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Halfway Through Italy!

Ciao Tutti,


I’m currently on a train from Naples to Florence. Last night was pretty uneventful. After I got back to Naples from Capri I dropped my backpack off at my hostel and went to a traditional Neopolitan pizzeria. When I asked the hostel staff where I should go, they told me “Da Michele“. How could I resist going to pizzeria named after me?

Da Michele

Da Michele


It was about a 20 minute walk through the heart of Naples to get there. I walked along the main street & everything was pretty much closed because it was 7:00 PM on a Saturday.


The pizzeria was packed. They made sure every seat was filled even if it meant putting you at a table with a family of seven (in my case). The pizza was pretty good – I think I’ve had a few better ones in my travels throughout Italy. The ingredients in Naples just taste fresher. The pizza was so big that I all cut it into quarters and still had to fold each piece in half twice. It only cost €4, too!


After dinner, I returned to the hostel and spoke with a few people in my room until about midnight. There were three guys from Canada, one guy and two girls from Australia, and a girl from Korea. I love the social aspect of hostels. At about midnight, I decided to hit the sack since I had to wake up at 6:15 AM this morning.


Due to the recent earthquakes that hit Northern Italy, I have to reshuffle my plans.  Instead of going to Bologna or Verona, I’m spending more time in Florence & Milan.  I’ll be in to Florence for two days, then Milan for three and a half. I’ll do the touristy stuff in Florence today and relax for a day tomorrow. I’m meeting one of my teachers from Penn State for lunch tomorrow, then I want to do a few things that I was never able to do in Florence because I was always pressed for time.

Note: This post was originally published on June 3, 2012 in a blog entitled “Romeing Around Europe…Again” which chronicled my post-graduation trip across Europe.

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