When you walk into the church of San Lorenzo Maggiore, you should have a look around what lies above the ground. But the best part of a stop at this church is beneath your feet – the excavations in the basement.
While Christmas trees often decorate Italian piazzas now, they are an imported (and somewhat recent) addition to the holiday season in Italy. The most traditional Christmas decoration throughout the country is the nativity scene, or “presepio,” and the best place to get everything you need to create your presepio is Naples’ famous Christmas Alley.
One of the most famous public squares in Naples is the wide open Piazza del Plebiscito, but the nearby Piazza Trieste e Trento isn’t to be overlooked – it’s home to one of Naples’ most fashionable cafes.
Getting around in the city of Naples usually means lots of walking and, sometimes, taking the bus. To get to the tippy-top of the Vomero and Posillipo Hills, however, you might want to take one of the funiculars in Naples.
Once you get a look at the sinewy road that winds along the Amalfi Coast, it’s hard to get the image of zipping through all those turns on a Vespa out of your head. The road seems tailor-made for a scooter. Luckily, there are ways you can take a Vespa trip on the Amalfi Coast, for a part of a day or for a few days at a more leisurely pace.
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.