Continuing with my two weeks dream trip to Italy, now lets move to Naples. If you are just reading this post I suggest you read the first part in Rome. I leave at the end of this post.
From the 14 days, let’s say we already use 4; The first day you spend flying from US , and day 2 until 4 in Rome. At the end of day 4 the train arrives to Napoli Centrale around 11pm, that means to go straight to your lodging to have some rest, and be ready to explore Naples.
Naples is Italy’s third-largest city, and one of its oldest, most artistic and most appetizing. There are only 2 things to do in Naples, eat and eat. I’m joking! There are places you can’t miss and you can visit them by walking in one day.
As soon as you wake up, the first recommendation is to have a “Naples breakfast of champions” which is Italian coffee and sfogliatelle.
Sfogliatelle is a shell-shaped filled pastry, sometimes called a lobster tale in English. Try to find a place close to historic Centre, so after breakfast you can go for a walk to explore all the highlights.
These is what I found that you can’t miss while visiting Naples.
The Historic Centre
The heart of Naples. Here you will find most important church, San Gennaro Cathedral, where each year the famous Miracle Blood ceremony takes place.
The Historic Centre which is an Unesco World Heritage Site, its archaeological treasures are among the world’s most important. Its swag of vainglorious palaces, castles and churches. From here you can walk to the next spot, just takes 14 minutes.
Piazza Gesù Nuovo
Is the name of a church and a square. They are located just outside the western boundary of the historic center of the city. To the southeast of the spire, one can see a block away the Fountain of Monteoliveto and the piazza of the church of Sant’Anna dei Lombardi.
The square is a result of the expansion of the city to the west beginning in the early 16th century under the rule of Spanish viceroy Pedro Alvarez de Toledo. The square of Gesù Nuovo contains three prominent landmarks:
- The Church of Gesù Nuovo
- The Church of Santa Chiara
- The spire or guglia of the Immaculate Virgin
Before moving to the next spot on the itinerary, you need to experience the hectic heart of Naples walking through via Toledo, and try the best and the reason why Naples is on my Itinerary: The PIZZA! I have a place I want to go that I will mention as the last stop of the day before taking a train to Bari, but meanwhile there are tons of places in this street where you can grab a piece.
After pizza, I suggest to go for a a walk through Via Toledo. This street is the busiest shopping street, is full of tourist, and yes full of souvenir shops, but still completely unmissable. From here to the next stop is just 15 minutes walking.
Is definitely a must-see. Take a tour and enjoy a journey through 2,400 years of history, from the ancient Greeks to modern times, unveiling the “womb” of Naples from an archaeological, historical, anthropological and geological point of view. The official tour takes only 1.5 hours.
After this tour, take a taxi to pizzeria da Michele (Yes food again, hahaha) it only takes 10 minutes from Napoli Soterranea (Underground Naples) to this place, which is very close to Naples Central Station.
Why Pizzeria da Michele?
If you saw the movie Eat, Pray, Love, then you will recall the moment where Julia Roberts is eating pizza with her new friend. The pizzeria where they eat is Pizzeria da Michele, one of Naples most famous pizzas and home to a more wet, less crispy, more doughy type of pizza with plenty of toppings. So let’s end the day with a delicious pizza and wine, and walk to Naples central station to take a train to the next stop: Bari.
I saw in Trainline.com that last train leaves to Bari at 18:06 and takes 3Hr57 to get there. First class costs around USD 50.00, and second class USD 40.00. Lets hop on the train and continue this trip in Bari.
Her the link of part I of this trip: