5 good reasons to go to Naples
To see / do
Culture and history
Take a look at the city’s stunning heritage
Step out and prepare to be dazzled. From the Nuovo, dell’Ovo and Sant’Elmo castles to the catacombs, churches (Santa Chiara), cathedral, theatre, monastery, Spanish quarter, Piazza del Plebiscito, and more: this Italian city is an absolute gem. Experience the full sweep of the bay by hopping on the funicular.
Head deep underground for another, more surprising take on gorgeous Naples. The catacombs here are spectacular and home to some mind-blowing chambers. Continue the experience with the Galleria Borbonica, a maze of underground passageways dug out for the royal family to use in the event of revolt. End with the tunnels used to funnel water into the city, used as bomb shelters during World War 2.
Italy's most stunning ruins
Naples and the surrounding area is packed full of historic treasures you absolutely cannot miss. Castles, churches and underground galleries form the architectural fabric of the city. Hit the archaeological museum to learn more about Naples's past. Within striking distance are the world-class sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Caserte is less well-known, and is Campania's very own Versailles.
A night at the theatre
Naples is home to the spectacular San Carlo theatre. Inaugurated in 1737, it puts on a dazzling array of shows in a stunning concert hall. Book a ticket to see a show or join a guided tour.
Meander around the Umberto I gallery
Just opposite the San Carlo theatre is the Umberto I gallery, built nearly a century later. Its cross-shaped structure, dope and glass roof are highly reminiscent of Milan's Vittorio Emanuele II arcade. The gallery boasts a huge variety of boutiques and restaurants.
Fall in love with Neapolitan pizza
Nobody does authentic, mouth-wateringpizza quite like Naples. No trip to the city would be complete without sampling this local delicacy. Don't expect super-thin bases - the dough here is thick, with soft, hefty crusts. The pizza here is topped with mozzarella di bufala from Campania for ultimate indulgence.
Sweet tooth paradise with sfogliatelle
Locals have just the ticket for visitors with a sweet tooth. Sfogliatelle is a dessert made from puff or short-crust pastry stuffed with vanilla- or cinnamon-infused ricotta and sometimes candied fruit. Sfogliatelle is enjoyed warm, and often served with coffee.
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