Naples Travel Blog – How To Visit Naples Italy
Naples City Guide
Naples Italy (or Napoli in Italian) is a city known for food. For us, it’s the Italian food from our childhoods growing up in New Jersey. It’s a place we dreamed of going. But, the city can also be a little intimidating for first time visitors, and it took us a few days to get comfortable navigating the city. That’s one of the main reasons we wanted to create this comprehensive Naples Travel Guide.
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How To Visit Naples Italy
In this Naples Travel Blog, we share our tips on what to see in Naples, and of course what and where to eat. We also will share tips on how to make the most of your time if you only have one day in Naples Italy, even though we recommend spending more time in the city. Last, we will answer some of the frequently asked questions we’ve been asked since our Naples trip. These questions focus on topics other than pizza!
Where Is Naples Italy Located
Naples is located in Campania Italy, in the south of the country, along the coast. The city of Naples is located on the Bay of Naples and is the third largest city in Italy, after Rome and Milan. Naples has played an integral role in the history and development of Italy for centuries. In the shadow of the ever present volcano Mount Vesuvius, Naples is one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean. A two and a half hour drive south of Rome, Naples is the jumping off point for many travelers heading to the stunning Amalfi Coast.
The Best Time To Visit Naples Italy
For travelers heading to Naples, the early Spring, between mid March and June are the best times to visit. Naples experiences very warm and humid summers with temperatures averaging in the upper 80s (mid 30s Celsius). Fall and winter are generally wet with Naples receiving most of its rainfall in this period.
It’s best to avoid visiting Italy in general during August, particularly around August 15, which is a national holiday. Not only are accommodations more expensive, but some of the best restaurants and shops close so that their staffs can take their annual holiday. Although in Naples, Ferragosto on August 15 is celebrated with fireworks on the beach.
Naples hosts festivals and events throughout the year. One of the most popular events is Maggio dei Monumenti, or May of the Monuments. It is a month-long celebration of culture and heritage in the city. The city hosts concerts, exhibits, and performances. During September and October, the city hosts the Napoli Film Festival as well as the San Gennaro Festival in September, celebrating the patron saint of Naples.
What To Do In Naples Italy – Top Naples Attractions
As the undisputed home of pizza, sitting down for a traditional Neapolitan pizza in Naples is a must. In between meals, Naples and the surrounding areas offers a number of world class attractions to visit. Travel back in time with a visit to the ancient city of Pompeii to witness the final moments frozen in time of this once great city.
For the adventurous traveler, hiking the slopes of the active volcano, Mount Vesuvius rewards with stunning view of Naples. The Castel Nuovo and Ovo Castle stand guard over the city. Both dating back hundreds of years, these imposing structures protected Naples from invasion from the sea.
There are also some interesting museums in Naples, including the Naples Archaeological Museum. It’s one of the most important archeological museums in Italy, it houses an extensive collection of Greek and Roman artifacts as well as Renaissance artwork. It also houses pieces from nearby Pompeii.Check out the Top Naples Italy Attractions - TripAdvisor Napoli Italy Check out our Ultimate Naples Food Guide - What To Eat in Naples Italy
How To Spend One Day in Naples Italy
Many travelers Visit Naples on a day trip from Amalfi, or on a day trip from Rome. Although we think the city deserves more time, we know this is often the case. The question is then, what to see in Naples in one day? Of course our recommended itinerary will focus mostly on all of the great food to eat. But, we also recommend some things to do in between food in our Naples one day itinerary.
Start in the Piazza del Plebiscito, perhaps walking down to the water to see the view of Vesuvius. Then walk up the pedestrian street, Via Toledo, where there are loads of food options. Grab a sfogliatella to start the day with a cup of coffee, perhaps at Casa Infante and Leopoldo. Grab some fried stuff in a cone at Passione di Sofi on Via Toledo. Wander up and down the street and into the Quartieri Spagnoli while waiting for the pizzerias to open. Visit Pizzeria Brandi nearby, or head up to Pizzeria Starita a good walk up Via Toledo.
Stop into see some of the Naples metro stations along Line 1, which are pieces of modern art and entirely unique. After, enjoy gelato in a fresh cone at Il Gelato Mennella, which has a few locations in the city. Or wander around Via Tribunali to see the largest concentration of pizzerias and street food in the city. If there’s room, grab a fried pizza (pizza fritta) at Da Zia Esterina to finish off your independent Naples food tour. After, find a little shot of limoncello for something sweet or a street-side Aperol Spritz.Check out this Ultimate Naples Pizza Guide
Is Naples Safe For Tourists?
One of the first things I researched before planning our trip was “how safe is Naples Italy.” Yes, I researched this even before I researched pizza. Naples has a reputation for being a dirty city, in part due to years of repeated sanitation strikes that ended with piles of trash on the streets. It also is a city that is relatively covered in graffiti. These two things together made me feel less at ease than other, smaller cities, we’ve visited in Italy.
We were more on guard and were careful about what we carried around with us (small bag, not a lot of cash). After a few days we felt more comfortable, but never fully let our guard down. People would probably say that the city is more edgy than unsafe, but just use common sense when exploring the city and you should be fine.
There are a lot of things to do in Naples at night, and it is a great city for nightlife. That said, it’s important to be careful when walking back to your hotel late at night. We never returned home past 11 pm, and even then, I found the city streets to already feel a little desolate. Try to avoid the area around the Naples Central Train Station as well late at night.Concerned about safety? Check out these recommended Crossbody Travel Bags and Purses
Is Naples Worth Visiting?
In the end, we think visiting Naples Italy is entirely worth it! I probably wouldn’t recommend it as a first stop for a traveler who has never visited Italy before. I don’t think the city is a good example of what traveling in Italy is like. There are amazing things to see in Naples (and of course eat) so long as you keep your wits about you. Treat a visit to Naples like a visit to any major city far from home. Enjoy the food and drink, visit Pompeii, and walk the city’s waterfront promenade to get a feel for what life in Southern Italy is like.Wondering what to drink in Italy? Check out our Italian Drinks Guide