The Street Markets of Naples

Napoli is a maze of narrow cobbled streets that would challenge any map guru. But if you are bold enough to let yourself get lost for a short time, the hubbub of the early morning street markets will most certainly entertain you. Fish mongers energetically display their fresh catch of the day while the shopkeeper next to him fiddles with purses, scarves, souvenirs, and various odds and ends. The magic is in your bargaining techniques and the ability to walk away. Most often you will be called back and your offer accepted. Shoes and wallets, watches and toys, clothing and umbrellas. The list is endless.

These photos I randomly took one morning as I made my way through tight winding streets with vendors setting up their products to sell.The smell of bakeries turning out croissants and rolls came and went on the cool morning air. Napoli was waking up, and about to begin its daily commotion, some would say craziness, of another day.

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Setting up a fish market

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Fish market display

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More yet….the display grows larger

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No shortage of food items

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Prosciutto in a store window

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What a ham! Silly face…..

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Fruits and veggies

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Three cans of vino rosso for a euro! Unbelievable…..wonder how it tastes….

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Sunglasses and you name it’s

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Craw dads? Not sure, but fascinating!

The markets are colorful, varied and bargainville. After working your way down a maze or two, stop at a shop for pizza, Napoli style. A simply unforgettable delight.

What else did I find in these narrow medieval mazes? Hard to believe, but true.
More to come, so stay tuned!

A Visual Stroll Through Naples

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Napoli! Grimy, busy, beautiful, old, historical, noisy…..uniquely unforgettable. I had only one day to walk through Naples and capture typical street scenes as I passed through. There are few captions under the pictures. So instead of filling your mind with a lot of historical facts and figures, I invite you to just sit back and enjoy the ride….

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Mt. Vesuvius looms in the distance.

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Naples is Italy’s third largest and most densely populated city with over one million people. Its colorful and vibrant street life will make an impression on anyone traveling through its maze of streets. The Neapolitans have a knack for living on the edge. I observed them to be full of life, energetically connected, living, eating and raising their families with a sense of whimsy and dignity. Loud, clamorous, polluted, fast moving…..yet compelling. A city that produced pizza and Sophia Loren can’t be all bad.

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