We didn’t have any plans when Grace and I went to Naples. All I knew about Naples was Pizza and the archaeological museum. Both things that this city is famous for.
Naples isn’t one of those cities that you fly halfway around the world to see. It’s not Rome. Naples is a stop you make along the way to Pompeii, Amalfi, or Capri. So even though Naples isn’t the most beautiful city in Italy (it’s a little dirty & rundown), I was still pleasantly surprised by some of the things it had to offer. Every place I visited in Naples, I would recommend to anyone.
Since we didn’t have a plan when we got to Naples, we grabbed a map and just started walking. We walked A LOT in Naples. The first place we walked to was along the coast. This was a great place to start because of the castles and restaurants along the sea. The castles were wonderful. We went inside of all of them and walked around each for at least an hour. Both Castel Nuovo and Castel dell’Ovo were amazing on the inside and had stunning views of the sea.
What to see in Naples: Castel Nuovo, Royal Palace, San Carlo Opera House, Piazza del Plebiscito, Cappella Sansevero, Umberto Gallery, San Francesco di Paola Church, National Archaeological Museum, Castel dell’Ovo, Castel Sant’Elmo, and Naples Cathedral
After admiring the castles by the sea, we took the long walk to the National Archaeological Museum. Make sure to look up museum tickets before you go because they do have discounts and free days as well as a strange schedule. They had a student discount but didn’t let us have it because we weren’t EU students. Rude.
I loved the museum. There was so much art and many artifacts (like from Pompeii) to see. We spent hours inside looking through all the rooms. I had to sit down a few times because my legs were exhausted.
Unfortunately, they are strict about photographing the exhibition pieces. I snuck in a few on my phone but they aren’t the best quality. Grace had a selfie stick with her that had to be put away. Probably a good thing they don’t allow them. Someone could accidentally hit a marble statue or knock something over.
After spending too many hours walking around the shore, inside multiple castles, and through the entire archaeological museum, we were exhausted. All we wanted was to go back to our beds, relax, and maybe stuff our faces with some Italian food. Although we were a little too tired to enjoy anything else in Naples, our walk presented us with some beautiful little surprised. Such as the Naples Cathedral. We didn’t go inside, again, we were exhausted, but I’m sure it’s as beautiful as the other Catholic cathedrals in Italy.
If you find yourself in Naples, I hope you get a chance to visit the museum to see the extraordinary collections of murals, frescoes and mosaics from Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as enjoy a classic pizza margherita in the city famous for its pizzerias.
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