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    Gallipoli, Italy

    The Anti-Florence

    Staying with the theme of challenging one’s self, we bring you the city of Naples, Italy. This city is not for the faint of heart, for the package tourist, or people who enjoy their reality mediated. Naples is the anti-Florence. It is the wild, woolly west as compared to the lovely but Disney-esque experience of Fierenza. Naples is the home of the Camorra — the mafia — as well as the place that originated pizza. It can be a dangerous place, a strange mix of poverty, style, wealth, body guards, Roman Catholic hierarchy, corruption, and chaos. A place where I was told the children are not children, they are small criminals; a place where at any minute you may be in a frame from a Bond or Jason Bourne film. In short, it is an intense place filled with dramatic, operatic people who to me were fascinating but to some would be terrifying. We stayed at this Airbnb; it was fantastic. They have a few rooms; go for one in the back away from the street. Ask them to hook you up with a guide — there are places you will want to go that you really shouldn’t without a local watching your back.

    Andreas Tzortzis
    Andreas Tzortzis
    He has worked as a journalist for the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek and Monocle Magazine from Berlin and London before leading Red Bull’s mainstream-facing content platform, The Red Bulletin, from Los Angeles. He recently returned to his hometown of San Francisco with his small family. dre@agei.st
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