Naples’s lungomare, or seaside promenade, snakes along the sparkling Bay of Naples, where I take my daily morning run during my four-day stay. Off in the distance, the isle of Capri floats on the horizon, while pastel villas march up the tree-lined peninsula ahead.
I run north past the Castel dell’Ovo, a medieval fortress said to have been built on a magic egg for protection; weather-beaten fishermen in navy fishing caps purveying their catch at makeshift stands (including squiggly squids and octopuses); and deeply bronzed locals sunbathing on the rocks or doing lazy laps in the azure waters.
The promenade ends abruptly at a seaside cliff, so I turn around — basking in the sun and admiring Mount Vesuvius rising up ahead of me — and make my way back through a quintessentially Mediterranean moment.
Mileage: 3.6 miles round trip (out and back)
Best time: Early morning, before it gets too hot; or dusk when Capri and Mount Vesuvius take on a soft orange glow
Start: Castel dell’Ovo on Via Partenope
End: Castel dell’Ovo
– Start at Castel dell’Ovo on Via Partenope
– Follow the seaside promenade for 1.8 miles
– Turn around and come back!