Naples, Italy – What to do in a 24 hour trip

It has always been a dream of mine to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum and so in May 2015 on a trip to Europe I stopped off in Naples for 7 days so that I could explore the area.

I arrived at the airport and got the Naples Alibus Airport Shuttle bus to the Napoli Centrale train station, it runs every 20 minutes and costs 3 Euro one way, much cheaper than a taxi.

I based myself in Hostel Macini near the Napoli Centrale train station so that I could get out of the city to easily visit Mt Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum & The Amalfi Coast.  It’s a great little hostel, the staff were super friendly, breakfast included, free wifi and very clean.  They helped me with what to do in the city & how to get to places outside of the city that I wanted to visit.

I arrived early afternoon, got a map and was given some great ideas on where to go. So I got the metro and walked along Via Caracciolo, this is a street alongside the sea, that is partly pedestrianised with amazing views of Mt Vesuvius (it is ranked number 4 out of 353 things to do in Naples on tripadvisor).

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As you walk along the sea front, you reach Castel dell’Ovo, it’s a 15 century castle, with a walkway out to it as it sits in the sea.  There is no entrance fee as you are unable to get into many of the interior rooms but it is worth a visit and a walk to the top of the castle to see the amazing views.

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I then walked up to Piazza del Plebiscito, a large public square in the centre of Naples and visited the church of San Francesco di Paola.  It’s an impressive square with some beautiful buildings in the streets around it.

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When looking for things to do in Naples, I heard that there was a walking tour of the aqueduct below the city. The aqueduct was originally built by the romans and then a new aqueduct was built in 1629. It was shut in 1884 due to the cholera epidemic but now part of it is open for you to walk through, you can see the botanical experiments done there, a Roman Cistern , Greek Cistern and an air raid shelter.  There is also a Roman Theatre in this area, that over time the walls have been incorporated within local houses, in the basement of one of these houses you can see some of the ruins and part of the corridors of the theatre.  This is run by Napoli Sotterranea.  Well worth a visit on a hot or rainy day.

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I finished my trip in Naples with a walk up to Certosa di San Martino, it’s a former monastery complex on top of the Vomero hill, with amazing views of the city and Mt Vesuvius.

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There is so much to do in Naples, I could easily have stayed longer and the region is beautiful.  I am sure I will be back in the future for another visit.

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19 thoughts on “Naples, Italy – What to do in a 24 hour trip

  1. Naples is definitely a beautiful city! The underground aqueduct is so interesting, I think that ancient structure like that existing under the modern city is intriguing. Also it’s great that you can go there on a hot or rainy day! Looks like you had great weather for your visit, though.

  2. I love every place that you feature on this post. I wish I can also walk in the hallways of a castle too, that’s so fairytale-ish..hehe! The monastery also offers a great panoramic view of Naples. Thanks for sharing your experience!. 🙂

  3. Naples is so underrated. It has a sad reputation of being a bit slummy with risks to travellers. That being said, your post shows the beauty of the city with its incredible seaside and architecture. I have been to Naples travelling through to Pompeii and found the pizza there exceptional!

  4. I’ve heard negative things about Naples but your post says otherwise! I’m glad you had a wonderful time. I’ve been fascinated with Roman history since highschool so I would love to visit that underground aqueduct. We’re going to the Amalfi Coast next spring and we may just add Naples to our itinerary!

  5. How was it walking through the aqueduct? It looks a bit creepy. I love the blue skies there! Its a beautiful blue. Never been to Italy – hoping one day I will be there ?

  6. I’ve just finished watching the show Spartacus, so I’ve become a bit of a geek for Roman history, this sounds like such an interesting place to visit! And nice and close to Pompei as well for a day trip, doesn’t get much better!

  7. I have never hard of the place so it is nice to stumble upon something of the beaten track so to speak. I don’t think I will get a chance to visit the place, nevertheless I’m glad I got a bit of an inside about the place as it looks lovely. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. I would love to visit Naples. Looks like you had a great time. The aqueduct under Naples looks really interesting; glad the cholera epidemic has passed. 😉 I’d love to know more about the botanical experiments. And great views from the monastery.

  9. I’ve never been to Italy. I missed it in my last trip to Europe but I won’t make that mistake again. Until now I hadn’t really considered Naples as Italy has some stunning cities and I won’t be able to see them all. I will definitely rethink including Naples on the itinerary now as I have seen a different side.

  10. I too have always wanted to visit Naples. After seeing your photos and reading this post I’m even more desperate to go. One day I’ll follow in your footsteps literally to the Certosa di San Martino.

  11. Naples has never really been up there on our bucket list but after reading your post its made us want to visit!! The city looks awesome – cool pictures too. The church of San Francesco di Paola looks really pretty too, glad you enjoyed your trip.

  12. I have been to Napoli in 2015 myself and fell in love with the beautiful chaotic city (and it’s delicious food of course). I was lucky to have a local as a guide so I could explore the nightlife too and don’t be afraid I will get mugged 😀 I loved the views over the city from Certosa di San Martino too and I was lucky to be there in a sunny day, same as you 🙂

  13. It’s good to read about place in Italy other than Rome, I just checked the map to see exactly where Naples is as I’m visiting Italy this autumn but unfortunately I’ll be crossing the Northern part and San Marino so Naples is a little far. I often choose places close to the main stations for the simple reason that I don’t want to go far with my bags, this hostel sounds perfect as does the breakfast. The hike up Vomero hill much have been so easy after your adventures in Peru! The views of the city from up there were brilliant though.

  14. The castle in the middle of the sea looks stunning! Its amazing how they could build such structures back in those days. I would love to visit Naples just to do the walking tour of the underground Aqueduct. And ofcourse to enjoy the view at Certosa de San Martino.

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