• Zoe

Must-See Sights in Naples, Italy

Here in Indiana, things are slowly opening up after social distancing. So what's on the horizon? Vacation!

A few years ago, my dad and I got to go on an amazing vacation to Italy. Every city we visited was beautiful but my favorite was probably Naples.

I was surprised to like Naples so much. We only went there in the first place so we could see an opera (we visited at the end of the opera season and Naples was the only place we could watch one) but I ended up falling in love with it.

We stayed for a short time before jetting off to Modena, just about 2 or 3 days. But we crammed everything in! Today, I'm going to share with you my top eight places in Naples. That includes dining, sightseeing, the outdoors, and even a subway station. Enjoy!

Casa Infante

You absolutely cannot go to Naples, Italy and eat gelato. Naturally, I was excited to try gelato in Italy. Before going over, we looked up many different gelato shops in Naples. We found one (Casa Infante) just a few minutes away from the Piazza del Plebiscito that had great reviews. It ended up being my favorite gelato of the whole trip! We went there twice in our short stay and each flavor we tried was delicious.

Try the lemon, coconut, and/or Amalfi Coast flavors. We loved them!

Note: As you walk the streets, a gelato-shaped trash can marks the entrance of each gelato store. Trust me, you'll see a lot of these quirky trash cans.

Mercato Pignasecca

You can grocery shop at Wal-Mart all you want back home but when you're in Italy, you've got to hit a market! Mercato Pignasecca was vibrant and lively, full of merchants and customers speak-singing Italian as they bought and traded goods.

We visited the market in the morning to get fruit for breakfast. It was about an eight-minute walk from the Piazza del Plebiscito.

As you're walking, watch the roads. Naples traffic knows no bounds and it can be funny to watch Vespas and little cars zip around each other. You'll find that Italians can get as creative with their parking spaces as with the laws. Small Italian cars will often squeeze into inventive spaces in alleys to find parking spots.

The market pretty much has everything: from jewelry to clothes to fresh meat and fish to fruits and vegetables. Haggle if you dare or just buy the amount you need and enjoy. We ate ours on a bench nearby, enjoying the sunny weather and sea breeze and listening to the wild traffic.