Naples (Pompeii/Amalfi), Italy
An Eccentric Museum & An Excellent Pizza: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
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Approximately 8 Hours
Setting off from the port, you'll enjoy a panoramic drive through Naples. In the historical center of the city, you will see the imposing cathedral from the outside.
Leave the coach for a fascinating walk through the heart of the city -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll also visit Via San Gregorio Armeno -- known as the Street of Nativity Makers -- and see the numerous shops displaying delightful Nativity figurine handicrafts. Step inside at the San Severo Chapel Museum -- a jewel of gold-leaf and vaulted-ceiling artistic architectural heritage, but bordering on creepy in some of its more "out there" exhibits. The facility is a showcase of Baroque creativity, dynastic pride, beauty, black arts, and mysterious instruments. It houses the famous and truly incredible Veiled Christ, renowned the world over for the remarkable gauze-like appearance of its marble, as well as early models of human anatomy in beeswax and silk -- enigmatic creations dubbed the Anatomical Machines. Whether you believe the Sansevero Chapel Museum houses the work of a Renaissance man ahead of his time or the oddball collection of a true eccentric, certainly it is one of the most impressive collections of art and alchemy anywhere.
Naples is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of pizza, and no visit here is complete without eating at one of its legendary pizzerias. Try one of the city's best -- Palazzo Petrucci Pizzeria, located in the historic center of Naples. This pizzeria is affiliated with the Michelin-starred Palazzo Petrucci, a favorite of Food & Wine Magazine, and excels at both traditional pies and more innovative creations, such as a version with zucchini, anchovies, lemon and mint. This storied place will also teach the secrets behind its oven magic in a class where you'll learn how to make the dough and bake your own pie to absolute perfection. Enjoy dining alfresco on the restaurant's roof terrace or out in the piazza for a truly memorable experience.
Then, re-board your vehicle for more sightseeing in the city before returning to the pier.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.