Best Nightlife Spots in Naples
A night on the town in the vibrant southern Italian city of Naples can be an all-out attack on the senses. The ever-present sound of scooters buzzing around through narrow alleyways, the jovial exultations of Neapolitans as they laugh and shout to each other in the streets, and the amazing smell of food wafting out of restaurants and food stalls creates an intoxicating atmosphere for those that revel in nightlife.
We’ve listed a few of the most popular areas in Naples to get a feel for this wildly stunning and beautiful city at night.
The neighborhood of Chiaia is Naples answer to those with more bourgeois tastes when they head out for the evening. Located between the expensive waterfront at Castell dell’Ovo and the luxury shops of Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Hermes, this area brings a stylish crowd that appreciates an exquisite cocktail in a sophisticated setting.
Try the numerous bars with sidewalk seating on the quaint Via Bisignano and explore its connecting streets to find the place suits your specific brand of fancy.
Just as the sun rises every day, Via Toledo is certain to be completely full of Neapolitan pedestrians at night. This wide avenue brings in people of all ages for its countless shops, the gorgeous arcade at the Galleria Umberto I, a choice of awesome Fritteria selling delicious deep-fried specialties, and a variety of little Italian restaurants for all tastes. It’s a bit of a packed sidewalk to navigate, but along the way, you’ll be entertained by local street performers, musicians, and artists vying for your smile. Great for all ages.
Not long ago considered an area not only best avoided by tourists but also where many locals feared to tread, the Quartieri Spagnoli in recent years has become perhaps the most authentically charming location in all of Naples.
With a maze of hilly streets that are home to countless street vendors, bakeries, butcher shops selling delicious roast chickens, charming wine bars, and some of the best restaurants in the city, you can feel the beating heart of Naples in its small alleyways. Foodies should take a walk down Vico Longo del Gelso to explore its many tiny bistros, but the one must-do is a meal at the lovably raucous Trattoria da Nennella, a city landmark with the added bonus of a bustling open-air bar across the alley selling 1 Euro Aperol Spritz while you wait for your table.
Piazza Dante to Piazza Bellini
Combining fun and stylish venues with the lively atmosphere of a bar crawl, this area between Piazza Dante and Piazza Bellini has something that appeals to everyone.
The neighborhood is known for its winding streets filled with jazz clubs, small trattorias done with a designer’s touch, cozy wine bars, but also a lively bar hopping scene around Piazza Bellini that allows patrons to go easily from place to place or people watchers to take in the scene on the square while enjoying the warm nights of spring and summer.
Piazza San Domenico Maggiore
The pedestrianized city center, with its immense brightly colored cathedrals, innumerable statues, and crumbling ancient buildings, provides a dramatic backdrop for what has become the unofficial nightly street party of Naples.
People come to dine at the seemingly never-ending row of world-famous pizzerias and restaurants on Via de Tribunali, then the true partiers continue on to Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, where a mass of hundreds and sometimes thousands of people congregate over drinks and a convivial group spirit. Expect impromptu musical jam sessions, street performers, and good times.
As you can see, there is an exciting selection of areas to visit in Naples at night. While the amplified energy and dimly lit streets of the city might not be for the meek, those that choose to set out for an evening in Naples with an open mind and an open heart will be singing “That’s Amore” after getting a taste of the local spirit that only this city can provide.
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