Naples: a treasure trove of secrets to discover!
The Neapolitan sfogliatella is one of the most famous and beloved desserts in the Neapolitan culinary tradition, but its origin remains shrouded in mystery. It's hard to remain impassive to its exquisite taste, so we'll let you in on where to find the best sfogliatella in Naples.
The Margherita pizza is a symbol of Neapolitan cuisine and represents a true gastronomic masterpiece. Its simplicity, made of genuine and high-quality ingredients, makes it a real delight for the palate. Buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomato, and basil give the Margherita pizza a fresh and intense flavor, capable of winning over even the most demanding palates.
If you are looking for a typical Neapolitan trattoria frequented mainly by locals, we recommend trying "Lo Spiedo d'oro." Located in Pignasecca, the heart of the historic center of Naples, this trattoria offers traditional Neapolitan dishes prepared with local ingredients at very reasonable prices. A real gem!
While walking along the beautiful streets of Naples, you may come across someone trying to sell you something of great value at a really advantageous price. Beware! Keep your eyes open, you could fall victim to the "Neapolitan Package".
Here's how it works.
The markets of Naples are a true institution of the city. They are open-air markets that take place in different areas of the city and offer a wide range of products, from clothing to gastronomy, from craft products to local typical products. The markets of Naples are famous for their authenticity and liveliness: walking among the colorful stalls and feeling the noise and the voices of the sellers is a unique and engaging experience.
If you are in Naples, you cannot miss visiting the Sansevero Chapel to admire the masterpiece of the Veiled Christ. This famous white marble sculpture is considered one of the most important works of Baroque art and one of the most famous attractions of the Neapolitan city. The Sansevero Chapel and the amazing Anatomical Machines exhibited in the underground Cavea of the Chapel are also not to be missed.
Going to a city park is one of the most pleasant and relaxing activities you can do in the city. Parks represent an opportunity to unplug from the chaos and frenzy of the city, to relax, take a walk, do sports, socialize or simply enjoy some free time in the open air. Let's see which park is preferred by Neapolitans!
Neapolitans love espresso coffee more than anything else in the world. Coffee is a real institution in Naples, so much so that the city is famous all over the world for the quality of its coffee. Neapolitans are very demanding when it comes to coffee and know how to recognize a quality coffee immediately.
Here's where they drink it!
In a corner of a market, men move frantically, emphatically, around a small table. One handles cards, the others hold money. This is the scene that characterizes the classic Neapolitan game of the three cards. But be careful, it's a scam and we'll explain why!
Don't be mischievous, Neapolitans love artisanal ice cream and especially ice cream made with fresh and quality ingredients. There are many ice cream shops with an excellent product, but let's see the place where Neapolitans prefer to go on hot summer days.
For Neapolitans, the corna (horns) is a very important symbolic gesture that represents an ancient superstition related to misfortune or betrayal. There are different interpretations of the meaning of corna in Neapolitan folklore, but in general, it is a gesture used to ward off bad luck and envy and to protect oneself and one's family.
The Neapolitan Baba is a soft and fragrant dessert, made with leavened dough, soaked in a sugar and rum syrup. The intense and decisive flavor of the Baba is something unique that is not easily forgotten once tasted. Eat the Baba in one of the best pastry shops where you can taste it in its original version or together with custard or whipped cream, it won't disappoint you!
In Naples, the Cornetto is still eaten warm and fragrant, often paired with a good coffee. The first bite is a discovery of incredible flavors: the crunchiness of the outer shell clashes with the softness of the filling, which can be jam, custard or chocolate. The artisanal Cornetto is a unique taste experience, which tastes of tradition and pleasure.
Throughout Mediterranean culture, the use of hand gestures is an art that unites everyone. But it is here, under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, that this form of communication reaches its peak and turns into a real artistic performance!
Let's learn the meaning of Neapolitan gestures.
Nisida is an island that doesn't exist in the sense that it is often overlooked by tourists but represents a real hidden gem of the Mediterranean. As Edoardo Bennato's song teaches us, often the most beautiful things are precisely those that we don't expect to find.
Let's discover together the Island that doesn't exist!
The relationship between Neapolitans and Graffa is very intense and profound, so much so that this dessert has become an integral part of the city's culture and culinary tradition. Its goodness and simplicity make it a cornerstone of Neapolitan cuisine, and many are the bars and pastry shops that offer it among their specialties.
We'll reveal to you where to eat the best Graffa!
Shopping in Naples is a unique and diverse experience, with a wide selection of fashion shops, local crafts, gastronomy, and much more. The most famous shopping streets include Via Chiaia, Via Toledo, and Via dei Mille, where you can find international and Italian brands, luxury boutiques, vintage and second-hand clothing shops, restaurants, and cafes.
The Genovese is a beloved dish among Neapolitans, both for its delicious taste and its history and tradition. Its preparation requires time and patience, and it is often a recipe that is passed down from generation to generation. The dish is a symbol of Neapolitan cuisine and is often served on special occasions such as weddings and religious holidays.
The Best Genovese for You!
San Gennaro is the patron saint of Naples, and the love of Neapolitans for the saint runs deep. Devotion to San Gennaro dates back centuries and has been passed down from generation to generation, becoming an integral part of Neapolitan culture and tradition. The Miracle of San Gennaro is considered an extraordinary and miraculous event by Neapolitans, who firmly believe in the protection and intercession of their patron saint.
Castel dell'Ovo is one of the symbols of Naples, and the city's inhabitants have a great attachment to it. Its privileged position on the coast, ancient history, and panoramic view of the city make it a much-loved place for Neapolitans and tourists alike. The castle is also linked to numerous legends and mysterious stories that have contributed to fuel the fascination and curiosity of visitors.
Let's discover its secrets!
The MANN (National Archaeological Museum of Naples) is one of the most important museums in Italy, hosting a vast collection of archaeological artifacts from the Campania region and the rest of the ancient world. The museum offers visitors a unique and engaging experience, with the possibility of admiring artworks, mosaics, sculptures and artifacts from the Greek, Roman and Egyptian periods. In short, a must-see.
Diego Armando Maradona was an icon of world football and had a special relationship with the city. During his time as a player for Napoli, Maradona won the hearts of Neapolitans with his extraordinary ability and charismatic personality and is considered a hero and symbol of hope, representing the pride and passion of the city as well as its flaws. His figure is still very loved today and is celebrated as a legend and a true Neapolitan.
The metro stations of Naples are now famous for their beauty and originality. Each station was designed by a team of artists and architects who created unique and suggestive works of art. Decorated with mosaics, ceramics, sculptures and paintings that represent the history and culture of the city of Naples, the metro stations of Naples have become a real tourist attraction for visitors to the city. Here is the most impressive one.
The Bourbon Gallery is one of the most suggestive and mysterious places in Naples, but it is not well known by tourists. It is a system of underground tunnels built in the 19th century to connect the Royal Palace to the port area. Today, the Bourbon Gallery is a tourist destination still little known, but which certainly deserves to be visited to admire the beauty of its tunnels and discover the secret history of Naples through archaeological artifacts and testimonies of daily life in the past.
The Munaciello is a legendary figure in Neapolitan folklore. This mischievous little sprite, often depicted as a friar-clad boy, is known for its pranks and tricks. Its presence is often associated with mysterious and inexplicable events that occur in the homes and streets of Naples.
Neapolitan pastry is a fascinating culinary art and an authentic expression of the Neapolitan gastronomic tradition. Celebrated for its refinement and centuries-old history, this sweet cuisine is a true delight for the senses. Let's discover the finest Neapolitan Pastry.
Swear words, often used to express intense emotions or emphasize situations, are linguistic expressions in Naples that can vary in severity and are a characteristic aspect of the culture and folklore. Although they can be quite vulgar, Neapolitan swear words are often used playfully and affectionately among friends or family. Let's see what they are, are you curious?
In the heart of Posillipo, the enchanting peninsula of Naples that stretches out into the sea, stands the imposing and mysterious Donn'Anna Palace. This fascinating building, surrounded by legends and secrets, has a history rich in intrigue and tragedy, making it a place of great fascination.
The maccheroni frittata is a matter of pride and name in Naples; it must be prepared with spaghetti or vermicelli, colorless like the moon. Even though they use long pasta, Neapolitans continue to call it "maccheroni". Discover how to make the real "Frittata 'e Maccarun" from Naples.
The figure of Pulcinella is steeped in history, tradition and a kind of popular wisdom that has settled in the collective imagination of Neapolitans. He embodies the people of Naples: frank, lively, loyal and endowed with a certain cunning that allows him to overcome everyday difficulties with indomitable spirit.
An timeless symbol of Naples and its culture.
The aperitif in Naples is an experience that engages all the senses, it is the scent of bitter oranges dancing in the air, it is the bold taste of Campari blending with prosecco, it is the warmth of Neapolitan hospitality that wraps you while you sip your favorite cocktail. And it is in this atmosphere that the aperitif becomes a moment of sharing, of authentic sociability and discovery of unforgettable flavors.
Discover the best Neapolitan Cocktail Bars.