Pozzuoli is not a city many people outside of Italy will have heard of, and if someone told you that it should be included in any itinerary of Naples, their confusion is likely only to deepen. However like there are undoubtedly quaint hamlets outside of any major city which locals select for the purposes of peace, quiet, and air quality, Pozzuoli offers visitors to Naples — not only beautiful sights, good food, and convenience, but clean, salty air, and calm people.
Naples, or Napoli as you should become used to calling it, is a brilliant, exciting, colorful, but tired old city that is far from the end of its shift. The cobblestones are severely worn down, and the mineral deposits and watermarks on the sides of the older buildings give one the sense it’s raining even if it’s not.
For a concrete-lunged city slicker, Napoli is not likely to cause a shock, but there is a degree of chaos about it that could wear someone down over time. Pozzuoli on the other hand more closely resembles what many people envisage when they think of Napoli — friendly, exuberant people who can tell you exactly which pizzeria is worth going to and why.
Practically speaking, Pozzuoli is 15-minutes by train from Napoli city center, and someone looking to take a ferry to the famous islands of Napoli, will find one in the heart of Pozzuoli’s port, next to the city center, where you’ll save money and time as compared to taking a ferry from Napoli.