Surrounded by the impressive Mount Vesuvius on one side and from the bright blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Naples is a coastal town in South Italy where the old but lively traditions melt completely with the cheerfulness of its inhabitants.
Being the third largest city in Italy and surely one of the most ancient, Naples had gone through several changes. Formerly founded by Greeks, it became the Capital of the Kingdom of Naples first and of the Reign of two Sicilies after.
Due to its commercial success and thanks to the presence of one of the biggest harbours in Italy, locals had the chance to meet people from all over the world: this turned Naples into a multicultural city.
Its vibrant and colourful center, adorned with stunning Baroque art pieces, plus its authentic italian culinary tradition makes it the ideal getaway for anyone looking to get in touch with the real italian culture.
Here is a guide to discover the 5 must do in Naples.
1 Climb Mount Vesuvius
The iconic volcano that overlooks both Naples and its stunning Bay, is known to be a deadly force of nature as well. Its memorable eruption in 79 AD was so strong to destroy the whole town of ancient Pompeii: as a result its inhabitants and buildings adorned with frescoes still seem to be stuck in that moment thanks to the lava flows and ashes.
Despite its unpredictable movements, at the moment Mount Vesuvius has been safe and dormant for years so that it turned to be the first item on tourist’s bucket list.
How to climb Mount Vesuvius? The picturesque volcano is only 40 minutes by car from Naples City center. The climb is about half an hour entering from Vesuvius Natural Park main entrance. Once you reach the peak, you will be surprised by its easy climbing level and the amazing panoramic views.
2 Visit Castel Nuovo
Usually called Maschio Angioino by locals, this impressive medieval castle is located in front of the sea, just a few steps away from Piazza Municipio, the city Hall and the fascinating Piazza del Plebiscito. Castel Nuovo is fully equipped with wonders and things to explore, beginning with its massive marble facade surrounded by majestic brick towers. Today, its interiors have been turned into a museum where frescoes, vivid paintings and worth-seeing sculptures are well preserved.
3 Stroll in Piazza del Plebiscito
Maybe the real symbol of Naples, this charming pedestrian square is a true must see.
While locals are used to hanging out there, any visitor can enjoy a dazzling view of the Royal Palace and Basilica. Piazza del Plebiscito is at short distance from almost any of the main monuments in Naples. Stepping in its very center, you will feel embraced by the spectacular columnade which covers a great area of the square.
4 Eat Traditional Pizza
No trip to Naples would be complete without a stop at one of the local pizzerias where you can taste the real italian pizza, made with genuine and simple ingredients according to the traditional recipe. The most famous and recommended one is Pizza Margherita, which takes the name from the Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. To honor the queen and celebrate the unification of the country, during the XIX century the chef Raffaele Esposito named this delicious dish after her.
5 Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic View from Posillipo
If you wish to act like a local and experience Naples in a different way, not the touristic one, we recommend you taking the Naples Cable Railway, also known as funicolare, to reach the highest point of the city: the gorgeous upscale district of Posillipo.
Posillipo is a residential neighbourhood located on the northern coast of Naples’s Bay. From there you can enjoy the best views over the area nearby and the beautiful Parco Virgiliano, a green peaceful oasis, away from the hustle and bustle of the chaotic central streets.
Are you planning your trip to South Italy? Whether you are going to stay a day or a week, our booking staff will suggest to you the best experiences in Naples.