Discovering Naples, enchanting city facing the Mediterranean Sea
Naples is one of the largest and most enchanting cities facing the Mediterranean Sea. Its 2,500 years of history literally speak in palaces, churches, monuments and art galleries. Naples is a magical place where colours, flavors, history are interlaced in a charming mix of culture, joy, and fun with locals who carry on their daily lives with their trademark vivacity and creativity.
Capital of the Campania Region, the city dominates the Gulf of Naples, expanding from the Sorrentine Peninsula to the volcanic area of the Phlegraean Fields. Naples is bestowed in a marvelous bay: the charm of this landscape are the Vesuvius volcano overlooking the bay, and the beautiful islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida surrounded by the glimmering blue of Mediterranean waters.
Naples is kissed by the sun but also conceals an underground city dug first by the Greeks and subsequently by the Romans, who built a massive aqueduct used until the 17th Century. This underground city can be discovered with a guided tour through tunnels and ruins, such as the Greek-Roman Theatre.
Other enchanting visiting itineraries for those interested in history are the Greek walls that run along Via Mezzocannone and the archaeological site of San Lorenzo Maggiore. If you fancy a ride outside the city centre also Pompeii and Herculaneum are of great archaeological value. These are famous worldwide for their impressive number of Roman ruins and their entire area is also a natural masterpiece created over the course of the millennia by the volcanic eruptions and lava flows creating a singular landscape.
To experience neighborhoods rich in colour and folklore you can head to Sanità and the Spanish Quarter, or to the famous street called Spaccanapoli with shops selling traditional Neapolitan nativity figures, delicatessen, costumes, and souvenirs.
Water, sun, and nature provide countless possibilities to enjoy a boat tour and aquatic sports, both over and underwater. Our excursion to Capo Posillipo offers stunning views of the shoreline: heading to Borgo dei Marinari and Castel dell'Ovo you will enjoy the view of Via Caracciolo, Mergellina, Giuseppone a Mare, Villa Rosebery and Nisida. One of the tour stopovers is the Protected Marine Area of Gaiola where you can relish the beautiful seabed doing some snorkeling.
Enogastronomy here in Naples has ancient tradition. The list of must-try could be endless, and we are going to mentions just a few of the gems of this delicious cuisine. Pizza, first of all: Pizza Margherita is the real pizza napoletana which is thinner in the middle but with a thicker crust and seasoned with local tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. You can try it with buffalo mozzarella for a more intense flavor. Unmissable are also all fish dishes such as spaghetti with mussels or clam sauce, risotto alla pescatora, grilled fish, fried anchovies, fried or stuffed calamari.
Desserts are other masterpieces of this city and region: pastiera napoletana is the most popular cake made with ricotta; sfogliatelle are crunchy pastry filled with ricotta; rum-filled babà filled with cream for an extra indulgence.
Be sure you will accompany these aromas with superb wines such as the white Lacryma Christi of Vesuvio and Greco di Tufo, and of course some Sorrento’s Limoncello to close your feast.