Curious to learn more about bella Napoli, taste its amazing food and discover the city’s beauty by peeling away only the outer layers on a full-day discovery? A great idea is taking a day trip to Naples from Rome. Email us to arrange your Naples discovery!
The fast train from Rome’s central station Termini––or from the ultra-modern Tiburtina––pulls into Naples after 1 hour and 7 minutes. Yes, that’s the time it takes me to drive to work on some rainy mornings. If you’re planning to spend a little more than just one day in Naples, you can check out our 48 hours in Naples weekend guide. For those of you who are instead curious to learn more about bella Napoli, taste the delicious food and discover the city’s beauty on a full-day discovery, a great idea is taking a day trip to Naples from Rome.
Most Naples lovers will tell you all the best places to visit, listing classic tourist stops. The sfogliatella place, the palace, the alleys strewn with souvenirs, the pizza evangelized by Hollywood. Gina and I have something slightly more interesting planned for you…
On our Naples day-long adventure we will, of course, have sfogliatella. And also pizza al portafoglio, and even tripe, if you’re brave. We will bring you to taste them in places many tourists don’t know about. We will go in-depth into local culture, stroll in the sun gazing at the Mediterranean Sea and castles intertwined in our food meanderings. We will explore vibrant neighborhood markets and small shops, stopping for some of the best espresso coffee you will ever taste, chat with vendors and food artisans not commonly featured in the guidebook.
We will walk with you along beautiful ancient cobbled streets, sneak into secret courtyards and can even take you underground to discover the subterranean side of Naples that nobody knows about. We will sit down with you and eat fresh seafood, pasta and other local specialties, cooked and served lovingly in small, family-run trattorias. If we prefer, we’ll roll up our sleeves to make pizza while learning the 10 rules that make Neapolitan pizza world renowned. For fans of Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend” set of novels, we will visit piazzas and walkways of both working-class and upscale neighborhoods portrayed in the novels.
On our full-day adventure you will experience the Naples that has fascinated poets, artists and food lovers over the centuries. All in a day and on a full stomach. Gina and I will make it memorable.
Eleonora Baldwin is a TV host, freelance food and travel writer, and culinary connoisseur based in Rome, Italy. Her writing appears in several food and travel publications. Her shows “ABCheese” and “Uazz’america” are broadcast on Italian food network Gambero Rosso Channel. Her podcast “iCheese” is recorded live on the Radio Food Live network.