Naples is in the south of Italy and is part of the Campania region. Many people going away most probably would not choose Naples as the primary destination. However, Naples is perfect if you are looking for a place with a bit of history. Whilst walking around the city, its history can be seen everywhere. In Naples things have progressed at a different pace to the rest of Italy and Europe. For example, there will be some litter in the streets and when queuing up in shops away from the tourist areas people do tend to queue jump. Another aspect is the difficulty in trying to find official websites for tourist destinations in Naples, you might find that a lot of decisions may have to be made on the spot whilst exploring. However, these factors all contribute to the uniqueness of the area and the adventurous traveller types will love the experience.
Castel Nuovo is a castle that was built in the medieval period, it is opposite Molo Beverello Port.* The admission fee for this tourist venue in €5 in summer.** Inside there are pieces of religious artwork and exhibitions and there is also the opportunity to go up the tower and see an amazing view of the port and Mount Vesuvius. Music performances and other events take place in the Castle's courtyard and tickets are available for these in the same reception area. Information for upcoming events can be found under the tourist section of the city of Naples' website.
The town square Piazza Del Plebiscito is just footsteps away from Castel Nuovo. The Piazza was originally designed by Napoleon Bonaparte's brother- in- law Joachim Murat who was the King of Naples from 1808 to 1815. Once Ferdinand I took over he decided on the final part of the construction being the Church San Francesco di Paola. The church and the Royal Palace are both buildings that surround the square. When you stand next to the pillars at the entrance of the church you realise how tall they actually are.
The opening times are displayed outside the church should you wish to explore inside. There are statues of the Kings of Naples as part of the Piazza, this is a statue of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily.
A great way to truly understand this city is to research some of the history before going. And even if history is not your thing then there is plenty of photographic material to capture. This website is a great amalgamation of information ranging from places to stay to fun activities to do whilst in Naples, including those mentioned in this article.
The alternative name of Maschio Angioino is also used for the Castle
**Prices for current fees can be found at the castle's reception