Naples, Italy! The birthplace of Pizza, home to a treasure trove of museums, an active volcano, and gateway to Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast.
I think many people consider Naples as just a city to pass through on their way to more glamorous destinations like Capri, Sorrento, Positano, and other towns along the stunning Amalfi Coast. Of course all those towns are amazing, but Naples is a vibrant and amazing destination too! You could spend a week in Naples and not see everything this city has to offer, but I know most of us want to spend our time in a luxury hotel in Capri or along the coast. But before moving on consider a day or two in Naples, it’s definitely worth your time!
If you just have one day in Naples here are 5 things you can do in a day. It will at least give you a taste of the wonders Naples has to offer, just enough to make you return!
While everyone heads to Pompei, the more popular of the ruins buried by the Vesuvius eruption in 79AD, spend a couple of morning hours in Herculaneum. It’s closer to the city, smaller in size, and much less crowded.
Both towns were buried during the eruption, but in different ways. Pompei was covered by ash and lava, Herculaneum by a torrent of mud and molten rock.
Herculaneum is better preserved than it’s more famous neighbor. You’ll see more frescoes and mosaics in this ruin.
This site is less than 14 kilometers from Naples and is easily accessible by bus, train, taxi, or private car.
Admission to the site is €11. Click here for more info.
Buy a ticket on the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus to get around the city, it’s a great way to get an overview of the city and to where you want to go! There are 3 routes (red, blue, and green) they all stop at the Piazza Municipio (Largo Castello) which is stop #1 for all routes and where you can switch buses. If you don’t get off at any of the stops and just switch buses you can do all 3 routes in about 4 hours.
Museo Archeologico – National Archaeological Museum
The museum is the fourth stop on the Red route of the hop on hop off bus. It’s is one of my favorite museums. You could spend several days wandering around the museum, its collections are vast.
But if you only have a couple of hours then don’t miss the Artifacts from Pompei and Herculaneum, Mosaics, Frescoes, and if you feel naughty the Secret Cabinet. If you still have a bit of time the Farnese Collection is excellent!
The museum is closed on Tuesdays. Admission cost is €12.
Click here for more info and to buy tickets online!
Stop #6 on the Blue route of the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus is this amazing viewpoint.
The bus stops here for about 10 minutes so you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the Bay of Naples. It’s one of the best views in the city!
This city is honeycombed with ancient ruins below street level. Take an hour long tour to see some of the sights that are hidden beneath the bustling modern city.
Click here for more info!
You can’t stop in Naples without having pizza, that would be a crime! There are many pizzaria in the city you can try several in one day! One of our favorites is L’Antica Pizzaria da Michele, a historic pizzaria in the heart of Naples. (via Cesare Sersale 1/3, Naples, Italy, +39 081 5539204) It’s a family owned pizzaria, currently run by the fifth generation of Pizza Masters.
There are many other great pizzaria in the city, just stay away from the real touristy ones by the port and you should do fine!