I love pizza and I thought about writing a post about finding the best pizzeria in Naples since Naples is the birthplace of pizza. But I quickly learned from the locals that finding the best pizza is simply a matter of your location. Let me explain.
If you ask a Naples local where the best pizzeria is, loyal to a fault they will most likely, point you to the local pizzeria in their neighbourhood.
If you ask a person born in Rome where the best pizzeria is he will most likely say Rome. If you as an Italian which country makes the best pizza…he will most certainly reply with…you guessed it, Italy.
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie.
Grab a slice and start reviewing my 96 Hour Naples Itinerary!
All that being said all you need to remember is 2 things: Number one, Naples is the birthplace of pizza and number two when it comes to preparing food, serving food and eating food Italians don’t play around. What this means is that you have a pretty good odds that whatever pizzeria you choose you will end up with a good pie.
So with that revelation, I decided to just do what I do best and that is put together an awesome Naples Itinerary.
Ok fine if you really, really need to know where the best pizza in Naples can be found, my good friends and foodie travel bloggers Daryl & Mindi break it all down in a post called “Where to Eat the Best Pizza in Naples Italy – A Naples Pizza Guide”
Castel Nuovo | Maschio Angioino
First erected in 1279, Castel Nuovo is an architectural staple of Naples. The castle served many proposes: once a cultural center for artists, doctors, and scholars during the reign of Robert of Anjou (14th century), then as a fortress during the Aragonese occupation of Naples. Today, Castel Nuovo serves as a venue for events and also houses the Municipal Museum.
This seaside castle is on the Gulf of Naples and is the oldest standing fortification in Naples. Castel dell’Ovo’s (Castle of the Egg) gets its name from the Roman poet Virgil, who supposedly buried an egg on the castle grounds as a warning that if the egg breaks, then the castle will fall. Despite Virgil’s admonition, Castle dell’Ovo still stands and is now used as a venue for exhibits, weddings, special events, and as a tourist attraction.
As the only active volcano on mainland Europe, Mount Vesuvius is well-known as the volcano that destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD. Mount Vesuvius stands over 4,000ft tall and is considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world due to its proximity to Naples and surrounding towns.
Galleria Borbonica a Napoli (Bourbon Tunnel)
Galleria Borbonica a Napoli, also known as Bourbon Tunnel was constructed in 1853 by Ferdinand II of Bourbon, who had the tunnel built as an escape route from the Royal Palace to the military barracks in Via Della Pace. During World War II the tunnel was used as an underground shelter from aerial bombardments. The Galleria Borbonica a Napoli is currently open to the public.
Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco di Paola
The wonderful Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco di Paola is located in the main square of Naples, Piazza del Plebiscito. The basilica is famous for its dome and stunning exterior architecture. The church is dedicated to Saint Francis of Paola.
Palazzo Reale di Napoli
Palazzo Reale di Napoli is over 380 years old and was once used as a royal residence. This palace is amazingly furnished and was well-preserved by Gaetano Genovese after a fire in 1837. Palazzo Reale di Napoli is now a museum and showcases the decadence of the Naples’ monarchs.
Built in the 13th century, Castel Sant’Elmo is a medieval fortress located on a hilltop in Naples. Originally, Castel Sant’Elmo was a church dedicated to Saint Eramus but it was later transformed into a castle under the reign of Robert of Anjou. Castel Sant’Elmo underwent further transformation and was used as a military prison up until 1971. It is now a museum dedicated to 20th-century Neapolitan art.
When it comes to pizza, Di Matteo is one of the most famous pizzerias in Naples. Di Matteo, established in 1936, serves personal Margherita pizzas that are out of this world! The small but famed pizzeria serves hungry patrons from all over the world and has even been visited former U.S President Bill Clinton!
In this video we go through Day 1 of our 96 Hour Naples Itinerary
Cattedrale metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta (Naples Cathedral)
This Roman Catholic Church is the main church of Naples. It is considered a sacred church with all sorts of relics that date back as early as the 4th century, however, the French Gothic dimensions of the church were not added until the 13th century, under King Charles I of Anjou. The Naples Cathedral is most famous for containing the blood of its patron saint, St. Januarius (San Gennaro). Legend has it that the blood of San Gennaro liquefies three times a year and this spectacle attracts eager pilgrims worldwide who hope to see this miracle take place.
Basilica di San Paolo Maggiore
This splendid basilica underwent major renovations at end of the 16th century and was built over a temple dedicated to the Roman mythological figure Dioscuri. Built in Baroque style, the church is outfitted with gilded accents, marvelous paintings, striking geometric patterns, and fabulous frescoes of biblical figures and events.
Complesso Monumentale Di San Domenico Maggiore
Also known as San Domenico Maggiore, this church was founded by the friars of the Dominican Order, served as the Aragonese royal church, and the monastery was the original location of the University of Naples. Aside from being full of tons pieces of art and jaw-dropping architecture, San Domenico Maggiore is well-known for being the place where the famous philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas returned to teach theology.
Sant’Angelo a Nilo
This quaint 14th-century church is home to one of the first major artworks of the Neapolitan Renaissance – the tomb of Cardinal Brancaccio, who founded the church. Sant’Angelo a Nilo is known for containing the sarcophagus of Cardinal Brancacci, which was sculpted in the city Pisa by famed sculptors Donatello, Michelozzo, and Pagno di Lapo Partigiani.
Basilica di Santa Chiara, Chiostro Delle Clarisse & Torre Campanaria di Santa Chiara
These three must-see structures are all part of a religious complex in Naples. The first of these three, Basilica di Santa Chiara, is the largest Gothic church in Naples. The Chiostro Delle Clarisse is complex of cloisters that dedicated to the Basilica di Santa Chiara. The last of these three is the Torre Campanaria di Santa Chiara or Tower of Santa Chiara that overlooks the religious complex as well as a heaping portion of Naples.
Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo & Obelisco dell’Immacolata
Chiesa del Gesu Nuovo, also known as the Church of Gesù Nuovo, was originally a palace built by Roberto Sanseverino, Prince of Salerno. However, the church was seized by the Jesuits and transformed into a church. Located in the same plaza as the Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo is the Obelisco dell’Immacolata or the Spire of the Immaculate Virgin.
Across the piazza fromChiesa del Gesu Nuovo, O’ Munaciello is a well-received pizzeria café that serves delicious Neapolitan pizza and fresh seafood. O’ Munaciello’s quick and friendly service makes the restaurant a favorite amongst visitors and locals. The restaurant also has outside seating that overlooks the streets of Naples.
Centrale del Caffè, Naples
What better way to end off then with some coffee?! Centrale del Caffè serves fresh hot coffee, espresso, and pastries. The café only has a few tables and a small standing bar, but it is easily one of the best places in Naples for a cup of coffee.
Ahh, who are we kidding…forget coffee they also have some kick-ass Limoncello…nuff said!!!
In this video, we go through Day 2 of our 96 Hour Naples Itinerary
Located at the base of Mount Vesuvius are the ruins of Pompeii. Pompeii was once a bustling city-state but was succumbed by ill-fortune when it was destroyed, along with neighboring communities, by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. What remains of Pompeii is open to the public and showcases the historical-richness of the city under the ashes. In my blog post: One Day Pompeii Guided Tour I go into more detail about this amazingly preserved city.
In this video, we run through Day 3 of my 96 Hour Naples Itinerary!
This popular destination is the epitome of coastal beauty. Overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a beautiful town that is perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of Naples and enjoying panoramic views of the Neapolitan geography.
In this video, we go through Day 4 of our 96 Hour Naples Itinerary
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Naples is a fantastic city. Just by saying its the birthplace of pizza and I’m already on a flight. Add Limoncello to the mix and I’m one happy boy! Its close to Rome, it’s close to Pompeii, it’s close to the Amalfi Coast, it’s close to Capri and it’s close Ischia. It’s pizza, pasta, Peroni and pastries like Sfogliatelle. It’s a must visit.
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