If ever the term city of contrasts fits, it probably does so best here in Naples. It is large, dirty, crime-infested and yet it has some magnificent beauty: you will find many beautiful churches, Museums, Madonnas set into walls facing the street, and, of course great seafood as well as their specialty: Neapolitan pizza! To be considered Neopolitan, it has to be made with tomatoes which grow in the volcanic soil to the south of Mount Vesuvius, and Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, a special cheese made with the milk from water buffalo.
Neapolitans tend to be fiercly proud of their city…and their football (soccer) teams as well.
Catholic shrines & places of interest in Naples:
Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore (Cell of St. Thomas Aquinas, Magnificent frescoes)
Naples Cathedral (The Blood of Saint Januarius & the Catacombs of Naples)
Sansevero Chapel Museum (Magnificent works of art)
Traveling to Naples:
Naples, of course, is accessible by air, rail, car and is popular stop on some cruises as well. Some Catholic tour groups to Italy include Naples as part of the tour.
If you are traveling on your own you might want to consider a local guide to give you the best experience or even a day trip from Rome.