Traveling is one of my favorite things to do and this semester’s abroad opportunity has given us all that chance. A few of us took a weekend trip to Napoli; where you can find the best pizza in the world, Isola di Capri, and Mount Vesuvius.
We started off our adventure with an early train ride to Napoli, checked into our hostel, and then headed to the docks to board a ferry to take us to Isola di Capri. Its jagged edges rise from the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Bay of Napoli. The ferry ride was awesome with an open deck and great views of the Almafi coast; it was a beautiful sunny day. The island finally arrives in the distance with the two jagged peaks, and as we dock the dark blue water is clearer than I’ve ever seen. Small sail boats and larger yachts fill the docks and as we de-board the ferry with the small town surrounding. The island consists of Capri Town and Anacapri up the cliffs.
By taking a bus up the smallest steepest switchback street you arrive in Anacapri and we make our way down a winding vine covered street with painted white shops to the Villa San Michele. It boasts a beautiful garden with loggia and balconies that lookout over Capri Town and the sea; the view is spectacular. Afterwards, we wander over to the Church of San Michele Arcangelo to see the mosaic floor depicting the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise. It’s a beautiful little church with the mosaic covering the whole floor. On a bus again we make our way to the other side of the island and take a funicular down the side of the mountain to Capri Town. They have white pebble shores with beautiful views and the though the water is cold, we stick our feet in. After some required tourist shopping (they are known for their coral and painted tiles) we hang out on the docks watching boats come and go while the sun sets before boarding our hydrofoil back to Napoli.
For dinner upon recommendation we go to Pizzeria da Michele, that boasts the best pizza in the world. After a wait with locals we finally get a table and a choice of pizza margherita or pizza marinara. The food is wonderful and the location is noted for being where they filmed part of Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts!
Day two involves taking a train, bus, and walk up the steep mountain side of Mount Vesuvius, notoriously known for destroying the ancient city of Pompeii. At the top we are above many clouds and have a wonderful lookout over Napoli to the north, and Sorrento to the South, with Capri in the distance and the sea meeting the sky in a perfect line. The last bit of the journey is a 500 meter walk to the crest of the crater which I must admit was a steep trek. Part of the volcano smokes a little which is a good reminder of what we are actually standing on.
It has been a great adventure and we agree we can mark these off our bucket lists!