Video: Five Things to Do in Naples
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Video: Five Things to Do in Naples

Wood-fired margherita pizza is just the beginning.

Situated on the Bay of Naples, close to Mount Vesuvius and the remains of Pompeii, this ancient Italian city makes for a perfect Italian getaway. Here are some of our favorite, fun things to do in Naples—whether you came for the historic sites (the royal palace at Caserta, the San Carlo opera house) the world of Elena Ferrante, or the iconic pizza.

Begin a trip to Naples with a little cultural immersion. Make your way to the city’s Archeology Museum to check out artifacts from ancient Pompeii—like the city’s incredible mosaics— and Herculaneum. See the work of Tiziano and Caravaggio, as well as the Borbone collections, at the Capodimonte Museum.

To dig deeper, book a tour of Pompeii, where you can see the ruins of this ancient city (including six recently unveiled villas) famously covered in volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Afterward, visit the nearby town of Herculaneum: it’s known as one of Italy’s biggest vintage clothing markets.

Schedule in plenty of time to enjoy Naples’ nightlife. At Piazza Bellini, people from coffee bars and restaurants flood the streets to socialize and share conversation over a glass of wine. One of our favorite local haunts is Grangusto, which is home to a wide selection of fine Italian wines, spirits, and brews.

What to do in Naples for dinner? You needn’t look past the Neapolitan classic. After all, the city is renowned for its wood-fired pizzas. We recommend the margherita pizza, a simple but perfectly complimentary creation of fresh tomato, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Squint, and you’ll recognize the colors of the Italian flag.

After filling up on pizza, explore the street markets of Naples. At Porto Nolana Market, visitors will find everything from bakeries and fruit stands to fishmongers, home goods, and clothing. Wander down side streets to find the city’s lesser-known antique shops and lovingly-restored churches.

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