Southern Italy’s leading City, Naples offers a wondrous collection of museums, churches, and collective types of architecture. Here you can find the intense urban and tangled life that manages to develop on its own.
Naples’s unique image and atmosphere have so much history you can get which runs for many years that are worth seeing. The floor city of Naples works on its own, with its attitude and everything about the city separates itself from other towns of Italy. The more time you spend here, the more you fall in love with the city’s scenes, scents, sunrise, and of course PIZZA!
There is an abundance of things to see and do here in Naples, and to keep you on track, I made you a list to not get lost and waste your time during the visit. Rather than seeing Naples as a long list of sites, based on my experience as much as we wanted to stay in the place, the time we have is very limited so I’ll make sure by making this guide will help you spend most out of your Naples experience.
Naples National Archaeological Museum
|Location||Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Piazza Museo, 19|
|Visiting Hours||Wednesdays-Mondays between 9 A.M. to 7:30 P.M.|
|Rates||12.00 Euros (US$13.50 / per head)|
It’s the room of Naples’s best collections of ancient sculpture, artifacts, frescoes, mosaics, epigraphs, and other artworks that are displayed that were buried and preserved by the ash. If you have jotted down many museums on your list, I would recommend taking your first steps here and take other museums to follow.
Naples Art Gallery
|Location||Gallerie D’Italia Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano Napoli, Via Toledo, 185|
|Visiting Hours||Open weekdays 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. and closes at 8 PM on weekends|
|Rates||Virtual Reality Experience (US$6.28 / per head)
Galleria Borbonica Entrance Ticket (US$11.42 / per head)
Inside this gallery are compact artwork collections of Neapolitan and Italian artists from the 1700s to the early 20th century. If you are more interested in discovering both the artist and why they painted it, you can listen to its informative audio tablet inside the gallery.
Royal Palace of Naples
|Location||Museo di Capodimonte, Via Miano, 2|
|Visiting Hours||Tuesdays-Thursdays between 8:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M.|
|Rates||18.00 Euros (US$9.00 / per head)|
It’s a throwback scene when Naples was under Spanish rule. It has a lot of interesting views that provide a lot of insights into the unique and diverse history of the city, powered and controlled by different occupying forces. It’s also the house of many works from famous Italian artists like Sandro Botticelli to Michelangelo de Caravaggio.
|Location||Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Ventimiglia|
|Visiting Hours||Daily 9 A.M. – 12:30 AM/ 3:15 P.M. -7 P.M.|
|Rates||Free admission, no phone|
This Cathedral was largely destroyed by an earthquake but eventually had the chance to recover after the incident. It is the main church in Naples that has a larger part of its history. Some of the figures and symbols you can see from the entrance to the central area signify fortitude and justice. Other pieces you may found were stolen but eventually pull someone’s energy to put back from somewhere else in the place. And it’s much interesting if you can find it, and why others have the guts to steal it.
|Location||Castle Nuovo, Via Vittorio Emanuele III|
|Visiting Hours||Mondays to Saturdays 8:30 A.M. – 6 P.M. Sundays 10 A.M-1 P.M.|
|Rates||6.00 Euros (US$7.10)|
It’s usually the first sight that people want to see when they visit the spot, so I highly recommend it to you. In this place, you can see the arriving scenes of cruise ships and the dramatic sunrise facing the Bay of Naples. Its walls were made up of ever-solid stone materials and have five round towers.
|Location||San Gregorio Armeno, near Museo Cappella Sansevero|
|Visiting Hours||Opens daily|
|Rates||Free to visit (it’s a hallway full of stores)|
San Gregorio Armeno is famous for its nickname “Christmas alley” because it never runs out of artisan goods, jewels, and figurines. It’s easier to go in this place ‘cause the only thing you need to do is to follow the trail of a bunch of people walking in one direction and that it’s their hallway. Mind you, don’t SKIP their gelato, coffee, and pizza. Your day wouldn’t be completed without the three.
|Location||Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli, Via Francesco Caracciolo|
|Visiting Hours||Opens daily|
|Rates||Free to walk|
This is one of the signature looks by the bay picture-perfect look in Naples. The sidewalk and the seaside serve as the resting place for natives and tourists to go for a walk, stretch, and breathe the freshest air brought by the sea air. The view of Mt. Vesuvius and the island of Capri are both visible in this bay view. When you walk here during weekends where there are hundreds of tourists like you, I must say “prepare your kindness” because you’ll be bumping people from side to side and vendors are a bit pushy to hawk their goods.
|Location||Catacombe di San Gennaro, Via Capodimonte|
|Visiting Hours||Mondays to Saturdays 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. Sundays 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.|
|Rates||9.00 Euros ($10.00)|
The Catacombe di San Gennaro’s story is quite horrific because San Gennaro- the patron saint here- had been laid to rest. Along with the saint’s grave, guests can see the 3RD and 5th-century Pompeian paintings. And one thing you’ll enjoy here is how your travel guide would retell the story in much-entertaining ways that surely you can retell to your grandchildren. Along with comfy footwear, also bring or wear lighter clothes because the temperature underground is quite different from outside.
Naples Mountain Ruins
|Location||Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, Ottaviano, Metropolitan City of Naples|
|Visiting Hours||Prefer to book for tourist guide (it’s a 7-8 hours tour)|
|Rates||(US$57.00 – $158.00 / per head) rates may vary from your selected tour guide|
Yes! Save the best for last! To many travelers’ reviews and recommendations, these two sites always come together and it’s best to try both on a guided tour. It’s more than half or full-day tour so I must say, pack lights and just enjoy listening to your tour guide, and take some good shots. During the tour, you’ll be able to experience the trail of Mount Vesuvius along with other locales and tourists alike. Also, you’ll be able to witness the wonderful ruins around Pompeii. I would say, it is better to learn historical places with tour guides plus you will also have an instant photographer buddy (just kidding) but seriously if you’re trying to book one, book through websites like Viator or Project Napoli Services.
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