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Southern Italy Trip: Naples, Tropea, the Aeolians, Taormina and Palermo

Southern Italy Trip: Naples, Tropea, the Aeolians, Taormina and Palermo

Old May 8th, 2007, 03:52 AM
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I think your itinerary should suit you very well, from what you've told us. For me it would be a bit too much moving around but I'm not you.

Your walking plan in Naples will work fine in one day - the historic centre is not that large - but assuming you don't want to spend too much time stopping & touring many churches etc. Bear in mind also that many churches etc are closed in the middle of the day - check the opening times of each place you want to visit then plan your detailed itinerary accordingly.

IMO it's not necessary to go all the way up via Toledo - most of it is a pretty standard shopping street, although piazza Dante is an OK place to stop for a drink if it fits into your schedule at some point. I would recommend just walking up via Toledo as far as Spaccanapoli, the 'spine' of the old city, then turning right and walking the length of that. (As you are probably aware, Spaccanapoli is an overall name and it's made up of several different actual street names. I can't offhand remember the name of the first bit, where you'd turn off, but if you take the street that leads to Gesu Nuovo, that's it.)

BTW the Catacombe di San Gennaro are a bus ride out of the city centre, on the way to Capodimonte, but to me were the best sight we visited.
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Thanks Caroline, the only 4 religious places I don't want to miss in the historic center are il Duomo, la Capella San Severo, il Gesù and Santa Chiara. If I have time to visit other churches, I certainly will, but those 4 are my main priority. Piazza del Plebiscito and the the surrounding buildings seem to be nice as well.

I'm still working on mu itinerary in Naples, though.
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The excavations under San Lorenzo Maggiore are very interesting. I didn't visit Santa Chiara - whenever we passed there was a service going on - so I don't know how interesting it is. Gesu Nuova was very interesting for the cult of 'the Good Doctor'.
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if you are in Messina (on the way to Taormina) remember to see the Cathedral clock at midday.
Stromboli Volcano is worth a visit too.
You can also climb it (2 nights).
If you need suggestion for Tropea I live here.
Have a nice trip.
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Hi Donaill-

We went to the Naples area for two weeks two years ago and had an amazing time! I would go back in a heartbeat. This is my first time on this forum- I've been sticking to Asia because we are going to Hong Kong in a week.

I would definitely reccommend the Castello Aragonese on Ischia! It was one of my favorite sights. The restaurant at the base of the castle had the best bruschetta of our trip.

There is also a castle on Capri that is really cool. It used to be Hadrian's summerhouse- VERY steep walk. The views are stunning. San Genarro is really beautiful. Erculaneum is very interesting as well- really neat to see the difference between it and Pompeii. If you only have time for one, I would reccomend Pompeii, it's more extensive. It's also very easy to get to by train. We climbed Vesuvius , but since I have vertigo, I didn't enjoy it very much. Driving down the Amalfi coast was an experience I will never forget. We went to Sorrento, Amalfi and Vietri.

There are two other castles in Naples that I remember- the Castel Nuovo and another one that's near the harbor. We took great pics of the harbor and Vesuvius from there.

Side note- If you like liquor, try to buy lemoncello that is made in Sorrento-the acidity in the lemons is lower, so the flavor is better. I wish we still had some left.
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