Your First Time in Naples



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Naples stretches out along the Bay of Naples and is the largest city in southern Italy. Basking in the warm Mediterranean sun, but with the ever-present Mount Vesuvius looming nearby, Naples is a city of striking contrasts. Unlike some of the more touristy destinations in Italy, Naples has a grittiness and vibrancy that is both real and refreshing. And once you sample the local cuisine, you’ll quickly understand why Naples is a haven for food lovers in Italy.

When you’re planning your first trip to Naples, don’t be overwhelmed by how much there is to see and do. While Naples is a sprawling city, the most important sites to see on your first trip are located in the historic center of the city or are near the waterfront. These areas can be easily explored on foot, and there are public transportation options to reach the sites located away from these two areas.

Naples is the city that will draw you back again and again. You’ll find there a warm southern Italian charm in both the city and the Neapolitans, famous (even by Italian standards!) for their lively gestures and captivating traditions.

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Day 1 - Naples


THINGS TO DO
If this is your first trip to Naples, there’s a wonderful surprise in store for you! World-class museums, impressive churches and the hubbub of daily street life are all set in the beautiful backdrop of the Bay of Naples. Naples is waiting for you to discover its history, secrets and hidden charms. Here are the top ten key sites to help you start planning your first visit to Naples.


1

Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino)

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Piazza Municipio 64
80133 Naples, Italy

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tel: +39 081 795 2003
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2

National Archaeological Museum

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Location:

Piazza Museo 19
80135 Naples, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 081 44 0166
fax: +39 081 44 0013
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Piazza Plebiscito

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Piazza Plebiscito
Naples, Italy


4

Palazzo Reale

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Location:

Piazza del Plebiscito 1
80133 Naples, Italy

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tel: +39 081 580 0421
fax: +39 081 580 0870
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5

Duomo of San Gennaro

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Location:

Via Duomo
80138 Naples, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 081 44 9097
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6

Capodimonte Museum

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Location:

Via Miano 1
Palazzo Capodimonte, also through the park from Via Capodimonte
80131 Naples, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 081 749 9111
fax: +39 081 744 5032
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7

Certosa di San Martino

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Location:

Largo San Martino 5
80129 Naples, Italy

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tel: +39 081 578 1769
fax: +39 081 578 1769
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9

Villa Comunale

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Location:

Piazza della Repubblica
80122 Naples, Italy


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Church of Santa Chiara and Museum

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Location:

Via Santa Chiara 49
Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara
80134 Naples, Italy

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tel: +39 081 552 6280 / +39 081 552 1597 / +39 081 558 3298
fax: +39 081 552 1597 / +39 081 558 3298
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Day 2 - Naples


RESTAURANTS
Naples is a dream city for food lovers. Considered the birthplace of the pizza, don’t miss the chance to try the traditional pizza margherita topped with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil and olive oil. For a sweet treat, try the delightfully flaky sfogliatella or the rum-soaked babà. Here are a few recommended stops where you can enjoy authentic Neapolitan specialties.


1

Lombardi a Santa Chiara

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Location:

59 Via Benedetto Croce
80134 Naples, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 081 552 0780


2

Ristorante Rosati

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Location:

260 Via Chiaia
80121 Naples, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 081 42 1686 / +39 081 42 1660
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3

Brandi

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Location:

Vicolo Sant'Anna di Palazzo 1-2
at the corner with Via Chiaja
80132 Naples, Italy

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tel: +39 081 41 6928
fax: +39 081 40 0294
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4

Ristorante Ciro

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Location:

Via Luculliana 29/30
80132 Naples, Italy

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tel: +39 081 764 6006
fax: +39 081 764 6989
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5

Umberto

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Location:

Via Alabardieri 30-31
80121 Naples, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 081 41 8555
fax: +39 081 41 8555
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Day 3 - Naples, San Giuseppe Vesuviano


NIGHTLIFE
The vibrant and sometimes chaotic energy of Naples doesn’t go to sleep when the sun goes down. It’s not all discos and dancing either. You’ll also find lively literary cafés and elegant wine bars where you can experience the local nightlife.


1

Enoteca Belledonne

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Location:

31 Vico Belledonne a Chiaia
80121 Naples, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 081 403 162


2

Velvet Zone

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Location:

Via Cisterna dell'Olio 11
80134 Naples, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 339 670 0234


3

Intra Moenia

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Location:

Piazza Bellini 70
80138 Naples, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 081 290 988 / +39 081 557 1190
fax: +39 081 442 0177
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5

Gambrinus

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Location:

Via Chiaia 1
80132 Naples, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 081 41 7582
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6

Bar Mexico

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Location:

72 Piazza Garibaldi
80047 San Giuseppe Vesuviano, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 081 283 121


7

Keste

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Location:

Largo S. Giovanni Maggiore Pignatelli
Naples, Italy

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tel: +39 081 5513984
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Day 4 - Naples


LOCAL RECOMMENDATION: Top Churches in Naples.
From the Duomo’s baptistery, the oldest in the western world, to the Neo-classical San Francesco di Paola at the center of the Piazza Plebiscito, a tour of the top churches in Naples is an architectural and artistic whirlwind history of the city. Here are the churches not to be missed.


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Church of San Domenico Maggiore

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Location:

8a Piazza San Domenico Maggiore
80134 Naples, Italy


4

Church of Santa Chiara

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Location:

Via Benedetto Croce
Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara
80134 Naples, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 081 797 1256 / +39 081 558 3298 / +39 081 552 1597
fax: +39 081 558 3298 / +39 081 552 1597
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Church of San Francesco di Paola

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Location:

Piazza Plebiscito
80132 Naples, Italy

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tel: +39 081 764 5133
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