Visitors are so divided over Naples, Italy. When I go on travel forums I always get a chuckle from the debates that rage over this 2,000 year-old city. Some say it’s a filthy, crime-ridden, corrupt waste of time, while others fall in love with the grit, the chaos and the hidden beauty. My mom and I spent a half day in Naples after a visit to Pompeii a few years ago, and my opinion of it falls somewhere in between the two extremes.
Is it dirty? Yes. Is it crime ridden? Yes. Is it jammed with cars, scooters and people? Yes. Is there beauty to be found there? Yes. While I don’t think I could spend days and days there (though some do, and love it), I definitely feel it is worth a day trip, especially if you are based nearby in Sorrento, like we were. Chances are you might be flying in and out of Naples anyway, so why not spend some time? If you do, here are a few things you shouldn’t miss!
Spaccanapoli and the Heart of the City
Santa Chiara Cloister
Naples is all of the things you have heard it is and more. The third largest city in Italy, it is an assault on all of your senses. But despite the negative things you might have heard, there are definite positives to be found as well. There were many other worthwhile things to see and do that we just didn’t have the time for, such as visiting the duomo, the Archeological Museum, the Capodimonte (royal palace), Castel Nuovo and, of course, eating authentic Neapolitan pizza!
Have you been to Naples? Are you a lover or a hater (or somewhere in between)?