“Vedi Napoli, e poi muori” — In other words, before you die, you must experience the beauty and magnificence of Naples. In This city you cry two times: when you arrive and when you leave. For the love of pizza, during our last trip to Italy we decided to visit Naples.
From the breathtaking collection of Roman statues at the Archaeological Museum to the delicious pizza at Da Michele, here is why we believe you should never pass up an opportunity to visit this historic city!
Visit the Castles
Naples has seven wonderful castles. Worried about being attacked by foreign invaders, the kings of Naples built castles in a strategic position to protect the Gulf.
All the castles worth your time, but pay more attention to Maschio Angioino (Castel Nuovo) located close to Piazza Municipio and to Castel dell’Ovo, the oldest castle of Naples. You should also visit the medieval Castel Sant’Elmo and its Novecento Museum.
The Metro Art Stations
For the lovers of contemporary art who are going to visit Naples there is a whole “underground” world to discover. The artistic project of the underground station in Naples represents one of the most interesting Italian experiments on the permanent insertion of contemporary artwork in a urban context. The Art Stations of the Naples metro in fact provide an unconventional and yet particularly interesting way to learn how much the city has changed: vibrant colors, music, photography and historical testimonies.
The City of Churches
Not everyone knows that Naples boasts the highest number of churches in the world: we’re talking about an artistic and spiritual heritage of enormous importance, formed within seventeen centuries; this is the reason, since ‘700, it has been named the “city of 500 domes”.
Early christian or gothic, baroque or neoclassical, the churches of Naples can mix contrasting and pluralist styles and traditions, bringing down the visitor both in a magical and almost pagan atmosphere and in a profoundly mystical and Christian experience.
There is no better way to discover a destination than to connect with the local culture, cuisine, and community. Luckily, that’s just what we did on a recent trip to Naples, Italy. We spent five days searching for food shops, pizzerías, and pastry shops. The vibe in this city was awesome — people in Naples are obsessed with food. We instantly felt like home!
If you’re on a diet, Naples is probably one of the worst places you could possibly be. Temptation is everywhere. A mouthwatering margherita pizza, neapolitan pastries are delicious too – a rum-soaked baba, or a sfogliatella stuffed with creamy ricotta. You can check our Naples Food Guide if you need more information about food in Naples.
Naples undoubtedly has one of the most scenic settings of any city in Italy. Stroll down to the seafront to admire the Bay of Naples, or, on a clear day, take the funicular up the hill and visit Castel Sant’Elmo. This medieval fortress offers spectacular views across the bay; from here you can see Vesuvius, and the nearby islands of Capri and Ischia.
Whether you decide to visit it during the summer or winter, the seaside in Naples is one of the most breathtaking views in the city. From there you will see the beautiful sea and the impressive Vesuvius volcano from afar.
Along the waterfront, at the historic gateway to the Mediterranean and the world, you can get a feel for this vibrant city. Naples harbor is divided into separate docks and basins by a series of piers and breakwaters, and is always bustling with activity.
Extending east from the Piazza del Municipio is the Molo Angioino, with the Marine Station. To the west of this is the Eliporto (Heliport), from which there are regular helicopter services to Capri, Ischia, and Capodichino Airport. Farther south, from the quay on the Calata di Beverello, boats sail to Ponza, Capri, and Ischia.
Naples is the principal port for southern Italy, and the harbor is its heart, with beautiful views across the bay to Vesuvius and plenty of cafés and ice cream shops.
Every city in Italy has something to offer, but Naples can only be described as a complete masterpiece. There are two very important and beautiful castles in the middle of the city, the Maschio Angioino and the Castel Dell’Ovo. Both are well worth a visit.
Then there is the large and gorgeous Piazza Plebiscito, one of the biggest squares in the whole of Italy, and many great museums such as the Capodimonte one where you can find masterpieces from various centuries.
The Hanging Clothes
Walking in the narrow streets under the crumbling balconies of old colorful buildings, keeping our heads up was an amazing visual experience. We couldn’t keep our head down, not for a minute, not to miss any shooting opportunity but to keep following the cloth- lines as they ran from one balcony to another. It’s like smelling the air and touching the clothes of Naples.