Beauty and History in Naples, Italy

Many travel bucket lists will not be complete without Italy. Considering the country’s colourful history and beautiful works of art, it is no wonder that it is a popular tourist destination for travellers, backpackers, and even dreamers. There are many places to go to in Italy, and one of the best is Naples – which is known for its rich history, stunning plazas, and enchanting bays. If you are still writing down your itinerary, be sure to include the following places of interest.

Parco Virgilliano

This lovely park overlooking the Bay of Naples is one of the most frequented places in Naples, and should be a part of anyone’s itinerary. It provides a great view of the Sorrento Peninsula plus the Procida, Capri and Ischia Islands. There is also the view of majestic Mt. Vesuvius from afar. Down below is a sight of the beautiful ocean with sail boats and yachts dotting the dark blue waters of the bay. The park is a very nice place for picnics and strolls, although it can get really crowded on weekends. Thus it is best to schedule a stroll or a jog in the mornings of Mondays to Fridays. One of the best things to do here is to stand in the fenced cliff and watch the sun set over the bay – easily one of the most spectacular sun sets in the world.

Mount Vesuvius

This volcano is famous for burying Pompeii back in 79 AD when it erupted. Now, it is famous as a tourist spot not only because of the history attached to it but also because of the great hiking experience there.  The climb going up can be really exhausting though, and the not-so-fit traveller may find this a challenge. However, there are stopovers along the way which provides a great view of the surrounding areas and the sea, which should be enough to encourage and motivate weary travellers to go on. Take note though that the nearest shop is about half a kilometre away from the crater, so be sure to bring lots of water and some snacks in your backpack. Upon reaching the top, you will be treated to an amazing sight of a crater which is 650 metres across and 230 metres deep. You may even observe some fume holes still breathing out steam and smoke.

Galleria Umberto I

An arcade of architectural beauty, the Galleria Umberto I is truly a grand sight to behold. The façade alone is enough to tell visitors of the grandeur that can be found inside. This cross shaped arcade/mall is amazing because of the glass and iron ceiling. The mosaics of zodiacs and others on the floor are designed with astonishingly careful details and care. The grand architecture boasts of walls and columns with intricate patterns and ornate details as well. Cafes and shops line the inside of the arcade, making sure that you will find something else to do should you get your fill of sightseeing.

With all the beautiful sceneries, views and sights together with the stunning artistic monuments and architectures, a trip to Naples, Italy is truly one natural and artistic journey that is well worth considering.

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