Let’s be honest – I did not like Naples for one bit. I think it already started with the first impression I got from it: as soon as I arrived in the city I thought.. this is it? Is this the romantic city of Italy, where you can search for pizzas for days, ejoy every possible street and wander around? It looked nothing like that to me. I didn’t want to wander through the streets, and I didn’t want to search for pizzas. All I could see was trash, filth and graffiti on walls AND even on some of the most historical buildings there were in the city centre of Naples. I maybe also had the bad luck of coming to Naples in a period while the Italians were working on the sewer system at the two biggest squares of the city – doesn’t make a city look flattering.
Due to this I haven’t spend my days in Naples itself, and therefore I don’t have any photographs of Naples or much information I could give you about the city itself. However I can give you tons of information about day trips you can make from out Naples, as the surroundings of the city are fabulous.
Just a quick note about Naples before I get started about the surroundings: a lot of people advised me not to go to Naples because it would be a dangerous city for solo travelers, as there is a lot of crime and maffia. During my stay in Naples I didn’t notice any maffia or other crimes and I didn’t feel unsafe for one moment. So if you want to visit Naples but are scared to do so because it would be unsafe.. just go. You’ll survive.
The Amalfi coast
God, how I loved the Amalfi coast. The Amalfi coast is one of the most beautiful coast lines of Italy, and you can get there with public transport from out Naples. OK, not the easiest connection, but it is worth the effort. You can get to the Amalfi coast with a direct bus line, which will take you about three hours to get there.
Note: these busses don’t go often so do your research before you are planning your day trip to the Amalfi coast. Also, at the end of the day you can’t get back to Naples with a direct bus connection. So your option will be going to Salerno by bus and continue with the train back to Naples. Of course, if you aren’t scared of Italian driving manners you can also rent a car or go with a cab.
So, lets get back to business: the Amalfi coast is one of the most beautiful coast lines of Italy.. and for a good reason too. I mean, did you look at the picture above? Seeing this in real life will take your breath away. Further than that the ambiance, the houses, the little shops, the beach and the restaurants.. just amazing!
Pompeii and Herculaneum
I’ve only been to Pompeii, so I can’t tell you much about Herculaneum. But it is basically the same thing: ruins, due to the volcanic eruption from the Vesuvius. Now, when you visit Naples, I think you should visit one of these sites too, as it is a big part of Italian history. Both archeological spots are easy to reach from out Naples by public transport. it won’t take you long to get there.
Pompeii is the most popular archeological spot, but I’ve heard that Herculaneum is more preserved than Pompeii. Herculaneum is also smaller and less crowded than Pompeii. You can walk around alone or have a guided tour at both sites, but I would recommend you to take a guided tour if you don’t have that much pre knowledge.
After visiting Pompeii or Herculaneum you should also visit the National Archeological Museum of Naples, to see more remains and to learn more about both places!
The Vesuvius National Park
A trip to Pompeii or Herculaneum can easily be combined with a trip to the Vesuvius, as it lays on your way home. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of day trips where you visit both sites on one day. But you can also go on your own. At the Vesuvius National Park you can hike, enjoy the enormous amounts of views you’re going to see and learn something about mother earth. If you aren’t the hiking type that is ok too, you can go to the top by bus.
Capri is an island close to Naples. You can reach it by boat from out Naples or you can go with an organized tour. Capri truly is stunning, and you won’t be disappointed when visiting it! You can already tell through the photo above that the island is amazing, and you could easily spend a day at Capri, maybe even more. You could take a boat tour around the island to explore some caves, visit the different villages on the island or walk through the Gardens of August.
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Procida Island is another island close to Naples which -of course- you can also reach by boat. Procida Island is famous for her colorful houses, that will leave you with amazing photographs. Procida Island is just an island where you should wander, look around and be amazed by the beauty of Italy. There are also a few buildings where you should take a look inside, for example the Abbazia San Michele, which is an old church, and Palazzo D’Avalos.