Naples is a stunning city that is packed with surprises and adventures at every turn. With just two days in Naples, you will have just enough time to discover all the best parts of the city and have a taste of the magic. The city is known for its colorful architecture and delicious pizza.
Naples often gets overlooked by travelers, but this city and the nearby villages are well worth the visit. Napoli is one of the oldest and consistently inhabited cities in the whole world. It dates back to Roman times! The city is full of rich history and stunning architecture, just waiting to be explored.
Two days in Naples is just enough time to see all the main attractions of the city, eat pizza for every meal of the two days, and take a day trip to a town along the Amalfi Coast.
What to do in Naples in 2 days
Day 1: City Explorations
Day one is a day for exploring all the main sites and buildings in Naples. Its focus is on exploring and discovering all the beauty this city has to offer! Before you start your Naples explorations, there are a few things to bring up. Naples is a relatively safe city but be very careful of pickpocketers. Don’t have your phone out, avoid wearing nice jewelry, and make sure your wallet is somewhere secure.
View the Art in the Metro Stations
Metro stations that are decked out in stunning works of art are becoming very popular around Europe. In Naples, the metro lines 1 and 6 are home to various panoramic, underground art exhibits. The stations feature unique modern art completely covering the walls of the metro stops. Across the two lines, there are over 180 different works of art for you to discover, and more coming soon.
Checking out the art exhibits in the metro stations is a great first stop on your Naples itinerary to see a more modern and artistic side of such an old city like Naples.
The most popular stations are Toledo, Garibaldi, and Museo.
Explore Spaccanapoli Road
Spaccanapoli Road is the main and most important streets in all of Naples. It is located in Naples historic core and packed with historically significant buildings. The street is also very narrow and divides the city into two parts.
The street is lined with street vendors, bars, restaurants, shops, and churches. The two main churches you will find are the Church of Gesu Nuovo and Santa Chiara. It is a great place to see the daily life of the city and immerse yourself in the essence of Central Naples. It is also the best place to find Neapolitan pizza, gelato shops, pastry shops and more!
Piazza del Gesu Nuovo
As you walk along the Spaccanapoli Road, you may stumble upon the Piazza del Gesu Nuovo. If you don’t want to walk this whole road, you should head straight to the Piazza del Gesu. This piazza is one of Naples main squares right in the historic center of the city. It is home to the Church of Gesu Nuovo, the gothic church of Santa Chiara, and the Immaculate Virgin spire.
Admire Piazza del Plebiscito
Piazza del Plebiscito is another square that is located in central Naples. This square is breathtaking! It is home to the Royal Palace of Naples, Palazzo Salerno, the Prefecture Palace, and the Church of San Francisco di Paola. This piazza also has several statues made out of stone, that are magnificently crafted. Walking around this piazza to take in and admire the stunning architecture is fantastic.
What’s interesting about this piazza is that it is also used for concerts! Maroon 5, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen have all performed here.
Hike to the top of Castel Sant’Elmo
View From the top of Castel Sant’Elmo
Castel Sant’Elmo is an old fortress located on a mountain high above the city of Naples. The walk to the top is quite difficult, but the views are very worth it. You can also stop at various points along the way to look at the city, stretching in all directions.
Naples is the birthplace of pizza, and you cannot go here without having at least one! Hundreds of restaurants serve pizza in Naples that will amaze you. The pizza here is traditional and made with delicious local ingredients. I thought the pizza in Naples was extraordinarily authentic and delicious, and it was the best I’ve ever had.
Two great pizza places are: L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele and Gino Sorbillo.
Day 2: Beyond the walls
Day two is for exploring one or more of the surrounding cities. Naples is located very close to various stunning Italian cities, and it would be a shame not to see them. Depending on the mode of transportation you choose – bus, car, boat – you have two options.
You can either make these quick trips that last a few hours or spend the whole day in a neighboring city. It is entirely up to you!
If you feel like you want to see more of Naples, you can make the trip quick by taking a boat so you can get back to Naples to explore more of the city later in the day.
Day trip to Sorrento
The closest city to Naples that lies along the Amalfi Coast is Sorrento. Sorrento is a stunning coastal town that is built on top of cliffs along the seafront.
A ferry ride here takes around 35 minutes and coast €11 one way. There are a plethora of things to do in Sorrento that make it the perfect quick afternoon or day trip from Naples.
Activities range from exploring a lemon grove to shopping to walking around the charming streets.
Planning to visit the Amalfi Coast? Check this itinerary of 3 days in the Amalfi Coast.
Capri is another beautiful city along the Amalfi Coast that is located on a remote island. It is a more high-end travel destination that is frequented by the rich and famous.
You can find various yachts, mansions, and high-end stores all around here. Despite the luxurious nature, it is still a stunning day trip from Naples that offers an entirely different vibe and atmosphere.
Positano is by far the most famous city in Southern Italy. The beautiful buildings and sea surrounding Positano have been exploding on social media in recent years, and tourism has intensified.
In the summer months, Positano is packed with visitors all lusting over the pastel buildings built into the mountainsides.
However, Positano is stunning, and there is no question as to why people flock to this city. This city one of the more distant towns from Naples, but the visit is 100% worth it.
Pompeii is an ancient Roman town and is the closest day trip city from Naples. This city is a history buff heaven. Pompeii is one of the most significant towns that show proof of Roman civilization.
Exploring the accident roman village is both an exciting and educating experience. Various tours will show you all the ruins and give you a lot of really great information about the city.
Pompeii is also fascinating to exploring due to the famous Mount Vesuvius volcano that erupted in 79 A.D and buried the city under volcanic ash.
Explore the waterfront
After a long day of day trips and exploring the neighboring cities in the area, it is time to spend the last few hours in Naples.
The city is located along the water, and it has a lovely walkway that extends along the whole shoreline. A walk along the water is peaceful and showcases a stunning side to Naples.
There are also some waterfront restaurants along the way that offer beautiful views of the water and distant mountains. I highly suggest heading to one of these restaurants, getting a nice glass of Italian wine, and fresh pizza and just admiring your surroundings.
Samantha Karen is the founder of the travel blog Sam Sees World. She is a millennial traveler on a mission to seek the new and unknown so she can document her experiences and inspire others to explore this wondrous world. Her objective is to provide valuable information on the best things to do, see, eat, and experience while traveling and getting some good Instagram photos along the way.