Naples, Italy is a city you can’t only love

20 sights of Naples: a great guide to the city

Castel del Ovo

Naples is the capital of the mafia, garbage, pizza and mozzarella. Those who first enter this city feel as if they are falling into middle Asia or India, but with the addition of European architecture.

Let’s run through the city and see the main attractions of Naples and just the interesting places to visit. And at the same time, you’ll learn what’s best to avoid in the city.

It’s convenient and advantageous to travel around Naples by tourist bus, here it is. The bus route doesn’t cover the whole list of interesting places, but you’ll see the most important ones.

Pizzeria Da Michele

Pizzeria Da Michele

Before we get to the architectural sights yet, we need to visit the most popular pizzeria in Naples. Despite the constant hype, the food here is delicious and high quality. Take a line, wait for your pizza and enjoy!

Unexpected: swindlers from the 90s.

thimbles

About 100 meters from the station you will meet crook-looking guys who will offer you to play “thimbles”. Don’t let your guard down: even if you’re just watching others play, thieves can pick your bags and pockets.

Spaccanapoli

Via Spaccanapoli

Spaccanapoli is a crack street that divides Naples into two parts. It is about 2 km long. There are many cafes, pizzerias and shops. An interesting point: the name of this street is not on the city maps, and you can see it only from one place – the next point of interest.

San Martino Lookout and Sant Elmo Castle

The viewpoint on the castle of St. Elmo

The Castel Sant Elmo is located on top of the Holy Mountain (Montesanto) in the prestigious Vomero district of Naples. The castle of San Elmo is one of the main defenses of the city against enemy attacks from the sea.

To get there you can take the funicular to the station “Montesanto” or take the metro to the station Vanviteli (Linea 1). At the top is a large observation deck with the best views of Naples, Vesuvius and the sea.

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Piazza del Gesu Nuovo

Gesu Nuovo church inside

At the end of Via Spaccanapoli you emerge into a spacious square with a monument. Be sure to stop by the church of Gesu Nuovo and ask Dr. Moscati for health!

Inside there is an indescribable beauty – columns, sculptures, stucco and a large organ. The church was built in 1470.

Pizzeria Gino e Toto Sorbillo

Pizzeria Gino e Toto Sorbillo

It is one of the oldest pizzerias in the city. Its history began in the early 1900s, when a family with 23 children started baking pizzas for sale to survive the hard times.

Galleria Umberto

Umberto Gallery

Some people might think that Galleria Umberto looks like something. And indeed this landmark of Naples is a replica of Milan’s Galleria Victor Emmanuel II.

Not only the vaults of the gallery are of interest, but also its floor. In the center of the arcade is the zodiacal circle. Do not forget to find your zodiac sign and make a wish!

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

archeological museum in naples

When people hear of an archaeological museum, they involuntarily start yawning. But the Neapolitan museum, the largest in Southern Italy, is really interesting.

It contains historical treasures of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia Villas. In addition to sculptures, frescoes, jewelry, dishes and coins, of interest is the “Secret Room”, where unique findings of erotic and pornographic nature are on display.

Tickets to the museum with an audioguide can be purchased in advance by clicking here.

Teatro di San Carlo

San Carlo Theater

Naples has one of the oldest theaters in Europe. It is a favorite place of European nobility of past centuries, and today the San Carlo Theater is modern and restored, and world stars perform on its stage.

The New Castle (Castel Nuovo)

Castel Nuovo

Castel Nuovo impresses by its scale, although it was built in 1282 by Charles of Anjou in just 3 years. It is located in the center, next to the waterfront. Now inside is a museum with several rooms.

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You can’t say there’s anything impressive there: the armory, the hall of barons, the chapel, halls with frescoes and bas-reliefs. Some of the halls can only be accessed with a guided tour. Individual entrance 6 euros. If you are interested in history, be sure to get an audio guide right there in the museum for 1 euro.

Castel dell’Ovo

Castel del Ovo

Another castle in Naples with a similar name. The poet Virgil wrote that in this place, deep in the ground, buried a kind of magic egg. The castle was built much later, 11 centuries later, and now the egg lurks beneath its foundations. It is believed that as long as the artifact is there, Naples is safe.

The fortress is connected to the city by a narrow embankment that you can walk to. At various times it has withstood many attacks and shelling, including by French cannons.

The castle is said to be haunted by the ghosts of people who died in its dungeons. For example, a headless Saracen and a sorceress who sold her soul to the devil.

Castel del Ovo

Especially beautiful here in the evening, when the lanterns and illumination are lit. Inside Castel del Ovo is a museum with paid admission and a free viewing platform at the top.

Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays (6 p.m. in winter) and 2 p.m. on weekends.

Royal Palace (Museo di Capodimonte)

Royal Palace of Capodimonte

The Royal Palace of Naples is surrounded by a beautiful and ancient park. For tourists it is a tourist attraction, but for locals it is a favorite place for walks. You can go for a jog or have a picnic on the grass.

Royal Palace of Capodimonte

The whole palace is a spacious museum with a very large collection of ancient weapons and art galleries.

The ticket costs 15 euros.

Piazza del Plebiscito

Piazza Plebiscito

You can’t miss it because it is the biggest square in the center of Naples. Here you can see the Royal Palace of Naples with its 169 meters long colonnade. On the other side is the church of St. Francis.

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In antiquity, in Piazza Plebiscito stood the city walls and the castle of Lucilius.

Cimitero Delle Fontanelle

Fontanelle Cemetery

European cemeteries often become landmarks, as it happened in Naples. The ancient city cemetery of Fontanelle is located in a real cave on the outskirts of the city.

Naturally, it is now not used for its intended purpose. But it is still quite a scary place. In fact, it is a large crypt where the remains of those who died during plague and cholera epidemics were stored for many years. After each epidemic, the crypt was walled up and then opened again. The last burials were made here in 1837.

Of course, the version of the crypt that you can see is far from the original: all the skulls and bones in it are ordered and placed in crypts.

Catacombe di San Gaudioso

Catacombs of San Gaudioso

Catacombs of San Gaudioso

Here was buried St. Gaudioso, a bishop from North Africa, who was exiled and sent to Naples, where he lived until his death. The bishop was buried in 451 or 452, after which the place was named after him.

The price of the entrance ticket is 10 euros.

You can buy a ticket for a tour of the catacombs here.

Underground Naples (Napoli Sotterranea)

Underground Naples

In our humble opinion, this is one of the most interesting places in Naples. Yes, there are no magnificent frescoes or church shrines, but there are certainly many mysteries.

It is an underground city with its passageways, galleries and rooms at a depth of 30 meters. It appeared as early as 470 BC, when the Greeks used underground wells and reservoirs to collect rainwater for drinking.

Over the centuries, the dungeons have grown and expanded, they were mined tuff for building houses, and during World War II they were used as a bomb shelter.

You can see the dungeons only with a guided tour – just come to the entrance and wait for the next stream. The ticket price is 10 euros.

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We recommend wearing comfortable shoes: inside all the passages are slippery because they are covered with mold.

Pompei

The infamous city buried under the ashes. Many people think it is small, but its size is amazing! Everything here is almost as it was before the eruption in 79 BC. The sidewalks, the walls of the houses, the interior furnishings, the frescoes and mosaics.

The most interesting thing about Pompeii are the figures of the inhabitants, frozen for centuries in bizarre poses. Scientists filled the voids in the volcanic rock with plaster, and now we can see how the Pompeii people died. Some of the figures make your blood run cold.

Herculaneum

Hercolanum

The Ancient Roman city of Herculaneum (Italian: Ercolano) also belongs to the attractions of Naples, as it is only 15 kilometers from the city.

The city is even better preserved than Pompeii. You can wander its streets for a long time, studying the life of people who lived here 2,000 years ago. It’s very interesting!

The ticket price is 13 euros.

Volcano Vesuvio

Vesuvius

Vesuvio is an integral part of the panoramic photos of Naples. This volcano is active, but scientists say that it will wake up no sooner than 100 years.

The price to climb to the top of the volcano is 10 euros. The rest of the trails around the crater are free.

Anfiteatro Flavio in Pozzuoli

Pozzuoli Amphitheatre

Since we made it outside of Naples itself, check out the coastal town of Pozzuoli as well. Here is the ancient amphitheater Flavio.

It is little written about it in the tourist brochures, but it is the third largest amphitheater in Italy, after the Roman Colosseum and Capua. We advise to go there. Moreover, Pozzuoli has a nice beach:)

The ticket price to the amphitheater is 4 euros.

We hope that this article was useful, and from our list of attractions in Naples you will choose those that you must visit.

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