Looking for unusual things to do in Naples? You’ll find museums of curiosities. There's a serene coast. Ancient aqueducts lie beneath streets. And there's more to eat than pizza. Take a look at our alternative guide to Naples. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Italy your essential guide for visiting Italy.
The Pharmacy of the Incurables is one of the world's oldest. It's set in the grounds of a working hospital. And dates back to 1700.
It's part of Santa Chiara degli Incurabili convent. And was established by Maria Lorenzo Longo. A Catalan noble woman dedicated to helping Naples' needy.
The pharmacy is divided in two. The laboratory traces Naples’ art and alchemy. And Museo delle Arti Sanitare documents medical discoveries. It's home to some fearsome surgical instruments.
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Visit the Dolls Hospital in Spaccanapoli. Ospedale delle Bambole has been here for over 100 years.
It opened in 1895. Founded by set designer, Luigi Grassi. And it's now run by his great-granddaughter.
Patients come from all over the world. They have beds, nurses and prescriptions. And they're treated in the laboratory.
You'll either like the nostalgia. Or find it a little creepy. There’s only one way to find out.
Burn off the city's famous lunches. Go on Luigi’s Water Bike Tour?
Cycle into the Bay of Naples. Explore hidden grottos. Find secret beaches. Discover the most exclusive coast.
Luigi's fun and knowledgeable. And the tour's history packed.
Worked up an appetite? Book a street food tour of Naples with local guides.
Dip into Libreria Berisio. Drink in Dante and Giovanni Boccaccio. And try the cocktails. First opened 1956. It's in Naples' old town. And the crowd's lively.
Or swing by Otto Jazz Club. Sample the 200 strong cocktail menu. Soak up jazz, blues and Neapolitan folk. Only open Saturday nights.
Stay at the historic centre of Naples. Book BB Casamatta in centro storico.
Had enough pizza? Head to Tandem in centro storico. And try authentic ragu.
Neapolitan Ragu's slow cooked for 6 to 8 hours. So it's melt in the mouth. And Tandem serves Naples' finest. Book ahead it's always busy.
Not tired of pizza. Learn to make real Neapolitan pizza in the heart of Naples.
Find Trattoria Da Nennella in the Spanish Quarter. Expect long queues outside. And fast service inside.
Local performers drop in to entertain diners. And pasta e patate con la provola is the signature dish.
Wake up to sea views. Book Don Raffaele Resort in the Port of Naples.
Exploring Napoli Sotterranea is one of the unique things to do in Naples.
Underground Naples is 40m below street level. Take a two-hour tour. Travel back in time.
Explore labyrinthine Greek aqueducts. See pagan burial chambers. View remnants of Nero’s lost theatre. And check out WWII air raid shelters.
Part of the tour's by candlelight. And passages are narrow. Bear that in mind before booking.
Avoid queues. Book Underground Naples entrance tickets in advance.
Locals say not. Avoid two hour queues. Stroll down Via dei Tribunali to Pomod’oro Pizzeria instead.
The pizza's authentic. And the atmosphere's like a family home.
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