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Dominated by a volcano with a rich history, strong culture and bursting with life, there is so much to do in Naples that it will be difficult to get round to all the sights in just one visit. So you should have a look and choose what things you would most like to see and do. Below is just a suggestion of how you could plan out a two day trip to the city taking in some of the main attractions. Of course you don’t have to follow it to the letter but it should make things a little easier for you.
Suggested Naples Itinerary
Morning - Start you morning in the main centre of the city ‘ Piazza del Plebiscito’ which is lined with a number of fabulous buildings, spread your time between the Royal Palace, Teatro San Carlo the opera house, the church of San Francesco di Paola and Castle Nuovo.
Lunch - In interesting place to lunch is Intra Moenia, at Piazza Bellini, that is a café come bookshop. Browse limited edition books while you enjoy a light Italian lunch complimented with a glass of house wine.
Afternoon - For the afternoon you could either join one of the ‘hop on hop off bus tours’ that take you on a route around the city and allows you to get off an enjoy the sights at any of the allocated stops, such as the cathedral. If this does not take your fancy then why not enjoy an afternoon of casual shopping, be sure to include the Galleria Umberto, shopping centre, on your travels.
Dinner - You can not visit Naples and not have a pizza. L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, Via Cesare Sersale, is probably the most famous pizzeria in Naples even though it only serves two types of pizza.
Evening - Naples is home to a number of Jazz clubs. Try the Otto Jazz Club on Piazzetta Cariati 23 Santa Lucia or Aret'a'Palm on Piazza Santa Maria La Nova 14 to see some top class performances.
Morning - You will need at least half a day to visit the excavated roman remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum. You are unlikely to get round and see everything that you want to but still must be visited.
Lunch - You may end up spending longer than intended at Pompeii and be excited to move on. Either way it is unlikely that you will want a heavy lunch. Tarallificio Leopoldo, Via Foria 212, is a bakery that provides light moreish tarallini mandorlati (savoury biscuits) and many wicked sugary delicacies. It is perfect for a tasty snack.
Afternoon - Public transport allows you to visit the Catacombs, the Capodimonte and the National Archaeological Museum. You may not have time to really give them the time they deserve, so choose which you would prefer first.
Dinner - Ristorante La Scialuppa at Borgo Marinari, 5 is stunnig with views of Castel Dell’Ovo. Set on the harbour edge it is not surprising that the seafood is the main item on the menu.
Evening - Now that you are down by the water, depending on what mood you are in, you could try the lively L'Arenile di Bagnoli, Via Coroglio 14b Bagnoli, that is Naples most famous beach club or Al Barcadero at Banchina Santa Lucia 2, a casual waterfront bar enjoying stunning views of Mount Vesuvius.