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What to See in Naples, Italy’s Most Italian City

Visit Naples to see first-hand where the Italian expression “che sceneggiata Napoletana!”, or “What a Neapolitan drama!” comes from. Naples is often described as vibrant or colorful, its people expressive and passionate, its street life gritty. It’s an ideal off-the-beaten-track destination for the right traveler. We have great recommendations below on what to see in Naples, but enjoy the in-between as well, because half of why you’ll love Naples will be because of the items on your checklist, and the other half will consist of what you see while you’re getting there.

So we recommend you focus not only on what to see in Naples but also on how to see it. More specifically, allow more time in the schedule between activities so that you can people-watch or follow your nose down that narrow winding street. If a native wants to practice their English, make time for them. But: keep your wits about you, and don’t make your bag or purse vulnerable to the famous moped purse snatchers. If you’re female, you may not have been whistled at elsewhere in Italy, but expect it here, and try to take it as a compliment.

What to see in Naples

With a 2,800-year history and 448 churches, it would take years to explore everything. So we recommend a balanced approach. A little of this, and a little of that: some architecture and history, some art, some shopping, some food, more food, and some plain old wandering.

What to see in Naples? Art and architecture

Caravaggio in Naples

What to see in Naples? Its atmospheric streets.

What to see in Naples? Food!

Gambrinus in Naples

What to see in Naples? Its views!

Naples Views

What to do in Naples? Go shopping!


Market in Naples

Day Trips from Naples


What NOT to do in Naples

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