The Bay of Naples is quite beautiful, with many islands. Perhaps the
most famous is the Isle of Capri,
pictured below at sunset.
We anchored in a quiet bay on the island of Procida, which is on the
northern side of the Bay of Naples.
The little harbour behind the breakwater is full of fishing boats.
There were several restaurants on the waterfront, and we had dinner one
night in one of them.
This is the main town on Procida, on the other side of the hill from where
we were anchored. It is only a
15 minute walk across the hill, and from here we took the fast ferry to
Naples, a 40 minute trip.
At Pompeii, with Vesuvius looking benign in the background. Even in early
June, there were a lot of tourists.
The ruins were quite spectacular. As yet, they have excavated less
than a third of the town. Even so,
you could easily spend a whole day and not see everything.
One of the victims..........
Downtown Napoli, with State Police outside the cathedral.
Da Michele, the most famous Pizzeria in Naples. We had to get a
ticket and wait for an hour to get in.
They only make 2 kinds of pizza, Margharita with tomato, basil and
buffalo mozzarella, and marinara with
tomato,oregano and garlic. Not sure why they call it marinara, as
there is no seafood.
Making only 2 kinds of pizza, you don't have to wait long as they are
continuosly making them - a sort of
McDonalds assembly line.
And here is ours, one of of each to share. I have to say, they were
absolutely fantastic, worth the wait.
Below is Castel Aragonese on the island of Ischia, which is a couple of
miles from Procida. We anchored
below the Castel, which is privately owned but open to the public. It
is on a small island, with a causeway
to Ischia. About 2000 people used to live in houses around the
citadel, there were 6 or 7 churches and a
convent. There are several people living there now.
Fortunately, they have installed a lift which rises 60 metres through solid
rock, but we did walk down to the
entrance, a lot of that through tunnels in the rock.
On the Castel walls with Bondi Tram in the bay below.
Part of the interior. The Castel was heavily bombarded by the British
navy at the end of the 17th. century when
the French were in residence.