3 Intriguing Ancient Sites in Naples, Italy That Will Transport You Back in Time

Napoli, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Napoli, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy. Photo by Zsolt Cserna on Unsplash

From the bustling neighborhood of Vomero, filled with unique designer stores and authentic restaurants to the jaw-dropping sights of the Royal Palace of Naples and the tranquil La Gaiola beach, there is no shortage of entertainment in the Italian city of Naples. But between the shopping, nightlife, and relaxation that the city has to offer lies a treasure trove of ancient sites that will be sure to ignite your curiosity. Here are three ancient sites you don’t want to miss.

Castel Nuovo

Also known as Maschio Angioino (or the Angevin Keep), this formidable castle was built circa 1279 by King Charles I of Anjou. In addition to admiring this fortress’s mighty stone walls and the grounds outside, you can also step through the castle’s corridors, where you’ll be able to peruse the castle’s priceless collection of artworks by Neapolitan painters and explore the throne room.

Castel Nuovo is open from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 to 18:30. Be sure to check out Napoli’s official website for more information.

Underground Naples

If you love history and have a thirst for adventure, then the tour of Underground Naples is just for you! The tunnels beneath the city will take you through 2,400 years of history, from the remains of the Greek-Roman aqueduct to the bomb shelters during World War II.

What’s more, the underground path will grant you access to several tourist hotspots, including the Greek-Roman Theatre, the War Museum, the Tufello Winery, and the underground Hypogeum Gardens. Tours in English take place on weekdays from 10:00 to 18:00.


Open from 09:00 until 19:00 every day, Pompeii is the legendary city that was buried under ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Following years of detailed excavation work, you can now see the cobbled streets, central baths, houses, and soldier barracks that existed all those years ago.