Naples has so much to offer from museums to monuments, magnificent churches, and bustling palazzos. After all, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Exploring it all in only 2-days may seem impossible but with this ultimate 2-day itinerary in Naples, you’ll be able to squeeze in all the best things to do in Naples. Two days in Naples is the perfect amount of time to get a taste of the city and discover the best it has to offer.
Day 1 - Morning
Start your day gazing at the Galleria Umberto I, the twin of the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. It’s the perfect place to grab a coffee and a Sfogliatella while you take in the beauty of the ornately decorated glass-covered gallery. Then take time to explore the bustling street markets selling handmade gifts, vintage treasures, fresh foods, and flowers. Look out for the farmers’ markets at La Pignasecca and Mercatino di Antignano, they’re always full of all sorts of hidden gems.
Day 1 - Afternoon
Visit one of the most beautiful courtyards in Naples at the Monastero di Santa Chiara. This religious complex dates back to the 14th-century and its cloister is covered in precious tiles that are beautifully decorated with carefully hand-painted scenes and local motifs. Soak up some sunshine while you walk through the Piazza del Plebiscito, the heart of Naples’ historic center. It’s the perfect place to spend the afternoon, overlooking the former Royal Palace, surrounded by the elegant colonnade of San Francesco di Paola, a 19th-century church constructed in the Neoclassical style. If you have time before or on your way to lunch be sure to check out the beautiful Toledo Metro Station on the L1 line of Naples Metro, it will take your breath away.
Day 1 - Evening
To end off your first day in Naples, take the funicular to Castel Sant’Elmo, a 13th-century star-shaped fortress that sits on top of Vomero Hill. It offers panoramic views of Naples which makes it one of the best places to watch the sunset and take in everything you’ve explored during the day. Reward your first day of exploring the best of Naples with a feast of Neapolitan Pizza. For an authentic Neapolitan pizza head to Antica Pizzeria & Trattoria AL 22 or Pizzeria Di Matteo or one of the many others around the city (they’re all so good!).
Day 2 - Afternoon
Next, take a short trip out of the city to explore the excavated towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum which were destroyed and buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E.The excavations offer a glimpse of Roman life in the 1st century and you’ll be able to see how Roman cities looked almost 2000 years ago. Near the Pompeii ruins, you’ll find Virtual Pompeii which is an educational entertainment facility that features a 3D projection room a virtual reconstruction of the ancient town before the volcano erupted. There is no re-entry into the ruins once you’ve left so you can either enjoy lunch from one of the restaurants nearby or eat at the Pompeii Scavi Café within the ruins. There are also a number of food carts selling all sorts of delicious Neapolitan street food such as Cuoppo (fried fish in a cone) or Panino Napolitano (a doughy roll filled with cheese and salami).
Day 3 - Evening
Head back to the city to explore an ancient castle. The first is Castel Nuovo which is a medieval castle that was first erected in 1279. This is one of the main architectural attractions in Naples and a must-visit while you’re in the city. The terraces of the castle also offer great views of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. It closes at 6:30pm so depending on the time of year that you visit you may be able to watch the sunset from here. Or head to the seafront Castel dell’Ovo (The Egg Castle) which is located on the former island of Megaride for sunset. If you climb the tower you’ll be able to see the island of Capri in the distance. Then to end off your two-day itinerary in Naples, head to a local trattoria such as Trattoria Don Vincenzo or Trattoria Pizzeria La Lazzara for some of the best things to eat in Naples.
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