From History To Cuisine: Top 10 Things To Do In Naples

OT Staff

Climb Mount Vesuvius

Embark on a journey to the summit of Mount Vesuvius, the iconic volcano that shaped the region’s history. As you ascend, the panoramic views of the Bay of Naples and the surrounding landscape will leave you awe-struck.

View of Naples bay and Mount Vesuvius, Certosa di San Martino | Shutterstock

Explore Pompeii

Step back in time as you wander through the ancient streets of Pompeii. The preserved ruins reveal glimpses of daily life, from intricate mosaics to well-preserved villas. The haunting Amphitheatre and the Temple of Apollo are must-see highlights.

Pompeii city, destroyed in 79BC by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius | Shutterstock

TNaples National Archaeological Museum

Immerse yourself in antiquity within the museum’s walls. Admire exquisite sculptures, intricate frescoes, and artefacts recovered from Pompeii. The Farnese Hercules and the Secret Cabinet (Gabinetto Segreto) are captivating exhibits.

Farnese Hercules in Naples National Archaeological Museum | Shutterstock

Indulge in Authentic Pizza

Naples is synonymous with pizza, and you haven’t truly experienced it until you’ve savored a Neapolitan-style slice. Head to L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, where the simple yet flavourful Margherita pizza reigns supreme.

Pizza from Naples | Shutterstock

Royal Palace Splendour

Tour the opulent Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) and step into the world of Neapolitan royalty. The grand halls, adorned with chandeliers and frescoes, provide a glimpse into the city’s regal past. The Royal Chapel is a hidden gem.

Inside the Royal Palace, Naples | Shutterstock

Piazza del Plebiscito

Stroll through this bustling square, flanked by architectural marvels. The San Francesco di Paola church, with its colonnades, stands in elegant contrast to the Royal Palace. Take a moment to absorb the lively atmosphere.

At the Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples | Shutterstock

Castel dell’Ovo

Venture to Castel dell’Ovo, perched on the seafront like a sentinel. Explore its ancient walls, soak in the sea breeze, and enjoy panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples. Legend has it that an egg is hidden within the castle’s foundations.

A view of the Castel dell’Ovo | Shutterstock

Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino)

Marvel at the imposing medieval fortress that guards Naples’ harbour. Its crenellated towers and grand entrance evoke tales of knights and intrigue. The Sala dei Baroni, adorned with frescoes, is a highlight.

The grand Castel Nuovo | Shutterstock

Museo Cappella Sansevero

Discover the mystical Cristo Velato (Veiled Christ) sculpture within this chapel-museum. The intricate marble veil seemingly shrouds the body of Christ, creating an ethereal and emotive masterpiece. Other artworks await your admiration.

A view of Cristo Velato (Veiled Christ) | Wikimedia Commons

Wander the Streets

Lose yourself in Naples’ labyrinthine alleys (vicoli). Here, laundry hangs overhead, locals chat animatedly, and vibrant markets beckon. Seek out hidden courtyards, street art, and the soul of this captivating city.

The streets of Naples | Shutterstock

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