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Naples is definitely an acquired taste. Italy's third biggest city will certainly envision strong feelings. For many this is an admiration of this quintessentially Italian city's authentic vibe, while for other people it is a dislike for that economic disparity that is available here. Sophia Loren and Enrico Caruso are native Neapolitans, and also the city is stubbornly happy with its image, and in no mood to shed its in your face “Italianess”.
 
Since late 1993, the town has searched for to beat its high crime rate by opening more museums and art galleries, therefore bringing in a cultured number of site visitors and citizens. The unconventional technique is beginning to repay, as crime is lower than 25%.The resulting sense of security has elevated tourism by almost 50 percent.
 
If Italy is the site to visit to find the best pizza and pasta on the planet, and Naples is the greatest spot to enjoy them in Italy. Naples is undoubtedly the pizza and pasta capital around the globe.
 
If you possess the time, try to have a side trip to Pompeii, the traditional city hidden with a volcanic eruption on nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The chance to determine a town frozen over time is rare, and really worth a trip.
 
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships pier at Autorita Portuale, Piazzale Pisacane, in Naples. You will find both road and rail links offered by the main harbour.
 
Buses run along four city routes, preventing at virtually every priority. Better still, make use of the Metro, that is extremely powerful and broadly used. Funiculars connect lowland points with places in the hillsides. Taxis will always be a good way to obtain around, but make certain that any taxi you receive into includes a meter.
 
Local Interests
The neighborhood tourist office, Ente Provinciale per il Turismo (Piazza dei Martiri 58,) provides you with maps and recommended itineraries throughout your remain in Naples.
 
Naples is really a city filled with museums, and you'd be remiss to overlook them. The Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Piazza Museo Nazionale 18-19) holds a number of Europe's best historical collections. There's a presentation of mosaics obtained from what continued to be of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and a range of Greek and Roman sculptures.
 
A vacation to the Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte (Parco di Capodimonte,) is outlined by an accumulation of Flemish tapestries. There's another room full of Renaissance-era works of art by Raphael and Botticelli, amongst others. While being restored after heavy damage throughout The Second World War, Santa Chiara (Via Benedetto Croce) is really a Medieval style Chapel that merits a search for its architecture. The Cappella Sansevero (Via p Sanctis 19) is notable because of its amazing sculptures, such as the breathtaking Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sammartino.
 
In case your visit transpires with fall within the month of May, you're in for any special treat. Maggio dei Monumenti, or May of Monuments, is really a month devoted to featuring the very best of what Naples needs to offer, with special occasions planned through the month.
 
Attractions

Museo Archeologico Nazionale
Delicate mosaics, frescoes from Roman villas, bronze oil lamps shaped like snails: this impressive collection of antique goodies, housed in a lofty 17th-century palazzo, is one of the world's largest and best. You'll need half a day to whizz through, despite the closure of the Egyptian section for restoration. Non-Italian speakers may find the labelling frustrating, though there are audio-guides in English.
Piazza Museo 19 00 39 081 564 9841 marcheo.napolibeniculturali.it  9am-7pm, closed Tue  €6.50
Napoli Sotterranea and San Lorenzo Maggiore (excavations)
Hemmed in by their city walls for more than 2,000 years, the Neapolitans had no option but to build over previous structures. Catch a tantalising glimpse of these older layers on an escorted underground tour through part of a Roman theatre, and the tunnels and cisterns of the ancient city's water system, used as air-raid shelters in the last war.
Nearby, excavations under San Lorenzo Maggiore have revealed a section of the Roman covered market – once housing bakers, dyers and butchers – below the traces of a sixth-century courthouse. A small museum gives more information about the site through the centuries.
Napoli Sotterranea Piazza San Gaetano 68 00 39 081 296 944 www.napolisotterranea.org Tours: Mon-Fri noon, 2pm, 4pm; Sat-Sun 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm €9.30
San Lorenzo Maggiore (excavations) Via dei Tribunali 316 00 39 081 211 0860 www.sanlorenzomaggiore.na.it Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun 9.30am-1.30pm €5
Museo di Capodimonte
By the 18th century, the art collection of Naples's Bourbon rulers and their Farnese relatives was so enormous that it took a new royal palace on a hill above the old town to house it all. These days mere mortals can pace the endless corridors, galleries and royal apartments admiring paintings and sculptures by predominantly Italian artists. It's all on such an epic scale that you'll appreciate being able to recover in the surrounding park.
Porta Piccola via Miano 200 39 081 749 9111 en.museo-capodimonte.it 8.30am-7.30pm, closed Wed €7.50
Capella Sansevero
Santa Chiara has its Majolica-tiled cloister and a Roman bath, Gesu Nuovo has its frescoes and unusual façade and the Duomo has its gilded treasures and saintly relics, but they're models of ecclesiastical restraint compared with tiny Sansevero Chapel. Originally built in 1590, its interior was remodelled in high Baroque style two centuries later: cue coloured marble, stucco and trompe l'oeil decoration, plus a multiplicity of statues of saints, cherubs and mythical creatures.
Via F de Sanctis 1900 39 081 551 8470 www.museosansevero.it Mon and Wed-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-1.30pm  €6
Pompeii and Herculaneum
Vesuvius's eruption in AD79 may have been disastrous for the people of Pompeii and Herculaneum, but for posterity it has been a blessing. Pompeii, smothered by volcanic ash and cinders, is a revelation: a neat grid of cart-rutted paved streets lined with two-storey houses with gardens and courtyards, and shops complete with signs and counters, not to mention public baths, theatres and an amphitheatre. Herculaneum, drowned in boiling mud, is even better preserved, though only partly excavated, with delicate frescoes and mosaics that you'd swear were newer than 2,000 years old.
If your imagination needs help reconstructing Roman times, stop off at the new multi-media museum in Ercolano, halfway between the site and the station. Along with volcanic rumblings and hissing jets of steam, there are holograms, street cries and screens showing villas and streets before and after.
Pompeii Via Villa dei Misteri 200 39 081 857 5347 www.pompeiisites.org 8.30am-7.30pm (5pm Nov-Mar); last entry 90 minutes before closing
 
Excursion To Pompeii
The traditional city, hidden throughout an eruption by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, was dug from underneath a lot of ash and stone that covered it. The chance to determine a town apparently frozen over time is something you will not wish to avoid. The tourist office (Via Sacra 1,) can help you get where you're going around.
 
See the Veiled Christ at Capella Sansevero
topnaples7Tour guides and art books often use words like “the statue seems to come to life” to describe well-carved marble figures, but I think that phrase is so overused as to feel meaningless. It’s exactly what springs to mind, however, when you get a look at the Veiled Christ sculpture in the center of the Sansevero Chapel. Carved in 1753 by Giuseppe Sanmartino, it shows the figure of Christ lying under what looks like a piece of the thinnest of fabrics. The facial features are clearly visible, as are the body and even the crucifixion wounds, but the entire body is covered by the delicate folds of a cloth. The visual effect is truly stunning. There are two other sculptures of note in the Capella Sansevero, each dedicated to one of the parents of the man who commissioned them and built the chapel, but it’s the Veiled Christ which rightfully commands all the attention.
 
Tour Naples Underground
If you’re reading the words “Naples” and “underground” and thinking it's referring to the city’s “seedy underbelly,” then think again. Let's talking about the area literally underneath your feet as you’re walking around the historic center. Rome isn’t the only city that’s a honeycomb of ruins below street level – Naples also has trouble building Metro lines! There’s a tour in Naples that’s just about what lies underfoot, called Napoli Sotteranea, which includes ruins from Greek and Roman times and can be worth a stop. But my favorite glimpse at centuries past is underneath the San Lorenzo Maggiore church where you’ll find the remains of a Roman market. What’s extra cool about the ruins under San Lorenzo are that, unlike something like the Roman Forum where you have to really use your imagination to picture what the streets and buildings once looked like, the Roman market that’s been excavated under San Lorenzo includes storefronts with walls and ceilings intact. What’s more, you can walk into them to get a peek at the Roman laundry (one basin for washing, another for rinsing) and Roman bakery (the bread oven in the back looks essentially like the pizza ovens in Naples do today). Plus, it’s not just the Romans who are represented – there are Greek ruins under San Lorenzo, too. The whole thing gives you chills – and not just because it’s downright cold underground.
 
Visit the National Archaeological Museum
If you’re taking a day trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum but if you want to see all the “stuff” that used to be at both of those locations before they were excavated, you don’t even need to leave Naples. The city’s National Archaeological Museum houses one of the most remarkable collections of Roman art and artifact anywhere, including massive fresco and mosaic panels as well as sculpture taken from Pompeii and Herculaneum. The pity is that the museum’s descriptions are borderline abysmal, the audio-guide is meh, and the entire building’s layout so confusing that it’s possible to miss an entire wing and never realize it. Still, it’s absolutely one of Naples’ top sights and you don’t want to miss it – just come equipped with a self-guided walking tour from a good guidebook, or sign up for a guided tour with a reputable tour company
 
Wander Aimlessly in the Historic Center
The best way to see Venice is to get lost there, enjoy the historic center of Naples is to wander without a plan. The only difference between the two cities is that a map is actually helpful in Naples’ old center, and you should carry one. The storico antico is at once ancient and modern – the street plan is older than the hills and the buildings have contained shops and apartments for centuries. But unlike some kind of preserved museum piece, the old center is very much alive. What’s spilling out of those shops may have changed over the last several hundred years, but the fact that it’s a storefront hasn’t. It’s a densely populated area and the locals don’t slow down for tourists. It’s frenetic, it’s not advisable to wander alone at night, and there are parts of even the small historic center you probably don’t want to visit without a guide. But this is easily one of the most exciting ways I can think of to see history as a living thing. (Plus, these streets are eye-candy for photographers.)
 
Dining & Night life
Naples is known for pizza and spaghetti. In the event that seems like just a little slice of paradise, you are set for a Neapolitan treat. Masaniello (Via Donnalbina 28) will treat you want a king. You will find no menus here. Rather, your server will probe you deeply regarding your tastes for the approaching meal, and also the dish is cooked to buy from your solutions. For outstanding pizza, you will be challenged to top Pizzeria Brandi (Salita Santa Anna di Palazzo). Each time you grip a Pizza Margherita, you're taking pleasure in a slice in history. Within the 1800s, who owns the pizzeria was asked to prepare for that Full of Italia, Margherita di Savoia. His concoction of mozzarella cheese, tomato plants, tulsi, and essential olive oil is scrumptious the Full honored the creation by permitting so that it is named after her. Pizzeria Umberto (Via Alabardieri 30) is yet another excellent option for pizza connoisseurs.
 
For any fantastic dining experience, try to catch the banquet at Simposium (Via Benedetto Croce 38). Book your place early for Saturday evening at nine o'clock. Your food is preceded with a lecture on the selected historic event. Males and ladies dine individually, and also the wine flows freely from authentic clay pitchers.
 
If you do nothing else during your time in Naples – and I’m talking about even if your cruise ship docks in Naples and gives you a paltry two hours of free time – you must eat pizza in Naples. It may sound weird that the first thing to do or see in a city is actually something to eat, but this is, after all, the birthplace of pizza (probably Italy’s most popular food export) and the locals take their signature dish very seriously. Make sure you go to a pizzeria that’s serving “pizza vera napoletana,” true Neapolitan pizza, and you’ll be good to go. Some people rave about Da Michele and its whopping two different kinds of pizzas on offer. Wherever you go, savor the experience, and know that you may very well be spoiled for pizza for the rest of your life and  you’ll be glad about it. Oh, and if you don’t have time for a sit-down meal, you could do worse than to order a pizza fritta, or fried pizza, to go – it’s deep-fried pizza dough with (usually) cheese and (sometimes) meat inside, folded up and ready to be munched on the move.
 
Yes, another food thing is making an appearance on this list. But any good meal has to include something sweet (at least in our book), so we can’t make this list without talking about Naples’ signature sweet pastry, the sfogliatella (sfogliatelle is the plural; the singular is pronounced zfohl|yah|TELL|ah). It’s a study in contradictions – light layers of flaky pastry dough on the outside hide a dense filling of sweetened ricotta cheese on the inside. You’ll usually find two varieties – called riccia (REE|chah) and frolla (FROHL|lah). The former has the flaky exterior (and is more difficult to make), the latter has a smooth outer crust (and is no less delicious). They’re often eaten for breakfast, but it's as a snack any time of the day. They’re sweet enough to satisfy a dessert-like craving, but not so sweet as to make you ill. In fact, if you wanted to have a dessert after you’d eaten your sfogliatella. Given how much the Neapolitans like their sweets.
 
After sundown, go to Hug Hug (Via Sgambati 47). Two floors of wall-to-wall dancing await you. Head to Tongue (Via Manzoni 201), another hot Naples nightclub. Should you want a more peaceful evening, go to the Otto Jazz Club (Piazzetta Cariati 23) or Riot.
 
Shopping
Naples is a great source for Italian designer clothes and accessories, as well as for antiques and crafts. You have to know your stuff, though, because it was here that counterfeit goods were invented back in the 17th or 18th century. We advise you to stay away from fakes altogether, even if the price seems right; you risk heavy fines at Customs on your way home, as most countries are cracking down on such purchases as a way to protect brand identity. You also run the risk of being fined on the spot by the police.
 
For more casual shopping and some specialty stores, try strolling the popular Via Toledo/Via Roma in the Quartieri Spagnoli/historical center. Here you will find the historical chocolate factory Gay-Odin, Via Toledo 214 and Via Toledo 427 (tel. 081/417-843; www.gay-odin.it). The area is also home to the elegant shops of the Galleria Umberto I, such as Ascione 1855 (tel. 081-421111) and its cameo workshop, where you can observe the delicate process of carving agate and coral, and also purchase unique jewelry.
 
 Among the many delights of Naples are the presepi, nativity scenes that pop up everywhere, any time of the year and, not surprisingly, come out in force at Christmas time. Figures are carved in wood or fired in ceramic. Mainstays are Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus, the donkey, the Wise Men, and angels, though the Neapolitan repertoire often expands to soccer stars and other celebrities. The settings are often a lot more elaborate than a humble manger: medieval town squares, rusticated villages with thatched cottages and spinning water-wheels, elaborate caves that look like some troglodyte fantasy. The Museo di San Martino (Largo San Martino 8; (tel) 081-5781769; admission 6€; open Thurs–Tues 8:30am–7:30pm) shows off the world’s largest presepe, an 18th-century concoction with hundreds of figures and objects; it’s the museum’s most popular display, and it’s thronged at Christmastime. You can piece together your own scene with a walk down Via San Gregorio Armeno, where year round, dozens of shops sell figures beginning at about 15€. You can also buy a complete scene for anywhere from 100€ well into five digits, or have one specially made with figures of your family and favorite celebrities (as many Neapolitans so). As you peruse these holy scenes, be aware that pickpockets flock to the street like sheep to a Bethlehem hillside with the unholy intent of preying on distracted gawkers glued to shop windows. Among the most reputable shops are Gambardella Pastori, Via San Gregorio Armeno 40 ((tel) 081-5517107); Giuseppe Ferrigno, Via San Gregorio Armeno 10 ((tel) 081-5523148); and Amendola, Via San Gregorio Armeno 51 ((tel) 081-5514899).
 
looking for a presepio. The most reputable workshops are Gambardella Pastori, Via San Gregorio Armeno 40 (tel. 081-5517107); Giuseppe Ferrigno, Via San Gregorio Armeno 10 (tel. 081-5523148); and Amendola, Via San Gregorio Armeno 51 (tel. 081-5514899). Via San Biagio dei Librai is lined with interesting shops selling paper goods and jewelry. Good addresses for antique prints and books are Libreria Colonnese, Via San Pietro a Majella 32 (tel. 081-459858); Dante e Descartes, Via Mezzocannone 75 (tel. 081-5515368); and Colonnese, Via Carlo Poerio 92 (tel. 081-7642627).




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