Travel itinerary • Italy 🇮🇹

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This blog will be a summary of an unforgivable time I’ve spent in Italy in September last year. My idea is to list what I did on 6 full days passing by Rome, Naples, Florence, and Cinque Terre.

It was such a great time!!! I hope it will help you to sort out what to do in these cities in case you are short on time.

3 Days in Rome
Explore Rome in 2 full days and reserve an extra one to visit Naples and taste their delicious pizza!

Colosseum.
Colosseum.

1 Day in Naples
On our third day in Rome, we took a full day to explore Naples and have the BEST PIZZA I’VE EVER HAD!

Naples Harbour.
Naples Harbour.

3 Days in Florence (link)
My favourite city in Italy so far. Explore Florence for 2 full days, and reserve the third day to visit Cinque Terre.

View from Piazzale Michelangelo
View from Piazzale Michelangelo

1 Day in Cinque Terre (link)
Either for sigh seen, or to go on an amazing hike, Cinque Terre is a must. In case you are in Florence, 1 full day is enough to get to know these five villages.

Vernazza
Vernazza

You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy, Rome or Florence.

How to go low carb in Italy 🇮🇹

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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).

Simple salad - mixed leaves, tomato, and carrot.
Simple salad – mixed leaves, tomato, and carrot.

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Travel itinerary: 1 day in Naples (Napoli) – Italy 🇮🇹

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Naples Itinerary map.
Naples: itinerary map image

If you need more than 3 days in Rome to say we fully explored Italy, how about taking a day trip to Naples (Napoli)?

So that’s what we did!
We took a morning train from Roma Termini to Stazione di Napoli Centrale, arriving there by 9.30am.

I will not lie that our main reason to visit Naples was to try their delicious pizza!
However, we can’t spend a whole day there just eating, right?

That’s why I created a short itinerary (check here my Google Maps) so we could also enjoy the city!

And below a complete description of everything you can do:

Places to go

Castel Nuovo
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.

Castel Nuovo.
Castel Nuovo.

Galleria Umberto I
This is such a beautiful building. Take some time to explore the shops, restaurants, and admire its splendid interior.

Inside of Galleria Umberto I.
Inside of Galleria Umberto I.

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!

Royal Palace of Naples.
Royal Palace of Naples.

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.

Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola & Piazza del Plebiscito.
Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola & Piazza del Plebiscito.

Via Chiaia
It’s a very popular street, full of shops and restaurants, ready for you to explore!

Via Chiaia.
Via Chiaia.

Castel dell’Ovo
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!

Castel dell'Ovo.
Castel dell’Ovo.

Naples Harbour
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.

Naples Harbour.
Naples Harbour.

Where to eat

Pizzeria Brandi
Best pizza I’ve ever had. That’s it. 🙂

Their Margherita pizza (below) is simply out of this world!

Pizza Margherita.
Pizza Margherita.

Gran Caffè Gambrinus
A good place to have a cappuccino and sfogliatelles.

Italian Cappuccino - double espresso and steamed milk foam.
Italian Cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.

Side note: Naples safety

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. 🙂


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Caffè Gambrinus • Naples

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Caffè Gambrinus - entrance.
Caffè Gambrinus – entrance.

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.
Sfogliatelle Riccia.
Sfogliatelle riccia.

My order

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.
Caffe Del Nonno - espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
Caffe del nonno – espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
Italian Cappuccino - double espresso and steamed milk foam.
Italian cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.

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.

Sfogliatelle Riccia and Sfogliatelle Frolla.
Sfogliatelle riccia and sfogliatelle frolla (on the right).
Sfogliatelle Frolla.
Sfogliatelle frolla in detail.
Sfogliatelle Riccia.
Sfogliatelle riccia in detail.

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 verdict

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.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/ZQEvqxT4vgx

More information: www.grancaffegambrinus.com/en/


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Naples.