An Afternoon in Naples: Everything to Eat and Do4 min read
Italy is one of the most historically rich, beautiful countries to visit, and Naples, Italy is no exception. The third largest city in Italy, Naples sits due southeast of Rome, bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city is full of beautiful ocean views, rich history, and an amazing culture that must be experienced and savored. Whether you are planning a full visit to Naples, or are passing through while exploring Italy, Naples is a bucket-list location. So find a luggage storage in Naples for a day trip, or book a long term experiential stay to try any of these amazing things to eat or do in this astounding city.
Experience the City
Aside from Naples being stunningly beautiful, it is a city full of culture, food, and sights. While planning your outings is a great idea for those with little time, one of the best ways to experience Naples is to wander. Walk on cobblestone streets, experience the slow life, try different foods, meander into markets. Do you see something that looks interesting? Embark on an excursion. Especially with ancient European cities like Naples, some of the best experiences and memories may be found by accident. So don’t be afraid to explore, to discover, and to savor what the city may have to offer.
Take a Trip Into Ancient History
Pompeii is a truly ancient city, and is home to a number of ancient ruins. One of the most notable landmarks in Naples is Mount Vesuvius, that’s right, the volcano that erupted some 2,000 years ago, burying and preserving the city of Pompeii in ash. The ruins of Pompeii, and of Herculaneum are two amazing archeological sites that you can visit in your time in Pompeii. You can explore homes, shops, and public spaces as though you were transported back in time.
Stand in Pompeii and gaze at the volcano in the distance. Stand in a Herculaneum home.
If you don’t want to spend all of your time in these above ground ruins, take a trip to the underground Napoli Sotterranea. Ruins of Greek civilizations sit beneath the city, making history always right beneath your feet.
Eat Neapolitan Pizza
The Margherita pizza was invented in Naples, and nobody does it better! You will find plenty of renditions of this pizza throughout the city, but to go to Naples and not try a Neapolitan pizza is an enormous shame.
Whether you are trying a slice on your walk, or are sitting down to drink a glass of wine and enjoy the pizza as you gaze out toward the beauty of Naples, this food is a must.
If you are looking for something a bit more different, or for the go, Naples is also known for fried pizza, a street food take on the everyday dish.
Hike Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius looms over the city of Naples, a stunning landmark filled with both power and beauty. There are also opportunities to hike to the top of this volcano. Though it is still technically considered active, it is a safe hike to do and the volcano is not due for any surprise eruptions.
It is not often that you get to say you have been to the top of a volcano, let alone to experience it. So if you have the time and the energy, a hike of Mount Vesuvius is well worth it.
Sfogliatelle is a delicious, flaky pastry from Naples. Some of these are more savory, and some are more dessert oriented, but they are truly delicious. As you wander the streets of this ancient city, keep your eyes out for Sfogliatelle, as your taste buds will surely thank you.
Visit a Castle
The city of Naples has been occupied by a number of civilizations throughout its history, and because of this, it has a number of different castles and fortresses that have been well kept throughout the centuries. Depending on where you are staying and what your interests are, finding a castle to visit can be a great step into history, and may even supply you with some unique views of Naples.
The Italians take their food and drink seriously, and the Neapolitans are no exception. If you thought the Margherita pizza was the only food they had perfected, wait until you try Neapolitan espresso. Thankfully, this is not difficult to find. Whether starting your day, or seeking an afternoon pick-me-up, a Neapolitan espresso is a must-have.
Naples National Archaeological Museum
The Naples National Archaeological Museum is a beautiful museum housed in a building built in the 1750s. It is full of historical artifacts throughout Naples’ history, and is a great quick visit to make during your time in Naples/