Many people believe Italy is THE carbohydrate land. Pasta, pizza, and gelatos everywhere, all the time. Indeed, if you want, it can be true.
However, Italian Cusine is much more than pasta! There are a huge number of dishes with amazing flavors and combinations, just waiting for you to delight yourself with a great low carb feast!
I’ll not lie, I had pasta, pizza, and gelato. Innumerous time to be honest, but I also had other amazing meals throughout my almost 8 days in Italy, full of salads, gorgeous meats, and nutrient-dense ingredients. That’s why I decided to share here with you a few ideas from all the meals I had there.
Trattoria da Valentino • Rome I had a three-course lunch at this place, which includes salad (or pasta), meat, and a dessert (that you can skip).
And below a complete description of everything you can do:
Places to go
It’s a nice example of a medieval castle, built in 1279.
Entrance is paid, costing €6 per adult. 🙂
Well worth the price if you’re interested in this kind of medieval architecture.
Galleria Umberto I
This is such a beautiful building. Take some time to explore the shops, restaurants, and admire its splendid interior.
Royal Palace of Naples
This is another beautiful building to visit.
It also has a museum with ticketed entrance, but most of the external area, including the beautiful gardens, can be explored free of charge!
Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola & Piazza del Plebiscito
These two are right in front of the Royal Palace of Naples, making them a very good area to look around and admire the surrounds.
It’s a very popular street, full of shops and restaurants, ready for you to explore!
I simply loved this castle.
It is the oldest standing fortification in Naples and works today as a place for events and free visitation.
Views from up there are amazing!
Make sure to check it out!
Take some time to walk along Naples Harbour and you will be blessed with amazing views, such as in the photo below.
Not to mention the constant and inviting delicious smells from the restaurants along the way.
When I started planning this day trip to Naples (finding things to do and places to eat) something that I constantly found by reading people’s recommendations was to be aware of the areas you’re planning to visit.
It’s not that the city is totally unsafe. Not like that.
The areas I recommended above are absolutely safe and worth the visit.
However, my original personal itinerary also included things to do around the central station (Stazione di Napoli Centrale) … but yeah, when I got there, I unfortunately had to give up.
Not even the presence of the army on the streets made me safe enough to explore the area. 🙁
But overall, don’t worry too much, 1 day in Naples is more than enough to see the best things and enjoy a delicious pizza!
Make sure to follow my itinerary above and you can’t go wrong. 🙂
A couple of reasons helped me to decide picking Caffè Gambrinus for a quick stop:
Their absolutely beautiful and charming in-store decoration, (with a classy and vintage look)
To try an authentic Naples cappuccino,
And to finally have a Sfogliatelle (traditional Neapolitan pastry) – a flaky pastry stuffed with a delicious ricotta cream.
We both decided to have a cup of coffee there and get the sfogliatelle for take away.
Here is the complete order:
Hubby: caffe del nonno – espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
Mine: Italian cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.
To share: sfogliatelle riccia and sfogliatelle frolla.
You may not know but there are two main types of sfogliatelle:
Sfogliatelle frolla (rounded) and Sfogliatelle riccia (curly).
Of course, I decided to try them both. But here is the difference between them:
Sfogliatelle riccia (the curly one): the crust is some sort of puff pastry (using lard instead of butter), crunchy and flaky.
The filling is not super sweet, made of a mixture of semolina, ricotta, eggs, sugar, candied citrus and cinnamon.
You must eat it still warm, preferrably fresh out the oven.
Sfogliatelle frolla (the rounded one): uses pasta frolla (shortbread crust) instead of the flaky sfoglia crust.
The filling is pretty much the same; a mixture of semolina, ricotta, eggs, sugar, candied citrus and cinnamon.
Everything was very good.
I personally liked the sfogliatelle frolla better, its pastry is more my type of thing.
No words for its filling though, definitely something from heaven.
I had it again as a pie filling on one of my train trips, simply delicious!
The place architecture is beautiful, coffee and pastry equally good. However, they get packed due to its central location!
There is always a waiting line for seating and waiters tend to get a bit distracted.
So in case you are short in time just place your order directly at the counter.
Interesting enough, they charge €0.50 to use their toilets, even if you ordered something.
Unusual, but kinda understandable due to the number of tourists in the surroundings.