Top Picks for Excursions in Naples, Italy2016-10-25
Naples is a historical and artistic hotspot and home to archeological treasures that top the chart for the most impressive and well-preserved in the world. Not to mention, the infamous Mount Vesuvius has blessed Naples with nutrient-rich volcanic soil, making the region one of Italy’s culinary powerhouses, known for its pizza, pasta, seafood and coffee.
There’s so much to do and see in Naples, so we’ve narrowed it down. Here are four things we think our guests shouldn’t leave Naples without experiencing:
- Journey through time to the ancient city of Pompeii
Several years after being destroyed by a violent earthquake, Pompeii was buried under volcanic rock and ash during a massive eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Millions of visitors explore this site each year, taking in the mind-blowing remains of the ancient city. The Forum, center of political and economic activity in Pompeii, houses some incredible features including the Roman Temple of Jupiter, built in 250 BC, as well as the Basilica. The Street of Abundance is a particularly notable spot; excavation efforts reveal richly decorated villas where the bourgeoisie once lived. At the House of the Ancient Hunt, which dates back to the 2nd century BC, frescoes adorn the walls of the sophisticated, atrium-style home, leaving little to no doubt about the social status of its owner.
- Anacapri & Capri
With ragged coastlines, sparkling grottoes and stunning cliffs, the island of Capri is number two on our list. Capri is known for its incredible dining, romantic atmosphere and fantastic shopping. Take a walk down to the cliffs to admire the Faraglioni (three giant boulders jutting out of the cobalt sea). It’s one of the most spectacular views in the world.
Take a scenic drive up to Anacapri on the northern side of Mount Solaro. Make sure to check out the Villa San Michele, the late 19th century home of Axel Munthe, Swedish doctor and writer. It’s located in the heart of the Capodimonte region and claims one of the most spectacular views of the Bagni di Tiberio.
- Excursion to the crater of Vesuvius
Journey up to the most famous volcano in the world. As an active volcano that’s been dormant since 1944, Vesuvius has a peculiar history of activity that has been subject to intense study for decades, notably due to its close proximity to Naples and surrounding villages. At roughly three thousand feet above sea level, continue up the volcano on foot, admiring the unique landscape, deep void of the crater and stunning panorama of the Gulf of Naples.
- Sorrento: crown jewel of Naples
Take a leisurely stroll along the narrow streets of charming Sorrento. From the Piazza Tasso, follow the route to the Sedil Dominova, the “seat of power” from which the nobility governed the city in the 15th century. Explore the 11th century Cathedral, the Church of Saint Francis and the charming Marina Grande, Sorrento’s fishing port tucked into the bay, dotted with colorful villas and shops. Taste the famous limoncello liqueur, do some shopping and simply enjoy this charming Italian town. (P.S. Legend claims it is in these waters that the sirens tried to seduce Ulysses with their bewitching song.)
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