1 Week in Naples
DOBEDOO – 1 Week in Naples
Pausilypon Archaeological Park
Piazza del Plebisicito
Teatro San Carlo
Piazza dei Martiri
Via dei Mille
Via dei Tribunali
Via Aniello Falcone
1 Week in Naples: Monday
The archeological and nature site of Pausilypon. The best way to start your Neapolitan week is going to Pausilypon: in this residential district you can admire magnificent views of the panorama while visiting the archaeological site. The wonderful tour begins at the entrance of Coroglio descent. The park is open every day from 9.00 am – 12.00 pm.
Gaiola. You can be impressed by the breathtaking view from the Gaiola descent, that is unique, exceptional and with free access from Via Strato. It is a protected marine area and you can explore it with a guided tour in an underwater vessel with a glass bottom. The Gaiola Park is open from 10.00 am – 2.00 pm.
Virgilian. The Virgilian Park has two entrances, the first one is located in the Posillipo neighborhood, the park is also known as “the Remembrance Park”. Among the terraces you can admire breathtaking views of the Gulf of Naples , as well as the city of Naples. The Park is open from 7.00 am.
Marechiaro. It starts from Via Posillipo, if you go down the street Via Marechiaro you will reach the sea. Here you can find and admire the “Marechiaro scoglione”, a tuff cliff and the famous “Fenestrella” which was inspiration for the most important and well-known Neapolitan song.
Sant’Antonio a Posillipo. Another interesting place is the “Church of Sant’Antonio”, located in a famous square of Naples and known for its thirteen descents (“tredici scese”) that bring you to Mergellina. Moreover it is also known for its extraordinary panorama.
1 Week in Naples: Tuesday
Via Toledo. Via Toledo is a very crowded place and it offers many shops and restaurants that are characteristic of Naples. In this street you can taste the typical “sfogliatella”, to enjoy when it is hot so you can start your Neapolitan day on the right foot. Here you can go shopping or go for a walk and visit “Galleria Umberto I” and “the Palace of Zevallos” where many temporary exhibitions are hosted.
Piazza del Plebisicito. Piazza del Plebiscito is located at the end of Via Toledo, where there are the most important monuments of Naples: the Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco di Paola and The Palazzo Reale. The entry of the Basilica is free, while you have to buy a ticket if you want to visit the Palazzo Reale.
Teatro San Carlo. Walking across the square “Piazza Trieste e Trento” you get to the San Carlo Theatre, the oldest opera house still performing in Europe. From Monday to Sunday visitors can take a guided tour: in the morning at 10.30, at 11.30 and at 12.30 am; in the afternoon at 2.30, 3.30 and 4.30 pm. You can complete the tour including the MeMUS, the Multimedia Museum of Teatro San Carlo, buying an extra ticket.
Piazza Municipio. Going to Via Vittorio Emanuele III you get to Maschio Angioino and Piazza Municipio after a few minutes. The Maschio Angioino (also known as “Castel Nuovo”) is the location of Civic Museum (Museo Civico) that can be visited from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm from Monday to Saturday (the ticket office closes at 6.00 pm). While it is free on Sundays, but with a limited access to the Museum.
1 Week in Naples: Wednesday
Castel dell’Ovo. A rich Neapolitan breakfast on the seafront is a good way to start the third day. You can begin your tour visiting the beauties of “Castel dell’Ovo”, that is located on the islet of Megaride, from which you can admire a breathtaking landscape of Naples. The entry is free and is opened from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm, except Sundays and public holidays when the entry is limited to the morning from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. There are several halls and rooms, of different kinds, in the castle, that host exhibitions and business meetings.
Piazza dei Martiri. At the end of Via Calabritto there is Piazza dei Martiri. The monument in the center of this square is a column, and atop stands a bronze statue depicting the Virtue of the Neapolitan Martyrs. Four lions at the corners of the square base represent Neapolitan patriots who died during anti-Bourbon revolutions.
Via dei Mille. Across “Piazza dei Martiri” you get to Via Filangieri and Via dei Mille, which are two main streets of Naples where to go shopping. Here you can find the most prestigious fashion retailers and designer boutiques. In Via dei Mille there is the “PAN | Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli”, a contemporary art museum. The Palace is open on Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm, on Sundays it is open until 2.30 pm and on Tuesday the exhibition rooms of the first and second floor are closed.
Via Bausan. Would you like to eat foreign food? It is possible! Only a footstep away from Via dei Mille in Via Bausan, you can eat international food. These restaurants offer different kinds of foreign dishes, such as fonduta (Fondue).
Vicoletto Belledonne. At the end of day, treat yourself to a glass of wine in one of the many bars of Vicoletto Belledonne, indeed there are a lot of wine bars where you can drink and taste different charcuteries. At night, the Vicoletto Belledonne is the heart of the Chiaia area.
1 Week in Naples: Thursday
Museo. Via Foria is the starting point of our Thursday, where The National Archeological Museum of Naples (MANN) is located: it’s one of the most ancient and important museums for the abundance and uniqueness of its heritage. The museum is open everyday from 9.00 am – 7.30 pm, except Tuesday.
Piazza Dante. Close to Museo (subway station) there is Piazza Dante, one of the biggest square of Naples, where events and demonstrations are organized. At the centre of the square there is the big Dante Alighieri’s statue, and behind there is the “Foro Carolino”, that is the headquarter of “Convitto Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele II”.
Via dei Tribunali. Walk through Port’Alba, you come to Piazza Bellini and, going down Via San Sebastiano, there is Via Tribunali where you can taste typical dishes, walk and admire Neapolitan nativity scene and the Church of San Gregorio Armeno. Moreover you can go to Via Benedetto Croce where the Church of Santa Chiara is located.
1 Week in Naples: Friday
Colli Aminei. Your weekend starts with a beautiful stroll in Parco del Poggio: free entry and open every morning (closing times change monthly).
Capodimonte. Going down Viale Colli Aminei you will arrive to Bosco di Capodimonte, and here you can visit the Museum of Capodimonte, it opens everyday from 8.30 am to 7.00 pm (except Wednesday).
Catacombe. Walking down Via Capodimonte there are Catacombs’ San Gennaro, from Monday to Saturday you can visit it from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, except Sunday when catacombs open from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.
Sanità. The main attractions of this place are “Cimitero delle Fontanelle”, open everyday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm and the “Catacombe di San Gaudioso”, open from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. After these visits taste the best pizza of the world in one of the historic districts of the city.
Piazza Bellini. After dinner lots of young people hang out in Piazza Bellini, that you can reach going down Via Costantinopoli. Here you can choose between different bars where you can enjoy your favorite drink, so you complete your day in one of the squares with the greatest turnout of Neapolitans and tourists.
1 Week in Naples: Saturday
Pozzuoli. On Saturday, we move from the centre of Naples to go to the Phlegraean area, known as Pozzuoli, it is advisable to rent a car to move freely and quickly. The first place that you can visit is the “Solfatara”, it is an ancient volcanic crater still active but in a quiescent state. During the winter, the entrance is allowed from 8.30 am – 16.30 pm, while in summer it is open until 7.00 pm. Close to the centre of Pozzuli, there is the “Anfiteatro Flavio”, the third largest arena in the Roman world, after those of Rome and Capua. It is open from 9.00 am (closing times change monthly).
Bacoli. From Pozzuoli, we go to Bacoli: where you can walk along the seafront of Miseno, the main destination is Casina Vanvitelliana, it is a hunting lodge located on the isle of “Lago Fusaro”, you can visit it every Saturday from 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm and on Sunday from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm.
Baia. Close to Casina Vanvitelliana there is the Archaeological Park of the Baia Thermal Baths, a vast thermal and residential complex, from the Roman Empire during the emperors’ day, and many Romans escaped from the worldly life. The complex is open daily from 9.00 am at 5.30 pm (except Monday).
Cuma. About 6km from Baia there is the Archaeological Site of Cuma: the Park is open from 9am until an hour before sunset. The Roman Crypta, the Temple of Apollo and the Temple of Jupiter are the main attractions of this site together with the famous Antro of the Sibyl, bearing this name for the correspondences with the verses of Virgil in which the Sibilla Cumana practiced his divinatory priestess.
1 Week in Naples: Sunday
San Martino. 1 Week in Naples ends at Vomero. To dominate the neighborhood from above there is the square of San Martino. Here are the Charterhouse and the San Martino Museum that can be visited from 8.30 am to 6.30pm (closed on Wednesdays): access is free on the first Sunday of the month. Then you can stop and admire the panorama of the Largo San Martino benches.
Vomero. Coming from San Martino you can walk through Via Scarlatti and Via Luca Giordano, the pulsating heart of the neighborhood, which are numerous bars and shops where you can spend the rest of the morning.
Floridiana. From the parallel road to Via Scarlatti, on Via Cimarosa 77, you can access the Floridiana Park, the green lung of the neighborhood: you can access it from 8.30 am to 7.00 pm (except Tuesday). Ideal for families and children, it is home to the National Ceramics Museum of Duke of Martina. After crossing the park and admiring the view from the belvedere, you can exit in Via Aniello Falcone to continue the walk.
Via Aniello Falcone. Via Aniello Falcone is another panoramic point from which you can appreciate the scenic beauty of Naples. Particularly appreciated by young people, it has become the ideal destination in the area for years to enjoy an aperitif at sunset.