Naples things to do in vacationStaff
Where To Stay In Naples
Before planning any itinerary, deciding on where to stay in Naples is your priority. Visitors are spoilt for choice in this homely city with an abundance of different types of accommodation to choose from. When visiting Naples where to stay should come as your primary point of planning to give better structure to the experience you want to have.
Public transport in Italy is regular with trains running across the country making traveling between cities feasible and economic. Visitors travelling from the capital, Rome, or other larger cities such as Florence can access Naples easily, with the city’s main train station located centrally. It takes just under 2 hours to reach Naples from Rome and the city is also accessible via other modes of transport too.
For a luxury experience, why not travel to the city by yacht? If you are staying at a nearby Amalfi location or the island of Ischia, travelling to Naples via the sea is certainly worth considering.
Napoli Classica Itinerary
The Napoli ‘Classica’ itinerary showcases the most renowned points of culture, art, and architecture throughout the city. While the city itself is adorned with unique sights and historic landmarks, this itinerary is going to give you a classic insight into the city.
Start With Picturesque Panoramas: Castel dell’Ovo
First on this classic itinerary is a castle with a peculiar name. Castel dell’Ovo is a Norman seaside castle located on the island of Megaride, and its name literally translates to Castle of The Egg in Italian. Legend says that a Roman scribe buried an egg on the site in which the castle stands to preempt when the castle will fall, stating that the egg will crack. The castle itself is a great example of medieval architecture and it offers beautiful panoramas across the Gulf of Naples from its external walls.
Admire Decadent Design: Piazza del Plebiscito
The next location on the Napoli ‘Classica’ itinerary is the grand Piazza del Plebiscito. Framed with show-stopping architecture, this large piazza located in the center presents a different side of the humble city. A gathering spot for locals to meet to head towards their favorite spot for aperitive, and home to many of Naples‘ main spectacles including the Church of San Francesco di Paola. Take in the city’s glorious architecture before a coffee break…
A Coffee Break: Pausa caffè al Gambrinus
After a morning of sight-seeing and taking in the striking architecture in the center and around the bay of the city, you’ll most likely be ready for a coffee break. This is the perfect opportunity to visit The Gran Caffè Gambrinus. Heir to the historical Napoli coffee tradition, the 19th-century coffee house serves some of the city’s finest refreshments and pastries. The elegant interior is the perfect setting for a spritz later in evenings too, with both Oscar Wilde and Mussolini having visited in the past.
A Classic Pizza: Antica Pizzeria Brandi
You have likely worked up an appetite and no day in Naples is complete without a real pizza. Naples is the birthplace of pizza with restaurants worldwide replicating the traditional Neapolitan recipe. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle, you will find Antica Pizzeria Brandi located in a side street. Offering a slice of the city’s history with every mouthful, visitors to the restaurant are warmly greeted and welcomed in. Choose from a selection of delicious types from the classic Margherita to fresh Prosciutto di Parma.
The Oldest Theatre in Europe: Teatro San Carlo
Following on from a coffee and pastry break, you should be ready to soak in some more history. The San Carlo Theatre is the oldest working theatre in Europe and it is directly connected to the Royal Palace. Both its interior and exterior are sights to behold and if time allows, consider getting a ticket for one of the theatre’s infamous opera shows. You won’t regret it.
Visit The Old Entrance To The City: Piazza del Gesù
This lively, bustling square situated in the city’s historical center is dominated by the spiked Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo, an 18th-century church that stands as an architectural delight. For centuries, the square was the western entrance to the city of Naples, however, two modifications taking place in the 16th-century saw the piazza’s proportions be redesigned to its modern day layout.
Museum Jewels And Iconic Art: Cappella San Severo
Located in the historic center of Naples is the Museo Cappella San Severo which houses some of the world’s most profound artworks. Tickets can be bought at the venue or booked prior to visiting online. Inside the museum you will find a collection of baroque creativity evoking mystical beauty and allure across all of its exhibits. The museum showcases masterpieces including the Veiled Christ and Disillusion.
A Slow Paced Walk: Via San Gregorio Armeno
Continue your relaxing afternoon by taking a slow paced walk down one of the city’s most characteristic streets, Via San Gregorio Armeno. As you move along the cobbled pathway, you’ll stumble upon perfectly placed markets offering locally made cribs (presepi) and much more.
Napoli Verace Itinerary
The ‘verace’ itinerary takes inspiration from the true Naples, one that takes visitors away from the obvious and off the beaten path. By following this itinerary you’ll still have the opportunity to relish in the city’s rich history and culture but you will also be presented with some of Naples’ best-kept secrets.
Experience the city like a local would and see the side of the city you didn’t even know existed. Here is the ultimate itinerary to experience all that Naples has to offer in both its glory and humbleness.