What I did and saw:
Vesuvius is an active volcano that is most famous for destroying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum as recorded by Pliny the Younger. It is currently a tourist attraction, and I was able to walk to the top and look down the volcano. While there is no lava to be seen, it is a very impressive site. It also provides some views of the surrounding area (which it has previously destroyed) and the coastline. Due to the fact that the surrounding area is very densely populated, Vesuvius is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world today.
Pompeii and Herculaneum-
Pompeii and Herculaneum were the two most significant cities destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. Due to the nature of their destruction, the locations are very well preserved. They provide a glimpse into what life was like in that area in the first century AD.
Giardino della Regina and Parco Superiore-
Portici offers some people green spaces to enjoy. The Giardino della Regina is part of the park and gardens of the Palace of Portici. It is free to enter the area, but there is a cost to enter the palace, museum, and botanical gardens. The Parco Superiore is a large park with many places to sit and enjoy the surrounding nature.
Where I ate and drank:
Da Giuseppe Al Granatello-
I had an amazing meal at Da Giuseppe Al Granatello. There is no menu at the resturant, but the owner sits down at your table, explains what they have, and makes suggestions based on your preferences. This ensures that the food is incredibly fresh and well made. It is definitely worth a try if you are in Portici.
Pasticceria De Vivo-
Located in Pompeii, Pasticceria De Vivo has been serving Italian pastries and gelato since 1955. There gelato (like many places in Italy) is delicious.
Antica Gelateria Gallo-
Antica Gelateria Gallo is another great Italian gelato place in Portici.
Where I stayed:
Fabric Hostel was a nice place to stay while in Portici. Apparently amatuer musicians will often stay there and do performances in the common area. The kitchen did not have many things to work with, but the staff was very kind and provided me with very nice welcome packet that had recommendations for my time in the city.
How I got around:
I used the regional train to arrive in Portici. Once in Portici I used the local train (which is probably the worst train system I have been on so far) to get to places like Pompeii, and I used the public bus to go up to Vesuvius. I walked to Herculaneum from my hostel and walked from place to place while in Portici.
My favorite thing:
My favorite thing about the Portici area was getting to go to the top of Vesuvius and seeing the history in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
My least favorite thing:
My least favorite part of Portici was the regional train system. It could use a significant update. However, it was not too expensive and still got me where I wanted to be.
For next time:
Next time I am in the Portici area I would like to get down to the Almafi Coast area to see places like Sorrento and Positano.
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