What to see in Napoli – Just Very Few of the Musts…

For anyone wondering “what to see in Napoli” well, this is the Italian destination that will fulfil all your wishes! Ancient sights, historical monuments, Churches, art, gardens of great beauty and interest and so much more! On our first visit, we made every effort to visit and explore just a few of the sights introduced to us by local friends!

Ruins of the ancient town of Pompeii which was destroyed after the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. Very well preserved with vivid remains of the horror that people lived during the eruption.

Napoli - Pompei
Napoli – Pompei

Near Pompeii a settlement which was completely covered by lava and maintained even better scenes of everyday life.

Napoli - Herculaneum
Napoli – Herculaneum

Gesu Nuovo (New Jesus)
A baroque style church one of the most fascinating in Naples completed in 1750, on the homonymous piazza in the western boundary of the historic centre of the city. The Gesu Nuovo piazza is one of the most important symbolic piazzas. Its central position enables travellers to visit important historical sites which are a few steps away, such as Via Toledo, Piazza Dante, Piazza Monteoliveto, Piazza San Domenico Maggiore.

Napoli - Gesu Nuovo
Napoli – Gesu Nuovo

Underneath the busy streets of Napoli is Fontanelle cemetery that covers an area of over 3.000 sq.m A place out of the ordinary. Located in a cave in the tuff hills on the Materdei section of the city. One of the largest in Europe, hosting more than 40,000 remains piles of bones and skulls preserved inside.

During 1600 AD Napoli and its inhabitants suffered a lot by famines, epidemics, earthquakes and eruptions of Vesuvius. The churches could not contain all the bodies, so they were moved in this cave. The particularity of this cemetery is not what is on sight but all the stories and legends that go with it. Embracing the ritual of the souls, Neapolitans used to care and adopt a specific skull in exchange of protection.

National Archeological Museum
The building housing the museum was built in 1750 and is located north of the Harbour. Inside you can admire Roman and Greek art crafts, marble statues, beautiful mosaics from Pompeii and a huge collection of objects from ancient Egypt.

Piazza Bellini
A bar lined square, a meeting place for students, locals and tourists with ruins from the city’s 4th-century Greek city walls. Located in the centre and named after the operatic composer Vincenzo Bellini whose statue patiently watches the next generation of musicians, composers, artists, writers, intellectuals debating current affairs.

The Cathedral
The main church of the city built in baroque and gothic style with many notable artworks. The Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Napoli. Is broadly known as the Cattedrale di San Gennaro patron saint of the city with his miraculous blood. Its construction was finished in the 14th century.

Piazza del Plebiscito
A public piazza! The most important, impressive semi-circular piazza in Napoli. A large open space surrounded by some of the city’s great historical and artistic buildings like the Royal Palace, domed Basilica of San Francesco da Paola and the twin pastel palaces. It took its name after the plebiscite (referendum) in 1860 by which Napoli became part of the unified Kingdom of Italy under the House of Savoy.

Napoli - Piazza del Plebiscito
Napoli – Piazza del Plebiscito

Capella Sansevero
Is situated in the historic centre of Napoli containing works of art by some of the most acclaimed Italian artists of the 18th century. The chapel hosts about thirty works of art of a marble-like substance among which are three distinctive, exclusive sculptures. These are Christ Veiled under a Shroud, The Veiled Truth, The Release from Deception. You must see them, to realize how exceptional and real they look. Especially with Christ Veiled under a Shroud, you have the urge ‘to take the veil away’ and see Jesus.

Mount Vesuvius
The huge active volcano dominates over the bay of Napoli and the Campania region. Its eruption caused a lot of deaths and misfortunes but on the other hand offered the people of the area a very fertile, rich soil mainly responsible for the excellent taste of anything growing here and used in the Campania region’s recipes. Its last eruption was in 1944.

Napoli - Vesuvius
Napoli – Vesuvius

What we call today Vesuvius is the younger part of the mountain complex called Greater Vesuvius.

Buses are a mean of transportation which will take you up to a point near the top if you want to explore its impressive nature. Reliable, dependable shoes are recommended in order to circle the crater. Refreshments, souvenirs, clothing can be purchased on the spot because it can be much cooler at the top especially when there are clouds. You can also hire a guide or buy a guide book for your tour.

You will enjoy exceptional views on one of nature’s spectacular, dramatic sites.

Galleria Umberto
Galleria Umberto is one of the world’s first shopping malls with the fantastic 125-year-old iron framed glass covered dome and archways, with detailed sculptures, mosaics, and paintwork that covers the building from top to bottom. The arcade is cross-shaped and It was built between 1887-1891 with its location opposite the Saint Carlo Theatre.

Napoli - Galleria Umberto
Napoli – Galleria Umberto

A pedestrian road along the seafront ideal for a relaxed stroll with fantastic views of Mount Vesuvius, Capri, Sorento and the city of Naples in the back…

Napoli - Lungo Mare
Napoli – Lungo Mare

San Paolo Stadium
Italians are deeply religious but the only rival to the church in Napoli is football. If you happen to be there when SSC Napoli is playing you must go and watch a world-class match. You will be compensated. After the match, pay a visit to Bar Nilo to see the container with a strand of Maradona’s hair who is so loved and adored in Napoli.