A colourful weekend in Naples

Naples is outgoing! It's not afraid to speak up and make itself heard! It smells of southern Italian sunshine and has such a warm, historic heart that tourists from all over the world want to meet it. Hardly surprising when you consider the city's wealth and beauty!

Easily accessible by train, bus or plane thanks to its international airport, Naples seems like the ideal place for a weekend getaway. There are as many things to do as there are treasures in this fiery city! With so much to see and do, it's easy to get lost. To remedy this and make your stay in Naples a success, follow the guide!

View from the Castel Sant'Elmo in Naples

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DAY 1: gourmet tour of the historic centre

When you arrive at Naples central station, it's important to get your bearings. The best way to do this is to head for the city's historic centre. But before that, you need to build up your strength before starting to explore Naples. Head to Pasticceria Attanasio for a warm sfogliatella. This typical Campania pastry is an excellent appetiser for all the delicious experiences that await you in Naples.

🍴Pasticceria Attanasio

This establishment celebrates sfogliatella, a pastry that is emblematic of the region. It originated in the Campania region and has become a culinary speciality. It is the Neapolitan dessert par excellence. This is the perfect address to try this delicacy.

📍 Address: Vico Ferrovia 1-2-3-4, Naples

Opening times: 6.30am to 7.30pm

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Spaccanapoli

While enjoying this pastry, it is pleasant to stroll along Spaccanapoli, a long street so named because it seems to divide the city in two. Wandering through its narrow streets is an excellent way to discover Naples and to spot some of the city's most important squares, such as Piazza del Gesù and its beautiful church, the monastery of Santa Chiara and its cloister, and the elegant Piazza San Domenico Maggiore.

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The monastery of Santa Chiara

The monastery of Santa Chiata is a wonderful place to visit. This monumental complex was built in the 14th century by King Robert of Anjou and his second wife Sancia of Majorca.

Only the church and cloister are open to visitors. But there's no need to rest on your laurels, as these two areas make for a wonderful visit. While the architecture of the church impresses visitors, onlookers will enjoy strolling through the lush green alleys of the cloister, where magnificent coloured earthenware tiles adorn the exterior. This visit offers a quiet interlude amid the hustle and bustle of the city.

Practical information

📍 Location: 49/c, Via Santa Chiara, 49/C, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy

👛 Price: €6 for full-price tickets and €5 for reduced-price tickets.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm and Sundays 10am to 2.30pm.

🚌 Getting there: line 1 of the Neapolitan metro, 200 metres from Dante metro station.

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Duomo di Napoli

From the city centre, we recommend taking Via Duomo to reach the sumptuous Duomo di Napoli, which is none other than the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Naples, home to the relics of San Gennaro, the city's patron saint. After that, you can explore the city as far as Via Foria and stop off at the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

Practical information

📍 Location: Via Duomo, 147, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy

👛 Admission: Naples Cathedral is free except for the San Giovanni Baptistery

Opening times: open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 1.30pm and from 2.30pm to 7.30pm and at weekends from 8.30am to 1.30pm and from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

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The interior of Naples Cathedral

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Piazza Bellini

After a few kilometres and a lot of sightseeing, it's been a busy day, and it's almost over. It ends with an aperitif in Piazza Bellini, a meeting place for many Neapolitans. A maze of small clubs and bars with live music will enchant your first evening in Naples.

🍴 OVEN Forno Vegetariano

This is a must-visit address if you're a fan of Italian cuisine. Vegetarian and colourful, the food at this little restaurant is very gourmet. If the Neapolitans themselves dine here, it's bound to be a good address!

📍 Location: Via S. Pietro a Maiella, 10, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy

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DAY 2: Crossing the Via Toledo

Starting from Piazza Dante, one of the most beautiful squares in Naples, cross Via Toledo, a famous shopping street, which leads to Piazza del Plebiscito, on the sides of which branch off the Quartieri Spagnoli, an ancient district where you can admire the works of many international artists, such as Bosoletti, Cyop&Kaf and Exit Enter, who have left evidence of their art in these alleyways.

An alleyway in the Spagnoli district of Naples

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