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 around aimlessly and without a program. Only and for the simple taste of seeing, perceiving, tasting everything in front of you.
It would not take a lifetime to visit Naples. Living here day by day, I can assure you that I always find something that enlightens my heart and makes me always surprise for its beauty.
I tell you for me what are the ten things that you absolutely recommend doing when you come to Naples.
Spaccanapoli is Naples.
No place in the city can better tell the soul of Naples, its essence that here reveals itself without trucci.
Walking through Spaccanapoli one passes through the thousand-year history of the city. A small road that bisects the ancient 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 unparalleled beauty of the Veiled Christ.
The Cathedral and the Museum of San Gennaro, San Gregorio Armeno, the street of the cribs.
Connected all by Spaccanapoli, the lower decumano, one of the three main arteries of the urban plan designed in the Greek era, which still today after over 2500 years is the beating heart of the city.
Piazza del Plebiscito is one of the symbolic places 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 can find the history and culture of the city.
The Royal Palace, the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, Teatro San Carlo, Galleria Umberto I and within walking distance Castel Nuovo, better known as Maschio Angioino.
You can live unique moments, maybe tasting a coffee at the famous and famous Caffè Gambrinus, and then continue your day walking towards Via Chiaia or immersing yourself in the alleys of the Spanish Quarter
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 but explore the alleys of the Quartieri Spagnoli or the Rione Sanità. A dive into the past, in this frenetic up and down between streets that offer different ideas of popular culture such as the presence of small craft shops, the Neapolitan bass characterized by drying clothes between the buildings, but also relevant archaeological sites such as the Catacombs of San Gennaro, the Catacombs of San Gaudioso and the Cimitero delle Fontanelle along a plunge into the past between myths and legends.
The National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) boasting the richest and most valuable heritage of works of art and artefacts of archaeological interest in Italy, is considered one of the most important archaeological museums in the world if not the most important as regards the history of Roman times.
A truly unmissable experience that will fill your cultural baggage.
Visit Castel dell'Ovo which is located on the Isolotto di Megaride, according to legend the name derives from an egg that hid Virgil in the basement of the castle and from which the fate of the building and of the entire city of Naples would depend. From the terraces of this castle and its terraces you can enjoy a wonderful view of the gulf and a unique view of the city. Do not miss this as you walk along the promenade to be able to live long moments of relaxation, perhaps stopping for lunch or dinner in one of the many restaurants that are located on the pedestrian promenade!
To enjoy a view of the Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples in all its majestic beauties ascended to Posillipo, there is a street that offers a spectacular view and is Via Petrarca, also known as "La Panoramica".
Continue up towards Marechiaro and there you will find a corner of paradise in the city. A fantastic, unexpected logo. In this magical place, you can eat fresh fish or spend a pleasant sunny day.
Some subway stops are real works of contemporary art that leave you speechless and it is no coincidence that they are called "Stazione dell'Arte". Take a trip to those of "Toledo", "Università" or "Dante".
The pizza is an exclusively Neapolitan good.
The true 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. La PizzaMargherita: tomato, mozzarella, oil and basil: one of the best, patriotic and envied dishes in the world.
The pizza was born in Naples and only here can you eat the authentic one in a lot of famous pizzerias.
You can not leave Naples without having made a sweet break tasting a sfogliatella. One of the typical sweets of the city. You can choose it riccia, that is prepared with puff pastry, or shortcrust, if prepared with shortcrust pastry. And if you are not fond of desserts, try the rustic sfogliatella: a curly sfogliatella that has a filling made of sausages and broccoli and is incredibly good.
Drinking coffee in Naples is a ritual.
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.
It is an experience to be done while you are observing the coming and going of people, while you perceive and perceive that the moment of coffee, even if it may last only a minute, is a reason for meeting and sharing.
If you want to excel ... well, you do not have to leave a coffee suspended: typical Neapolitan tradition: the coffee paid to the stranger you'll never know, because nobody ever feels so poor that you can not afford a coffee .....