Naples has seen its fair share of battles throughout the years. With the backdrop of Mount Vesuvius, it has also had its fair share of natural disasters. However, perched on the West coast of Italy, it comes with stunning views, a bustling atmosphere and plenty to see and do.
The city is most famous for Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius to name but a few points of interest. There is so much more to discover too, including a vast array of castles, piazzas, museums and religious monuments for you to explore. Let us also not forget the food. According to the 2017 Michelin Guide the best pizzerias in Italy are in Naples.
Climb Mount Vesuvius
Now known as a Stratovolcano, the monstrous and grand Mount Vesuvius dominates the skyline. From the famous eruption in 79 AD where it destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum to an eruption within the last century, it is still considered to be extremely dangerous. Take a trip up this amazing place of natural beauty and take to its slopes on a journey to take a look into the crater.
Positioned in the shadows of Pompeii, this advanced settlement was always at risk and that became a reality in 79 AD when lava overtook the city and turned Pompeii into a perfectly preserved moment in time. Explore the extensive ruins and find out just how this city was perfectly preserved during one of the most devastating volcanic explosions seen in Europe.
San Gennaro Catacombs
Explore secret underground tunnels where you can wander through magical passageways that hold large amounts of details. The San Gennaro catacombs give you access to a world where you can explore a network of tunnels that are lined with graves an crypts that date back centuries.
You can explore this mesmerising place, spread over two floors and with over 3000 burials, it is both spooky yet interesting. While the top level has more space, it is just as interesting thanks to the artwork and details frescos.
In the same way as Pompeii, Herculaneum was also destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. However, this is the lesser-known of the two but it still provides an interesting yet sombre look into what this place used to consist of.
It was positioned further away from Vesuvius than Pompeii but it was still devastated. Despite this, it is considered to be better preserved than Pompeii as you can still see some of the wooden structures and roofing intact. Within the complex, you will find the Villa of the Papyri and House of Argus, both of which house stunning frescos and wall paintings. To add to this, there are also skeletal remains, showing how the residents suffered during the explosion.
At the entrance to the Port of Naples, you will see the beautiful castle on the coastline. Previously an island, the castle is now connected to the mainland by road and footpath but this fortification is the oldest in Naples. It was built in the early 6th century BC and since it has defended the city. It is open to the public and offers a great place to visit with passageways and archways offering spectacular views over the Mediterranean Sea.
The Cathedral of Duomo dates back as far as the 13th century. This amazing structure is the main church in Naples and Southern Italy. Positioned on the Via Duomo, it can be accessed from the Museo metro stop but there is also a regular bus service that passes it.
The architecture is spectacular consists of Gothic, Rennaisance and Baroque design that derive from the many restorations that have taken place through its lifetime. The building consists of ornate sculptures and impressive stonework, all of which can be seen from the front along with a large central tower.
The chapel of San Gennaro is well worth a visit, this immaculately decorated structure is a thing of beauty. It features a finely decorated alter and two vessels containing the saint’s blood, this is a sight that is worthy of a visit because it is a work of art.
Explore the Island of Capri
If you are looking for a piece of rugged paradise with dramatic scenery, caves and quaint, idyllic Italian villages, then Capri has it all ready and waiting for you.
Take a boat trip from Naples harbour and in just two hours, you will be exploring this amazing island in all its glory. Explore the amazing Marina Grande and the island, this is an adventurer’s paradise, or if you prefer, you can take a look at the boats in the harbour and relax. If you get a chance, take a trip to visit the famous Blue Grotto Sea Cave or even sample the sensational view from the top of Monte Solaro.
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