Naples is Italy’s third largest city and is known as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, but you don’t want to miss one of Italy’s most ancient and flavourful cities - and the birthplace of pizza, no less.
TOP 8 PLACES TO SEE
1.NATIONAL ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The museum was originally built as an horse riding school, but in 1816 it was inaugurated as the Archeological Museum. Today it is one of the most important museums in the world because of the quality and quantity of works exposed. The Museum hosts a collection of archeological finds coming from Pompei, a great number of sculptures, artefacts and arts of the Greek – Roman age, the Etruscan and Egyptian collection and an interesting antique coin collection. Don’t miss the secret chamber where there’s the collection of erotic frescoes and sculptures.
2.CAPODIMONTE ROYAL PALACE AND MUSEUM
Originally intended as King Charless III’s hunting lodge the palace become the royal residence and place to house the Farnese collection he inherited. The collection includes portraits of members of ruling families by Titian and one of the finest art collections in Italy with more than 500 pictures with works by Mantegna, Caravaggio, Raphael, Botticelli, El Greco, Bellini, and Neapolitan artists of the 17th and 18th centuries. Other highlights is the royal apartments and the small room – Salottino di Porcelana. In the grounds surrounding the palace King Charles III founded the Capodimonte workshops to produce ceramics.
3.VIA SAN GREGORIO ARMENO
The city’s best place to display Italian nativity is located in the city’s historic district. By using wood or clay the street artisans create manger scene that range from the traditional to the deeply personal, often crafting figurines to represent family members or people from popular culture.
4.TEATRO DI SAN CARLO
The theater was built in 1737 by King Charles of Bourbon and is the oldest active opera house in Europe. The red and gold theater is connected to the Royal Palace and has six tiers of box seating surrounding the horseshoe-shaped orchestra seats, with an extravagantly decorated royal box jutting out in the rear of the house.
5.CATACOMBS OF SAN GENNARO
The catacombs is actually three different cemeteries that have blended over the year. In the 5th century is was dedicated to the Gennaro. The catacomb’s lower level includes tombs dating back to the 2nd century with spacious passageways and tombs that range from burial chambers for the wealthy to wall niches and floor graves for the less well-to-do. An early image of San Gennaro features Mount Vesuvius looming the background and Frescoes are adorned with pictures of saints and families.
6.CASTEL DELL’ OVO
The castle owes it name to the poet Virgil and it the oldest castle in Naples. The 12th century castle is perched on promontory and offers breathtaking views from its ramparts. Also housed here is The Ethno-Prehistory Museum which exhibit ceramics, earthenware and metal artifacts from the earliest days of Naples history.
The pier is one of the top Naples attractions. Originally built in 1988 it serves as a dock for freight and passengers. The old pier has been destroyed by fire and wrecked by several hurricanes, but it has always been rebuilt as the symbol of Naples’ history and resilience. The pier is a popular spot for fishing, sunset watching, dolphin spotting, and enjoying the view of the Gulf of Mexico.
8.THE REVS INSTITUTE
The institute celebrates the history of American automobiles with more than 100 hundred of the most significant cars built between 1896 and 1995. As part of the Collier Collection some of the most important cars ever built is here on exhibit. Besides cars the institute contains over one million exhibits such as specialized research books, images, and documents on the history of automobiles.
OTHER PLACES TO SEE
The best way to get around in Naples is by car. Other transport is by taxi, bus or trolley.
The best time to visit is from mid March to early June, the weather is pleasant, comfortably warm and relatively dry. The most rains is in October and November.