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Any tourist likes the buzz and the vivid atmosphere of Rome, along with the beautiful sightseeing the city offers. But, what happens when you want to visit another great and very attractive city? Taking a day trip to Naples definitely worth the effort since this city really has many things to offer.
If you want to travel from Rome to Naples, the best option is the train. Get up very early in the morning and go to the main train station in Rome, the "Roma Termini" where the trains run from early morning to late night.
It would be wise to buy the train ticket online well in advance, as in this way you may be able to save some money. On Trenitalia website you will find some very interesting offers called Super Economy. For example, a train ticket from Rome to Naples starts from 9 euro / person but certain conditions will apply. Or, you can buy the tickets once you get to Roma Termini train station.
For more information about how to buy the train tickets please visit: Roma Termini Train Station.
There are many types of trains and based on how much money you are willing to spend, choose between Regionale, the slowest train, IC train, a faster train, and the Frecce train, the fastest train available but also the most expensive. The Frecce train will take you to Naples in about one hour and ten minutes.
Once you arrive to Naples Central Train Station (Napoli Centrale), you can begin your itinerary. Sometimes you can walk from one place to another, sometimes you need to use the public transportation system. The tickets are integrated and they can be used on all means of transport in Naples.
The underground system can be sometimes a bit confusing for a visitor since it is composed of underground trains operated by Trenitalia (looks like the normal trains but they are underground) and the usual subway trains operated by the municipality of Naples.
Public transport tickets are issued according to the time in which they can be used. Considering you will spend just one day in Naples, you can choose between an Hourly Ticket €1.30 or a Daily Ticket €3.70.
Since Vesuvius is a common symbol of Naples, you absolutely must visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. From Naples Central Train Station, go underground and use the train line L2 Pozzuoli – Gianturco, in the direction of Pozzuoli. You need to get off the train at the first stop, Cavour Station. This museum has one of the best collections of antiquities, such as mosaics, statues, gemstones, cup and gold from Pompeii. Pompeii, a town literally covered in ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD was a place of art and peaceful life. People who were trying to save their lives during the eruption were also buried in ash.
Due to this unfortunate event, the town got frozen in time, revealing how everyday life of a Roman city used to be almost 2000 years ago.
The Duomo di San Gennaro is the main church of Naples. This is a charming cathedral, with many artworks, frescoes in the Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro, paintings and chapels. You will definitely be stunned by this cathedral.
This cathedral is not very far from Museo Archeologico Nazionale (only 1 km away or 10-15 minutes walking). The nearest metro station is Piazza Cavour.
After you have visited the Duomo di Napoli or Museo Archeologico Nazionale, check out Galleria Umberto I. Designed in 1892, the galleria is cross-shaped, with astrology signs on the ground at its center. Inside the gallery and also outside, on Via Toledo, you're surrounded by street café's and icecream stores, as well as gift stores and outfits shops. Beatiful and useful at the same time, this a great place to visit.
The Galleria Umberto I is located 400 meters away from Toledo metro station, on metro line L1 Piscinola - Garibaldi.
Castel Sant'Elmo used to be a military fortress and its origin dates back in the Late Middle Ages. The castle continued to be a military property until 1976, when works of restoration began. Now, it houses special exhibits and some administrative offices. You can visit the galleries and the rooms of the castle, the prison rooms and the terraces which offer great panoramic views over Naples and the Bay of Naples.
From Galleria Umberto I you can get to Castel Sant'Elmo using the funicular railway line. The funicular also known as the Central Funicular (Funicolare Centrale) runs between Augusteo station (via Toledo) and Piazza Fuga station. From Piazza Fuga, using the escalators you can get to Morghen (station of another funicular line). Once there, walk for about 5 minutes and you're at the castle.
Castel Nuovo it's a wonderful, ancient castle which is situated in Piazza Municipio, Naples, just a few steps away from Galleria Umberto I and Piazza del Plebiscito. It was designed in 1282 under the rule of Charles I of Anjou who was the King of Sicily. Instead of having 4 towers like any other castle, it has 5 towers. Although visitors claim that the outside look is much more impressive than the inside look, this castle is definitely worth visiting.
Piazza del Plebiscito is one of the biggest piazzas in Naples and the city's main square. It is situated in front of the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) and in front of the Cathedral of St. Francis of Paola (Basilica Reale San Francesco di Paola).
Another popular place in Naples is the Cathedral of St. Francis of Paola. This basilica was modelled after the Pantheon of Rome and was commissioned by King Ferdinand I, after his return from exile in Palermo.
This palace was one of the royal residences used by the Bourbon Kings when they ruled the Kingdom of Two Sicilies. It has 30 rooms, all stunning and also an awesome marble staircase. Once you are inside this palace you get an idea of the former glory of this place.
Castel dell'Ovo is one of the landmark buildings of Naples and a quiet location away from the busy center. The Castel dell'Ovo is the oldest still standing fortification in Naples. It is located 12-15 minutes walking distance from Piazza del Plebiscito.
When you are done with sightseeing, go for a dinner in Naples. A great place to eat is the coast near the Castel dell'Ovo. Having on mind there are amazing terraces and restaurants with seaview there, it will be an unforgetable experience. Pizza is one of the symbols of Italy, so is there a better place to eat it than the place where it was invented? If you do not prefer pizza, you can taste some of the great pasta dishes of Naples or seafood dishes cooked in the traditional napoletan style. In a combination with a glass of high quality Italian wine it is a perfect dinner.