Naples
Museo archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

Museo archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

SEE

Museo archeologico Nazionale di Napoli- This is the museum that houses many of the artifacts found at Pompeii/Herculaneum including amazing mosaics, frescoes and the Gabinetto Segreto (Secret Cabinet) where the erotic art from Pompeii/Herculaneum is stored.

Teatro di San Carlo

Teatro di San Carlo

Teatro di San Carlo- It is the oldest continuously active venue for opera in the world, opening in 1737. The tour in English is given by an informative and passionate woman who divulges  information about the history of the architecture, design, and performances. 

Castel dell'Ovo- A seaside castle that is the oldest standing fortification in Naples. There is a small fishing village around the castle and you have great views of Mt. Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples.

Port'Alba

Port'Alba

 

EAT

I only wanted pizza when I was in Naples, and I was not disappointed.

Lombardi 1892

Lombardi 1892

Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba- It is widely believed that this is the world's first pizzeria, so I thought I would start here. You walk through an archway onto a street lined with books to get to the restaurant, and once inside you can look out the window at the bustling street below, or get a slice to go. The service is excellent here and the pizza is too. Delicious! *their site seems to have been hacked, so I have yelp listed instead.

Pizzeria Brandi- This is the pizzeria where the Margherita pizza was invented, so that is what I ordered and it was fantastic. On your way in you walk past the large, beautiful pizza oven that you know is going to make the best pizza you have had in a long time. 

Lombardi 1892- This is where you go if you want fun choices for you pizza. I ordered the seafood pizza, and it was incredible. I've never seen so much seafood on one pizza: clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari etc. It was tasty and impressive. The service was great too.

Gran Caffe Gambrinus

Gran Caffe Gambrinus

Gay-Odin- Handmade artisan chocolate that started in the late 1800's and is thriving today. It is still family owned and there are nine stores around Napoli, so very easy to find one and get yourself some fancy chocolates. 

DRINK

Gran Caffe Gambrinus- Historical cafe founded in 1860 that is elaborate in the style of a traditional grand cafe. Great place to stop off and have a drink. I chose a cafe and a Prosecco to keep up with the grandness. Service is great here, and they have little treats too. 

Intra Moenia- A great cafe to sit and relax while being surrounded by books, art, and memorabilia. I had a cafe with a side of Fernet Branca, and wrote some postcards. 

 

 

 

STAY

View from my room

View from my room

Hotel Piazza Bellini- A very comfortable hotel with a great location. It's clean, the wifi works, the shower is hot, the staff are friendly, and the breakfast is good. It's the best hotel I stayed at while visiting southern Italy. Having a hot shower I later learned is a luxury in southern Italy, so be careful where you book. 

 

 

EXTRA

Pompeii

Pompeii

Part of this trip for me was to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum, and I have a few tips.

1) I would stay in Naples and take a day trip to Pompeii & Herculaneum. It is my opinion that you can do both in one day. Even though Pompeii is a major tourist attraction the town of Pompei is just okay. Nothing much to do there, and they don't have any great places to stay either. All you have to do is buy tickets for the local train. It takes about 45 minutes to get to Pompei from Naples, and it's an easy walk from the train stop. On your way back to Naples you can stop at Herculaneum, it's in between Naples & Pompei. 

Pompeii

Pompeii

2) You can buy your Pompeii/Herculaneum tickets in advance. You can do that here I did the 5 siti because it gets you into both Pompeii and Herculaneum, and is like 2euro cheaper than buying them separate. You just print it, and they scan it at the gate. There weren't lines yet when I got there because it was right when it opened, but I imagine if there are lines it would save some time. 

3) Don't pay attention to the people trying to sell you guides outside of the gate. You can get one on your phone or you can get one at the entrance to Pompeii. Those people are a scam. It's actually crazy that they allow them to do that, but oh well. You will be surprised how much visiting Pompeii makes you feel like you are going back in time to visiting a tourist attraction in the 1970's or so. Not very advanced. 

4) Get to Pompeii right when it opens. I did that, and I am so happy I did because I had a few moments without huge masses of people. It wasn't bad most of my time there, because I was there in winter, but as the day progressed more and more people arrived. I've heard it's much worse in summer. 

Pompeii

Pompeii

5) Make sure you pay attention to the times! And know that they are strict with the closing times. You must get to Herculaneum no later than 15:30 in the winter. These are the current times from the website as of 2017.

- From the 1 November - 31 March, Pompeii Excavations: 09:00 - 17:00 (last entrance at 15:30) - (opening at 8:30 on Saturday and Sunday) - Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabia: 8:30 - 17:00 (last entrance at 15:30)
- From 1 April - 31 October, Pompeii Excavations: 9:00 - 19:30 (opening at 8:30 on Saturday and Sunday - last entrance at 18:00) - Herculaneum, Oplontis, Boscoreale and Stabia: 8:30 - 19:30 (last entrance at 18:00)
- Boscoreale: from 1 November - 31 March: 8:30 - 18:30 (last entrance at 17:00)    Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 25 December