Things To Do

Many people overlook Naples or simply pass through it while making their way to neighboring hot spots in the area, such as Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii. Being one of the oldest cities in Europe with an intensely rich cultural heritage, however, Naples is certainly worth taking the time to explore. Full of interesting sights, monuments, and an abundance of natural beauty, it is certainly worthwhile to explore this World Heritage city.

There is much to do in this historic city by the sea. To get you started, we have compiled an overview of some of the highlights and our personal favorites!

1. Eat Pizza

Naples - the birthplace of pizza

Naples is the birthplace of pizza and is still heralded as having the best pizza in the world. The standard, of course, is the famous “Margherita” pizza, which was created in the 1870s by a Neapolitan pizzaiolo (pizza maker) and consists of a few fresh basil leaves over a pizza topped with mozzarella and tomato. Yes, the colors of which are red, white, and green, the national colors of Italy!

The Neapolitans are proud to be the inventors of this wonderful creation and there are no shortage of options to choose from. Only in Naples recommends:

Pizzeria Da Michele
Via Cesare Sersal
1/3 (Angolo Via P Colleta)

Pizzeria Sorbillo
Via Tribunali, 32
tel. +39 081.446643


2. Explore the Ancient Ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum

Ancient ruins of Pompeii

Ancient ruins of Pompeii

Although it is not currently erupting, Mount Vesuvius is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. It is famous for its eruption in 79 AD, when it buried the cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Both are must archaeological sites that can be reached in less than an hour from Naples by car, bus, or train. Guided tours are available, which we recommend so as to get the most from your visit to these impressive, powerful sites.


3. Wander Around Parco Virgiliano and Posillipo

Parco Virgiliano, also called the Garden of Remembrance, lies at the top of Posillipo Hill, Capo Posillipo, and features splendid views over the Bay of Naples that stretch from Cape Miseno to the Sorrento Peninsula, as well as the islands of Procida, Ischia, and Capri. The park has many trails perfect for a relaxing stroll and provides breathtaking views over the entire Gulf of Naples.

View from Parco Virgiliano

View from Parco Virgiliano

The park is located in Posillipo, considered by many to be the most beautiful and exsclusive quarter of Naples. The word “Posillipo” comes from the Roman word pausillipum, which means “pause from sorrow”, and it is the perfect word to describe this exclusive neighborhood. The main street, Via Posillipo, begins at sea-level at the Mergellina harbor and moves up the coast. The street winds along nearly parallel to the shore, providing breathtaking, panoramic views.

Posillipo

Via Posillipo winds along the coast, offering breathtaking views


4. Take a Stroll Through the Heart of Naples – The Historic Center

Naples’s heart is its historic center, which UNESCO declared a Cultural Heritage site. Its narrow alleyways lead to wonderful churches, catacombs, and ancient underground worlds. Naples’s old world culture continues to reveal itself to this day, evidenced by the the abundance of artisans, one of a kind shops, laundry fluttering between buildings, and the overall buzz of the streets.

The Historic center is associated with very important churches such as the San Gennaro (St. Januarius) Cathedral, where each year the famous Miracle Blood ceremony takes place. The Gothic churches, San Lorenzo Maggiore and San Domenico Maggiore, as well as the Baroque church, Gesù Nuovo , are also worth a visit.

Only in Naples recommends:

  • Decumano Maggiore – Church of Gerolomini
  • Pio Monte della Misericordia – Church of Pio Monte della Misericordia where the beautiful paintings of Caravaggio are exhibited
  • San Gregorio Armeno – The street of the nativity scene makers
  • San Lorenzo Maggiore – S. Lorenzo Maggiore church and Roman excavations
  • The Music Conservatory and the gothic church San Pietro a Maiella
  • Church of Gesù Nuovo (New Jesus) – The wonderful 16th century Jesuit church located in Piazza del Gesù
  • Santa Chiara’s Church – Gothic church
  • Guglia di San Domenico – the spire of S. Domenico was erected in 1657 as votive offering after the 1656 plague
  • Naples Underground – An ancient world lies hidden beneath the city
  • The Sansevero Chapel – The Chapel and Velied Christ, jewels of the world’s artistic heritage
  • The Cathedral of Naples or  Duomo – The main Church of Naples dedicated to the city’s patron, San Gennaro (St. Januarius) with beautiful works of art, frescoes and mosaics

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