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When people think of Italy, Naples, or Napoli, is probably one of the cities that come to mind after Rome and Venice. Historic Naples is full of so many things to do for all interests! Here is how you can spend one day (or a few days) in Naples, Italy!
Naples was first settled by Greeks in the second millennium BC and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited urban areas in the world! Naples’ long history has left the city with beautiful historic buildings and rich culture. The city center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Things to do in Naples in One Day
Top Things to do in Naples Italy
Visit Piazza del Plebiscito
Piazza del Plebiscito is the main square in Naples. Here, you’ll see the beautiful Royal Palace of Naples and the church of San Francesco di Paola. This church is quite reminiscent of the columns at Saint Peter’s Square in Rome and the facade at the Pantheon. This square serves as a social, shopping, and cuisine hub for Naples. Naples, or Neopolitan cuisine, claims to have invented the pizza! However, if you talk to Italians from the north, they might have something different to say! Interestingly, pizza originated as a food of the poor, but under Ferdinand IV it became popular among the upper classes as the Margherita pizza was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy after her visit to Naples.
Explore Near Spaccanapoli
This VERY long street in Naples is worth taking a stroll down! Spaccanapoli literally means city splitter as the street seems to cut Naples in half! Along this street, you can find anything Italian you could imagine including food, markets, shops, and art.
Naples National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum in Naples houses one of the largest collections of ancient Roman and Greek antiquities. Their collection includes bronze work, art, mosaics, and marbles. The main collection, the Farnese Marbles, were uncovered by the Pope during the Italian Renaissance and are some of the finest examples of Greco-Roman sculpture.
Hours: Open every day (except Tuesday) 9.00 – 19.30
Take a Day Trip to Pompeii!
For the Adventurous: Climb Mount Vesuvius
If you’re adventurous or outdoorsy, consider taking a day trip to Pompeii and climb Mount Vesuvius! Mount Vesuvius is the famous volcano that claimed the ancient city of Pompeii. Mount Vesuvius is maintained as a national park.