Things to do in Naples, Italy

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Welcome to Naples, a city where history, art and culture converge amidst the backdrop of stunning natural beauty. From its ancient streets to its vibrant markets, Naples is a city that promises an adventure at every turn. This guide is your key to unlocking the city's treasures.

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Where to stay in Naples, Italy

Romeo Hotel

Discover contemporary luxury and Italian elegance at this sleek and sophisticated hotel in the heart of Naples, where impeccable service, stunning views and exquisite design create a memorable stay experience.



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Caruso Place Boutique & Wellness Suites

Where luxury meets tranquility in an intimate oasis of comfort and well-being.

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  • Upgrade & guaranteed late check-out.

  • Complimentary cocktail per guest, per stay

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Grand Hotel Vesuvio

Immerse yourself in timeless elegance and breathtaking views at this iconic waterfront hotel in Naples, where classic charm, impeccable service and a rich history combine to create an unforgettable stay.

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Things to do in Naples, Italy

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Naples, or Napoli as it is known locally, is not just a city—it's an experience. With roots stretching back to the second millennium BC, Naples is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited urban areas, boasting a history that has left an indelible mark on its architecture, art and culture. This city is a living museum, where ancient ruins coexist with Baroque churches and bustling modern neighborhoods.

As you walk through the city, you'll feel the pulse of life that has coursed through its streets for centuries. The historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a labyrinth of narrow alleys lined with colorful buildings, vibrant markets and hidden piazzas.

This guide is your companion to discovering the many facets of the city. From its historic landmarks and artistic treasures to its culinary delights and natural wonders, let's explore the best things to do in Naples:

Historical Landmarks

  • Pompeii and Herculaneum: These UNESCO World Heritage sites offer a unique glimpse into life in ancient Rome, frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Don't miss the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii, known for its well-preserved frescoes.

  • Castel dell'Ovo: The oldest standing fortification in Naples. Legend has it that the castle contains a magical egg that maintains the city's stability. Enjoy the maritime museum inside and the panoramic views of the Bay of Naples.

  • Naples Cathedral (Duomo di San Gennaro): This cathedral is a fine example of Gothic and Baroque architecture. It houses the relics of San Gennaro, the city's patron saint and is famous for the Miracle of the Blood ceremony.

Museums and Art

  • National Archaeological Museum: It's a must-visit for its extensive collection of Roman artifacts from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other sites. The Farnese Collection of sculptures, including the famed Hercules, is a highlight.

  • Capodimonte Museum: Set in a grand Bourbon palazzo amid beautiful parkland, this museum boasts works by Renaissance and Baroque masters like Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael.

Highlights

  • Neapolitan Pizza: Discover the birthplace of pizza at renowned spots like L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, where the art of pizza making becomes a cultural experience.

  • Street Food Tour: Sample local street foods like 'sfogliatella' (a shell-shaped filled pastry) and 'cuoppo di mare' (a paper cone filled with fried seafood), exploring Naples' culinary soul.

  • Amalfi Coast: Just an hour's drive from Naples, this world-famous coastline is dotted with picturesque towns like Positano and Amalfi, offering breathtaking views and charming beaches.

  • San Carlo Theatre: An evening at this opulent opera house, opened in 1737, offers a chance to immerse in Italy's rich musical tradition, with performances ranging from opera to ballet.

  • Mount Vesuvius: The hike to the crater of this still-active volcano is a journey through geological time, offering a unique perspective on the force that shaped the region's history.

Local Markets and Shopping

  • Via San Gregorio Armeno: This narrow street is famous for its artisan shops specializing in handcrafted Nativity scenes, a Neapolitan Christmas tradition.

  • Pignasecca Market: Experience the vibrant local culture at Naples' oldest street market, a place to find fresh produce, seafood, and a variety of local specialties.
    Nightlife and Entertainment

  • Piazza Bellini: In the heart of the historic center, this square is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening drink, surrounded by lively bars and the buzz of local and international crowds.

Off-the-Beaten-Path

  • Procida Island: This colorful island, recently named Italy's Capital of Culture, is a serene escape from the city's hustle, known for its picturesque Marina Corricella.

  • Catacombs of San Gennaro: These extensive underground burial sites offer a fascinating journey into the early Christian history of Naples.

Essential Tips

  • Getting Around: Utilize the city's metro, buses, and funiculars. Consider a daily or multi-day pass for convenience.

  • Safety Tips: Stay vigilant in crowded areas and use common sense, especially at night.

  • Best Times to Visit: Spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds.

Day Trips:

One-Day Trip to Amalfi Coast from Naples

  • Start Early: Begin your day early. This gives you enough time to enjoy the Amalfi Coast without rushing.

  • Transportation: You can choose between a train to Sorrento and then a SITA bus to Amalfi, a direct bus from Naples, or renting a car for more flexibility. Consider the ferry service for a scenic route, though it might be more time-consuming.

  • Arrive in Positano: Your first stop should be Positano, a cliffside village with colorful buildings cascading down to the sea.

  • Stroll and Explore: Walk through the narrow streets, visit boutique shops, and enjoy a coffee at one of the seafront cafes. Don't miss the Church of Santa Maria Assunta with its beautiful majolica-tiled dome.

  • Beach Time: Spend some time on the Spiaggia Grande, the main beach, for picturesque views and a vibrant atmosphere.

  • Dining with a View: Choose a restaurant with a sea view for lunch. La Zagara, with its beautiful garden setting, or Ristorante La Sponda, known for its excellent cuisine and romantic ambiance, are great options.

  • Travel to Amalfi: Around 2:00 PM, head to Amalfi Town. The journey itself is scenic, with spectacular views of the coastline.

  • Discover Amalfi: Visit the Amalfi Cathedral, a 9th-century Roman Catholic cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo. Explore the Cloister of Paradise, known for its Arabic-influenced architecture.

  • Next Stop, Ravello: Take a short bus ride up to Ravello, a peaceful town with stunning sea views.

  • Villa Rufolo: Visit Villa Rufolo, known for its beautiful gardens and incredible views over the coastline. It's a perfect spot for memorable photos.

  • Villa Cimbrone: Another must-visit is Villa Cimbrone, famous for its Terrace of Infinity.

  • Dinner in Amalfi or Ravello: Enjoy an early dinner in either Amalfi or Ravello. Restaurants like Cumpa Cosimo in Ravello offer traditional Italian dishes.

  • Sunset Views: Before leaving, catch a glimpse of the sunset over the Amalfi Coast, which is simply breathtaking.

  • Return Journey: Plan to leave by 7:00 PM to return to Naples. The journey back is a time to relax and reflect on the day's beautiful experiences.

Tips for Your day Trip

  • Stay Hydrated: Carry a water bottle, as exploring the towns involves quite a bit of walking.

  • Comfortable Footwear: Wear comfortable shoes for walking on cobblestone streets and steps.

  • Check Transportation Schedules: Especially for buses and ferries, as they can vary seasonally.

  • Be Camera Ready: The Amalfi Coast is incredibly picturesque, so make sure your phone charged and ready.

Places to eat & drink in Naples, Italy

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Naples' culinary scene is as diverse as it is delicious, with a range of eateries from historic pizzerias to modern cafes. Here’s where you can savor the best of Neapolitan cuisine:

Iconic Pizzerias

  • L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele: Established in 1870, this world-famous pizzeria offers a simple menu focusing on classic Margherita and Marinara pizzas. The authenticity and traditional preparation make it a must-visit.

  • Pizzeria Sorbillo: Known for its light, airy crust and high-quality ingredients, Sorbillo serves some of the best pizza in Naples. The queues can be long, but the wait is worth it for a taste of authentic Neapolitan pizza.

  • Pizzeria Starita: A historic pizzeria with a charming ambiance, Starita offers a wide variety of pizzas, including fried pizzas – a unique Neapolitan specialty.

Seafood Restaurants

  • Il Transatlantico: Located in the picturesque Borgo Marinari, this restaurant offers stunning views of the Castel dell'Ovo and serves a variety of seafood dishes, prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

  • Antica Osteria da Tonino: For a more traditional experience, visit this cozy osteria known for its delicious seafood pasta and welcoming atmosphere.

Traditional Trattorias

  • Trattoria Da Nennella: Experience the lively Neapolitan spirit at Da Nennella, where you can enjoy traditional dishes like ‘spaghetti alle vongole’ (spaghetti with clams) in a bustling, friendly setting.

  • Antica Capri: This family-run trattoria in the historic center offers a range of Neapolitan specialties, including pasta, meat dishes, and locally sourced vegetables.

Street Food and Snacks

  • Cuopperia Fiorenzano: Located near Piazza Bellini, this spot is famous for its ‘cuoppo’ – a paper cone filled with a variety of fried seafood and vegetables, perfect for a quick and tasty snack.

  • Pasticceria Attanasio: Don’t miss trying the sfogliatella, a classic Neapolitan pastry. Attanasio is renowned for serving some of the best in the city, with a perfectly crisp shell and rich ricotta filling.

Upscale Dining

  • Palazzo Petrucci: For a fine dining experience, head to Palazzo Petrucci. Located near Piazza del Plebiscito, the restaurant offers innovative dishes that give a modern twist to traditional Neapolitan cuisine.

  • La Notizia: Renowned chef Enzo Coccia offers a gourmet pizza experience at La Notizia, where high-quality ingredients and creative combinations elevate the classic pizza to new culinary heights.

Coffee and Desserts

  • Gran Caffè Gambrinus: This historic coffee house is a perfect spot to enjoy a traditional Neapolitan coffee or a ‘caffè sospeso’, a suspended coffee left as a charitable gift for someone in need.

  • Gay Odin: Indulge in Naples’ chocolate tradition at Gay Odin, known for its exquisite handmade chocolates and foresta, a unique chocolate-coated ice cream.

Wine Bars

  • Enoteca Belledonne: Nestled in the Chiaia district, this wine bar offers a great selection of regional wines, paired with small plates of local cheeses and cured meats.

  • Vineria San Sebastiano: Near the historic center, this cozy wine bar is the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine and enjoy the ambiance of Naples at night.

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