Things to do
Naples is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, with reminders of a string of ancient cultures filling the dense warren of streets known as the Centro Storico. Find your way through narrow alleyways to uncover medieval chapels and hidden shrines that are just a stone throw away from some of the best hotels. Naples history is like no other, spending an afternoon exploring the world-leading National Archaeological Museum is a must.
ART & CULTURE
Naples is packed with Renaissance cathedrals and churches that house remarkable works of art. Marvel at 4th-century mosaics and historic frescos at Duomo di San Gennaro, and the startlingly lifelike sculpture that is Sanmartino’s ‘Veiled Christ’ at Sansevero chapel. Or discover the best of the flourishing contemporary art scene at Blindarte auction house and gallery. Teatro San Carlo, the oldest opera house in Italy, is a must-see for its 18th-century opulence.
You’re sure to eat well in Naples. Work up an appetite exploring the city’s historic street markets, where stalls are piled high with bright fruit and vegetables. Head to the chic Santa Lucia district for fine dining fare, such as fresh seafood and handmade pasta. Seek out an authentic Neapolitan pizza, or take a seat in a welcoming harbour-front restaurant to dine on just-caught fish.