Naples, Italy (Napoli) is a very chaotic and artistic city. It is one of the largest and oldest city in Italy. There are many monuments to see here, electrifying street life and the best pizza in Italy.
Our trip was about 3 weeks, and to be honest, Naples almost didn’t make it to the cut. Read my full experience on my First Time in Europe post to learn more about my whole trip and all the other places we visited in Europe.
But again, I’ll be honest, Naples was not on my list of places to visit. The plan was to stop here to take our tour to the Amalfi Coast, but something told us to stay here in Naples for at least a day, to enjoy the city. I’m glad we did. You’ll be able to enjoy the southern charm and get the real vibe of the city in even just a day.
One Day Itinerary
We arrived in Naples by train from Rome a little before lunch time. We got there by train and chose a hotel that was 2 mins walking. We left our bags there and immediately started on the hunt for the best pizza.
Naples is another city which is excellent for walking around. Almost everything was within a 10-15 minute walk from each other. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. We started by walking the Old Town admiring all of the patisseries, souvenir shops and historical buildings.
From there we passed by the Cathedral of Naples, which was built in Gothic Style but reconstructed in other architectural styles over the centuries.
We continued our walk and passed by the Napoli Sotterranea. As you may now know, many Italian cities are actually build on previously existing underground cities, Naples is not the exception. The day we visited was raining, so we decided to skip this one, but if you are going to take a look, prepare for a 90 minute exploration.
We then made a stop at Sorbillo’s to order the original Napoli Pizza. We tried 4 different types of their pizza and they were all delicious. When you do visit, prepare for a long wait to sit down. We decided to order delivery because the wait was a lot shorter. But if you don’t mind the wait, and would like to have the full experience, you can wait and just enjoy the views and mingle with the locals.
Like I had mentioned before, it was raining on the day of our visit, so the roads were a bit slippery and the weather was getting super cold (we visited in mid November), plus some of us were starting to get sick. So we decided to head back to our hotel after this, and enjoyed some of Napoli’s best coffee.
However, there are tons of other things you can do in Napoli. You can check out the Gesu Nuovo church which is covered in beautiful pyramid shapes that make a great visual experience. You can also explore the Ancient Art at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, which is said to be the most impressive one in the city. You can also visit the Castles. There are many castles in Naples, however there are two that are really worth a visit. Castel dell’Ovo, which is the oldest one, and Castel Nuovo which overlooks the port. Checking only the exterior of the castles is still a great thing to do. You can then spend the night at Piazza Bellini before heading back to your hotel. There are some really nice bars and restaurants in this area.
Now, if you have an extra day, don’t forget to visit Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius. Although we didn’t visit the actual place, we were lucky enough that our tour guide for the Amalfi Coast took us through the city and showed us the views from far away. If you are visiting the actual city though, you will need to get a local train or arrange a tour.
Some extra tips for visiting Naples.
Tip # 1: Naples is a bit sketchy. So be aware of pickpockets, especially around tourist attractions. Keep your bags tight, or in the front if possible, while walking around.
Tip # 2: Visit during slow season. We visited in November, which was a bit colder than expected, but I hear that late September/October, or late March/April are great times to visit as well, less traffic and good weather.
Tip # 3: Do not squeeze too many things in. If you have the time, great. Do it! But leave some space for spontaneous things.
Tip # 4: Enjoy the local food, of course. We got a hotel that included breakfast, and prepared something for lunch, so that all we had to really sit down for was dinner. But enjoy the delicious sweet treats you’ll find during your walk. We also waited to ask the locals what they recommended for us to eat, instead of looking for restaurants online.
Tip # 5: Look for a place to stay that is close to the train station (if you are going from city to city). Get familiar with the map of the area you’ll be staying in and places you’ll be visiting. Get familiar with the metro routes.
Tip # 6: It is also recommended that you contact your Bank before leaving, to let them know that you will be making purchases in a different country so that they don’t block your card. Also, ask if they charge you for using your card, if they have any fees, to see if its more convenient to only use cash. You should still carry a certain amount in cash.
Tip # 7: Try to purchase your tickets early, and when I say early, I really mean early. We bought our plane tickets almost a year ahead of time, and the train tickets (trains from city to city, not the local trains) we purchased months in advanced. Same with the place you’ll be staying and any tours that you will be doing. Trust me, this will help you save A LOT.
Tip # 8: The TripAdvisor app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.
In conclusion, I’m glad we visited Naples although we didn’t get to visit all of its amazing places. The pizza was amazing, and yes it was a little crazy outside, but this grittiness of the city gave it its character.
Well, I hope that this itinerary and tips for Naples help you during your next visit. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.
So get ready to walk around the city and enjoy some of the best historic buildings and Pizza you’ve ever had.
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