A lets us in on the secrets of her love affair with Italy's most unique cityIt's fair to say I'm a tad biased when it comes to Italy. As someone once remarked, it's like me and Italy were meant to be. My love for Italy has been a lifelong affair, from my devotion to Italian art as a child, to my obsession with coffee, and in recent years having been blessed enough to visit Florence, Sienna, Milan, Calabria and Naples.
Of late, I've fallen for Naples. This rough-round-the-edges, vibrant, crazy city has captivated me completely and has earned itself a very special place in my heart.
|A typical street in central Naples, so bursting with life, it spills right out onto the street.|
|The ancient abuts the new, the old, the beautiful and the ugly. This is Naples – honest, ugly beauty.|
|One of the many breathtakingly beautiful churches in Naples.|
|The many ages of the city overlap and collide, resulting in stark contrasts in architectural style.|
|I like to think Naples loves me back.|
|Rather than detracting from it, the graffiti somehow adds to the beauty and authenticity of the city.|
The food, oh the food! Being right on the coast means fresh seafood is two-a-penny in Naples. The fishmongers are like sweet shops. And the sweet shops aren't half-bad either. And, being Italy, good food is everywhere. I've eaten in city centre cafes, chain restaurants, and out of town surely-this-is-someone's-front-room places, and in all of them, the food was exquisite. In true Italian style, simplicity is honored in cooking, as is time, and tradition.
|Fresher fish you couldn't find.|
|A classic Neapolitan dish, spaghetti alle vongole, done very, very, well.|
|Like a kid in a sweetshop. Neapolitans really do sweets well, there are so many I've yet to try!|
The coffee really is all it's cracked up to be. Every street corner guarantees a perfectly poured espresso, with the right balance of bitter and sweet, topped with a beautiful créma.
|Un caffè. Enough said.|
|This was in a tiny, hidden-away restaurant in the historical centre of Naples that served only ragu and four types of pasta. Oh, and the most divine wine for less then ten euros a bottle.|