Top 5 Things To See, Eat And Drink In Naples, Italy
Napoli (Naples) is a bustling city in southern Italy that is often considered to be the birthplace of pizza. Rich in culture, history, and natural beauty, the city’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to numerous ancient monuments. From the scenic Bay of Naples to its many museums and restaurants, Naples is a unique and vibrant city with plenty to see, eat and drink while visiting:
Top 5 Things To See in Naples:
1. Visit the National Archaeological Museum of Naples:
This museum is one of the most important archaeological museums in the world, featuring an extensive collection of artifacts from ancient Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other important sites in the region. Stroll through the many halls and take in the fascinating exhibits.
2. Explore the ancient city of Pompeii:
Just a short trip from Naples, Pompeii is a popular destination and a memorable excursion for visitors from around the world. This ancient city was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, and the ruins of the city provide a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of ancient Romans. (Insider tip – we explore this famed site with our expert local guide on our Amalfi Coast tour)
3. Visit the Royal Palace of Naples:
Once the residence of the Bourbon kings and queens of Naples, visitors nowadays can explore the opulent rooms and admire the impressive collection of art and artifacts. Explore the grounds and check out the many historic statues of prominent rulers of Naples since the 12th century.
4. Explore the Castel Nuovo:
A medieval castle located in the heart of Naples, this landmark is home to a museum with an impressive collection of Renaissance art and artifacts. A must-see landmark filled with Italian history and heritage.
5. Shop at the Mercato di Porta Nolana:
For a true taste of Naples, head to this bustling market which is filled with vendors selling fresh seafood, produce, and local specialties like buffalo mozzarella and limoncello. Shop (and enjoy some samples) as you browse your way through this iconic market, getting to see how the locals live.
Top 5 Pizzerias in Naples:
1. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele:
This historic pizzeria is famous for its simple menu, which includes only two types of pizza: Marinara and Margherita. Founded in 1870, it maintains its no-frills approach and is consistently ranked as one of the best pizza places in Naples.
This popular pizzeria is known for its light and airy Neapolitan-style pizza and offers a wide variety of toppings, including both classic and innovative options. Located in the historical center, this famed establishment still belongs to one of the oldest pizza-making families in Naples.
3. Pizzeria Brandi:
Founded in 1780, Pizzeria Brandi is one of the oldest pizzerias in Naples. Famous for creating the Margherita pizza, which is topped with tomato, mozzarella, and basil to represent the colors of the Italian flag, this historic pizzeria draws visitors from around the world.
4. Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo Lievito Madre al Mare:
Located near the waterfront, this pizzeria is known for its sourdough crust and creative toppings. Offering both traditional and modern pizzas, including vegan and gluten-free options, this popular restaurant tends to be pricier than other options in Naples.
5. Pizzeria La Notizia:
This cozy restaurant is known for its high-quality ingredients from Campania such as bright yellow piennolo tomatoes, strutto (a local lard) and freshly fished anchovies. They do not take reservations, so be prepared to wait in line for this delicious dining opportunity.
(Insider tip: you’ll make your own pizza in Sorrento during an unforgettable hands-on lesson on our Amalfi Coast tour)
Top 5 Things To Drink In Naples:
Naples is known for its rich and delicious espresso. A small cup of espresso is the perfect way to start your day or you can also enjoy it after a meal.
This sweet, lemon-flavored liqueur is a popular after-dinner drink in Naples. It’s made with lemon zest, sugar, and alcohol and is typically served chilled in small glasses. (Insider tip: sip the region’s finest limoncello on tour with us in Amalfi)
3. Caffe Napoletano:
This coffee is made by combining espresso with hot milk and sugar for a thick and creamy texture. Brewed slowly and carefully on a stove-top espresso maker called a “cuccumella”, it’s a delicious alternative to a traditional espresso.
4. Lacryma Christi wine:
This full-bodied wine is made from grapes grown on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and has a distinct flavor and aroma. Typically a deep ruby red color it has a complex bouquet of red and black fruits, herbs, and spices, with a hint of smokiness that is best paired with local dishes.
5. Campari soda:
This popular Italian aperitif is made by mixing Campari, a bitter-sweet liqueur, with sparkling water or soda water and served over ice with a slice of orange. It’s a refreshing drink that’s perfect for sipping on a hot day….salute!