Naples is a city of contrasts, where ancient history meets modernity in a whirlwind of excitement. It’s a place where food is given pride of place in day-to-day life. Where the aroma of freshly baked Neapolitan pizza mingles with the scent of espresso. It’s a place filled with little moments of joy on every corner. Where people clink glasses of Aperol Spritz as the gentle hubbub of city life buzzes by around them. With a nickname of “Città del Sole” (city of the sun), it’s not hard to imagine the sunsets that come part and parcel with this hyper-powered city. As the sky sets alight, so does the life and soul of Naples.

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Castel dell'Ovo

No trip to Naples would be complete without a visit to the timeless Castel dell'Ovo. This ancient fortress serves as a cracking viewing point, offering up panoramic sights over the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Prime observation spots are humble – perch on the weathered stone ramparts to watch the sun sink into the sea and the skies turn shades of orange, tangerine, and apricot. In terms of refreshments, you’ve got two options. Bring an all-Italian picnic (cured meats and grissini highly recommended) or grab a spot at one of the charming aperitivo venues along the waterfront promenade.

Posillipo Hill

With its wealth of seaside spots, it can seem ludicrous to venture away from the sea when in Naples. But, with height comes a selection of truly terrific views. Tucked away in the upscale Posillipo neighbourhood, this leafy vantage point offers panoramic views over the bay. Sunsets here must be seen to be believed. Claim a spot on a grassy knoll – with a blanket in case it gets chilly – and witness the sky come alight above you. Afterwards, take a wander through Posillipo’s winding streets lined with elegant villas and hidden gardens, or indulge in some world-class Mediterranean fare and a delicious Aperol Spritz at one of the area’s many acclaimed restaurants.

Piazza del Plebiscito

This grandiose piazza, located in the heart of Naples’ historic centre, is home to some of the cities’ great landmarks. But you don’t have to come here in the height of daytime to see it in its full glory. As the sun begins to set, visitors can find a spot on one of the many benches that line the square or settle into a sidewalk café for front-row seats and an Aperol Spritz to enjoy the main event. The spectacle adds a second helping of majesty to the surrounding buildings. Watch the imposing Royal Palace of Naples bathe in orange light against a backdrop of candy-coloured sky. Truly spectacular.

Via Partenope

Located along the bustling Lungomare waterfront, Via Partenope offers sweeping views of the Bay of Naples and the Castel dell’Ovo. Arrive early to secure a prime spot along the promenade, where you can watch as the sun sinks into the sea, casting a warm apricot glow over the water as the silhouettes of fishing boats bob on the horizon. After the sun has set, explore the nearby Borgo Marinari, a pretty port district filled with a charming combination of colourful row boats, seaside tavernas and some of the best cocktails in Naples.

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