On September 1, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I had the big breakfast burrito in the Red Iguana Mexican place. It was so very tasty and big.
We got off the cruise ship at 9:30 am. It was completely overcast and gloomy out. We wore jeans and rain jackets and went into the city.
It was time to see the Il Tunnel Borbonico which are tunnels. The tour was in English that Ivan pre-booked. It was only us in the tour which was really cool. This was made in the 17th century as a military passage connecting the Royal Palace to Morelli street. It was also used for a bomb shelter during World War II. It was supposedly the most bombed city in the war (This sounds so familiar since we’ve heard it before on other tours for other cities that we’re bombed during the war – wonder which city was ACTUALLY the most bombed city during the war). It was really cavernous and huge down there. We’ve been to the Cuchi Tunnels in Vietnam? and those were even hard for me to walk in without bending over (I’m under 5 foot).
There was lots of old cars there since in the 1940’s to the 1970’s the police placed stolen or illegal cars here.
Ivan found out today that you can actually do rafting underneath the tunnels. Too bad that nobody was doing it today. It’s something you do have to book ahead. That would have been fun.
We did see parts of water tanks and the old electricity system on the wall.
Over by the old toilets, the lady played a air raid siren.. I think she should have played it longer for effect.
It is sad to think that people lived down here during the war. It was really spacious, but I’m sure it was quite depressing.
It was a really cool place. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take pictures because of copyright. They said they would send us pictures to our email for free (but still haven’t gotten them and it’s been two weeks after). I would definitely recommend seeing the tunnels.. it’s really worth the 10 euros per person. When you’re filling out the form to get the pictures via email you also get a ticket that lasts for the rest of the year. Our friendly tour guide said we should talk about us online like Tripadvisor or Twitter since they don’t advertise. She even told me that it’s weird that she works that and she can’t even take photos of where she works. If I worked there, I would sneak a few in. I don’t know her name but she was very passionate about the tunnels maybe since she doesn’t do that many tours.
It was warm out so we probably shouldn’t have worn jeans. It was a little cooler in the tunnels though.
We went back to the Carnival Breeze to change and relax for a bit. I worked on some art stuff and the blog while Ivan used the internet. Lil Dave came back to the room. He’s been playing some silly monkey trivia games with his friends.
Ivan and I went back into Naples to do our own self-guided pizza tour. Naples is where pizza was created. We wanted to try a few places eating a slice of pizza at each one.
Our first stop was the pizzeria called L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele that was used in the movie Eat Pray Love. There was a big crowd outside with people waiting for their number to be called. Ivan grabbed a number. It was rainy out. Ivan noticed that people had take-away boxes. Ivan is always the one to save some time.. he thought that we should just get a pizza take-away. It was weird that there were lots of people STILL waiting for their pizza inside the small restaurant inside.
There were only two options of pizza here: margherita and marinara – one with cheese and one without (Why oh why would you get it without cheese?!). We went for the margherita. We saved a lot of time by getting our pizza to go.
We picked a spot that had a cover so we wouldn’t get wet from the rain. The pizza had a lot of tomato making it more wet (which is definitely a Napoli pizza trait) and not enough cheese.
The cheese, tomato and bread were delicious. Ivan and I agreed that it needed more cheese. I gave it 8 out of 10 while Ivan scored the same.
The next stop was Pizzeria Sorbillo Antonio egigi Napoli (wheew what a name!). It was weird seeing an Asian taking out the pizzas at this place. The oven was right near the entrance. We got the funghi pizza which came with mozzarella, mushroom and pomodoro (tomato).
This pizza was a bit ordinary. I thought the cheese was good. We both agreed that the bread tasted great. I gave it 6 out of 10 while Ivan gave it 5 out of 10. There was a guy playing music on a tambour.
It was time for a break from all the pizza.. so we decided to check out the sights.
We checked out the Sansevero Chapel. The most famous marble statue is The Veiled Christ.
It’s amazing how the sculptor made the marble look very thin like a veil. There was another cool statue where the marble looks exactly like rope. It’s amazing the work these artists make.. the artists these days just pale in comparison compared to these artists.
Our last pizza stop was Di Matteo. We tried to go here earlier in the day, but it was way too busy probably since it was lunch time. Ivan was right to say that we should come back later. Ex-President Bill Clinton has visited here.
We got the pizza sampler which was divided into four – one with no cheese or sauce, but with mushrooms, anchovies, eggplant, olives (asked for artichokes, but I guess they ran out – took the olives off since we don’t like olives). The bread was okay, the tomato sauce was alright and the toppings and cheese were good. We had our slice of pizza with a glass of white wine. I gave it 5 out of 10 while Ivan gave it 4 out of 10.
The best pizza of the day was the Eat Pray Love pizza at L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. Naples is known for their use of tomato making the pizza more wet. It’s different.. but as long as the tomatoes are tasty it’s good. Also, they don’t use much cheese… so, I guess that leaves you concentrating on the toppings and flavors.
Watch a video of me reviewing the pizza at Di Matteo:
At the port, we bought some banana vermouth and a red wine. The bags are checked at the port with the Italians and they don’t care what you bring on. Usually, Carnival is very strict.. but this port had the gangway at Level 3 and they didn’t have a machine to check bags – plus they didn’t check what were the contents of the bag.
We went back on the Carnival Breeze right before 6 pm.
Ivan and I used the internet and I worked on the blog as well.
It was time for some entertainment. We saw Richard Griffin who’s a comedy magician – he wasn’t that funny and his tricks were the same ol’ stuff you see.
We went to dinner and chatted with our tablemates.