What to see in Naples in one day

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Naples, the city everyone falls in love with. Those who visit it never forget it, those who have never seen it instead dream of the moment in which they will be able to make it the destination of their journey. Naples is like that, it captivates everyone with its colors, its scents and its history.
Rich in treasures of inestimable value, underground beauties and places to be discovered, so much so that it is nicknamed "the city of 500 domes", it is the city we will talk about this time.
Seeing Naples in one day is impossible, but you can definitely see its main attractions. Fortunamante the city, which rises on the slopes of Vesuvius, is located in a convenient enough position to be easily reached with a few hours of travel from practically all of Italy. Home of kings and queens, home to timeless musicians, songs and traditions, let's take 24 hours to discover it.


  1. One day itinerary in Naples: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Naples: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Naples: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Naples: Morning

1- Piazza Garibaldi

Our journey starts from Piazza Garibaldi, where there is the Central Train Station. After a quick tour of the shopping arcade which is right in front of the station, it's time for breakfast. Not to be missed are the sfogliatelle from the Antico Forno delle Sfogliatelle Calde Fratelli Attanasio, which is located a stone's throw from Piazza Garibaldi. Apparently they are the best sfogliatelle in Naples, and they also have a low cost: under € 2,00

2- Corso Umberto I, Pio Monte della Misericordia, San Lorenzo Maggiore, Underground Naples

Take it now Corso Umberto I, one of the most famous streets of Naples, which will allow you to easily reach many of the attractions you will see on this day. Follow it on bus 202, 202B, 460, up to Piazza Nicola Amore and then go to Via Duomo, towards the north. From here you will arrive at Pio Monte della Misericordia. It is a very old complex, which dates back to 1602. It is formed by a chapel, a monumental staircase that will take you to the picture gallery on the first floor. On the second one you will find the Historical Archive-Library. A short distance from here you will find the so-called Via dei Tribunali, where the monumental complex is located San Lorenzo Maggiore. Its origins date back to the Greco-Roman Neapolis, on which the early Christian basilica of San Lorenzo was built in the sixth century. In 1234 the balisics was then donated to the Friars Minor by Bishop Giovanndi Aversa, and, in 1284, completely modified under Charles I of Anjou, who entrusted the project to French workers. Here you can also take a trip to the so-called Underground Naples, and stroll through the ancient streets of the city, until you reach what was the ancient market of Naples.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,7 km / 36 min
  • places visited: Piazza Garibaldi (free), Corso Umberto I (free), Pio Monte della Misericordia (€ 7,00), San Lorenzo Maggiore (€ 9,00):
  • Underground Naples: entrance ticket
  • where to have breakfast: Ancient oven of the hot Sfogliatelle Fratelli Attanasio, Vico Ferrovia 1/2/3/4

One day itinerary in Naples: Afternoon

1- Via dei Presepi

It's time to have lunch. In Via dei Tribunali you will find the Pizzeria Donna Sofia ai Tribunali. If you visit Naples you cannot miss this place, which does nothing but receive compliments for its pizza. The prices are also quite cheap when compared to the size of the pizzas you will eat. we are talking about € 20,00 per person.

Our itinerary then continues going to the discovery of another symbolic place of Naples: the via dei presepi (for the street map it is via San Gregorio Armeno). This small street is practically in front of the pizzeria, so you will have no difficulty in getting there. Full of lights (and also of people), it is perhaps one of the most characteristic places in the city with its "shops" of nativity scene statues. To be portrayed are not only classical characters, but also politicians, VIPs and anyone who has been known enough during the year to deserve a place among the statuettes of the Naples crib.

2- San Gregorio Armeno, Chapel of San Severo, Complex of Santa Chiara, San Carlo Theater, Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Palace and Bourbon Gallery

In this street there is also the church of San Gregorio Armeno. This church is one of the most beautiful Baroque examples you can see in Naples. Its ceilings, balconies and rich decorations will leave you speechless. At the end of the visit, take Via San Biagio dei Librai towards the west and, after passing the Statue of the god Nile, you will arrive at the square San Domenico Maggiore where you will find the church of the same name.The interior of the church is very rich: its side chapels are overflowing with works of art, not to mention the sacristy with its ceiling frescoed by Solimena. Here you can also see the cell where St. Thomas Aquinas lived and the Treasury room, which however requires a small entrance ticket. Now take Vico San Domenico Maggiore up to Chapel of San Severo, where you can admire the splendid sculpture of the "Veiled Christ". Continue up to Palazzo Venezia and you will find the Complex of Santa Chiara, with its famous cloister. Inside, majolica and orange trees await you, all complemented by splendid gardens that will give you the feeling of not even being in the center of a city. We then move on to Church of the Gesù Nuovo. Also known as the dlla church Trinity Major, stands in front of the obelisk of the Immaculate Conception and the complex of Santa Chiara. This church is also in Baroque style, of which it is one of the greatest exponents. Inside, in addition to sculptures and paintings of extreme beauty, you can also see the body of San Giuseppe Moscati to whom a part of the church is dedicated.
Take Via Monteoliveto until you return to Via Umberto I. From here take the C25, N1, N3 or R2 bus, you will arrive at Maschio Angioino (if you have not booked your visit in time, it is better to admire it only from the outside) and then arrive at Piazza Trento e Trieste, where you will find the famous Galleria Umberto I, Teatro San Carlo and, further on, Piazza del Plebiscito with the Royal Palace. Founded in the early seventeenth century through a project by the architect Domenico Fontana, it was completed only in 1858. It became a royal apartment in 1919 and also houses the Vittorio Emanuele III National Library. Not to be missed are the throne room and the internal theater where the statues of the 9 Muses are positioned.
Take then Gennaro Serra who will lead you to the Bourbon Gallery. This is another path of Underground Naples, perhaps the most fascinating. Visiting it you can admire what Bourbon civil engineering was capable of. Inside, several statues, relics of the Second World War, but also aqueduct cisterns have been found.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,6 km / 47 min
  • places visited: Via dei Presepi (free), San Gregorio Armeno (free), church of San Domenico Maggiore (free, € 3,00 for the Treasure room), Chapel of San Severo (€ 7,50), cloister of Santa Chiara ( € 4,00), Gesu Nuovo church (free), Galleria Umberto I (free), Piazza del Plebiscito (free), Palazzo Reale (€ 4,00) and Galleria Borbonica (€ 10,00)
  • Tour in the old city of Naples
  • where to have lunch: Pizzeria Donna Sofia ai Tribunali, via dei Tribunali 89

One day itinerary in Naples: Evening

Dinner and Toledo

Along the Riviera di Chiaia and then cutting onto Via S. Pasquale you will return to the metro station, which will take you to the metro station of Toledo. It is not just a stop on the underground line, but a real art museum.
On the first basement floor you will find the remains of the Aragonese walls, further descending you will then arrive at the underground hall, with the crater de luz, a gigantic cone that crosses all floors of the station. In addition to this you will see mosaics, light installations and permanent exhibitions among which are the mosaics of William Kentridge, the Olas of Oscar Tusquetz. A stone's throw from here for dinner you can go to 400 degrees Di Ciro & Salvio Rapuano. Needless to say, the house specialty is pizza, but when will you ever eat the real Neapolitan pizza again? In addition it is also very cheap, we are talking about less than € 10,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,1 km / 15 min
  • places visited: Metro station "Toledo"
  • where to dine: 400gradi Di Ciro & Salvio Rapuano, via Concezione in Montecalvario 12

Before leaving: useful tips

Need advice to visit Naples? Here you are satisfied. Here you will find everything you need to know to make your stay in Naples unforgettable

  • it is possible to buy a day ticket for public transport, at the price of € 3,50
  • with the City Sightseeing Naples you will be entitled to discounts on some attractions of the city
  • If you decide to extend your visit, take a look at our offers for a stay in Naples

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Do you think you've seen it all? We have to disappoint you. Naples is too big to be seen all in one day and the fact of being one of the most popular tourist destinations doesn't help. Many attractions in fact are "forced" to do guided tours to keep up with the amount of visitors, others who are free to visit risk making you queue endlessly. In short, here are the attractions that are best to give up if you are short on time.

  1. Teatro San Carlo: we passed by but did not enter. The reason is very simple. The theater can only be visited on a guided tour. If you want to visit it, book it in advance or remove something from the schedule.
  2. Castle of the Egg: the attraction is not far from the city center, but you will still have to make an "important" detour.
  3. Pompeii and Herculaneum: the two cities, testimony to the fury of Vesuvius, are too far from the city to be seen in one day

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