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3 don’t miss itineraries if you have just 3 hours in Naples

3 don't miss itineraries if you have just 3 hours in Naples

You just arrived in Naples and you only have 2-3 hours to see as much as possible? Don’t sweat it, we have just the right itinerary for you!

 

Essential

Piazza Municipio and Maschio Angioino

Within 100 meters of the port, Piazza Municipio (City Hall square) represents a mandatory stop for everyone visiting Naples: it’s close to several of the city’s touristic hotspots and is also a strategic panoramic location, from which you can admire the Maschio Angioino (Castel Nuovo), the Vesuvio and (from downhill) the Certosa di San Martino. Right in the middle of the square sits the statue of Neptune, realized under the supervision of Domenico Fontana and with the collaboration of Michelangelo Naccherino, Angelo Landi and Pietro Bernini.

Piazza Trieste e Trento

Flanking the Maschio Angioino and strolling along Via Vittorio Emanuele III first and Via San Carlo farther along, you can enjoy the view of Galleria Umberto I on one side and the San Carlo Theatre (the oldest and still active opera house in the world) on the other. Piazza Trieste e Trento, is home to the Fontana del Carciofo (Fountain of artichoke) and the Church of San Ferdinando

Piazza del Plebiscito

Right next to Piazza Trieste e Trento, is the most famous of the city’s squares: Piazza del Plebiscito. From here you can access the Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco di Paola for free, while you will need a ticket to enter the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace).

Via Toledo

Taking a walk in Via Toledo (Via Roma) is definitely a must, as it is one of the oldest streets in Naples. More, it offers a broad variety of shopping venues, food kiosks and cultural/artistic hotspots, such as Galleria Umberto I and Palazzo Zavellos (which usually hosts temporary exhibitions).

 

Do-not-miss free places
Piazza Municipio
Piazza Trieste e Trento
Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco di Paola
Via Toledo
Galleria Umberto I

Panoramic spots
Piazza Municipio (in the background the Gulf and Vesuvio, from downhill the Certosa)
Piazza del Plebiscito (Basilica, Palazzo Reale, Certosa from downhill, Vesuvio behind the Palazzo Reale)
Galleria Umberto I
Intersection Via Toledo – Via Santa Brigida

Do-not-miss paid attractions (we suggest to pick just 1 if you only have 2-3 hours)
Maschio Angioino
Teatro San Carlo
Palazzo Reale
Palazzo Zevallos

Do-not-miss experiences
Have coffee at Gran Caffè Gambrinus (Piazza Trieste e Trento)
Eat pizza fritta at Esterina (Via Toledo)
Eat a sfogliatella at Pintauro (Via Toledo)
Get luckier buying a corniciello from Napolimania (Via Toledo)

 

Historic Center

Piazza Bovio

Just a few minutes from the port you can find Piazza Bovio (Piazza Borsa). Well-known for the Stock-exchange and for the monument in honor of Vittorio Emanuele II. Continuing on Corso Umberto I, after admiring the beautiful building of Naples’ University Federico II, you can go up Via Mezzocannone, one of the liveliest streets in the city, populated by students and young people at all times of day.

Piazza San Domenico

Uphill Via Mezzocannone you’ll find yourself in Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, with its majestic obelisk and its must-see church. Behind the piazza is the Cappella di San Severo, which houses the breathtaking Cristo Velato. Adjacent to the square you can see Piazzetta Nilo and Via San Biagio dei Librai, where you can truly get in touch with the Neapolitan culture: you’re in Spaccanapoli, a perfect mix of food places (offering traditional local cuisine), youth bars, shops, boutiques and artisanal workshops.

San Gregorio Armeno

From Spaccanapoli you can turn on Via San Gregorio Armeno, famous worldwide as the street of the Nativity-scene makers. Anywhere you turn, you will find workshops to admire and purchase the traditional Neapolitan Nativity Scene figures.

Via dei Tribunali

At the end of San Gregorio Armeno, you can turn left on Via dei Tribunali, a definite must for everyone planning to experience the authentic Neapolitan pizza. Noteworthy attractions found in this famous street include the Basilica di San Paolo Maggiore, the Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore and Napoli Sotterranea (Naples Underground).

Piazza del Gesù Nuovo

After enjoying the view of Piazza Bellini (at the end of Via dei Tribunali) and taking the picturesque Via San Sebastiano, you will reach Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, which houses two of the city’s most suggestive and culturally rich attractions: the Santa Chiara complex and the Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo. Crossing the square with its beautiful obelisk, you can descend toward Piazza Monteoliveto and the Chiesa di Sant’Anna dei Lombardi.

Piazza Municipio

From Piazza Monteoliveto, a nice stroll on Via Toledo will take you back toward the port, passing through Via San Carlo and Via Vittorio Emanuele III. The itinerary ends in Piazza del Municipio, a strategic panoramic location from which you can admire and photograph the Maschio Angioino (Castel Nuovo), the Vesuvio and (from downhill) the Certosa di San Martino. This beautiful square is also enriched by the statue of Neptune, sitting at its center.

 

Do-not-miss free places
Panoramic spots for photos
Piazza San Domenico
Spaccanapoli
Via San Gregorio Armeno
Chiesa San Gregorio Armeno
Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo
Piazza Municipio (in the background the Gulf and Vesuvio, from downhill the Certosa)

Do-not-miss paid attractions (we suggest to pick just 1 if you only have 2-3 hours)
Maschio Angioino
Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore
Napoli Sotterranea
Do-not-miss experiences

 

The Luxury Choice

Piazza Municipio and Maschio Angioino

Within 100 meters of the port, Piazza Municipio (City Hall square) represents a mandatory stop for everyone visiting Naples, as it is close to several of the city’s touristic hotspots and is also a strategic panoramic place, from which you can admire the Maschio Angioino (Castel Nuovo), the Vesuvio and (from downhill) the Certosa di San Martino. Right in the middle of the square sits the statue of Neptune, realized under the supervision of Domenico Fontana and with the collaboration of Michelangelo Naccherino, Angelo Landi and Pietro Bernini.

Piazza Trieste e Trento

Flanking the Maschio Angioino and strolling along Via Vittorio Emanuele III first and Via San Carlo farther along, you can enjoy the view of Galleria Umberto I on one side and the San Carlo Theatre (the oldest and still active opera house in the world) on the other. Piazza Trieste e Trento is home to the Fontana del Carciofo (Fountain of artichoke) and the Church of San Ferdinando.

Piazza del Plebiscito

Right next to Piazza Trieste e Trento is Piazza del Plebiscito, the most famous of the city’s squares. From here, you can access the Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco di Paola for free, while you will need a ticket to enter the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace).

Lungomare

Crossing Piazza del Plebiscito you will find yourself at the beginning of the Lungomare (seafront): we suggest to cut through the Borgo di Santa Lucia to find yourself directly in front of the Castel dell’Ovo, which can be visited for free. Strolling along Via Partenope you will end up in Piazza Vittoria, from which you can enter the Villa Comunale.

Piazza dei Martiri

Turning your back to the sea, you can go up Via Calabritto, well known for the many high-fashion boutiques, and reach Piazza dei Martiri, so called in honor of the monument that occupies the center of this square.

Via Chiaia

Continuing straight ahead, you can head back toward the port through Via Chiaia. One of the city’s most vital streetsand, also thanks to its majestic bridge, built in 1636 and first restored in 1836 in neoclassic style. Along this beautiful street you will find plenty of shops and have the chance to taste some of Naples’ many specialities.

 

Do-not-miss free places
Piazza Municipio
Piazza Trieste e Trento
Chiesa di San Ferdinando
Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco di Paola
Lungomare
Chiesa di Santa Lucia a Mare
Castel dell’Ovo
Villa Comunale
Piazza dei Martiri
Via Chiaia

Panoramic spots
Piazza Municipio (in the background the Gulf and Vesuvio, from downhill the Certosa)
Piazza del Plebiscito (Basilica, Palazzo Reale, Certosa from downhill, Vesuvio behind the Palazzo Reale)
Via Partenope
Castel dell’Ovo
Piazza Vittoria
Piazza dei Martiri
Gradoni di Chiaia
Ponte di Chiaia

Do-not-miss paid attractions (we suggest to pick just 1 if you only have 2-3 hours)
Maschio Angioino
Teatro San Carlo
Palazzo Reale

Do-not-miss experiences
Have coffee at Gran Caffè Gambrinus
Buy a haute-couture tie at Marinella
Enjoy a happy hour on the Lungomare

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