Whether you want to see the ancient sites, explore the many museums, party the night away or simply chill out on one of the many beaches, in Naples you can do it all. See the Castel Nuovo that sits high and proud above the city. Visit the archaeological museum, which houses fine examples of Roman history or maybe enjoy an opera at the San Carlo opera house.
If you’re looking for an excursion, why not visit the ancient town of Pompeii and see Mount Vesuvius in all its glory. After a day here you will be ready for some food and with many excellent restaurants to choose from, you won’t be short of dining options. If you’re thinking of visiting during the summer months, check out the summer cinema festival that takes place in an outdoor theatre and the summer beach parties also offer much entertainment.
The best way to experience everything the city has to offer is to simply wander the streets on foot, spending time exploring side streets and back streets where many unique places can be found.
The awe-inspiring city of Naples is one of the largest and most popular cities in Italy, with many fantastic places to see, including historic, cultural and modern attractions and activities.
One of the most impressive examples of medieval architecture in the region is the Castel Nuovo, a huge castle that stands proud near the sea. It’s open to the public, so you can climb the stairs to the top and come out onto the roof where you will get some of the best views available anywhere in Naples. Inside you will find the city museum, which displays many fascinating pieces and also a picture gallery focusing on 19th
century Italian paintings.
On a small peninsula close to the main harbour, sits the Castell dell’Ovo, another impressive castle, which is home to another impressive museum – the Museum of Prehistory, which houses ceramics, carved stones and bone and also metal artefacts. The castle can be seen from quite a way along the coast, so you won’t have trouble locating it during your visit.
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte
This museum is considered to be one of the most important museums in Italy and for good reason, as it is where you will find a superb collection of Neopolitan artwork. There are also numerous Roman sculptures, giving you an insight into the art during the Roman period. These interesting exhibits really can’t be missed, so make sure you stop here during your Naples holiday.
If you’re fascinated by the ancient world of the Roman Empire then this is the place to go, as it houses the largest Roman architectural museum on the planet! It features many exhibits showing awe-inspiring artifacts taken from such archaeological sites as Pompeii. Statues, paintings and murals can be found within among many other fascinating items.
San Carlo Opera House
Naples is full of buildings that are known worldwide and the San Carlo opera house is no exception, as it is the oldest continually used opera theatre in Europe. Opened in 1737, it has been used for opera performances ever since, so catching a show is definitely recommended. The interior is in superb condition and beautifully decorated with a traditional painted ceiling.
Pompeii and Vesuvius
A trip to Naples wouldn’t be complete without an excursion to the world famous ruins of Pompeii. This ancient town was partially destroyed and buried under volcanic ash after the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius all those years ago. Here you can explore the streets of the town that have been uncovered and also visit the volcano itself.
Diving and Snorkelling
Take advantage of the crystal clear waters by learning how to dive at the local dive centres. There is much to see beneath the surface of the water but if you don’t like the idea of going too deep, why not try snorkelling instead, as the kids can have a go at this too.
If you love independent films then check out some of the cinemas in Naples, as they not only offer the usual blockbusters but a grand selection of unforgettable independent projects that are well worth watching. It’s the perfect activity for evenings when the sun has gone down and good for families with kids as well.
One of the best ways to see the town and also the surrounding areas is to hire a bike and take a ride at your own pace. This is also a great way to get some fresh air and to enjoy the warm sun on your face as it beats down above a clear blue sky.
Explore the underground
Beneath the bustling streets of the city are ancient Greek and Roman structures that have so far hindered the development of underground rail tunnels. These stunning structures can be seen on a guided tour and are simply incredible, some of the best ancient structures the city has to offer.
Marina dei Maronti
A short distance from the shores of Naples is the island of Ischia, a beautiful rocky island with a surprising number of sandy beaches. Marina dei Moronti is the largest beach on the island at around 3km in length. The sand is of the soft, golden variety and thermal springs can be found here also, so you can be sure that the water will be lovely and warm.
If you’re looking for something a bit more secluded, the cove of Il Sorgeto is the perfect place and is also located on the island of Ischia. It also has it’s own thermal spring and offers a calming atmosphere, allowing you to reach a whole new level of relaxation.
Also on the island of Ischia is Pescatori beach, a beautiful stretch of golden sand backed by traditional buildings and wooden boats. This is the perfect place to spend your days, as you will also be able to enjoy exquisite views of the sea. If you take a dip you will feel the warmth of the water on your skin relaxing your muscles.
Lido di Procida
The tiny island of Procida is home to the Lido di Procida, a lovely piece of coastline where you can sit on the sandy shores and see the sun set in the evening after a day in the sun. There are many facilities here, so you won’t have to travel far to get snacks and supplies. It can be reached easily from the mainland via boat and although it gets quite busy during the summer, it’s still highly recommended.
You will be forgiven for thinking that Naples is not the best place for beach holidays, as the coastline is very rocky with many cliffs further along the coast. There are however, many beautiful beaches on the nearby islands that can be reached easily by taking a boat trip or a ferry ride for a reasonable price.
Start off your very own tastes of Italy tour by visiting Ristorantino dell’Avvocato, which specialises in Italian dishes. Run and owned by a local chef, you can be sure that you will be experiencing an accurate reflection of the regions culinary delights.
For a taste of traditional Italian Pizza, there are many pizzerias but L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele is one of the oldest and most respected in the city, creating pizzas that taste simply marvellous. Close to the castles are the restaurants of Zi Teresa and Il Transatlantico, both of which offer a high quality menu with fresh ingredients in fabulous locations close to the water.
If you love the taste of freshly caught seafood then visit Ciro a Mergellina, a beautiful restaurant offering fresh seafood dishes prepared to order, ensuring the fresh taste is kept for as long as possible. There are these and many more restaurants around town that are all worth checking out during your holiday in Naples.
With all major cities comes an equally major selection of restaurants, with the option to enjoy pretty much all kinds of dishes you can think of. However, the chances are that because of the city’s Italian location, you will most likely want to sample some of this world famous cuisine, whether it’s pasta, pizza, meat or fish. You won’t have to look far, as the streets are lined with places where you can sit during the day or in the evening for a light snack or a three-course meal.
Feel free to explore the clubs, bars and pubs you come across, as they all have one thing in common, a warm, welcoming atmosphere with one aim – ultimate entertainment. Whether you want to spend the evening with friends chilling out, as you look out over the sea or you just want to get stuck straight in to the club scene and party until the sun comes up, there’s a place for you.
If the latter applies to you then look out for clubs such as Nabilah, considered to be one of the city’s major clubs. Inside you will find a designer interior and comfortable sofas around low tables, where you can enjoy the fun atmosphere. Rising South is also a popular club and offers a tunnel like design filled with armchairs and sofas, while still having plenty of space to dance. As you move from venue to venue you will notice how impressively different each one is and the bars are also just as popular with top DJ’s playing in those too!
Naples is not only known for it’s cultural attractions and historic sights but also for it’s thriving nightlife, which kicks off as soon as the sun goes down. Wandering the streets, you will see the city come alive into the night, with many venues lighting up the night trying to entice you in for a good time.
As well as designer shops there are over sixty markets that can be found throughout the city streets. The products available for sale include fresh fruit, veg and fish, which is ideal if you love self-catering holidays. With these ingredients you can try to cook your very own Italian dishes. As well as food markets there are also antiques markets and even shoe markets! You will never be too far from filled market stalls, no matter where you happen to be in the city.
There’s nothing like spending the day seeing what the shops and markets have to offer and best of all, you won’t have to spend a penny if you don’t want to.
Expect to find many designer shops in a city the size of Naples, with world famous brands such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. There are also many independent places where you can get luxury clothing such as suits, shirts and ties and we all know there’s nothing better than an Italian suit! Leather goods are also popular and so are arts and crafts, which can be found around numerous parts of town.