Perched in the south of the country, Naples is one incredible city to visit. Being one of the south’s biggest cities means that there’s a heap of the best things to do in Naples to fill a long weekend. We are giving our best places, but first of all, check out our food tours in Naples! and let us guide you on this super amazing and chaotic city: Inside Naples: street food and market tour – Streaty
Day 1 – Explore the markets and dive into the street food scene!
Dive yourself into Neapolitan street food and its colorful markets. In the oldest open-air market in Naples from Montesanto to Pignasecca there is a world of flavors and smells that cannot be missed at least once in a lifetime. Here is the heart of Naples, the tradition the culture that spreads through the best food that palate has ever tasted. Neapolitan cuisine is one of the flagships of the Italian gastronomic scene, and the advantage of tasting it in such an evocative setting becomes an unforgettable experience. Visit and lose yourself in the most famous Quartieri Spagnoli. This is a working-class neighborhood that until a few years ago was considered infamous and dangerous, but now represents one of the most authentic and picturesque areas of Naples, among narrow alleys and quaint locales. Do this with us, join our guided street food tour of Naples!
Dedicate the rest of the day around this area of the city dense with history and beauty: that of Piazza Plebiscito, and the Maschio Angioino.
Do the horse game! stand in front of the entrance to the Royal Palace and do a series of spins on yourself. Then close your eyes and try to cross the square while advancing toward the church. The challenge is to get through the center of the equestrian statues that adorn the square. It sounds easy, but no one can do it!
Day 2 – Visit the Marina
We recommend starting at the most iconic location, the waterfront promenade. The promenade stretches from Santa Lucia to Mergellina along a path of about 3 kilometers, which is partly pedestrian. In addition to admiring beautiful views of the Gulf, Vesuvius, Capri, and the Sorrento Peninsula strolling along the Naples waterfront between Via Partenope and Via Caracciolo you can visit some of the city’s most famous and beloved monuments.
You can start with the picturesque Fountain of the Giant in Santa Lucia, overlooking Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples, continuing to another must-see stop on the Naples waterfront: Castel dell’Ovo and the Borgo Marinari. Castel dell’Ovo is a fortress of Norman origin, an ideal destination for a stroll and a dinner of fresh fish and typical Neapolitan dishes.
Where to eat:
-For a veracious plate of spaghetti with clams, we recommend Trattoria O’ Tabaccaro, right in the center of Borgo Marinai, a rustic and family-run trattoria, or the historic restaurant
– Da Zi’ Teresa, if you prefer something more elegant.
– If you want to first indulge in a typical Neapolitan aperitif, you can stop at one of the waterfront kiosks for a cold beer and a hot tarallo.
-If you want to treat yourself to a gourmet seafood dinner instead, try Crudo Re, on nearby Via Poerio.
Day 3 – Admire the most beautiful marble statue in the world!
Of course, there are unlimited historical and artistic places to visit and you will see them all. But we want to point out our favorite two: the Veiled Christ and the Napoli underground.
You will be amazed by seeing the Veiled Christ. The masterpiece of sculpture is housed in the Sansevero Chapel. It’s one of the most striking works in the world, it is entirely made of marble, carved from a single block of stone. The sufferance of the Son of God becomes is the symbol of the destiny and redemption of all humanity: the life-size body is lying on a bed, the head is placed between two pillows, and at his feet is the crown of thorns, nails and a pincer to represent his Passion. But what really strikes about the masterpiece is the marble veil, which gives a glimpse of every vein and muscle of Christ.
While visiting the historic center of Naples, it is absolutely worth carving out a couple of hours to step underground and visit the so-called Napoli Sotteranea. The guided tour will take you to discover the system of tunnels and cisterns that lie beneath the ancient core of the city: a true journey through time to be made on foot. We strongly recommend to book your visit in advance.
Day 4 – Take an excursion to the island of Procida
The best time to visit this island is May and September, especially if you want to walk or cycle while avoiding the hottest summer months. Procida is the smallest and the least touristy of the three islands in the Gulf of Naples.
Procida is pervaded by an intense scent of jasmine and oleander, the dark color of the beaches, recalling its volcanic origin, contrasts sharply with the intense colors of the houses reflected in the sea.
From Naples you can take the hydrofoil that leaves from Molo Beverello. The journey takes 30-40 minutes. Bring comfy shoes and enjoy a walk around the island.
Other attractions in the surroundings:
– The ancient Roman town of Pompeii is the most impressive archaeological site in Italy. Pompeii’s excavations offer a fascinating glimpse into the life of an ancient Roman city.
– The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations, and it is easy to see why. This stunning coastal area is home to beautiful beaches, quaint towns like Positano and Amalfi, and some of the best seafood in Italy.
– The island of Capri is home to magnificent cliff views, crystal clear waters, and upscale hotels and restaurants. Also renowned for its vibrant fishing community and colorful houses.
– The town of Sorrento and its breathtaking views, delicious food, and lively nightlife is well worth it!
We are quite sure that one of the reasons that’s bringing you to Naples is…pizza!
So do yourself a favour and follow our tips: check out The Best 5 Queueless Pizzeria in Naples – Streaty