Napoli: The birthplace of PIZZA!

For the few of you that didn't know that, you do now. "When you go to Naples you must order Pizza as it's the best in the World". This I was told a number of times and as a pizza lover back home       in the UK, that was something I was a little sceptical about. After all, how many different ways are there to prepare and cook a pizza!? Would such high expectations yield another anti-climatic experience? ...

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Napoli: A city of two surprising halves...

And so my journey 'down south' continues folks. When my Rome friends discovered I was off to Naples, their words in unison were along the lines of "Naples is beautiful but always keep your eyes open". Ah, more warnings I see although these were from Italians that have lived in this country all their lives so I was certainly inclined to take note. I left Rome Termini in the direction of Napoli via this beast: ...

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A return to a holy place for a wholly holy person

Bit of a tongue-twister that and no, I don't mean myself as I've never been here before! So sadly it's my last full day in Italy's capital and I have to say, I've really enjoyed it. Today then will be about the tourist attraction - Vatican city! As I briefly spoke about in a previous post, I've not needed to use the metro once due to the frequency of the Rome bus service but today I paid my £1 to get to T ...

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Day 2: An Italian education...

I had a fantastic day today but the formula remains incredibly simple: Mid 20s sunshine, a mixture of on-foot and bus transportation, some tunes, a positive mental attitude and a plan. Oh...and being wined and dined for by two Italian ladies... Uncle Andrea - you underestimated me in your last comment by stating singular, not plural :-) With regards a plan, thanks to a comment from a cousin I didn't need to p ...

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'When in ....'

I known you know the saying - don't make me spell it out... So a friend and ex-colleague guessed that I would take on Bulgaria next -another classic Eastern European capital with decent forward routes for afterwards. That would have been on the cards (and hopefully still is) but I found myself with a number of reasons to first come to one of the World's most expensive cities.... 1) I've actually not been here before. Our f ...

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