|Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples|
|The Cloister of Santa Chiara|
|a Gino Sorbillo pizza: mozzarella, artichokes, tomatoes and basil|
|Mussels for sale on the street|
|A mosaic panel from Pompeii, Museo Archeologico|
|A close-up of the mosaic, showing the tiny tesserae.|
|A fresco painting from a wall in Pompeii, Museo Archeologico|
|Silver items from Pompeii, Museo Archeologico|
|Farnese Hercules, Museo Archeologico|
|Besides pizza, Naples is also famous for other food, including special types of pastry. I found the renowned pasticceria Scaturchio in the well-known shopping area called Spaccanapoli, and bought a few of the gems, including sfogliatelle, babà and il ministeriale.|
|Sfogliatelle, Babà, and a ministeriale.|
Sfogliatelle means many layers and they resemble leaves stacked on top of each other. They look like seashells when baked. The pastries are then filled with a sweetened ricotta cream and candied orange bits. Babà = is a small cake saturated in rum and sometimes filled with cream. (I got a small version: the usual one is the size of a fist!) The ministeriale is a chocolate medallion filled with chocolate cream and liquor. I also tried arancini (stuffed rice balls which are coated with breadcrumbs and deep fat fried), and potato croquettes for a snack one day. Neapolitans seem to love many types of fried foods. They have places there called a friggitoria (frying place) that I haven't seen elsewhere in Italy.
|Presepe items on Spaccanapoli|
On my last day in Naples, I rode one of the four funiculars (cable railway) that operate in Naples, taking me high above the city to the Vomero area, where there are panoramic vistas of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and the Bay of Naples. I headed for Castel Sant'Elmo, which looms high above the city and has spectacular views from every direction.
|The Bay of Naples, taken from Castel Sant'Elmo|