Naples, Italy in December

Naples, Italy in December

adventure travel & photography

Destinations: Pakistan ◦◦ India ◦◦Turkey ◦◦ Egypt ◦◦ Bulgaria ◦◦ Mongolia ◦◦ Bangladesh ◦◦ Jordan ◦◦ Russia ◦◦ Turkmenistan ◦◦ Iran ◦◦ Kazakhstan ◦◦ Japan ◦◦ Hong Kong ◦◦ Greece ◦◦ Ukraine ◦◦ Syria ◦◦ Morocco ◦◦ Italy

Type: Photo stories ◦◦ Places ◦◦ Documentary ◦◦ Black and White ◦◦ Fine Art Prints ◦◦ Seascapes ◦◦ Urban

About 15 years ago, I visited Naples, Italy for the first time. I had a ticket for the ferry to Palermo and had about 3 hours to explore the city. Instead, I decided to take the Circumvisuviana local train to visit Sorento and other nearby towns. I wanted to make the most of every minute I had and, as a result, I returned to the port too late for the ferry. On the pier, I watched the ferry slowly disappear into the fog. I went to the train station and asked for a sleeper to Palermo, but the lady at the desk just threw me a ticket. Later that night, I boarded the train and barely managed to find a place to sit in the corridor, between two men in visibly poor condition, with my head touching the ashtray (at the time, the trains had ashtrays in the wagons). I spent the entire night in an extremely uncomfortable position. At the Strait of Messina, where the train entered Sicily, most passengers disembarked, allowing me to find a seat for the remainder of the journey to Palermo.

The lesson I learned was that it's much better to spend more time at one place instead of trying to cram in more places. That was the moment I realized how important it was to slow down and truly appreciate where I was: savor the atmosphere, have a glass of wine, observe the people around me, and bask in the moment.

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15 years later (December 2022), I decided to organize a company party for my own travel company in Naples. I spent two days with friends and colleagues exploring the small streets, savouring the cafes and bars, listening to music, talking to people and simply enjoying the time and atmosphere of this unique city. Fifteen years ago, on a train to Palermo, I learned an invaluable lesson which I strive to apply to my travels whenever I can. The gallery of images below is from my company's retreat to Naples, December 2022. My advice: don't be in a rush! Make the most of every moment of your life, and bear in mind that you cannot cheat time. It's not the amount of places you visit that matters, but the quality of the time spent there.

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