Continuing the first part of the post What to do and what to see in Naples, today BlogoItaliano will offer 4 ideas that, in our opinion, deserve the most attention. And let some of them seem controversial to you - this is just our proposal. We will return to the historical sights of the city more than once in our next materials.
Many travelers stay in Naples overnight only because the city is an excellent starting point for visiting two attractions included in the shortlist of Italy's most notable tourist sites - Pompeii and Herculaneum.
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Regardless of whether you combine both visits into one tour for the whole day or prefer to break it into two days - this immersion in the history and life of the Ancient Roman city is definitely worth the effort.
Pompeii - the more famous of the two cities, although many believe that Herculaneum is much more interesting, both because of the smaller size of the city, and due to the greater number of artefacts left in place. But even if you choose Pompeii, the tour will give you a comprehensive understanding of how the ancient city looked and what it lived.
Pompeii is the more famous of the two cities, although some find Herculaneum more interesting.
It will also be an excellent preamble for a subsequent visit to the National Archaeological Museum (No. 3).
More useful information on this topic can be found in our articles How to independently visit Pompeii and Herculaneum from Naples in 1 day and Pompeii: history, how to get on your own and excursions.
# 3 Visit the National Archaeological Museum
Of course, having visited Naples, you will certainly want to look at Pompeii and Herculaneum (No. 4 on our list). But if you have little time, or after visiting the cities, cultural hunger wakes up and you want to learn more about history, then you can safely go to National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
The museum contains one of the richest collections of Ancient Roman art and artifacts in the world, including massive murals and mosaic panels, as well as sculptures discovered during excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
The only drawback of the museum is the maze of its construction. Because of what you can skip the whole wing and not even notice it.
No. 2 Wander around the historic center of Naples
As the Italians themselves say, the best way to see the real Venice is to get lost in it. Without a doubt, this characteristic can be applied to Naples.
But if Venice, nevertheless, is relatively small, then, going to wander around the historical center of Naples, it is better to take a guide with you - it will turn out much more interesting. Contact Valentina, who showed me the ins and outs of Naples, can be found in the article Naples Tour: Review Guide on BlogoItaliano.
The historic center is one of Naples most populated areas.
A remarkable feature of the old center is its life, saturated with the history and traditions of the Italian south.
Although some buildings have been standing here for more than 100 years, and shops on the ground floor often sell completely modern things, you can be absolutely sure that the ancestors of the current owners once traded here household items far from modern times.
Naples historic center - One of the most densely populated areas, and numerous tourists have already become an integral part of daily life for local people. They simply stopped paying attention to them here.
Perhaps the most valuable piece of advice that can be applied to this part of Naples is to try to avoid narrow streets at night. They play pranks, you know.
# 1 Taste Pizza
It may seem strange to someone that the first place in the ranking is given to cooking, but, in the end, you are not just in Italy, but in the homeland of the most famous dish of Italian cuisine. And therefore, going to Naples, do not miss the opportunity to taste pizza.
The advantage of this recommendation is that even if you have no more than two hours to visit Naples, this is enough to diversify your previous experience with real Neapolitan pizza.
Many travelers consider Naples the gastronomic capital of Italy
As for the recommendations of specific places, then you are in relative safety - make a mistake with pizza in Naples almost impossible.
But since we raised the question of something special, it is, of course, Da Michele at via Cesare Sersale 1/3 - perhaps the most famous Neapolitan pizzeria. And although the menu includes only two dishes "Marinara" and "Margarita", the tradition of their manufacture in the institution has already exchanged a hundred years. It’s even more likely not a pizzeria, but a living symbol of pizza, its revived history and tradition.