The charm of Naples is truly unique. This beautiful city is part of Campania Region, is located on the Bay of Naples in Southern Italy. In two days, there is quite a bit that you can accomplish in Naples! We can say that this is the perfect amount of time to discover the best attractions and to get a taste of the city. Naples dates back to Roman times. If you still don’t know, Naples is known for being the birthplace of pizza. It is full of stunning colorful architecture, and home to many religious sites. While you are in the area, a visit to the nearby villages is worth the time. With just two days, you can taste the legendary pizza, and there will be enough time to see all the main sights of the city, and embark on a day trip and explore the surroundings. We have planned a two-day Itinerary in Naples for you, so you get the best of it.
Explore Naples – DAY 1
You can spend your first day in Naples to explore the city and all the main attractions. This Italian city is one of the most authentic, so prepare yourself to walk a lot and take plenty of photos in order to miss nothing and have the best memories with you! Ready?
Art Stations Of The Naples Metro
If you are an art lover you should make a stop at the Art Stations of Naples Metro on Line 1 and Line 6. More than 180 works of art are open to anyone taking the metro. The very old metro station was upgraded to this wonderful project combining public transport and contemporary art as a method to promote art and culture. The artists who created these underground exhibits are international well-established names, but also young local (and yet not famous) architects.
Piazza Del Gesu Nuovo
Along the Decumano Inferiore (Spaccanapoli), located a few steps from via Toledo and Piazza Dante, in a completely pedestrian area, you will find the Piazza del Gesù Nuovo. This is a historic square that is home to various important buildings and monuments. Some of these are the Church of Gesù Nuovo, the Gothic Church of Santa Chiara, and the Immaculate Virgin spire. The Church of Gesù Nuovo is a treasure holder and has a story to tell. It is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Admire the Piazza Del Plebiscito
Piazza del Plebiscito is a stunning square and one of the largest in Naples. This historic square is home to the Royal Palace of Naples, Palazzo Salerno, the Church of San Francisco di Paola, and the Prefecture Palace. Strolling around the Piazza you can admire the various status, crafted in stone and the interesting architecture on all sides of the square.
Hike to the top of Castel Sant’Elmo
Castel Sant’Elmo was constructed in the 13th century as a defensive structure. It is a medieval fortress located on the hill of Vomero in Naples. The view from the top of Castel Sant’Elmo is speechless. You can see over Naples, with its colorful houses, Mt. Vesuvius, and, on a clear day, the island of Capri and expect a lovely panorama over the Bay of Naples. It takes quite some time to make it to the top, but the views are amazing and the hike is worth it. You can explore the ramparts of the castle, which are examples of Neapolitan military architecture. Nowadays the castle is a historical monument serving as a museum to the public and all interested persons.
Whether you are a Pizza lover or not, one does not go to Naples and pass up a pizza. Naples is where the pizza was invented, therefore, they are the masters of the pizza craft. When we say Pizza, we are talking about the authentic pizza out of the wooden oven, cooked in perfect high temperatures, thin-crusted, garnished with fresh ingredients, and extra-virgin olive oil.
History says that when the Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita di Savoia visited the city on June 11, 1889, the Queen ordered the Baker Raffaele Esposito to make her some local dishes. He baked her three types of pizzas for her. One of them had the colors that reflect the Italian national flag: Tomatoes (red), mozzarella (white), and basil leaves (green). The Queen favored this one over the others, so Raffaele named the pizza, Margherita after the Queen’s name.
Explore The Surroundings – DAY 2
Once you have seen all that Naples has to offer and sated the country’s finest Italian dishes, it is time to hit the road or embark yourself on a boat, to explore the surrounding areas and experience the best places in this spectacular part of the country. Naples is a city surrounded by natural beauty, from the magical view of the Amalfi Coast to the crater of Mount Vesuvius. On your second day prepare yourself for some breathtaking views of Campania Region!
Sorrento is the main city of the Sorrentine Peninsula, in the province of Naples. This stunning city is located only 35 minutes by ferry from Naples. It is the perfect destination for those who love crystal seawater. Here you will find an amazing sea and wonderful beaches. There are plenty of things to do in Sorrento that will make your day trip very worth it. Undoubtedly, you can see all the top things in Sorrento in half a day.
Positano is another magical Italian city, one of the most well-known and charming villages in the region, which you can visit departing from Naples. Marvel at the pearls of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the picturesque houses, blue waters, and cute streets. A day trip here is something you will never forget!
The Roman city of Pompeii was devastated by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. The city was covered and buried in ash and dust but its rediscovery in the 18th Century led to becoming a huge tourist attraction. Now it is part of UNESCO World Heritage. We can say that this can be one of the best day trips possible from Naples!
Other interesting beaches near Naples
Naples is Italy’s third-largest city so the day trip opportunities from Naples are wonderful. Here are some others from the best beaches:
Capri Island, which you might be visiting on a day trip, but be warned, you might not want to return to Naples. Ischia Island is another of the region’s most famous islands that are ready to be explored on a day trip from Naples. After discovering the beaches around Naples, we cannot say goodbye without talking about the wonderful islands of the Archipelago Campano. You will fall in love with its crystal clear sea in the Islands of Naples.
Most Instagrammable places in Naples
Naples makes the perfect destination for a good picture of your Instagram feed. Consider some below spots:
The Blue Grotto, Capri
Teatro San Carlo
- 1 Explore Naples – DAY 1
- 2 Explore The Surroundings – DAY 2
- 3 Other interesting beaches near Naples
- 4 Most Instagrammable places in Naples