could tell we were in for a completely different experience the second we passed Mount Vesuvius and started approaching the main station.  The city’s buildings are so different, streets more narrow and general vibe completely different than what we experienced in Rome.

I have heard mixed reviews of Naples before arriving but the people are some of the nicest I’ve met and we had an amazing AirBnB host who was gracious even when I left our keys in the flat and she had to let us back in!

The food.  Oh my.  This was one of the highlights.  Pizza in Naples is on another level.  While the Margherita and the standard cheese and tomato sauce pizzas are typically Neopolitan you really can’t go wrong in this city.  This is some of the best pizza I’ve had and it’s worth it to make Naples part of your Italian holiday if you care anything about food and pizza!

Pizza! (Not a traditional one mind you)

Pizza! (Not a traditional one mind you)

Naples, to me, seemed a more authentic Italian experience simply due to the fact that it seemed to be a place where Italians converged both locals and domestic tourists.  People hanging outside of popular pizzerias, spilled into the streets watching football, it wasn’t something I saw in Rome.

Naples was a great experience and I’m glad we went.  The historic zone is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the oldest cities in Europe which adds to part of its character.  Definitely recommend staying in this part of the city if you get a chance!

Italy is always a good time and I’m glad we went.  The food was great, the people were nice and we had a good time just relaxing at the hotel, seeing some sights and eating some fantastic food.

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