Top things to do in Naples

Top things to do in Naples

Top things to do in Naples

Capital of the Campania region of Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Naples is one of the best known historical centers of the world. An abode to over 500 monuments and churches, the highest number for any city in the world, you can visit beautiful castles, churches and museums to understand local history and culture of the region. Besides historical attractions, you can indulge in other activities like taking boat rides in Lake Agnano, snorkelling in the Gulf of Naples or simply enjoying open air cinema. Don’t miss out on Amalfi Coast, a famous fishing village situated on Mediterranean Sea, and Capri, an island off the coast highly appreciated for its amazing beaches. Also famous as a popular haunt for shopping, you can buy all sorts of stuff and take home local arts and crafts, clothes, chocolates, jewelry and leather items as souvenirs. While you are here, have pizza which actually comes from Naples. Hop into any of the pizzerias or snack bars offering great Italian cuisine coupled with a range of drinks.

Naples Cathedral:

Also known as Cattedrale di San Gennaro, this Roman Catholic Church is devoted to the patron saint of Naples Saint Januarius. Standing as the main church of Naples with grand interiors adorned with frescoes, bronze railing, and exquisite artworks, a visit to this spiritual marvel is a must while in Naples. Don't miss out on the blood of Saint Januarius which is kept in a vial in the church and brought out twice a year.

Naples National Archaeological Museum:

Considered as the most prominent Italian archaeological museum, Naples National Archaeological Museum houses a massive collection of Roman artefacts from Pompeii, Stabiae, and Herculaneum. Having collection dating back to the Roman, Greek, and Renaissance periods, it is worth marveling at. There are also a large number of marble sculptures, bronzes, mosaics, Egyptian artefacts, and a Secret Cabinet with a huge collection of erotic items.

Castel dell'Ovo:

Famed as the 'Egg Castle', Castel dell'Ovo has a curious story behind its construction and stands as the oldest fortification in the city. Known to be one of the most imaginative legends of the Neapolitan, the causeway that connects the castle to the shore, this is a favorite spot for wedding photographs. The castle buildings are also used for conducting exhibitions and events. Head here to soak in the history and return with some jaw-dropping photographs.

Catacombs of San Gennaro:

Catacombs of San Gennaro are the underground paleo-Christian burial sites in Naples and comprise of Christians, Neapolitans, and the city bishops. With 2 spacious levels, this underground layer of history is an archaeologically significant place. The lower level has high ceilings and a baptismal font of the 8th century.

Royal palace of Naples:

A palace, as well as a museum, the Royal Palace of Naples, houses an impressive collection of statues of the kings of Naples since the 12th century. Marvel at the statues that have been displayed in the order of the period in which they ruled the region. The former residence of the Bourbon Kings, the palace was one of the 4 places where the Bourbon Kings lived during the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies rule.

San Carlo Theater:

Originally known as Bourbon monarchy, San Carlo Theatre is a world famous opera house with a seating capacity of over 3,000 people. Established in the year 1737, the structure of the theatre was a benchmark then and is one of the oldest venues for traditional opera in the entire world. The opera steals the stage from January to May whereas April to June is for ballets.

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