|This is our third time in Naples and we were determined to see all the treasures in the National Museum this time. The past two times it was shut or half of it was closed off. We wanted to see in particular the mosaics that were taken from the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and we were not disappointed. As you can see from the photos the tiny tile mosaics and painted wall frescoes are lovely. They show how wealthy the people were.
After the museum we walked around to find a funicular that would take us up to the Castle of St. Elmo stopping on the way for cappuccinos and chocolate croissants. We found a typical café with the old guys sitting out front. The lady in the café asked one of them to move over so we could sit down outside. He didn’t seem to mind. I think these old boys sit there all day shooting the breeze.
The fort is a very impressive 16C fortification looking down over the city. The buildings inside are not open except for one set up as an art gallery. The structure itself is massive and we walked around the walls that give beautiful views of the city and the Bay of Naples. We took a different funicular back down again nearer to the port and wandered around, had a gelato, window shopped and headed back to the port.
Naples is not what you would call a beautiful city but it is very impressive and has some wonderful buildings and a faded grandeur about it.