Naples Attractions: Shops, Museums and Restaurants
Naples is a big city in the south of Italy, dating to the 2nd millennium.
In the 7th century BC, the nearby Greeks founded a new city called Parthenope. However, the Romans soon took it from them and made Neapolis a roman colony. It was then colonized by French and Spanish people whose influence is still visible in its architecture and in its dialect.
The city overlooks the Mediterrenean sea and the Vesuvius; the still active Volcano is the first thing to be seen from the seaside.
Art and Architecture in Naples
Naples has a great history of art and architecture counting many monuments as palaces, museums and churches.
The Royal Palace, surrounded by Piazza del Plebiscito, was used by the House of Bourbon during their Kingdom. Connected to the Royal Palace we find the Teatro San Carlo which offers a season of classic Ballet and Opera.
Also linked to the Bourbon House is the Museo di Capodimonte, an art museum and one of the largest museums in Italy, known for Neapolitan paintings, decorative art and ancient Roman sculptures.
The city has also a main cathedral: the “Duomo di San Gennaro”, filled with frescoes, with its San Gennaro Treasure whose value is inestimable.
Another important church is called “Gesu Nuovo” church famous for its particular facade called Bugnato, a typical decoration of Renaissance whose name refers to bugne large stones partly projecting from the walls.
Naples has two important castles: Castel dell’Ovo, a seaside castle with a huge terrace overlooking the gulf of Naples and Castel Nuovo, also called Maschio Angioino, a medieval castle situated in front of Piazza Municipio. With its imposing size, it is considered one of the most important landmarks in the city.
The city of Naples has natural beauties such as Posillipo, Phlegraen fields, Nisida and Vesuvius.
In Naples, shopping becomes exciting, because there are many local shops different from the usual brands.
The main shopping street is Via Toledo and then Via Scarlatti in Vomero area, easy to reach by metro. For luxury shopping, instead, you can visit the Chiaia district with its elegant stores and boutiques.
The atmosphere becomes suggestive in Christmas time.
The best place is San Gregorio Armeno’s market, where you can purchase the famous little statues of presepe, the main characters of the Neapolitan Christmas tradition.
Since always considered a city of a great cultural tradition, Port’Alba is, instead, the most recommended street to purchase books and for artistic shopping.
Sorbillo is considered one of the most famous pizzerias and to taste a traditional Napolitan coffee we recommend Gambrinus Café, known for its elegance and charm.
In Naples is also possible to enjoy an exquisite chocolate from Gay-Odin, a famous artisanal chocolaterie.
Enjoy a trip to Naples with us, we will let you contemplate the architecture, the art and the Gulf of this ancient city with a taste of its traditional and delicious food.