Naples is the 3rd largest city in Italy and is made up of an eclectic mix of diverse neighborhoods. If you’re wondering which neighborhoods are the coolest to stay in, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will give you a sneak-peek at where to stay in Naples from the hilly Vomero to the historic Centro Storico, the seaside Centro Storico, and more.
Centro Storico - for first time visitors
This neighborhood has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995 and it’s the perfect place to start out in Naples. Wandering through the narrow cobbled streets lined with old medieval houses, small shops, and authentic restaurants serving the famous Naples pizza will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time. Visit the Naples Duomo, one of the city’s symbols, marvel at the Church of Santa Chiara, stroll through Piazza Bellini, and explore the works of Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor, and more at the MADRE contemporary art museum.
Vomero - for the best nightlife
Take a funicular up to the hilly neighborhood of Vomero for fantastic views over Centro Storico and the Gulf of Naples. By day you can wander the winding streets, shop for vintage Italian fashion, and uncover the political history of Naples at the Castle of St Elmo that dates back to 1275. Experience truly local vibes at the Vomero market where you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, and traditional meats and cheeses. Catch a rugby or football game at Stadio Arturo Collana or visit one of the many sports bars bursting with locals and watch from there.
Chiaia - the trendiest neighborhood
Wander the streets lined with designer stores such as like Armani, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. Explore upmarket Chiaia by doing as the locals do on a passeggiata, or stroll and uncover artsy boutiques, charming bookstores, and a treasure trove of antiques. Visit Il Cappellaio which has sold hats since 1870 and if you’re in the market for a new suit a stop at Rubinacci is a must-visit for its sophisticated men’s tailoring. Enjoy a coffee at one of the trendy cafes or take a walk through the Villa Comunale gardens and enjoy the peace and quiet away from the bustling city center.
Piazza del Plebiscito - best for families
If you’re planning a family holiday with your kids and wondering where to stay in Naples, Piazza del Plebiscito is the best place to stay. Located close to the sea and the neighborhoods of Quartieri Spagnoli and Centro Storico you’ll avoid long commuting times. You’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time when you explore the 17th century Royal Palace. There is so much to see in this neighborhood, the piazza itself is the largest square in Naples and home to the Basilica of San Francesco da Paola, which was built to mimic the world-famous Pantheon in Rome.
Quartieri Spagnoli - the most authentic neighborhood
If you’re wondering where to stay in Naples on a budget or looking to experience the most authentic neighborhoods then the Spanish Quarter is the place to stay. It gets its name from the Spanish troops who used to be housed here in the 16th century to stop the insurrections coming from the local population. There are plenty of sights in the neighborhood, such as the medieval Castel Nuovo where you can enjoy the views over the city or go underground and discover the catacombs and geothermal tunnels. You’ll also be able to learn the history of Naples since the Greek times at the National Archaeologic Museum.
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