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24 Hours In Naples: Itinerary
Naples, Italy (or Napoli for the culture vultures amongst us) was not one of the cities that was initially on my places to visit in 2019. However, after downloading the Lucky Trip App (not an #ad!) Naples came up as one of the lower cost, trips to take in January. Being the wanderer that I am, I thought 'why not?' and booked it.
As the time grew nearer, I started to doubt whether or not this trip would be rushed - we were going to be flying in from the UK for only one night. I double checked the flight times - by the time we landed on the Saturday and were to take off again on the Sunday, we literally had 24.5 hours in Naples in total. My question was: 'Can I enjoy this short amount of time in Naples?' - the answer is whole-heartedly yes.
Here is how I did 24 Hours in Naples:
01:00am - Alarm has just gone off... time to go to Stanstead Airport, London. Around a two hour drive from where we live.
04:00am - Arrive at the airport, no problems encountered. Thank god. My anxiety is heightened, but I'm OK.
06:30am - Take off on the flight. A small que at the gate, overall the flight is pretty busy which is surprising for this time of year. We end up getting moved into extra leg room, which is great for my husband at 6ft10 tall. We are sat next to a local guy from Naples, he writes down a list of all the things he recommends we should see in Naples. Faith is restored that there are people still left in this world that want to help you. His recommendations are below:
10:15am - Land in Naples. The flight was 2 hours and 40 minutes - longer than I first thought but hey, it's still early and at least we can tick another City of our list.
11:00am - We have heard that a taxi to the Port of Naples is anywhere between 25EUR and 35EUR, but the Alibus is only 5EUR each. We decide that we will save a bit of money and have an experience of the local public transport. Turns out the Alibus is the shuttle between the airport, the train station and the Port. The Alibus stop is clearly signed and is at the front of the entrance to Napoli Airport. You should expect to be on the bus for around 10 minutes if you are heading to the train station, and another 5 minutes if you are getting off at the Port.
11:30am - Navigate our way to Carten Napoli Luxury Rooms and we have a little rest bite whilst we check into our room, wash our faces and clean our teeth after the flight and a lovely receptionist shows us on a map where all the hot spots are to visit in Naples. Let's go!!
A Day In Naples
12:00pm - 4:00pm - From the hotel, we walked straight out to the Castell Nuovo (translates to New Castle). This was only around a 2 minute walk form Carten Napoli Hotel, and is right on the sea front. We had a little wander around, before walking approximately another 15 minutes along the sea front to Castell Dell Ovo (which is the oldest and original castle). Here, we walked into the castle and you can climb up right to the top where there is a fantastic view point and you can see the whole of Naples from here. This is where I fell in love with Naples. Not only is this castle great for picture opportunities for the 'gram, but it is so pretty and full of history. If, like us, you cant speak a word of Italian, visiting the inside of the Castle may not be for you. The woman on the door told us that the exhibition that was on at the time was in full Italian and would have been a waste of money for us. The bonus of this attraction is it is free to wander around and you can take as much time as you like! There are quite a few stairs to climb to get to the top, but if you can, it is well worth it.
Next we followed google maps to go get some Gelato. When in Italy and all that! You can read about the food we ate in Naples here - definitely try the Gelato, it is a must for when you're in Naples.
We wandered down old cobbled streets, which just look like what you would see in an old Italian movie, and took the sights in. My advice is to take in Naples on foot - use google maps to gauge your whereabouts (so you don't get too lost!). We strolled past the 'posh' shops such as Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Prada and the like, then ended up on a street side bar for a refreshing lager stop. The lager in Naples is expensive - average price is 5.50EUR for a pint, but it was worth it for a break from walking and a spot of people watching!
5pm - We finally made it to the Palazzo Reale di Napoli. That's the Royal Palace Square. here is the Royal Palace and a museum - it is the largest square and one of the most popular historical tourist destinations in the whole of Naples. For the history buffs amongst us, here you can find statues of prominent rulers of Naples including Alfonse of Argon and Charles III of Spain.
From here we stumbled upon the Galleria Umberto shopping mall which is another one of the popular tourist attractions to see in Naples. The Naples locals are very proud of this mall as it is the largest glass structure in the whole of Italy, other than the one in Milan... pretty though.
6pm - Late - So far we had walked ten miles around Naples taking in the beautiful, yet surprising sights. But we were so ready for some Italian food! We made our way back to the hotel area and found a cute Pizzeria and ate in there. The pizza in Naples is wonderful - how can it not be when Naples is famous for being the pioneer in the Pizza world! We then strolled back to the hotel, tummies full and buzzing from what we had seen and done that day, and enjoyed a tipple or two (who am I kidding, maybe four) at the hotel bar before enjoying the gorgeous luxury hotel room that the Carten had to offer.
The Next Morning...
7am - We had set our alarm early so we had time to take advantage of the breakfast that was on offer at the hotel, sort our lives out and then grab a taxi back to the airport for 8am.
8:10am - The airport is really not that far from Naples - we had heard horror stories about the traffic to say that you needed at least 45 minutes to get form the Port of Naples back to the airport. I don't know if it was because it was 8am on a Sunday, but it only took us 10 minutes in the taxi and we were back at the airport twiddling our thumbs as we didn't fly until 10:45am!
10:45am - through security and back on the flight homeward bound. Already reminiscing about what a whirlwind the last 24 hours had been for us, but also how much we loved it and didn't even really feel that tired. We landed back into Stanstead Airport at 12:45pm lunch time, and was back in our home by 3pm. What a way to spend a weekend.
THE BEST PART WAS IT COST US LESS THAN A WEEKEND IN THE UK.
That's right! It cost us less than a weekend break would have cost us in the UK. So ,on that note - we will be planning many more '24 Hours In...' trips away. Our next one is pending this weekend - hopefully if the snow that is predicted in the UK doesn't stop us from going...