72hrs in Naples

Villa Pignatelli Naples Italy

From the Neapolis founded by Greek settlers in 470 B.C. to Naples today, the city has retained the imprint of the ensuing cultures that arrived in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. This makes Naples a unique site, with a wealth of distinguished monuments such as the Church of Santa Chiara and the Castel Nuovo. Whether you fancy the gritty side of Italy or not, many are seduced by the grubby beauty within the inner city.

Inside the chaotic vibe of Naples' city centre, there is a long list of irresistible food to indulge. Be sure to try their famed dishes and walk it off along the bay area of the city. South of the teeming holiday centres of Naples you can easily visit the jet setting Amalfi coast. The city is the perfect stop-over to get the feel of authentic southern Italy before continuing to the Sorrentine Peninsula that is deemed by UNESCO as an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape. 

We went through the monumental Seiano’s cave to reach the amphitheatre. This 770 meters long tunnel was dug out in the Posillipo hillside to connect the luxurious complex with the route to the Phlegrean Fields, where other villas belonging to rich and influent Roman personalities were situated. Amphitheatre at the Pausilypon Archaeological Park. We recommend you venture out a bit to explore this fascinating find. 

As many choose to do, we craved for a long weekender stuffing ourself with the finest Italian cuisine. Irresistible it is, and tempting at others, do check out our list of places we tried on the list below. We promise it won't disappoint even the most sophisticated of palates. 

For the pizza craze, here is an interesting fact. Every year in the month of September, pizza lovers celebrate Naples’ most famous gastronomic creation. Pizza chefs from around the world descend on Naples, to compete and share tips at its annual pizza festival, the Napoli Pizza Village.

FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS

A Cucina de Mama
Friggitoria Vomero
Pintauro
Gran Caffé Gambrinus
Umberto
Toto, Eduardo e Pasta e Fagioli
Sorbillo
Pizzeria Carmnella
Mangi e Bevi
Da Michele
Palazzo Petrucci

FAVOURITE BAKERIES

Carraturo
Scaturchio
Pintauro
Fantasia Gelati
Gay Odin

FAVOURITE PIZZA RESTAURANTS

Michele Pizzeria
Pizzeria Brandi
Fresco
Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo
From the Pausilypon Archaeological Park you can see views of the Parco Virgiliano, a scenic park located on the hill of Posillipo, Naples, Italy, also the Islands of Gaiola and Nisida, a volcanic islet of the Flegrean Islands archipelago.

From the Pausilypon Archaeological Park you can see views of the Parco Virgiliano, a scenic park located on the hill of Posillipo, Naples, Italy, also the Islands of Gaiola and Nisida, a volcanic islet of the Flegrean Islands archipelago.

Small sculptures in the Castel Nuovo.

Small sculptures in the Castel Nuovo.

The dome in church Gesù Nuovo in Piazza del Gesù Nuovo nº 2.

The dome in church Gesù Nuovo in Piazza del Gesù Nuovo nº 2.

Spotted lions at the Piazza dei Martiri.

Spotted lions at the Piazza dei Martiri.

Can´t go to Naples without eating their delicious pizzas! 

Can´t go to Naples without eating their delicious pizzas! 

The Galleria Umberto is a shopping mall.

The Galleria Umberto is a shopping mall.

 Love it or hate it. The grotty, wonderful streets with coloured walls peeling for centuries.

 Love it or hate it. The grotty, wonderful streets with coloured walls peeling for centuries.