Don’t forget this “Hotspot”……. Bella Napoli!
This is truly one of the richest cities in Italy and only an hour from the magnificent Amalfi Coast. Yes Napoli is certainly a city like Rome ” See Rome and Die” is an expression that actually does not exist……what the Italians actually say is ” Vedi Napoli e muore” meaning ” See Naples and die!” intending once you have seen Naples, it is safe to depart this planet as you have seen the best there is to offer. How true this is!!
Naples being one of the most captivating cities in Italy is an ancient jewellery box full of delightful treasures; from theirs magnificent domes churches with riches dating back hundred of years to their colourful street festivals embedded with pizza eating nomadic locals. There is something for the avid shopper, the antique hunter, the food and wine gatherer, the cultural shop lifter and the art lover……and all nestled atop the wonderful Mediterranean Sea. The salt air speckles the shore line gardens where the local children play in a period Monet-like painting. The restaurants burst as the seams at lunch and dinner time with ravenous clientele and the breathtaking churches and museums are often full of visiting Italians, not just foreigners. This city is a national treasure.
Yes there are grimy dirty dangerous areas which we all avoid, but the bulk of this city is a marvel to the cultured eye and leaves few disappointed.
Firstly get your accommodation sorted. Where you stay in this wonderful city will make all the difference. I like to be close to the action and looking over that wonderful Mediterranean Sea. The Lungomare, sea front, is my choice. The shops are just on the other side of this hotel so I can make a get-away when I need a quick shop fix! My choice is a charming boutique hotel called Miramare and its right on the seafront. Enzo the owners has been a friend for decades and was a frequent client of ours in Positano with his magnificent buffy headed scotch dog and red sports car! He epitomised the ‘cool Neapolitan’ and is a true gentleman like only can be found in Naples. Naples aristocracy is some of the finest in Italy and unfortunately a dying breed. Let me know if you need help with your booking, Enzo is a great mate! my-amalfi-coast.com
If you are on a budget then head to this fabulous spot right near Mergellina port called Hotel Mergellina! they only have 8 rooms, but its cute, very well positioned and cheap!!!
This could be the scene on your breakfast terrace at Miramare in Naples. Wonderful pastries and a magnificent sea views.!
Heading off into Naples for a day requires planning. Do your galleries and museums in the morning. Pick the ones you love and book a taxi through the hotel to get you there. Make sure you check with the hotel that the galleries and museums you want to visit are open that day, I think Monday is a bad day when a lot of stuff is shut! so check this out before going so you dont waste a day.
I love the National Museum, Museo Nazionale. One of the first build in Europe and one of the most breathtaking archeological moments you will experience. Most of the beautiful refined pieces from Pompeii are all here! This is a well worth trip and by no means exhaustingly big.
My second choice would be the Porcelain Museum in Capodimonte, a central area of Naples. This museum is full of some wonderful treasures and will take you back centuries. The Bourbon palace in which this museum is found is another wonder of Naples. Originally erected as a hunting lodge by king Charles VII of Sicily atop this magnificent hill in Naples with the town at its’ feet, this museum offers a lot more than it’s famous porcelains which later became a massive industry in Naples and world renown. There is a lot more than simply percelain to see at this museum and it is prized as one of the best in Naples.
The park belonging to the Villa Floridiana found at Vomero in Naples overlooking the port of Magellina is one of the pretties small parks I’ve every seen with one of the most delicious views in all of Italy. This little park embrances an almost 360 view of Naples and its sea. I would sit here for hours just taking it all in. Not to mention the wonderful coffee houses and shops at its back door.
Lunch in Naples is a must! Here is what you can expect to find: from the finest delicacies of the sea through to the famous puffed up fried pizza. And they do everything brilliantly!
Another favourite eatery in Napoli is the wonderful and central Terrazzo Calabritta, right on the corner of one of the best shopping stretches (Via Calabritta) – although quite a short street it has some great shops and this little eatery rests right on the corner of Piazza Vittoria and Via Calabritta. My darling ex mother in law Lucille took me here ages ago after a heafty day shopping and we enjoyed one of the best seafood lunches I’ve ever had! They do a fierce pasta fatto in casa too! (home made pasta)
If you are feeling a bit more relaxed and want a classic scrumptious and delicious Neapolitan pizza, head to Ciro’s 50 Kalo’ in Piazza Sannazzaro. This is the latest and hotest spot for pizza in Napoli today!
To wrap up your very busy day in Napoli and just at the other end of the very short Via Calabritta is Piazza dei Martiri with the iconic Gran Caffe La Caffettiera, so have your after lunch coffee sitting here in the piazza with all those wonderful Neapolitan legends and watch the world go by! Even if you don’t know how important they are, THEY certainly do!