On-board Diary: A Walk Through Napoli, Italy

Author: Keith Ellenbogen
Date: July 12, 2008



Naples, spelled Napoli in Italian is the second largest city in Italy and the origin of the margarita pizza. Traditionally the pizza is made with mozzarella cheese, pomodoro (tomatos) and basil - each representing the red, white, and green of the Italian flag. The pizza was named after it was served to Queen Margherita when she visited the city.

Throughout the day we walked through the crowded streets of Napoli where we observed a diverse city that included romantically picturesque “vista” where restaurants and expensive yachts overlooked the volcano Vesuvius on the horizon. In contrast to the open ocean view along the harbor walkway — the center of Napoli was over crowded with people, at times trash, small cars, colorful plastic merchandise and cloths lining the skyline covering balconies of residential apartments.

With our ship re-supplied, this afternoon we departed the harbor in a continuing search for driftnet fishing boats.