It’s the heart of the city and a UNESCO-declared Cultural Heritage Site – Naples’ historic centre is a site not to be missed. Twenty centuries of history has shaped this coastal metropolis, and the city is proud of its ancient centre, which is the largest in the world at almost three square miles. It’s easy to spend an enjoyable afternoon here, strolling through the labyrinth of cobbled streets and narrow alleys occasionally stopping for a slice of traditional pizza, gelato or to admire local crafts in the small shops. The city’s famous nativity scene makers can be seen along Via San Gregorio Armeno. It’s especially busy at Christmas and very atmospheric but the detailed figurines can be admired year-round.
The area contains almost 450 historic and monumental churches, meaning there’s something to admire around nearly every corner. San Gennaro Cathedral is worth a visit, and is the where the famous Miracle Blood ceremony takes place every year, while the garden of the Santa Chiara Convent is a lovely place to take a rest.
Those looking for a truly unique experience should not miss the chance to explore Naples Underground, 40 metres below the historic centre. It’s a maze of tunnels, tanks and cavities full of myths and legends, where you can discover a lost world of catacombs, Roman markets and World War II air raid shelters. Guided tours are available locally.