City guide for Naples (Italy)

Last Updated on by Charlotte van de Sande

O Naples you are so special! The city of the Mafia, the origin of Italian cuisine, and the place where people have lived for centuries with the threat of a natural disaster, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. At the beginning of November, we went to this beautiful city for a long weekend. Besides eating (which is, to be honest one of the best things in Italy), we went to Pompeii and visited Vesuvius. Both definitely worth a visit!

A weekend getaway to Naples in Italy!

People in Naples seem a bit harsh, but do not be mistaken, they are very cordial and welcome you with open arms in their “Napoli”. The city has a pleasant climate in the spring and autumn, unfortunately, we were unlucky and occasionally there was some rain. A weekend to Naples doesn’t have to be expensive. Food is a lot cheaper than in the touristy North of Italy, and the price of accommodation is relatively low!

Click here to see exactly what I spend on a weekend getaway to Naples with my little brother.

If you have more than a few days, rent a car and drive along the beautiful Amalfi coast. Or go for a few days to the beautiful island of Ischia or the luxurious (and many times more expensive) Capri.

We noticed that the city isn’t visited by many tourists. To be honest, we hope that it stays this way. Let’s keep Naples our little secret!

Napels: Vesuvius

My favourite restaurants in Naples!

Ooo where to start? Naples is the birthplace of Italian cuisine, everything is delicious. Difficult to mention just a few restaurants here, but I tried. Here are some of my favourite places.

Osteria La Chitarra
Simple delicious Italian food. The wine is also really great here.

Osteria Il Gobbetto
The best lunch ever according to my little brother when we visited Naples. You will need a reservation or be patient and have lunch a bit later, but trust me, it’s so worth it!

Osteria della Mattonella
This top-class Italian business is always full of people. Making a reservation is, therefore, a must. Located in a nice working-class district, wonderful to stroll around in advance!

Il Ritrovo dei Sapori, Caseificio Marigliano
This tiny place next to the Central Station is the place to eat the local speciality buffalo mozzarella. You can buy all kinds of delicacy here but just ask for a plate from the house. You get a huge plate with the best antipasti you’ll have ever had. Have a nice glass of wine and enjoy while sitting on your folding chair. If you cannot finish it (which is certainly the case since there is such a major amount of food on a plate ), no problem, you will get a doggy bag!

Gino Sorbillo
Naples, the origin of the Pizza! According to legend, the pizza was discovered in Naples. Therefore, when in Naples, you MUST eat a pizza. Why wouldn’t you do this at the pizzeria where, according to the legends, the first pizza was created? Note: this place is very touristy.

Here you will find the best Sfogliatelle (Neapolitan pastry of puff pastry filled with ricotta) and Baba (Neapolitan turban cake with rum) of the whole city.

Where to go for drinks in Naples?

Hundreds of nice bars can be found in this student city. Two really stood out for us:

Libreria Berisio
By day a bookstore, in the evening a livingroom bar where live concerts are given. Sit between the books, enjoy the atmosphere and the fun music!

Red Wine Enoteca
Nice wine bar in the middle of a lively square. Delicious snacks are served with the wine, so after a few drinks, you will not be very hungry anymore. You can also buy wine here.
Napels: Charlotte

My favourite hotels in Naples

Enchanted Penthouse
During our stay, we rented a room at Luca (Airbnb). Absolutely recommended! The apartment has rooms with a private bathroom. You can also use the kitchen, where an Italian breakfast is ready for you every morning. Where can you eat this breakfast better than on the beautiful roof terrace while looking out over Napoli in the sun? From € 47 per night.

Palazzo Salgar €€
Nice hotel with a nice location. From € 109 per night.

Palazzo Alabardieri €€€
If you want some luxury, you will sleep in this palace. It is located in the prestigious district of Chiaia. Just roll out of your bed and you are standing at the expensive shopping streets. From € 166 per night.

Awesome things to do in Naples

Go to Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii.
You can easily get there by train (Circumvesuvio) or bus. Pay attention to the train times, Vesuvius closes very early, especially outside the summer and then you can not get there easily.

Guided tour underground
Naples has an impressive underground cave system. This was used as a shelter in WW2. It is also very nice to see that you have access to these cellars via a bed.

Go visit the dead
Always been interested in death? Take a look at this cemetery which is full of skulls and skeletons.

Napels: Cimitero Fontanella

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The credits for some tips in this blog go to Pieter Ruijsch van Dugteren and Margot Dullens from City Apartments.

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