A few days before starting my PhD in the UK (almost five years ago), I wrote a post (called “This is not goodbye”), declaring all my love to my beautiful city. The closing lines were, “I love you! You are the woman of my life! Wait for me, I’m coming back” (woman because city is a feminine word in Italian).
With these premises, I was bound to miss it. However, I could not imagine how incredibly much. Those 4 years have really been emotionally exhausting.
And now I am in the US, and, for a weird twist of fate, I cannot go back, even if I wanted to.
So, I am writing another love declaration. A bit more dynamic this time: a list of what I miss the most about Naples.
Number 5: Street Art
Imagine walking for the streets of Naples. The noise, the crowd, the cars, the motorbikes, the food smell. While you fill your senses with everything, murals of all kinds catch your attention: colorful or black and white, portrait or tag, well-preserved or ruined, with a message or without. The city is one beautiful, immense canvas, where street artists from everywhere leave their signature.
Number 4: History
The history of the city – from the Greek foundation to modern times – is what made me fall in love with it in the first place. It is just so much. The city itself is a composite of historical layers that you can often cross.
When you are lucky, some of these layers intertwine. Walking around, with my nose up, and discovering them is one of my favorite hobbies.
Number 3: People
Yeah, Neapolitan people are one of the things I miss the most about Naples. Playful, joyful, always helpful, they make you feel part of a community. They will treat you to a nice coffee and go out of their way to help. I have never felt alone there.
Number 2: Food
Whether you haw a sweet tooth or you prefer sour food, Naples will never disappoint you. Birthplace of world-famous pizza, Naples adopted food from all over and made it local. From the babà to the coffee itself, Naples is a place of contamination. Still, everything is just unique, and we will talk about it in the future.
Number 1: Panoramas
Picture this: you are on a bus, on your way back at the end of a long day at University. It was a stressful day; the bus is quite crowded, you feel a bit nervous. Then the bus turns a corner, a beautiful sunset on the sea appears, and everything goes away.
Whether you go for a stroll on a Sunday morning, for a drink on a Saturday night, or if it just happens to appear in front of you, the views and panoramas will just fill your soul and take your breath away.