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One Day in Naples

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Visiting a city such as Naples means, of course, a diverse schedule of sightseeing; exploring its museums, art galleries, and nicest streets for strolling. While a week would do this phenomenal city more justice, one day is still enough to get lost in the alleys of its Spanish quarters (and observe the genuine life of the Neapolitans), enjoy a fantastic pizza, and relax in a prestigious coffee spot such as Gambrinus. Be prepared to get up very early and put on your running shoes!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie

9 Places

6 City Tips

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9 Places

Portanova Cafe

Restaurants

Piazza del Plebiscito

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Palazzo Reale

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Galleria Umberto I

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

La Sfogliatella Mary

Restaurants

Teatro di San Carlo

Historic Sites, Operas, Theatres

Castel dell'Ovo

Castles, Historic Sites

Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara

Churches & Cathedrals

Sorbillo

Restaurants

Raffaele N's City Tips

  • "Pastiera Napoletana" is one of the most popular cakes in Naples, but Babà and Sfogliatella are also worth trying, especially if they are freshly made!
  • If you like pizza (who doesn't?!), check out my Best Food in Naples guide, or you can try to find a restaurant by yourself: pizza is good pretty much everywhere in Naples.
  • Artecard gives you discounted entry to many places of art and culture in Naples and the surrounding Campania region (including museums, archaeological sites, galleries etc).
  • Visiting Pompeii properly requires a whole day. Squeezing it into less time will mean you enjoy it far less!
  • Avoid the people playing their card tricks on the tables outside the main station; you may be swindled.
  • Keep a close eye on your possessions when using public transport and exploring the most crowded areas in the city.
  • Portanova Cafe
    Restaurants
    Raffaele N Says:

    You can't start your tour of Naples with an empty stomach! Fortunately this spacious local cafe is situated right on the road that will lead you from the central station to your first sightseeing stop: Piazza del Plebiscito.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The owners here speak English.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2,046 of 2,782 restaurants in Naples
    • A pleasant Oasis 22/04/2014
    • io sono un assiduo frequentatore del bar 20/06/2015
    • Portanova Cafe
    Address:
    Piazza Portanova, 8
    80124, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 060 5199
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Piazza del Plebiscito
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Raffaele N Says:

    Follow the Corso Umberto I to the beautiful Piazza del Plebiscito. The best way to experience the largest square in Naples, and its historical landmarks, is to simply sit and soak in all the comings and goings.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The interior of the Basilica is well worth a tour.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 787 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must visit piazza 16/10/2018
    • Large piazza with impressive building facades but somewhat sterile 05/10/2018
    • Piazza del Plebiscito
  • Palazzo Reale
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    Raffaele N Says:

    You can't leave Piazza del Plebiscito without visiting the Royal Palace. While the building is not huge, it is stunningly beautiful, and the entry ticket is great value.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to buy tickets online in advance to skip the queue and save time.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 787 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing place with interesting history 13/10/2018
    • Naples gemstone 10/10/2018
    • Palazzo Reale
    Address:
    Piazza del Plebiscito 1
    80132, Naples
    Italy
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Galleria Umberto I
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    Raffaele N Says:

    Just a three-minute stroll along S. Carlo Street, you'll come across Gallery Umberto I. Spend a bit of time exploring here, admiring the upmarket shop window displays, the fantastic ceilings, and the mosaic floor. Architecture fans in particular are bound to be impressed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do not buy souvenirs here. There are many other, better value options in Naples.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 787 things to do in Naples
    • Beautiful architecture 19/10/2018
    • Outstanding shopping area 16/10/2018
    • Galleria Umberto I
    Address:
    Via San Carlo
    Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 405311
  • La Sfogliatella Mary
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Raffaele N Says:

    This fabulous store in Galleria Umberto I specializes in sfogliatelle pastries and is a pit-stop not to be missed. Grab a quick lunch on-the-go here, and pack another one in your backpack for later — you've still got many more places to explore!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Look out for other popular Neapolitan pastries — Babà and Pastiera.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 2,782 restaurants in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious 14/10/2018
    • Yummy treats 13/10/2018
    • La Sfogliatella Mary
    Address:
    Via Toledo 66
    Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 402218
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
    Other:
  • Teatro di San Carlo
    Historic Sites, Operas, Theatres
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    Raffaele N Says:

    Just outside the Umberto I gallery lies the Teatro San Carlo (Saint Carl Theater), by far one of the most beautiful and prestigious opera houses in the world. Its interior alone is well worth a visit, but if you have free time in the evening, I strongly recommend swinging back here to attend a show.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Check the latest daytime opening hours online, plus the schedule of upcoming shows.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 787 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the world's great opera houses 14/10/2018
    • Amazing 14/10/2018
    • Teatro di San Carlo
    Address:
    Via San Carlo 98 / F
    80132, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 797 2412
    Other:
  • Castel dell'Ovo
    Castles, Historic Sites
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    Raffaele N Says:

    Back on S. Carlo street, head towards the sea, and after about 200 meters you will come to the beautiful Castel dell'Ovo. This historic medieval and Renaissance-style castle is a symbol of the city, and from its top you can admire the impressive town hall square and a good part of Naples. Inside the castle you can also visit many authentically furnished rooms, as well as the beautiful Chapel of the Souls of Purgatory.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • At night the castle is beautifully illuminated.
    • Enjoy a walk in the town hall square.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 787 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • #2 evening view location in Naples (see Castel Elmo) 15/10/2018
    • Couldn’t go inside 13/10/2018
    • Castel dell'Ovo
    Address:
    Via Eldorado 3
    L'accesso al castello è gratuito. L'orario indicato è quello estivo.
    80132, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 795 6180
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 AM - 1:15 PM
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:45 PM
    Other:
  • Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Raffaele N Says:

    To get to the museum complex of Santa Chiara, walk for about 1km along Medina street and turn right in Vico Maria dell'Aiuto. The Basilica of Santa Chiara, or the Monastery of Santa Chiara, is a church of Naples, with a very high importance from a historical and artistic point of view. The basilica is 130 meters long and richly decorated as well as its vivid internal cloisters. On the ground floor you can visit the museum born with the function to reconstruct the history of the building of the church of Santa Chiara, considered one of the greatest buildings of Gothic art in Naples.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Along Medina Street don't miss the Neptune Fountain and the Naples Town Hall.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 787 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful cloisters and colonnades 15/10/2018
    • Nice 07/10/2018
    • Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara
    Address:
    Via Santa Chiara 49/c
    80134, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 551 6673
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Mon - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Sorbillo
    Restaurants (Pizza)
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    Raffaele N Says:

    Your Neapolitan day is over! Your feet are swollen and your eyes full of wonders! Now it's time to fill your stomach and you can do it by walking just 650 meters through S. Carlo street and then Casanova Square to get to the pizzeria Sorbillo! I hope you're hungry because pizzeria Sorbillo offers plentiful portions and good beer!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • On the road to the pizzeria there are lots of local bars to have a tasty appetizer!
    • I recommend you leave some space for the cake!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #123 of 2,782 restaurants in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best pizza in Naples 18/10/2018
    • A journey through amazing taste 17/10/2018
    • Sorbillo
    Address:
    Via Dei Tribunali, 32
    80138, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 446643
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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