49. Naples...Pizza & Pompei

posted Oct 18, 2012, 4:10 AM by Carlie Huberman

I just spent the last three days In Naples.  Now I think the best part of Naples is that this was the place where Pizza was invented.  So there are pizza places about every 3rd store.  Its great, now while they are all pretty awesome there are a few that rise above the rest, and I tried to eat at those places as much as possible.  The original pizza was Margarita pizza, or what we call cheese pizza, and a similar pizza without any cheese.  There is one place in Naples called Da Micael that is super famous and only serves those two types of pizza.  They are supposed to have the best cheese pizza in the world, and yeah I think they do!  It is the same pizza place that Julia Roberts ate at in “Eat, Pray, Love”.  Anyways I did do a couple things other than eat awhile I was there, though not much.  The first day I walked around the historical part of the city a bit, but there really isn’t that much to see in Naples besides the museum and the castles, and I am just so sick of museums, and castles that I decided to pass them up.  But on one of the days I did have a very big and exciting day.  I took a horseback ride up Mount Vesuvius.  It was a really fun and rugged ride where the horses were practically rock climbing it felt like to get up and down the mountain.  My horse’s name was Demon, but he was actually a pretty good horse.  We even did some galloping, which was fun.  After that I went to see the ruins of Pompeii, which was really neat!  It really is just ruins of an old Roman city with the forum, the temples, the baths. the arena, and theatres, and of course many, many houses. There were some really beautifully preserved painting on some of the walls, and some mosaics.  But of course the most amazing thing was seeing the casts of the people caught in death by the ash from the volcano.  Its was pretty creepy because you could actually see their faces, but really neat.  Unfortunately the cast of the dog was on exhibit somewhere and not in Pompeii at the moment.  I am now off to my last city on my trip, Rome.  I am spending three days in Rome and then flying for 18 hours back home to Raleigh, NC!