Exploring Naples

Before visiting Naples I did a lot of research and it seemed that a lot of what I read was negative, but keen to have the destination makes its own impression we arrived – and it turned out to be one of the best places I have ever visited!

We visited Naples for 4 nights, 5 days in May – the weather was around 28 degrees and perfect for visiting places like Pompeii and exploring Naples itself. Arriving at Naples airport, we took a local taxi (for around 19 EUR) in to the centre where our hotel was located – this journey is around 15/20 minutes so not far at all.

After checking in we immediately left to explore the local area, and armed with some restaurant suggestions from our hotelier we knew just where we wanted to go for dinner!

We stayed near the Historical Centre which I would 100% recommend if you’re planning a trip to Naples. This is where you’ll find the very best pizza restaurants, alongside some fantastic architecture and the Underground City. There’s even a Bansky (Madonna with a gun) you might stumble across on your travels!

We pre-booked some tours before we arrived on Viator, these included a half day trip to Pompeii and a tour of the Underground City. We also booked a food tour of the city, which allowed us to explore some of the local landmarks we would have otherwise missed whilst enjoying some local delicacies. Fried pizza is one you need to try – nothing like you would expect, and absolutely delicious!

The food in Naples is, in honesty, one of the reasons that I loved it so much. With pizzas from just 3 EUR each, and lobster risotto only costing around 15 GBP the food is both delicious and affordable – two of my favourite things!

Pompeii is certainly a must see if you are planning to visit, or alternatively Herculaneum which sits nearby. The site itself is absolutely huge so I would recommend either pre-booking a tour or taking a tour guide when you get there, as you could easily become lost and each building does start looking like the other after a while otherwise. A train from the centre of Naples takes about 20/30 minutes to get to Pompeii.

We utilised the Naples Metro system to get around quite a bit, and it was really simple to use with the option of a single ticket at 1.10 EUR or a day pass for around 4 EUR. Each of the central metro stations are designed by individual artists and it’s really worth exploring them to discover their theme. One looked more like a nightclub than a train station, as we descended to the platform!

Our favourite restaurant? You may need to queue for an hour at peak time, so arrive early – but Gino Sorbillo’s is definitely worth it and comes highly recommended from almost every Napoli local we spoke to! The menu is in Italian so it is a little bit of a guessing game as to what you might receive, but we’re not fussy and were delighted with the Parma ham and classic pizza options we received!

You will find across the city that English is little spoken, and it is rare to find an English menu. We didn’t mind this and enjoyed picking up a few Italian words to assist with our translation – but for those that are less confident, be sure to download a translation app before you leave!

So, ignore the haters and visit the city yourself – we felt safe the entire time we were there, night or day. The food is absolutely delicious, and there is so much to do we hope to return again soon!

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