A Quick Guide to

Naples, Italy

Joy Iromuanya

There are a few countries I’ve always wanted to visit, Italy being one of them. So when I got selected by a unit in Naples, I was stoked. And just like that I was off to Italy for two weeks to complete my Annual tour. 

Here is a list of the stops I made:

Castel dell’ Ovo (in English, Egg Castle) 

It’s the oldest castle in Naples. It has amazing views from the top. The castle’s name comes from a legend about the Roman poet Virgil, who had a reputation in the Middle Ages as a great sorcerer and predictor of the future. In the legend, Virgil put a magical egg into the foundations to support the fortifications. Had this egg been broken, the castle would have been destroyed and a series of disastrous events for Naples would have followed. 

Dixie Pub

I love Italian food, but I’m also born and raised in Nebraska and love my steaks. This welcoming pub has amazing meat, and great customer service. 

Festa Americana

This is an annual event. It’s held to celebrate the independence of the United States of America and to share American culture with the local Italian community. The event has food vendors, carnival rides, live music and the most amazing firework show you’ll ever see. It’s held at Carney Park. Carney Park is a really cool facility. It has a 9-hole golf course, Olympic size outdoor swimming pool, softball fields and so much more. And get this, it’s sitting inside a dormant volcano. My unit also provides security for the event. 

Chiesa di Gesù Nuovo (Church of New Jesus) 

Originally built as a palace. This church has a stunning alter of marble with a domed ceiling. A masterpiece of gothic and baroque architecture, beautiful frescoes and stunning sculptures.