Unlike more crowded touristy cities such as Rome and Venice, the city of Naples in Italy doesn’t seem to get the same level of recognition that it deserves.
A lot of people are unaware that it actually serves as the home to some of the world’s finest architecture and art.
If Naples has long been part of your must-visit bucket list, here are some of the top destinations you might want to add to your itinerary:
Explore the Ancient Cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii
Herculaneum and Pompeii were two cities during ancient Rome that are now among the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The destructive eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 buried the two cities and other nearby areas under volcanic debris and ash. The site stayed lost until it was rediscovered in 1748.
Embark on an Island Boat Tour in Capri
The gorgeous island of Capri is easily accessible from Naples. It is a renowned resort destination located off Sorrento Peninsula in the Tyrrhenian Sea. There are several monuments, museums, and churches on the island although the beaches and natural wonders are its main attractions. Another famous stop is the Blue Grotto, a sea cave where the sunlight that passes through an underwater opening gives a cobalt blue color to the water.
Climb Mount Vesuvius
If you are curious about the volcano that led to the downfall of Pompeii, then, why not visit it yourself? Mount Vesuvius continues to be an active volcano with a 20-year eruption cycle, with the last eruption recorded in 1944. Since 1995, the volcano has been named a National Park where tourists can hike along the narrow path to the crater.
Discover Naples Underground
Naples Underground or Napoli Sotterranea is the very heart of Naples located 40 meters beneath the Historic Center of Naples. This is the very place where the city of Naples was born way back 2,400 years ago. Almost all epic historical events, including the World War II bombs had their mark imprinted on the yellow tufa walls.
See Michelangelo’s Real Works Up Close
Amerighi da Caravaggio or Michelangelo Merisi, or popularly called Michelangelo, is the ancient Italian artist behind several masterpieces renowned and celebrated all over the world. Different locations all over Naples serve as the home to three of his preserved popular works.
The first one is the 1607 “The Seven Acts of Mercy” housed in Pio Monte della Misericordia Church. Capodimonte National Museum is where you can find the 1607 “The Flagellation of Christ.” Finally, the 1610 “The Martyrdom of St. Ursula” is located in the Gallery of Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano.
Grab Some Pizza from Its Place of Origin
If you are a certified pizza lover, Naples is the best place to be. This is the city where you can find Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, the first-ever pizzeria in the world that welcomed diners in 1830. It is where you can have the perfect chance to grab a bite of the authentic versions of the pizzas you love.
Plan your Naples visit today and have a once-in-a-lifetime trip like no other!
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