On our first day in Naples we started out by visiting San Martin Castle. It sits high above the city of Naples and it’s entrance is at the cul de sac where we caught the Funiculare that then took us down into the cobble stoned part of the old city.
We chose not to enter the castle partly because I was told that there really wasn’t much of interest in this particular building. But also partly because it would have meant a considerable amount of walking and my left foot was bandaged in an ace bandage and then stuffed into my birkenstock shoe. Everyone agreed that the added stress from all that unneccessary walking would have exacerbated the problem.
Here is a view of Naples from the cul de sac next to the Castle of San Martin. On the right you can just see the base of Mount Vesuvius.
Naples is a very hazy city with lots of air pollution. The residents all see it as the usual sight and I am told are not overly concerned about air quality. So, many of my current pictures of the city and Mount Vesuvius are somewhat hazy.
However, if we get a nice rain or a big wind that may blow the haze out making for much better, cleared pictures. But we’ll have to wait and see about the weather. Thus far the days have been sunny and the evenings chilly to cold.
As I suggested to begin we took the funiculare from the top of the hill down intoÂ a part of the city that is primarily narrow cobble stone streets replete with shops and booths with people selling vegetables and fish.