What I did and saw:
Saint Elmo's Castle-
In the past, Saint Elmo's Castle has at times served many purposes. It has been a military fortress, a church, and a prison. It overlooks the city of Naples and provides some of the best views of the city below.
Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli-
Naples is situated along Mediterranean coast, and it is very nice to walk along the water. I walked past a number of resturants, street performers, and beautiful buildings such as the Castel dell'Ovo and the Castel Nuovo. The views looking out over the water are beautiful during the day and at night.
Piazza del Plebiscito-
The Piazza del Plebiscito is the main square in Naples. It is situated between the San Francesco di Paola Basilica and the Palazzo Reale. It is the site of many events, including some high end concerts. When standing in the middle of the plaza, the view is beautiful in every direction.
Galleria Umberto I (Via Toledo)-
Via Toledo is one of the main streets in Naples, and many shops are located along the street. The Galleria Umberto is also located along Via Toledo. There are shops located inside, but in my opinion the building itself is the main attraction. It is a nice place to walk though, and because it is a shopping center it is free to pass through.
Gesu Nuovo Church-
The Gesu Nuovo Church is a magnificent cathedral and one of the many beautiful buildings in Naples. It is definitely worth a visit while in Naples.
Piazza San Domenico Maggiore-
Naples has numerous beautiful plazas throughout the city, and the Piazza San Domenico Maggiore is one of them. It is a nice place to walk through, or to find a place to sit, eat, and people watch.
Where I ate and drank:
Antonio & Antonio-
Situated along the coast, Antonio & Antonio is a nice pizza place. Pizza was invented in Naples, so it is the food to try in there. While I am not a big pizza fan, the pizza at Antonio & Antonio was very good. Also, it was nice to sit by the seaside, and the service was excellent.
Twenty square meters, or Ventimetriquadri, is a great specialty coffee spot in Naples. They served me the best coffee I had while in Naples. The small, charming place serves good quality coffee, and also has a few good food options.
Gran Caffè Gambrinus-
Gran Caffè Gambrinus is an historic coffee shop located by the Piazza del Plebiscito. They serve classic Italian coffee drinks and pastries in a beatiful building.
Gino e Toto Sorbillo-
As mentioned before, with pizza being invented in Naples, it is a must to try while there. Gino e Toto Sorbillo is an historic place to get quality, genuine pizza for a really good price.
L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele-
L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele is another historic pizza place in Naples. It was featured (and visited by Julia Roberts) in the movie Eat, Pray, Love. I was also able to see the pizzas being made while I waited for mine.
Antico Forno delle Sfogliatelle Calde Fratelli Attanasio-
Sfogliatelle is a classic Neopolitan pastry. Sfogliatelle Attanasio is the number one rated bakery in Naples on TripAdvisor, and it is a great place to try sfogliatelle. If I am going to order something unhealthy in Naples I would get gelato (see below), but I was definitely glad to have the chance to try real, genuine sfogliatelle.
Menella Il Gelato-
As I mentioned above, if I am going to get something unhealthy in Italy, it is probably going to be gelato. While Rome has the best gelato I have ever tried, the gelato at Menella Il Gelato is some of the best gelato I've had outside of Rome. They have a couple locations in Naples, and a variety of extremely tasty flavors.
Where I stayed:
I found Plebiscito Apartment on Booking.com, and it was a nice place to stay while in Naples. The host was very nice, and it was about a ten minute walk from Plebiscito Square. The courtyard wasn't particularly nice, but the accommodation was very comfortable.
How I got around:
While in Naples I walked to many of the places I visited. I also used the metro, which has some very pretty, artistic stations (especially Toledo station). The terrain in Naples is very hilly, but it wasn't too difficult to get around.
My favorite thing:
The weather in Naples was very nice, and it is nicely located along the coast. The food in Naples is also excellent, by my favorite thing was the architecture and beautiful buildings throughout the city.
My least favorite thing:
While parts of Naples are excellent, there are many areas lacking in cleanliness and some areas seem to be a little sketchy. Also, it would be nice if there was an easily accessible beach to take advantage of the nice weather. All that being said, Naples seems to be a city many people avoid or just pass through, and I think they are missing out.
For next time:
Next time in Naples I would like to visit Galleria Borbonica and explore the undeground city of Naples. There are also many museums and many more magnificent buildings I would like to explore. I would also like to try more of the wonderful Neapolitan food.
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