1 Weekend in Naples
DOBEDOO – 1 Weekend in Naples
Piazza del Plebiscito
Teatro San Carlo
Via Aniello Falcone
1 Weekend in Naples: Friday
Lungomare. A weekend in Naples can only start with a rich Neapolitan breakfast: far from being salty, but instead Cornetto and Caffè o Cappuccino. The Naples promenade offers numerous bars where you can indulge in local dishes and with the sound of the sea that cradles and the inspiring Gulf view. Starting from Mergellina you can also walk through the Villa Comunale, in order to enjoy the green that the park offers.
Castel dell’Ovo. Walking along the promenade you reach the Castel dell’Ovo, that is located on islet of Megaride. You will admire breath-taking 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 del Plebiscito. At the end of Via Partenope you can cross the borgo di Santa Lucia and, going up Via Cesario Console, arrive at Piazza del Plebiscito. Here there are the most important monuments of Naples: the Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco di Paola and the Palazzo Reale. The entry of 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.
Via Toledo. Through one of the alleys around the Town Hall you get to Via Toledo. It 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. At the end of this road you can admire the “Palazzo Doria d’Angri“, it looks great also from outside.
1 Weekend in Naples: Saturday
Capodimonte. The best way to start your second day in Naples you can take a walk in the green of the Bosco di Capodimonte and relax. Down Via Capodimonte there are the catacombs of San Gennaro, accessible from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, and Sunday 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.
Museo. Exiting on Via Foria you can reach The National Archeological Museum of Naples (MANN): 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.
Via Duomo. From Via Foria you can enter in Via Duomo, where is located the Cathedral of Naples, famous and always crowded in particular during the celebrations of the patron saint of the city: on September 19, in the church of the Duomo devotees gather to witness the miracle of San Gennaro. Continuing on Via Duomo you can admire the portrait of San Gennaro signed by Jorit.
Via dei tribunali. From Via Duomo there is access to Via dei Tribunali, where to eat, walk and through which to access the Via dei Presepi Napoletani (nativity scene) and the Church of San Gregorio Armeno, and Via Benedetto Croce, where is the Church of Santa Chiara.
Piazza Bellini. From here there are various possibilities to spend the evening and one does not exclude the other: a few minutes away, in fact, we find Piazza Bellini, Piazza del Gesù, Piazza San Domenico Maggiore and Largo Pignatelli, always crowded on weekends and often also during the week.
1 Weekend in Naples: Sunday
San Martino. 1 Weekend 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 7.00pm (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.