Things to Do in Naples, Italy

Looking for things to do in Naples Italy? Here’s how to get from Rome to Naples, museums, where to stay, and the best pizza in Naples Italy.

Things to Do in Naples Italy

Things to do in Naples

After a trip to Rome, Alex and I made a quick 1 stop in Naples Italy before continuing on to the Amalfi Coast. The main draw of Naples? THE PIZZA. Naples Italy is the birthplace of pizza. We could not wait to make a pizza pilgrimage to Naples! Though it was only 1 1/2 days in Naples, we hit up all the highlights. If you’re in the area, we’d recommend making sure to hit up Pompeii, Capri and the Amalfi Coast. But if you have even a few days, Naples is worth the step! Here are some things to do in Naples that we enjoyed, including how to get from Rome to Naples, museums, where to stay, and of course: the best pizza in Naples Italy!

Rome to Naples

So, how did we get from Rome to Naples? Is there a Rome to Naples train? Yes! If you rented a car, you could drive, but driving in Europe is a bit crazy and requires quite a bit or pre-planning. Trains, on the other hand are fast, cheap, and relatively easy to navigate! There are dozens of daily trains from Rome Termini Station to Naples Centrale. From there, you can easily walk or grab a cab. Pro tip: If you’re planning on continuing to the Amalfi Coast from Naples, ask your hotel for the name of a taxi service the wiyll pick you up in Naples and drop you off at your hotel! It’s not terribly expensive and the luxury is worth it with all of the winding roads!

Things to Do in Naples Italy

We easily fell in love with Naples; though the streets had a bit more “grunge” than Rome, they were incredibly charming. The big question we hear from people: is Naples Italy dangerous? We found that during the day, it was completely lovely. After dark the streets got a little more abandoned, so just be mindful about where you’re walking after dark.

The best pizza in Naples Italy

Naples Italy is all about pizza, since it is where pizza was invented. We were expecting a lot from Naples. And boy, did it deliver! Here’s how to find some of the best pizza in Naples Italy–and the entire world! Not an exaggeration. We’re sharing our two best pizza experiences below.

The first Neapolitan pizza we tried was from Di Matteo, a little street stand where a pizza is 1 Euro. There are no tables, so you just grab it to go.. We tried pizza marinara, crust with tomatoes and garlic (no cheese). The pizza is folded into a triangle and wrapped in paper. The crust was perfectly chewy, and the tomatoes bright and tangy. It was like holding a little piece of heaven.

The Best Pizza in Naples Italy | Di Matteo

The Best Pizza in Naples Italy | Da Michele

The VERY BEST PIZZA IN THE WORLD is at Da Michele in Naples. Oh also, the best pizza in Naples, in our opinion. After eating artisan pizza all over Italy and the US, this is it. We’ve told friends to go to Naples just for Da Michele and they have been absolutely blown away. Fun fact: Da Michele was famously featured in the movie Eat Pray Love, if you know the scene where Julia Roberts eats pizza. And really, in all honesty, this was the best pizza we’ve ever tasted.

Da Michele serves two flavors, pizza marinara (crust and tomato sauce) and pizza margherita (tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil). We went for margarita and everything about it was absolute perfection: the tender crust, the tomato sauce that tasted more like tomatoes than biting into one, and ooey gooey mozzarella cheese. Because it’s cooked for just a few minutes in a flaming hot wood fired oven, the middle gets a bit gooey and you might need to eat it with a knife and fork. It’s all part of the fun!

The fun thing about Da Michele is that guests sit family-style, even separate parties. We had the pleasure of sitting with Enzo, a business man originally from Naples. Chatting with him as we downed our pizza together was a highlight of Naples. We even included the photo of him cutting his Da Michele pizza below in our pizza chapter of our cookbook Pretty Simple Cooking! It’s the only photo in the entire book that was not shot in our Indianapolis kitchen.

Related:  Make it at home: our perfect Neapolitan style pizza recipe!

The Best Pizza in Naples Italy | Da Michele

More things to do in Naples

After you eat pizza, there’s still lots of things to do in Naples Italy! The National Museum in Naples is wonderful to see if you have time. We were able to see many of the mosaics rescued from Pompeii, which we visited on our honeymoon. If you’re staying several days in Naples, taking a train ride to Pompeii is a must! At Pompeii, you’ll see the remains of the ruins of the city after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. You can walk around and see the buildings, streets, mosaics, and murals that survived from this thriving city and it’s truly fascinating.

Things to Do in Naples Italy | National Museum

Things to Do in Naples Italy | Pompeii mosaic

(Here’s a mosaic that survived from Pompeii in The National Musuem in Naples.)

Strolling the streets in historic Naples Italy is also a must. This is one of our favorite photographs from the trip: Piazza del Plebiscito with a moody sky.

Things to Do in Naples Italy

Also make sure to walk around in Naples by the water and the marina. The views of the bay with a backdrop of Mount Vesuvius are spectacular.

Things to Do in Naples Italy | Mount Vesuvius

Things To Do in Naples Italy | Marina

Things to Do in Naples Italy

Things to Do in Naples Italy

Where to stay in Naples Italy

In Naples we stayed at a hotel called La Ciliegina. It was a great location, and the breakfast in bed game was spot on.

Where to Stay in Naples Italy

You can use Naples Italy as a starting point to the Amalfi Coast from Rome! From Naples, you can ferry or bus to Positano or Amalfi, or take the ferry across the bay to Capri.

Things to Do in Naples Italy | Capri | Amalfi Coast

Summary

Naples is a super charming city with amazing pizza, incredible history (don’t miss Pompeii!), and easy access to Capri and the Amalfi Coast. We’d love to go back and explore. Have you been to Naples? Are you looking to go? Let us know if this post was helpful in the comments below!

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Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

35 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    July 27, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    This was so fun to read! I’m moving to Sicily in September, so I’m currently planning a few trips around Italy while I’m living there and find this post so helpful! Question: when you’re just taking pictures of the city-scape, what’s your go-to lens? I was thinking a 35mm would be good, but am wondering what you guys chose! xoxo

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      Alex
      July 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      That’s exciting! What will you be doing in Sicily? We took a 24-70mm lens and a 35mm. They both worked great for city shots! It’s definitely nice to have something on the wider end of things.

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        Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
        July 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm

        Thanks so much for letting me know! My man is moving there for part of his PhD, so I decided to tag along and work in a lab while I’m over there. I can’t wait!

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    Millie l Add A Little
    July 27, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Such a lovely collection of photos!! Makes me want to go back to eat the amazing food!

    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

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    Denae
    July 27, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Amazing photographs. I have an ache in my stomach to return to Italy. The Forum is also one of my favorite historic sites as well. And the food! I’m getting hungry.

    • Reply
      Alex
      July 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Thanks!

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    Tieghan
    July 27, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Such amazing photos. I love reading through this post, perfect way to end my night! And really, what an incredible trip. I hope to make it there some day. oh and all the pizza!! YUM!

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      Alex
      July 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Tieghan! Glad you enjoyed the post :)

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    Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ
    July 28, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Are you going to share pics of the Amalfi coast too? I look forward to them. I was born and raised in Napoli: I completely forgot that abroad Da Michele is known mainly because of the movie! Amazing pictures, thanks for sharing your experience with such lovely words.

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      Alex
      July 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Thank you for reading! We’ll be sharing Amalfi pictures next week.

  • Reply
    bethan bodaszewski
    July 28, 2014 at 4:36 am

    What beautiful photos. They bring back memories of our trip a few weeks ago. A magical place for sure :)

  • Reply
    Molly
    July 28, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Beautiful journey. I love your denim/chambray dress- where did you get it?

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      Alex
      July 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks! I believe the dress was from Loft :)

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        Molly
        July 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

        It’s no longer on sale at LOFT, but I just tracked one down on Ebay. Thanks!

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    July 28, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Such beautiful pictures! I’m sure you could frame more than few for your home. They’re just gorgeous.

    That pasta sounds incredible too. Let us know when you perfect the al dente! I’d love to learn a few tips.

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      Alex
      July 28, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks! We’re hoping to get a few printed on canvases for our house :) And, we’ll let you know when we perfect the pasta!

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    Karen - 2Teaspoons
    July 28, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Fantastic photos and trip! My husband and I are planning a trip back to Italy for 2015 and I’m totally excited about using some of your recommendations. We’ve been there a couple of times and I totally agree….oh, the food! The four course home cooked meal you had looks out of this world! :-)

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    July 29, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Amazing photos. When I travel I feel like it’s difficult to fully convey in a post the sights, sounds, and feelings of the experience. But your writing and photography seemed to capture your experience perfectly. I look forward to your Italian-inspired recipes to come!

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    Kathryn
    July 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I’ve only ever driven through Naples and normally tried to get out of it as soon as possible but this post makes me think that I should take some more time to explore it (and eat pizza…)

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      Alex
      July 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      It certainly has it’s own type of charm! The streets kind of emptied after dark, so we didn’t do much exploring at that point, but otherwise we had a ton of fun there!

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    Dena Norton
    July 31, 2014 at 6:42 am

    These photos are just gorgeous and such a good reminder of our trip to Italy a few years back. Thanks for bringing back those warm memories this morning!

    • Reply
      Alex
      July 31, 2014 at 11:57 am

      So glad you enjoyed the post!

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    Michele
    July 31, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Fantastic. I am living for Italy next week and have made a list of all the things to do from your post. I love love love all those photos. Those places, pizzas and pastries. Simply Wow. And home cooked food. I am drooling already.

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    Gina
    August 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Friends, this post is complete and utter TORTURE!!! And so incredibly beautiful. I desperately want to get back to Italy, and Tom and I talk about going all the time (despite being European, he’s never been). Someday….
    But until then, I’ll live vicariously (and jealously) through you!! :) Miss you both so much!

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    Becky
    August 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Beautiful photographs and great reminders of a beautiful country with even more amazing food. We visited several spots in Italy last year. I agree with you about the incredible pizza at Da Michele, but it was famous way before Eat, Pray, Love!

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    Kara
    April 1, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Amazing pictures! Takes me back to a food tour I took in Naples. It was with foodtoursofnaples.com.. So delicious. They took us around to every authentic eatery I could think of, and we feasted on fish, pasta, pizza, and some amazing desserts. I can’t wait to go back again one day.

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      Alex
      April 2, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Sounds wonderful!

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    Becky
    April 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

    You’re pictures were a vacation for mymind today… I’m just getting around to some old emails. We’ve visited all these places as well and it was a great reminder of the beauty Italy has to offer in food, culture, architecture and countryside. The only thing missing was a picture of a cappuccino – one of my favorite forms of art! We ate at Da Michele too and it was famous WAY before Eat, Pray, Love!! One of the first pizzerias in Naples. Thanks for sharing!

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    Elliote Long
    April 18, 2015 at 11:33 am

    The apartment in Naples looks so beautiful! We’re planning a trip there at the moment, what’s the place where you stayed called?

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      Alex
      April 18, 2015 at 11:52 am

      We have links at that bottom of the post. The apartment was in Rome and in Naples we stayed at the La Ciliegina hotel.

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    Ayesha Cheema
    May 6, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Your Italy blogs just refreshed my memory and put a nostalgic smile on my face! Btw if you ever come to Northern Virginia, you must eat at Pupatella in Arlington. Their pizzas are identical to the ones I had in Italy so highly recommended :)

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    Emma
    July 23, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Beautiful photos! What kind of camera do you use?

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      Alex
      July 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks! We have a Canon 5D.

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    Michelle
    August 7, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Such beautiful photos. I’m going to Italy next year to visit Rome, Naples and hopefully Capri. I’m getting so excited to experience the sights and the food.

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      Sonja
      August 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

      You will have an amazing time! Let us know if you need any advice (though most of it is in this post!) :).

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