Naples is a fascinating city, full of works of art and suggestive squares, a true open-air theater located in the Mediterranean. The smells, the flavors, the colors of this land are a unique experience. A magical, mysterious, passionate city with good food, excellent music and a lot of hospitality.
To visit all the hidden corners will not be enough a few days of vacation, you will have to come more often!
Here 10 things to do in our beautiful city.
- 1 A tour of the books of the National Library
- 2 Corse and events at the Agnano racecourse
- 3 A visit to the Naples Zoo
- 4 A tour in the hidden city: underground Naples
- 5 Immerse yourself in the aromas and colors of the botanical garden
- 6 Enjoy one of the best gastronomic experiences of your life
- 7 Experience the Neapolitan veracity at Pignasecca
- 8 Stroll through the heart of Naples: the Spanish neighborhoods
- 9 Loving the great opera house
- 10 … And also the prose one
A tour of the books of the National Library
La National Library "Vittorio Emanuele III"Of Naples is a public library with a wealth of about 19.000 manuscripts, 4.563 incunabula, 1.792 papyrus ercolanesi, 1.800.000 printed volumes and 8300 magazines. This library, located in the royal palace in Piazza del Plebiscito, was established in the 18th century and was opened in 1804 under the name "Royal Library of Naples". In 1816 it became the Royal Bourbon Library and with the Unification of Italy it assumed its current name.
More information: Card on the national library
Corse and events at the Agnano racecourse
THERacecourse of Agnano in Naples it is one of the oldest sports facilities used for horse races, trotting, galloping and obstacles. It rises between the natural park of the Astroni and the baths of Agnano. From the 1947 it hosts one of the most famous races of the equestrian calendar "The Grand Prix Lottery of Agnano"Of trot involving the most important horses and drivers worldwide.
More information: Card on the agnano racecourse
Racecourse of Agnano
A visit to the Naples Zoo
Lo Naples zoo born in 1940 but it is open to the public at the end of World War II. In a short time it became a renowned zoo in all of Europe because it housed many rare animals. The zoo is home to various animals, even at risk of extinction, among the many you can see the deer, the emu, the crowned cranes, the pink flamingos, a vulture pope, a giraffe antelope and a black rhinoceros.
It has been recently renovated, offering both a better experience for the visitor, and excellent living conditions for animals.
More information: Card on the Naples zoo
A tour in the hidden city: underground Naples
Underground Naples it is a world created by the ancient Greeks who used the subsoil to extract the tuff that was used to strengthen the city walls. The Romans expanded these tunnels to collect rainwater. The kilometer galleries they were used to host the population during the bombing, and were later used as landfills for debris. Thanks to the intervention of some volunteers, many tunnels were cleaned up and became feasible. Today it is possible to make an excursion of 60 minutes starting from Piazza Trieste and Trento or from Piazza San Gaetano.
More information: Card about Naples underground
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Immerse yourself in the aromas and colors of the botanical garden
THEbotanical garden of Naples it is a structure of the Federico II University. It has an extension of 12 acres and houses 900 plant species and almost 25.000 specimens. The exhibition areas are divided into three areas: the systematic (including the palm groves, the citrus groves, the pine and magnolia trees), the ecological one (which includes all the plants present on the beach, in the desert, in the Mediterranean scrub, in the limestone areas and in the peat area) and the ethnobotanical one (reserved for the experiments of officinal plants).
More information: Sheet on the botanical garden
Enjoy one of the best gastronomic experiences of your life
For those who love good food throughout the area are scattered restaurants where you can taste the famous Sammarzano tomato or the vesuviano tomato in a nice plate of spaghetti. The important presence in Neapolitan cuisine are the buffalo mozzarella from Campania and the Sorrento burrini. And what about fish, one of the main foods in Neapolitan cuisine? Those who do not want to taste the fried cicenielli, cod with potatoes and tomatoes, pasta with squids, marinated anchovies, frying paranza. Do not forget the Neapolitan pizza, the most famous in the world, that everyone imitates but no one can do like us Neapolitans. And finally we want to talk about sweets? The famous sfogliatelle (riccia and frolla), the babà, the zeppole di San Giuseppe, the Neapolitan pastiera, the struffoli and the caprese cake? Even for good food, wine and good folk music it is worth visiting.
The entire city
Experience the Neapolitan veracity at Pignasecca
La Pignasecca is the oldest market in Naples, perhaps one of the smallest where you can buy cheap fruit, vegetables, fresh molluscs and the best fish. There are also stalls selling typical sweets and hot fries to be consumed on the street. Or for those who want to buy a music CD or a piece of cheap clothing you can stop at the stalls scattered here and there in the area. The market is located in Via Toledo in the Quartieri Spagnoli of Naples.
More information: Card on the pignasecca
Stroll through the heart of Naples: the Spanish neighborhoods
The Spanish neighborhoods extend to the city center and include San Ferdinando, Avvocata and Montecalvario. They were built in the sixteenth century with the intent of finding accommodation for the Spanish soldiers. It is a place full of history where you can rediscover the authentic Naples, artisan shops that still produce traditional products, taverns where you can taste Neapolitan cuisine, ancient churches and local markets.
More information: Tab on the Spanish neighborhoods
Discover the Guided Tour of the Spanish Quarters!
Loving the great opera house
The Teatro San Carlo, founded in 1737, is the oldest theater in Europe and is the largest in Italy. It has 184 stages and can accommodate more than 2000 spectators. It is considered the temple of opera, many have been the artists who have trod the scenes of the Theater, remember Paganini, Rossini, Toscanini, Maria Callas, Pavarotti, Del Monaco, Caruso, Domingo and Carreras.
Teatro San Carlo
… And also the prose one
The Teatro Mercadante is another famous theater considered the most beautiful in Italy. It was built with the intention of creating a theater that was a middle ground between the San Carlo and the popular theaters. It has four tiers of boxes and can accommodate 600 spectators. From 1995 he resumed his activity with regular theater seasons and contemporary theater projects.