Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy

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Naples blew us away. It was our favorite city we explored during our Italy trip and we really don’t understand why it gets a bad rep. Naples isn’t touristy at all and when you’re walking around the street you feel like you’re in an old Italian movie. The people were so friendly, and we felt safe because the culture there is so family oriented. Everyone’s doors were open and you could see the families having dinner every night. Naples isn’t the cleanest city by any means, but it’s real and authentic which is why we loved it so much. There’s an Italian saying that you cry twice when you visit Naples; once when you arrive and once when you leave, and that phrase really hit home for us.

How to get to Naples

The best way to get to Naples is to take the train. Good ol’ trusty Trentalia is the best and fastest way to explore the country so we used it a lot this trip. We paid about $12 per person for the train from Rome to Naples and it took about 3.5 hours to get there. It made a few stops along the way but the final destination was Naples so you can’t miss it!

Where to Stay

As we said above, we felt super safe in Naples because of the family culture. We stayed at an Airbnb a few blocks away from Quartieri Spagnoli and we loved our location! We walked literally everywhere in Naples and you definitely will want to walk there. Naples is known for it’s tall buildings, narrow streets, and the clothes lines hanging out the windows and the best way to see it all is by walking aimlessly through the streets.

Best Things to Do

  • Explore Castel dell’Ovo & Castel Nuovo

  • Walk aimlessly through the streets of Quartieri Spagnoli

  • Visit Galleria Umberto I

  • People watch at Piazza del Plebiscito

  • Explore the grounds of Santa Chiara (about €5 to enter)

  • Eat some amazing pizza at the one of the first pizzerias, Sorbillo

  • Walk along the sea on Lungomare

  • Do a day trip to Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius

Where to Eat & Drink

  • SORBILLO (in all caps for a reasons because it’s the BEST PIZZA WE EVER HAD! Sorry for shouting but this is important haha)

  • Pancaffe O’girasole (non dairy milk options for cappucino!)

  • La Sfogliatella Mary (a local pastry!)

  • Ristorante Pizzeria Marino

  • Il Miracolio Pizzeria

  • L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

We we lucky enough to meet up with one of our Instagram friends, Ivan, who is from Naples and took us around! He showed us places only locals know about, gave us a lot of Napoli history, and even told Shanna how to correctly pronounce her last name (which is Italian haha). We had the best time hanging out with him and we’re so glad we had the opportunity to make a new friend while traveling! If you want more info on our Naples adventure make sure you check out our travel vlog below!


EATING THE WORLD’S OLDEST PIZZA IN NAPLES

The first few days of our Italy trip were spent exploring Rome & Naples. We did encounter some bad weather (like the torrential downpour kind where your clothes are soaked) but that didn't stop us from having a grand ol' time!
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