Naples, Italy

THE STREETS OF NAPLES

In Blog, Italy by thedustyroad

When we visited Naples, the streets amazed me in both good and bad ways. I was captivated by the narrow alleyways with buildings that seemed to soar unbelievably high above the street, even though they were only four or five stories high. The architecture was also so different to what I had been exposed to previously. Ancient apartment buildings linked with beautiful churches and piazzas. I found it quite remarkable.

As we arrived late in Naples, I was quite surprised by how creepy the streets seemed. The narrow alleys were cast in a shadow more than what you would expect, even during the night. Graffiti covered majority of the buildings, church’s, fences; basically anything at ground level was covered in colourful tagging. In combination with the narrow cobblestone alley ways the derelict looking buildings didn’t give off the romantic vibe I was expecting from Italy. While I had seen and read some European countries were struggling with graffiti problems, I wasn’t expecting it to be so widespread.

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The ground levels of Naples, scarred with graffiti


Naples, Italy

One of the endless bakeries that line the alleys, the goods overflowing onto the street side


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The local ‘cremeria’ with a whole array of foods


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A cafe not dissimilar to what we might find at home, the main difference is the locals who prefer to stand at the bar, quickly drinking their coffee before continuing with their day


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As with the bakeries, the gelato shops are plentiful throughout Naples. I found it difficult to walk past, amazed by the beautiful colours and exciting flavours


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Believe it or not, cars come hurtling along these narrow alley ways. It makes sense why all the cars are so small… and also covered with dents

Streets of Naples
Streets of Naples

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The bright colours detract from the graffiti and are quick to draw you in


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Yet another bakery, you could try a different place every day for months before you had tried them all!


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The overflowing ‘leather lab’ boasting handbags made in Naples

Streets of Naples
Streets of Naples

Naples Italy

It wasn’t uncommon to see the shop owners hanging around outside their shops, often chatting to locals or having a smoke


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The number of delicatessens in the area would lead you to believe the Italians only eat bread and meats