Few places in Italy pique the curiosity quite like its third most populous city. Naples once had a reputation for being a city unto itself, rogue and violent all in one, but the assumptions you might have about the Neapolitan stunner need shaking up. Naples today isn’t the Naples of long ago media reports.
So what of the city today? What are the very best things to do in Naples? Sure, it feels very lived-in. But that leads to authenticity and charm as opposed to the identikit experience of more-visited cities further north. Naples is Naples, and defiantly so, all old-world knowledge and new-world energy with back-alleys peppered with laundry and markets brimming with sweet-smelling local produce. Make no mistake, this is a city that lives and breathes in its streets.
It is also a city with history oozing from every one of its pores. You’ll feel it in the narrow, cobbled streets and in the many bars, restaurants, pizzerias and galleries that dot the city and believe us, you’ll be spending plenty of time frequenting those. The cherry on this particularly addictive cake is the backdrop, a stunning scene with Vesuvius to the east, the ancient port of Pozzuoli to the west and the timeless islands of Ischia, Procida and Capri nestled in the glittering bay.
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