Our ship docked conveniently next to the historic city center of Naples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This was our first visit to Naples so we spent the day strolling through town. Right on the waterfront is the ancient Castel Nuovo.
Close by is the Royal Palace,
the Teatro di San Carlo Opera House,
and the Piazza del Plebiscito.
Turning around, we had a partial view of the beautiful Galleria Umberto I.
Via Toledo is the main street with shops, restaurants and lots of pedestrian traffic. The side streets are narrow and crowded with life.
We stopped to buy chocolate in this old fashioned shop. It didn’t look like much from the outside but it was delightful inside.
Every street scene begged for a photo!
The church of Gesu Nuovo with it’s unique exterior was originally a palace.
This narrow street was jam-packed with shops and stalls selling Christmas trinkets.
These rustic diorama-like displays were very popular. They had little lights in the windows and miniature waterfalls. Not sure how you would carry it home.
Naples is where the Margherita pizza came from. It was “invented” in honor of a visit by Queen Margherita using the colors of the Italian flag – red/sauce, green/basil, and white/mozzarella. We had to give that a try.
It was excellent!
There were lots of tasty pastry shops too.
We returned to the ship by way of an upscale part of town, the Corso Umberto I. Fancy shops and apartments!
Our first look at Naples gave us just a small taste of what this city has to offer. It’s worth another visit.