From Rome to Naples


When the alarm rang at 6:15 am, I was so tempted to press snooze.  We had been up until 1:30 the night before planning trips to Vienna, Brussels, Milan and other exotic places in Europe.  Rather than continue to sleep longer, I hopped out of bed with a jolt of excitement. Today, I was going to the Amalfi Coast!

We walked an hour to through Rome before we arrived at the train station.  With only a little time to spare, we found our station and boarded the train for Naples. Before arriving in Naples, I thought Rome was a hectic and crazy city.  Naples was unlike any European city I had ever been to – the city was dirty, crowded, and congested to the extreme. 

In Naples, we made our way through the city to a supposedly delicious pizzeria: L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.  Only a humble sign marked the spot of this famous pizzeria.  When I opened the door, an aroma of melted mozzarella, warm crust, basil, and tomatoes fill the air around me. L’Antica Pizzeria only served two types of pizza: Pizza Margarita and Pizza Marinara. 

Travel Tip: The train trip from Rome to Naples is easy and can cost anything from 10 euros to 45 euros, depending on the type of train and the time.  For more information visit:


Mallory Dirks, Simpson College

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I chose to do this rather than book my own trip in Rome - I wanted to experience one organized/sight-seeing trip rather than a relaxing vacation like many of my others had been. Two friends and I signed up for WSA Rome and don't regret a thing. We met wonderful people, were led by an awesome tour guide Rhianne, and got to see everything I wanted to see in Rome. Plus eat all the best food. There is an optional dinner on the last night that we didn't do right away, but we ended up going to it, and it was SO worth the 20 euro. I made memories and friends, and got to see a beautiful, historic city thanks to WSA!!

Mallory Dirks, Simpson College ~ University of Roehampton, London, Fall 2015

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