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Buongiorno, Napoli! | Attractions, Food & Activities | RatePunk

Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan are among the most tourist-favored cities in the world. Naturally, all these destinations are crowded almost year-round thanks to their unique architecture, history, and cuisine. Although Naples is the third largest city in Italy, it is different from the first or second destinations foreigners would like to visit. But maybe today’s blog post will inspire and motivate some of you to visit this beautiful city on your next vacation.

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By Eglė

Published: Feb 11, 2023 min read

Buongiorno, Napoli! | Attractions, Food & Activities | RatePunk

Naples is surrounded by stunning natural scenery, including the nearby Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano that last erupted in 1944, and the Amalfi Coast, a stretch of coastline known for its dramatic cliffs, stunning beaches, and picturesque villages. It is believed that Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with a rich history that dates back over 2,500 years. The city is known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning nature sceneries, and delicious food, specifically pizza. Let’s start with the rich cultural heritage attraction every tourist should visit while staying in Naples.

#1 Sansevero Chapel is a true gem in the heart of the city. It is famous for its incredibly elaborate marble sculptures, including the "Veiled Christ," a marble statue that depicts Christ draped in a sheer shroud, and the "Anatomical Machines," a series of sculptures that show the human body in incredible detail. The Sansevero Chapel Museum is considered one of the most important examples of Baroque art and architecture in Italy. It is a must-visit for anyone interested in art and history.

#2 Certosa e Museo Di San Martino is a monastery, located at the top of Vomero Mountain. It is really important to mention that the easiest way to visit the monastery would be by using one of the 3 cable cars to Vomero mountain because climbing might be exhausting. The construction of the monastery started in 1325 and only the Gothic cellar remains of the original building. Nevertheless, all facilities are beautifully decorated with paintings and statues from the 15th century and beyond. The property is closed to the public on Wednesdays but here you can have more information about the ticket, working hours, etc.

#3 Naples National Archaeological Museum. This museum is one of the most important archaeological museums in the world, and it holds a vast collection of Roman and Greek artifacts, including mosaics, frescoes, and sculptures. Some of the artifacts are true treasures from Pompeii and Herculaneum, two cities that were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Moreover, there is an exhibition that was once strictly forbidden to the public and only selected people could go there. Interested in what kind of intriguing artifacts it contains? Well, a few weeks ago we talked about the spiciest adults-only museums in the world… Interested? You can book the ticket to Naples National Archaeological Museum online. 

#4 Castel dell'Ovo. I mentioned before that Naples is one of the oldest cities in the world, so it shouldn’t sound surprising that the oldest castle in the world is located on an island in the Bay of Naples. It’s Castel dell'Ovo. The castle was built in the 12th century and has a rich history: it has served as a prison, a royal palace, and a military fortress over the centuries. Today, Castel dell'Ovo is a popular tourist attraction, and visitors can explore its ramparts and dungeons, as well as enjoy jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Bay of Naples. 

#5 Pompeii Archaeological Site. Pompeii is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, known for the well-preserved ruins of the ancient Roman city that was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Visitors can explore the ruins of Pompeii, including homes, public buildings, and temples, and learn about life in ancient Rome.

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#6 Mount Vesuvius. Undoubtedly everyone knows that the huge beauty and at the same time horrifying natural Naples attraction is Mount Vesuvius. It has been one of the world’s most famous active volcanos for years. Visitors can hike to the summit of the volcano, where they can see the crater and learn about its history and geology. There are many tours and activities for tourists. But most certainly, everyone enjoys breathtaking views of the Bay of Naples and the surrounding countryside.

#7 Catacombs of San Gennaro. These are a series of underground tunnels and tombs that date back to the early Christian era. They are named after San Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples, and they contain the remains of thousands of early Christians. Impressive but at the same time insanely uncomfortable to think about getting lost in one of the tunnels… But visitors can take a guided tour of the catacombs to learn about the history and religious significance of this unique site.

#8 The Royal Palace of Naples. Eating Pizza, drinking wine, and visiting Vesuvio shouldn't be the only activities in Naples. It is a must to visit the lavishly decorated Royal Palace of Naples. This is a historic palace that was the residence of the King of Naples and Sicily from the 16th century to the 19th century. Today, the palace is open to the public, and visitors can tour its grand halls and rooms, as well as see its collection of art and antiques. 

#9 Duomo di Napoli (The Cathedral of Naples). The cathedral was built in the 14th century and it is Naples' main church and home to important artistic, cultural, and historic heritage. Outside the cathedral, tourists find the Museum of the treasures of San Gennaro which exhibits all kinds of artworks, jewelry, and silver artifacts. 

#10 Capodimonte Museum. Personally, it is my favorite place in Naples because I love art galleries and museums. Capodimonte museum is housed in a beautiful 18th-century palace and is one of the largest and most important art museums in Italy because of paintings by the greatest Italian artists through the ages. Only there you'll experience an amazing time seeing masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Bellini, and Botticelli. There are some foreign works of art too, like Brueghel and other Flemish painters. After the tour of the museum, you can stroll in the museum's park which offers beautiful views of the city and the bay of Naples.

When is the best time to travel to Naples?

Each destination has the perfect period then locals and guests enjoy perfect weather conditions. March and April are the best months when the weather is mild and there are fewer tourists in Naples. So it is about time to check if there are cheap flights and plan the trip. 

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Mamma Mia Neapolitan Cuisine! 

Naples is famous for its food and is considered the birthplace of pizza. All people who have been there said that you feel enlightenment from the first bit of Neapolese pizza and nowhere else you can find such a tasty pizza. If you ask locals where you can get the best pizza in Italy, they will recommend going to Da Michelle. It is one of the oldest and best pizzerias in Naples. There are most of the time many people, so get there before noon otherwise you will wait over an hour..

While you are staying in Naples, you should start your mornings with a cup of espresso. An intense feeling of energy is guaranteed from the first sip of espresso. When you can choose where you want to go and what kind of food you’d like to eat. If I were you I would have a list and mark all the Italian meals I’ve tried. There is a saying “When in Rome, do as Romans do” so you should follow it and enjoy the local cuisine. There’s the list of traditional Naples foods: pizza Margheritta, spaghetti alle vongole (pasta with clams), timballo (a type of baked pasta), frittatina (pasta omlette), sfogliatelle (a Italian pastry), Buffalo mozzarella, babá (a famous pastry of Naples), pizza montanara, pizza fritta and drink an Apertass, which is more refreshing than an Aperol Spritz.

Where To Stay In Naples?

I highly recommend looking for accommodation around Via dei Mille and Via Chiaia Street. It might be a bit pricey because it is a chic part of Naples. Also, you can check the Vomero - the neighborhood of Naples that looks and has a similar vibrant atmosphere as the Beverly Hills but Naples edition. There are many various hotels to choose from depending on your budget. However, don’t forget that only with RatePunk you can afford to book a fancy hotel because RatePunk browser extension shows the cheapest price, you’ll get a cashback, and you can get a notification if the price drops and rebook it. So in all kinds of scenarios, you’ll save money. 

Shopping Is Like Doing Cardio! 

You might be not addicted to shopping but when you are on vacation you often look for small presents and souvenirs for your loved ones. Just a silk scarf, mini olive oil bottle, limoncello, or anything that will not much space in your baggage. Fancy shoppers should go to Via Chiaia and Via Toledo streets because these two are the most charming streets in Naples, full of various couture boutiques, souvenir shops, and other more. 
If you are wondering what kind of souvenirs you should bring to your family, friends, and all loved ones there are a few typical things you can buy. Campania region is famous for its ceramic production for centuries. Another traditional artisan craft from Naples is a jewellery and other decorative items made of corals. For instance, you can buy bright red or salmon pink beads won't take much space and it is really great present for many ladies. Finally, you can take some excellent wine, liquor or spirits with yourself. 

Stay Alert And Don’t Get Robbed

If there are tourists, there will be scammers too. Or pickpockets. Naples. It is hard to check it but as far as I heard, you always need to be aware of your things while vacationing in Naples. Some cities have pickpockets while purse-snatchers are really active in Naples. So even if you’ll want to have a photo next to one of the most famous attractions in Naples, don’t leave your things unattended. Basically, don’t carry big bags and don’t wear jewellery or at least wear minimalist ones. This is a basic rule for tourists in big cities but still, it needs to be mentioned. 

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Feb 11, 2023

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