Located in the southern half of Italy, Naples is a city of people living on top of one another. Situated between Mt. Vesuvius and the Mediterranean Sea, Naples has a variety of things to do and see when visiting the city.
1. Visit Naples Cathedral
Naples is often called Italy’s scariest city. It is an unfortunate label for such a beautiful place. To see a little of Naples’ beauty, travelers should head to the Duomo. There, tourists will find Giovanni Lanfranco’s fresco in the Chapel of St. Janarius. Visitors will also find fourth century mosaics and the miracle of San Gennaro.
2. See history at Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius
Of course, Mt. Vesuvius could erupt at anytime, so travelers to Naples should be aware of a volcanic eruption. It is the only volcano on Europe’s mainland to have erupted in the last 100 years. Any trip to Naples, however, isn’t complete without seeing Mt. Vesuvius. The volcano that once buried Pompeii is only six miles from Naples. Both Pompeii and Vesuvius are easy to get to and tours operate daily.
3. Eat at the world’s first pizza restaurant
Italy is famous for pizza. However, Naples is the birthplace of pizza and no city in Italy does it better. If you are going to Naples, then you have got to eat at Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba. Believed to be the first pizza restaurant in the world, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba opened in 1830. Amazingly, the ovens in Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba are linked to the lava rocks at Mt. Vesuvius.
4. Watch a football match
Naples is home to one of the most famous football teams in Italy. Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, or simply Napoli, have won two Italian titles in their history, which dates back to 1926. Around the city, tourists will see portraits and shrines of the team’s most famous player of all-time, Diego Maradona. Travelers can also find plenty of shirts with his name and No. 10 on them. However, travelers should be careful going to matches as Italian football has been known to have trouble on match days.
5. Visit Italy’s oldest opera house
Opened in 1737, Naples’ Teatro San Carlo is the oldest active opera house in the world. It is beautifully Naples on the inside and out, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. There are guided tours of the opera house throughout the day.
6. Gay-odin is for chocolate lovers
Any traveler looking to satisfy their sweet tooth should head to Gay-odin to find Naples’ best chocolate and ice cream. Gay-odin’s chocolate covered coffee beans are amazing, but pack a punch. It is wise not to eat them before heading to bed as the power in the beans will keep any traveler up most of the night.
7. La Duchessa
Authentic Naples lies in La Duchessa market. Tourists can find a variety of items at low prices. La Duchessa has plenty of charm, however, it is a good idea for any tourist to keep their hands on their wallets and avoid sticking out like a sore thumb.
8. Try Naples’ coffee
While Naples is famous for pizza first and foremost, the city is also widely known for being an epicenter of coffee. The city’s brew is usually very strong. Tourists can add a little sugar to take the edge off and smooth the taste of the city’s coffee. There are a number of great Neapolitan coffee shops to try out, so tourists should get started early.
In order to make an exciting experience in Naples we recommend to choose a Bed & Breakfast in the historic center of the city.
About the Author
Paolo was born in Naples and enjoys walks, reading, swimming and animals. He loves meeting people from other countries and is looking forward to a big tour of the USA. He has a degree in Economics and spent time working at large international companies. Now, Paolo runs a Bed & Breakfast in the historic center of Naples.