Top Tips Every Tourist Should Know about Napoli
Napoli, also referred to as Naples is one of the most emblematic capitals in the world, it is full of rich history due to a variety of cultures in the area. Essentially, it has everything: good food, amazing landscapes, very hospitable citizens, and good connections to both Northen and Southern regions in Italy.
Now that I’ve told you a little bit more about Napoli, let’s get going! Here are my ultimate top tips every tourist should know when visiting this breath-taking little gem.
1. Skip the Line
Everybody gets hungry when watching Julia Roberts savoring her Neapolitan pizza in “Eat, Pray, Love” and subsequently writes “eating a pizza at Michele’s” on his/her to-do list for Naples. Well, I’m here to help you skip the line at L’antica Pizzeria da Michele!
• Visit L’antica Pizzeria da Michele and grab a numbered ticket. After you have your ticket plan about an hour’s worth of sightseeing in the city and then return to a nice hot pizza.
• Order one of the delicious pizzas to go, you’ll only have to wait for the pizza to cook and then you’ll be on your way to enjoy eating on a nearby bench while you people watch and sightsee.
2. Experience the Borgo Marinaro
Indeed, the Borgo Marinaro is one of the most iconic areas of the city, it truly is the “poster city” featured on many postcards of Naples. Take a walk while eating a tasty gelato on Via Caracciolo. At the end of the street, you will reach the Castel dell’Ovo, the oldest castle in the city. The legend says that the Poet Virgilio hid a magic egg underground in the castle, in order to protect it from being destroyed. To reach the castle, cross the little bridge that was the old entrance to the main tower. Once you cross it, you can experience this little town within the city, home to exceptional seafood restaurants and great bars. And, don’t miss out on ordering an authentic limoncello; it is delicious!
3. Take a Walk Underground
Although Naples is not one of the biggest cities in the world, it features a variety of hidden gems. Plan ahead and book a free walking tour. A local tour guide will share the history of Naples while leading you through private monuments and deep into the underground walkways beneath the city.
Next time you decide to plan a trip around Italy, be sure to explore the southern region for your very own Neapolitan adventure! An old saying in Naples heeds the warning to visitors, “Quando Vieni a Napoli, piangi due volte: Quando arrive e quando te ne vai,” it translates to “When you come to Naples, you cry twice: once when you arrive and once when you leave.”
Know Before You Go
- Feeding the pigeons in Piazza San Marco was banned in 2008.
- Florence is most famously recognized as the birthplace of the Renaissance. The symbol of the city is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, which is full of history and beauty.
- One of the most famous viewpoints in Venice is the Bridge of Sighs.