Photo of Castel dell’Ovo by Riccardo on Trover
Naples is Italy’s third largest city and home to some of the best food in all of Italy – while it’s a less common tourist destination compared to more popular cities like Rome, Florence, or Capri, there are lots of great gems the city has to offer. Located in Southern Rome, it is best to avoid summer when visiting as it can get very hot and humid, with Spring and Fall being the best times to explore. Whether you plan to stay for just a day or your entire holiday, Naples has plenty to offer and is just two hours south of Rome if you plan to continue your journey from here, and best of all there are plenty of cheap hotels in Naples that will make your stay easy on the wallet, too.
Check out Museo Archelogico Nazionale di Napoli
Known as the Naples National Arcaheological Museum in English, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli contains an expansive collection of Roman artifacts from neighboring Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast dating back through Greek, Roman and Renaissance eras. It is considered one of the most important museums not just in Italy but in the entire world, and is a must-see for any history fan, with many visitors commenting the museum was one of their favorite parts of their entire trip.
Eat Pizza in Centro Storico
Centro Storico is the historical center of Naples, where you can enjoy countless cafes, pizzerias, shopping and more. No trip to Naples is complete without pizza, as Naples was the originator of pizza in Italy, so be sure to check out at least one if not multiple pizzerias. Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba is one of the oldest and most famous, but there are many well reviewed pizzerias within the city that are sure to delight.
Experience the Castel dell’Ovo
Castel dell’Ovo was originally built on an island, but is now connected to the mainland but surrounded by water except for the causeway. It is the oldest castle in Naples and certainly one of the most impressive, too. Inside, the castle hosts the Museum of Prehistory while the outside enjoys unbelievable views. Nearby is the small fishing village of Borgo Marinari, which has great restaurants and cafes to enjoy after you check out the castle.
Enjoy A Day Trip to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast
Naples is not far from Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, or Mount Vesuvius, with many companies offering guided tours that start and end in Naples to help you see the most during your stay. The Pompeii and Amalfi Coast tour is one of the most popular, especially during the springtime, best known for its amazing views and anicent artifacts.
Explore Naples Underground
Known as Napoli Sotterranea to the locals, Naples Underground is quite literally a city underneath Rome, and it has been used for Centuries for anything from organized crime to worshipping the dead. An expansive network of tunnels and aqueducts connects this underground city, and guided tours start for just a few Euros where you can enjoy this creepy yet mindblowing city underneath a city.