We had been craving downtown Naples pizza for a while now. We typically get pizza once or twice a week from our favorite place by our house, and it is excellent. But there is something about the way the pizza is made in Naples center that is far different than the pizza in the surrounding areas. So we figured, why not go to the most famous pizzeria in Naples - Pizzeria da Michele. You might recognize it from the movie Eat, Pray, Love where Julia Roberts sits down to have a pie. When we first moved to Naples we went to this pizzeria with Jon's parents and waited almost TWO hours to sit down. This time we only waited about 20 minutes since it is the off season and we went earlier in the day. This is touted as being the best pizza in Naples so it got us thinking... if Italy has the best pizza in the world, and Naples has the best pizza in Italy, then I guess this must be the best pizza in the world! Oh, and it is. A gooey liquid center caused by the Buffalo Mozzarella, with a sweet doughy crust. It was perfection.
|My margherita pizza|
|Naples and Mt. Vesuvius|
|Spaccanapoli - The street that splits Naples in two|
|The Amalfi Coast in the back|
|Taken from Artribune|
We walked right to Castle dell'Ovo, the Egg Castle. It is named such because according to a medieval legend, the Roman poet Virgil put a magical egg inside the foundation of castle (or according to another story, inside a cage in its dungeon). Legend has it that if the egg breaks, the city of Naples would experience death and destruction.
|Castle dell'Ovo on a cloudy day in April 2012|
There is yet another castle in Naples that is hard to miss if you are catching any ferry to any of the islands, as the castle towers over the port. Castle Nuovo, or the New Castle began construction in 1279 and was called the New Castle in order to distinguish it from Castle dell'Ovo. We didn't visit this castle on this particular day, but it seemed like a good time to put in what we did see last April.
|The Grand Courtyard|
|On the archway of the entrance|
|In "Armory Hall" where the floor is made of glass and you can see ancient ruins & skeletons|
|Inside Baron's Hall|
|The dome of Baron's Hall|