10 Things to do in Naples, Italy Travel Guide

Tell anyone you’re travelling to Naples
and you’ll likely get a few raised eyebrows with some side comments about the mafia, or
grid-lock traffic, or garbage on the streets – not encouraging, I know. Somewhere along the way, Naples (Napoli) seems
to have earned a bad reputation, but we thought it all sounded a bit too harsh. We wanted to experience the city for ourselves,
plus we’d also heard there was good pizza! As you’ll soon discover in this video, we
ended up having a grand ol’ time, so join on us as we show you what you can get up to
with a couple of days in Naples, plus somewhere along the way, we’ll also reveal where we
ate our favourite pizza. Well hello hello and welcome to Naples (Napoli). We’ve come here with one main mission. Yeah. To eat all the pizza we possibly can but obviously
there is way more to Naples than just pizza. Yeah, exactly. So we’re going to show you 10 different things
to do. One of those will be pizza the other nine
will be nonpizza related. Come join us as we explore Naples (Napoli). Let’s go. Let’s go. Piazza del Plebiscito seemed like a good place
to start our tour, so that’s exactly where we’ll begin. This is a large public square in Central Naples,
that earned its name from the 1860 vote that brought Naples into the unified Kingdom of
Italy. The plaza is surrounded by numerous attractions,
including the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale Napoli) on one side, and the Basilica
of San Francesco di Paola, which is a bit reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome, on the
other. After visiting the square and failing to enter
the Basilica because it was closed, we turned our eyes to the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo
Reale Napoli). This was one of the four residences in Naples
used by the Bourbon Kings during their rule of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and it
was lavish! The admission fee was 4 Euros and this gave
us access to the Royal Apartments where we got to admire porcelains, tapestries, sculptures
and painted ceilings found within the palace walls. Yeah. Oh my goodness. What did you think of this place? It is incredible inside. It is fascinating from the outside but as
soon as you get in yeah and start visiting those royal apartments. Yeah, the Royal Apartments like that is regal. Yeah. It is like all gold and these painted ceilings. It is almost it felt a little bit like Versaille. Yeah, like the Italian Versaille here in Naples
(Napoli). It was amazing. I loved it. Yeah. And they let you take pictures without flash. So you can come in with your camera no big
deal. Yeah. There is no Vienna factor here. Haha. Another nearby attraction we visited was Castel
Nuovo (New Castle), an imposing medieval castle that dates back to 1282. This castle was built when Charles I of Naples
took the throne and moved his capital from Palermo to Naples, ordering a new castle to
be built not too far from the sea. Today you can visit the galleries which house
a mix of sculptures, paintings and objects ranging from the medieval period to the late
19th century. Admission to the castle was 6 Euros per person,
but if we had to choose between this one and the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale
Napoli), we’d go with the Royal Palace since that one piqued our interest a bit more. Okay so we just finished visiting Castel Nuovo
aka the New Castle. Thoughts? Thoughts. Actually it looks more impressive from the
outside than it is inside. The courtyard isn’t amazing. Um, the exhibitions I would say are okay. Mmmhmm. But what is really cool is that you do get
some great views of the city. After all that sightseeing, we were starting
to feel a bit peckish, so we stopped by Caffe Gambrinus, a historic coffeehouse in the heart
Naples (Napoli). It was a bit on the pricier side, but it was
beautiful and you are paying for the experience. Hahaha. Coffee or ice cream? That is the question. Urgh. I’m feeling in the mood for something a little
bit more refreshing so I think it may be ice cream. Yeah? Yeah. So we’re all nice and toasty inside Caffe
Gambrinus. I have ordered myself a cafe latte and because
it is all Christmas check out my cup. I know. Very festive. Very festive. I’m really enjoying that. Very festive. Nice festive display at the table too. Yeah. That coffee is quite strong here. Oh my gosh. It will keep us going this afternoon. Yeah, we’re going to need it. And I got myself a little pastry as well. Uh, this one is called sfogliatella and it
is shaped like a shell and check that out. Let’s open it like that so you can see what
is going on in there. Woah. Look at that. That is looking quite cheesy. So let’s have a bite. And it is covered in icing sugar and look
at the layers. Have you seen the layers? Yeah. This is such a delicate pastry. The layers are impressive. Oh my gosh it is like even delicate to the
bite. You can see the trail falling down. Mmmm. Is it good? Yum yum? That is really nice and flaky. Ready for your ice cream? I’ve got like a party in a glass going on
here. You sure have. Tell us about this. Yes, I will. So we’ve got vanilla ice cream for the base,
blue curaçao which gives it that kind of festive look over here. If blue can be festive. If blue can be festive. More like party. It gives it the party look. Mmmhmm. And it looks like we’ve got some cookie biscuits,
whipped cream, cherry and yeah. Oh, a little party time. Party time decorations. Okay let’s start off with the cherry. Mmmhmm. Alright, I’m going to dip a bit of this with
the cookie and whipped cream. Alright. Mmmm. Yeah, I can taste the curacao. Okay, what I’m going to have to do is submerge
deep. Submerge. Okay. Let’s go deep. Going deep. Oh look you can see the blue. Yeah. Oh wow. But are you getting any ice cream there? Or is that just whipped cream? Oh. That is good man. Is it? Oh yeah. Oh man okay. It goes really well. The curaçao goes really well with the ice
and whipped cream. This was a good choice. I was uh at a bit of a loss as to what to
get. I didn’t feel like pastries or cake because
I’m a bit thirsty and I feel like being refreshed so I did go with the soda water. I did get a coffee like you. Soda water. And yeah this turned out to be a good choice. I like it. Alright. Yum. Not too far from there, we also visited Galleria
Umberto I, which is a gallery which vaulted iron and glass ceilings, where you can shop,
grab a coffee, or people watch – an ideal activity for a rainy day. This gallery dates back to the late 1880s
and it was meant to be reminiscent of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, a gallery whose
claim to fame is being the oldest active shopping mall in the world. But now let’s take a break to talk about
food and we all know what Naples is renowned for: pizza! While in Naples, we took it upon ourselves
to find the best pizza in the city. This involved eating a total of 10 pizzas
over two days. In the end we decided Da Michele was our personal
favourite, so here’s a little glimpse of that. Alright guys so we are already digging in
here. Our pizzas have arrived. I’m starting off with the margarita, Sam is
going to tackle the marinara. At first check out the size of this. We ordered the normal one. Which is huge. Falling off of the plate. They are so big. So yeah let’s just dig right into this. Oh my goodness this is just so like moist
and juicy I’ve heard it described even as soupy especially in the middle where you’ve
got like your tomato and oil and cheese mixing together. And how is that? It is wonderful. Wonderful? Alright it is Sam’s turn. Alright guys I am trying the marinara and
it is getting on your hands. There is only two kinds of pizzas here (Neapolitan
pizza). One with cheese and one without cheese. So I’m trying the one without cheese. Yeah, you can only order marinara or margherita. Mmmm. Wow. How is that? It is the best pizza I’ve ever had without
cheese I’m telling you. Needless to say, you shouldn’t miss the
opportunity to have a slice, or two, or three while you’re in the city. Also, because we always enjoy visiting outdoor
markets wherever we go, we stopped by the Fish Market, which is right across from Porta
Nolana Station. We didn’t actually buy any seafood since
we were pretty committed to our pizza quest (Neapolitan pizza), but it was still fun to
experience, especially in the early morning when things are quite lively. Moving on to museums, if you only have time
for one in the city, I would make it Naples National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico
Nazionale di Napoli). This museum holds the Farnese Marbles, which
is an impressive collection of Roman copies of classical Greek sculptures, but what brought
us here were the treasures from the nearby ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Another place we visited in Naples (Napoli)
was the Quartieri Spagnoli, or Spanish Quarter, which has a very different look from the rest
of the city. The streets in this quarter were laid down
during the 16th century for the Spanish military barracks outside the city walls, so this explains
the grid-like formation. The streets here are very narrow, and the
buildings very tall, so don’t forget to look up because there’s something going
on in every direction…and also watch out for the scooters, because even kids drive
them here. And basically a perfect way to finish a day
of sightseeing in Naples is to come down to the Bay of Naples you’ve got Mount Vesuvius
over to the left, a little bit further over to the right you have another castle and even
further a little bit beyond that is the Isle of Capri. And there is just a lot of people out. It is just a really nice setting. Great place to watch sunset. This is just an awesome way to end the day
here in Naples. And that’s a wrap for our quick 2-day tour
of Naples. We hope this video gave you a few ideas of
things you can do in the city and all the pizza you can eat in between. Wishing you happy travels and we’ll see
you in the next video!

35 Replies to “10 Things to do in Naples, Italy Travel Guide

  1. Things to do in Naples: keep an eye to your wallet, help the population pick up the trash, let them realize that Naples will never win the Italian cup then go sit and eat the best pizza in the world! Love you Napoli

  2. I spent 3 weeks in Italy and the people of Naples were the friendliest. Helping me find sun block, starting a random conversation on the bus. Great people, great city!

  3. Thanks for the great travel tips! You guys do a great job of breaking a city down into bite sized pieces. no pun intended! :~)

  4. Hello, do you have the complete name or address of the pizza place? Pizzería Don Michele was? L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele? Pizzeria Da Michele?

    Thanks guys.

  5. I hope your pizza is not made with mozzarella produced from milk, wheat contaminated with dioxin and other chemical due to the 1000's of illegal dumps in Campania, which started in the 80s until recently… including asbestos, chemicals, plastics, all sort of industrial waste..many were set on fire…Number of brain cancer and leukemia is very high among children around Naples. Google it, it is very well documented

  6. The actual Versailles of Italy is Caserta also in Campania (region of Naples). Just like versaille it also is a countryside summer palace.

  7. thanks great video . . we are sure now that we don't want to go to Naples . . . Pizza looked good though . . .

  8. 1) non dite che siete di Roma (potete rischiare il linciaggio, le minacce, gli sfottò); 2) non indossate scarpe estive con calzini e bermuda se no rischiate gli sfottò (come è successo a me): dovete indossare rigorosamente il piede nudo nella scarpa… 3) non lamentatevi che al supermercato le salsicce sono solo a punta di coltello (salsicce macinate? mai sentite…..?); 4) dimenticate l'angolo gastronomia salata ai bar (pizzette, medaglioni, tramezzini? mai sentiti); 5) dite ''caffè lungo'' altrimenti vi mettono una lacrima di caffè nella tazzina che SCOTTA! 6) non andate a trovare gli amici alle 15:00 del pomeriggio: rischiate di trovare un'intera famiglia a pranzo. 6) se vedete scritto alle paninoteche ''porchetta'' sappiate che si tratta di un prosciutto cotto rosa, non di quella di ''Ariccia''. (PS: Ho comprato una villa a Napoli e sono di Roma).

  9. Honestly, anyone who thinks Da Michele is the best is playing the bragging rights game. It is pedestrian at best.

  10. 5:16–6:39 What a TALL serving of ice cream Samuel got! Could he eat ALL of it?! I don't think I could, try I might.

  11. I have never heard anyone raising eyebrows and talking about garbage in Naples. Totally offputting, but I'll try to watch the rest of the video since I know you are trying to dispell the "myths" about the region.

  12. If you thought the royal palace in Naples felt like Versailles, wait till you go to the Caserta Palace… which of course back then was part of the Kingdom and an extension of Naples.

  13. Did you know that the stairs of the royal palace are the stairs where Cinderella lost her shoe.
    Yes, because the first written account of Cinderella was from Gianbattista Basile in "Lu cunto de li cunti" (the tale of tales). Basile was a member of the court, so, when he wrote about Cinderella and the lost shoe on the stairway, he was probably thinking at those stairs.

  14. Guys, If you would like to hear more, or study Napoletano (Neapolitan/Napuletano) We have created a new series on our Youtube Channel that gives lessons on the beautiful Language of Naples (Napoli) The only one on Youtube! Check us out… Thanks for the upload 🙂 Have a great week all!

  15. I was there 4 days ago , and it was bad 🙂. Shit city , pedestrians crossing main boulevards , africans , cleaning your window while waiting on the traffic lights , they throw garbage everywhere and I just lost my time there. Greetings

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