Today we are leaving Capri (sadly) for our last stop in this whirlwind tour of Europe. We’ve really enjoyed Capri (more specifically Anacapri) and if we hadn’t been away so long, another few days here would have been heavenly.
But five weeks on the road is quite a bit and there’s a part of each of us that is keen to get home. We pack our suitcases into one of the open top Capri taxis and head down the windy OMG Mamma Mia road for the last time wondering just what Rome will have in store for us.
To be honest, although we have met some absolutely lovely people that have made our time in Italy pleasurable, we have had enough of the rude attitude we have found from the majority of Italians we have come across and we are not exactly fired up about our next few days in Rome.
To fill in some time, we stop at a cafe along Marine Grande, a coffee here, a sandwich there, an icecream, a glass of wine. It’s a great spot for people watching, and being a Saturday morning, it means one thing – the tourists are in!
The busses, boats, taxis and funicular queues sport masses of people, growing in number then clearing, and then growing again. It’s crazy! I wonder how people feel about coming to Capri for just the day – I bet they end up wishing they were staying at least one night.
Finally, it’s our turn to depart on one of the massive ferries. I’d like to tell you about the trip, but the truth is I fell asleep. It may have only been a 40 minute ride, but it felt like I was asleep for hours! We disembark the ferry and head to the waiting area to flag down a taxi to get us to Napoli Centrale train station, where we’ll be boarding our train to Rome.
I’ve heard the drivers in Napoli are absolutely crazy but to see it with your own eyes is incredible. They just drive anywhere, whenever, no matter if there’s a car right there in front of them. It’s no lie to say that every second car had a dent, or multiple dents or parts that would have been hanging off the car if it hadn’t been for the layers of sticky tape holding it together.
But we manage to make it safely to the station and after waiting what seems like AGES for our train (and encountering some more rude people along the way), we are finally on our train and heading to Rome.
It takes less than 1½ hours to get to our final destination and we aren’t sure quite what to expect when we get off the train. On our way through from Florence to Naples, the station didn’t look very inviting at all, to the point where I was beginning to rethink staying where we had booked. But we were quite surprised to find our way out into the streets easily and even found our hotel without too much trouble, which was quite the surprise inside.
It was quite early in the day, so after a freshen up, we decided to hit the streets to see what it was all about. We were in need of another one of the Hard Rock Cafe’s famous steaks and a load more broccoli (we ordered an extra side of seasonal vegetables to which the waitress replied I’m really sorry, but it’s just broccoli, to which we replied that was exactly what we wanted – she must have thought we were plain weird!).
Rome has a similar kind of feel to Budapest (not as beautiful or awesome though in my books) – gritty, but you know you kind of love it. You want to get to know her and explore her nooks and crannies because you know it will be worth it.
I just hope I can muster enough passion for exploring to get through the next few days because I’m really intrigued to check this place out!