An often overlooked destination on many Italian vacation itineraries is a visit to the city of Naples. However, being that it can be a short 2 hour train ride from Rome, it is worthy of consideration for your next trip to Italy.
Here are some reasons why you should consider this southern Italian city as a viable destination option.
The Bay of Naples is a stunningly beautiful place with Mount Vesuvius majestically perched in the background. The crystal clear waters of the sea, along with the flowers and topography make it a very unique place. There have been many classic neapolitan songs written about the beauty of this area, such as “Torna a Sorriento”.
Naples Museums and Churches
There is a world of treasures from different eras in the city of Naples which includes museums and a variety of churches. One of the more spectacular cathedrals is the Duomo of San Gennaro, the city’s patron saint. Another captivating and breath taking church is the Cappella di Santa Restituta, one of the oldest churchcs in Italy. If you like Baroque-style architecture is the church of San Giuseppe dei Ruffi.
The volcanic tragedy that unfolded many years ago by Mount Vesuvius left behind an archaeological masterpiece of an ancient city called Pompeii that is worth a visit. There are many daily excursions from Naples to Pompeii.
Day trips from Naples – The Amalfi Coast
Many people consider the Amalfi Coast as one of the most beautiful places on earth as the mountainous terrain comes down to the sea and houses hang on the cliffs giving a truly unique and Mediterranean experience. There are many beautiful destinations that make for a quick and easy day trip from Naples such as Ravello, Positano and Amalfi.
More day trips – Capri
The island of Capri, a short boat ride from Naples, is a jetsetters paradise, with celebrities and other high profile Italians vacationing here every year which makes it a great place to people watch. The blue grotto is a famous attraction, a series of caves that reflect the light in a certain manner that is truly a spectacular earthly wonder.
Virtually everyone loves pizza, and many people consider the best people in the world to come from Naples. In fact, many claim that pizza originated in Naples back in the 16th century. Originally, it was a white sauce, and then Chef Raffaele Esposito made a special pizza for the queen of Italy and called it Margherita. Today that pizza is made with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and green basil with each color representing the color of the Italian flag. There is also a marinara style pizza with just tomato sauce, garlic and oregano.
So if your travels take you on an Italian vacation, then you should take the short train ride from Rome to Naples and enjoy a part of Italy that not many people get to enjoy.