Naples Italy is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and is a hot destination for history and culture buffs all over the planet. The streets and piazzas are home to countless examples of Neo-Gothic and Renaissance architecture, and is the largest ancient city centre in Europe to be listed as an UNESCO world heritage site. The city is also an economic powerhouse in Italy and thrives with activity (the port of Naples is the second busiest in the world). This city is as exciting as it is breathtakingly beautiful.
Piazza del Plebiscito
This huge, spectacular piazza is a must-see when visiting Naples. It is surrounded by two palaces - the Royal Palace and the smaller Palazzo Salerno, and the spectacular church of San Francesco di Paola, with its unmistakable domed roof. The piazza is the perfect starting point for exploring the city, and even occasionally houses concerts by stars such as Elton John and Bruce Springsteen.
National Archeological Museum
Naples is home to one of the most impressive museums in Italy, an ancient university building that now houses the biggest collection of Roman artefacts on the globe. This includes treasures collected from Pompeii (including painstakingly reconstructed mosaics) The museum also has an impressive collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts and the “secret chamber”, which houses a fascinating collection of ancient erotica.
Things To Do
Find the best Pizza in Naples
Naples is the home of the world’s favourite food, and the classic Neapolitan pizza has a protected list of ingredients. Wood burning pizza restaurants can be found throughout the city, where simple yet delicious Margaritas are served using fresh tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and local buffalo mozzarella cheese. The Pizzeria da Michele is a popular spot thanks to a starring role in the film Eat Pray Love, but the queue moves quickly and serves some of the freshest, tastiest pizzas in the city.
Shop with the Locals at La Pignasecca
You simply can’t avoid great food in Naples, and this daily street market is where all the meals begin. The bustle is addictive, as chef assistants and Italian housewives hunt for the brightest vegetables, the best cheeses and the freshest fish. The market also covers clothes and accessories for a fashion fix, but it is the arresting sights, smells and sounds of the food market that has made it one of the best in the world. A slice of truly authentic Italian life.
Where to Stay
Located in a 16th century former monastery overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Naples, the San Francesco al Monte is one of the most unique hotels Naples has to offer. The medieval architecture houses all the modern mod cons, including a roof terrace and a pool.
The grand hotel Excelsior on the seafront is the hotel of choice for honeymooners and luxury travellers, with grand apartment-sized rooms overlooking the marina. Backpacker and budget travellers will find plenty of cheaper hostel options around the city Hostel of the Sun has a great location and a reputation for being one of the most sociable and friendly hostels in the country.