Naples is one of those places that not many people may be eager to venture into. Its less than stellar reputation may be attributed to alarming crime rates and the somewhat chaotic vibe some people get from it. But there is more to the city than meets the eye. It is a fascinating city in its own right teeming with historic sites, antiquities, good food, and more. Here are some of the top things to do in Naples that would make you want to go.
Savor pizza vera napoletana
You may find pizza almost anywhere in the world. But there no better place to eat a slice of true Neapolitan pizza or more than from its birthplace. It should not be hard to find freshly baked pizza in this beautiful city. Just follow the aroma and it will lead you to one of the best pizzerias in town.
Visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale
Naple’s National Archaeological Museum has an impressive collection of Graeco-Roman artefacts. It is home to several antiquities from Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as other places that suffered from the devastation wreaked by Mt. Vesuvius. Some of the top attractions in the museum are the Toro Farnese (Farnese Bull) and Ercole (Hercules) sculptures, the La battaglia di Alessandro contro Dario and other mosaics from Pompeii’s Casa del Fauno, the Gabinetto Segreto (Secret Chamber), and the Sala Meridiana (Great Hall of the Sundial) with its Farnese Atlante statue among many others.
Head to Pompeii and Herculaneum
Naples close proximity to the ruins of the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum make it an excellent jump-off point. It not only puts you a short trip away from two of the world’s best known archeological sites, it also allows you to see the finest collections of antiquities from both places that are housed at the National Archaeological Museum.
Try the pastries
There are plenty of delicious foods beyond pizza in Naples. Try the city’s sweet pastries like sfogliatelle. The flaky pastry with ricotta cheese filling is a great treat for snack or at any time of the day. This delightful concoction is one dessert that will make you crave for more.
Marvel at the Veiled Christ at Capella Sansevero
Capella Sansevero is a church museum that houses a wide array of interesting artefacts foremost of which is the awe-inspiring statue known as the Veiled Christ located at the center of the chapel’s nave. The remarkable details and depiction make this statue one of the most popular attractions in Capella Sansevero.
Explore the city’s underground
Naples is home to numerous underground chambers and passageways. Make time to explore the subterranean aqueducts, catacombs, burial chambers, ruins, and more to see more of what the city has to offer.