Collected by Jennifer Sloan
80145 Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Conceived as a royal hunting lodge by Charles III in 1738 but actually built as a much grander royal palace, the principal art gallery of Naples stands in a magnificent park to the north of the city. The collection—one of Italy’s largest—includes...
Piazza San Gaetano, 68, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy
Naples is a tale of two cities. Underground lies a 450 kilometer labyrinth of chambers and tunnels dating back to the 4th century B.C.E., formed when the Greeks extracted tufa stone to build ancient Neapolis. The Romans incorporated the tunnels...
Piazza Museo, 19, 80135 Napoli NA, Italy
This museum is probably the best one that you've never heard of (unfortunately). It has more Greco-Roman antiquities than I've seen in more well-known sites and its various treasures will keep you occupied while escaping summer's heat. Even if you...
Via Cesare Sersale, 1, 80139 Napoli NA, Italy
A Naples legend well before Julia Roberts (in Eat, Pray, Love) gave it celebrity sheen, Da Michele was opened by the Condurro family in 1930. The only pizzas are marinara and margherita, and they are pure classics. 39/081-553-9204. Read Tom...
Via Chiaia, 1/2, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy
The most famous café in town, this historic spot oozes period charm and maintains much of its original Belle Epoque decor. The main bar is for stand-up coffees and aperitivi, but there are several cozy salons for a sit-down treat. The terrace is a...
Via San Carlo, 15, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy
I just love the huge space and the glass ceiling of Galleria Umberto. It is located across from Teatro di San Carlo and despite its modern look, I was surprised to find out that it was built between 1887–1891. The Galleria was named for Umberto I,...
Via Pignasecca, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy
La Pignasecca is renowned for its abundance of cheese, pastry, and fresh fish stalls. As you shop, don’t miss snacking on the biscuits (tarrale) from Panificio Vincenzo Coppola. Open daily, Via Pignasecca. Read Tom Downey's "Tailor Made in Naples...
Via Duomo, 228, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy
Dedicated to Naples’s patron saint, the medieval cathedral of San Gennaro is hidden behind a bland, pseudo-Gothic facade. But the dimly lit interior is splendid, home to paintings by Luca Giordano and his followers and topped by a magnificent gilt...
Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1115, 80142 Napoli NA, Italy
Via San Gregorio Armeno, or Christmas Alley. A series of streets with endless shops and stalls selling tchotchke during the holiday season, and a great way to view presepi, the Neapolitan nativity scenes. Best to go in early December before the...
Via San Carlo, 98, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy
Begun in 1737 by the Bourbons (who were great opera buffs) but rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in 1816, this is Italy’s largest opera house and one of Europe’s most prestigious. Its magnificent interior, done out in splendid red and gold,...
Via S. Giovanni Maggiore Pignatelli, 48, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy
Face it, you haven't really had 'real' pizza unless you jumped on a plane or train or any other type of transportation and got yourself to Napoli, in southern Italy and ordered a PIZZA! As Carly Simon sang for the James Bond movie, "Nobody Does It...
Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
While traveling through Naples, Italy, a local friend took me to one of his favorite hidden spots: an ancient cavern containing the bones of thousands of poor people and those who succumbed to major epidemics. Locals believe that the skulls have...
Via Miano, 2, 80131 Napoli NA, Italy
Naples is a chaotic city with splendid baroque architecture and world renowned museums. Stay: See how the locals live and stay in a beautiful B&B apartment at B&B La Concordia in the Spanish Quarter. Eat: Bellini Ristorante & Pizzeria. Their “...
Via Cesare Sersale, 1, 80139 Napoli NA, Italy
Naples is known for its pizza. No wonder Julia Roberts went all the way to Naples to have a relationship with her pizza it in the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. If you want to see the location of the scene, visit L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. This place...
Italy, Via Benedetto Croce, 42, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy
This ancient street literally splits old Naples in two and was the decumanus inferior (minor road) of the ancient Roman city. Forming an arrow-straight line from Piazza Gesù Nuovo in the west, it is mainly pedestrianized and always crowded with a...
Via dei Tribunali, 253, 80139 Napoli NA, Italy
This small octagonal church was built for an institution founded in 1601 by local aristocrats. Their charitable acts are illustrated in Caravaggio’s famous altarpiece, Seven Acts of Mercy, a superb example of the artist’s chiaroscuro style in...
Largo S. Martino, 5, 80129 Napoli NA, Italy
For art accompanied by fabulous city views, head up to the hilltop Vomero neighborhood and the vast 14th-century monastery of San Martino. The complex incorporates a glorious Baroque church decorated with intricate marble intarsia work, an art...
Via dei Tribunali, 94, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy
Each year I head to "Christmas Alley" in downtown Naples to do a bit of window shopping and people watching. I always make sure to stop by Di Matteo for a fried pizza (or two) to go. At only 1 euro per slice, it's a deliciously affordable option.
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