Italy a country which can be visited over and over again without ever becoming tired of it. From north to south, there are endless cities, villages and countryside’s waiting to be discovered. Naples is an Italian city as renowned for its mafia connections as its tourism. But don’t let that put you off from coming here. Yes, it doesn’t have a great reputation and yes, it’s not particularly quiet and clean in comparison to other Italian cities. However, in Naples you’re thrust into the heart of Mediterranean life, full of interesting people, easy living and an outstandingly beautiful culture of art. All things considered, this is a must-see place and here’s 5 reasons to do just that.
If you’re on a diet, then it’s probably best to avoid Naples. If not, prepare to indulge yourself in some of the finest Italian cuisine, this in the place where the pizza was supposedly invented, cementing Italian food as one of the world’s favourites. Aside from the cheesy delight, fresh seafood is a staple of the diet here and the pastries are to die for.
2. Naples Historic Centre
This is where you’ll find the Naples you imagined before arriving here. Vibrant life, of men and women shouting loudly in the street, scooters flying past in all directions, street music and everything else that makes Naples a firmly unique city in Italy. Depending on the length of your trip, you’ll want to walk through the historic quarter as much as possible.
Naples has 3 beautiful castles waiting for you to explore, dating back to as early as the 12th century. They are Castel Nuovo, Castel dell’Ovo and Castel Sant’Elmo. The last two are the ones most worth a visit, with dell’Ovo the perfect place for a view on Mount Vesuvius while the journey to Sant’Elmo by cable car is a popular tourist attraction.
Only a half hour from Naples is one of the world’s most famous historical sites and one which the pictures do not do justice. You’ll leave Pompeii stunned that a whole society here was wiped out in one fell swoop of the mighty Mount Vesuvius. The Ancient Roman sites pale in comparison to the huge area of untouched Pompeii.
5. Procida Island
Another site out with the city of Naples but an absolute must visit when in the area, Procida is around an hour away from the city by ferry. You’ll be struck by the colourful houses, the clear blue sea and the classic feel of island life.