4 Days Exploring Naples & Cilento
Día 119hWalk along Lungomare1Day 19:00hWalk along Lungomare
We started our day in Naples off with a walk along the popular Lungomare, which is a 12km walking path along the waterfront. Throughout the path are a number of important landmarks in the city such as Castel dell'Ovo, Castel Nuovo, and the historic Santa Lucia neighbourhood where you can get incredible views of Mount Vesuvius in the distance.
- Santa Lucia is known as the fisherman's area of Naples, and boasts a lot of highly rated restaurants in it. You can also find nice cafés and bars throughout the walking route.
12hExplore Piazza del Plebiscito2Day 112:00hExplore Piazza del Plebiscito
This piazza is one of the main things to see in Naples, and sits close to the Royal Palace and the San Marco opera house. We spent an hour walking around the piazza (when it wasn't raining), and taking a look at the exterior of the other important buildings in the area.
- The piazza is often very crowded, but if you happen to visit Naples on the rare day that it's raining, you'll be able to get a photo without anyone in it! Just make sure you're there as soon as it stops raining to give you time to get the photo before everyone starts to return.
13hPass through Galleria Umberto I and Via Toledo3Day 113:00hPass through Galleria Umberto I and Via Toledo
We came across Galleria Umberto I by chance and hadn't actually added it to our itinerary. It's a stunning shopping gallery similar to the famous one in Milan, and is only a short walk from the main shopping street - Via Toledo. Although we didn't do any shopping, we did take a stroll up and down the street to see what stores there were.
- Naples is very popular for people who love to shop, and there are a lot of smaller streets veering away from Via Toledo that hold some hidden gems within them.
15hExplore the historic streets of Naples4Day 115:00hExplore the historic streets of Naples
Naples has a lot of fantastic areas to explore, and since we were only there for one full day we decided it was a good idea to walk around the historic streets and see what we could find by chance. Piazza del Gesu Nuovo and Naples Cathedral (free to enter) were two of our favourite spots.
- You can't go to Naples without trying the pizza! Pizzeria Di Matteo is considered the best place for pizza and fried snacks in the entire city, and is very budget friendly too.
Día 2511hDriving from Naples to Agropoli5Day 211:00hDriving from Naples to Agropoli
After picking up our rental car, we hit the highway and drove south to the beautiful coastal town of Agropoli. The drive was very easy, if not a bit hectic because of the drivers on the road. Ideally the rain stopped halfway through the drive as well, but usually this part of Italy doesn't get a lot of rain so you don't need to worry too much about the weather.
- Rent a car from the airport to save time so you know exactly where to pick it up from. There are signs everywhere telling you where to go for the rental companies. Rental cars are also very cheap in Naples.
12hArriving at our B&B6Day 212:30hArriving at our B&B
We arrived at B&B Baia di Trentova around lunch time, and were greeted by the owner who showed us to our room and gave us a glass of wine and some snacks on our balcony. Agropoli is surrounded by hills, so we had an incredible view of the coastline from our room.
- Visiting in April means the weather isn't too hot, and there are hardly any tourists around, so you will have most of the places you visit all to yourself.
14hVisit to Santomiele7Day 214:00hVisit to Santomiele
After lunch we drove a short distance through the hills of the national park for a tour of the Santomiele organic farm, who produce luxurious figs and export them worldwide. I'm personally not a big fan of figs, but the tour we went on was very interesting, as was learning about the production process. It's located in a small village too so you can have a walk around it while getting a little tan.
- There is a small shop located inside of the building where you can buy beautiful gifts or get some snacks to nibble on during the trip.
17hStop for ice cream8Day 217:00hStop for ice cream
On the way back to the B&B we stopped at the charming town of Torchiara, which is known for its award winning ice cream at Gelateria di Matteo. The Gelateria is family run and they make seasonal flavours too which are delicious.
- The town can be tricky to park in, but there is a church across the road from the Gelateria which has free parking.
Día 399hVisit to Tenuta Vannulo buffalo farm9Day 39:30hVisit to Tenuta Vannulo buffalo farm
One thing that the Cilento area is famous for is its buffalo mozzarela. Our B&B host took us to an incredible farm not far from where we were staying, and we were able to see the buffalos, sample some mozzarella, and of course stop in at the cafe and have something to eat.
- The cafe makes buffalo milk ice cream which is a must-try! There is also a luxury bag store on site.
11hExploring Paestum10Day 311:30hExploring Paestum
Visiting the ancient Greek ruins at Paestum was one thing I was really excited to do. It was only a 5 minute drive from the buffalo farm, and cost €9.50 to enter which gave us access to the entire site, including the two main temples.
- Paestum tops the list of Greek ruins to see in Italy so don't miss out! Parking is difficult if you visit later in the day, but there is a parking lot further down the road.
14hDrive to Pioppi11Day 314:00hDrive to Pioppi
We had packed a lunch with us so we didn't need to waste precious time stopping at a restaurant, and after we had eaten we began the beautiful coastal drive to Pioppi. The town itself is considered the home of the Mediterranean diet, and has pristine, clear water for you to dip your toes into.
- There is a museum dedicated to the Mediterraean diet in Pioppi but check the opening times before visiting as it's not always open.
18hTake in the views of Agropoli12Day 318:00hTake in the views of Agropoli
The drive back to Agropoli took just under an hour, and before heading back to the B&B we decided to drive up to the town's castle and take in the views from the top. The castle is free to enter, but the drive up the very steep and narrow hill is not for the faint hearted!
- If you're craving pizza, stop at Pizzeria da Ciccio and try the fried pizza balls topped with tomato sauce and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
Día 41310hPompeii13Day 410:00hPompeii
On the way back to the airport in Naples, we decided to stop at the famous ruins of Pompeii, which is only a short drive from the city centre. We only had a few hours to spare, so we made a note of the main areas of Pompeii using the free map provided at the entrance. Pompeii can take a full day to walk around if you don't want to rush, but we managed to see most of it in just 4 hours (although we did a bit of running)!
- Rent an audioguide from one of the stands before entering Pompeii - they're really helpful!
The lesser known ruins of Herculaneum are fairly close to Naples as well, so we made sure we had enough time to take a quick look at them before our flight. The city was also destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted, and is actually better preserved than Pompeii and much smaller, making it easier to walk around.
- It's not recommended to see Herculaneum and Pompeii on the same day because there is a lot to see, but it is doable if you don't have 2 days to spare.
Before you travel
- Check the weather before travelling, sometimes southern Italy can get cold!
- Trainers are a must if you want to walk or hike, and especially if you're visiting Pompeii or Herculaneum.
- Be careful while driving. No one follows any rules while driving or speed limits, so if you aren't used to the roads it can be a bit tricky and make you anxious.