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Unique things to do in Naples
Naples is all about the raw, the untamed, the spontaneous. Sitting as it is under the ominously looming Vesuvius, it bubbles with volcanic drama and infectious energy.
It’s a place where unexpected discoveries lie around every corner, in every hidden alcove there’s a secret tunnel, an untold story or generations-old pizzeria.
Which brings us nicely onto the food. It’s in Naples that you’ll find the best food markets, the most authentic pizza, the freshest and most indulgent pastas. From the most iconic dishes to local specialties, Naples is an adventure for the palette.
When you bring all of this passion for life together in a whirlwind of incredible architecture, buzzing nightlife, rich cultural scenes and throw a dash of ancient history into the mix, you are left with Italy’s masterpiece.
The Food Scene
Naples is the number one spot for Italian cuisine. The home of real pizza, of the richest, indulgent pasta dishes and the most powerful espressos, exploring these streets of bustling local hangouts and intense markets is a serious treat.
Eat your way through irresistible ragùs and crisp, fresh pizzas, before sampling some of the city’s famous seafood. From spaghetti alle vongole to beautifully grilled squid, this is a place that’s all about pleasure, and it has plenty to hand out.
A Mysterious History
The very streets of Naples seem to whisper centuries-old stories as you wander through them, and on every cobbled alleyway and in every curious piazza, there’s some mysterious legend to be pulled out from the stones.
From the Greeks to the Romans to the shakers and movers of the Renaissance, stories of Emporers, Kings, Queens, lovers, and fighters are everywhere. Set out to discover some curious mysteries and unsolved tales and you’ll soon realise London isn’t the only place with classic enigmas.
An Artistic Atmosphere
You don’t have a history as rich and fascinating as Naples’ without it leaving a mark on the city, and it’s a hell of a mark that has been left on Naples. Royal palaces, imposing castles and ancient ruins dot the landscape, with an extraordinary number of riches within.
You’ll uncover some of the oldest Christian frescoes in the world, incredibly detailed mosaics and stunning marble sculpture, making Naples an art enthusiast’s dream.
When is the best time to go?
Spring and Autumn – A great time to visit. Beautiful weather, not so many crowds, the prices are a little lower than the high season, and everywhere is open. April and May are the best times in Spring, September is great for Autumn.
Summer – The high season (June to August) will guarantee hot, sunny weather, but there will be more crowds and prices might be higher. In August a lot of restaurants and shops close.
Winter – The quietest and cheapest time to visit. The weather can get pretty cool.
Top 10 Must See Naples Sites
- Mount Vesuvius
- Subterranean Naples
- Cappella Sansevero
- Castel Nuovo
- Museo Archeological Nazionale
- Teatro San Carlo
- Castel Ovo
- San Martino
- Galleria Borbonica