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Piazza Museo, 19, 80135 Napoli NA, Italy
The Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli is home to the greatest collection of ancient art and artifacts in the world, mainly made up of the Farnese family’s fantastic haul of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture and pieces salvaged from the...
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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...
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Santa Chiara’s interior is a serene, luminous space that provides a perfect setting for some fabulous Angevin funerary sculpture, most notably the tomb of Robert d’Anjou (1343-45) by the Florentine Bertini brothers which towers above the main...
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Piazza San Gaetano, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy
The austere appearance of this 13th-century church is a perfect antidote to an overload of dripping gilt and inlaid marble. The wide nave is flanked by elegant Gothic arches and some fine tombs, and the apse displays a beautiful cross-vaulted...
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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...
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Via S. Gregorio Armeno, 1, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy
Housing the relics of Saints Gregory and Patricia (whose blood ‘liquifies’ each Tuesday), 16th-century San Gregorio was built on the site of a Roman temple and is one of the finest examples of Baroque style in the city. Among the lavish...
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Via Eldorado, 3, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy
The fortified Ovo (or "egg") Castle stands on the island of Megaris, a port created by the inhabitants of ancient Parthenope. The common legend explaining the name is that when the Roman poet Virgil stayed here in the 1st century B.C.E., he buried...
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Via Vittorio Emanuele III, 80133 Napoli NA, Italy
Known locally as the Maschio Angioino, this forbidding castle was built by Charles I of Anjou in 1279 and then used as a royal residence by successive Angevin monarchs; the magnificent carved triumphal arch was added in the 15th century. Today the...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Piazza del Plebiscito, 1, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy
In its heyday in the 18th and early 19th century, Naples was one of the most important cities in Europe, and the dimensions and splendor of the Royal Palace are reminders of that era. You can visit the lavish Royal Apartments (accessed via a...
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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...
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Via de Sanctis Francesco, 19/21, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy
This chapel was built as the funerary monument of the noble di Sangro family in 1590, but re-vamped in the 1750s by the eccentric Prince Raimondo who hired the most renowned artists of the day to decorate the building. The most famous of the...
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Via Alfonso D'Aragona, 19, 80139 Napoli NA, Italy
Long popular with actors and film-people (director Federico Fellini used to eat here), Mimi is one of those classic places that serves consistently reliable food in comfortable surroundings. The menu favors fish: Start with the spaghetti alle...
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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...
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Piazza Carità, 4, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy
Established in 1933 by the present owner’s grandfather, this old-fashioned place serves some of the best ice cream in the city. The flavors vary with the seasons. Autumnal tastes include walnut, chestnut and fig, while in summer fruit flavors...
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Via Alabardieri, 30, 80121 Napoli NA, Italy
Situated in the picturesque grid of narrow streets in the waterfront district of Chiaia, this restaurant and pizzeria is a classic. Choose from the extensive menu (octopus, potato and black olive salad; rigatoni with fish sauce; roast veal with...
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Borgo Marinari, 10/11, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy
There can be few more pleasurable spots in Naples to enjoy a lazy lunch on a sunny day than on the Bersagliera’s elegant terrace overlooking the marina and the Castel dell’Ovo. Mussel and clam soup is a specialty, or you could try the house...
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Via Santa Teresa a Chiaia, 47, 80121 Napoli NA, Italy
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This traditional Chiaia osteria is a Neapolitan institution. Noisy, chaotic and cramped, it’s full of character and serves up excellent home-cooking. You may have to wait for—and share—a table, but the quality of dishes such as carne alla...
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Via Chiaia, 32, 80121 Napoli NA, Italy
The upmarket neighborhood of Chiaia hugs the curve of Naples’s waterfront from the ancient Castel dell’Ovo to Mergellina in the west. The long seafront promenade is a classic Neapolitan stroll, and the Villa Comunale park is popular with kids on a...
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Naples is famous for presepi: elaborate and complex nativity scenes that can reach huge dimensions. The tradition is now based around Via San Gregorio Armeno, which is lined with shops selling everything to make your own version.
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Tramontano’s leather goods—all made by local artisans—are both functional and fashionable, with bags, briefcases, belts and accessories made from natural leathers and finished with chunky buckles. This family business was founded well over a...
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Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, 18, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy
The interior of Santa Chiara is a serene, luminous space that provides a perfect setting for its fabulous Angevin funerary sculpture, most notably the tomb of Robert d’Anjou (1343-45) towering over the main altar, and created by the Florentine...
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Via S. Gregorio Armeno, 8, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy
Giuseppe Marco Ferrigno is one of the most known for its Neapolitan terracotta traditional characters. Started also as a family business since 1838, Ferrigno family passes the mastering of traditional terracotta figures from one generation to...
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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,...
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Piazzetta Nilo, 23, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy
Piazzetta Nilo Known also as Largo Corpo di Napoli, got its name from the statue of the Nile God. The Piazzetta is located in the Historic center of Naples, which is considered the first historic core of the city. (Naples was declared a World...
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Piazza del Plebiscito, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy
San Francesco di Paola Church is located in Piazza del Plebiscito, which is one of the largest squares in Naples. The Church was constructed as an imitation to the Pantheon in Roma and was built as a tribute to Napoleon. It is one of the elegant...
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Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, 2, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy
Church of Gesù Nuovo (New Jesus) is considered as the most important church in Naples. Located in the Gesù Nuovo Square, the church was originally a Palace built in 1470 for Roberto Sanseverino, Prince of Salerno. In the 1580′s the Palace was sold...
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Via Capodimonte, 19a, 80131 Napoli NA, Italy

This summer Eddy Bourdages, 33, and his mother, Mireille Anderson, 57, made their first trip to Italy. “We wanted to open an authentic Neapolitan wood oven pizzeria, so we went to the source,” says Bourdages. Anderson has owned L’Odyssée Bistro &...

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Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
This painted angel was found by a church in downtown Naples. It was in a small alley and the facial expression resembles that of the Virgin Mary next to it. I have not seen very much street art at churches, but this piece seems to fit in with old...
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Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Naples was my favorite city among those that I visited in Italy. The people are warm and gracious, and the bit of dirt and grit that repels some tourists gave the city an edge that I absolutely loved. English is not as widely spoken in Naples,...
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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...
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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...
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Via Michelangelo da Caravaggio, 53, 80126 Napoli NA, Italy

New York, Tokyo, and other major cities are home to startling numbers of authentic Neapolitan pizzerias, many with ovens handmade by Neapolitan craftsmen. In those places, pizza making is definitely considered an elevated craft. Perhaps...

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Riviera di Chiaia, 269, 80121 Napoli NA, Italy
Antonella Rossi and her husband, Corrado, offer seasonal locavore takes on traditional Neapolitan fare such as green zucchini with squid sauteed in olive oil with lavender. 39/081-552-2266. Read Tom Downey's "Tailor Made in Naples."
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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...
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Via Francesco Caracciolo, Napoli NA, Italy
Via Caracciolo is one of the most beautiful and panoramic streets in the world. It has recently been made carfree, so pedestrians can enjoy walking, running, biking and skating nearby the sea. Grab your best shoes and walk from the majestic Castel...
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Via Nazionale, 93, 80143 Napoli NA, Italy
If President Clinton ate here it must be good! Located in the heart of Naples, El Pizzaiolo Del Presidente boasts the best pizza in Naples and in my opinion, the world. This is the buffalo mozzarella margarita pizza. It just melts in your mouth.
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Vico Lungo del Gelso, 110/112, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy
The quartieri spagnoli, though it really is the heart and soul of Naples, is a place where it’s hard to find a restaurant that stands out. Many are excellent and what distinguishes one from the other is usually a small price difference that pays...
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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 “...
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Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
This shot was taken at dawn and shows a layout of Naples but also the amazing Mount Vesuvius. Naples is a neat city with amazing pizza and some interesting museums but it is really Pompeii and the surrounding smaller towns that draw me to this...
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Via Posillipo, 80123 Napoli NA, Italy
After a dizzying van ride through streets as narrow as U.S. sidewalks and deafeningly abuzz with Vespas and constantly honking mini-cars, our driver stopped at this terrace for a quick photo op on our way out of town. The weather was cold, the...
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Largo S. Martino, 5, 80129 Napoli NA, Italy
At the top of the hilly Vomero neighborhood in Naples, the Certosa di San Martino yields awesome views in all directions, so depending on where you stand, you can see Vesuvius and the bay, the waterfront neighborhood, or the jumble of buildings...