Upcoming Events, Articles, and News at Naples
Naples, Italy Annual Events
Napoli Marathon (April) - Runners take to the streets for a full marathon, half-marathon, 4km fun run or leisurely walk.
Ferragosto (August) - The Feast of the Assumption is celebrated across the region; in Pozzuoli there’s a slippery pole contest, followed by fireworks.
Pizzafest (September) - Naples celebrates its most famous dish with visiting chefs, pizza-making workshops and shows.
Carenvale (February) - This masked celebration before the start of Lent is a mere shadow of its formerly riotous self, although children still don fancy dress and proudly parade around town.
Lonely Planet - Mini-Guide to Naples
Published: May 9, 2011
Naples is an exhilarating mess of Unesco-listed historic buildings, citrus tree-filled cloisters and electrifying street life. Once the heart of Roman Neapolis, the historic centre is a warren of narrow streets, which open up to an Imperial 18th-century seaside promenade with romantic views of Vesuvius.
With the warm weather and Maggio dei Monumenti cultural festival in full swing, May and June are great months to visit. Alternatively, visit in September or October and catch the infamous pizza-making competition, Pizzafest.
What to see
The oldest and most famous of Naples’ ancient catacombs, the Catacombe di San Gennaro dates from the 2nd century. Decorated with early Christian frescoes, they’re riddled with tombs, corridors and vestibules.
The Mercato di Porta Nolana is a heady street market where bellowing fishmongers and greengrocers jostle with delis, bakeries and contraband cigarette stalls.
The Cappella Sansevero’s simple exterior belies the sumptuous sculpture inside. Giuseppe Sanmartino’s exquisite figure of Jesus is covered by a stone veil so realistic, it’s tempting to try and lift it.
The Museo Archeologico Nazionale houses one of the world’s finest collections of Greco-Roman artefacts including treasures from Pompeii.
Marking the eastern end of the lungomare (seafront), Castel dell’Ovo is Naples’ oldest castle, dating from the 12th century. To the west, Piazza Vittoria marks the beginning of the Riviera di Chiaia, a long boulevard that offers the best sunset views of Vesuvius.
Where to eat and drink
Da Michele is Naples’ most famous pizzeria. It serves only two types of pizza: margherita with tomato, basil and mozzarella, and marinara with tomatoes, garlic and oregano (that’s right, no seafood). But, boy, are they good.
Everyone from students to professors squeeze around the communal tables of Trattoria Mangia e Bevi. They come for home-cooking at rock-bottom prices.
Almost 150 years old, La Scialuppa is ideal for romantic harbourside dining. Seafood is the star, from the fritto misto (mixed fried seafood) to the wine-infused seafood risotto.