Whilst planning my summer road-trip around Italy, I did a lot of research into the city of Naples. It’s in the “top five cities in Italy to visit” on google and attracts thousands of tourists every year.
But what exactly is there to do in Naples? Apart from a few churches, the sampling of some delicious pizza and trying not to get pick-pocketed, there isn’t exactly a great deal to do in Naples. Sure, if you really wanted to, you could find enough things to fill two days or so, but what I found after copious reading into the famous Italian city, is that most of the main attractions aren’t actually in Naples itself.
So, for anyone planning on swanning off to Italy sometime soon with the city of Naples on their itinerary, here’s a few day trips you can take that will have you dying to go back.
Now this is probably the most popular excursion to take from Naples and the main reason as to why Naples first appeared on my itinerary. Ever since reading about Pompeii in a history lesson as a child, I was always fascinated by the ruins left behind (even if it was just because of the plaster cast victims). So when planning my trip, I grew excited at the fact I was getting to tick off such a personal bucket list favourite.
The journey from Naples to Pompeii takes around half an hour via train. As for the ruins, you can either book a guided tour or explore them yourself (although I did enjoy taking things at my own pace and having control of when I could dip in and out of the sun, I do wish I had booked myself onto a guided tour). The site itself is huge and can become a little overwhelming in terms of where to look. I definitely found myself lingering next to tour groups to hear their guide dishing out interesting facts.
Although you can see this famous volcano from Naples, many tourists decide to visit Mount Vesuvius for a closer look. It’s a popular site for people who enjoy hiking as it offers a beautiful view of Naples and the summit itself. Plus, there’s something quite cool about saying you’ve climbed an active volcano. Yep, that’s right, active!
If you’re not so keen on hiking to the top (and in the summer heat, who would blame you), then during your visit to Pompeii you can still grab a closer view of the volcano whilst checking out the ruins. Kind of a two in one really!
As one of the most popular coastal towns in Italy, Sorrento has a lot to live up to. It’s a bustling coastal town full of life and famous for it’s lemons and locally produced limoncello (definitely make sure you try some whilst you’re there!). The journey from Naples takes around an hour by either direct ferry or train,which makes it ideal to squeeze into even the tightest of itineraries.
There are also plenty of water activities on offer around Sorrento. If I’d had a little more time then I would have definitely have checked out this sea kayaking! Can you just imagine how dreamy it would be exploring the coastline by water?
The Amalfi Coast
If Sorrento leaves you craving more of Italy’s beautiful coast, then the Amalfi Coast is the perfect destination to get your explore on. Full of gelato bars, gift shops, market stalls and dozens of photogenic spots, it’s no wonder over two million tourists visit this area a year!
I took a day trip from Naples, which you can check out here. It was the perfect addition to our short stay as we didn’t need to organise anything, just turn up to the meeting point on the day with our cameras at the ready. And boy, did we need them! We spent the whole day exploring three beautiful cities – Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi – which are definitely worth adding to your bucket list. Positano was my particular favourite as the famous houses that spill down the coast towards the sea were just as unreal in person. The whole place it’s v Instagram worthy and full of photo opps that will make you knees weak.
One destination that always arises when talking about Naples is the island Capri. It’s famous for its rugged landscape and turquoise waters, making it a desirable destination for many avid travellers! I can’t speak from experience as I didn’t manage to visit Capri myself, but it’s definitely a place I would like to explore further if I ever find myself heading back towards the Amalfi Coast and Naples. I mean, look for yourself below.
Have any of you ever been to Naples? If so, what were your favourite things to do? I’d love to know!
Thanks for reading 🙂