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2 Days in Naples - Needing Suggestions

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2 Days in Naples - Needing Suggestions

We don't have a lot of time, and I want to know your opinions. My hubby and I get into Naples at 9pm on Tues, Sept 25. We leave to Florence at 9am on Friday.

This is what we have so far, but I would really appreciate experienced opinions on any changes I should make:

Wednesday: We are planning on doing a guided tour of Pompeii at 10am on Wednesday, followed by a walk through Herculaneum, and then a food tour at 6:30, walking through Spaccanapoli.

Thursday: No clue. I REALLY want to see Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi etc. Just the beautiful coast and eat at a restaurant overlooking the coast. However, I'm not sure if this is the best option or if we should just stay in Naples and see the sights in that city.

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1. Re: 2 Days in Naples - Needing Suggestions

Plenty to see in Naples without spending a lot of extra travel time.



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2. Re: 2 Days in Naples - Needing Suggestions

Would your advice be to skip Positano/Sorrento?

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If choosing Positano, you could take the train at 7:35 from Napoli Centrale to Salerno, arriving at 8:15. Then walk down to the Concordia Dock [10 min] and catch the ferry at 8:40 arriving at 9:45. See Travelmar.

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Which of the destinations do you really want to go to? Positano or Sorrento? If you choose both, you really won't have much time in either due to the travelling time. There are organised trips that include both and Amalfi, but it will be like a whistle stop tour. If you want great scenery and nice restaurants, you could take a ferry to Ischia. If it really must be the Amalfi Coast, I would follow Francophool's suggestion.

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If you want to get yourself to the Amalfi Coast, you can definitely do as Francophool says. You could walk up through the pedestrian area. You might want to have lunch in Positano (lots of places) and then go on to Amalfi for a look there before returning to Salerno for the train back to Naples.

This is just one nice place for lunch in Positano:


Or if you wanted to add Sorrento instead of Amalfi, you can take a bus or Taxi (70 Euros) to go there and have a look around and lots of shopping plus drinks with people watching and sea views, then take a train back to Naples from the Sorrento station or maybe take the ferry back for a nice experience.

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6. Re: 2 Days in Naples - Needing Suggestions

Go to Sorrento or Capri on that Thursday.

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I am just preparing a little paper for our travel book for October, for possible overnight from Rome.

We will not go out of the city, there's too much to do. Another person's inquiry a few hours ago about the Caravaggios at Naples has sparked my interest in using our time based on hunting the Caravaggios.


The first on that list is in the Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano



which of course will pitch us into a major gallery.


To get there, take the Metro from Garibaldi (downstairs from Napoli Centrale) and buy day tickets for 4.50 euros. "BIGLIETTO GIORNALIERO INTEGRATO"


Metro yellow line


to Toledo.., described by some as the most beautiful metro station in Europe.


400 metres (and maybe 8 or 20 coffee options en route) from metro to gallery

Lunch, if we escape the gallery in time, and if brave, at the Trattoria da Nenella in the Spanish Quarter. Ciro's place




John Turturro eat you heart out

https://www.youtube.com/watch… ... do please find the 1.5 hours to watch, the subtitles are from Napoletano to Italian but it's the music and dance - and ambience and emotion - that count.

Or you can eat at a thousand other places


[see names of places bottom right of screen but regard the show as indicative of much more, follow nose and crowds]

Two Caravaggios to go.

One is at the top of the hill in the Capodimonte, missed by most tourists, 126 rooms 4500 art objects.

Take the Metro from Toledo [14.07] to Museo [two stops], then walk a couple of minutes to Piazza Cavour to get the bus #178 destination Plebiscito departing 14.16. A seven minute ride, two stops at Capodimonte, Tondo and Basilica, get off at Basilica.


a royal summer palace, a gallery, a great green park. The core collection gifted from family collection by the astonishing and most powerful woman of the 1700s, Elisabetta Farnese


You will see why it's getting hard at this point. Either stay the night or miss the third Caravaggio. Why did we have such a big lunch.

For the third Caravaggio, down the hill to the Duomo [Cathedral]...

- same bus, 178, eight stops to Pessina. Then walk east (the bay, below, is south) along Via Sapienza and straightish ahead to Via Duomo, then right to the duomo. This one kilometre walk will take you somewhere between 30 minutes and four hours. Down the street to the right of the duomo as you look at it - Via Tribunali - is the entrance to Pio Monte della Miseria.


This museum is at the centre of a wider purpose, funds going to this (translating from ethics section of website:

"The joint action ensures assistance to the weakest groups, such as minors at risk, unaccompanied migrant minors, drug addicts, the disabled, disadvantaged families, terminally ill patients, homelessness."

and wait, we are only 600 metres from San Severo, must not miss this chance


which means walking along Via dei Tribunali (30 to 300 minutes)



which distance and destination does really deserve another day.

Accommodation near Metro Toledo, Dante or Museo.

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Dennis A: A word of warning. Call each of those places for your Carravaggio hunt as lots of times they are loaned out... Went in June and the one at Capidomonte wasn't there...

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Dennis, you should go to Vienna to complete your Caravaggio hunt: https://www.khm.at/objektdb/detail/425/…

This was originally in San Domenico Maggiore, together with "La Flagellazione di Cristo" (Capodimonte), Titian's Annunciazione Pinelli (Capodimonte too) and Raphael's "Madonna del Pesce" (Madrid, Prado)...what a pity, who knows how San Domenico Maggiore was beautiful when all these masterpieces were on display so close to each together. And still San Domenico Maggiore is totally worth a visit, if you haven't visited it yet.

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10. Re: 2 Days in Naples - Needing Suggestions

Thanks both. Mainly I was using “Caravaggio hunting” to shape a couple of days for us and also to make the point that with just two days in Naples it’s a terrible thing to run away both days. Not really needing to see Caravaggio, the journey is more important.

We did consider open jaw ticket arriving Vienna, departing Rome, Kuroneki, but we fall back into Italy only, seven weeks, 3 x 1 week further north, plus 4 in Rome. My brain was altered by Italy fifty years ago and despite being caught up with many issues elsewhere including in some current writing, Italy is in my head as some kind of nonna. It is part of the joy of living where I do, even in a small town in Australia, that I can fall into Italian conversation with a person of Italian descent. Very pleased two daughters living in the US will join us in Rome in October and perhaps catch the disease... not caught up with arts, more with hearts, in Italy.

Edited: 07 August 2018, 19:27
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