A holiday in Naples invariably includes savoring mozzarella-laden, mouth-watering pizzas; at least a few hours dedicated to shop-til-you-drop in storefronts both big and small; enjoying ear-marked sights like the Duomo and Piazza Plebiscito; and meandering through Naples’ many tiny streets while mingling with the inimitable local vibe.
Yet for all the simplified samplings of mainstream tourism, a lifetime would not be enough to take in all that Naples offers to the discerning traveler; no matter which direction you choose, the beauty and artistry, woven even into more run-down aspects of this Southern Italian city, seem to endlessly unfold into greater and greater detail and intrigue
A rich, diverse heritage of political pathos, religious fervor, and artistic prowess defines the modern expression of a Naples lifestyle, and invites an extended inquiry into its historical sources and enduring pride
An authentic search for the consummate Naples “experience” will undoubtedly take into account its many incredible museums and collections, available for the asking. By fully appreciating the past, the present takes on greater depth and purpose, and Naples’ position as a cultural hub for the Amalfi Coast is a prime example
Excursions through art, from prehistoric to post-modern, give feeling to Naples’ heart and soul, and cannot be confined to a brief visit or passing glance. Most online and printed guides will give a good foundation for where to go and what to see in the world of Naples art, including the National Archaeological Museum, the Capodimonte Museum, and the MADRE, Naples’ modern art museum. But there are also many hidden treasures in this conglomerate of grand cultural display, and if you’re looking for a shimmering glimpse of craftsmanship and unusual collections, Naples won’t disappoint
Visit the “Fondazione Mondragone” for a small yet sumptuous journey through textiles, fashion and style: clothing and costumes ranging from religious habits to robes worn by Audrey Hepburn are on view
Explore the “Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro” – literally translated as “Treasure Museum”- for a stunning collection of jeweled, glittered and gilded religious relics, all handcrafted with jaw-dropping skill and precision.
Be sure to plan on plenty of time for your cultural exploration of Naples, and give plenty of room for your memory-making and souvenir-shopping.