How to Spend a Weekend in Naples, Italy: The Ultimate Itinerary Under the Sign of Passion

Friday, 29 Dec 2023 - 4 mins read
by Stefania

Only have two days in Naples? It’s not really possible to see all of the city in a weekend. However, you can still have an amazing time soaking in art, culture and authentic Neapolitan food and drink. Follow our 48 hour itinerary for the best way to spend a weekend in Naples under the sign of passion.

Neapolitans love their city more than anything. Naples is all about passion, art, football, and the pizza that was invented here. This weekend in Naples itinerary provides a glimpse into the rich tapestry of the city, offering a mix of historical landmarks, artistic treasures, and authentic Neapolitan experiences. With its vibrant spirit, captivating history, and culinary delights, Naples is sure to leave you with lasting memories.

How To Spend Two Days in Naples: A weekend in Naples’s itinerary

So, you’re planning a trip to Naples? Welcome to one of our favorite Italian cities. Naples is a vibrant and lively city with a rich history, culture, and cuisine. It's the perfect destination for a weekend getaway, offering a blend of ancient ruins, stunning architecture, and old traditions. We put together this weekend in Naples’s itinerary to help you have the best experience.

Passion for pizza

Pizzeria 50 Kalò | Code Name

In Neapolitan slang, 50 Kalò means good pizza. It is also the name of master pizza chef Ciro Salvo’s pizzeria. Enjoy a classica Margherita and don’t miss the fried pizzas like the Montanara Rossa with aged parmesan and the vegetarian pizzas like the Ortolona with broccoli cream, oyster mushrooms and pumpkin.

Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi | Pizzaiolo from Father to Son

For over 60 years the Oliva family has run the Concettina ai Tre Santi Pizzeria in the heart of the Sanità district. Here they prepare pizzas using the best local products, including all organic cheeses, cold cuts, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and vegetables.

Passion for art

Teatro San Carlo | The Voice of Angels

Founded in 1737, the Teatro di San Carlo is one of the most beautiful and oldest Opera houses in Europe. Destroyed by a fire in 1816, it was rebuilt with its current neoclassical façade. Its acoustics are said to be perfect.

Caravaggio | Love, Pain and Devotion

After fleeing Rome and being sentenced to death for murder, the painter Caravaggio moved to Naples in 1606. With his The Seven Works of Mercy in the parish of Pio Monte della Misericordia he gave his figures the faces of the Neapolitan people, expressing strength, devotion, and passion.

Passion for football

The Spanish Quarters | Oh Mamma, I saw Maradona!

In this small square in the heart of the Spanish Quarters, called Largo Maradona, there is an altar dedicated to the Argentine footballer who helped the Naples team win the Italian championship twice. In the middle of holy images, a huge fresco depicts the idol. A place of remembrance that celebrates Maradona’s triumphs.

Diego Armando Maradona Stadium | The Color Sky Blue

The streets of Naples are painted in sky blue this year, as the city’s football team has won the championship for the third time in history. On weekends, around 50.000 fans flock to the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, named after the footballer who died in 2020.

Our Favorites …

Grand Hotel Vesuvio

Opened in 1882, this 5-star palace hotel overlooks the sea and has 160 rooms and 21 suites. The rooftop restaurant, Caruso, has a cocktail bar and a splendid modern terrace with the best views in Naples of the Gulf and Vesuvius.

Scotto Jonno

In the splendid, covered gallery of the Principe di Napoli, this art noveau bistro, restaurant, and library – with a wonderful collection of old books about the city – has just opened in March 2023. People arrive at 6pm to sip Negroni cocktails or spritzes on dragonfly chairs, swaying to the jazz played by a bassist and pianist above the bar.

The Island of Procida

The journey to Procida allows you to admire Naples and Vesuvius. Spring and autumn are the ideal seasons to visit this small island – 2,5 miles long - which can be easily crossed on foot. Take a stroll through its narrow streets, in the shade of the walls that separate the orchards and along its black sand beaches, the charming little fishing port of Corricella, with its colorful houses cling to the hillside, is ideal for a relaxing drink or coffee overlooking the sea. A typical restaurant you can’t miss is La Pergola where you can have swordfish or rabbit ravioli.
Departure from Calata di Massa or Molo Beverello.

Planning to spend a weekend in Naples?

This weekend in Naples itinerary is just a suggestion of course, and our Italian Travel Advisors can tailor your itinerary to your interests and preferences. Naples is a city that will captivate your senses, offering a blend of history, culture, and culinary delights. With its lively atmosphere, authentic traditions, and stunning architecture, Naples is a destination that will leave a lasting impression on your heart and palate.

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