I’m not going to lie… The city of Naples is not my favorite place on Earth. That being said, Naples does have my favorite pizza on Earth.
Tony, Tony’s mom, and myself drove a little over an hour north of the city to hike Mt. Vesuvius. At the top of the mountain we were able to see the crater inside of the volcano and we had a beautiful view of Naples, part of the Amalfi coast, and other surrounding cities.
As we hiked the volcano we saw so many stray dogs and I was absolutely heart-broken… They were all so cute and friendly and I just wanted to take all of them home with me… Here’s one cutie we met slumbering at the bottom of the volcano.
After hiking the volcano we visited the ancient ruins of Pompeii. The city of Pompeii was destroyed after Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. and covered the city with 7 meters of ash. In 1748 the city was rediscovered and archaeologists began excavations.
I think one of the most interesting things we saw in Pompeii were the casts of the victims and the positions they were killed in after they were excavated. Okay, so kind of dark and depressing but very interesting, nonetheless.
After our morning adventures we were exhausted and starving and since Naples is the birthplace of pizza, I was not willing to eat anything else besides pizza while we there. A friend of mine recommended visiting the legendary L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele for some authentic and delicious pizza. As soon as we told our cab driver where we were going he told us it was a good choice and always busy.
There was a huge line formed outside of the door where hungry patrons (tourists and locals, alike) waited their turn to be served. The inside of L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele consists of the pizza oven, where you can see the chefs baking your pizza and two small main rooms for dining with small white tables and green and white tiled walls (hence, the oddly colored pictures of the pizza). Beware, if you come as a party of two you will most likely have to sit with another couple of two. The beauty of L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele is they only offer TWO kinds of pizza; Margherita and Marinara.
Between the three of us we devoured three Pizza Margheritas, one Pizza Marinara (they don’t offer any other options), and a handful of Italian beer. The pizza was so simple, but the crust was out of this world and the ingredients just worked perfectly. The pizza alone was worth the visit to Naples.