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.
The island of Capri isn’t quite visible from the Amalfi Coast, but it’s a popular destination for excursions from those coastal towns as well as from nearby Naples. One of the main things people go to see on Capri – besides the plethora of boutique shops, the pretty beaches, and the glittering sea views – is the famous Blue Grotto of Capri, a sea cave that glows with an ethereal blue light.
People may flock to the Amalfi Coast for its gorgeous views and beautiful beaches, but everyone has to eat at some point – so why not learn what dishes and ingredients are best on the Amalfi Coast? That way you’ll satisfy your growling tummy and taste a little bit of the culture – literally – at the same time. Here are a few examples of what to eat on the Amalfi Coast.
The Amalfi Coast, unlike most beach-centric destinations, probably isn’t on top of most lists for Christmas vacations. This isn’t a tropical climate we’re talking about, so the weather over the Christmas holidays is likely to be chilly and rainy – not exactly conducive to suntanning – and some of the tourist infrastructure is going to be closed for the off-season. Still, if you’re not looking for a sun-soaked holiday and just want to experience a bit of the Italian Christmas spirit, Christmas on the Amalfi Coast and Naples may be good options to consider.
Visiting just about any city in Italy during the Christmas holidays can be a magical experience. But for year-round Christmas spirit, you can’t quite beat Naples. This is, after all, a city with a street that’s affectionately known as “Christmas Alley” by locals and visitors alike. Here’s what to expect from a Christmas trip to Naples.
What better way to sample a particular dish than to do it in the city where it was born? And, even better, how about learning to make that dish in that city? In Naples, the dish is pizza – and yes, you can learn to make an authentic Neapolitan pizza in Naples.
Sorrento makes a great base from which to explore some of Italy’s most-visited destinations – including the picturesque Amalfi Coast and one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. If you’re planning to settle in Sorrento for a few days to see the local sights as well as explore the area, here are some of the places you can include on your itinerary.