The 10 things to do in Naples

Gennaro Buonocore

Naples is a city that you can visit even letting yourself be guided by the smells and noises of its vibrant frenzy. You could walk aimlessly and unscheduled. Just for the simple taste of seeing, perceiving, savoring all that you find before you. A life would not be enough to visit Naples.
Living here day by day, I can assure you that I always find something that will enlighten my heart and make me look for its beauty.
I’ll tell you for myself what are the ten things I absolutely recommend you do when you come to Naples.

1) Walk around Spaccanapoli

Spaccanapoli is Naples.

No place in the city can better tell you the soul of Naples, its essence that is revealed here without makeup.

Walking through Spaccanapoli you cross the ancient history of the city. A small street that cuts in two the old town center between ancient buildings, churches, myths and legends of the city, all among the unmistakable smells of Neapolitan cuisine.

The Monastery of Santa Chiara with its incredible Maiolicato Cloister, the Sansevero Chapel and the incomparable beauty of the Veiled Christ.
The Cathedral and the Museum of San Gennaro, San Gregorio Armeno, the street of the Nativity scenes
All connected by Spaccanapoli, the lower decumanus, one of the three main arteries of the urban plan in Greek times, which still today after more than 2500 years is the beating heart of the city.

2) Piazza del Plebiscito and its monuments

Piazza del Plebiscito is one of the landmarks of Naples. Located in the heart of the historic center, at the end of Via Toledo, with its surface of over 25 thousand square meters is the largest in the city and one of the largest in Italy.

But it is not only its majesty that makes this square unique. In a few square meters you find enclosed the history and culture of the city.
The Royal Palace, the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, Teatro San Carlo, Galleria Umberto I and a few steps away Castel Nuovo, better known as Maschio Angioino.

You can live unique moments, maybe tasting a coffee at the famous and famous Gambrinus Coffee, and then continue your day by walking towards Via Chiaia or immersing yourself in the alleys of the Spanish Districts

3) Explore the alleys and popular districts of Naples

If you want to experience the authenticity of Naples, if you want to immerse yourself in everyday life and feel like a local you can not explore the alleys of the Spanish Districts or the Rione Sanità. A dip in the past, in this hectic up and down streets that offer different ideas of popular culture such as the presence of small craft shops, the Neapolitan bass characterized by the clothes laid to dry between the buildings, but also relevant archaeological sites such as the Catacombs of San Gennaro, the Catacombs of San Gaudioso and the Fontanelle Cemetery along a dip in the past between myths and legends.

4) The Archaeological Museum of Naples

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) boasts the richest and most valuable heritage of works of art and artifacts of archaeological interest in Italy, is considered one of the most important archaeological museums in the world if not the most important in the history of the Roman era.
Truly unmissable, an experience that will fill your cultural baggage.

5) Castel dell'Ovo and the promenade of Naples

Visit Castel dell’Ovo which is located on the islet of Megaride, according to legend the name comes from an egg that hid Virgil in the basement of the castle and on which would depend the fate of the building and the whole city of Naples. From the stands of this castle and its terraces you can enjoy a wonderful view of the gulf and a unique view of the city. Not to be missed as well as walking along the promenade to be able to live long moments of relaxation maybe stopping for lunch or dinner in one of the many restaurants located in the pedestrian area of the promenade!

6) Posillipo and Marechiaro

To enjoy a view of Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples in all its majestic beauties climb to Posillipo, there is a road that offers a spectacular view and is Via Petrarca, also called “the Panoramic”.
Continue on towards Marechiaro and there you will find a corner of paradise in the city. A fantastic, unexpected place. In this magical place you can eat fresh fish or spend a pleasant day in the sun.

7) The Art Stations

Some metro stops are real works of contemporary art that leave you speechless and not surprisingly are just called “Art Station”. Check out “Toledo”, “University” or “Dante”.

8) Eat pizza

The pizza is an exclusively Neapolitan good.
The real one, the Neapolitan pizza, is made with few ingredients, and respects almost divine laws. Water, flour, salt and yeast for a thin dough with high and tasty edges. Pizza Margherita: tomato, mozzarella, oil and basil. One of the best dishes, patriotic and envied in the world.
The pizza was born in Naples and only here you can eat the authentic one.

9) Eating sfogliatella

You can’t leave Naples without taking a sweet break enjoying a sfogliatella. One of the typical sweets of the city. You can choose it curly, that is prepared with puff pastry, or shortcrust, if prepared with short pastry. And if you are not a sweet lover, try the rustic sfogliatella: a curly sfogliatella that has a filling made of sausages and crumbs and is incredibly good.

10) Coffee as a true Neapolitan

There is no day without the smell of coffee in the morning, it is forbidden not to stop in a bar and ask for a coffee to sip at the counter. A strictly Neapolitan coffee.
È un’esperienza da fare mentre si osserva intorno il via vai di gente, mentre si coglie e si percepisce che il momento del caffè, anche se può durare un solo minuto, è motivo di incontro e condivisione.
If you want to excel… Well, you just have to leave a coffee suspended: typical Neapolitan tradition: the coffee paid to the stranger that you will never know, because no one ever feels so poor that you can not afford a coffee…..

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