Naples: Pizza & Palazzo

‘Vedi Napoli e poi muori,’ (see Naples and die) is the Neapolitan mantra. And their fierce pride is not unfounded, as this is a city of superlatives.

The capital of Campania and the third largest city in Italy, Naples was settled by the Greeks in 2000 BC. The old town is the largest in Europe and a World Heritage Site.

In the shadow of Vesuvius to the east, Naples has a wealth of cultural and historical sights. The most remarkable are the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Lost under metres of ash and pumice following the eruption of the volcano in 79 A.D, visitors can explore the site freely. Many artefacts and treasures recovered from Pompeii are housed at the Naples Archaeological Museum nearby.

Between the Baroque, Medieval and Renaissance-era architecture, don’t miss Palace of Caserta.


Naples was the birthplace of pizza and coffee. They say that you simply can’t find a bad pizza within the city. That said, 50 Kalo (piazza Sannazaro) close to Luise dock at Mergellina, is considered to be the best.


From the bay of Naples, it’s just a short hop to the Amalfi coast or across to the sun-drenched islands of Capri and Ischia on your charter yacht.


When to go:

April – end of October

High season:

July – August

Highlights

1

Book a table at the restaurant Maria Grazia at Marina del Cantone and order Spaghetti Alla Nerano: pasta with courgette and lemon – reachable by boat this rustic restaurant is famed among locals

2

The ruins of Pompeii are absolutely crucial

3

Pop into Pasticerria Moccia for a legendary pizzetta: miniature pizza slices

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