See Naples and then return
Visiting Naples in a day is a great opportunity but also a great shame. A great shame, because the city deserves a longer visit, and a great opportunity because even a single day offers an exciting experience.
Reaching Naples by train allows you to immediately enjoy one of the marvels of the city: the new metro. Indeed, Naples is not just synonymous with the past and with tradition but also with modernity, and this is demonstrated by the most beautiful metro in the world, both in terms of the architecture of the stations, and in terms of the artworks contained and integrated into these stations. The station Garibaldi is extremely beautiful, and holds two magnificent works by Pistoletto. You can disembark at Toledo, another magnificent station, and surface on the liveliest street in Naples. It leads into the beautiful and spacious street opened by the Spanish in 1600 and reaches Piazza Dante and then the Archaeological Museum, which hosts extraordinary relics from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Magnificent mosaics (including the famous battle of Isso), frescos and statues discovered in the most beautiful villas of Pompeii are gathered here. Whoever has already been to Pompeii will find the museum a magnificent complement to their visit, while those who have not yet been to Pompeii will find reason to do so here.
Exiting from the Museum, you reach the Greek part of Naples, the ancient city founded by the Greeks in the 7th century B.C. The urban layout in the historic centre of Naples is still that which was designed by its ancient founders, with the three ‘decumani’ (the longitudinal streets of Greek and then Roman urban-planning) that run the length of it and the street that extends from the hill to the sea, the ‘cardo’, known today as ‘Spaccanapoli’, which dissects it. This is where the colour of the city, the laundry lines stretched between the alleyways, the most beautiful monuments from the Medieval and Baroque eras, and the culinary tradition that has spread across the world and has its origins in Naples all meet. It’s now time for lunch, and in Via dei Tribunali – one of the three ‘decumani’ – you can find some of the most historic and famous pizzerias of Naples: choose one, queue up with Neapolitans and tourists from all over the world, and taste a true pizza.
The visit continues with the marvellous churches of this part of the city, San Domenico Maggiore, San Giorgio Maggiore and the Sansevero Chapel with the veiled Christ, and the Santa Chiara Convent with its magnificent majolica cloister. And don’t miss the walk to San Gregorio Armeno, the street of nativities, with its artisan workshops of terracotta shepherds dating back to the eighteenth-century tradition of Capodimonte.
Visit Naples: the sea, the gulf
At this point, you descend towards the sea that until now has been absent, at least to arrive at the Royal Palace and the Angevin Keep, admiring the magnificent Triumphal Arch, a master work of fifteenth-century sculpture, and look out onto the Gulf. The panorama is one of the most famous in the world: in the background, the majestic and (for now) tranquil Vesuvius, the island of Capri and the peninsula of Sorrento. Here, the Grand Hotel Angiolieri is waiting for you, from whose terraces you can admire the city of Naples, far off and beautiful, remembering the beauty of the excursion.