Best things to do in Naples and sightseeing in Naples
Capri - Naples
While you are at Capri, do not miss the beautiful Blue Grotto as well!
It is the best island of Italy. The rocky landscape, the blue of the sea and the white of the houses are the three characteristics of Capri. The blue sea, the shells, the white sand and the endless horizon, is just beautiful and picturesque.
The Amalfi Coast offers solitude and beauty unmatched, and personally I feel it is a great spot to reflect after roaming through Italy much like people did twenty centuries ago. After an amazing lunch in the town center of Capri, including fresh seafood pasta and Limoncello made in town, take a stroll down to Marina Piccolo to take in more of the wonderful sights and sounds of the blissful Amalfi Coast. Belissima!
Pompeii - Naples
On the other hand, many people pass through Naples and head straight to Pompeii, and with good reason. A visit to this roman city should not be missed on your tour of Italy. Mount Vesuvius looms in the background as you stroll through streets that were destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption that buried Pompeii in ash for centuries. Many of the houses still contain original tiles and art for you to gaze upon while your mind takes you back to the day everything changed for the people that lived there. If you haven’t had enough from your stop at Pompeii, you can also visit nearby Herculaneum as well.
Two thousand years ago, Vesuvius was thought to be just a mountain…until it famously blew its stack in AD 79. The devastating eruption preserved for posterity an entire ancient culture, discovered centuries later like an enormous time capsule. An entire ancient city remains today, in remarkably good condition. Everything from a theater to multi-family dwellings can be seen at the sight. And numerous drawings and works of art from Pompeii are on display in the Naples Archaeological Museum. It is a bit eerie to wander Pompeii with the imposing shadow of Vesuvius hovering nearby. Luckily, the volcano last rumbled in 1944.
Via del Mare - Naples
Via del Mare is one of the most charming streets of Sorrento. It is not so hard to guess from its name, it is the main street leading to the beach. The scene throughout this road with the sea near these houses with beautiful facades in deep blue and the gold of the sand glistening, is something everyone should see in a lifetime.
Sorrento - Naples
Sorrento is a beach town located just south of Naples and just on the other side of the Amalfi coast. It is located on the cliffs above the Tyrrhenian Sea and it makes a great jumping off point to see the highlights of Campania, including Pompeii, Naples and Positano, all of which are just a short but sweaty train ride away (if you are going in summer that is since there is no air conditioning). Sorrento is framed with looming Mt. Vesuvius in the east and Capri in the sea out to the west. You couldn’t ask for a more idyllic location, the only problem is that the beach is super tiny. But the Italians solved this problem by creating places to tan and swim by building large piers equipped with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Sorrento is an amazing town and well worth staying there if just for the sunsets and the water, but the town also has amazing food. If you are heading to Campania I highly recommend staying in Sorrento and even if you are on a budget there are a lot of cheap camping sites where you don’t even have to worry about bringing a tent.
B&B Orsini46 - Naples
After a long day of travelling from Viareggio to Naples by almost every mode of transportation known to man, we made it to the B&B Orsini 46 and called their number to advise them of our arrival. Our room, the Ischia, was very spacious, bright, tastefully decorated, and CLEAN. We had initially thought to bring our daughter and a single bed had been made beside the queen size with matching bedding. I don’t know about you, but these touches matter to me. If anything, I like consistency! The bathroom had a lovely, large, shower with rainfall head that heated quickly and lots of counter space for my various beauty ‘necessities’. The B&B is centrally located in the Santa Lucia area and if you can’t reach most of the major sites by foot, you are extremely close to public transportation hubs. In the 2 days that we were in Napoli, we were not once burdened by our location. It was a pleasure to walk past the church, San Francesco di Paola, each day and to take in the everyday scene of Napoli – kids racing past on motorinos, wildly gesticulating people having passionate arguments about politics (or maybe just coffee), or stylish men and women setting the fashion trend for the rest of us. Our experience at the B&B Orsini 46 exceeded our expectations and now, aside from having a new place to stay when we visit Napoli, we have two more friends.