Naples is chaotic, crazy, gritty and it’s an arguments of discussion as few other cities in the world. Some travelers think it is too chaotic, others strongly believe that the city is one of the most vibrant and fascinating in the world. Perhaps, nobody says truth. Why? Because Naples is this all. Every type of traveler can find his reasons to visit Naples, here I’m writing about the most important reasons to visit Naples. Are you wondering how to get and how to visit this city? You are a lucky person, there are a lot of useful websites to plan your best tours in the city, like this www.naplestoamalficoast.com.
Let’s see the 5 reasons to visit Naples.
First reason to visit Naples: people and Neapolitan life style
Naples has a vibrant energy. Sometimes Neapolitan people look like NewYorkers, they appear incredibly busy and are very fast in making their daily busines. But if you need help, information or directions, don’t hesitate to ask for help, they will practically take you by hand to show you the right way. Neapolitans aren’t like all the other people, they love starting new conversations and they are happy to learn about where you came share with you something about the place in which they live.
And if they don’t speak English, don’t worry! They will be able to make themselves understood through gestures!
Second reason to visit Naples: eating the best pizza you will ever eat
If you try to ask every Italian where you can eat the best pizza in Italy, there will be no doubt in answering: Naples! Here is where pizza was invented and pizza is one of the best reasons to fall in love with Naples. It’s about 10 inches in diameter, cooked in ancient wood-fire ovens for a few minutes or less. In this way the central part remains fluffy, while the edges are more crispy. Some of the best pizzeria restourant are in Tribunali Street, in the historical center: it is a sort of holy grail for pizza-lovers! The locals have created several pretty fascinating techniques to cook and present it, as folded pizza, rolled pizza, fried pizza and much more. Now you just have to visit Naples and try it all. Here you can read the story of the pizza and its recipe.
Third reason to visit Naples: the National Archaeologial Museum
Some frescoes, sculptures, mosaics and items of daily life from Pompeii, Herculaneum and the other places destroyed by the Mount Vesuvius’ eruption are still preserved there. But the main part of them are in the National Archaeologial Museum of Naples. It’s one of the best museum in Italy, with many ancient treasures as the Farnese Collection which includes huge marble sculptures from Greek and Roman ages and many amazing frescoes and mosaics. Don’t miss the “Gabinetto Segreto” with erotic and pornographic pieces of art coming from the past. This doesn’t mean to miss Pompeii. A good a tip could be to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum, and after to complete the ancient tour visit the National Archaeological Museum.
Another reason to visit Naples? Lose yourself in the underground
Naples is entirely built on Tuff, a soft and volcanic stone. For 2.500 years, locals have made use of this stone to build, by digging passageways in the underground.
There is almost a second town under Naples!
This subterranean place has been used for different purposes in centuries: as aqueduct cisterns, pagan burial chambers, Christian catacombs and during Second World War as air raid shelters. Visiting Underground Naples you can visit and discover this underground world, there are organized tour in several points of the towns. Here I wrote about Underground Naples.
Last reason to Visit Naples: the art is everywhere
If you have an interest in art, you must visit Naples. Why? Because it was controlled by several dynasties in its history. Naples hosted several cultures and artists and preserves still today numerous architectural and art feats. There are several old churches coming from different times and 4 castles, coming from different ages: Maschio Angioino castle, built in the XIII century, Castel dell’Ovo (Egg Castle) with its mythical origins, Sant’Elmo Castle, a fortress which stands over the town, Capuano Castle.
If you are a painting lover, a tour to the National Museum of Capodimonte will be a must-to-see. This Museum has pieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, Botticelli, Bellini, Il Greco, Artemisia Gentileschi and a painting of Mt. Vesuvius’s eruption by Andy Warhol among others. If your interest is for Baroque sculpture, instead, don’t skip Cappella Sansevero, a chapel of the Baroque period, filled by over the top sculptures. The most famous is the “Veiled Christ“, a masterpiece of expression.
In my opinion these are the best 5 reasons to visit Naples.