Getting to know Naples
What you can do for free in Naples
- Go to the beach
The downtown Naples area is loaded with free access beaches that you can find your way to. Pick up your beach towel, sunscreen, water to stay hydrated and any other things you need and head to the beach on foot or on a bike. If you choose to go by car, it is no longer completely free, as you’d have to pay for parking.
- Visit San Lorenzo Maggiore
This 13th century French Gothic church is a fascinating spot to visit while in Naples. The architecture and overall look of the building are worthy of admiration, especially knowing that it has undergone many, many changes along the years.
- Check out the Historic Centre of Naples (Centro Storico)
Go for a relaxing walk and admire the fascinating architecture and the overall beauty of the Historic Centre of Naples.
Top spots to visit
- The Naples Cathedral
One of the landmarks of Naples, the cathedral is a wonderful spot to include in your vacation itinerary. It is also known as Duomo di Napoli, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta or Cattedrale di San Gennaro.
- Capodimonte Royal Palace and Museum
Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte served as a royal residence for many years. Now it is open for the public, and visitors can enjoy various art pieces (portraits, fine art collections, furniture, tapestries, porcelain pieces) and the mesmerizing park that surrounds the palace.
Capri is part of the Campania region, in the Metropolitan City of Naples. It is a wonderful place to visit for its beaches and delightful exotic vibe. A typical ferry boat ride from Naples to Capri lasts about 45 minutes, although times may vary (ask for more info on the spot).
Hidden spots to visit
- The Naples underground
Naples has a 450 km subterranean network that can be explored by the more curious tourists. You can book a tour and explore the fascinating labyrinth of tunnels and cavities, if you’re looking for a more unusual holiday experience.
- Church of Santa Luciella ai Librai
If you like horror movies, you might very well enjoy this church a lot. It is a small one and it is tucked away at the end of a narrow alley. The overall look of this place is quite creepy, especially if you descend into the crypt. Guided tours are only available in certain conditions, make sure you check in advance.
Safety in Naples
It is important to note that, although the situation has improved over the years, Naples is still known worldwide as a particularly dangerous place in certain situations. It is advised to avoid walking alone at night entirely, especially as a woman. Even during the day, it is best to take precautions when it comes to your belongings (watch your bags/backpacks, your money, phone or other valuables), especially in crowded areas. Get more information about safety in Naples before you go.
If you’re looking for tasty Italian food in Naples, you should check out restaurants like Ciccio Fri, Il Piastrato, Trattoria Pizzeria La Lazzara, Casa Buonocore, Sea Front Pasta Bar, or look online for reviews to find the best place for you!
Recommended time for visiting
Although visiting Naples in the spring might be more pleasant due to the mild, cozy temperatures, summer is still a great time for a holiday in this Italian city, especially if you’re planning on hitting the beaches a lot. Be careful with sun exposure though, avoid high UV index hours and pack sunscreen.
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