What to see in Naples in 3 days

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Joel Fulleda

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"Here we are finally here. An Italian proverb says: see Naples and then die! - but I say: - See Naples and live - because there is much here worth living"

These are the words of Arthur John Strutt, a 800th century English painter, engraver, writer, archaeologist and traveler. And there is nothing more true. Naples, one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean, is to be experienced in every single detail. Live it in the beauty of Piazza del Plebiscito, in every slice of pizza, in a "cuoppo" full of delicacies, in the streets of the Spanish neighborhoods, in the mysterious underground Naples.
Birthplace of some of the greatest Italian artists, rich in history, culture and art, this city will immediately enter your heart and will never leave from there. Therefore, if you are thinking of spending a few days in this pearl of southern Italy, here are some tips on how to best prepare yourself. Let's see together what to see in Naples in 3 days.


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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Palace of Naples

The first day you can dedicate it to the historic center and some of the best known attractions. In the center, near Piazza del Plebiscito, there is an excellent pastry shop called Pasticcerie Leopoldo since 1940, start immersing yourself in Neapolitan culture with a good sfogliatella or a babà.

Start with Piazza del Plebiscito, one of the best known points of beautiful Naples, as well as a symbol of the Neapolitan city. This is a meeting place for Neapolitans and for major events, including many important concerts. Think that the square extends for 25.000 square meters, making it one of the largest in Italy. There is a "game" that many tourists and locals have fun playing in this square: blindfolded or with your eyes closed, you will have to walk a stretch of 170 meters, from the door of the Royal Palace, up to pass between the two equestrian statues that located in the center of the square.
Nobody succeeds in the enterprise, as there is a slight slope that does not allow you to continue straight!

It is time to proceed with the Royal Palace of Naples. This ancient palace was the historical residence of the Spanish kings for over five hundred years, of the Bourbon dynasty and finally, after the unification of Italy, of the Savoy family. After, in 1919, Emanuele III of Savoy gave it to the State, the Palace became a museum and contains the National Library. Inside, you can visit the ancient Royal Apartments, the Royal Chapel, the gardens and the Tiatrino di Corte (open 9: 00-20: 00, closed every Wednesday, € 6,00, reduced € 2,00).

Curiosities about the game of Queen Margherita: according to a legend, Queen Margherita granted freedom to prisoners who managed to cross the two statues blindfolded in the Piazza del Pleibiscito and obviously no one ever succeeded!

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, San Carlo Theater, Lungomare Santa Lucia Naples, Giant's Fountain

First lunch, how about starting to immerse yourself in their culinary tradition immediately? Naples food is many things, but above all street food. You will find many places to grab something and enjoy it while walking through the streets of the city or along the seafront. IS just 200 meters from the Royal Palace you will find the Antica Pizza Fritta by Zia Esterina Sorbillo, an icon in Naples. Here the fried pizza will cost you € 3,50 and you will have various choices, starting from the basic one with San Marzano DOP tomato and buffalo ricotta, to the more elaborate ones, such as the "Cappello di Pulcinella", with buffalo ricotta, buffalo provolone, San Marzano DOP tomato, black pepper and fried meatballs.

And now you are ready to continue with your tour, with the Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest still active theater in Europe. The interior is of unique beauty. Open every day from 10:00 to 17:15, it can only be visited through a guided tour and you will be able to see the Historical Hall, the stage orders, the Hall of Mirrors and the reduced Foyer. If you wish, you can extend your visit with the Multimedia Museum of the Teatro di San Carlo. There are six guided tours, three in the morning and three in the afternoon. Reservations are strongly recommended, as the visits may be subject to change in schedule or may be canceled if important events are planned at the Theater. The full ticket costs € 7,00, the reduced one € 5,00.

At the end of the visit, we advise you to go to the Molosiglio Gardens and head towards the Lungomare Santa Lucia Naples. If you have a hole in your stomach, we recommend that you stop at the "Taralli Caldi" kiosk. The promenade also has a point called "Belvedere" from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the sea and Mount Vesuvius. Continuing you will come to an incredible fountain, the Giant's Fountain, a work of art by Pietro Bernini and Michelangelo Naccherino and built at the beginning of the th century. From here, if the day allows it, you will see a sunset that you will hardly forget.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Lungomare

Now it's time for dinner and here on the Lungomare you will find many beautiful clubs with a breathtaking view of the sea, A perfect location for this first dinner in the city. We recommend La Bersagliera, a sea view restaurant with seafood dishes in a restaurant dating back to 1919. The local dish is Tagliatelle alla Bersagliera, with fresh homemade pasta, baby octopus, clams and cherry tomatoes. Here you will spend about € 25,00 per person.
For the evening enjoy a final stroll along the promenade, perhaps eating a good ice cream, which the next day is another day of visits.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,9 km / 25min
  • Places visited: Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Palace, San Carlo Theater, Lungomare Santa Lucia Naples, Giant's Fountain
  • Naples: entrance to the Royal Palace and audio guide Naples: walking tour of the city Discover Naples: guided walking tour 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Breakfast at Pasticcerie Leopoldo dal 1940 (Get directions), Lunch at Antica Pizza Fritta da Zia Esterina Sorbillo (Get directions), Dinner at La Bersagliera (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Museum and Real Bosco di Capomonte

Have breakfast at the Bar Passaro Vicenzo, located right in front of the "Grande Porta" of the museum. Pay a visit to Museum and Real Bosco di Capomonte, this was born in 1738 from the will of Carlo Borbone, who decided to convert his hunting lodge into a palace / museum. To date, is one of the most visited places in Naples (open 8.30-19.30, closed on Wednesday, € 12,00, reduced € 8,00). In the different rooms you can find works of art by artists of every Italian school of painting, together with important foreign presences. There is a shuttle service that, from the city center, will allow you to reach the place in just 22 minutes. In addition, you can buy a single ticket Museum + Shuttle (round trip) at a cost of € 16,00. The shuttles leave every hour from Piazza Trieste and Trento / San Carlo Theater, and also stop at Piazza Municipio, Piazza Dante, the Archaeological Museum.

Il Real Bosco today is a large public park (indicatively open at 7: 00-17: 00). It was born as a hunting reserve and extends for about 134 hectares. Inside there are more than 400 plant species. To visit this place, bear in mind that you will certainly need the whole morning.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Cathedral of San Gennaro, Underground Naples, Spaccanapoli

After the morning, come back to the center for lunch time. Near the next point on the list, the Cathedral of San Gennaro, is the Insolito - La Pizzeria Gourmet. Here you will find different types of pizzas, both normal and fried ones.

Once the lunch break is over, there is waiting for you Cathedral of San Gennaro (8: 30-13: 30/14: 30-19: 30). The cathedral was commissioned by Charles of Anjou in 1294. The facade has been rebuilt several times over the centuries and the last one, that is the one you can see today, dates back to 1905. It, officially called "Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta" ,is dedicated to San Gennaro, patron saint of the city, and inside there are two ampoules with the blood of the Saint. The ampoules are exhibited for the veneration of the faithful three times a year, the Saturday preceding the first Sunday of May, September 19 and December 16, and there is the rite of the "liquefaction of the blood".

The next stage is a very particular and suggestive experience, we are talking about Naples underground. The real and only entrance is located in Piazza San Gaetano 68, just 5 minutes walk from the Cathedral of San Gennaro (beware of imitations). This tour will make you discover another side of Naples, the one in the subsoil. Here you will move between tunnels and galleries. You will come across underground gardens, you can visit the War Museum and the Roman Theater of Nero. The low light makes it even more mysterious. Obviously, this isn't an activity for everyone, you have to be sure to do it, but it absolutely deserves it. Guided tours run from Monday to Sunday with a tour running every hour from 10:00 to 18:00.

Once the excursion is over, you will find yourself in the thick of it one of the best known districts of the city, Spaccanapoli. This place is the heart of Naples and the center of the life of the Neapolitans. Why this name? From the Quartieri Spagnoli starts a road, which gives its name to the neighborhood, which continues for about 2 kilometers, cutting the neighborhood in two, splitting it exactly in half. This area is full of history, full of churches and amazing palaces.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Spaccanapoli

It has now come dinner time and in the Spaccanapoli district you will really find everything and more, from street food to restaurants and pizzerias. But, after a long day, a seated dinner is just what you need. We can recommend the Trattoria Pizzeria Spaccanapoli, where you can choose between different fish dishes and different pizzas. Put your heart in peace, you will find pizza everywhere, but for three days you can also eat every night, right? As for prices, you will spend on average € 15,00 per person.
Once dinner is over, you just have to enjoy this beautiful neighborhood, full of life even in the evening. Enjoy a last walk before returning and recovering your energy for the last day in Naples.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,2 km / 1 h 5min
  • Places visited: Museum and Real Bosco di Capomonte, Cathedral of San Gennaro, Underground Naples, Spaccanapoli
  • Underground Naples: entrance ticket Underground Naples: tour with transfer and pizza National Museum of Capodimonte: ticket and audio guide
  • Breakfast at Bar Passaro Vincenzo (Get directions), Lunch at Insolito La Pizzeria Gourmet (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria Pizzeria Spaccanapoli (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Spanish Quarters, Toledo metro station, Santa Chiara Monumental Complex

Last day in Naples and even today there are many things to see, starting from the Spanish Quarters. Here you can have breakfast at Pasticceria Ranaldi, where you will find all the most famous Neapolitan (and not) sweets. A perfect way to start a new day.
But now we come to Spanish Neighborhoods. The birth of this area, as you can imagine from the name, is linked to the period in which the Spaniards were in Naples. In fact, this neighborhood was created to give a home to the military of the army. You will find an authentic Naples, where the life of the Neapolitans is concentrated. Get lost walking through the streets and among the many small artisan shops.

Don't miss the beautiful Toledo metro station, considered the most beautiful station in Europe. This true work of art was created by Robert Wilson and is called Relative Lights. Everything is very simple, but with a great visual impact: all the plays of light are in shades of blue and light blue and make it so that, even if you are in an underground station, you seem to see the sky. It absolutely deserves to be seen.

Just 10 minutes walk from here you will find the Monumental Complex of Santa Chiara, an important religious complex dedicated to Santa Chiara and whose construction began in 1310 (approximately open 9: 30-17: 30, € 6,00, the reduced one € 4,50). Overall, you can find: the Church of Santa Chiara, the Neapolitan crib with shepherds of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Maiolicato Cloister, the Museum of the Franciscan Opera and the archaeological area.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Sansevero Chapel Museum, historic center

Now it's time for lunch and you still need one thing to taste: the famous "Neapolitan cuoppo", or a paper cone inside which you can find fried Neapolitan specialties based on fish, meat and vegetables. A short distance from the Monumental Complex of Santa Chiara, you can find the restaurant Il Cuoppo, a name that is guaranteed (€ 3,00 to € 6,00 per person).

Then visit the Sansevero Chapel Museum, one of the most important museums in Naples. This museum is a cross between beauty and mystery, baroque creativity and monastic pride. It was built at the behest of Raimondo di Sangro, seventh prince of Sansevero, even if, on its origin, various legends circulate. Among his great works, it also houses the Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino. The museum is open Wednesday to Monday from 9:30 to 18:30, closed on Tuesdays. The entrance ticket costs € 8,00, the reduced € 6,00.

If you have some time left before dinner, you can spend it walking in the historic center and admire all the palaces and squares that are near the Museo Cappello Sansevero, such as the Cloister of the Spade, the Palazzo Venezia, the Palazzo Corigliano or the Statue of God Nile. This area, in fact, is full of small jewels that must be discovered as you walk around.

3 - Evening: Dinner, historic center and waterfront

Dine at the Tandem Restaurant Naples, a nice place in via Sedile di Porto. Here you will find traditional dishes of Neapolitan cuisine. As an average price, we are around € 20,00 per person.
After dinner, you have the last evening in Naples. The restaurant is located right between the historic center and the seafront, so you can choose what to do on the spot, also based on the weather conditions. In any case, this is the last night, so maybe take away the whim of eating once again that sfogliatella or the baba you liked so much, or maybe a nice ice cream while walking along the promenade. You think about diet when you go home.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,3 km / 29 min
  • Places visited: Spanish Quarters, Toledo Metro Station, Santa Chiara Monumental Complex, Sansevero Chapel Museum, historic center and promenade
  • Naples: Walking City Tour Naples Walking Tour and Babà Sweet Tasting Naples: Spaccanapoli Tour and Access to the Veiled Christ
  • Breakfast at Pasticceria Ranaldi (Get directions), Lunch at Il Cuoppo (Get directions), Dinner at Tandem Ristorante Napoli (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Naples cost

Naples is a beautiful city and very famous in the world, but despite this it is very cheap, you can enjoy fantastic days without spending a fortune:

  • Costs to eat: about € 30,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 50,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 15,00 per person
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 50,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 20,00 per person
  • Total cost of a weekend in Naples: from € 250,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Naples: spring and autumn, when the temperatures are not too high and the flow of tourists begins to decrease, are also the cheapest periods. In winter you will find good offers and the temperatures are not too cold, but there are few hours of light and some rainy days. In summer you will find many tourists and long lines - find out more
  • by plane (Naples-Capodichino International Airport - 6 km from the center). Connected to the city by bus (Alibus company, travel time about 20 minutes, ticket cost € 5,00), taxi (travel time about 20 minutes, ride at a fixed rate of € 18,00). Flights starting from € 33,00 -
  • in the historic center, well served by public transport, safe, close to the main attractions of the city but certainly more chaotic than other areas. An alternative are the districts of Posillipo and Vomero, which offer a beautiful view of Naples and Mount Vesuvius but are quite expensive. Alternatively, the port and university area, low cost, well connected by public transport and close to the historic center. A panoramic area is that of the Lungomare di Napoli, full of clubs, activities and life. Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
  • Getting around: the center must be visited on foot. For suburbs and surrounding areas, buses, trams and trolley buses, all managed by the ANM, active 24 hours a day. The single urban ticket costs € 24, the daily pass € 1,10, weekly € 3,50 - find out more

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