A weekend in Naples is just enough time to wet your appetite for this bustling, artful and gastronomic city. Visit Naples once and you’ll want to return again and again, so don’t feel compelled to cram it all in the first time, we just know you’ll be back!!!
Arrive in Naples by lunchtime on Friday and you can start the weekend sampling your first pie from the pizzeria that was made famous by Eat, Pray, Love, L’antica pizzeria da Michele (Via Cesare Sersale). Da Michele is not far from the Central Train Station, so, very convenient if you’re arriving by train. If you find the wait is simply too long at da Michele, head across the street to another one of Naples favorite pizzerias, Trianon (Via Pietro Colletta, 44-46).
Drop your bags at your hotel and make your way to the southern end of Via Toledo for your first leisurely stroll of weekend. At Galleria Umberto, try a sfogliatella from Sfogliatella Mary, then see the first of Naples three Caravaggio’s (and Caravaggio’s last) at Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano.
Continue along Via Toledo for more shopping and snacking until you’ve had your fill, then head back to the award winning Toledo Metro Art Station and take Metro Line 1 to Piazza Vanvitelli in the Vomero. Catch the V1 Bus to Castel Sant’Elmo where you can breath in the views, get yourself oriented to the city and get the birds-eye view of the Spaccanapoli, one of the streets you’ll be strolling on Saturday morning.
Take the V1 bus back to Piazza Vanvitelli and take the Chiaia Funicular two stops down to Corso Vittorio Emanuele for a rooftop cocktail at Bidder’s Bar at Grand Hotel Parker’s.
For dinner, treat yourself to a 5* experience at Hotel Parker’s Ristorante George or the Michelin starred Palazzo Petrucci in Posillipo (reserve in advance). If laid back and casual is more your style, find your way to Piazza Bellini where you can continue the cocktail hour and fill up on bar snacks or try the artisan salumi and cheeses at La Stanza del Gusto.
For lunch, sample your second pizza at Pizzeria Starita on Via Materdei, 27, then make your way to Capodimonte Museum to see Naples 3rd Caravaggio.
If there is a performance on at the Teatro San Carlo Saturday evening, do not pass up the opportunity to take in a show at this stunning theater. If it’s an early show, you may find getting dinner beforehand a bit tricky, however, you may be able to book for a late dinner at Umberto in Chiaia, Osteria da Antonio near Castel Nuovo or Amici Miei in Monte di Dio. After dinner, join the crowds who show up by the numbers on Saturday night, at the wine bars in the alleys of Chiaia.
Start the day with a caffe in Piazza Trieste e Trento at either Il Vero Bar del Professore or Gambrinus then make your way into Piazza del Plebiscito. If you are facing the water, Palazzo Reale will be on your left, San Francesco di Paola on your right. Both are worth visiting. If you didn’t happen to get to the theatre on Saturday evening, do the guided visit of the San Carlo Theater as well (the last one on Sunday is at 12.30 so plan ahead).
From Piazza del Plebiscito, head towards the waterfront for your last and most picturesque stroll of the weekend along the Lungomare. Along the way, sample one more pizza at either Eccellenze Campane Mare or Sorbillo Lievito Madre al Mare or walk down to Mergellina and try 50 Kalo.
Naples Island Hopping: a Spa Day on Ischia…soak up the thermal waters of a volcanic island.
Naples Netherworld…if Hades existed, its entrance was surely here.
Pompeii Sites…ancient cities lost and found.
Walking Tour of Historic Naples...a timeless stroll for the Naples neophyte or devotee.