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12 Amazing Things to Do in Naples, Italy

While most visitors to Italy make a beeline for Firenze, Veneto, and Roma, my heart belongs to Napoli.

Whether you are visiting over a weekend or planning to stay for a week-long adventure, there are plenty of things to do in Naples.

Let’s start with some basic information, like when to visit, where to stay, and how to get around.

When to Visit:

I had the opportunity to visit Naples in September and the weather was absolutely perfect. July and August are the busiest for tourism, but the sights are crowded and the weather is too hot for me. I recommend visiting during the shoulder season (April through mid-June, or September to October).

Getting There:

In order to avoid a very long, very boring transatlantic cruise, you’re going to need to book a flight if you’re coming from North America. If you’re savvy, you can bundle your flight and hotel together in order to save money.

Where to Stay:

Naples has a bit of a reputation for having some not-so-great neighborhoods. While pick-pocketing isn’t uncommon in any major city, it’s best to have your wits about you while you’re wandering about town.

Most tourists end up staying in the Decumani area. This part of Old Town is filled with shops and restaurants, but it can be a bit more expensive to stay here.

While I was there, I stayed on the border between the Decumani area and the Stella/Rione Sanita neighborhood. I loved that it was a bit out of the hustle and bustle. It was a quick walk to the Botanical Garden as well as the National Archaeological Museum.

Another popular choice is to stay down near the waterfront. Here you’re near the Opera House, both of the waterfront castles, and the Port of Napoli (great for day-trips to Capri and Sorrento!).

Fortunately, Naples has a great public transportation system so no matter where you choose to stay you’ll be close to the action.

Looking for the perfect place to stay? Expedia offers great hotel options throughout Naples!

How to Get Around:

Italy has a fantastic public train system. You can purchase tickets in advance or at any station. I’ve never had trouble getting a ticket last minute, but often times the fares can be cheaper if you purchase in advance.

he trains are quite efficient, carrying you from Rome to Naples in just over an hour! Trains run frequently (usually every twenty minutes or so for the main routes), so don’t panic if you miss a connection.

Once or twice while I’ve been traveling in Italy there are been strikes which interfered with train operation. It’s always good to have a back-up plan, and luckily there’s plenty of buses (both inter-city and local) as well as taxis. Just remember to make sure there’s a license on the window and a working meter in the cab of the taxi!

You can also use your favorite ride-sharing app to get around the city. Italian taxi drivers actually launched their own app a few years back to make their services more appealing. The app is available for Android and iPhone.

Things to Do in Naples:

Okay, now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, let’s talk about some amazing things to do in Naples!

ONE

Find a little ristorante and eat a Neopolitan Pizza.

Things to Do in Naples, Italy

Okay, you knew food had to be at the top of my list.

I ate at least three entire pizzas (#noregrets) while I was in Naples, and let me tell you: they did not disappoint.

Start yourself off with a classic Margherita-style pizza and appreciate the superb combination of delicate tomatoes and robust buffalo mozzarella.

There are lots of places that claim to be the “best” pizza in Naples, but I recommend you try out a few different places to get the full experience.

TWO

Enjoy the view from Castel Sant’Elmo.

Take the Aerial Tram to Morghen or the train to Montesanto, then walk down to this stunning 14th century fortress.

From up here you are rewarded with unparalleled views of both the city and the coastline.

After exploring, follow Largo San Martino until you find the grand staircase on your left. Follow the steps all the way down to the Spanish Quarter.

THREE

Wander the Spanish Quarter

The Spanish Quarter is a great place to spend an afternoon.

Enjoy a lunch of pasta e fagioli, do some window shopping, and sip an espresso at a cafe.

FOUR

Hike Mount Vesuvius

Things to do in Naples - Hike Mount Vesuvius

In case you want something a bit more challenging, why not hike to the top of an active volcano?

To accomplish this feat, you’ll need to either take the train from Naples and hike all the way up, or join a group tour and cut the hike time in half (they park half-way up).

FIVE

Explore the Ruins at Pompeii

Things to Do in Naples - Visit the Ruins at Pompeii

If you visit in the shoulder season, you should be able to avoid the huge crowds at Pompeii.

If you want to get a bit off the beaten path still see an incredible site, head to Herculaneum instead.

SIX

Visit the Local Markets

Visit the Local Markets - Best Things to Do in Naples

Why not take a stroll through the bustling neighborhood markets?

If you’re just visiting you might not need to buy groceries, but you can still enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the market.

Many of the neighborhoods hold their own markets on various days and times, so you might just encounter one by accident.

Alternatively, you can visit the beloved La Pignasecca market in Montesanto, Naples’ oldest street market. This is also a great spot to try some authentic street food!

SEVEN

Take the Ferry to Sorrento

Ferry from Naples to Sorrento

While many people head straight for the island of Capri, I prefer the laid back vibe on Sorrento.

Sorrento is a quick one-hour ferry ride from the Port of Naples.

It’s a beautiful place to wander around — and be sure to sample the local limoncello!

EIGHT

Tour Underground Napoli

Tour Underground Napoli - Best Things to Do in Naples Italy

Underneath the Spanish Quarter lies a subterranean world begging to be explored.

Meet up with the tour group to gain access to the bowels of the city!

I don’t want to give away too much, because you should really see it for yourself. This was one of the best things I did in Naples!

NINE

A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera - Amazing Things to Do and See in Naples Italy

The San Carlo Theatre, opened back in 1737, is the oldest continuously running opera house in Europe.

You can either purchase a ticket to see a show or, if opera isn’t your thing, visit during the day time for a tour.

TEN

Escape to the Botanical Garden

Sometimes you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The botanical garden, located just Northeast of the popular Decumani district, is a little oasis unto itself.

It’s quite near the National Archaeological Museum, so I recommend visiting the museum in the morning, followed by lunch and a long walk in the garden.

ELEVEN

Discover the Waterfront Castles

If Castel Sant’Elmo just wasn’t enough for you, never fear. Naples has not one, but two waterfront fortresses for you to see.

The first, Castel dell’Ovo, was originally located on an island which is now a peninsula. The oldest standing fortification in Naples, this site has history dating back to the first century BCE.

The second, Castel Nuovo, was built as the ‘new castle’ in 1279. Not so ‘new’, right?

TWELVE

People Watch at Piazza del Plebiscito

Last, but certainly not least, one of my favorite things to do in any Italian city: find a big piazza and people-watch.

La dolce vita!

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Adobo is one of my favorite dishes; my original Pork Adobo recipe has lived on this site for over six years, and I published an updated, streamlined version last year (see: Oven Roasted Pork Adobo). And while I initially assumed that folks would seamlessly adapt those recipes for a chicken version, I’ve had several requests over the years. So voilà, this week’s recipe.

Adobo, often considered the national dish of the Philippines, is a method of stewing meat in vinegar. The word adobo itself is linked to a Spanish method of preserving raw meat by immersing it in a mixture of vinegar, salt, and paprika. When the Spanish observed an indigenous Philippine cooking method involving vinegar in the 16th century, they referred to it as adobo, and the name stuck. The original name for this dish is no longer known.

One last note – don’t forget about this month’s offer for Free Ground Beef for Life from my friends at ButcherBox. The deal expires at the end of this month, so be sure to check it out by the end of the week!

Chicken Adobo – Filipino Stewed Chicken (Gluten-free, Paleo, Primal, Perfect Health Diet)

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy

2/3 cup cane vinegar
1/3 cup tamari
15 cloves garlic, lightly smashed
2 tbsp whole black peppercorns
6 whole bay leaves
4 lbs bone-in dark meat chicken (thighs, drumsticks, and wings)

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Place a handful of the chicken in a large re-sealable plastic bag, then pour in a little of the marinade. Continue to add chicken and marinade in batches to ensure the chicken is well-coated. Transfer to the fridge and marinate for at least 4 hours, but overnight preferred.

2. Preheat the oven to 400F. Place the chicken (skin-side-up for the thighs) and marinade in a large rimmed baking sheet, then cover with tinfoil. Place the baking sheet in the center of the oven and roast for 30 minutes. Remove the tinfoil and turn the chicken pieces; roast, uncovered, for 20 more minutes. Turn the chicken and roast until the skin is browned and crispy, about 10 more minutes, then transfer to a serving dish and serve.

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Whether you are planning a winter or penguin themed party, or just want to make a fun snack for your kids, these cute cheese penguins are really quick and easy to make and the kids love them!

How to make easy cheese penguins - fun food tutorial for kids with video and full printable instructions = perfect for penguin themed party food

Be sure to check out my quick tutorial video so you can see just how easy these are to make!

It takes less than a minute to make each penguin, so they’re perfect for making in bulk for kids party food. If you have a little one who loves penguins, why not add one to their lunch box for a fun lunch time surprise!

Fun penguin themed food - how to make easy cheese penguins - fun food tutorial for kids with video and full printable instructions

Easy Babybel Cheese Penguins

Ingredients (makes 6): 

How to make quick and easy Babybel cheese penguins - fun party food idea for kids

Equipment:

Method: 

Peel the outer wrapping from each cheese, leaving the wax intact.

Using a small circle cutter, cut a circle from the top of each cheese (see photos and videos for the positioning of the cutter) and carefully remove.

Cut the carrot into slices around 3-5mm thick, then cut triangles from the carrot slices for the beaks.

Add two edible candy eyeballs and one carrot triangle to each cheese to turn it into a penguin.

Serve on a plate or platter and enjoy!

Cute and easy cheese penguins - fun winter themed party food idea for kids

Note: If you have trouble keeping them in place, or you need to transport your cheese penguins, you can ‘glue’ the eyes and beak to the cheese with a little cream cheese.

Fun penguin themed party food - how to make easy Babybel cheese penguins - fun food tutorial for kids with video and full printable instructions

Looking for more fun penguin themed food ideas? Check out our fun penguin marshmallows or these 15 fun penguin themed foods for kids!

Over 15 fun penguin themed food ideas for kids - perfect for winter themed party food and fun snacks - Eats Amazing UK

For more fun food ideas and tutorials like this one, check out the Fun Food for Kids section here on the Eats Amazing blog or pop over and follow my Fun Food Ideas for Kids Pinterest boards for loads more ideas from all over the web.

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Easy Babybel Cheese Penguins

These cute cheese penguins are really quick and easy to make – perfect for winter or penguin themed party food, fun snacks and kids packed lunches!

  • 6 pack mini Babybel cheese
  • 1/4 carrot
  • 12  edible candy eyeballs
  • 1 tsp cream cheese (optional)

Equipment:

  • round mini bento cutter
  1. Peel the outer wrapping from each cheese, leaving the wax intact.
  2. Using a small circle cutter, cut a circle from the top of each cheese (see photos and videos for the positioning of the cutter) and carefully remove.
  3. Cut the carrot into slices around 3-5mm thick, then cut triangles from the carrot slices for the beaks.
  4. Add two edible candy eyeballs and one carrot triangle to each cheese to turn it into a penguin.
  5. Serve on a plate or platter and enjoy!

Note: If you have trouble keeping them in place, or you need to transport your cheese penguins, you can ‘glue’ the eyes and beak to the cheese with a little cream cheese.

Love this fun food idea? Why not save it to Pinterest so you can easily find it again!

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How is 2019 treating you so far? Scrolling through Instagram would have me believe that we’re all killin’ this New Year thing, but something tells me I’m probably not seeing the less than stellar starts to the year. I know ours was nothing like we expected. Emotionally draining to say the least, and I had to give myself a break from the shiny social media highlight reels for a bit. Half-way into January, I’m now feeling ready to turn this year around and I’m hopeful it will be a really great year. 

Maybe you, like me, were more than ready to leave 2018 in your dust, but the start to the year hasn’t gone as you hopedplease know that you aren’t alone! Life challenges don’t adhere to a calendar format and they certainly don’t pause for holidays. All that we can do is put those lessons in our back pocket and carry them with us going forward. Progress, not perfection…am I right?! 

My passion for chickpea pancakes has reignited lately. I forgot just how quick and easy these savory cakes are to whip up for a light lunch or dinner. While I don’t see myself burning out on soup and toast anytime soon, these are a pleasant change from the usual winter fare. I’ve also been really into the bright and tangy combo of lemon-dill lately (must be that drab winter weather!) so I decided to make those the standout flavours in this recipe. Served with a rich Lemon-Garlic Aioli, crunchy chopped dill pickles, green onion, and fresh dill…this dish brightens up any day. Even though my brain can’t quite comprehend it, I know not everyone is a big dill pickle fan. If that’s the case, I’d recommend trying my reader-fave Jumbo Chickpea Pancake recipe instead! 


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Crunchy Dill Chickpea Pancakes with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

Calling all dill pickle fans! Chickpea flour, which forms the base of these easy-to-throw-together savory pancakes, is an earthy-tasting flour, so I like to brighten it up with fresh lemon and dill. Chopped dill pickle gives these pancakes a delightful tangy crunch, and grated carrot lends a touch of sweetness as well as an extra boost of nutrition. Topping them with my 3-ingredient Lemon-Garlic Aioli is a must for mega flavour and richness, so don’t skip it. (Uh oh, I’m getting bossy again!) Ready in 30 minutes or less, these pancakes make a light breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This recipe is adapted from my Jumbo Chickpea Pancake.

Yield
7 (3-inch) pancakes
Prep time
16 Minutes
Cook time
14 Minutes

Ingredients:

For the Lemon-Garlic Aioli:
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) soy-free vegan mayo
  • 1 large or 2 medium garlic cloves, grated on microplane
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons (5 to 10 mL) fresh lemon juice, to taste (I use 2)
For the pancakes:
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced (1 heaping tablespoon)
  • 1/2 cup (42 g) grated peeled carrot (1/2 medium)*
  • 1/3 cup (47 g) finely chopped dill pickle (2 small)**
  • 1/2 cup (63 g) chickpea flour
  • 2 tablespoons (10 g) nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water
  • Fine sea salt and pepper, to taste (I use 1/4 teaspoon)
For serving:
  • Sliced green onion, chopped dill pickle and fresh dill, aioli

Directions:

  1. For the Lemon-Garlic Aioli: In a small bowl, stir together the vegan mayo, minced garlic, and lemon juice (to taste). Set aside.
  2. For the pancakes: To a large skillet, add the oil and sauté the garlic for a couple minutes over low-medium heat, stirring frequently, and being careful not to burn. Add the grated carrot and finely chopped dill pickle and sauté another minute or two until the carrot has softened a bit.
  3. Preheat another large non-stick skillet (I use a flat pancake skillet) over medium heat. Or, simply use the same skillet as before if that works for you! 
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add the chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, water, salt, pepper, and sautéed veggies. Whisk until combined and let the batter sit for 1 minute.
  5. When a drop of water sizzles after hitting the pancake skillet, it’s preheated and ready to use. Spray the skillet with oil.
  6. To the skillet, add 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake. Use the tablespoon to spread the batter out until it’s about 3 inches in diameter. Space the pancakes an inch or two apart on the skillet. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat, until a golden brown crust forms on the bottom. Flip and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. I prepare the toppings while the pancakes cook.
  7. Place the pancakes on a cooling rack, grease the skillet again, and cook the remaining pancake batter using the steps above.
  8. Serve the pancakes warm with a big dollop of Lemon-Garlic Aioli and generous sprinkling of minced fresh dill, chopped dill pickle, and sliced green onion if you’re feeling fancy! We haven’t found these to freeze or reheat very well, so I recommend making and serving the pancakes fresh.

Tips:

* I use the standard-sized grate hole on the box grater.

** It’s important to finely chop the dill pickle as larger chunks feel a bit too chewy in these pancakes.

Want to increase the garlic flavour even more? Use garlic-flavoured dill pickles for a fun twist!

If you’re using fresh dill as a garnish, feel free to also add a bit of minced dill to the batter.

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krispy kreme doughnuts valentines day

Whether you love it or loathe it, there’s no escaping the fact that Valentine’s Day is approaching and everything is getting a romantic makeover. From Lush Valentine’s Day bath bombs (which should never be used as sex toys, FYI) to Ben and Jerry’s new Valentine’s Day flavour, there are things out there that we can all enjoy – singletons and loved-up couples alike.

And as the most ro/bromantic day of the year edges ever closer, we’ve got another nugget of happiness to share with you – Krispy Kreme doughnuts are getting a huge Valentine’s Day makeover on February 14th.

For one day only, Krispy Kreme is turning its entire doughnut range into hearts and hugs. Everything will be ring or heart shaped, so if you’re stuck for ideas then a dozen tray of these will go down a treat.

And that’s not all. There will also be three brand new flavours for you to try with your pals or partner.

First up there’s the Nutty Chocolate Heart, filled with Nutella, dipped in a rich chocolate icing and decorated with hazelnut pieces.

krispy kreme valentines day doughnuts

Credit: Krispy Kreme

Then there’s the Raspberry Romance, dipped in chocolate icing, filled with raspberry and chocolate truffle Kreme and hand decorated with raspberry pieces and an icing drizzle.

krispy kreme valentines day doughnuts

Credit: Krispy Kreme

Last but not least, they’re offering the cute Smiley Heart, dipped in strawberry icing with a sticky strawberry filling and strawberry flavoured Kreme.

krispy kreme valentines day doughnuts

Credit: Krispy Kreme

All the new flavours will set you back £2.20 individually or £6 for a pack of three, and will be available from 28th January – 24th February so you’ve got a month to get your hands on them.

Plenty of time to try them all.

What better way to spend a romantic night in with your SO or a chilled-out Galentine’s than downing doughnuts.

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Back to work side eye. Hope everyone had a nice MLK weekend. Thomas worked yesterday but Mazen has off two days. Winter break x 1,000!

The boys and their toys:

On Friday we often plan for pizza nights. Thomas makes an awesome grilled pizza using Whole Foods brand pre-made dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella and whatever veggies/toppings we have on hand. This week it was jalapenos, pepperoni, and artichokes! Plus I made a kale salad with lacinato kale, peppers, tomatoes, and Cava hummus for a creamy dressing.

On Saturday morning I got up early to meet these lovely ladies at the gym. I had a peanut butter + banana + coffee breakfast before I left. It’s weird – if I have even one small bite of vegetables or meat in me I feel soooo full and can’t do cardio, but fruit/fat/coffee/bread/cereal – none of them bother me at all and I can jump around within 30 minutes of consumption.

This is my new favorite workout tank. Luckily it’s only $11-15, depending on the Old Navy sale of the day. I bought two more over the weekend! I like that the fabric is thick, that the mesh and high cut keeps cleavage concealed, that it’s long enough to cover the booty, and that it’s so inexpensive.

Saturday second breakfast was an omelet and mango. I needed it!

We had a super cozy Saturday complete with freezing temps and drizzly rain. T and I snuggled with B on the couch while Mazen went to Matt’s for the night.

I had a quesadilla and leftover veggies for lunch.

We took a family nap : )

And then rallied to Three Notch’d for the Duke v. UVA game! I’ve been a Duke fan since before I was born but a UVA fan since moving to Cville in 2010. So I root for both teams. But when they play each other, I gotta go with my Duke loyalty. I said to a friend that morning: “I hope Duke wins but only by one basket so UVA gives them a good fight.” And that’s exactly what happened! It was a good nervous energy-filled game. PS. Mazen Duke ONLY roots for UVA now!

I had a beer, fish n chips, and a really awesome poached pear and blue cheese salad split with Thomas for dinner.

Little B slept most of the game in the Boba carrier <3 He had a late bedtime at 9:30 and then slept 7.5 hours straight to 5:30am!

On Sunday morning I had leftover tropical farro bowl for breakfast (you’ll be seeing this again very soon as a recipe!) and lots of coffee. I can’t get enough coffee these days!

I took Mazen to the gym and met Sarah for a calm yoga stretch. I was really sore from ath con the day before!

Lunch was a big salad with all the leftovers: chicken, veggies, potatoes, kale, baguette.

We made fluffy slime in the afternoon. I usually just Google the recipe. They all call for Elmers Glue, shaving cream, baking soda, food coloring (we used red sprinkles actually!) and this contact solution.

It’s actually not that messy once it comes together! And the shaving cream made it extra fun.

Sunday night we had Butcher Box steaks on the grill, roasted broccoli, and leftover potatoes with sour cream. An all American dinner. PS. Mazen LOVES steak! He ate his whole plate and some of mine.

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