"Benvenuti a Napoli!!" Top 5 Page for this destination Naples by sargentjeff

Naples Travel Guide: 1,251 reviews and 3,120 photos

Bella Napoli

Napoli at first seems dirty and full of chaos. There is actually much to be learned about really living life in Naples. The pizza is, by far, the best in the world and you must have a caprese salad with the region's own "mozzerella di bufala" The original and only true mozzererella. Piazza Pleblicito is home to some beautiful sights. The Church of Francesco di Paola. (we were married there) and the royal palace. Also teatro San Carlo. Go to Gambrinus for a famous coffee. (just adjacent to the piazza) and then head up the Corso for some shopping.

Mergellina, the area next to the water and home of many luxurious hotels and restuarants is a must. Trianon makes the best in pizza in Naples.

Napolitans have a different outlook on life. Current theory attributes this to the fact that Neapolitans reside at the base of a volcano that could blow its top at any moment (Pompei and Herculaneum have first-hand experience), so they live for the moment (“Live today, for tomorrow we die”). Neapolitans do not stand in lines; generally disregard traffic regulations; do not hurry to get anything accomplished; enjoy the art of conversation (rather loudly if two automobiles are involved), and all this and more makes for a loud, brash and chaotic environment.

If you drive, you have to get in a mindset to do so. Be aggressive and don't be afraid of honking your horn.

Great web links for Napoli: http://www.rcm.napoli.it/rcmweb/napoliwebint.htm

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The Real Napoli

The real naples isn't at the airport, or the train station, rather on the back streets of the city. Here you will see all sorts of things. Clothes hanging on the lines is just one "Napolitan" sight, which is common. It has a simple beauty about it, which, when looked at through open eyes, can be appreciated.

Francesco Di Paola


The reason I chose this photo as a lead in was because it is an awesome church in Piazza Pleblicito. Also on that piazza sit the Royal Palace and the Teatro San Carlo.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great place to have fun and experience some real Italian life
  • Cons:Traffic, Chaos, Corruption and Petty Crime
  • In a nutshell:Naples is like no other place on Earth!!
  • Last visit to Naples: Nov 2002
  • Intro Updated May 21, 2010
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  • flynboxes's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Great Naples page..spent a week there in 00' and will never forget the food to bad they can't make better beer there.

  • cilli's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    We are on our way to Naples and your pages helped bring the city to life. Thank you.

  • Beljanewood's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Great page - good helpful stuff. I will be spending one day in Naples in a couple of weeks.

  • deebum25's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Jeff, I have to thank you for your invaluable tips the best of which was to go exploring down the back streets. We knew that some of the most amazing food is found at the trattorias and in Napoli they are only found by exploring the back streets.

  • Sep 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Hi Jeff, Just to clarify, Promod is French clothing line.

  • Feb 18, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    We just got back from a 2 week trip to Naples, Amalfi and Rome. While in Naples, we ate at Trianon twice. It is indeed THE best pizza in the world!

  • kevanrijn's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    I so enjoyed your Naples pages & tips. I lived there for 2.5 years and my son was born there. I was there from 1975-1977--yes, the dark ages! Is Tony's Sampan Chinese restaurant near NSA Naples still there? I had an apartment in Pianura!

  • 1courage's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2006 at 2:48 PM

    HI! That`s one great page. I can easily imagine, how beautiful can be a wedding in such an extraordinary church! Greetings!

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2006 at 8:59 PM

    Hi Jeff, thanks for some great tips about Naples. Looking forward to having real italian pizza! Greetings from Calgary ~ Helen

  • norvegese's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2006 at 1:08 AM

    Thank you for a very,very nice naples page..and I couln`t agree less, and I have to say like you "my husbands citta is quite a place"

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