Narrow streets of the old quarter
Just get lost! Linger, and marvel at the ingenuity of Neapolitans who live in the heart of this great city, on a street grid that was laid down 2400 years ago.
Of course, if you're claustrophobic, this probably isn't the place for you!
Dont bother bringing a handbag. You'll probably end up buying a few of those in Naples. They're beautifully made, gorgeous and can be rather cheap. I did a stupid thing-I brought my old running shoes, and open-toe heels (3-inch) to Naples in March. No sensible Napolitan female would have been caught dead in either - Firstly, Italians wear really, really nice shoes. Good shoes, well-cut-, well-made, good-looking. Even the schoolkids didnt have scruffy running shoes on. Secondly, March temperatures can dip to 5 degrees in the evening. With strong winds (common in March), it feels a lot colder.
By the third day, my toes were ready to drop off. Luckily I purchsed a pair of Italian shoes later, cheaply.
Just a note: It was sheer folly (due to jet lag, i'm sure) but I climbed Mount Vesuvius in those heels. It was not too bad going up (those 3-inch spikes really gave me a grip!!!), but going down was excruciating. In all, I took about 4 and a half hours going up to the peak and down again.
It would have been more prudent to pack some well-made, thick-soled leather loafers and ankle boots. For March, at least. Photographic film is more expensive than in Asia, so Asian visitors, pack those reels! Sunscreen. Sunglasses, real and counterfeit (brand), are sold everywhere in Naples.
In the centre of Naples the...
In the centre of Naples the best ways to view the city are using public transport and your feet. A car is more trouble than it is worth because this must be one of the worst cities in Europe for parking. It is far better to use the metro and the funiculars.
Piazza del Plebiscito
The whole area is now for pedestrians only. On the East is the Palazzo Reale and on the West is the 19th century San Francesco di Paola, which was modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. The Colonnades on both sides of the church remind one of St. Peter's Square in Rome as well.
The Solfatara of Pozzuoli is without a doubt the most interesting volcano of the Phlegreaen Fields, an area north of Naples made up by approximately 40 ancient volcanoes.
You go inside the ancient volcano crater, but it is not dead, just asleep. You can still see some activity.
There are a lot of fumaroles and even some blubbing mudpots.
You can even go inside two ancient saunas:dug into the side of the mountain on the northern side around the end of the 1800s for making natural sweating rooms and later covered by brick. A few minutes in the cave was all that was needed to cause profuse sweating and force the person to heavily breathe in the intense sulphurous vapors that were released. For this reason they were considered excellent for curing respiratory problems, diseases of the skin and rheumatisms. The natural sweat rooms were also well known since Ancient Times and were one of the spa attractions of the Phlegreaen Fields.