If you are looking for an authentic slice of Italian culture, I would highly recommend giving Naples a visit. It’s a bit off the beaten track when compared to some of the other more popular destinations in Italy. Naples is scattered with wonderful ancient ruins including Pompeii and is home to Mount Vesuvius, for which it is best known for. Here are my top 5 things to see and do in Naples.
1. Gelato. One of my favourite things about Italy is the fact that there are gelato shops on almost every street corner. Gelato tends to be slightly denser and less aerated than standard ice cream, which results in a richer, creamier taste. Naples happens to be the home of the famous Neapolitan gelato – if that’s not reason enough to visit then I don’t know what is!
2. Volcanoes. Although I didn’t make it to Mount Vesuvius during my visit to Naples, I did go to volcano Solfatara in Pozzuoli. You can walk around in its volcanic crater which is an incredible experience. If you visit the volcano around noon, the glare of the midday sun along with the heated volcanic rock underfoot can make for an excruciatingly hot experience. Be sure to bring some water and sunscreen if you do intend to visit it!
3. Pizza! Naples is a great destination for foodies as it’s home to a lot of Italy’s most recognised dishes, including pizza! There are a plethora of pizzerias scattered around so you will never be far from one. Having an authentic handmade pizza fresh from a stone pizza oven is a must when you visit.
4. Coffee. Neapolitan coffee has a reputation for being incredibly strong and bitter. If you like coffee that packs a punch then you’ll love Naples.
Be it the hot Mediterranean weather, the dramatic volcanic landforms or simply just the pizza and gelato – Naples is well worth a visit if you are looking to get a little slice of what Italy has to offer.
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