Perched within the south of the nation, Naples is one unimaginable Italian metropolis to go to. Not solely that, it’s very easy to go to should you’re travelling internationally or as a part of a wider Italian highway journey, too. Plus, being one of many south’s greatest cities implies that there’s a heap of the most effective issues to do in Naples to fill a protracted weekend; heck, even a couple of weeks if I’m sincere.
With gorgeous church buildings, stunning palaces and a heap of epic foodie spots, Naples is a kind of epic Italian cities to go to for a protracted weekend. Not solely that, it’s very easy to associate a visit right here onto an extended journey to the nearby-ish, Amalfi Coast and Pompeii, too. That is precisely what we did and cherished it!
With that in thoughts, I wished to share some completely superb spots you gotta try as soon as within the metropolis. Oh, and ensure to take some cozy strolling sneakers; you’ll be traipsing the entire metropolis.
Have a look, under, at the most effective issues to do in Naples. Have the most effective time exploring!
1.) Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino)
The Medieval citadel of Castel Nuovo has stood in Naples for nearly 800 years! Over that point, it’s had such a vibrant historical past that’s so unimaginable to find out about once you’re visiting town.
Now, you possibly can simply pop in (for a small price) however, should you’ve acquired time, the guided tour is one to go for as you’ll have the ability to try the underground areas of the citadel, in addition to the views from the roof. It actually is likely one of the greatest issues to do in Naples if you wish to discover town’s historical past; it’s so attention-grabbing.
2.) Royal Palace of Naples
As soon as residence to the Bourbon household, the Royal Palace of Naples now homes an unimaginable museum that has some epic exhibitions to discover. Now, though the exhibitions are positively price it, it’s the rooms which might be completely eye-catching for me. As soon as inside, you’ll completely see what I imply.
Plus, it’s proper subsequent door to the Castel Nuovo and Piazza del Plebiscito so it’s very easy to discover when seeing these, too.
Afterwards, pop over to Sorbillo for a few of the greatest pizza in all of Naples. Simply bear in mind, the queues may be lengthy and at peak occasions you possibly can wait over an hour for a desk!
Alternatively, pop over to Pizzeria Gorizia 1916 that’s completely yummy! Not solely that, they’re enormous and filling. Excellent should you’re hungry.
3.) Ovo Citadel
As soon as a part of a tiny little island referred to as Megaride, exploring Ovo Citadel is likely one of the greatest issues to do in Naples should you’re within the Santa Lucia space of town.
Completely free to enter, it’s a beautiful place to go to for 30-minutes or so; although, it might probably get crowded at peak occasions. If you wish to go to throughout quieter occasions, go to very first thing within the morning and keep away from the weekends.
4.) Palace of Capodimonte
The Palace of Capodimonte is just not solely one other one of many Bourbon households gorgeous properties, it additionally homes Naples Museum of Artwork that’s world-renowned. You see, inside they’ve a heap of Roman artefacts and Neapolitan items which might be superb to see.
As soon as inside, try the Portrait of Francesco Gonzaga (by Mantegna) from the 15th Century, the Toulouse Altarpiece (by Martini) from the 14th Century and a few of the Caravaggio collections, too.
Not solely that, it’s straightforward to associate a visit to the palace with the close by Catacombs of San Gennaro that’s shut by.
5.) Piazza del Plebiscito
Simply in entrance of San Francesco di Paola, Piazza Del Plebiscito is very easy to go to when exploring the Santa Lucia space that’s a fairly fashionable spot for guests.
For me, the sq. feels so harking back to that in Vatican Metropolis, too. It actually is gorgeous and nicely price a stroll. Simply bear in mind to slap on that sunscreen should you’re visiting in Summer time; these Naples solar rays may be intense!
After strolling the piazza, hop in San Francesco di Paola and visiting the imposing Roman basilica that’s arduous to overlook. In case you’ve been to Rome, you’ll discover that it seems to be so just like the Pantheon.
Afterwards, pop over to see the shrine to Maradona (at Bar Nilo), too.
Actually, the locals in Naples love Maradona and Bar Nilo’s shrine is testomony to this.
6.) Basilica San Domenico Maggiore
Perched proper subsequent to the palace of Corigliano, seeing the Basilica San Domenico Maggiore is likely one of the greatest issues to do in Naples if you wish to discover town’s completely awe-inspiring structure. Actually, this place is a real gem within the metropolis.
Now, the church is far greater than it seems to be from the surface, so ensure you pop in for a 20-minute go to across the nave and chapels to see this unimaginable spot. It’s stunning.
7.) San Carlo Theatre
Okay, so, should you love the opera, then visiting theSan Carlo Theatre will probably be among the best issues to do in Naples in your journey. You see, not solely is the theatre itself completely stunning; they’ve world-class performances which might be unimaginable.
That being stated, tickets generally is a little steep so, should you fancy maintaining prices low, pop on a tour of the theatre itself. The tour takes underneath an hour and is a good little spot to make if the climate takes a flip for the more serious.
Plus, in fact, it’s completely stunning.
8.) Catacombs of San Gennaro
Perched underground, inside the space of Rione Sanita, seeing the Catacombs of San Gennaro may appear just a little macabre. That being stated, it’s among the best issues to do in Naples if you wish to see a completely totally different facet (from all of the sparkly palaces and exquisite structure).
With centuries of historical past, it’s actually attention-grabbing to see this distinctive a part of town, and the frescos, too. Simply be ready for just a little stroll should you’re arriving through the metro system.
9.) Certosa di San Martino
As soon as an enormous monastic residence, the Certosa di San Martino now homes a few of Naples greatest artefacts and beautiful chapels to see. Not solely that, the views over the entire Bay of Naples are completely gorgeous and nicely price seeing.
Now, to get right here you may make it just a little simpler by taking the funicular from Montesanto and getting off at Morghen. From right here, it’s a leisurely stroll of about 15-minutes.
10.) Fontanelle cemetery
Okay, so bear with me, I do know I’ve talked about two fairly random locations (just like the Catacombs of San Gennaro) however Fontanelle cemetery is one other spot to see in Naples should you fancy one thing completely totally different.
Inside, you’ll discover caverns full of skeletons which might be centuries outdated! We noticed one thing related in Palermo, Italy and it’s so distinctive.
Simply test earlier than you go to, I do know they’ve been closing it periodically for restoration work; so test earlier than you set off.
11.) San Gregorio Armeno church
With over a thousand years of historical past, San Gregorio Armeno is likely one of the extra fashionable spots to go to when exploring the historic centre of Naples itself.
Actually, when you head contained in the church, you’ll see how palatial this place seems to be. It’s stunning. You most likely will solely spend round 15-minutes right here, but it surely’s a terrific stopping level when exploring all of the little streets round right here.
12.) Island of Procida
Okay, so Procida isn’t technically town of Naples but it surely’s just a few miles away by boat from the Port of Naples. Not solely is it gorgeous, but it surely’s a terrific day journey to discover should you’re wanting just a little chill time from the hustle and bustle of Naples.
As soon as right here, you’ll want to stroll the streets of Terra Muta and Coricella for a spot of lunch.
Now, this island would require a little bit of strolling rambling, so be ready to be in your toes all day. Oh, and you’ll want to strive a Rum baba on the island (or in Naples), too. They’re like a spongy-sweet cake that’s dipped in some potent rum!
13.) Church of Jesus Nuovo
Though it may not appear to be a lot from the surface, seeing the Church of Jesus Nuovo is likely one of the greatest issues to do in Naples after visiting the Fountain of Monteoliveto that’s closeby.
As soon as inside, be certain to take a look at the vault frescos which might be so gorgeous, too. That is the sort of constructing the place you ‘don’t choose a ebook by its cowl’.
Afterwards, head on over to La Lazzara for a few of the tastiest Neopolitan cuisines. Their parmigiana, oven-fired pizza and seafood pasta is superb.
14.) Santa Chiara Cloisters
Actually near the Church of Jesus Nuovo, the Santa Chiara Cloisters is one other considered one of Naples spiritual spots that date again centuries.
Though the cloisters sustained harm throughout WWII, it’s nonetheless among the best issues to do in Naples to see its beautiful ceramics and maioliche, too. You’ll probably spend round 40-minutes exploring, although, you possibly can simply spend longer should you’re hankering for a extra stress-free day.
15.) San Giovanni a Carbonara
Nestled on the streets of through Carbonara (sure, it’s as scrumptious because it sounds), San Giovanni a Carbonara may not appear to be a lot from the surface, but it surely has a treasure trove of issues to see inside.
After arriving, try the Tomb of King Ladislaus of Durazzo, the Cappella Caracciolo del Vico and the unimaginable arts across the partitions.
16.) Galleria Umberto I
Galleria Umberto I is a purchasing gallery you can’t miss when in Naples. Constructed inside the 19th Century, it seems to be fairly just like the galleria in Milan and is completely stunning.
Actually, the size of this place is simply so spectacular!
Now, though you received’t spend too lengthy wandering inside, it’s nice to take a look at this stunning a part of Naples.
17.) Fountain of the Big
Simply shy of Ovo Citadel, the Fountain of the Big is fairly straightforward to go to! Not solely that, it’s some of the well-known fountains within the metropolis to see.
For me, it’s among the best spots for views of Vesuvius, you recognize, the energetic volcano that obliterated Pompeii?
Though you received’t spend longer than 10-minutes right here, it’s price stopping in your stroll through Naples promenade.
For me, visiting the realm of Posillipo is likely one of the greatest issues to do in Naples within the early night. You see, it’s the sort of place that’s full of some beautiful cocktail bars and eating places.
Now, costs generally is a little larger right here, and the eating places do entice plenty of guests (which implies costs may be inflated typically).
In case you’re on the lookout for some recent seafood, pop into Il Miracolo dei Pesci. Their lobster is superb, simply bear in mind their tables get reserved quick.
19.) Casina Vanvitelliana
Only a few miles from the very centre of Naples, Casina Vanvitelliana is a 17th Century lodge that’s constructed upon the water. Now, though it’s completely stunning, there’s not a heap happening inside so that you’ll most likely solely be right here round 20-minutes.
That being stated, there’s a beautiful restaurant simply up the highway. Previous Associates has a few of the greatest steaks in Naples!
20.) Chapel of St. Januarius
Perched inside the Cathederal of Naples, exploring the Chapel of St. Januarius is one other among the best issues to do in Naples if you wish to see the tomb of St Andrew the Apostle. Although, that’s not the one cause!
The entire chapel is gorgeous and simply compares to the gorgeous chapels of Florence we noticed. Actually, there’s a lot historical past to get pleasure from.
21.) Palace of Caserta
Round 30-minutes within the automotive from the very centre of Naples, the Palace of Caserta may not be Naples, but it surely’s very easy to go to for a day and it’s completely particular.
Being one of many greatest locations of 18th Century Europe, the Palaces of Caserta is completely huge and would require a couple of hours to discover. As soon as right here, you’ll want to pop inside to see the Baroque halls and come out into the gardens to discover the gorgeous grounds. This place is immense.
Simply be certain to reserve a ticket earlier than you allow from central Naples. In spite of everything, you don’t wanna rock up with out an invitation!