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A Whirlwind 24 Hours in Naples

Is 24 hours really enough time to see all that Naples has to offer? Not really. But we did our best, and I think we did a pretty good job overall. There was a lot of fast paced walking involved, and of course we visited on one of the few days that it rains in the city. But, rain has never slowed me down before! Unfortunately we couldn't fit in a visit to the famous and must-see underground city (next time!), but going from what people have told me it's something you have to do if you're in Naples. If you're coming from the airport, and not renting a car, your best option is to hop on the Alibus Airport Shuttle which is €5 each way and gives you a couple of drop off options in the city. We rented a car when we were leaving Naples, and it was a good decision because the driving was ridiculous in the city centre. We were only there one night, but picked the perfect place to stay in the heart of the city, B&B Via Toledo 156, which you can read about in my review here. Take a look at my best picks of things to do in the city below!

Castel dell'Ovo
It's one of the world's oldest fortifications, and since it's right on the coast, provides picture perfect views of the city. It's also completely FREE to explore.
Galleria Umberto I
You've probably seen a lot of photos of this shopping gallery on social media, and it's just as impressive in real life. It sits opposite the San Carlo opera house and is only a few minutes walk from the royal palace.
Piazza del Gesu Nuovo
One of the many squares in Naples, this one is home to the very unique church, Gesu Nuovo.
Piazza Bellini
This is a very popular square that's full of bars and restaurants. Worth a look!
Naples Cathedral
Free to enter, it was completed in the 14th century and is stunning inside.
Explore the Streets
Naples is a great city to explore, and each street is unique. Just make sure you move out of the way of the scooters, because they definitely aren't going to stop!
Grab a Pizza at Pizzeria Di Matteo
Don't even bother looking up where to get the best pizza in Naples, because this is it. They also have a delicious selection of fried foods that are incredibly cheap. So grab a bag of everything while you're at it! You'll be going back more than once.
Castel Nuovo
This castle is located just across from the port area, and is very easy to locate if you take the bus from the airport to the city centre.
Piazza del Plebiscito
This is a gorgeous square, located opposite the royal palace and the San Marco opera house. Get there early to miss the crowds!
Walk Through Santa Lucia
If you want to walk along the coastline, make sure you check out the Santa Lucia area which has been very important since the city's founding.
Lungomare Seafront Walk
Minus the brooding clouds, which I can almost guarantee won't be there on any other day, it's a lovely walk along the seafront!
Take a Ride on the Funicular
It's located right in the centre of the city and takes you up to a fantastic viewpoint. There's also a castle on top if you have time.
The best way to get up to Vesuvius is to take the Vesuvio Express from Ercolano (where Herculaneum is), which costs €20 and includes the entry fee on the volcano and a return bus ride. However, if you're as lucky as us and go on a day when the weather has made them close Vesuvius, you can drive up yourself (if you have a car). Well, you can drive up as far as cars are allowed to go, which adds an extra 30 minutes onto the hike, on top of the 20 minutes from where the bus would stop further up the volcano. It was closed so we couldn't hike anyways, but you get some nice views on the way up!
It may not be as popular as Pompeii, or as enormous, but I would highly recommend making a stop here. It's about 20 minutes outside of Naples and sits at the base of Vesuvius. It's incredibly well preserved, even more so than Pompeii, and is a history geek's dream.
Obviously no trip to Naples is complete without a visit to Pompeii. It's only about 25 minutes from Naples, and there are loads of tours to it. We took a rental car and found parking easily enough, even on a Sunday. I'd recommend picking up an audio guide so you get a better understanding of what you're looking at. The site is massive. You could easily spend a day here, but if you only have a few hours like we did don't worry, you can see it all as well if you basically run!

*** Some say you can't visit Pompeii and Herculaneum in a day, but we did and we only had half a day to spare. So it's definitely doable if you start in the morning, as the sites are open until 7:30pm in peak season. The queues can be long, so I chose to book the Pompeii & Herculaneum: Skip the Line ticket, which does as it says, lets you skip the lines that'll be miles long in peak season! They also have a number of other tours and ticket combinations so check them out! ***


My name is Krista, and like many people I love to travel! I think it's important that people share their travel experiences, so I hope that mine help you in some way in your own travels, or inspire you to travel more! 

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