Top Ten

The best way to discover Naples is to get lost in it and follow the smells, sounds, and voices of the town.

A lifetime is not enough to visit Naples because every day you’ll find something that will astonish, surprise, and fascinate you!

Here, the ten things you MUST do in Naples.

Walking through Spaccanapoli

Spaccanapoli, in my opinion, is the real essence of Naples. Taking a stroll on this road, which divides Naples in two sections, means discovering the city’s history, churches, myths, legends, and unmistakable aromas.

You will see:

- The Monastery of Saint Chiara with the Cloister

  • The Saint Severo Chapel with the Veiled Christ

  • The Cathedral and the Saint Gennaro Museum

  • Saint Gregory the Armenian and the Nativity scene

Plebiscito Square and it monuments

This square is one of the landmarks of Naples. Located in the heart of the city center at the end of Toledo Street, it is the largest in the city and one of the largest in Italy.

But it’s not only its majesty that makes this square unique. In a few square meters you can see the Royal Palace, the Church of Saint Francis of Paola, the Saint Charles Theatre, the Umberto Gallery, and the New Castel, better known as Maschio Angioino.

You can experience unique moments, perhaps by enjoying a coffee at the famous and celebrated Gambrinus Caffe, and then continue strolling towards Chiaia Street and the Spanish district’s alleys.

Explore the alleys of the working-class neighborhoods

If you really want to see how the Neapolitans live, take a stroll in the working-class neighborhood of the Spanish Quarters or the Sanità neighborhood. You will see the true essence of the town with the clothes hanging to dry among the buildings and the classic artisan botteghe. Also in the area are the Saint Gennaro and S. Gaudio catacombs and the Fontanelle cemetery.

Visit the Archaeological Museum of Naples

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) have the richest and most valuable patrimony of archaeological art in Italy. It is considered one of the most important archaeological museums in the world, especially with regard to the Roman history.

The Castle of the Egg and the Naples waterfront

A place you don’t want to miss! Located on Megaride Island, the Castle supposedly derives its name from an egg that the poet Virgil hid in the basement. According to the legend, the fate of the building and, ultimately, the destiny of Naples depended on this egg.

From the Castle’s terrace, you can enjoy an amazing view of the Gulf and of the city. Don’t forget to take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, and eat in one of the many restaurants and bars that are located there.

Posillipo and Marechiario

Posillipo is a must-see for a spectacular view of Mt. Vesuvius and the entire Gulf of Naples. Just look on the map for Petrarca Street, also known as “The Panoramic.”

If you still have time, go to Marechiaro where you can eat the freshest seafood and enjoy a day of sunbathing and relaxation.

The Art Stations

Some subway stops are really works of contemporary art that would leave you with your mouth open. For this reason, they are called “The Art Stations.” The ones you don’t want to miss are Toledo Station, Università, and Dante.  

Eating the classic Neapolitan pizza

Pizza is an exclusively Neapolitan treat.

The real one, the Neapolitan pizza, is made with only a few ingredients. The recipe is respected as almost as a divine law: just water, flour, salt, and yeast create a thin dough with high and tasty edges. The Margherita Pizza consists simply of tomato, mozzarella, oil, and basil.

Pizza was born in Naples, and only here you can eat the authentic one.

Eating the Sfogliatella

You cannot come to Naples without trying a sfogliatella, one of the classic desserts of the city. You can have it curly, and prepared with puff pastry, or made with shortcrust pastry. If you’re not fond of sweets, you should try the Rustic Sfogliatella, with a sausage and friarielli (a kind of vegetable) filling.

Having coffee as Neapolitans do

Drinking coffee in Naples is a ritual. There is no day without the smell of coffee in the kitchen, and stopping at a caffè and drinking an espresso at the counter is a must!

If you want to be like a real Neapolitan, you must leave a suspended (sospeso in Italian) coffee. It’s a Naples tradition to pay it forward, so nobody thinks you’re so poor that you can’t even buy an espresso.