July 11 & 12, 2017
Naples is Italy’s third-largest city is one of its oldest. Naples’ historic center is a Unesco World Heritage Site, its archaeological treasures are among the world’s most important.
Aside from its great historical importance, Naples is famous for pizza, gelato, Capri, and Pompeii.
Our flight from JFK landed in Naples mid-morning. Thanks to Alitalia’s excellent business class service we were rested and well fed and ready to go when we landed in Naples. We checked in and walked to the port to catch a ferry to Capri and the Blue Grotto.
Because we had planned for some flexibility in Naples, both on the front end and back, we did not pre-book a guide. When we arrived at Capri, we were immediately approached by a boat owner to go the Blue Grotto. We negotiated a 3 or 4-hour tour around the island in addition to the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto was amazing. We were only in the grotto for a few minutes, but the color was magical. Once you have secured a ride to the Blue Grotto you will be faced with a crowd of boats jockeying for position so you can be offloaded into a smaller boat to actually enter the grotto. I suggest a bribe!
The sail around the island was relaxing and perfect for jet lag recovery. Back on land, while waiting for our transport back to Naples, Allan had the “best” beer of his life.