Many Italian cities have castles or castle ruins, so Naples is not unique in that regard. What makes the city interesting, however, is that it has three major castles, all built at different periods and all still intact today.
With a stunning cliff top location across the bay from Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento is not only one of Italy’s prettiest towns, but also a great foodie destination. However, hunting down Sorrento’s best eats will be hard, unless you have a local to guide you in the maze of touristy restaurants and pavement cafés. Viator’s Sorrento Food Tour offers you the chance to spend half a day discovering the town’s food scene, promising an experience off the tourist radar.
Naples is a very hilly city, and it’s surrounded by some of Italy’s most famous scenery. It stands to reason, therefore, that there ought to be some places in Naples where you can take in a pretty gorgeous view. And there are. Some of them are viewpoints you can enjoy while sightseeing, some offer a spectacular vista with your meal, and one requires that you get on a boat. Detailed below are some of the best views in Naples, and how you can check out each one.
Every town in Italy has a patron saint, and every saint has a feast day. Those feast days become city-wide holidays for places with that patron saint, and some cities really know how to celebrate their patrons. In Naples, San Gennaro is only one of the patron saints, but he actually has several celebrations on the calendar. The Festival of San Gennaro in Naples is certainly worth checking out.
Naples can be a challenging place to visit for many. Yes, it’s close to some of Italy’s top tourist destinations – Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast – but the city itself is often described as gritty, everyday life moves at an incredibly fast pace, and most of the time when we hear about Naples in the news it’s for less-than-wonderful reasons. This doesn’t mean you should avoid Naples, however. It just gives you more reasons to hire a private guide instead of trying to conquer the city yourself. Here are some perks to having a private guide in Naples.
Naples is perhaps best known in the culinary world for having introduced pizza to the world. This is, obviously, a significant thing – but it’s not the only thing you should eat when you’re in Naples. The city is a food lover’s fantasy land, from the pasta to the coffee to the sweets, and one of the pastries that you should eat in Naples is as beautiful as it is difficult to say – sfogliatelle.
For many visitors to Italy, particularly those on their first trip to the country, going to Naples might seem a bit intimidating. It is, after all, a big and busy city with a somewhat challenging reputation. But you can easily stick to the historic center of Naples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which crams thousands of years of history into a few square miles. The significance of Naples can’t – and shouldn’t – be overlooked.
What do most people know about Naples? Chances are that if they’ve heard anything about the southern Italian capital it involves things like mafia crimes or volcanoes taking out ancient Roman cities. Naples is so much more than that, however, and some of the many things you don’t know about this city may turn out to be reasons you’ll want to include it on your Italy itinerary. Here, then, are 21 things you probably didn’t know about Naples.
Perhaps the most famous island in the Gulf of Naples is Capri – the former retreat of Roman emperors and current getaway for the rich and famous. But that’s not the only island off the coast of Naples, so if you’re looking for an alternative island to visit you might want to consider the island of Ischia, the largest of the islands in the Gulf of Naples.
Where France has the Palace of Versailles, Italy has the Palace of Caserta. This former royal palace outside Naples was once the home of the Bourbon royal family, complete with opulent rooms and expansive manicured gardens. Today, it’s a popular tourist attractions for visitors to southern Italy.