World-renowned cuisine and historical treasures await in Naples.
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As the gateway to the naturally resplendent Sorrento and Amalfi Coast, Naples itself is often overlooked by visitors to southern Italy. But while care should be taken in some parts of Campania’s capital, this fascinating city has much more to offer than you might expect.
Explore Naples’ historical heart, where a labyrinth of lanes wraps around a UNESCO-listed collection of ancient ruins and architectural treasures. Among them, the Roman Pantheon-inspired Royal Palace and opulent Teatro di San Carlo. Nearby, chic boutiques can be found underneath the exquisite glass domes of the Galleria Umberto shopping mall. When you have fuelled your appetite with shopping and sightseeing, treat your taste buds to some legendary Neapolitan pizza followed by a scoop of the equally celebrated ice cream. With the azure Bay of Naples spread before it and the volcanic peak of Mount Vesuvius rising dramatically above, Naples is definitely something special. Why not give it a chance?
Designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Naples’ centro storico boasts a breathtaking array of historical gems. On the bustling Piazza des Plebiscito, gaze in awe at the majestic dome and columns of the Church of San Francesco di Paola. Admire the beautiful façade of the Royal Palace and gleaming golden stucco-work of the Teatro San Carlo opera house. For endless retail therapy opportunities, make your way along the meandering Via Toledo, taking in the magnificent Galleria Umberto mall.
While you will need to keep your wits about you here, the Quartieri Spagnoli offers a slice of true Neapolitan life. Scooters whizz through narrow streets hung with washing, while residents lower baskets from their windows and chat from their balconies. Street vendors offer everything from food to souvenirs from their colourful stalls. Some excellent pizzerias are also to be found tucked among the quarter’s alleyways.
Ride the rattling funicular railway to the upmarket hilltop district of Vomero. Take in breathtaking views of the Bay of Naples and imposing Mount Vesuvius from the star-shaped Castel Sant’Elmo. Browse in chic boutiques and wander around the lush grounds of the Parco della Floridiana. Then admire the exquisite frescoes and beautiful baroque architecture of the former monastery, Certosa di San Martino.
Take a stroll along the scenic shoreline in trendy Chiaia. Browse in the stylish shops and galleries or wander at your leisure through tranquil, leafy parks. In the evening, join the fashionably-attired locals at chic eateries and bars. From the pretty port of Mergellina, follow the meandering Via Posillipo past beautiful buildings to exclusive Posillipo. Take in stunning views across the glittering Gulf of Naples from the picturesque hilltop perch of this exclusive quarter.