Month: May 2015

Naples and Pompeii in a day

Setting off early, I arrived at Termini station to get the train to Naples. I hadn’t pre-booked my ticket but was able to buy one on the day for £19 which would get me to Naples in a couple of hours. If you get organised and pre-book your tickets you can get a single journey for around 9 euros but be aware that there are different speeds of trains ranging from the fast train (the most expensive) to the slowest which takes around 3 hours. As soon as I arrived in Naples I was greeted with complete chaos. Lots of characters milling around the streets and speaking to me in Italian, hundreds of cars passing through the main square honking their horns, and generally lots of noise. I liked this place already. Once I got to the centre of Naples and started exploring busy side streets adorned with shops selling anything and everything, I started to get hungry. I was on a mission to sample some of the legendary pizza that I had heard so much about. Had …

Three days in Rome

For someone who lives in London, I should have seen a lot of more of Europe. Many of my friends who have moved to London from further afield have not hesitated to take advantage of Europe ‘on our doorstep’ and it got me thinking it was about time I did too.  So it was decided, Italy would be next on my European hit list and I would see, do and eat as much as I could in one week. My itinerary was as follows:  3 days in Rome, a morning in Naples, an afternoon in Pompeii, a day in Sorrento and then the last two days in Positano. I’m the first to admit that I’m not the most organised of travellers so with little time to waste and a very rough plan, I was ready to go. The first thing I will mention is the the question of where to stay. If, like me, you hardly spend any time in the hotel and are just after something affordable, clean and basic then it is not essential to stay …