“Here we are at last. The Italian proverb says “See Naples and die” but I say, see Naples and live; for there seems a great deal worth living for.”
― Arthur John Strutt
Definitely! The capital of the region Campania, Naples, is the city that goes beyond the borders of the “beauty” and has simple uniqueness hidden in its every building, in every church, even in every tiny shop and pizzeria. Thus, every corner in Naples is a source of an undeniable inspiration that animates people and alleviates the ones who actually go deep into the beauty of the city and appreciate the little things that it brings out.
We arrived at the center station of Naples. As soon as we get out of the train, the festive spirit wrapped us immediately when we noticed an old man playing a beautiful melody with a wide smile on his face in the middle of the station.
When we went out of the station, the very first view of the Dante Square, dominated by the statue of the renaissance poet, Dante Alighieri, warned us, “You are in Naples!”
The square was full of cheerful children playing, jumping, running, shouting and spreading positive energy to every person passing by. The scene was very familiar but I hadn’t seen it for a long time. Nowadays, you will rarely meet children who spend their time on outdoor games. But you will, definitely, meet them in Naples. While children were playing, adults were enjoying their Saturday morning cappuccino with typical Italian breakfast that mostly includes either croissants, dry cakes, brioches, in one word, pastries or toasts with famous mozzarella cheese and sunny-side up egg.
The narrowness of the streets is also a typical thing that can describe Naples. The narrow streets are an essential part of the city. They make it seem warm, tempting and maintain the friendly spirit of Naples that follows you in every single corner. While wandering the streets, when you are very close to strangers, you are scared and delighted at the same time. On one hand, you unintentionally listen to some interesting stories of people, feel warm in the crowds but on the other hand you are frightened with the strange faces of Neapolitans. They do really seem very strange and scary.
Pizza! It is what first comes to your mind when thinking about Naples, as it is the city where the first pizza was ever made. In fact, the world’s first pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, was opened in Naples in 1830s. It is interesting to know that the famous pizza “Margarita” actually reflects the Italian flag; if we look at the ingredients, it can be noticed that basil represents the green color, cheese the white and the tomato sauce represents the red color.
Finally, the Italian proverb “Vedi Napoli e poi mouri” that translates as “See Naples and die” is a reference to Naples in a way that whenever you see it, there is no reason for you to live as you have already seen everything.
The animated city, that has also a long historical background, gives light, energy, and inspiration to every person who dares to wander and get lost in its streets.