Naples, or Napoli as it’s known to the locals, is situated on the northern coast of the Bay of Naples, one of the most picturesque bays in Italy. Being located close to Pompeii, the city is filled with significant artefacts and artistic treasures waiting for your curious glances and slow smiles.
Things to do in Naples
1Visit the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
2Stroll down the Piazza del Plebiscito where you’ll find the Royal Palace.
3Visit the Duomo, a Gothic cathedral dedicated to Naple's patron saint, San Gennaro.
4Head downtown to the Via Toledo, a pedestrian street and the hub of Naples’ shopping precinct.
5Travel to the ruins of Pompeii to glimpse a once thriving city destroyed by a catastrophic volcano.
Tours that include Naples
Even if you’re not a history buff or an admirer of museums, the National Archaeological Museum of Naples houses the finest collection of Greek and Roman antiquities the world has ever seen, breathing an air of mystery into the venue.
- The National Archaeological Museum
- Piazza del Plebiscito
- The Duomo Cathedral
- Basilica Santa Restituta
- Via Toledo
The architectural delights continue at Piazza del Plebiscito; inside the Royal Palace, you’ll find beautifully restored rooms and an exquisite roof garden to appreciate the magnificent bay views. After basking in a warm afternoon, the Duomo, a 13th century Gothic cathedral dedicated to Naples’ patron saint, San Gennaro is a peaceful must see that is sure to delight the senses and captivate discerning eyes.
Beside the Duomo is the oldest church in Naples, the 4th century Basilica Santa Restituta; the sweeping columns are believed to be from the Temple of Apollo. When you reach antique overload, head downtown to the Via Toledo, a pedestrian street and the hub of Naples’ shopping precinct. And after all that sightseeing, surely there’s time to experience the gastronomical delights of a genuine Napolian pizza.
Naples regards itself as the birthplace of pizza, and a slice of your favourite pie will never taste the same again after you experience the local variety. If you want to travel outside Naples, one of the most historically significant spots is Pompeii. Once a thriving city, it was buried by a volcanic eruption in 79AD. Excavations are still being carried out today so there is always something interesting to see.
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